Saturday 7 December 2013

The Tracks Of My Year

Right, it's that time of the year again, below are the tracks that I have played and enjoyed the most this year. After compiling the list I was not in the least surprised that more than half of the tracks and eight out of the top ten were dance tunes, there have been so many strong ones this year from the boundary pushing Koreless to the out and out retro groove of T-Kut it has been a rather brilliant twelve months.

I make no apologies for the inclusion of Robin Thicke as I think that it is a great song, the video is a bit choice and Thicke is a bit of a prick but you can't have everything.

The number one tune was nearly not top of my list due to Matthew Toad not putting it on his RSD 12" and making me buy some superb Barney's beer in order to obtain the download, which was a hardship but the tune is just too good and it would have been churlish to demote it just on format fetishism. But I do still live in hope that it will be released on vinyl at some point and have even gone to the extent of trying to demand it of the band via their Twitter account.

There are a couple of tracks which had they been released earlier would have made the list, Hold On Love by Erol Alkan and the new Burial single to be released next week. The former because I haven't played it quite enough yet and the Burial one I haven't actually heard but it's Burial so it's unlikely to be shit.

Interesting fact (or maybe not) - The xx are the only band who have appeared in this list every year in the four years that it has been compiled

  1. Le Thug - Swam
  2. Doc Daneeka - Walk On In 
  3. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
  4. Blank as a complaint from the fuckwits at the DMCA pulled the post for the mere mention of the artist and track. There was no download link.
  5. Dauwd - Heat Division
  6. Koreless - Sun
  7. The Amazing Snakeheads - Testifying Time
  8. SCB - Dissipate
  9. The xx - Chained (Jon Talabot and Pional remix)
  10. Pillowtalk Soul Edits - The Real Thing
  11. Gregory Porter - Hey Laura
  12. The Fall - Loadstones
  13. Four Tet - Kool FM
  14. Best Coast - Fear Of My Identity
  15. Casual Sex - Stroh 80
  16. Unkown Artist - Lost My Shoes On Acid
  17. Sade - Give It Up (Vin Sol and Matrixxman edit)
  18. Jagwar Ma - Come With Me (Weatherall mix)
  19. Frightend Rabbit - Backyard Skulls
  20. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
  21. T Kut - Let Me Take U (Track'N remix)
  22. Improper Trax - The Heat
  23. British Sea Power - Machineries Of Joy
  24. Jagwar Ma - Come With Me (7" mix)
  25. Pixies - Indie Cindy
  26. Le Thug - Sense In Scotland
  27. Jay Patrick Ahern, Morgan Packard - Time Stops (feat. Alala One)
  28. Darkside - Golden Arrow
  29. Camera Obscura - Do It Again
  30. Battlebox II - 3D On Jupiter
  31. Gesaffelstein - Pursuit
  32. John Newman - Love Me Again
  33. Haim - Falling (Duke Dumont mix)
  34. Airborne Toxic Event - The Fifth Day
  35. Billy Bragg - Handyman Blues
  36. Primal Scream - Invisible City (Daniel Avery Drone City mix)
  37. The Cosmic Dead - The Black Rabbit
  38. Warpaint - Love Is To die
  39. Alden Tyrell & Gerd - Luv Thang
  40. Big Deal - Swapping Spit


Walter said...

Chapeau Drew. Really good list. Of course, there are a lot of dance tracks on it - but you'll see the regular list in the forthcoming days/weeks. After all: a great respect to your musical taste and giving me inspirations in this kind of music once again.

Have a nice weekend.
Cheers, Walter

george said...

Not familiar with most of your list. It'll give me something to do next week whilst lying on the settee!

Swiss Adam said...

Good list Drew. Viva the dance music. I note the Fall managed a placing.

Anonymous said...

CD please! Stevie

drew said...

SA - and as long as they produce anything of quality they will make the cut.

JC said...

Aye....a CD boxset of these tracks as Xmas presents to your friends and colleagues would be very welcome (hint hint)