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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 æsthetic 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) Blue Steel

 


 

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 No radio, No TV

 


 

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 Desilusion

 


 

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 She’s a Fast Persuader

 


 

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 Le troublant acid

 


 

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 plutĂ´t Ă©trange d’Ă©crire en anglais au sujet de Martin LĂ©on, un des très rares artistes quĂ©bĂ©cois que je trouve vraiment intĂ©ressants. Il a une poĂ©sie, une façon de raconter des histoires plutĂ´t 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 Le shack Ă  Chuck

 


 

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 OFI

 


 

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 Long Distance

 


 

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 Transatlantic Landing Bay

 


 

Honourable mentions

Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!! (Lulu Rouge Feat. Abdullah S Remix) – Trentemøller || 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. Silver

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

State Trooper (Trentemøller 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! Trooper

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

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix: 3rd Sun From The Rock

Just a few months after the second iteration came the third of the series, Third Sun from the Rock.

This one’s birth was tougher.

I re-recorded it twice before I was entirely satisfied with it technically, while musically, I stretched out the boudaries of the genre even more, going as far as including tracks that didn’t readily fall within those boudaries.

Let’s put it this way: I was offering people to include them within those boundaries, if they were willing to stretch those boundaries alongside this DJ.

The presence of Swag’s edit of New Jersey Deep by Black Science Orchestra or Lullabies in the Dark’s Iridium are telling examples.

The jury is still out on whether this one or its predecessor is the better mix: they both have their strong points, and they both boogie!

Hope you enjoy!

TRACKLISTING

  1. Don’t Turn Away (From My Love) – Lovelock
  2. Liberate – Force of Nature
  3. Stop – Casco presents B.W.H
  4. Di Solito – Popular Computer
  5. What The Fuck Do You Want With Us, Earthlings? – The Diaphanoids
  6. The Low Murderer Is Out At Night (AN-2 Remix) – Low Motion Disco
  7. L-ight – Force of Nature
  8. The Dancer – New Phunk Theory
  9. Kosmetisk – Magnus International
  10. Cosmic Wild Boar – LSB
  11. Radar Pulse Is Sent – Ichisan
  12. Grand Ideas – Lindstrøm
  13. Iridium – Lullabies in the Dark
  14. The Escape – Woolfy vs. Projections
  15. Otaku – Popular Computer
  16. Boulderdash – Division by Zero
  17. Cedar (Yamwho? Remix) – Spektrum
  18. Goblin City (Holy Ghost! Extended Disco Dub Mix) – Panthers
  19. Pom Pom (The Juan Maclean Backup Vox Mix) – Matthew Dear
  20. Pluto’s Retreat (Optimus Remix) – Brennan Green
  21. Riot On Planet 10 (Blitz Gramsci Remix) – Strangelets
  22. Psychedelic Symmetry – Free Disco
  23. New Jersey Deep (Swag Edit) – Black Science Orchestra
  24. I’m Ready – Kano
  25. Pendulo (Pete Herbert Edit) – Silver City
  26. Supernovac (Live At The Lanchonete Version) – I:Cube
  27. Resist – Plastique De Rêve feat. Radical Cheerleaders