Thursday, 28 July 2011

Current top 20 (hums Phil Lynott 'The Pearl' in my head)

There is so much good music about i thought I'd post a top 20 (in no particular order)

As you can see its doesn't really follow any one genre too closely - where's the fun in that?

(pic (C) Miles Aldridge)

1. Fritz Kalkbrenner - Right In The Dark (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
It's a Henrik Schwarz remix, so you KNOW its gonna be great, and it is. Love the live bass on this. The Robag Wruhme remix runs this a close second by the way.

2. Friendly Fires - Live Those Days Tonight
The boys lament they weren't old enough to go out raving in 88. Great video to accompany this, I bet it goes off when it's played in a live environment.

3. Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle
I wanted to hate everything about this, another effete indie band, but its a catchy shimmering piece of pop gold. damn. I've just heard the genius that is Leo Zero has remixed it (runs off to youtube) as well.

4. Mayer Hawthorne - Green Eyed Love (Classix Remix)
Lovely dreamy European sounding remix of US soul tune

5. Cocaine 80s - To Tell You The Truth
If you haven't downloaded the awesome mixtape, rectifiy that IMMEDIATELY, this is just one of 5 or 6 brilliant songs on it.

6. Jamie xx - Far Nearer (Chris Woodward Edit)
Buzzin Fly's resident adds a touch of house (and superb drums) to an already great tune. This will get rinsed at Notting Hill carnival.

7. Jeremy Glenn - New Life
SO bally eric, it reeks of the white isle. If you aren't going this year (like me, this will get you close) download it free here

8. Arcade Fire - Speaking In Tongues
The best of two added tracks to the Suburbs reissue. The best live band in the world now with added David Byrne (bonus!)

9. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Someone has been listening to the first MGMT haven't they? Despite that, its still good.

10. Midnight Magic - Beam Me Up (Jacques Renault Remix)
WERK! Definite 'Paris Is Burning' vibe on this remix. Get it here.

11. Frank Ocean - Novacane
I've probably played the mixtape (which is to be reissued as a proper album i believe) more than anyother this year. This is one of MANY killer tracks on it. An RnB record with decent lyrics, whatever next??? Frank is the only member of OFWGKTA that doesn't want to kill you.

12. Funk D'Void - Diabla (Joash Remix)
The original is probably in my top 10 of all time, so i was VERY cautious of the 2011 remixes, but i needn't have been.  All 3 are great, but this is the standout for me as it's different but not TOO different (which is what you want in a remix no?)

13. Virgo Four - Its A Crime (Caribou MIx)
Retro vibez time with the hottest remixers on the planet (if you haven't heard their amazing Radiohead remix you need to). Big 86/87 feel on this one & i love the way it builds and builds.

14. Ghostpoet - Survive It (Koreless Remix)
The inevitable dubstep entry in the top 20. I know its everywhere at the moment and the tide will turn soon from journalist swoon to bile but lets enjoy it while we can yeah?

15. Jacques Greene - Another Girl
Jacques is on fire at the moment, this one has been around for a while but I think its his best work and I've always been a sucker for an RnB vocal snippet on tracks.

16. Metronomy - The Bay (Erol Alkan's Extended Remix)
I found the album a HUGE disappointment (what happened to the tunes?) and a surprise nomination for the Mercury (whadda i know eh?) but this is great.

17. SBTRKT - Wildfire (remix feat Drake)
I couldn't do a top 20 without indulging in my Drake obsession. Nice to see he's got his eyes on non-traditional RnB producers (Can't wait to hear his stuff with Jamie xx).

18. Todd Terje - Ragysh
This is ALMOST as good as Eurodans, and that is VERY high praise indeed. I've always been a sucker for a good piano tune!

19. Miracle Fortress - Raw Spectacle (Pantha du Prince remix)
So deep its practically sub-aqua. First heard it on Ben Watt's excellent 6music show. So don't take my word for it.... Get it free here

20. Tiger & Woods - Deflowered
VERY reminisent of the Crydamoure stuff from the Daft Punk stable in the 90s. Jackin disco cut-up bizness. get it here