Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wax On...

Here's a couple of new-ish mixes for you all. I did them about a month apart and just realised that I repeat one track on both of the mixes. Oh well. It's a good tune. Anyway, check them out if you so wish...

DFV's Weird And Wonderful April Promo Mix

Bullion - Young Heartache (One Handed)
Architeq - Sleeping Bear Lament (James Pants Remix) (Tirk)
Dabrye - Smoking The Edge (Ghostly International)
6th Borough Project - Do It To The Max (Instruments Of Rapture)
Debruit - Pouls (Musique Large)
Fudge Fingas - Getting Togetha (Firecracker)
Fulgeance - Revenge Of The Nerd (All City)
Carlos Y Gaby - Hot Heavy Heat (Dimlite's Hot Air And Thick Plastic Remix) (Alpha Pup)
M.I.A. - Galang (XL)
Dam-Funk - Let's Take Off (Far Away) (Stones Throw)
Beatconductor - Rocksteady (Spicy)
Kanye West - Champion (Cousin Cole's Acid Dub Slow) (Flagrant Fowl)
Shake - SMD (Scarelly Style) (Klang Elektronik)
DJ Vadim - They Say (Rune Lindbaek Edit) (White)

Yer Mam!'s Protodiscobalearichiphouse Mix

Walter Jones - I'll Keep On Loving You (DFA)
Massimiliano Pagliara - Ophelie (Live At Robert Johnson)
Smith & Mudd - Wem (Claremont 56)
Zilverzurf Vs. 7 Samurai - The Moment Is Gone (7 Samurai Disco Reggae Remix) (Poets Club)
Kid Sublime - Basement Works Vol. 5.2 (Jahwell)
Omid - Mutiny (Alpha Pup)
Galaxy Toobin - Toobin Problems (Creme Organization)
Bonzo Goes To Washington - 5 Minutes (B-B-B Bombing Mix) (Sleeping Bag)
Afrobutt - Cracks All Gone (Electric Minds)
Fulgeance - Tribute To Masakela (Fulgeance Bicoquet Edit) (Musique Large)
Toto - Georgie Porgy (OOFT Rework) (Five20East)
Dam-Funk - Hood Pass Intact (Stones Throw)
E-The-Hot - Live At The Academy Pt. 1 (Mantra Vibes)
Meanderthals - Andromeda (Prelude To The Future) (Smalltown Supersound)
Shake - SMD (Scarelly Style) (Klang Elektronik)
Aqeel - Nasty (Instrumental) (4 Lux)
Jayson Brothers - All My Life (MCDE)
Reggie B - Hydraulic City (Instrumental) (Circulations)
Floating Points - Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub) (R2 Records)

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You wanted to see it...

So here it is. There was a bit of interest in seeing what my favourite albums and tunes of 2008 actually were, after I aborted it at some point in January. I'm not going to write something about every entry but here are the lists and there's five links for all the top 100 tunes down the bottom of the post. Hope you enjoy/agree/vehemently disagree...

Yer Mam!'s Top 50 Albums Of 2008

1. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles (Warp)

