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Beat Authority best-of-the-year lists

Beat Authority Top Ten 2011

1. Cornershop. Cornershop & the Double O Groove of. Ample Play.
2. Various. Red Hot & Rio 2. Red Hot.
3. Mariachi El Bronx. Mariachi El Bronx (II). Ato.
4. Ocote Soul Sounds. Taurus. ESL.
5. Los Chicharrons. Roots of Life. Tummy Touch.
6. Bombino. Agadez. Cumbancha.
7. Rebirth Brass Band. Rebirth of New Orleans. Basin Street.
8a. Femi Kuti. Africa for Africa. Knitting Factory.
8b. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. From Africa With Fury: Rise. Knitting Factory.
9. Aurelio Martinez. Laru Beya. Sub Pop.
10. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. Cotonou Club. Strut.

Best global hip hop:

1. Actitud Maria Marta (Argentina). Con Perfume Revolución. self-released.
2. Movits! (Sweden). Out of My Head. Slimstyle.
3. Beastie Boys (US). Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two. Capitol.
4. The Narcicyst. Mr. Asthmatic. self-released
5. El Guapo. Experiment A. self-released

End of year standouts that could make next year's list:

1. Sola Rosa. Get It Together. Melting Pot Music. br> 2. Bio Ritmo. Verdad. Melting Pot Music.

Best DJs/remixers:

1. Geko Jones
2. Uproot Andy
3. El Remolón
4. Toy Selectah
5. Miss Bolivia & Villa Diamante
6. Zuzuka Poderosa
7. Mexican Dubwiser

Beat Authority Top 10 of 2009

Here's my list. All in all, I'd call it a year that started slowly, but really hit hard in the fall. I'd love to hear your thoughts and what your faves of 2009 are. Comment below.

And support great musicians and buy these albums legally!

Band (country). Album. Label.

1. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics (Ethiopia/UK). Inspiration Information, Vol.3. Strut.
2. Ceu (Brazil). Vagarosa. Six Degrees.
3. Novalima (Peru). Coba Coba. Cumbancha.
4. Dragon Fli Empire (Canada). Redefine. Makebelieve.
5. Bomba Estereo (Colombia). Blow Up. Nacional.
6. Oumou Sangare (Mali). Seya. Nonesuch.
7. Mos Def (USA). The Ecstatic. Downtown.
8. Kailash Kher & Kailasa (India). Yatra (Nomadic Soul). Cumbancha.
9. Staff Benda Bilili (Congo). Tres Tres Fort. Crammed.
10. Adrian Quesada (USA) and his various incarnations:
a) Ocote Soul Sounds. Coconut Rock. ESL.
b) Brownout. Aguilas y Cobras. Six Degrees.
c) Grupo Fantasma. Sonidos Gold. High Wire (actually from 2008, but props regardless).

Best re-release:

Tito Puente. Dance Mania. Sony Legacy.

Best compilations:

Tru Thoughts: 10th Anniversary. Tru Thoughts.
Daptone Gold. Daptone.


And here's Delaney Flushboy's top 10:

1. Mulatu Astake & The Heliocentric / Inspiration Information
2. Fools Gold / Fool's Gold
3. Animal Collective / Merriwether Post Pavillion
4. Taken by Trees / East of Eden
5. The Fiery Furnaces / I'm Going Away
6. The Very Best / Warm Heart of Africa
7. Jenny Wilson / Hardships!
8. Major Lazer / Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do
9. Quantic And His Combo Barbaro / Tradition in Transition
10. Andrew Bird / Noble Beast


Beat Authority Best 2008

  1. Pimps of Joytime - High Steppin'
  2. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple
  3. Nortec Collective's Bostich & Fussible - Tijuana Sound Machine
  4. Toumast - Ishumar
  5. Fort Knox Five - Radio Free DC
  6. Ghislain Poirier - No Ground Under
  7. Alla - Es Tiempo
  8. Grupo Fantasma - Sonidos Gold
  9. Firewater - The Golden Hour
  10. J-Live - Then What Happened?

