2012 was a great year for growth, relationships, and big changes in my life. I turned 30 years old this year, and with it I made a promise to myself to life a healthier and fuller life. With that I made the big decision to stop drinking alcohol, exercise my mind, and learn to give back. With the help of some fellow peers, we saw that start of a non profit called the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA Website), providing resources, community, and support to LGBTQIA Artists. I finally saw people who really want to pull things together, share knowledge and give back. With this idea of giving back to the community I recently started volunteering my time at the the local HIV clinic here in Boston. Just a little bit of help goes a long way I like to say. I wanted to broaden my knowledge, and also learn from what goes on and behind these resources. I also saw a start of a new job/career teaching as an after school mentor for high school students, educating them about innovation through and ArtScience approach. All these things I would have never imagined myself doing, or let alone being interested in. Take away one thing, and three emerge, much better and more positive!
I also have gained an amazing boyfriend, best friend, and lover. Gerald, who is my partner in crime, has provided me with more love and support than anyone has in a LONG time. He always knows how to cheer me up, and has taught me a thing or two about love, relationships, and needs in life. With his ever enchanting smile and warm hugs, Gerald is also a long lover of pop culture and music. With that, much of my music went from GLUM to HAPPY! We spent most of the summer dancing around and singing bad pop music, but you know what, I DON’T CARE! HAH!~ So with that, my charts, skewed by fun, happiness, and teenie pop might skew our Top 10s this year! All plays are calculated by LastFM scrobbles and iTunes plays.
