2011 in Music


Here’s what I enjoyed in music during 2011. No rankings; no commentary; just a list of things I enjoyed. There are links for you to listen to my favourite tracks.



Battles – Gloss Drop

James Blake – James Blake

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Foster The People – Torches

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!

King Krule – King Krule EP

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Tune-Yards – Whokill

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Washed Out – Within and Without

The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain



Tune-Yards – Bizness

The War On Drugs – Brothers

Girls – Forgiveness

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – FFunny FFrends

TV On The Radio – Second Song

WU LYF – Dirt

Bon Iver – Holocene

Holy Ghost! – Some Children

M83 – Midnight City

Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Battles – Ice Cream

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Household – Go Away

Valar – Uptight

Cults – Go Outside

Jamie xx – Far Nearer

Wild Beasts – Loop The Loop

Twerps – Dreamin

King Krule – The Noose of Jah City

Washed Out – Soft


Guilty Pleasure

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall – This isn’t a great song, really; but that warbling guitar line makes me smile every time!


Honourable Mention – Two brilliant covers from Q Magazine’s tribute to U2’s 1991 album Achtung Baby.

Patti Smith – Until the End of the World

Jack White – Love Is Blindness


2 thoughts on “2011 in Music

    • Hottest 100 is still a fun poll! But mostly because I usually have to add new songs to the list before I vote for them. There’s a certain perverse (not to say arrogant) pleasure in that. I voted before I’d really gotten to know some of the songs above; for example, I would’ve voted for Foster The People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ if I had my time again.

      So, I voted for: James Blake, ‘The Wilhelm Scream’; Washed Out, ‘Soft’; Girls, ‘Vomit’; Tune-Yards, ‘Bizness’ (which is probably my favourite song of the year); The War On Drugs, ‘Brothers’; Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ‘Ffunny Ffrends’; M83, ‘Midnight City’; Battles, ‘Ice Cream’; Bon Iver, ‘Holocene’; Holy Ghost!, ‘Wait & See’.

      Did you vote? What for?

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