2. Kelley Polar - I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling (Environ)
3. Starkey - Ephemeral Exhibits (Planet Mu)
4. Hercules & Love Affair - Hercules & Love Affair (DFA/EMI)
5. TV On The Radio - Dear Science (4AD)
6. Portishead - Third (Universal Island)
7. Zomby - Where Were U In '92? (Werk)
8. Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies (Big Dada)
9. Lindstrom - Where You Go I Go Too (Feedelity)
10. Thomas Function - Celebration (Alive Records)
11. Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna (Warp)
12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Mute)
13. Man Man - Rabbit Habits (Anti-)
14. Roots Manuva - Slime & Reason (Big Dada)
15. Quiet Village - Silent Movie (Studio !K7)
16. Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls (In The Red)
17. The Night Marchers - See You In Magic (Vagrant)
18. The Bug - London Zoo (Ninja Tune)
19. No Age - Nouns (Sub Pop)
20. Killer Mike - I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II (SMC Recordings/Grind Time Official)
21. Syclops - I've Got My Eye On You (DFA/EMI)
22. Low Motion Disco - Keep It Slow (Eskimo)
23. Osborne - Osborne (Spectral Sound)
24. The Roots - Rising Down (Def Jam)
25. Neil Landstrumm - Lord For £39 (Planet Mu)
26. Morgan Geist - Double Night Time (Environ)
27. Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (4AD)
28. Hatchback - Colors Of The Sun (Lo Recordings)
29. Dan Lissvik - 7 Trx + Intermission (Information)
30. Toby Tobias - Space Shuffle (REKIDS)
31. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)
32. Black Mountain - In The Future (Jagjaguwar)
33. Harvey Milk - "Life... The Best Game In Town" (Hydra Head Records)
34. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (Todomundo)
35. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III (Cash Money Records)
36. Black Milk - Tronic (Fat Beats)
37. Koushik - Out My Window (Stones Throw)
38. Young Jeezy - The Recession (Def Jam)
39. JME - Famous? (Boy Better Know)
40. Windsurf - Coastlines (Internasjonal)
41. Deerhoof - Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars)
42. Clinic - Do It! (Domino)
43. Q-Tip - The Renaissance (Universal Motown)
44. Dusk & Blackdown - Margins Music (Keysound)
45. Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours (Goner)
46. The Kills - Midnight Boom (Domino)
47. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (XL)
48. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals (Illegal Art)
49. Bun B - II Trill (Rap-A-Lot)
50. 2562 - Aerial (Tectonic)

Yer Mam!'s Top 100 Tunes Of 2008

1. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (DFA/EMI)