Song of the Year
1. Ellie Goulding – Dead in the Water
2. Lana Del Rey – National Anthem
3. Donkeyboy – City Boy
4. Saint Lou Lou – Only You
5. Katy Perry – Wide Awake
6. Man Without Country – Clipped Wings
7. Non Tiq – Love Machine
8. Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe
9. Garcon Garcon – Stay In Touch
10. Wynter Gordon – Stimela
Niki & The Dove – Tomorrow
Charli XCX – Stay Away
Solange – Loosing You
Rihanna – Diamonds
Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing
Album of the Year
1. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon
2. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
3. Charli XCX – Heartbeats And Earthquakes (Mixtape)
4. Man Without Country – Foe
5. Niki & The Dove – Instinct
6. Wynter Gordon – Doleo
7. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
8. Garcon Garcon – Self Titled EP
9. Beach House – Bloom
10. Chromatics – Kill for Love
Artist of the Year
1. Ellie Goulding
2. Lana Del Rey
4. Niki & The Dove
5. Beach House
6. Donkey Boy
7. Carly Rae Jepsen
8. Man Without Country
9. Bat for Lashes
Best Pop/Hip Hop/R&B Album of the Year
1. Wynter Gordon – Doleo
2. Rihanna – Unapologetic
3. Azealia Banks – 1991 EP
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – This Kiss
5. Garcon Garcon – Self Titled EP
6. Marina and the Diamonds – Electra Heart
7. Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events
8. Rye Rye – Go! Pop! Bang!
9. Donkeyboy – Silver Moon
10. Alphabeat – Express Non-Stop
Best Indie Rock/Pop Album of the Year
1. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
2. Chromatics – Kill for Love
3. Beach House – Bloom
4. Chairlift – Something
5. Cat Power – Sun
6. The Album Leaf – Torey’s Distraction – Original Soundtrack
7. The XX – Coexist
8. Memoryhouse – The Slideshow Effect
9. Stars – The North
10. Saint Savior – Union
Best Electronic Album of the Year
1. Charli XCX – Heartbeats and Earthquakes
2. Man Without Country – Foe
3. El Perro Del Mar – Pale Fire
4. Azealia Banks – 1991 EP
5. The Presets – Pacifica
6. Lemonade – Diver
7. Grimes – Visions
8. Chromatics – Kill for Love
9. Iamamiwhoami – Kin
10. Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
Best Non-American Album of the Year
1. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
2. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon
3. Niki & The Dove – Instinct
4. El Perro Del mar – Pale Fire
5. Man Without Country – Foe
6. Jesse Ware – Devotion
7. Wynter Gordon – Doleo
8. Presets – Pacifica
9. Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events
10. Marina and the Diamonds – Electra Heart
Oldies But Goodies (Non 2012 Released) Songs
1. Ellie Goulding – Lights (2011)
2. Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris) – We Found Love (2011)
3. Adele vs. Daft Punk – Something about the Fire (Carlos Serrano Mix) (2011)
4. The Sound of Arrows – My Shadow (2011)
5. Robyn – Hang With Me (Acoustic) (2010)
6. Birdy – Skinny Love (2011)
7. Kimbra – Old Flame (2011)
8. Young Galaxy – We Have Everything (2011)
9. Yasmin – On My Own (Steve Smart & WestFunk Club Mix) (2011)
10. M83 – Midnight City (2011)
All videos can be found on YouTube
1. Mark Foster, A-Trak, Kimbra – Warrior
2. 2NE1 – Clap Your Hands
3. Alphabeat – Vacation
4. Drake – Take Care
5. Imperial Teen – Runaway
6. Jared Again (Beards.org) – Grow you Beard!
7. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound
8. Studio Killers – Eros and Apollo
9. Imperial Teen – Yoo Hoo
10. Yacht – Le Goudron
11. Morgan Page – Body Work ft. Tegan and Sara
12. Perfume – Spring of Life
13. Queen of Hearts – Neon
14. Rye Rye – Boom Boom
15. The Magnetic Fields – Andrew In Drag
16. Santigold – Disparate Youth
17. Nicki Minaj – Starships
18. Jee Day – Aura Go
19. Hey Willpower – Double Fantasy
20. Nicki Minaj – Beez In The Trap
21. Tom Of Finland Clothing Fall 1998
22. SHOWstudio – Daphne Guinness – Fashion Fetish
23. Rihanna – Where Have You Been
24. William – Love You Like A Big Schlong
25. RuPaul – Glamazon
1. The Ting Tings – Hang It Up
2. Michael Hensley – We Are Here To Recruit Your Kids
3. Garcon Garcon – Stay In Touch
4. Studio Killers – Ode To The Bouncer
5. War Of Words – Battleground
6. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Candy Candy
7. Dubstep Cat
8. Algora – Canción Mentira
9. Ginger The Ghost – Where Wolf
10. The Ting Tings Silence (Bag Raiders Remix)
11. “Test With My New JVC ”
12. Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans
13. Grimes – Vanessa
14. Niki & The Dove – Tomorrow
15. SSION – My Love Grows In The Dark
16. The Shoes – Time To Dance
17. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Put Tsukema
18. Kylie Minogue – Get Outta My Way
19. SSION – Clown
20. Still Corners – Cuckoo
21. Algora – Mr. High Heels
22. Iamamiwhoami – Good Worker
23. Grimes – Oblivion
24. Ab Soto – Honey Boo Boo
25. Florence + The Machine – Never Let Me Go
Don’t you ever dare tell me I’m not keeping my promises! I gave you my word you’ll read an interview with the dynamic fuzzy duo from Down Under and now I’m putting my words into action.
Fighitng for homo’s attention and trying to battle opponents like Gaga and Madonna, Garçon Garçon seem to have the perfect solution – Right on the pulse of time and following trends of masculinity development, the music duo knows the perfect ingredients for producing a successful EP – smooth male vocals, 80?s sound, catchy rhythms, facial and chest hair.
Garçon Garçon are Nathan Mahon (Vocals/Guitar) and Nick Tsirimokos (Synths/Programming) an electro-pop duo from Kings Cross, Sydney. Combining new wave synths with a unique ’80s feeel and a dash of blatant pop, Garçon Garçon write intelligent songs with catchy hooks.
