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Best of 2010

Finally. Time to get this out before another year passes. Some of the tracks appeared way before 2010, but all rocked my boat over that 12 month chunk.

Enjoy.

Space Bass (Jamie xx’s remix of The xx) – The xx

Running Up That Hill (12″ Mix) – Kate Bush

Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi

Ondulation – Shonky

Grande Torino – Agoria

Let’s All Say Hey! (phantim mashup) – Dennis Ferrer vs. Laidback Luke

Poison Lips – Vitalic

Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix) – Florence and The Machine

These Words (Roska’s Speechless mix) – Martyn ft. dBridge

Cockney Flute (Rusko Remix)

Circulate – 2652

Omen – Prodigy

Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) – Daft Punk

The ilicitronix blog has been on fire – you’ll find a few tracks that came my way from that neon corner of the web. The full list of blogs I regularly plunder, erm, I mean visit are available here.

Happy 2011 to all – keep those ears well-nourished 😉

The end of the beginning

Quite a year. At least that’s the feeling from behind this laptop. Nine+ months of expectation led to the fruitful delivery of what is now a wonderful smiling bundle of puke and poop. I can safely say I’m having a time like no other in my life.

Other new adventures this year include a foray into the world of jazz following a trip to New Orleans. One rambunctious night turned us on to the new interpretations of an old time style courtesy of the Smoking Time Jazz Club and I’ve since been digging into the old style proper courtesy of Coleman Hawkins, amongst others.

I say all this, but this mixtape installment goes in a wholly different direction dipping more into the world of indie-inflected dance music. I understand that this is the festive time of the year, but this one is more winter than Christmas. And it’s not a best of 2010 compilation: that would be a major disservice to the bunch of tracks I received in December which I still haven’t worked my way through.

Kicking things off with the ultra-ambient tinkles of George Lenton, the mix moves into the more muscular direction of Kings of Tomorrow before dropping down a notch with White Hinderland’s rendition of Timberlake’s ‘My Love’.

Clicks and Whistles is an American outfit indicative of the new sounds coming out of the US. As you can probably tell by the occurrence of two tracks in this mix, I’m a fan of their Idiothouse EP.

Other notable mentions are Peo de Pitte’s reworking of Telepopmusik’s Breathe (I’d urge you to check out the full version which I didn’t have the courage to feature here) and the exciting direction Daft Punk have taken the movie soundtrack genre.

The skinny

Sine A (here here) – George Lenton

Feyd Rautha Dark Heart – Grimes

Yorokobu (Craig Heneveld Remix) – The Malah

Ego Trip – Kings Of Tomorrow

My Love – White Hinterland

Hello – Clicks & Whistles

Twilight Galaxy (JSaxton’s 2552 Remix) – Metric

Give It Up – Diamond Rings

Breathe (Peo de Pitte remix) – Telepopmusik

Raw Passion – Clicks & Whistles

Passion – Nightmares On Wax

Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) – Daft Punk

endless pregnant pause

and so it begins. a right of passage. join the club. the 9th full moon has passed. in folklore it unleashes the sunshine. sunshine is coming.

starting off with a sprinkling of brazilian angel dust in the shape of murucututu (thanks, louise!) before vitalic’s poisin lips tears in. sorry about that. felt like getting this show on the road.

there’s a minor detour through rusko’s wonky dubstep, randanman’s old school take, and some old-school proper in the shape of lfo. i drift towards the end and can’t help rounding off with the ‘last song of the night’ selection. in some ways it’s a tip of the hat towards doc, abby; 10 10 10. in another way, i’m coming clean about my musical preferences in my formative years.

right, i now have another show to get on the road.

