Best of 2011: Siddhartha Mitter

Soundcheck, WNYC Radio, December 22, 2011

This week’s year-in-review special continues with Siddhartha Mitter, a music journalist who contributes to the Boston Globe, MTV Iggy, MTV Desi and other outlets.

Siddhartha Mitter’s list:

Three Great Songs:

  • Frank Ocean, “Novacane”
  • Musiq Soulchild, “Yes”
  • SBTRKT featuring Sampha, “Hold On”

World Music that Isn’t “World Music”:

  • Chamber Music (album) – Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal
  • Tirtha (album) – Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, Nitin Mitta
  • Zuciya Daya (song) – Bez
  • Karibu Ya Bintou (song) – Baloji

Music for Upheaval:

  • Rayes Le Bled (song) – El Général
  • Into the Fire (song) – The Bant Singh Project
  • Obama Nation Pt 2 (song) – Lowkey ft. Lupe Fiasco, M-1, Black the Ripper

Rest in Peace:

  • Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
  • Cesaria Evora
  • Gil Scott-Heron