XMMX or My 10 of 2010

Yes, it’s that time of year again: time for the end-of-year lists.

I find that quite hard to do nowadays because the way we (or at least I) consume music has changed drastically over the last few years.

I barely buy CDs anymore, and not much more albums. Yes, there is a difference between the two, because of the possibility of buying individual tracks opened by the likes of iTunes, Beatport and all the other online music stores.

The impact on listmaking is that it becomes hard to draft one that encompasses albums.

So, the following list of my favourites of the past year merely reflects the productions I have come across that made an ĂŠsthetic impact on my passion for music.

Without further adue, here they are, in no particular order and with as much useful info as I can convey to you, dear readers.

 


 

Blue Steel (Still Going Remix) – Bot’Ox

Bot’Ox, is a French duo composed of Tekel’s Julien Briffaz and Benjamin Boguet, who you might know better as Cosmo Vitelli. Quite a pedigree! As for Still Going, a pair of producer from New York City, they’ve been banging out wicked tunes on DFA for a few years now. Combine all that and what you get on a major dancefloor bomb and you can even download it for free here!

Listen to Blue Steel (Still Going Remix)

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The Professor – Dionigi

I wasn’t even going to include this on my list until just before I started writing this list. I’ve purchased that album and didn’t really give it a thourough listen until today, while I was researching my library for tracks to include on my next Cosmix. While going through all the tracks of the album, I realized that this album by Dionigi is one hell of an album that falls firmly in the Space Disco category while touching to many broader styles, from House to Breaks to Ambient. Yes, Italians can and still do produce good music, if you dig below the surface crap they are also capable of producing… 🙂 Special mention for ugliest album art of the year, or at the very least of this list!

Listen to No radio, No TV

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Empire Ants – Gorillaz

Yeah, I could’ve included the whole Plastic Beach album, but this track stands out so much from the rest — and moved me so much — that I chose to include only this one on the list. It also has the added benefit of introducing me to Little Dragon, a band I didn’t know before. I’m madly in love with the second movement of the track, when it gets more electro, and it’s a real shame that it’s so short! Now, a concert is the perfect setting to jam a bit with a song and extend it, but when they stopped over Montreal last October, the Gorillaz (with singer Yukimi Nagano) didn’t do anything of the sort… Shame, I tell you… But guess what! When they played on whatever TV show they played on in this video, they did extend it! See, and hear, for yourself!

 


 

Desilusion – Gotan Project

Tango 3.0 is by far my favourite album by the multinational trio. They don’t reinvent themselves, but they certainly take their concept to a new level here, a level that was hinted at on the second album, released in 2006. Why did I choose Desilusion? Well, because I think it’s the most apt ambassador to the rest of the album as a whole.

Listen to Desilusion

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She’s a Fast Persuader – Jamiroquai

I’ve been a total Jamiroquai fan from the get-go, no shame in admitting that! I’m always excited when they release a new album, and the latest was no exception to the rule. Jay Kay et al. don’t reinvent the wheel here, let alone themselves, but it’s still a great Jamiroquai album, better than the last one, in any case. I wouldn’t, however, go as far as including the whole album on my list, but this little gem of a track is definitely the stand-out track for me. Pure Jamiroquai at their best!

Listen to She’s a Fast Persuader

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Le Troublant Acid – KZA

Yotsukaido Nature is a Japanese producer who’s known as KZA as sometimes Force of Nature. This amazing little ditty is entirely based on a a loop from an obscure French single from the 70’s, Le troublant tĂ©moignage de Paul Martin, that he sped up and complemented with a drum track and TB-303 line. Nothing groundbreaking, production-wise, but it is SO efficient! Once you hear this track, it’ll be stuck in your head for days, trust me.

Listen to Le Troublant Acid

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Le shack Ă  Chuck – Martin LĂ©on

J’Ă©cris en anglais sur mon site perso car je m’adresse Ă  un auditoire international, mais je trouvais plutĂŽt Ă©trange d’Ă©crire en anglais au sujet de Martin LĂ©on, un des trĂšs rares artistes quĂ©bĂ©cois que je trouve vraiment intĂ©ressants. Il a une poĂ©sie, une façon de raconter des histoires plutĂŽt que de banalement chanter l’amour, en plus d’un talent de compositeur et de rĂ©alisateur hors-pair. Je vous recommande chaudement son plus rĂ©cent album, Les Atomes, comme tous les autres, d’ailleurs. And for the others, all I can say is if you don’t know Martin LĂ©on, don’t let the language thing bug you and dig into his work: you won’t regret it!

