hanging out with chesney hawkes new york san diego / going to the casbah sxsw starting at the old blue, along side FREE TING putting on Teenagerintokyo dark party tv DJ a button down disco at the Garage putting on Afrikan Boy Caribou at The Freebutt joanna newsom 80s night berlin digger day "The Snake" DJing Bungalow 8 ice, sea, dead people album release and instore brussels Halloween austria hanging with young rival "icing" with future islands
I really like reading end of year lists. I like the different ways in which they are compiled, and the varied things people include in them. I've personally had a fantastic year this year, and hope everyone else has too!
I'm going to strucure my list a bit differently this year, and group my favourite tunes into my favourite memories of the year. There are a few stragglers, but when I think about alot of my favourite tracks they instantly take me back to that particular place.
Kink - Bitter Sweet (Liebe Detail) Fritz Kalkbrenner - Last Call (Suol) Rampa - Falk (Keinemusik) Lady Chann - Sticky Situation/ Eye Too Fast (Girls Music) Shaun Reeves, Guti - Saudade (Wolf + Lamb) Round Table Knights, Bauchamp - Calypso/ Zombie Disco Squad Versus Miman Remix (Made To Play)
I really enjoyed playing FREE TING. It was a real chance to play some of the more deep tracks that I was really starting to get into, in particular Fritz Kalkbrenner "Last Call". It was great playing more housey tracks early on, to warm up for DJs like Matt Fear and acts like Lady Chann who were on a totally different vibe to me, but it all seemed to blend together perfectly.
The Martin Brothers - Duckface (dirtybird) Ardalan, Justin Martin - Mr. Spock (dirtybird) Lucky Charmes - Rastafari (Selekted Music) The 2 Bears - Be Strong (Southern Fried Records) Mr. Ho - Bumps (Klasse Recordings)
My second home, POW! is always a good time, and the parties this year have been no exception. The stand out track from this list for me is Lucky Charmes "Rastafari". It is a total peaktime monster with a dutch vibe going on which doesn't really rely on squeaky nonsense. It's quite percussive and jackin', and different to most of the stuff I've been playing this year.
The Metamimetic party at East Village with Electric Rescue and Deep House queen Maya Jane Coles was easily my favourite gig of the year. Me and good friend Fazhands going back to back and warming up for two of the most respected producers of 2010 was an honour and a pleasure. I can remember dropping Nico "Dying Of Fever" and the place just stepping up a notch. It was a realy warming feeling that will stay with me for some time.
Best Of The Rest
Jesse Rose - You Know It (Made To Play) Soul Clap - Extravaganza (Wolf + Lamb) Ramadanman, Midland - Your Words Matter (Aus Music) Homework - I got one (you're it) / Mercury Remix (Exploited) Maya Jane Coles - What They Say (Real Tone Records)
Glastonbury Local Natives in Hoxton Square Aloe Blacc Jesse Rose at Counter Culture Berlin Soul Clap Plastikman at Bestival Surfer Blood The Agitator Camden Town Tiger & Woods The Black Heart Spotify Wavves Hampstead Heath in the summer The Regency Cafe Funeral Party at The Old Blue Last Brighton Listening to music that reminds me of being young Disco W.A.Y.F "IT'S A SMITH TING" Bestival November Coming Fire playing "Transgression" at The Underworld The Metamimetic party at The Old Blue Last Hearing Erol Alkan drop "Calypso" at Digital All the other good things I forgot
Last night i was lucky enough to watch the first every showing of a new short called "It's Natural to be Afraid". it was soundtracked by the former coral axeman Bill Ryder - Jones, the soundtrack and the film are both amazing! this is another piece by Bill, not what you'd expect, truly beautiful awe-inspiring music, just amazing!
so great to revisit the classic electro "Images of Sigrid" by french outfit Poni Hoax, on the eve of the release of a special edition with great remixes from the likes of Joakim, Alter Ego and other mixes... was just a nice reminder
massive Tanlines fan ever since hearing "Real Life" just like EVERYONE else! then finding out they were releasing a comp of things they've done that hasn't been easy to get hold of over here, AND with new material on i was incredibly excited! and it doesn't disappoint! it's just an electronic master piece, its not really an album as such, but it will be in my top 10 albums of the year for sure!