Right before they joined the celebrations of Mardi Gras in Sydney, with a 10 hour difference between us, I had a chat with Nick and Nathan about their strategy to expand as a power pop duo, the future of the industry, and masculinity. Listen to their EP at the bottom of the article.
Hey guys, what have you been up to lately?
NICK: We have been super busy! I don’t think we have had time to even stop and scratch ourselves. Last week we began live show rehearsals with our band which is really exciting for us – Its really only ever been Nathan and I so it was pretty amazing to hear the full EP with banging guitar and additional backing vocals. We have a string of gigs during and around Sydney MardiGras – Rdio Launch Party, Belvedere Vodka and DNA party, and then the Official Mardi Gras Laneway party… so its really all systems go – its exciting, we thrive on keeping ourselves busy.
Other than that, we are putting together some remixes for our next single as well as being in discussions with directors for our next music video. We are pretty pumped about everything in the pipeline, and now that our EP is out, we can free ourselves up to work on all of these additional elements that we really have wanted to put more time into. Things are good!
There was a long period of time between the demos hitting the web and the EP coming out, what took you so long?
NICK: Well, most people don’t know it but Nathan and I both work full time jobs! Garçon Garcon started out as a fun side project, so when things started happening for us, it was a real surprise! We didn’t really have the luxury of sitting in a studio every day being creative so it was really a long process for us. EP kind of became our weekend baby – so yeah, it definitely took a while, but then I guess thats also a good thing – we really had the luxury of making sure we were really happy with all aspects of the EP before its release. Hopefully we will be working with a label for our album and things will start happening a lot faster! Sorry we took so long – it pained us too!
NATHAN: Yeah, it was a long process. Much longer than either of us ever anticipated, sorry everyone!! Hahaha! We didn’t want to cut any corners and make sure when EP was out we could sit back and say we were 100% happy with it. We felt pressure to hurry up, everyone was waiting!! But we wanted it to be perfect. If we had spent this long, there was no point in rushing a few weeks or a month just to get it out early. We’re both really happy with it and very proud of EP so it was worth the wait I think
Who do you dedicate your debut to?
NICK: The unpopular kids at school – I think you’re awesome.
NATHAN: I like that! I will back Nick up on that one
Whom do you want to work with? Who inspires you?
NICK: I would really like to work with FM Belfast or The Knife – both really talented acts marching to their own beat – A one of a kind originality. I guess I find inspiration in really good song writing, regardless of production…artists like Sigur Ros, The Drums, Fever Ray, Bjork – they are all inspirational and have certainly left some kind of mark in the way I approach my song writing.
NATHAN: There are so many people I would love to work with! I’d love to write and collaborate with Robyn, Santigold, Karen O.. The list could go on and on! I’m very inspired by artists like: Bjork, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, early U2, Interpol and thousands of others. This is always a hard question because the answer will change depending on the day, my mood.
A new exclusive to F&G! We are getting to know our lovely cover models a bit more, to entice, excite, and stimulate your visual nerves! We had a blast photographing this month’s cover model Tom, so in return we are hyping up our energetic sassy diva from mid west.
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Profession: Drag star, “Nicholle Pride” and Senior Analyst at Center for Social Innovation
Hobbies: Avid runner, “carrying on with my girls”, traveling and connecting with new people, cruising vintage shops
Favorite Album: Aaliyah (2001) Aaliyah’s final album
Favorite Song: Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Murder on the Dancefloor
Favorite Artist: Me’Shell Ndegeocello
F&G: How does it feel being a cover model for F&G? Were you nervous at all being photographed and wearing the “sacred” chain?
Tom: I LOVE being the center of attention and I have known Sean for years. Our sessions went smoothly and in an instant, Sean helped me drop my guard. Also I’m a HUGE Top Model fan, so I viewed the shoot as a challenge for me to test out the ‘Smize”. It feels wonderful being the cover model and to show my personality in a different light.
