Ok, so here we are, it's time for the most self indulgent post of the year, the tracks that I believe are the best of the year, you may think differently but of course you are all wrong.
It would have been easy to have filled this list with at least a dozen tracks that would be peppered with the Guv'nor's magic, to coin a phrase, as this is probably the last year that Andrew Weatherall's music will feature here which is too heart breaking to contemplate, not eagerly awaiting the next change in direction and ordering on spec, /cause it's Weatherall isn't it. Not sure if this is any kind of honour but he is the only artist that has featured in all 11 of these yearly posts.
When I completed the list I was quite surprised that there was nothing By Kungens Man or the 4 albums that I had purchased from those released on the El Paraiso label but when I thought a bit more there were no single tracks that jumped out at me, all were fine albums and worked as that an album, I would put them on and just listen to them. Another thing that struck me is, that for the first time, horror of horrors, downloads have been included and not just a few but 8 in total. I just hope that this is not the shape of things to come but I suspect it will be.
Even a quick scan and you will realise that there are quite a lot of mixes/edits, yes in this year of all years when it has been impossible to go anywhere to dance I have been buying and listening to loads of dance music. That along with a lot of ambient and psych is what has kept me relatively sane over the past 12 months.
I hope you find something here that piques your interest here.
1. Whyte Horses - Mr Natural
2. Sault - Wildfires
3. Daniel Avery - Lone Swordsman
4. Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto - After After
5. The Orb - The Weekend It Rained For Ever (The Ravens Have Left The Tower)
6. Night Noise - Guiding Light (On The Horizon Mix)
7. Richard Norris - Music For Healing 6
8. Glok - Cloud Cover (Andrew Weatherall mix)
9. A.M.O.R - No More (Original mix)
10. Closed Paradise - Tripping On Sunshine
11. Greg Float - Pointe Venus
12. Pye Corner Audio - Resist (John Talabot remix)
13. Four Tet - Something In The Sadness
14. Mister Mushi - Hard Lifetime
15.The Grid - Floatation (Paul Woolford Full Length mix)
16. Charles Webster - The Spell (Vocal mix)
17. Prince Fatty - Black Rabbit
18. Jorge Smith - Rose Rouge
19. Cult of Free Love - Transcendence
20. Fever - Honesty
21. Woodleigh Research Facility - Calm Before The Storm
22. Kit Sebastian - Durma (Baris K dub)
23. Klaus - Mammatus Clouds Over Saskatchewan
24. Marcu Rares - Contratimp
25. Andres Y Xavi - Is It Balearic?
26. The Airborne Toxic Event - Common Touch
27. The Bongolian - Harlem Hipshake
28. King Creosote - Cath
29. The Long Champs - Men Of Letters
30. Unloved -Why Not (Richard Sen dub)
31. The Night Beats - That All You Got.
32. Tomorrow Syndicate - Living In Simulation
33. The Emanations - Spread A Little Love (Soul Clap Mix/Greg Wilson edit)
34. Fjord Funk - It's All Black (Hardway Bros Meet Monktown Uptown version)
35. X.Y.R. - Black Monk On The Dunes
36. The Kevin Fingier Collective feat Gerri Granger - Don't Wanna Cry No More
37. Bruce Springsteen - Burnin' Train
38. Night Noise - Dancing In Space - (Hardway Bros Amorphous mix)
39. Valium Aggelein - Here Comes The Black Moon
40. Birds - Transcendental Phase