Year’s Best: Okayfuture Top 11 Tracks of 2011
What is Okayfuture? I thought you’d never ask. Okayfuture (dot com) is a new channel coming to the Okayplayer network in the first quarter 2012. A fully featured web site, OKF will compliment partner channels Okayafrica, LargeUp, and Revivalist by being dedicated to the spectrum of beat and electronic oriented music that especially (but not limited) leans toward hip-hop & soul. Electronic music and it’s accompanying scene has returned with a vengeance in recent years, especially 2011, a year in which we saw Skrillex get nominated for an astonishing (for a dubstep producer) 5 Grammy Awards (Skrillex, who I am a fan of, did not make our year end list). Selecting 11 tracks of the year in any genre can be particularly difficult as there are so many good tunes that come out over a 365 day period. While I will hardly be the site’s only voice, this is my personal list featuring songs that stayed on repeat in 2011 and that I feel are a representative of what Okayfuture is all about. Some are remixes and/or edits, some haven’t even dropped yet officially. Some of these artists we’ve been following for years, others we have to look up. This is the beauty and joy of music discovery!