Honorable Mention:

  • Eli "Paperboy" Reed - Roll With You
  • Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That S*** Gold

Lost at the end of 2007:

The Dynamics - Version Excursions

Best Compilations:

  • Jump Back: Imitations, Interpolations & the Inspiration of James Brown
  • I Like It Like That: Fania Remixed Putumayo's Latin Reggae

Delaney Flushboy's Best of 2008:

10. London Zoo by The Bug
9. Parc Avenue by Plants and Animals
8. Where You Go I Go Too by Lindstrøm
7. Gost Rock by Nomo
6. Saint Dymphna by Gang Gang Dance
5. Dear Science by TV On The Radio
4. Les Chisoiseries by Onra
3. Visiter by The Dodos
2. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
1. The Very Best - Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit


Beat Authority Top 10 from 2007

  1. The Cat Empire - Two Shoes - Velour Recordings
  2. Balkan Beat Box - Nu Med - Jdub Records
  3. Bole 2 Harlem - Bole 2 Harlem, Vol. 1 - Sounds of the Mushroom
  4. Ojos de Brujo - Techari - Six Degrees
  5. Mocean Worker - Cinco de Mowo! - Mowo!, Inc.
  6. Ceu - Ceu - Six Degrees
  7. Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Dub Qawwali - Six Degrees
  8. Los Mono - Somos los que estamos - Sonic 360
  9. Colombiafrica - Voodoo Love Inna Champetaland - Riverboat
  10. Talib Kweli - Eardrum - Warner Brothers

    HUGE HONORABLE MENTION: Fania Records massive re-release of their legendary 1970s salsa/latin jazz catalog

    BEST RE-MIX: Bob Marley - Roots, Rock, Remixed - Quango/Tuff Gong

    HONORABLE MENTIONS OUTSIDE THE "BEAT AUTHORITY" GENRE
    1 . Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature - Mute
    2. Feist - The Reminder - Cherry Tree
    3. Radiohead - In Rainbows - self-released

Delaney Flushboy Beat Authority Top 10 from 2007

  1. M.I.A. - Kala
  2. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
  3. Jens Lekman - Night Falls over Kortadala
  4. Yearsayer - All Hour Cymbals
  5. Timbuktu -- Oberoende Framkallande
  6. Panda bear - Person Pitch
  7. Radiohead - In Rainbows
  8. Led Zeppelin - II
  9. Kanye West - Graduation
  10. Studio - Yearbook 1

David's Top Ten from 2006:

  1. Gecko Turner - Guapapasea! - Quango
  2. Gotan Project - Lunático - XL Recordings
  3. Extra Golden - OK Oyot System - Thrill Jockey
  4. Muchachito Bombo Infierno - Vamos Que Nos Vamos - Diquela
  5. Michael Franti & Spearhead - Yell Fire! - Anti- Records
  6. Cibelle - The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves - Six Degrees
  7. Lila Downs - La Cantina Entre Copa y Copa - Narada
  8. Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra - Boulevard de L'Independence - World Circuit
  9. Nickodemus - Endangered Species - ESL Music
  10. Beck - The Information - Interscope

Honorable Mention:

  • Cat Empire - The Cat Empire EP - Velour Records

Don't Forget from the end of 2005:

  • Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story - The Drop Records
  • Yerba Buena - Island Life - Razor & Tie <

Delaney Flushboy's Top Ten of 2006

  1. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - Anti- Records
  2. Quantic - An Announcement to Answer - TruThoughts
  3. Matmos - The Rose Has Teeth - Matador
  4. Joanna Newsome - Ys - Drag City
  5. Girl talk - Night Ripper - Illegal Art
  6. Brightblack Morning Light - Brightblack Morning Light - Matador
  7. Hot Chip - The Warning - DFA Records
  8. Califone - Roots & Crowns - Thrill Jockey
  9. Danielson - Ships - Secretly Canadian
  10. Vetiver - To Find Me Gone - Dicristina Stair Builders