Many thanks to everyone who has contributed lists to our Best Of 2011: Halftime Report blog – please keep them coming. I’m staying staunch, for the time being at least, and refusing to publish that list of disappointments you’ve been asking for; I guess you can probably figure a lot of it out, given what doesn’t appear in my Top 30 anyway.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed lists to our Best Of 2011: Halftime Report blog – please keep them coming. I’m staying staunch, for the time being at least, and refusing to publish that list of disappointments you’ve been asking for; I guess you can probably figure a lot of it out, given what doesn’t appear in my Top 30 anyway.



Moving on, a bit of a lopsided playlist this week, thanks to the distraction of writing my Wild Mercury Sound column for the next Uncut on the subject of Deep Magic, live auxiliary member of Sun Araw and creator of some of the richest NewNewNew Age jams I’ve heard in a while. Check out a wealth of his stuff at www.deeptapes.com and let me know what you think. Still loving the Jonathan Wilson album, daft as it is, too.

1 You – Electric Day (Bureau B)

2 The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)

3 Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (Lyf)

4 Fatoumata Diawara – Fatou (World Circuit)

5 Deep Magic – Lucid Thought (Preservation)

6 Deep Magic – Sky Haze (Deep Tapes)

7 Deep Magic – Ancestor Worship (Deep Tapes)

8 Deep Magic – Ocean Breaths (Deep Tapes)

9 Cian Nugent – Doubles (VHF)

10 The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time (Decca)

11 Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

12 Mark Kozelek – Live At Union Chapel & Sõdra Teatern (Caldo Verde)

13 Deep Magic – Illuminated Offerings (Deep Tapes)

14 The Stepkids – The Stepkids (Stones Throw)

15 Tinariwen – Tassili (V2)