Monday, December 31, 2007

Here's 130 records you really should have bought, begged, stolen or borrowed (and not given back) in 2007....I might be slightly biased about the number one slot...!
  1. Hatchback - White Diamond (Prins Thomas Miks Del 1 & 2) (Thisisnotanexit)
  2. Holy Ghost - Hold On (DFA)
  3. Pantha Du Prince - Saturn Strobe (Dial)
  4. Still Going - Still Going Theme (DFA)
  5. Maps - To The Sky (The Loving Hand Extended Remix) (Mute)
  6. Farah - Law Of Life (Italians Do It Better)
  7. Gui Boratto - Beautiful Life (Kompakt)
  8. Battles - Atlas (Warp)
  9. Faze Action - Stratus Energy (White Label)
  10. David Lynch - Ghost Of Love (David Lynch MC)
  11. Rhianna - Umbrella (Def Jam)
  12. Ame - Fiori (Ostgut)
  13. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues (Mute)
  14. Shackleton - Blood On My Hands (Ricardo Villalobos Apocalypse Now Mix) (Skull Disco)
  15. Mogg & Naudascher - Moon Unit Part Two (Supersoul)
  16. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Signals (Emperor Machine Dub Remix) (Thisisnotanexit)
  17. Depeche Mode - The Sinner In Me (Villalobos Remix) (White Label)
  18. John Cale - All My Friends (DFA)
  19. Combi - I Found Morning (Combi)
  20. Kinky Justice - New Day (ICI)
  21. Pharoe Monche - Body Baby (An Optimo Espacio Remix) (Island)
  22. Frank Hebly - Tuislangboogie (Magnetron)
  23. Kathy Diamond - Over (Permanent Vacation)
  24. Cage & Aviary - Television Train (Dissident)
  25. Phonique featuring Erlend Oye - Casualties (Morgan Geist Remix) (Dessous)
  26. Corsican Brothers - Whole Lotta Disco (White Label)
  27. Lee Jones - There Comes A Time (Prins Thomas Discomiks) (Aus)
  28. Lee Douglas - New York Story (Rong)
  29. Efdemin - La Ratafia (Dial)
  30. Chromatics - Running Up That Hill (Italians Do It Better)
  31. Roisin Murphy - Overpowered (EMI)
  32. Burial - Raver (Hyperdub)
  33. In Flagranti - Additional Alpha Blocker (Speak)
  34. Professor Genius - Across The Spree (Italians Do It Better)
  35. Jichael Mackson - The Grass Is Always Greener (Musique Risque)
  36. Hot Chip - My Piano (K7)
  37. Metro Area - Read My Mind (Environ)
  38. Rufus Wainwright - Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix) (White Label)
  39. Nemesi - Jurassico (Prins Thomas Miks Del 1 & 2 (Relish)
  40. Ost & Kjez - Milano Model (A Thrilling Mungophony In Two Parts) (Dialect)
  41. Chow Daddy - Never Fade (Moxie)
  42. Samim - Heater (Get Physical)
  43. Binary Chaffinch - False Energy (Dissident)
  44. Scotty Coats & Wes The Mes - Doublefisted (Rong)
  45. Stateless - Prism (Henrik Schwarz Remixes) (K7)
  46. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - The Unstoppable Kite (Thisisnotanexit)
  47. Professor Genius - Pegaso (Silver & Kane Remix) (Disque Sinthomme)
  48. Smith N Hack - Falling Stars (White Label)
  49. Green Velvet featuring Jamie Principle - The Choice (Cajual)
  50. Solomun & Stimming - Feuervogel (Diynamic)
  51. Bloc Party - Where Is Home? (Burial Remix) (Wichita)
  52. ME - RNB Drunkie (White Label)
  53. DJ Pierres Afro Acid Project - Acid Trax (DJ Pierre Green Velvet Afro Acid Mix) (Simply)
  54. Franki Valli - Beggin (Pilooski Edit) (679)
  55. LSB - Fog (Eskimo)
  56. Baby Oliver - Shot Caller (Environ)
  57. Bjork - Declare Independence (One Little Indian)
  58. Ape Into Jam - 1972 (Dissident)
  59. Junior Boys - In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix) (Domino)
  60. Hercules & Love Affair - ROAR (DFA)
  61. Shit Robot - Chasm (DFA)
  62. Etienne Jaumet - Repeat After Me (Ame Remix) (Permanent Vacation)
  63. Joakim - Lonely Hearts (The Loving Hand Remix) (Tigersushi)
  64. Panda Bear - Take Pills (Paw Tracks)
  65. Padded Cell - Moon Menace (DC)
