Sunday, 27 December 2009

2009,,,,, was that it?


Here it comes, gusting out of the hollows, breathing hard. The breeze of wind dragging rolling days, hours and minutes across the clocks face. 2010, I think it's safe to say is almost upon us. If you were to review the year and its 'culturally defining' moments - discovering Stephen Fry all over Twitter, the endless 'recession chic 'articles, Barack Obama's dog, the numerous high profile celebrity deaths peaking with Michael Jackson's suitably strange demise, James Cameron returning to cinema with a remake of 'Fern Gully', Robert Pattinson hysteria seemingly in all Women in their mid 20's, Kanye West making a huge cunt of himself AGAIN and of course Swine flu - in the background keeping us sane the music just carried on playing regardless. Attempting to drone out the sounds of the recession were some stonkingly good records - and despite Andy Blake wrapping up what was probably my favourite record label of the last few years when he decided to stop releasing records on his 'Dissident' imprint and in spite of Technics announcing that they were ending production of the SL 1210 - we found solace this year as a new host of characters made it onto our playlists. It is this optimism in music that when the likes of the Daily Mail would have us believe that you shouldn't leave the house due to a combination of social detritus, recession, child murderers and our countries immigration policy, reminds us that there is something deeper that quivers within us that we can call art or call music or call spiritual, we can call it the infinite, but it's that which engages us and no matter how cool we try and be and no matter much we try and separate ourselves from the world with expensive gadgets, bling and attitude, the beauty that is the truth is that we all know that inside we're all very soft people who yearn to love and be loved and art reminds us that is a possibility and music connects us with that important fact about ourselves, that we love love and that anything else is incidental, irrelevant, cynical and not interesting to us fundamentally and it is precisely this feeling which informs us that few things in life are more satisfying than the sight of a grinning Newcastle No. 9 with one arm raised in celebration or the introduction of Columbia's favourite national export to your nasal passages than the simple pleasure of dropping the needle of a record deck onto a slice of black vinyl and hearing that first warm, familiar crackle.

So, onto the main event. We've counted the votes, polled the great and the (not so) good of our favourite DJ's of recent times and asked everyone to chip in with their selections of the best from 2009 alongside our local fav's, and due to tastes and planetary alignments, these are the records we've been digging the most. Regarde,,,,

Tourists albums of 2009:

1. The Horrors * Primary Colours
2. Grizzly Bear * Vecatimest
3. Andrew Weatherall * A Pox On The Pioneers
4. Neko Case * Middle Cyclone
5. The Cribs * Ignore The Ignorant
6. Pink Skull * Endless Bummer
7. Fuck Buttons * Tarrot Earth
8. Richard Hawley * Truelove Gutter
9. Animal Collective * Merriweather Post Pavillion
10. Mayor Hawthorne * A Strange Arrangement

The Tourist collective top 20+1 for the dancefloor of 2009:

1. Junior Boys * Hazel (Ewan Pearson Remix)
2. The Tubes * Slipped My Disco (Handsome Northerners Edit)
3. The Phenomenal Handclap Band * 15 To 20 (The Glimmers Remix)
4. Chanel 7 * Aufgang (John Talalbot remix)
5. The Off Key Hat * Lairy Little Junkie
6. The Manic Street Preachers * Journal For Plague Lovers (Optimo Espacio Remix)
7. Tim Fairplay * U Know U Jack (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
8. The Droyds * All I Ever Wanted (Prince Language Remix)
9. Touche Sensitive * Body Stop
10. Tensnake * Holding Back My Love
11. Heartbreak * Akin To Dancing (Horrors Remix)
12. DJ Hell Feat Bryan Ferry * U Can Dance (Carl Craig/Tim Goldsworthy Remixes)
13. Precious System * The Voice From Planet Earth (Dixon Edit)
14. Stateless * Prism #1 (Prince Language Remix)
15. Etienne Jaumet * Night Music
16. DJ Kaos * Love The Night Away (Tiedye Remix)
17. Matias Aguaya * Rollerskate
18. Chalk Hill Edits/Suzanne Vega * Love Made Real
19. Lion Brothers * Heavy Helmet (Mock N' Toof Remix)
20. Al Usher * Lullaby For Robert (Gatto Fritto Remix)
21. Wild Geese * Macho Disco Master


Ewan Pearson. (Kompakt/Get Physical)

Here's 10 tracks I really liked this year (in no particular order).

