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Fresh Off the Beats: 2011 Music Notes and Notables

As 2011 comes to an end, Fresh Off the Beats attempts to continue keeping you in the music loop.  Rather than generating a top 10 list for music of 2011, I decided to check in with a small handful of folks that I trust for their musical taste and hear what they have to say about new music.  Let’s just call this a list of 2011 Music Notes and Notables.

Thank you Jerry, Gigi, Keelay, Delfonik, DJGmoney and Roger for your contributions to this post!  This is really just a compilation of their faves.  Did we miss anything?

Notable Albums (via Jerry, Gigi, Keelay, Delfonik, DJGmoney, Roger and Flip Uno)

  • Adele – 21 (“Although the thought of hearing Rolling In The Deep one more time makes me quiver there is no denying the fact that Adele’s voice and soulful melodies combined with emotional storytelling makes her sophomore album 21 the best of 2011.”)
  • OFWGKTA was the most popular group on Fresh Off the Beats for 2o11
  • Roots – Undun
  • Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
  • Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  • Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
  • Black Keys – El Camino
  • Drake – Take Care (Let’s just say we have some mixed reviews here… You either love it or hate it.)
  • Radiohead – King of Limbs
  • Big KRIT – Return of 4Eva
  • M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  • The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  • Modeselektor – Monkeytown
  • Cut Copy – Zonoscope
  • Digitalism – I Love You, Dude
  • Timber Timbre – Creep on Creepin on
  • Tune-Yards – WhoKill
  • Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome
  • Beach Boys – Smile (Not necessarilly new, but officially released from capitol this year.)
  • Cults - Cults
  • Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse
  • The Stepkids – The Stepkids
  • Bad Meets Evil – Hell the Sequel
  • Blue Scholars – Cinemetropolis
  • DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better
  • Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Butterfly of Digable Planets is back as part of Shabazz Palaces)
  • Common – The Dreamer/Believer
  • The Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See
  • James Blake - James Blake
  • Magnetic Man – Magnetic Man
  • Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
  • Big Sean – Finally Famous
  • Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  • Araabmuzik – Electronic Dream
  • Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!

Notable Songs (via Keelay, DJGmoney and Roger)

  • Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know”. (Bonus: Remix here.)
  • Grouplove – “Tongue Tied” (Youtube video here.)
  • TV On The Radio – “Will Do” (Youtube video here.)
  • Cults – “Go Outside” (Youtube video here.)
  • The Weeknd – “High For This” (Youtube video here.)
  • DJ Shadow – “Scale It Back” (Youtube video here. )
  • SBTRKT – “Wildfire” (Youtube video here.)
  • Everything But The Girl – “Night Time” (XX Cover). (Check it out on Pitchfork here.)
  • Penguin Prison – “Don’t Fuck With My Money” (Youtube video here.)
  • M83 – “Midnight City” (Youtube video here. )
  • Oh Land – “Sun of a Gun” (Youtube video here.)
  • Mayer Hawthorne & Snoop Dogg – “Can’t Stop” (Youtube video here.)

Honorable Mentions (via DJGmoney, Delfonik and Flip Uno)

  • The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  • Metronomy – The English Riviera
  • Eligh/Amp Live – Therapy at 3
  • 9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
  • Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin
  • Strokes – Angles
  • Wugazi – 13 Chambers. Doomtree released this mash-up between Fugazi and Wu-Tang Clan under the name Wugazi.
  • DJ Premier – Nate Dogg Tribute Mix.  Though Premier never really worked with Nate Dogg, he honored Nate with this mix.  RIP Nate.
  • Tamara Sky – A Handsome Mixtape
  • Rocky Rivera and DJ Roza – The Friday 420 Mixtape (can be found on the bottom of this post)
  • Rihanna – “We Found Love” (nominated by djgmoney as “Best Video“)

Happy New Year everyone!  Let’s do it big in 2012…



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