This year has been an rewarding one. There has been a lot of interesting releases – both reissues and new recordings– and great riddims as well as spectacular live performances.
Earlier this week I summarized 21 of my favorite tunes released in 2011, and the list below are more of general highlights. The next list will be covering the biggest albums put out in 2011.
Skateland Killer. All riddims from Maximum Sound were great this year, and this one was particularly tasty.
Reggae’s Gone Country. I made a joke about this album on Twitter when I first read about it, but when I heard it I changed my mind. It’s actually a lot better than I thought.
Frenchie of Maximum Sound. Always reliable.
Best box set
The Story of Trojan Records. A sweet blend of classics, rare releases and unreleased tunes alongside knowledgeable liner notes.
Nitty Gritty – General Penitentiary. A semi-digital showcase album from the late and great Nitty Gritty.
Rub a Dub Showcase Part II. Tough riddims, inspired vocals and devastating dubs.