Well, give or take a few days, that was 2011. As ever it’s flown by at an unbelievable rate of knots but it’s definitely been quite a year, both on and off the musical field of play, as it were. Special mention has to go to And So I Watch You From Afar who not only produced what turned out to be our album of the year but also probably our gig of the year with their utterly spectacular show at the Scala back in May.

On the live front, honourables also have to go to Future Of The Left (Hoxton Bar & Kitchen), Tormenta (Knowledge As Our Weapon), Frank Turner (Barfly) and Alright The Captain (Knowledge As Our Weapon) for showing just how exciting and vital music can be when it’s right up in your face. There’s been plenty more but those are the ones that have really stuck in our minds.

Anyway, we hope you agree with us that 2011 has been a pretty fine vintage. Here’s to more of the same in 2012.

Here’s our de rigour list of our favourite records of 2011. There’s probably loads that we’ve missed and will no doubt kick ourselves for not including, and we’ve no doubt that you’ll disagree with us on many of them, but they are all top quality records so enjoy.

1. And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs

2. LaFaro – Easy Meat

3. US Christmas – The Valley Path

4. Brontide – Sans Souci

5. Fashoda Crisis – Him Make They Learn Read

6. Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment

7. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

8. Alright The Captain – SNIB

9. Firesuite – You’re An Ocean Deep, My Brother

10. Black International – In Debt

11. Tormenta – La Ligne âpre

12. Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die

13. Low – C’mon

14. Monsters Build Mean Robots – WeShouldHave DestroyedOur GeneralsNot TheirEnemies

15. Papaye – La Chaleur

16. Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys

17. EastStrikeWest – We’re Important And We Keep The City Running

18. Johnny Foreigner – Johnny Foreigner Vs Everything

19. Arbouretum – The Gathering

20. Killington Fall – Keep Your Eyes To The Sea EP

21. Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune

22. United Fruit – Fault Lines

23. Minion TV – Arecibo EP

24. Up C Down C – Calaveras

25. Kellar – The Beloved Dean Of Magic

26. True Widow – As High As the Highest Heavens

27. Young Legionnaire – Crisis Works

28. Three Trapped Tigers – Route One Or Die

29. Khuda – Iecava

30. Matt Stevens – Relic

31. Trojan Horse – Trojan Horse

32. White Hills – h-p1

33. Polinski – Labyrinths

34. Vessels – Helioscope

35. Russian Circles – Empros

36. Lanterns on the Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

37. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead

38. Cyril Snear – Fluent In Seven Types Of Monotone

39. The Fierce & The Dead – If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe

40. The Antlers – Burst Apart

With thanks to Gareth O’Malley, Polly Holton, Hannah Morgan, Geoff Morey, Jake Gillen & Aicha Boyd for their input to this list.

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