2011 in Review – Best Songs



Click play to hear my “Best of 2011” mix!

Welcome to the 1st installment of my “Best of 2011” posts. This one highlights the soundtrack of my year.

Not unlike 2010, 2011 was a great year for independent and mainstream Soul and R&B. It was difficult settling on a few songs to highlight, but here are just a few of my favorites from this year.


Speed of Light – Malice & Mario Sweet

What an unbelievably pleasant pairing of voices. With some firece production by Tall Black Guy, this was the feel-good track of 2011.


Tonight Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello – Miguel Migs

To say this groove is infectious is an understatement. It’s good to hear Meshell doing something a little more soulful and simple.


So In Love (ft. Anthony Hamilton) – Jill Scott

Probably the most mainstream of my picks. But it’s really hard to do much better than Anthony Hamilton and the incomparable Jill Scott.


Heroine – Wildcookie

Pretty dark in its undertones, but the groove and vocal are fantastically on point.


The Light – Funkommunity

I wore this track OUT. I mean, I was obsessed. This is where Future Soul is headed. And I love it.


Love’s Galaxy – Tracy Cruz

From her sophomore release, Universoul Symphony, which you will more than likely see on my “Best of 2011” albums list in the coming weeks.


Free – Teri Tobin

A fantastic message, harkening back to they days of Donnie Hathaway. Teri Tobin is definitely one to watch in the coming year.


Trouble – José James

Such a pleasant surprise to get some new Jose James this year. And he knocked this one out of the park.


Everything She Wants feat. Phonte – Zo!

Zo! absolutely killed on this Wham remake. A perfect vocal performance by Phonte and a nod to Michael Jackson at the end make this a must-listen


The Cure – Slakah the Beatchild

Not only did Slakah craft a genius song here, he also produced and directed his own music video for it. “Talented doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.


Welcome – Acer Maple featuring Michelle Escoffery

This probably gets my vote as the most beautiful song of the year. A wonderful acoustic performance with the sultry vocals of Michelle Escoffery. Sheer perfection.

Please make sure you check out my full mix on my Podomatic. Hope you enjoyed this list, and we’ll see you soon for more “Best of 2011” goodness.

3 Responses to “2011 in Review – Best Songs”

  1. 1 Fabian Shaw December 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    We need more of this available to the soulful people that want to here meaningful music. Music you can listen to think about you and yours and where the two are going or just about life.

  2. 3 SoulNRnB December 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Some corking choices here Philip, great stuff. Great minds think alike too as i will be doing something similar at the end of the year and we have some duplicates!

    Love the Funkommunity and the Acer Maple is a great find!

    Look forward to your next installment.


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