Listen to Le shack Ă  Chuck

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OFI – Model 500

Godfather of Techno Juan Atkins doesn’t release stuff that often, so in and of itself, a new release by him, espcially under his Model 500 moniker, is quite a happening. In this case, however, we’re not only dealing with a happening, but also one monster of a track. Agreed, the break is so-so, but’s it’s the only blemish on this track’s face. I’ll let it speak for itself…

Listen to OFI

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Long Distance – Onra

Definitely one of my favourite releases of 2010, Onra is a one-man-show from the mastermind of French producer Arnaud Bernard. Onra produces leftfield hip hop, or whatever you want to call it, but he does it with a flair that is unique and irresistible. I chose the title track from his 2010 album simply because my favourite track on it, My Comet, is actually from 2008… 🙂

Listen to Long Distance

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Transatlantic Landing Bay – Space Dimension Controller

I don’t know much about the band, other than the info I found on Zero Inch: “Belfast’s Jack Hamill started releasing ambient downbeat as RL/VL before assuming the name of Space Dimension Controller. Combining elements of electro-funk and deep techno in his tracks, Space Dimension Controller has been one of the shooting stars of 2010, performing at Barcelona’s prestigious SĂłnar festival and recently signing to seminal imprint R&S Records”. But don’t believe the hype and just trust me when I say that here’s a name you should memorize, because I’m predicting his ascencion is only begining. As a matter of fact, his remix of the aforementionned OFI by Model 500 is coming out in January. Now that’s somehting I can’t wait to hear!

Listen to Transatlantic Landing Bay

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Honourable mentions

Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!! (Lulu Rouge Feat. Abdullah S Remix) – TrentemĂžller || I’m not Dubstep’s best customer, but I like this one a lot, even though I’ll admit it’s got nothing very special about it.

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I Know You’re Mine – Roberto Rodriguez || Can’t get enough of Rodriguez’ productions!

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State Trooper (TrentemĂžller Unofficial Mix) – Bruce Springsteen || The only reason this didn’t make my list is that it did not come out in 2010, even though I only heard of it eraly in the year. Top work!

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The Logical Song – Rodion || An electropop cover of the Supertramp classic? Gotta love it!

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Merry Techmas and a Happy New House!

A new mix for your yuletide parties!

I felt like recording a new mix and since I have to wait a little bit to record Cosmix 8, I plunged head first into my TecHouse folder and whipped up this little mix for y’all.

It’s a relativly short offering compared to my usual lengthy marathons, but it should be plenty of fun to dance to or chillax in a comfy couch!

Most of the tracks on here are from 2010, but I just had to throw in an old favourite of mine, Bessie, by Shaboom, which came out in 1997 on Paper Recordings. People who’ve known me for a while know that I really played this track out when it was released.

There are no Christmas songs per se on this mix, but Mike Monday’s Do Be Do, towards the end of the mix, does have a very Christmasey feeling to it and even reminds me of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time with its use of delayed Juno hits…

I hope you enjoy it and I wish y’all the best for the new year!

As usual, you can stream it

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TRACKLISTING

Merry Techmas and a Happy New House!

  1. Void 23 – Ramadanman & Appleblim
  2. Deep Blue – Alex V
  3. She Is Music (Hypnogroove Mix) – Psycatron
  4. Nu Acid (Robert Babicz Smiling Remix) – Pete Heller
  5. Triva Mango – Johnny D
  6. Late Variations – Oxia & Eric Borgo
  7. The Brush (Tom Middleton Liquatech Mix) – Florian Kruse & Nils NĂŒrnberg
  8. Back To Rio Guadalguivir – Echonomist
  9. One Million Oaks – Itamar Sagi
  10. Space (Elon Remix) – Billy Johnston & Gennaro Mastrantonio
  11. Cash The Chord (Audiojack Remix) – H.O.S.H.
  12. Lone Time – Tim Green
  13. Regina (Roberto Rodriguez Remix) – David Keno
  14. Disco 2080 – The Planty Herbs
  15. Bessie (Kurbdog Remix) – Shaboom
  16. Do Be Do (Mike’s Club Remix) – Mike Monday
  17. Mechanique – KZA
  18. Love Get Out Of My Way (Tim Goldsworthy Dub) – Monarchy

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix 7.5: The Call of CCCLTD

A while ago, my friend Mike, who runs the Quebec City-based label CCCLTD, asked me for an exclusive podcast to be featured on his website. He insisted it be no longer than and hour AND that it be a Cosmic Disco mix.

I was glad and proud to oblige, although I must admit making short a Cosmic Disco mix was quite a feat for me, as I believe this musical style, which I’ve been championning for years, is beter suited to very long mixes, as one can notice by looking at the length of the mixes in my Cosmix series.

With the parameters in mind, I offered Mike to make a kind of off-Cosmix, which is why this is entitled 7.5 (there’s also a 3.5 mix in the series, which is a live set recorded at Picnik Elektronic in 2009).

The deal was that Cosmix 8 would be loosely based on Cosmix 7.5 and that it would come out as soon as the exclusivity to CCCLTD was over.

So, with that said, here it is!

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TRACKLISTING

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix 7.5: The Call of CCCLTD

  1. Good Afternoon Professor – Dionigi
  2. Naked (Kink Mix) – Sleazy McQueen
  3. Hot Pepper Sauce – Stopmakingme
  4. Superbacon – Kasper BjĂžrke & Tomas Barford
  5. I Know You’re Mine – Roberto Rodriguez
  6. Matilda’s Dream – John Talabot
  7. Rock You Will (Dub) – Toby Tobias
  8. Whispering Twirl – Tornado Wallace
  9. Chocolate Bar – Space Ranger
  10. OYB – KeyBoy
  11. Eternal Legs – Yello