  66. John Miles - Stranger In The City (Pilooski Edit) (White Label)
  67. Douglas Sound - Breakwind (Wurst)
  68. Trus'me - NARDS (Still Love Music)
  69. Botox - Babylon By Car (I'm A Cliche / DFA)
  70. Blast Head - Soft Step (Lastrum)
  71. Boris - Legato (Careless)
  72. Color Climax - Disque O' Heights (Breakin Bread)
  73. Aeroplane - Aeroplane (Eskimo)
  74. Ilija Rudman - After Midnight (LSB Remix) (Love Is War)
  75. Altz - Hilltop Greeting (Lastrum)
  76. Smith & Mudd - Vegetable Square (Version Idjut Pabs Got A Big One Mix) (Claremont)
  77. Hatchback - Carefree Highway (Sentrall)
  78. Sorcerer - Surfing At Midnight (Tirk)
  79. LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Part 3) (DFA)
  80. Hiem - Clubscene Popscene (Prins Thomas Discotek Miks (Eskimo)
  81. Aeroplane - Above The Clouds (Eskimo)
  82. Studio - Lifes A Beach (Todd Terje Remix) (Information)
  83. A Mountain Of One - Brown Piano (Remake By Studio) (AMO1)
  84. Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts (Studio Remix) (Parlophone)
  85. Smith & Mudd - Shulme (Claremont 56)
  86. Glass Candy - Miss Broadway (Italians Do It Better)
  87. Faze Action - Disco Warrior (White Label)
  88. Colder - To The Music (An Optimo Espacio Remix) (Output)
  89. The Lotterboys - Can't Control The Boogie (Naum Gabo Remix) (Eskimo)
  90. Private Lives - Private Life (Souljazz)
  91. Thom Yorke - The Eraser (Henrik Schwarz Remix) (White Label)
  92. Jamie Woon - Wayfaring Stranger (Burial Remix) (Live Recordings)
  93. Gorillaz - Kids With Guns (Quiet Village Remix) (White Label)
  94. Francois K - Road Of Life (Quiet Village Sound Factory Dub) (Deep Space Media)
  95. Midnight Mike - United (Naum Gabo Remix) (Republic Of Desire)
  96. Matthew Dear - Deserter (Spectral)
  97. Osbourne - Outta Sight (Spectral)
  98. Nathan Fake - You Are Here (Four Tet Remix) (Border Community)
  99. Subway - Satellites (Souljazz)
  100. Lee Douglas - Our Song 99 (Rong)
  101. Faze Action - In The Trees (Carl Craig Remix) (Juno)
  102. Siobhan Donaghy - Don't Give It Up (Carl Craig Instrumental Remix) (Parlophone)
  103. Findlay Brown - Losing The Will To Survive (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix) (Peacefrog)
  104. Future Beat Investigators - Lotus (Sonar Kollectiv)
  105. Ame - Balandine (Innervisions)
  106. Sankt Goran - Back2back (Bear Gold)
  107. Kotey Extra Band featuring Chas Jankel - Sooner Or Later (Bear Gold)
  108. BV Dub - Requited Love (Styrax)
  109. Roland Appel - Dark Soldier (Sonar Kollectiv)
  110. Ebbro - Tre (Lucy Lee)
  111. Lindstrom - The Contemporary Fix (EYE Remix) (Feedelity)
  112. OOIOO - Uma (EYE Remix) (Thrill Jockey)
  113. Vangelis - Let It Happen (Beatfanatics Balearic Boogie Remix) (GAMM)
  114. Wild Rumpus - Musical Blaze Up (Rub N Tug Bitches Remix) (Bitches Brew)
  115. Ilya Santana - Discotized (Permanent Vacation)
  116. Justus Kohncke - Elan (Prins Thomas Versjon) (Kompakt)
  117. Partial Arts - Trauermusik (Kompakt)
  118. Al Usher - Here Today (Misericord)
  119. Divine Edits - Sermon (Divine Edits)
  120. LCD Soundsystem - Us Vs. Them (Any Color You Like Remix By Windsurf) (DFA)
  121. Antena - On The Boat (Chromatics Remix) (Permanent Vacation)
  122. Babytalk - Keep On Move (Stickydisc)
  123. Ilija Rudman - UMMA (Infant)
  124. The Swiss - Movement 1, 2 & 3 (Brennan Green Edit) (TBOT)
  125. Runaway - Shadows (Wurst)
  126. Linkwood Family - Piece Of Mind (Firecracker)
  127. Lovebirds - Behind You (Winding Road)
  128. Barry Mason - Body Get Your Body (Faze Action Edit) (Radius)
  129. Pepe Braddock - Sakura Incident (Atavisme)
  130. Principles Of Geometry - A Mountain For President (Joakim Remix) (Tigersushi)