Peter Kruder * The Law of Return
DJ Koze * Mrs Bojangles
Shit Robot * Simple Things (Work It Out) (Todd Terje remix)
Secret Cinema * Kurzweil
Tucillo * Panorama (Kalabrese remix)
Oni Ayhun 03 * Oni Ayhun
Yukihiro Fukutomi/Foog * Open Our Eyes
Delorean * Seasun (John Talabot's Kids & Drums remix)
Andre Lodemann * Where Are You Now?
Bo'tox * Blue Steel

Special thanks to Ewan for taking 5 mins out and doing this for us. His new mix CD 'We Are Proud Of Our Choices' is out on Kompakt in February.


Ivan Smagghe. (Blackstrobe/Kill The DJ)

The Love Supreme *Dub sugar
Eberhard Schoner * Why don’t you answer
The Glass * superhero (Komka remix)
Aaron Carl - Homoerotic - Detroit Mix Show Extended
Annette - Dream 17 (Derrick May Remix)
Alex Smoke * Lux (Long LP mix)
Arsenal * Shu ki ni de tou fa (Midnight Mike remix)
ERRORS:ERRORS * Rock action
Eurythmics * Take me to your heart
Chris & Cosey * Fantastique (Carl Craig remix)

Check Kill The and the Kill The DJ Blog for info and dates for Ivan and his excellent 'Live At Robert Johnson Vol. 3.' mix CD is available now.

Mick Rolfe. (Last Waltz/Dada)

1. The Andrew Allsgood Experience * Macho Wizard. (History Clock) Absolutely brilliant release on the consistently fantastic History Clock label. Who thought Heart could sound so good!

2. Grizzly Bear * The Veckatimest. (Warp) Finding a more focussed & accessible sound on their third & what was truly THE album of the summer to these lugs!

3. Space * Carry On, Turn Me On (An-2 remix). (Tirk) Whey aye! Love all three mixes on the 12" but this 12 minute+ disco epic just pips it!

4. DJ Kaos * Love The Nite Away (Tiedye remix & instrumental mix). (Rong/DFA) A brilliant contrast between the two, the Tiedye mix has a real summer vibe while the original, particularly the instrumental is a proper disco banger, complete with arpeggiated synth & distorted guitar chords, winner!

5. Last Waltz * Criminal World. (Unreleased) As if this wouldn't get a mention! Technically this is a 2010 release but it's definitely more a tune of 2009 to us lot. With a couple of high profile remixes in the pipeline & some brilliant feedback already received from various folk "in the know" this could shape up to be quite a biggie! Try & track down the Metro original on Transatlantic records, brilliant!)

6. Friendly Fires * On Board (Joakim remix). (XL Recordings) A standout track from an album rammed with radio & dancefloor friendly gems gets the Joakim treatment, need I say more?

7. The Phantom Band * Checkmate Savage. (Chemikal Underground) I accidentally caught these live earlier in the year after going to see a friend support them & was absolutely blown away! Sounding kind of like a Krautrock Beta Band & kind of nothing like that at the same time they didn't disappoint on record either!

8. Various Artists * Originals Vol 2 compiled by Mark Seven. (Claremont 56) A superb DJ, Mark's A Slow Blow mix from a few years back still gets heavy rotation round my gaff, as does this amazing comp in a fantastic series from Paul "Mudd" Murphy's Claremont 56 imprint.

9. Gong * Flying Teapot (Joe Claussell Extension). (Virgin) Joe Claussell has taken prog mentalists Gong's classic & toughened up the groove resulting in a 12 minute monster of a track. Cosmic!

10. Everything Everything * Photoshop Handsome. (Another Music=Another Kitchen) The second single from these Manchester based local lads (well, three quarters) kicks off sounding like something from an 80's arcade game, (with lyrics on the subject too) before bursting into a catchy as fuck frantic sounding chorus about airbrushing someone's father, amongst other things!?! Well done to the lads on recently signing to Geffen, with a catalogue of tunes even better than this their debut album will definitely be in plenty other end of year lists for 2010 & not just mine!