2. The Juan Maclean - Happy House (DFA)
3. TV On The Radio - Golden Age (4AD)
4. Portishead - Machine Gun (Universal Island)
5. Kelley Polar - Entropy Reigns (In The Celestial City) (Environ)
6. Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish (Warp)
7. Jay Reatard - Screaming Hand (Matador)
8. Aeroplane feat. Kathy Diamond - Whispers (Eskimo)
9. Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Roc-A-Fella)
10. Thomas Function - Can't Say No (Alive Records)
11. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Strange Overtones (Todomundo)
12. Hudson Mohawke - Polkadot Blues (Warp)
13. Lil' Wayne - A Milli (Cash Money Records)
14. Syclops - Where's Jason's K? (DFA)
15. The Cool Kids - What Up Man? (XL)
16. Osborne - 16th Stage (Spectral Sound)
17. Roots Manuva - Let The Spirit (Big Dada)
18. Watussi - If All We Had Was Love (StickyDisc)
19. Young Jeezy feat. Nas - My President (Def Jam)
20. Janelle Monae - Sincerely, Jane (Bad Boy Entertainment)
21. Joker - Snake Eater (Soul Motive)
22. Hot Chip - One Pure Thought (EMI)
23. Canyons - Apples And Pears (Hole In The Sky)
24. Toby Tobias feat. Kathy Diamond - The Feeling (REKIDS)
25. Cadence Weapon - Julianne Wilding (Big Dada)
26. Mayer Hawthorne & The County - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Stones Throw)
27. King Midas Sound - Cool Out (Hyperdub)
28. 6th Borough Project - Planets (Jiscomusic/Five20East)
29. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We Call Upon The Author (Mute)
30. Mujava - Township Funk (Warp)
31. Mark E - Slave 1 (Running Back)
32. No Age - Teen Creeps (Sub Pop)
33. Gang Gang Dance - House Jam (Warp)
34. Zomby - Liquid Dancehall (Ramp Recordings)
35. Camille - Money Note (EMI)
36. Man Man - Big Trouble (Anti-)
37. Starkey - Gutter Music (Planet Mu)
38. Wiley - Wearing My Rolex (Asylum Records)
39. James Pants - We're Through (Stones Throw)
40. Plastique De Reve - Lost In The City (Supersoul/Death From Abroad)
41. Solange - Sandcastle Disco (Geffen)
42. Vampire Weekend - One (Blake's Got A New Face) (XL)
43. T.I. feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z & Lil' Wayne - Swagga Like Us (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
44. Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened (4AD)
45. Mickey Moonlight - Interplanetary Music (Ed Banger)
46. Bostro Pesopeo - Falls (Permanent Vacation)
47. The Barbaras - Summertime Road (Goner)
48. Neon Neon - I Told Her On Alderaan (Lex)
49. Chris Brown - Forever (Jive)
50. Robert Owens - I'm Chained (Compost)
51. The Kills - Last Day Of Magic (Domino)
52. Vivian Girls - Tell The World (In The Red)
53. The Muslims - Nightlife (1928 Recordings)
54. Koushik - Bright And Shining (Stones Throw)
55. Padded Cell - Word Of Mouth (DC Recordings)
56. Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Which Way To Go (Goner)
57. Max Essa - Back To The Beach (Bear Funk)
58. Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jam (DFA/REKIDS)
59. Late Of The Pier - The Bears Are Coming (Zarcorp)
60. Mock & Toof - Underwater (DFA)
61. Morgan Geist - Ruthless City (Environ)
62. Pinch - Joyride (Tectonic)
63. Babytalk - Chance (StickyDisc)
64. Shackleton - Death Is Not Final (Skull Disco)
65. White Denim - Sitting (Full Time Hobby)
66. The Rapture - No Sex For Ben (Rockstar Games)
67. Quiet Village - Pacific Rhythm (Studio !K7)
68. Wavves - Side Yr On (Woodsist/Fuck It Tapes)
69. Air France - Collapsing At Your Doorstep (Sincerely Yours)
70. Dam-Funk - Burgundy City (Stones Throw)
71. Black Mountain - Wucan (Jagjaguwar)
72. Yacht - It's Boring/You Can Live Anywhere You Want (DFA)
73. Martyn - Natural Selection (3024)
74. Britney Spears - Womanizer (Jive)
75. Crystal Antlers - A Thousand Eyes (Touch And Go)
76. Crazy Cousinz - Bongo Jam (Bongo Records)
77. Mr Raoul K - Le Cercle Peul (Club Mix) (Baobab Music)
78. Erykah Badu - The Healer (Universal Motown)
79. Ramadanman - Carla (Soul Jazz)
80. The Bug - Murder We (Ninja Tune)
81. Linkwood - R.I.P. (Prime Numbers)
82. Killer Mike - God In The Building (SMC Recordings/Grind Time Official)
83. L.S.B. - Loco Motion (Eskimo)
84. Cheap Time - People Talk (In The Red)
85. Rustie - Zig-Zag (Wireblock)
86. The Night Marchers - In Dead Sleep (I Snore ZZZZ) (Vagrant)
87. Fulgeance - Revenge Of The Nerd (All City)
88. The Dirtbombs - La Fin Du Monde (In The Red)
89. Kode9 Vs. LD - Bad (Hyperdub)
90. Wild Rumpus - Purple Somersault (Bitches Brew)
91. Schwarz, Ame, Dixon - D.p.o.m.b. 1 (Innervisions)
92. Ikonika - Please (Hyperdub)
93. Tiedye - Nothing Else Matters (Italians Do It Better)
94. The Long Blondes - Here Comes The Serious Bit (Rough Trade)
95. Thriller - BBQ (Thriller)
96. Telepathe - Chrome's On It (IAmSound)
97. Invisible Conga People - Cable Dazed (Italians Do It Better)
98. POLLYester - You Are Amen (Love In C Minor)
99. Nas feat. Keri Hilson - Hero (Def Jam)
100. Toddla T feat. Serocee - Soundtape Killin (1965)

Download all 100 tunes in five convenient zips below...






Back soon, kids...


