Fireworks: Albums of 2011 (Part Three)

This morning was a distinctly acoustic group of albums, so this evening, in complete opposite, a group of moderately electronic music.

SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Spending the year as an anonymous man behind a mask before a series of fantastic live shows, SBTRKT’s debut record is one for any occasion. From a night drive through to an afternoon in the sun, the likes of Wildfire and Pharaohs demonstrate some fantastic collaborations as well as maintaining a fantastic musical backdrop. Keep a look out for Sampha in the future as well as his additions to the album are too good to be overlooked. STREAM HERE

James Blake – James Blake
12 months ago, James Blake was one of them most talked about artists in the country. The tea drinking former-dj rose quicker than he could have ever imagined after his two EPs and the not so quiet release of Limit To Your Love and the album wasn’t a disappointment. In parts, a little dull, but the likes of Wilhelm Scream and I Never Learnt to Share really demonstrate the power in his simplicity. There’s a lot hanging on album two, should it come at all. STREAM HERE

Metronomy – The English Riviera
Earlier this year, I found myself saying “It can’t be album of the year, it’s not even Metronomy’s best”, and I stand by that. Nights Out is a quality I’m not sure they’ll ever be able to match, but in terms of maturity as a group, The English Riviera has it. It may not be their best work, but it’s definitely better than 90% of everything else released this year. STREAM HERE

Another six albums tomorrow
Take care of each other
Braden

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