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Best Albums of 2011 So Far

Best Albums of 2011 So Far

Shabazz Palaces Best Albums of 2011 So Far

1 Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

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beastie boys Best Albums of 2011 So Far

2 Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

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James Blake Best Albums of 2011 So Far

3 James Blake – James Blake

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The Weeknd Best Albums of 2011 So Far

4 The Weeknd - House of Balloons

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DJ Quik Best Albums of 2011 So Far

5 DJ Quik – The Book of David

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Frank Ocean Best Albums of 2011 So Far

6 Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

Nicolaas Jaar Best Albums of 2011 So Far

7 Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise

SBTRKT1 Best Albums of 2011 So Far

8 SBTRKT – SBTRKT

Tune Yards Best Albums of 2011 So Far

9 tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L

Ghostpoet Best Albums of 2011 So Far

10 Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

PJ Harvey Best Albums of 2011 So Far

11 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Best Albums of 2011 So Far

12 Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Julianna Barwick Best Albums of 2011 So Far

13 Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

Bon Iver Best Albums of 2011 So Far

14 Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Big KRIT Best Albums of 2011 So Far

15 Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4Eva

30 Comments

  1. Andrew Martin
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 13:27:00

    heh thanks!

  2. afan
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 13:01:00

    1. Stephen Marley – Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life
    2. Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R (We Are Renegades)
    3. Theophilus London – Timez Are Weird These Days
    4. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
    5. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light
    6. Raekwon – Shaolin Vs Wu Tang
    7. Dj Quik – The Book Of David
    8. Kool G Rap – Riches, Royalty & Respect
    9. Alborosie – 2 Times Revolution
    10. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
    11. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
    12. Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
    13. Smif-N-Wessun – Monumental

  3. Turbocity
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 16:08:00

    No Kendrick Lamar? That should be in the top 3.

  4. Shockolate
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 22:14:00

    I assume you mean July 19th. And yeah you’re right Daily Bread did drop digitally yesterday, still, waiting for the physical copy Aug. 9th.

  5. Hiright
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:48:00

    here’s a little present to you potholes fans. De La performing “Potholes in My Lawn”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5raHjVvcY4&feature=player_embedded#at=119

  6. William Morris
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:20:00

    “Daily Bread” is a full album, it came out JUNE 19TH!

  7. guest
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 18:48:00

    Kendrick Lamar????

  8. Rob Hakimian
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 09:06:00

    So glad to see Ghostpoet on here. Has that album had an official US release?

  9. PAINalexander
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 06:26:00

    Definitely surprised oneirology isn’t on the list. It’s some of CL’s best stuff to date, and it doesn’t make the cut? Doesn’t seem right to me

  10. Nyze
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 00:44:00

    Missing in my opinion:

    Willie Evans Jr. – Introducin
    CoSS – Before I Awoke
    Hail Mary Mallon – Are you gunna eat that?

  11. Mark U
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 00:07:00

    nice list. any honorable mentions?

  12. David Reyneke
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 23:33:00

    Not a bad list, but I absolutely hated that Bright Eyes album. HAHA. Rock on, though!

  13. Kara-Lis Coverdale
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 22:32:00

    Section 80.

  14. blackcalx
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 22:05:00

    “Bon Iver” and “Let England Shake” were both massive disappointments to me, and honestly, I still don’t really get all the hype around James Blake. He borrows techniques from a wide range of artists (Justin Vernon, Antony Hegarty, Burial), but doesn’t really add anything to their styles. Plus, his songwriting is insanely choppy. But hey, different strokes. I’m definitely not going to disagree with Shabazz Palaces and Ghostpoet, and it reminds me that I still have to check out the Beasties album. Nice list all.