tracklisting

Murucututu – Magda Pucci
Poison Lips – Vitalic
Music Sounds Better With You (My!Gay!Husband! EDIT) – Stardust
I Got One (You’re It) – Homework
Mr. Chips – Rusko
Don’t Change For Me – Ramadanman
The Healer – Lazaro Casanova
Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi
LFO [Leeds Warehouse Mix] – LFO
Sex Sax (Dillon Francis Choose Your Adventure Remix) – Drop The Lime
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Bing Bong Bing – MF Borat
Can I Get A – Jay-Z
Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

dark silky grooves from rich gilfedder

sultry and petulant: the bay area, brian wilson from the giants, fall season, half the candidates in the US gubernatorial contest, and to round it off, this classy slice of house music from bournemouth’s rich gilfedder.

i normally sit on the fence around the whole ‘producer as dj’ argument, but rich’s blending, which maintains cohesion yet a slow, steady sprinkling of drama, argues strongly in favor of letting sonic twiddlers venture behind the decks. a music closely related to the warehouse birth of house music (including classic quotes), but redefined through a twitchy, tribal lens.

tracklisting and more info on rich gilfedder on electronic groove

State of independence

New Orleans gatorScouring through the blogs once again on this mix. It’s summer so leaning more in the direction of trance and blissed out beats, setting the scene with an airy reworking of a Florence and the Machine track before traversing a path towards Agoria’s strung out Grande Torino. Tom Stephan beefs things up a little (twiddling Laidback Luke’s knobs) before making a b-line for one of my guilty pleasures: Pryda. Not a big fan of his more effusive chart-aimed offerings (often under the Eric Prydz moniker), I’m surprisingly drawn to his more drawn out tribal journeys. Blaze were a New Jersey duo that came to prominence on the deep house scene in the early 1990’s. I never really took the time to explore them, but ‘Lovelee Day’ is throbby uplifting house at its best.

Once again I turned to the simplicity of Mixmeister Fusion, occasionally turning to mixing by chords but really having fun with the one-touch looping and channel knobs. One laptop and a pair of headphones was all this took. Hope you like the results…

Tracklisting

Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix)- Florence and The Machine
Superhero (Luke Solomon Dub Mix) – The Glass
Raw – DJ Donna Summer
Jungle MCs (Original Web Version) – MarkLam feat MCFreeFlow
Grande Torino – Agoria
Mingpark – Art Konik
My GOD (Tom Stephan Remix) – Laidback Luke
Let’s All Say Hey! (phantim mashup) – Dennis Ferrer vs. Laidback Luke & Diplo
The Kids (feat. Janelle Monae) – B.o.B/Janelle Monae
Dancemachine – Recast DJs
A War Zone (Club mix) – Maestro
Wakanapi (Original Mix) – Pryda
Jeffer (Modeselektor Remix) – Boys Noize
Lovelee Dae – Blaze
BRKLN CLLN – Joy Orbison
I Get Lifted – George McCrae

(BTW, this photo is from our first night in New Orleans wandering down verdant other-worldy Magazine Street. I tell you, you never quite know what to expect in this city. Oh, and the blog post title is a tentative nod towards July 4th… a holiday with mixed emotions for an English man in the US).

J Period Dancehall Soundclash Vol 2 Part 2 boyee

J Period Dancehall Soundclash Well, one day we’ll be back in the sizzling hot sun of summer – stoop parties, hoards at every ice cream parlor, hanging out in parks with boom boxes blaring a boisterous roughneck soundtrack. Well, here in SF we’re still not quite there yet, but let’s start getting in the mood.

I originally posted part 1 of this J Period Dancehall Soundclash mix last year, and due to demand am offering up part 2 here. There’s no let-up in intensity, and we find ourselves once more engulfed in a heady concoction of dancehall, reggaeton, ragga, hip-hop and a spattering of jump-up pop classics.