And people said it was a bad year for music! There's 130 reasons right there for why its been a pretty dam good year for music!

2008 is shaping up to be pretty dam killer too especially with a whole slew of killer Thisisnotanexit releases - the They Came From The Stars I Saw Them LP is one of the best things you'll hear next year (its better than the new Hot Chip LP - seriously) plus the debut offering from Detachments, the return of Naum Gabo, Professor Genius' amazing A Jean Giraud collection, some out there pieces from Sculpture, the follow up to Hatchback White Diamond and remixes from Tim Goldsworthy, Brennan Green, Faze Action, Holy Ghost, Mungolian Jetset and Wierd Knights.

Happy new year - here's to 2008!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I've just got a copy of the Burial Remix of Thom Yorke's 'And It Rained It All Night'. If ever there was a collaboration you'd love to hear (well of artists that are alive - otherwise it'd be Ian Curtis fronting Can or something) it'd probably be Burial twiddling the dials on production and Thom Yorke in the vocal booth. Thoms mournful vocals and Burials late night dark melancholy - wow - in fact Thom should leave Radiohead and sort it out. Based on this remix he'd a be a fool not to - streets ahead of the In Rainbows album. The best Burial Remix so far produced - its more intense than the Bloc Party and Jamie Woon remixes that came out earlier in the year - but with those trademark Burial beats - and of course that undercurrent of beauty and melancholy that sound like the nightbus home - you should do all you can to get hold of this beauty.

Friday, December 14, 2007

You should all go and check this out over at the Allez Allez site - there's a new mix from Ewan Pearson which is really rather fine. Plus it includes Hatchback - White Diamond Prins Thomas Miks Del 1 (so I'm rather biased).

kate bush - nocturne [EMI]
cliff martinez - first sleep [superb]
can - don't turn the light on, leave me alone [spoon]
johann johannsson - englabörn [touch/4AD]
hatchback - white diamond (prins thomas disco miks part 1) [thisisnotanexit]
maps - to the sky (the loving hand remix) [mute]
mugwump - boutade [misericord]
vangelis - let it happen (beatfanatic mix) [G.A.M.M.]
jim rivers - i go deep [saw]
marcAshken - root rot (cb funk's rootdown mix) [leftroom]
brazilian girls - last call (carl craig Mix) [verve]
the john waynes - violeta [bloop]
laidback luke - housetrap [size]
etienne jaumet - repeat again after me (Âme remix) [versatile]
eine kleine nachtmusik - feuerprobe [CD-R]
midlake - roscoe (beyond the wizard's sleeve re-animation) [bella union]

