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The Top 20 Albums Of 2011

Because this is a personal site there are bound to be a few great albums missing from this list that I probably love, I just don’t know it. What I can say however is that many of the albums I did listen to properly I absolutely loved. It may not have been the best year ever in terms of new albums, but it certainly was a pretty good one. Anyway, now that I’m feeling suitably defensive, here are my favourite albums of the year. Set to shit haiku. Because why not?

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James Blake ‘Not Long Enough’

Today we received the first taste of James Blake’s upcoming EP ‘Enough Thunder’ with ‘Not Long Enough’, which premiered on BBC Radio (assuming that the track he produced with Justin Vernon on vocals won’t be on the EP). It’s a really really great track, exhibiting all the trademark James Blake touches that we have come to love.

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James Blake And Bon Iver ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’

As promised a couple of weeks ago, today we got to hear a collaboration between two of the hottest indie artists in the world right now, James Blake and Justin Vernon, when the track ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir’ was premiered on Radio One. Stream it below.

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Luke’s Splendour Escapades

After a surprisingly short hour and forty-five minute flight, then an hour or so bus trip which I spent sharing alcoholic beverages with some new friends whom I had just met, Lachy and I arrived at Woodfordia for Splendour In The Grass… and I was in the mood and raring to go for an epic weekend.

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Gig Review: James Blake @ The Prince Bandroom, 26th July

James Blake’s live show comes with near-impossible expectations. He doesn’t play the type of music that is easy to transfer onto a live setting, and moreover he doesn’t play the type of music to which a crowd can give him any real immediate feedback, apart from nodding along slowly and clapping in between tracks. Indeed last night at the Prince Bandroom, I wasn’t quite sure whether the crowd as a whole had loved or hated his set until I heard snippets of conversation from people leaving including phrases such as “out of this world” and “most incredible show ever”.

More than anything my uncertainty as to the overall feelings towards the show were probably indicative of the fact that the crowd, for the better part of the night, had simply been in a trance, held captive by three men (but one in particular), unable to move or think properly without breaking the spell that James Blake had cast on an entire sold out Prince Bandroom crowd.

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Meet The Former Busker Who Is Opening For James Blake

Marques Toliver has a back story that sounds like it was plucked form a work of fiction. Born in South Daytona, Marques moved to New York to study music and start busking. And he’s a video of him doing the latter, from a random passerby who was captivated by his sound, uploaded nearly two years ago.

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