F&G: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Tom: Bold, Genuine, Spunky
F&G: Give us a little fact about yourself that people might not expect.
Tom: I don’t have a driver’s license and I kinda don’t ever want to get one.
F&G: How does music fit into your every day life?
Tom: When I am not traveling for business, I’m usually plopped behind my desk. Thankfully I work in an office culture that allows the space for staff to play music in their headphones as they work. It helps me to focus and tune out the distractions. I moonlight as a Drag Queen so I am constantly searching for dance music. The best compliments come from folks who approach me after the show and ask for details about the music they’ve heard. I am blessed that I know such talented artists, dj’s and producers who like to send me exclusive cuts and clever reinterpretations of pop songs. My favorite song to perform currently is a megamix of Rihanna’s Rude Boy that Rizzla made just for me.
F&G: What songs are blowing up your play lists these past few months?
Tom: All the mashups of Whitney Houston’s jams. Each one that comes out is better than the last. As sad as I am that she’s passed, I am overjoyed that music heads have re-imagined her style and have come to appreciate her timeless voice. I have “How Will I Know If We Found Love” on repeat.
F&G: Underrated musical artist who deserves more?
Tom: I’m such a fan of Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. I think he’s supremely gifted and that he has such style and grace about him. I’ve been listening to his mixtapes for a while and “Camp” is a phenomenal rap record. He definitely needs more shine.
F&G: What about F&G makes you keep coming back for more?
Tom: The opportunities to see people who I don’t get to see that often loosen up and have a little fun. I like flirting with handsome men and that I can do so without pressure of taking someone back to my crib.
I just left an awkward engagement party, thinking about my insecurities and doubts about society and the pressures of it, and I just wanted to eat some Chinese food, meet up with the man I am currently dating, have him hold me in his arms, watch some movies together, and fall asleep. The night had an aura about it that I wasn’t really sure until I checked my phone. I saw that Whitney Houston has passed away. At first I thought it was a joke, but after seeing news of it everywhere, I was sort of left in a shocked state. This is a woman who filled most of my childhood with moments of joy and entertainment, from happiness, all the way to heartbreaks.
I grew up listening to mostly Hip Hop and R&B, clinging on to Pop’s favorites, Whitney, Mary J Blige, Brandy, Monica, Toni Braxton, En Vogue, and Mariah Carey. These women belted out with all their hearts, their passions behind their lyrics, always evoking a feeling of intensity, and deep emotion, which is, what I believe, the essence of R&B. Being an overly sensitive and emotional man, these songs connected to many of the emotions I would feel on a daily basis, whether it be about someone bullying me, or my mom’s absence, or the struggles any lower middle class teen American might have felt somewhere in the misunderstood 80s and 90s.
As I hit my late teens and early 20s, I always fell back on my Hip Hop and R&B roots, especially when it came to those great dance anthems, standing on those great block platforms, belting out lyrics to songs about broken hearts, jealous men, and struggles women overcame. Lasers and smoke filled the room, evoking the dramatic energy any gay club kid would love to get lost in. These were songs of strength and courage, but also a connection to us being human. We are flawed, have weaknesses, give in, and can also crumble.
We all saw Whitney’s life fall apart before our lives. Her struggle with drugs was made apparent for all eyes to see. She became a laughing stock for her public appearances, and became another face of drug addiction. I participated in this humor, mocking her for her appearances, and consuming what our culture loves to do, indulging in other’s failures. I became what our society wanted us to be, consume in ones struggles, and to let us know that “We are better, because we are stronger”. I am ashamed of admitting to these feelings and events in my life. Making fun of others points out that in return, we are the weak person. This is a totally fucked up structure system that WE as human’s NEED to recognize, and stop.
