Beautiful Noise- Timi Dakolo
Black Chiffon- Yinka Davies
Yes I am- Etcetera
2011 will be remembered as the year Yinka Davies finally dropped an album, as did Timi Dakolo and they were both worth the wait. Etcetera returned with Yes I Am and proved that his talent is superior. Bez was the new guy reaching for the stratosphere, and he showed he was prepared to put in the work required too.
The foursome made the best discs of the year. Pure, undiluted, exhilarating music that reminded us of what we had temporarily forgotten, the power of true talent, channeled properly. Of course they all paid the price for being so goddamn arty. None of them approached the commercial success of say, a Wizkid debut album. But these are the songs that will resonate long after this time.
And for you dear reader, to go through the year without owning at least one of these albums, now that would be the real tragedy.
If you expected Wizkid’s Superstar to be on this list, perfectly understandable but trippy autotune-heavy pop music ain’t really my thing. P-square’s Invasion started well but about four songs in, degenerated into senseless drivel and Ice Prince? Methinks enough has been said already.
The year may be over but do yourselves a favour and (like our home video brothers always scream), GRAB A COPY NOW.