5
Sep
2011

The Best Songs of 2011 So Far..

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Jai Paul BTSTU

Jai Paul – BTSTU

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Jai Paul is yet another XL Recordings prodigy who you will remember featured on this year’s BBC Sound Of list. BTSTU was his breakout track, and it’s a beautiful number that layers his angelic falsetto vocals over some incredibly inventive production.

Kreayshawn Gucci Gucci

Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci

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If we were looking for off-the-radar impact this year then there aren’t many better candidates than Kreayshawn, a girl who managed to get a record deal with Columbia, a gig to host the Red Carpet before the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, a Best New Artist nomination, and an offer to direct the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ comeback music video all off the back of her single Gucci Gucci.

Thanks to some rib-rattling low-end bass, creeping synths and some clever wordplay, Gucci Gucci has already amassed over 15m views on YouTube in just a matter on months.

DJ Fresh Louder

DJ Fresh – Louder

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Boosted by the huge success of last year’s smash hit Gold Dust, and with the creation of another brilliant viral video, veteran producer DJ Fresh stormed to his first UK #1 this year with the unstoppable summer anthem Louder.

Tapping into the UK’s ever increasing appreciation for both Dubstep and Drum ‘n’ Bass, DJ Fresh created an incredibly infectious infusion of both styles which was topped off by recruiting Kosheen lead singer Sian Evans to provide some stunning vocals. If this isn’t one of the best songs of 2011 then it definitely takes the crown as this summer’s top offering.

Strange Talk Climbing Walls

Strange Talk – Climbing Walls

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At the very start of the year Neon Gold unearthed yet another gem in the form of Aussie 4-piece Strange Talk. Climbing Walls was the first song we heard from them, and it probably has the most energy out of every song on this list.

Sounding like a fusion between The Killers and Friendly Fires, Climbing Walls just makes you want to get up and dance forever.

Nicki Minaj Super Bass

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

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Surprisingly omitted from the standard edition of Nicki Minaj‘s debut album Pink Friday, it has gone on to be the most successful solo record of her career so far (thanks in no part to Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez).

Assisted by production from Kane Beats, Super Bass is further evidence that Nicki is the top female rapper in the game at the moment.

The Strokes Under Cover of Darkness

The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

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Another band that seized upon 2011 as a chance to return from the recording wilderness was indie favourites The Strokes. Their comeback single Under Cover of Darkness was the first glimpse into what their new material sounded like and many were pleased to find that it channeled their ‘older’ sound found on previous albums Is This It? and Room on Fire.

Kanye West & Jay-Z Niggas In Paris

Kanye West & Jay-Z – Niggas In Paris

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One of the shock announcements of the year was that two of the biggest names in hip-hop, Kanye West & Jay-Z, were once again joining forces, except this time on a collaborative studio album called Watch The Throne.

Kanye steals the show on Niggas In Paris, the Hit-Boy produced club anthem which was easily one of the best tracks from the joint venture.

James Blake The Wilhelm Scream

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream

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Originally a cover of the song Where to Turn by James Litherland (James Blake‘s father), it was eventually retitled after The Wilhelm Scream, a sound effect used in more movies than you can imagine.

Hailed as one of the most talented producers of this generation, you can certainly see why as he perfectly blends his almost robotic vocals with a cloudy crescendo of sound.

Nero Me And You

Nero – Me And You

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Nero have done immensely well since making the 2011 longlist for the BBC back at the turn of the year, and the catalyst for that success most probably came from the impressive Me And You.

It’s a quintessential Nero track full of big drum samples, heavy bass and Alana Watson on vocals.

Wiz Khalifa On My Level

Wiz Khalifa – On My Level

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Wiz Khalifa may have been a name in the rap game for a long time now but it was only in 2011 that he released his debut studio album Rolling Papers.

It may not be the best lyrical contribution you’ll find this year but there’s something about On My Level which is just fucking cool (although maybe we can thank Jim Jonsin for that).