Here’s the track names:

Lil Jon Interlude
The Workout
Yeah Remix
Elephant Message Remix
Elephant Message
Galang Girl
Get Busy/Egyptian Interlude
Sweet To The Belly
Milkshake Remix
Jook Gal
Move Your Body
Pull Up
Tamale
Killing A Sound Boy
Sound Bwoie Buriell
Look Into My Eyes
Shake That Thing
Enemies Remix
Paid Not Played
Paid Not Played Exclusive
No No No
Oh Yeah
Bad Boys
Wine Up
Champion Lover
69
The Chronic
Like A Rock Remix
Neva Scared Remix
Neva Scared Remix
Outtro

Listen to part one of this mixtape

Strange love in Moscow

Well, it all started with this remix of the MJ track ‘Stranger in Moscow’ which was unfamiliar to me as by the time History came out, I’d largely lost interest. Well, that track didn’t even make it onto this mix in the end. I ended venturing a little further leftfield into more tribal territory. Don’t despair, black heart day is only around the corner and I couldn’t resist the Sandcastles remix of that old Robin S Euro-thumper ‘Show me love’. Forgive me, all you purists out there.

For the trainspotter:

Mind Reader (L-Vis 1990 Remix) – Kingdom + Shyvonne
Burning Up – Skream
Trollsta (Egyptrixx Remix) – Dubbel Dutch
Timewarp Dub – Stagga
This Sound Is (Homework Sound Bootcut) – Kid Kaio & Lucky Charmes
Kill 100 (Carl Craig Remix) – X-Press 2
Lucy & Ercolino – So the Nothing Grows Stronger
T’a surdou Dakunt (Lorcan Mak remix) – Dakunt
Radio Slave – Orchestrating Maneuvers in the Dark (M.in & Patrick Lindsey Remix) – Radioslave Patrick Lindsey M.in
Flonko – Version 1 – Steve Angello, AN21
Summertime [Extended Vocal] – Jamie Jones
Grand Central, Part I (Deep Into The Bowel Of House) (MCDE Bassline Dub) – DJ Sprinkles
Love Dub – Cooly G
Sandcastles vs Show Me Love – BORN TO FUNK Edit
1992 – Original Mix – Mendo
Flutesnoot (Brodinski’s B-Live Mix) – Edu K
Erupting Light – Hildur Gudnadottir

Long faded shine of summer

Artwork by ApexSo, this mix started some months back under the glow of an Indian summer. Finally it sees the light of day – just in time for what these Americans call The Holidays.

I’ve been digging back into the past with wisps of drum and bass and old skool trance (303 workouts), mixed up with some new found numbers culled from the wonderful blogosphere. Enjoy…

Tracklisting

Kadebostan – Spirit Soldiers
Sweet Surrender (Roni Size Mix V2) – Sarah McLachlan
Warhead – DJ Krust
Life In Minds – Life On Mars
Kings Of Spain – Agent Purple
When I Grow Up (Bassnectar Remix) – Fever Ray
Sisters, I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To – Terre Thaemlitz
Psylodub – Transequence
Katouka – Tony Hunt
Reptil – Synesthasia
Vancouver – Felix Cartal
Cicada (Pedro De La Faydro Birth Mix) – Justin Martin
Fucking Boyfriend [Peaches Remix] – The Bird And The Bee
Tira’s boot – DJ Tira
Bot (Original Mix) – Deadmau5
Tom’s Diner (Bingo Players Bootleg) – Suzanne Vega
Wighnomy Bros. – Lampatee (Nick Curly Remix)
IC19 (Deathface Remix) – Buraka Som Sistema
Water From A Vine Leaf – William Orbit

Rakim: return to the golden age

In terms of rappers that have been around the block, there are few that have traveled further than Rakim. From the early days with Eric B, The R established himself as one of the true legends behind the mic.

Blentwell feature a great showcase from Elmattic tracing the history of this boy with the golden tonsils from Queens. There’s something in this laidback delivery that you rarely see in current hip hop but at the time was popularized by Rakim and the likes of Guru from Gangstarr.

The other thing about Rakim is that just about everybody remixed him (his biggest hit in the UK being ‘Paid in Full’ remixed by none other than a very young Norman Cook) and there are a bunch of those remixes featured here. Some of my faves are the ones where the vocals are cut back to grunts and shouts over a percussive workout.