Velanche’s Recommended Music of 2011 – Part Two: My Choice Songs for 2011

There were many, many fine tracks that have graced my ears during 2011, but ultimately for me it comes down to those ones that stuck with me in an instant. On balance, I somehow return to these tracks again and again, and that’s a clue to what helps a track make a cut…compelling vibes, deep production, and pushing the soul sounds and beats.

The tracks are not in any particular order, so no “Top” this-or-that.

Have a listen, and please give these fine producers and labels your support by buying their music so that they can continue to be motivated so that they can usher in further greatness.

And with that, here we go…

Little People (Sascha Dive Remix) – Matthew Dear – Spectral Sound

You Lift Me Up – Mercury – Gomma

Nano Kids – Freak Seven – Rush Hour

La Dolce Vita (Fred Everything Remix) – Bran Van 3000 featuring Freddie James – Lazy Days

Close Your Eyes (Deetron + UNER Remixes) – Miguel Migs featuring Meshell Ndegeocello – Om

Basement featuring Daniel Wilde (Matthias Tanzmann Remix) – Adam Port – Moon Harbour

In My Life (featuring Geraldine Rich) – AFMB – Drumpoet Community

Animales de la Manana (Stella Edit) – Christopher Groove – Moon Harbour

Angel-A – Music in My Head (Piranhahead’s Mashup Mix) – Liberate

Satori (Jon Convex Remix) – Etienne Jaumet – Versatile

The Day – Mark E. – Spectral Sound

C Minor – Jesus Pablo – Headtunes

TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos – Birthday featuring Nicolette (Pitto Remix) – Compost

Guten Tinen (Luke Solomon Analogue Funk Mix) – Woody McBride – Full Flava

Dee & Deaf (Pezzner Redo – Giom Reversion) – Michelle Owen – Lost My Dog

Winter (Who’s Teach Mix) – Melon – Patio/Rush Hour

DJ Pierre – What Iz House Musik (2011 Mix) – Afro Acid Digital

Jazzanova – I Can See featuring Ben Westbeech (Dima Studitsky Remix) – Sonar Kollektiv


Video: Friends We Love

When I was in Miami in March 2007, I had the pleasure to meet a true goddess in Monica Pineda, who goes by the moniker of DJ Moni. She is part of the lovely DJ crew based in NYC known as Ubiquita. She’s been getting her own thing going during the last few years, with her profile elevated through her association with both Giant Step and Gilles Peterson among others. She’s been touring her skillz globally, and has put out a compilation for Scion A/V.

Along with creative partner Mike Vargas, Moni has started Friends We Love, a video series showcasing creative luminaries great and small, as they share their love and passion of their respective works of art and culture through their words.

Here are a sampling of what Friends We Love showcases…

The first one profiles DJ/tastemaker extraordinaire Gilles Peterson chatting about his obsession with football (that’s soccer for us stateside peeps).

The next is of Brand New Heavies vocalist N’Dea Davenport about a serious medical condition affecting women.

Finally, here’s the very first Friends We Love video featuring DJ Bobbito.