This latest installment in the Best of the Blogs series in some ways becomes a continuation of the recap of 2008 posts we’ve been running. Many of these tracks showed up on other blogs’ lists of the best of 2008.
Maybe it’s because it’s winter and the days are short, maybe it’s because I have a latent need to party, maybe it’s because I’m getting old and need to listen to music to keep me up; whatever it is, this particular selection is definitely one of the more upfront mixes I’ve put together. I hope you enjoy.
Mr. Oizo – Bruce Willis is Dead
The ‘flat beat’ maestro is back. Bruce Willis didn’t make it, though.
AC Slater – Jack Got Jacked
“In the beginning there was a groove…” and then this groove got completely reworked by AC Slater’s crazy techno proto-house.
Souldiers of Fortune – Jungle Boogie (Ryan Riback’s Get Down Remix)
Another rework of an older number. I was never that keen on the Kool & The Gang original (popularized by Tarantino in Pulp Fiction). This dubbed-out remix I can deal with, though.
AC Slater – Party Like Us (Original Mix)
Another stomper from that man Slater.
Justice – We Are Your Friends (Disco Villains Remix)
The Justice bomb gets a reworking from the Disco Villains crew.
Dani Deahl – Poppin’ Bottles (House Moguls remix)
Infectious beepline running through this jittery slab of electro-tech.
Larry Tee – I Love U (Bart B More Secured Dub)
I’m afraid I’m not sure where this corker came from, but the raw thump of the bass is what snagged me.
Jesper Dahlbäck – Spagat (Flanger)
Raw screwed up techno.
Database – Go Go Go
Throw your hands up in the air. In an old skool kind of way.
M.I.A. – Boyz (The Twelves Remix)
The Twelves do a fine job on one of the hit tracks of the last 12 months.
The Disco Villains – Jalisco Intro No.3
Those Disco Villains are back. Just when you think it can’t get any nuttier, it yodels.
Morgan Page – The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)
Not quite sure where this trancey little number came from. But Deadmau5 has done a fine job tweaking Morgan Page’s vocal trance.
Mike Monday – I Am Plankton (GLUG GLUG DUB)
Blob. Blob. Blob.
Kleerup – Until We Bleed (With Lykke Li)
Lykke Li has built up quite an indie following. Here her vocals are perfectly matched with a delicately-inflected beat.
Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Aeroplane Pop remix)
Aeroplane, the dahlings of the emerging Balearic scene get their blissed-out paws on this Cut Copy hit.
R.S.A.G – Days Go By
This one dropped from the moon. Seriously, I have no idea where this came from. Heavily reminiscent of The Doors, this is one well-crafted ballad.