Releases of the Year – 2011

Better late than never! There were so many great releases in 2011 that narrowing them down was quite the task. This year I’ve decided to just list the albums and ep’s that grabbed me the most. So, rather than a “best of the year”, think of it as our favorites of the year. Now, we can finally dive into 2012!

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Peaking Lights – 936
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
Beyonce – 4
SBTRKT – s/t
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Radiohead – King of Limbs
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Widowspeak – s/t

John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Clams Casino – Instrumentals
Planningtorock – W
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX – We’re New Here
Laurel Halo – Hour Logic
EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
tUnE-yArDs – whokill
The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond
Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
James Blake – s/t
Real Estate – Days
Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
Light Asylum – In Tension
The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure
Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Cults – s/t
Com Truise – Cyanide Sisters
Kohwi – Hidden Trees
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Class Actress – Rapprocher

HONORABLE MENTIONS FOR PROMISING FUTURES

Grimes
Friends
Dirty Beaches
Beacon
CoLa
Purity Ring
I Break Horses
Bleached
Tiny Victories
Blouse
Cold Showers
Tycho
La Big Vic
Holy Other
Krusht
Stay+
Night Shining
Bad Passion

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