49-30 of 08’s finest…. getting serious

And on (and on) it goes. I have long since realised that I bit off more than was easily chewable with this list, but in the words of Magnus Magnusson (the first celebrity Icelander) ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish’! There were plans for doing similar with the album list but I fear that if I went down that road the best of 08 could be running till the end of ’09. The hope was to have this all sauteed by the end of Jan but Wellington (and more precisely THE bleedin BUG!!) are calling and I reckon the top 30 should be up here by this time next week, definitely, maybe….. hopefully.

49 The Rope Tightens…But The Bough Breaks – Shackleton (Skull Disco)
See this post. I could have filled this list with Shackleton triumphs of the last year from remixes to original tracks but this dark, dank and deadly track from the ‘Soundboy’s Suicide Note’ EP was a must.
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THE ROPE TIGHTENS – SHACKLETON

48 The Mission – Stephen & Damian Marley (Tuff Gong)
Alongside the very similar, and also excellent, ‘One Loaf Of Bread’ this was a testament to the ‘….. & Sons’ power shift that has been going on in JA music with Bob’s nippers smashing it over a rhythm from the Jammy’s legacy. 
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THE MISSION – STEPHEN & DAMIAN MARLEY

47 Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix) – Zomby (Hyperdub)
Stonking!

See this post
and this post for Rustie.
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45 Miracles – Mala (Deep Medi)
There is a depth to every track that Mala releases, that guarantees they are always regarded as standalones. After a very quiet year from the DMZ camp this multi-leveled, unfathomably deep gem slipped out at the end of ’08 putting everyone on notice.
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44. Minimoonstar (Shackleton Rmx) – Ricardo Villalobos (Perlon)
In all honesty it could just as easily have been the blinding original from the Chilean groundbreaker, but Shackleton’s mix was another sign of his growing prowess outside the restrictive mores and bpm straightjacket of the dudestep world. Villalobos continues to remind me of the fertile early-mid 90’s period when Burnt Friedman/NUF, Porter Ricks, Basic Channel et al drafted new templates for techno tones.

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MINIMOONSTAR (SHACKLETON RMX) – RICARDO VILLALOBOS

43. I Heard Wonders (Weatherall Vocal Mix) – David Holmes (Mercury)
There has already been much waxing lyrical about the largesse of the one lone swordsman on this list, but how about Holmes. Getting Alan Vega in for lyric writing is a stroke of genius, singing the songs himself could have gone horribly wrong (yet doesn’t) and both the original and remixed version of this are sublime, timeless pieces. The 7″ with this mix is still available but one would imagine there aint many left, get to it!!
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I HEARD WONDERS (ANDREW WEATHERALL REMIX)

42. Go Round Payola – Jahdan Blakkamore (Dutty Artz)

As mentioned before….big things in 09.
See this post. 
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41. Ghost Note (Mark E Rmx) – Holy Jungle (Golf Channel)
A real, epic standout from the slo-mo shufflers scene amongst so many trifling, and frankly pointless, discoid dirges. This is right up there with Quiet Villagers in the school of not doing too much but doing it exceptionally well, always with a dab hand on the fx box. The mp3 doesn’t do the subsonic majesty of this slightly slept-on, 12″ justice – the wax is still havailable.
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GHOST NOTE (MARK E RMX) – HOLY JUNGLE

40. Township Funk – DJ Mujava (Warp)
Yes, yes this appeared in everyone’s top lists, and so it should. That it should end up on Warp is appropriate, as this really does sound like LFO taking a dip in a South African dancehall. The rest of Mujava’s tackle (that I’ve heard) doesn’t seem to have the x factor of this gratuitously remixed  and remodelled cut, who cares this is more than enough.
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39. F.U.R. – Black Acid (Fitzrovian Phonographic)
Richard Fearless has always been a step out of time, getting lumped in with dubious scenes like big beat (gawd help us) and electroclash (I can barely believe I typed that term) when the reality is he has made consistently engaging and untypical music for many years. In cahoots with members of Coyote, NYMPH and others (I could have sworn there was some A Place To Bury Strangers link but I’m wrong, I think) he has formed some unholy alliance in Black Acid and this gritty r’n’r grind which came in typically stunning artwork  from Fitzrovian Phonographic, is tonal tease that is screaming out for a follow up.
(BlackAcidspace)  
(FitzrovianPhonographicspace)  

Below is the cover though black on black on black makes for a serious eye test!
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F.U.R. – BLACK ACID