I did not struggle with addiction personally, but many people in my life have. Growing up with a family surrounded by alcoholism, having friends struggle with alcohol, drugs, and other substance abuse, I saw what it did to their lives, and I felt helpless most of the time, but somehow wanting to help out. As I sat there in the Chinese food restaurant, and later on in my bed, I cried for Whitney, but I also cried for my past and for our humanity. I was frustrated, felt helpless, and wanted to fix what has happened, and it was unfortunate to see someone who has sold MILLIONS of records, considered a WORLD SUPERSTAR, crumble and die. These people have power to influence our lives, to share their talents with everyone, and we are left with tragedy. It’s not speculated yet as to what is the cause of Whitney’s death, but we can be sure to know, that us as the Pop culture can and should admit that we are also held responsible for her death. We took joy in her misery, when we should have learned from her struggles and help in whatever form we can.
As Wendy Williams stated in her response to Whitney’s death, we all need to “Call them out” on their problems, acknowledging that there is something wrong. As a caring person, we must be there for those people who we love and need help them, or we will loose someone close to ourselves, be it a personal family member, a friend, or a music idol that you hold dearly to your childhood and musical history. Next time you think to joke about someone or something, for a moment, think about your influence on the situation. We have lost someone who has changed and set records in the music industry, and I’m lost for words, but this woman has been a person in my life, though I never met, who has shaped and formed the man that stands here today. I will miss you Whitney…
The other day I was thinking about musical influences and what makes me so attracted to them. While I was thinking about this, listening to my digital music library on shuffle, a song by Kate Bush came on, and it then struck me! Though I came across Kate Bush sometime around mid 2002 (Yes I know I was a late bloomer!), I realized how her musical talent, creativity, and continuous determination to challenge mainstream sounds in music, greatly influenced what sounds I am now currently attracted to.
“But why Kate Bush?” some may ask, well for one, she is a sound that many people don’t really hear, let alone lyrics and songs that are sometimes obscure, yet fall so easily on the ears. Her hymns, as I like to call them have a rhythm and tone to them that put me in a trance, something that is a little more subliminal, but taking me to a place that many musicians cannot take me to.
I believe music is presented to us as an auditory expression through words and sounds. Some of us get it, some of us don’t, which is fine, but for me, lyrics have never really been a huge strong point, verses the intent and emotion behind the vocals and sound. You can tell when someone is into it but also when it resonates something within us. I’m not telling you how you should listen to music, but maybe a way that pop cultures music doesn’t necessarily do for us.
Pop music has become a consumerist experience, take it in and enjoy for the moment it exists, and the dump away after it’s finished. If you think about it, how many pop songs do you remember from last year? I constantly look over the Billboard Hot 100 charts from year to year, barely remembering songs from that year that were big hits, only to see them become “One Hit Wonders” later on. Artists now strive to have hit singles rather than a great selling album. Very few seem to achieve this, and I want to particularly focus on female singers within our culture. It’s given many female artists have hit singles, but never have a well selling albums. Yes there are some (Adele, Lady Gaga etc), but not many that I can remember. I think one current artist that seems to stick in my head is Florence + The Machine, and her well selling album Lungs has been on the Billboard 200 for over a year, yet many only know of one or two of her songs.
The lack and interest to explore an album has brought some upset to me, but I digress! I want to bring it back to Kate Bush, and how you can scan all her albums and listen to the whole album in it’s full entirety. But as well, her albums have not sold well anywhere (I’m talking doing diamond, or that level of status), yet many people I know, all agree and enjoy her work. With that, I’d like to spread some more of my love of her to everyone. Her influence on the music industry has been HUGE. There is even a freakin’ documentary on her!