I'm also heading down to the Allez Allez Xmas party tomorrow night as the mighty Optimo are playing - should be a blinder.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Picked up the latest FACT Magazine whilst I was in Phonica last night (picked up the new Full Pupp release from Ytre Rymden Dansskola and the Beard Science edits release - also popped into Sounds Of The Universe and picked up the Quiet Village - Fragments Of Fear II Cd and the latest Dissident 12" which is an Invisible Scum Remix of Binary Chaffinch's earlier release False Energy. They had another new Dissident 12 called Colombia #1 by Colombia #1 but it was a bit intense for my ears - plus I should be Christmas shopping not buying records, anyway I digress....). So, the new FACT Magazine - notable for three reasons:

1. FACT Magazine voted Hatchback - White Diamond (Thisisnotanexit 003) a mighty 9th best 12" of the year!

2. Phonica Records in their top 10 releases of the year had Hatchback at a mighty 7th!!

3. Kiran Sande in his Contemporary Fix column mentioned how the Prins Thomas Remix of Hatchback was of particular note this year.

Hopefully we'll see the release featured in more end of year polls - and fingers crossed 2008 is even better than this year for the label.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Just found this on the TAPE blog - a mix from Daniel Donnachie that features both sides of the latest Thisisnotanexit release - nice work Daniel, we salute you! There's plenty of other great stuff on this mix too so get to it and get downloading.

Daniel Donnachie - Cosmic Dancing #41

Lovefingers - Astroturf // RVNG
Studio - East Side (Version) // Chinatown
Lovefingers - Bermuda // RVNG
Beard Science - Ark Raiders (T.Tauri Edit) // Beard Science
Simone Ferdi - Belzebu Tales // CD-R
They Came From The Stars: I Saw Them - Signals (Emperor Machine Dub) // This Is Not An Exit
Nick Chacona - Eagle City // Internasjonal
Beard Science - Hold Me Longer (Jininchi Rework) // Beard Science
Brennan Green - Escape From Chinatown // Chinatown
Nick Chacona - Mariachi // Internasjonal
Les Edits Du Golem - Klout // Golem
They Came From The Stars: I Saw Them - Signals (Album Version) // This Is Not An Exit

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

For those that have no idea what I'm rambling on about or think that I've gone all poetic on you the below are simply the words to the new Hercules & Love Affair single out in 2008 called BLIND featuring Anthony from Anthony & The Johnsons. Have heard it out a few times now - Danny Wang rocked it in Kings Cross and then Tim Sweeney and Tim Goldsworthy rocked it a few times on Saturday at Fabric. The "Hercules Club Mix" which is on the 12" is absolutely insane - chiming feedbacky guitars, pounding 80s house, the best Anthony performance you'll quote Mr. Soft earlier this year "I know its early, real early to be talking about singles of the year but if this isn't in my top 10 at the end of the year...." Yep, its that good - the DFA might even hit the charts with it - who'd have thought.

There is also an amazing Hercules & Love Affair Remix of Aeroplanes 3rd single too coming soon on Eskimo - entitled Whisper and featuring disco muse Kathy Diamond. Again this sounded amazing on Saturday night so watch out in March for it. I reckon 2008 might well be Hercules & Love Affairs year.

Watch out in the next couple of weeks for my roundup of the year and what you should have spent your pennies on. Everyone appears tp have started already - but the shops are still getting hit with new releases so I'm going to call it late and see what happens next week on the release front...

As a child I knew, that the stars could only get brighter, and we would get closer, get closer, ooooooooh;
As a child I knew, that the stars could only get brighter, that we could get closer, leaving these darkness behind;
Ooooh ooooh oooooh;

Now that I am older, the stars should light upon my face, but when I find myself alone, find myself alone, ooooooh;
Now that I am older, the stars should light upon my face, but when I find myself alone, I feel like I am blind;
Ooooh ooooh oooooh;
And feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it;
Like I am blind;

I wish the stars could shine now, for they are closer, they are near, but they will not present my present, they will not present my present;
I wish the light could shine now, for it is closer, it is here, but it will not present my present, and it makes my past and future painfully clear;

To hear you now, to see you now, I can look outside myself, and I must examine my breath, and look inside, oooooooooooh;
To see you now, to hear you now, I can look outside myself, I must examine my breath, and look inside;


Feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it, oooooh feel it.