38. Don’t Unless – Romain Bno (Les Edits Du Golem)
So many edits this year, so few worthwhile. This fruity six pack of 50’s and 60’s re-shines was way above average and frankly foolish. Hurrah for that!
See this post.
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37. Done Wid War – Busy Signal (Busy Signal Productions)
Posterations all over the place about Busy here at Stinkinc. This festive little boomshot from the Alliance camp lays on the fromage with a trowel, but what sort of a cold hearted cad couldnt find a place in their heart for this?? You can find his links and whatnot all over this blog like a rash…
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35. Code For The Streets – 77 Klash (Klash City)
The man responsible for Turbulance’s classic ‘Nortorious’ and other fine tunes is poised for greatness. Interviewing him (via email) for Real Groove he was a proper gent and  a decidedly smart cookie too. Do smart cookies really exist? If so are there dumb ones? So many questions.
No need for me to put this up as the good folk at RCRDLBL have it here for you freely and legitimately like. Killer tune, NYC fire.
(77Klashspace)
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34. Clunk Click Every Trip – Peverelist (Punch Drunk)
Another end of year belter from the Bristol camp and a record that seesm to take on a different form every time you play it. A lot of the 2562, Headhunter etc technoeystep malarkey that people got all hot and bothered about this year was pleasant but failed to fully float my boat. Tracks like this need no justification and the b-side reminds me of the days of ‘ambient dub’ (apologies for the number of naff genre titles in this post) which is A-OK in my booklet.
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33. Bosques Via Temperley – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
For the amount that I’ve played and listened to it this year, the new school of cumbia gear coming out of Buenos Aries and the ZZK camp is probably underepresented. The vocal version of this featured on the excellent ZZK compilation (Digital Cumbia Vol 1), and the instrumental on its accompanying 12″, both are scorching. The Chancha Via Circuito album should be on the way to me as I type, and here’s hoping that this fertile scene gets the releases and distro it deserves in ’09, I’m loving this multidirectional gear.
(Chanchaspace)
(CVCandZZKonweb)

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BOSQUES VIA TEMPERLEY – CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO

32. The List – The Knux (Interscope)
Hip Hop album of the year no doubt for me and it’s criminal that lazy-ass journalists flung this in with the hipster rap dumpster. I’m not a man taken to rahing on about riffs, but it’s pretty damn decent when some of the best ones of the year came from a couple of New Orleans brothers now living in Hollywood. With this track it’s the very Peter Hook-esque bassline that should be taken in for questioning,  because it’s pure murderation…. launching this song into one of the great album openers of the year. (Doff of the cap to KH and Dart on this for the early listenings, you blessed us!)

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Below are the vids for ‘Cappucino’ and ‘Bang Bang’, which are two of my least favourite tracks from the album as it goes…but I’m not risking a ‘The List’ mp3 because it’s Interscope and it’s bound to cop flack.
  

31. Bad – Kode9 & LD (Hyperdub)
One of two excellent singles from the Hyperdub head honcho, who didn’t miss a beat with his label, this year, pushing boundaries with every release. Apparently this is ‘funky’ or some other foolish genre name (it’s the post for that, dont you know), well it is genuinely funky and quite remarkable, marking Kode9 out as a leader amongst  so many followers….. once again.
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(Hyperdubspace)
(Kode9space)
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BAD – KODE9 &LD

30. Vampire Blues – Wooden Shjips (Sick Thirst)
This Californian 4 piece have wormed their way into my affections with a sledgehammer approach to psychedelic caterwauling, that takes no prisoners. This was a tour only 7″ that can still be found (if you’re quick) and most of all the Neil Young cover reminds me of the Cramps at their finest. In this day and age that is something to be treasured! I’m not quite sure why, but man I love this band, what they do aint so new but they just seem to nail it time after time,  and anyone who’s prepared to indulge in a seriously headfuck version of Rabbie Burn’s ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (and then give it away on their website) is seriously in my good books!
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(Woodenshjipspace)
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VAMPIRE BLUES – WOODEN SHJIPS

Tigered In Translation

There’s nae point in rambling on about every gig that comes up, however the Tiger Translate party which is happening on Friday, 21st of Nov, taking over the Fu & Zen, is a right scorcher. The live line up includes Onra, summoned from his Parisian lair, as well as the (also well traveled) locals The Naked And Famous and Coco Solid. DJ action will be provided by the incomparably gorgeous Maiden Hong Kong and incomprably less-so yours truly, with Cian and Nick D bringing up the rear, ooh err. Peep on for details, tunes, set times and of course ting.