There are many other musicians out there who have produced sounds similar to hers, taking on this persona of free spirit, producing sounds that are anti-pop culture, which have a form of experimentation and fluidity to their sounds. I think the biggest artist that I’d first off mention would be Bat For Lashes. She has been around for a while, and though her voice and production of her music is different, there is an abstract yet omniscient vibe to her sounds and inspirations. She as well has produced a documentary on her works, which goes through the mind of what I’d like to call “creative genius” in their works. Both mystical and purely subconscious, I’d say that Natasha Khan creates her music out of her pure center, her genuine form of what we are as humans. We tend to push our true selves so far behind what we are projected to be. Ironically I state all of this because the other day I took a psychology test, so see what others perceive me to be, verses what I perceive myself to be. I’m still awaiting the results, but it was funny to check off more things that others have thought I was, rather than how I see myself. Again side tracked, but I’d like to say that the essence of “what is Bat for Lashes” is one of these purest forms.
There are other lists of many artists, but I feel many seem to go unknown in the realm of pop culture, but Ladyhawke would but another example. Living with Asperger syndrome, I believe this has allowed her to focus on her music, in almost an obsessive way, being detailed oriented and concentrating on the sounds and lyrics of her work. Another artist who I’d like to mention would be Niki & The Dove, hailing from Sweden (I always seem to gravitate to musicians from here), producing an Electro pop sound, but with strong undertones of Kate’s influence on her work. It seems the sounds that I enjoy all seem to be Non-American, maybe it’s because their cultures seem to thrive or strive in a way to have a more authentic and laid back lifestyle, or maybe they just have more funding in the arts. Either way, we are still given a touch and influence from Kate Bush, passed down to these individuals here.
So what to do with this rant that I present to you, well, I would say, step out of your boundaries for once, listen, and maybe take something with you, but also, maybe we should all try to be ourselves more, and be less guarded. Maybe me being a “gay” man has allowed for me to challenged this concepts of norm, opening up my own perceptions of the world being able to be honest and trust to myself. I leave you with a video I made while in Berlin, looking at myself, and my insecurities with living abroad for an extended play, and yes, it’s me and Kate Bush, what I’d like to call, together as one.
The Young Professionals are made up of Ivri Lider (one of Israel’s biggest selling musicians) and Johnny Goldshtein (Israeli producer\composer), residing in beautiful Tel Aviv. Their work initially started out as a long distance collaboration, building on moments in their personal lives, building together this album, which is a narrative of the typical work day then transitioning into the night. The album itself has a huge transition and builds up into a more dance sound as the album progresses. Using a vast array of cultural and experimental sounds TYP plays on the combination of both Pop and Electro.
The concept behind TYP is that they are more than musicians, they are a collaborative, engaging with other creative people, building beyond just the music, be it design, style, fashion, TYP engages all forms of creativity to keep their audience stimulated on all ends, creating a network, of what they call, the young professionals.
My personal favorite on the album is D.I.S.C.O, featuring Tel Aviv’s famous dancer and entertaining Uriel Yekutiel, this song brings both flair and a great sound to the dance floor. Totally worth checking out, and of course blasting at your next party!
Recently signed to Polydor France, TYP is gaining popularity quite rapidly, and we are lucky enough to share our love to you at Fur And Gold. DJ Taffy nominated TYP’s latest album as TOP album of the year, that’s got to mean something right! Expect to hear some songs of their great album this upcoming Friday! Grab a free copy, and a few lucky winners will receive a signed copy by the band!