    My top twenty-five picks of the year so far are:

    25.) Random Axe – Random Axe
    24.) Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
    23.) Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
    22.) Red Fang – Murder the Mountains
    21.) Boris – Heavy Rocks (2011: Rock Heavily With a Vengeance)
    20.) Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
    19.) Radiohead – The King of Limbs
    18.) ohGr – Undeveloped
    17.) Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
    16.) Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
    15.) Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Gonna Eat That?
    14.) Blueprint – Adventures in Counter-Culture
    13.) 13 & God – Own Your Ghost
    12.) William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs
    11.) The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum: The Complete Collection
    10.) Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
    9.) Glassjaw – Coloring Book
    8.) Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
    7.) King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
    6.) The Twilight Singers – Dynamite Steps
    5.) The Kills – Blood Pressures
    4.) Elzhi & Will Sessions – Elmatic
    3.) Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
    2.) Nostalgia 77 – The Sleepwalking Society
    1.) Bright Eyes – The People’s Key

  15. David Reyneke
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 21:28:00

    This is full albums, not single leaks.

  16. William Morris
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 21:25:00

    I agree with everything except #9 (garbage) & #12-#14 (which I am not familiar with yet). Just saying…

  17. William Morris
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 21:22:00

    Personally, I think “Daily Bread” by Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown (which came out today!!!) should be added to this list. Alright, maybe in due time, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!

  18. David Reyneke
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 20:45:00

    Hasn’t been released yet.

  19. who?bert
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 20:35:00

    And where is Thundercat – The Golden Age Of Apocalypse?Check it absolutely if you haven’t heard bout that dude.

  20. Ak-La
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 20:35:00

    oops….my bad Potholes, checking too many blogs.

  21. Sukany
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 20:35:00

    no Oneirology? Give me a break… but agree with shabazz palaces so epic LP
    but dont contain Cunninlynguists LP to TOP15 is SIN

  22. Drew Nemer is $O FL¥
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 20:00:00

    My top 20 (in no order)
    1. Shabazz Palaces – Black up
    2. Kendrick lamar – section.80
    3. James Blake – James Blake
    4. Bon Iver -Bon iver
    5. The Weeknd – HOuse of Balloons
    6. Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4eva
    7. Co$$ – Before I Awake
    8. SBTRKT
    9. Tyler the Creator – Goblin
    10. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/ultra
    11. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
    12 Tune yards – w h o k i l l
    13. Underneath the Pine – Toro Y Moi (was that this year? I forget, either way i put it here because i enjoyed it mostly this year)
    14. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    16. II from westside with love – Dom Kennedy

  23. Ak-La
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 19:34:00

    SBTRKT certainly has one of the best releases of the year so far. The Weeknd’s HOB is incredibly fresh, and Nicolas Jaar’s album is also a really great listen. Big Krit was a breath of fresh air for southern hip-hop. Haven’t heard anything that sounds quite like Shabazz Palaces (or The Weeknd for that matter).

    I would have to add Blue Sky Black Death’s Noir to the list, and although not an album, Clams Casino’s Rainforest EP is certainly a very interesting release thus far in 2011.

    Nice list LFTF.

  24. Seth
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 19:25:00

    Man, I’d flip flop The Weeknd and Frank Ocean for sure

  25. Seth
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 19:25:00

    Man, I’d flip flop The Weeknd and Frank Ocean for sure

  26. Seth
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 19:25:00

    Man, I’d flip flop The Weeknd and Frank Ocean for sure

  27. Frank_be
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 19:01:00

    Krit, Blake and Ocean will more than likely end in my years top10. That Beasties album is fresh too. PJ lookin luscious in that pic but I prob wont check for her work. I’m def interested in that Sbtrk LP. Everything else I either don’t care for or know who they be

    Random Axe, Lincoln Way Nights, Tales of The Blackhearted, Covert Coup and Section.80 would all make my list so far

  28. Frank_be
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 19:01:00

    Krit, Blake and Ocean will more than likely end in my years top10. That Beasties album is fresh too. PJ lookin luscious in that pic but I prob wont check for her work. I’m def interested in that Sbtrk LP. Everything else I either don’t care for or know who they be

    Random Axe, Lincoln Way Nights, Tales of The Blackhearted, Covert Coup and Section.80 would all make my list so far

  29. Miss Jessica
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 18:20:00

    damn, gotta check out a lot of these albums! thanks guys.

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