Velanche’s Recommended Music of 2011 – Part One: The Albums

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve ended the long-running Urban Landscapes show, and I’m feeling very confident about doing so. There haS been some who have questioned my decision; that’s fine, and it’s appreciated. In the end, I feel that my decision is good, and right. And since this isn’t the end of all things sharing music, I can honestly say that it’s just one chapter closed, and a new one opening.

So it is that this, 2012, begins that new chapter. Look for my new bi-weekly music podcast, Velanche’s Playtime, in about a week’s time. It’ll be all that you’ve expect from me, but in a bi-weekly format. For now, the show will be available via the Urban Landscapes feed. Otherwise, do subscribe to the podcast if you wish to stay current.

Meanwhile, it’s time to go back to 2011 one more time. Though I’ve ended the show, it’s good to share the music that I’ve been feeling this year with you. As usual, there’s plenty of fine choices. In the end, thee are the standouts that, I feel, set the bar; this is especially true for the singles/EP’s, as well as the songs of the year I’ve chosen (the latter is the first year I’ve decided to do such a list).

The music presented are in no particular order, so do check them out when you can and support these fine artists and labels. This post will feature the albums, and the next will feature…everything else!

Thanks, as ever, for your continued support of quality music from around the world. Look out for the second post, and stay tuned for more news about my new show, as well as new musics, charts, and on and on…


Velanche’s Most Recommended Albums of 2011
(in no particular order)

Artist – Album – Label
Slimline Mutha – All Said & Done – Broadcite
Amalia – Art Slave – Tokyo Dawn
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Renegades – Tru Thoughts
Art Bleek – Art Supplies – Loungin’
Jazz Chronicles – Jazz Chronicles II – Futuristica
SoulParlor – Evoluzion – Tokyo Dawn
Freddy Kruger & Anthony Mills Presents Wildcookie – Cookie Dough – Tru Thoughts
Rise – Messages – Futuristica
Zara McFarlane – Until Tomorrow – Brownswood
Raf Vilar – Studies in Bossa – Far Out
David Minor – Lush – Nonine
Dwight Trible – Cosmos – Katalyst
Speedometer – This is Speedometer Vol. 1 & 2 – Freestyle
Makossa & Megablast – Soy Como Soy – Luv Lite
Owiny Sigoma Band – Owiny Sigoma Band – Brownswood
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – From Africa with Fury: Rise – Knitting Factory
Ray Lugo & the Boogaloo Destroyers – Mi Watusi – Freestyle
Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band – Havana Cultura: The Search Continues – Brownswood
Mauricio Maestro & Nana Vasconcelos – Upside Down – Far Out
U-Man – Folk Riddims – Down the Bush
Afrikan Sciences – Means & Ways – Deepblak
The Echocentrics – Sunshadows – Ubiquity
Deep Street Soul – Look Out, Watch Out – Freestyle
Smoove & Turrell – Eccentric Audio – Jalapeño
Basement Freaks – Something Freaky – Jalapeño
Rime – Our Kingdom – Infracom
Scrimshire – The Hollow – Wash Wash 45
Brandt Bauer Frick – Mr. Machine – !K7
Joash – Fear It, Don’t Fight It – Compost
Frootful – Colours – Freestyle
Prommer & Barck – Alex & The Grizzy – Derwin
Orchestre Poly Rhythmo – Cotonou Show – Strut
Rick Wilhite – Analog Aquarium – Still Music
Mark E. – Stone Breakers – Spectral Sound
John Tejada – Parabolas – Kompakt
Tom Trago – Iris – Rush Hour
BMG & Sal P. – Credit Card – Interdimensional Transmission
Gary Reader – Moja – Superficially Deep
Sqaramouche – Tutu – Nonine
The Lady Blacktronika – Future Blues – Your Only Friend
Landslide – Peak – Fresh Rotations
Lyric L. – Amazed – Fresh Rotations
Demarkus Lewis – Mental Notes – Grin
Orakel – When Time Doesn’t Know Itself – 4Lux
Gaby Hernandez – Sweet Starry Night – Disques Corde
Andre Zimma – The Calm & The Turbulence – Swedish Brandy


One Reply to “Velanche’s Recommended Music of 2011 – Part One: The Albums”

  1. Velanche,

    Thx for all the work you kept doing for all these years sharing new music with us.
    I wish you all the best with your new project and seeing the succes of Urban Landscapes
    there is no doubt in my mind that the new show will be succesfull.

    Good luck Velanche and thx again,

    Greetings from Belgium,


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