El Dee. (Fat Lee/Last Waltz/Dada)

1. O.R.S * Body to Body Boogie (Salsoul)
2. The Chaplin Band * Il Veliero (Pierrot)
3. Hot Toddy * I Need Love (morgan geist rmx) (Eskimo)
4. L.S.B Edits * Shout (Super Discotecha)
5. Charles B * Lack of Love (Desire)
6. Drrty Haze * Make my Body Hot (Redux)
7. G.W. edit * Do it Nice and Easy (Disco Deviance)
8. Foolish and Sly * Come a Little Closer (Cynic)
9. Roch * Hands of Love (Harveys downstairs mix up) (International Feel)
10. Odyssey * Hang Together (RCA)
11. Abels e.p. * Round in Circles (Blackdisco)
12. Eurythmics * I Just Did it the Same (Virgin)
13. The Soft Rocks e.p. * Spank (Blackdisco)
14. Maurice * This is Acid (Breakout)
15. Mike Burns edit * Everybodys Mantra (Discodevil)
16. American standard * Cole Loves Your Insides Out (American Standard)
17. Blackdisco * Mexico (lovefingers barrio edit) (Blackdisco)
18. Last Waltz * Criminal World (Promo CDR)
19. Idjut Boys * Five (Droid)

Geoff Leopard. (Dada)

1. Late Nite Jam * Levon Vincent
2. Hobo * Midnight
3. Brother Johnston's Travelling Disco Consultancy * Andrew Weatherall
4. Skumle Planer * Vareid
5. Forever In Their Debt * The Revenge
6. Siopis * I'm on Miami
7. I'm Burning Inside * Fuckpony
8. Criminal World * Last Waltz
9. I Get Deeper * Late Night Tuff Guy Edits
10. Trust U * Tiefschwarz featuring Seth Troxler (Jamie Jones Mix)

All 3 of the chaps from D a d a will be hosting the late night blow out that is the D a d a NY afterparty at theCUT from 3 AM till 8 AM. Should be an absolute rave!!

Kristian Atkinson. (Dragnet/Jukebox/Splash One!)

Dragnet top tunes 09:
1. Units * High Pressure Days
2. Padded Cell * Konkorde Lafayette (Edit)
3. Al Kent * Disco Sex
4. Phenomenal Handclap Band * 15 - 20
5. Headman feat Dieter Meier * Gimme, Gimme
6. Yacht * Psychic City
7. Depeche Mode * Wrong
8. Detachments * Circles (Weatherall' Of Remix)

Jukebox top tunes 09:
1. The Horrors * Sea Within A Sea
2. A Place To Bury Strangers * In Your Heart
3. Depeche Mode * Wrong
4. Detachments * Make It Easy On Yourself
5. Frankie & The Heartstrings * 12.09.09 EP
6. Yeah Yeah Yeah's * Head's Will Roll
7. Flaming Lips * Silver Trembling Hands
8. The Strange Boys * Be Brave
9. Factory Floor * Lying
10. The Pains Of Being Pure At heart * Come Saturday
11. Crocodiles * I Wanna Kill
12. Yeah Yeah Yeah's * Zero
13. Retriever * Lion

Splash One albums of the year:
1. The Horrors - Primary Colours
2. A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
3. Higamos Hogamos - Higamos Hogamos
4. Andrew Weatherall - A Pox On The Pioneers
5. Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras - Catholic
6. Al Kent - Secret Sounds7. Yacht - See Mystery Lights
8. The Phenomenal Handclap Band - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
9. Richard H Kirk - Kroa Kora Kora (The Cabaret Voltaire Versions)
10. Flaming Lips - Embryonic
11. King Khan & The Shrines - The Supreme Genius of King Khan
12. Pains Of Being Pure at Heart - Pains Of Being Pure at Heart
13. Three Vicars - Psycho Beat!
14. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
15. Crocodiles - Summer Of Hate

Kristian is resident DJ and Promoter at Dragnet & Jukebox and also writes for the 'Splash One' blog.

