Fresh from the Sydney, Australia beat oven of DJ Daigo, here’s his re-bake of Arrested Development’s 1992 hip-hop classic “People Everyday” and Quantic & Nickodemus’ 2006 hit, “Mi Swing Es Tropical.”

Perry & the Harmonics were a Chicago-based soul-jazz combo who cut just one album for Mercury Records. Cashing in on the mid-sixties craze for anything spy-related, Intrigue With Soul album features jazzy Bond themes and the nicely grooving “Do the Monkey With James.”

Two of my very favorite artists, prolific musician/bandleader/producer/DJ Quantic and (in my humble opinion) the reigning queen of UK soul Alice Russell recently reunited. “Look Around the Corner” is the brilliant new single, available now as a download and on limited edition 10″ vinyl.

The 20 albums released in 2011 that I listened to the most. Of course, there’s significant overlap with the countless other best-of lists, but there are gems here that were overlooked by many, as well as return-to-form releases and great records from long-time favorites.