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The Vietnamese-French producer and DJ caught my eye with his ‘Chinoiseries’ album, earlier this year. For starters it looked the part, and the briefest of spins on the decks confirmed it was something a little special. Comprised of 32 beat vignettes, most barely troubling the two minute mark, it’s a response to a visit back to the land of his grandparents where he picked up a bundle of comfortingly scratchy Vietnamese/Oriental vinyl. Ideal for short attention span listening, I got hooked on the whole double-vinyl deliciousness, raved about it in Real Groove and offered up the blinding standout ‘The Anthem’ to the 95bFM programming panel for consideration. It met with universal appreciation, playlist approval, and I believe may have wormed its way into more than a few listeners affections, its certainly got Troy good and proper. There’s a whole other fandangle with Coke and the Olympics to do with that song, which you can read about at the excellent Pinglewood blog.
So basically I’m as keen a pot of Dijon to check feller out, and he’s going to be doing separate live and dj sets, here’s a couple of cuts to get masticating on. Impossible to go past ‘The Anthem’, and ‘I Wanna Go Back’ would pass muster on the fact that it samples one of my favourite and frankly over-collected melodies ‘Love Is Blue’…. aaaah.

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ONRA – THE ANTHEM

ONRA – I WANNA GO BACK

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Having shown and proved (and improved) on their recent trip to NYC for CMJ, under the steely supervisory gaze of… err me, The Naked And Famous are robustly rockulating right now. This would be the place to put some informal or incriminating (not so much really) shots from the trip, if only I hadn’t given up on the camera at their first show. After five or six years away I felt like enough of a tourist in New York, and you can’t get near the stage at CMJ shows because the front 3 rows are rammed with bloggers and their telephotos anyway, it’s a plague. Instead let’s have the deadly videos for ‘Serenade’ and ‘Birds’ (clink of the glass to Special Problems) and what remains my favouritest song (probably, possibly, well for right now) from the ‘No Light’ EP ‘Bells’.

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THE NAKED AND FAMOUS – BELLS

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Coco Solid rule. That’s not an opinion, just fact. I wont wank on about the Coco greatness, Ive already done that with the new album here and 2007’s ‘Gentlemen Prefer Bombz’ in my Top 1o of tha year, here, both for The Listener. Due to synchronisational overcommitment and cruel luck I’ve missed the last two Auckland shows, however with Mz Solida back from Red Bull Academising in Barcelona this one’s sure to go off like a particularly ripe Stilton…with wheels.
There’s an exceptionally limited and eminently desirable Coco Solid 12″ which may still be available aqui

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(Cocospace)
(Offishall Website)

Their clips are quite the choicest.
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COCO SOLID – BLACK ZEN

And foinally because we’re nice like that here’s a couple of bonuses from MHK and me, SJ, below, plus the full running order. In fact if you’re sharp you can still register for a couple of free tickets AND free beers, at the Tiger Translate site, that aint going to last, or you can win em on 95bFM if your blagger swagger is a little diminished.

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Way too many words already so briefly Maiden Hong Kong has selected Romain Bno’s ‘Dont Unless’ edit from the Edits Du Golem series as one she’ll be playing. This whole EP’s off the bleeding kajizzle and quite tricky to trackdown now, what is it with the French and edits?? This lot say they still have it, (BUY)

ROMAIN BNO – DON”T UNLESS

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I’m plumping for this brilliant mix of 24 year old Brit, VV Brown, getting a defiantly unclassifiable Andrew Weatherall remix. I actually bought this for the dub, little did I know the vocal is well tight in a kinda loose ‘Monster Mash’ way. When I ran this cut out at DJ Baku it was like I’d given everyone in the room a tenner, dancefloor ram!

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VV BROWN – CRYING BLOOD (ANDREW WEATHERALL REMIX)

It goes a little something like this….

TIGER TRANSLATE RUN TIMES

Fu:
Maiden Hong Kong: 8:00 – 10:00PM
Nick D: 10:00 – 11:45PM
ONRA (DJ Set): 11:45 – 12:45AM
Cian: 1:00 – 4:00

Zen:
Stinky Jim: 9:00 – 10:00PM
The Naked & Famous (live): 10:00 – 11:00PM
Stinky Jim: 11:00 – 11:45PM
Coco Solid DJ: 11:45 – 12:00AM
Coco Solid: 12:00 – 12:45AM
Coco Solid DJ: 12:45 – 1:00AM
ONRA (live): 1:00 – 2:00AM
Nick D: 2:00 – 4:00AM

Next, after this tsunami of bloggeration, we will have the new SJD video for ‘No Telling Where’ up here in the next 24/48 hours….wooopee.