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Thursday, May 21, 2009


Okay, first of all, I'm not going to make any real excuses for my absence. There were many contributing factors I guess, but the most succinct answer is that life got in the way, as it sometimes does (it can be quite fun, y'know, that life thing). Anyway, I'm sort of back now I guess. I won't be finishing my 2008 lists as it's a bit late now really, but if there's enough interest, I might just post the lists with links to mp3s or something.

Also, as Blogger have been taking posts down willy-nilly lately, I'm not bothering posting mp3s on posts for the time being, but as you're all resourceful people, you can probably track down what I'm talking about elsewhere. Right, on with the show...

Has the Balearic bubble burst? You'd certainly think so listening to II, Lindstrom & Prins Thomas' latest opus. Where their eponymous first album revitalised an oft-forgotten strain of disco, making slo-mo, Italo-leaning kosmische with soft-pop overtones fashionable in the process. Beards, kaftans and Jesus sandals were in all of a sudden and these two Norwegians were partly to blame.

While the debut had its flaws, it was a hell of a listen, sounding gorgeous, alien and propulsive, despite its laidback trappings. II isn't a radical departure - although there's a definitely more pronounced Krautrock vibe - but where Lindstrom & Prins Thomas was thrilling and unique in its own way, this comes over insipid, overly languid and boring by comparison.

It's not without its moments ('Note I Love You + 100' for instance, is as good as anything off their debut), it just feels so self-indulgent and too much like a xerox of what made them so intriguing in the first place. It's a shame really, as last year's Lindstrom solo album, Where You Go I Go Too is pretty much a masterpiece of perfectly modulated poise and dynamism and recently released non-album track 'Tirsdagsjam' is everything that most of II is not. It's understandable why it was left off the album, as it's basically a club track and essays that L&PT should stick to making eccentric dancefloor rockers rather than ornate aural wallpaper like the vast majority of II. A disappointing turn of events for arguably the two most talented producers in the microgenre.

Signs of ruder health for Balearica can be found elsewhere though, in two new full-lengths from the cosmic ghetto. Meanderthals is the new collaborative effort from Idjut Boys and Rune Lindbaek and their debut LP, Desire Lines is absolutely wonderful. A beardo's wet dream team-up, it pretty much surpasses anything Idjuts and Lindbaek have done in the past. Full of hooks and purpose, it never meanders - despite their chosen moniker - and always enthralls, especially the enterprising '1-800-288-Slam' and blissful closer 'Bugges Room'. Smalltown Supersound once again prove themselves one of the most reliable labels around.

Also well worth checking out is Le Suivant, Smith & Mudd's follow-up to the beautiful, languorous Blue River. Besting that record significantly, Le Suivant is, alongside Desire Lines, one of 2009's best LPs so far. Recent singles 'Wem' and 'The Delivery Man' are highlights but it's all great. Hearing is believing so I won't go on. Check it out on Claremont 56 from next week.

Meanwhile, at the more boisterous end of the disco spectrum, The Glimmers are only giving away another new album at their shows. This one is credited to their band project, The Disko Drunkards and it's, well, it's a bit rubbish. The Glimmers are clearly talented guys but the lazy, hacky post-punk disco shenanigans contained here grow pretty annoying pretty quickly. A Liquid Liquid rip-off here, a bogstandard approximation of LCD Soundsystem there, The Disko Drunkards album sure sounds like it was made under the influence of something or other, but unless you're pissed too, then I can't see it holding much enjoyment for anyone.

Much more successful is In Flagranti's new album, Brash & Vulgar. Every bit as crass and obnoxious as the title suggests it may be, but it's also a fucking blast. Careening, disorderly discoid jams are the order of the day and if you overlook the porny cover and ridiculous song titles, there's plenty to keep you interested. There's a case to be made for some of the tracks being a bit longer (In Flagranti are the most attention deficient of the nu-disco camp) but it never outstays its welcome and, like I said, it's an absolute riot.

Back soon, honest.


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