It's that time of year again and love them or loathe them, think they put the spotlight on missed and skipped gems, give a lazy cheats guide to discovering new music or just simply highlight the obvious anyway, I've whittled down a long list of 22 down to the Northern By Nature Heroes of 2011 Top 20.
First up is one of the few newcomers in the chart. Although I'd been aware of Koreless as a dj as member of Glasgow's ALL CAPS crew, it was his first productions and remixes that really blew me away this year.
In the year that James Blake disappeared somewhere off to some other planet called Radio 1 Live Lounge, it was left to Koreless to pick up the baton of young, exciting 2-step producers to push the sound on again.
I can't think off the top of my head of a better debut this year than '4D', on Pictures Music which was picked up by the likes of Jamie XX, Benji B and Gilles Peterson who not only had him remixing one of his artists on Brownswood Recordings, Ghostpoet, earlier in the year, he even went as far comparing him to some of the heavyweights of the scene after just that one record; "Remember when you first heard James Blake and Ramadanman? Well, remember this is where you first heard Koreless."
He ruined Jacques Greene's 'The Look' for me though as I bought the record based solely on his bootleg remix. His version was a million times better than the original source material, so thanks mate!