Cuddle up to some sweetie you have, sip some tea, and rest your head on a furry chest…
- Tenderfoot – The Desperate Kingdom of Love
- Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
- Birdy – Skinny Love
- Mary J. Blige – Mr. Wrong (Feat. Drake)
- Rihanna – Drunk on Love
- Zhane – Sending My Love
- Young Galaxy – The Sun’s Coming Up And My Plane’s Going Down
- Woodpigeon – An Entanglement of Weeds
- The Sound of Arrows – Ruins of Rome
- Sia – Breathe Me
- Robyn – Hang With Me (Acoustic)
- Regina Spektor – Samson
- Red House Painters – Grace Cathedral Park
- The National – Daughters Of The Soho Riots
Most of 2011 for me was spent in Berlin, where I focused more on my introverted self, homing in on my love for darker, sadder, more serious sounds. Not all of it was that serious in tone, my great friend Christo (Grateful Grapefruit) allowed for the both of us to get up and dance around our flat in our underwear, make amazing breakfast goods, and prance around the streets of Berlin. Upon my arrival back home to Boston, a strong sense of displacement took over me, wanting to feel back “at home” but also missing everything in Berlin. This mixed with my love for walking, soon empowered me for a good emotional song to power walk to around the city to. Electronic beats soon took over as a precedence to getting through the day, and overpowered any form of sadness or loneliness that I initially had. Combining all these intense emotions as well as life changing experiences, 2011 so far has been one of the most beneficial moments in my life, altering the way I look at the world as a whole, how I view relationships, and foremost, my passion and love for music. I hope this top 10 reflects this, and maybe some of these songs and albums have made your own personal top 10. Music here was mostly compiled by Last FM play counts, and then influenced by over all preference.
Top 10 of 2011
Song of the Year
1. Young Galaxy – We Have Everything
2. Britta Persson – Toast to M
3. William Fitzsimmons – Fade and Then Return
4. The Sound of Arrows – Magic
5. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
6. Vanbot – Lost Without You
7. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
8. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
9. Kimbra – Cameo Lover
10. Rihanna – We Found Love (Featuring Calving Harris)
Austra – Lose It
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Beth Ditto – Open Heart Surgery
Album of the Year
1. William Fitzsimmons – Gold In The Shadow
2. Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting
3. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
4. The Sound of Arrows – Voyage
5. Kimbra – Vows
6. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
7. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
8. Britta Persson – Current Affair Medium Rare
9. Lady GaGa – Born This Way
10. Vanbot – Self Titled
Zola Jesus – Conatus
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Wild Beasts – Smother
Artist of the Year
1. William Fitzsimmons
2. Young Galaxy
4. Britta Persson
6. Ellie Goulding
7. Lady Gaga
8. Florence + The Machine
9. Bon Iver
Best Pop/Hip Hop/R&B Album of the Year
1. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
2. Lady GaGa – Born This Way
3. Ellie Goulding – Lights
4. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
5. Adele – 21
6. Florrie – Experimental EP
7. Alexis Jordan – Self Titled
8. Drake – Take Care
9. Jennifer Lopez – Love?
10. Beyonce – 4
Best Indie Rock/Pop Album
1. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
2. Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting
3. William Fitzsimmons – Gold in the Shadow
4. Bon Iver – Self Titled
5. Wild Beasts – Smother
6. Tenderfoot – Red Coat (EP)
7. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
8. Metronomy – The English Riviera
9. Feist – Metals
10. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Best Electronic Album
1. Zola Jesus – Conatus
2. Austra – Feel it Break
3. M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
4. Monarchy – Around The Sun
5. The Sound of Arrows – Voyage
6. Junior Boys – It’s all True
7. Oh Land – Self Titled
8. Johan Agebjorn – Casablanca Nights
9. Cut Copy – Zonoscope
10. Beth Ditto – EP
Best Non-American Album
1. Kimbra – Vows
2. M83 – Hurry up, We’re Dreaming
3. The Sound of Arrows – Voyage
4. Britta Persson – Current Affair Medium Rare
5. Vanbot – Self Titled
6. Johan Agebjorn – Casablanca Nights
7. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
8. Yelle – Safari Disco Club
9. The Young Professionals – 09:00 To 17:00
10. Sophie Ellis – Bextor – Make a Scene
Oldies But Goodies (Non 2011 Released) Songs
1. Bat for Lashes – Siren Song (2009)
2. Robyn – Hang With Me (2010)
3. Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love (2009)
4. Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World) (2010)
5. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (2010)
6. Everything But the Girl – Time After Time (1992)
7. Zeigeist – Tar Heart (2008)
8. Beach House – Zebra (2010)
9. Selena – If I Could Fall In Love (1995)
10. M83 – Kim & Jessie (2008)