Year in Review | Top Singles of 2011
15 to 11
by Joshua P. Ferguson
We know what you're thinking. Here we are, officially into 2012 and Dialogue Incorporated is still over there doing top lists for 2011. Well, the short answer is we're just not done summing up our last 12 months. The long answer was very eloquently outlined in yesterday's New York Times magazine. Basically, this is a cultural conversation that we look forward to having every year and, conversation being so important to us, we're going to keep it going till we're done.
So, with that, our singles picks No.'s 15 through 11.
15) SBTRKT "Something Goes Right" – Young Turks
We've already written a lot about SBTRKT this year, from our interview with him to the inclusion of his self-titled debut in our Top Albums list. So, it should go without saying that we couldn't get by without picking a top track as well. While we loved the tribal-masked hotsteppers big hit "Wildfire," it was this album cut that truly won us over.
SBTRKT - Something Goes Right (feat. Sampha)
14) Cut Copy "Sun God" – Modular
It's been an undeniably praise-worthy year for these Aussie disco rockers. Between Zonoscope and four Chicago appearances in 2011, they were a clear town favorite. And while they had numerous singles to pick from, it was this unexpected 15-minute long, slow-burning acid monster that stood out from the pack.
13) Benoit + Sergio "Walk and Talk" – Visionquest
Releasing records for DFA, Ghostly International and Visionquest this year, the D.C. duo known as Benoit and Sergio enthralled the dance scene with anthem after anthem. This ode to a girl stuck in a k hole, was one of its best.
12) Adele "Rolling in the Deep" (Jamie xx shuffle) – XL Recordings
In the New York Times rationale, this song (well, the original) would be a shoo-in for the No. 9 or No. 2 slot, depending on how much this gut-wrenching torch song captured your heart this year. We too fretted over where to place it. Here it is, nuff said. Jamie xx had his biggest year yet and this was the remix that put him squarely in the greater public's consciousness. It's easy to hear why.
11) Jamie xx + Gil Scott-Heron "I'll Take Care of You" – XL Recordings
Drake "Take Care" – Cash Money
Did we mention that 2011 was a big year for Jamie xx? Not only did this wunderkind oversee the final recording session from American singer-songwriter legend Gil Scott-Heron, but progressive rap crooner Drake (who also took a liking to SBTRKT this year) sampled the crap out of this, the pinnacle moment from the Gil/Jamie collabo. In the end, both have their moments and we couldn't stop listening to either.
Jamie xx + GIl Scott-Heron "I'll Take Care of You"
Drake "Take Care"