Mark Douglas. (KlickKlack)

1. Noze - 'You Have to Dance' (Mathias Kaden's Beatpolka remix)[Get Physical Music]
2. Matt Star - 'Kuhle Fliege' (Hugo remix)[International Freakshow]
3. Venegas, Leix & Ronro - 'El Cant' [Fumakilla]
4. Mendo - '1992' [Cadenza]
5. Anthea & Celler - 'The Playmaker' (Dyed Soundorom Cougar Remix)[Freak n' Chic]
6. Motor City Drum Ensemble - 'Raw Cuts 3' [MCDE]
7. Tony Lionni - 'Found a Place' [Ostgut Ton]
8. Boris Horel - 'Paranoia Pantomime' [Eklo]
9. Unknown Artist - 'Enrolada' [White]
10. Huner & Chaptal - 'If This World Were Mine' [Area Remote]
11. Martinez - 'Black Mamba' [Cocoon]
12. Luis Groove - 'Eolica' (Main Festival Mix)[Lowpitch]
13. Danny Fiddo & Ronro - 'El Rall' [White]
14. Thodoris Triantafillou - 'Morningrama' (DJ W!ld remix Paulista edit)[Quantized]
15. Massi DL - 'Delerious'[ Cadenza]
16. Johnny D - 'Point of No Return' [OSLO]
17. Sandy Huner - Rare Tap (2000 and One cut)[Remote Area]
18. Nima Gorji - Groove Control [KGBeats]
19. Micha Klang - 'Baby I Am For Real' (Nima Gorji remix)[Safari Electronique]
20. Oxia - 'Whole Life' [8Bit]

Mark is resident DJ and promoter at 'KlickKliack'.

Right then. That's all the charts dealt with so now in return for hanging with us through that we've posted up a stunning mix that's been seldom off my iPod for the last 8 weeks or so. An absolute killer from self proclaimed purveyors of cavernous dub, tearjerking ballads, apocalyptic lovers rock, gangsta house, smack hop, dancehall shoegazing, no-wave blues, slo-fi soul, love, lust, loss and sensuality 'King Midas Sound'. With tracks from session from King Midas Sound themselves as well as the likes of Tanya Stephens, Gregory, My Bloody Valentine, A.R. Kane, Burial, Little Dragon, Sade, Larry Heard and Scritti Politti.

Like, proper!!


King Midas Sound - Sometimes (Waiting For You)
Lovejoys - All I Can Say (Reggae Vibes)
15/16/17 - The Weather (Magic Touch)
Burial - Night Bus (Burial)
Little Dragon - Twice (Peacefrog)
The Dynamics - 90% of me is you (Points South)
Tanya Stephens - It's A Pity (VP)
Jacob Miller - Baby I Love You So (Greensleeves)
Gregory Isaacs - I'm Alright (VP)
Wayne Jarrett - Live&Love (Wackies)
Sade - Lovers Rock (Epic)
Rhythm & Sound ft Lovejoy - Best Friend (Burial Mix)
Larry Heard - Missing dub (Theo Parrish remix) (Track Mode)
Vincent Gallo - Lonely (Warp)
A.R.Kane - Madonna is with child (Rough Trade)
Scritti Politti - Sweetest Girl (Rough Trade)
Lloyd Chambers - Dry Your Tears (Pressure Sounds)
King Midas Sound - i Dub (Hyperdub)
Scientist ft Johnny Osbourne - In Your Eyes (Greensleeves)
King Midas Sound - Outtaspace (Slow Motion mix) (Hyperdub)
Japan - Ghosts (Virgin)
Kevin Shields - Ikebana (Emperor Norton)
King Midas Sound - One Ting (Dabrye remix) (Hyperdub)
Oval - Do While (Mille Plateaux)
Thomas Koner - Kanon (Virgin)
My Bloody Valentine - Touched (Creation)

King Midas Sound * November Mixtape.

Righty-o, have a happy new year, we're off to re-hab before we re-tox at New Year.

Big love.
Tourist. X.

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1 comment:

Cliffe said...

yay yay to fever ray and space carry on turn me on.