These Best Of lists that papers and magazines release are always problematic. For one, they're based entirely on the tastes of one person, or, if it's a music publication, a few people. Often, their tastes will alienate their audience, whose favourite albums might not make it on the list. It's mighty strange (but also mighty fascinating) how emotionally involved people become when it comes to their favourite music.
So, at the risk of alienating the whole of Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton, here's Pique's top 10 albums of 2011, as established by the musical tastes of the only music writer on staff. Enjoy?
10) SBTRKT – SBTRKT
It was the year when dubstep flooded the mainstream; when dude-bros pumped their fists to an aggressive form of bass-heavy wobbling in nightclubs across North America; when Skrillex made an album with Korn (oh yes, Korn still exists). It was also the year when purists, anticipating the wave of "brostep" retreated underground to move dubstep in far more interesting directions.
Aaron Jerome, better known as SBTRKT (pronounced subtract), is a London producer who uses dubstep as a stepping off point, infusing each track with soul, R&B and funk. On his debut, he acts like a bass-obsessed Timbaland, creating atmospheric, throbbing and often uplifting beats that weigh against the emotive delivery of the album's guest vocalists. It's a beauty and easily the best dance album of the year.