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Treats for ears

Reviving an occasional series on ten minutes hate, here are the Top 5 Records currently bringing joy to my ears:

1. Javeon McCarthy – Lost Time (T Williams Remix)

It is rainy season here in Japan, so there are days when we can’t see much of anything through the rain. Still, these haunting lyrics of lost love, set against a beat you will find difficult to ignore the invitation to dance to, will make even the greyest of skies seem suddenly brighter:

2. Fact mix 327 – Disclosure

The series of mixes released by Fact magazine are always worth more than one listen and this from Disclosure doesn’t buck the trend. By three minutes in I already knew it wa the best mix I had heard all year and then it proceeded to get even better. Don’t miss out!

3. Cajmere & Russoul – Let’s Dance

Watch the video, practise the moves, hit the club, be the toast of the town.

Thank me later.

4. XLR8R podcast – Braiden

Another quality series of mixes, another great DJ. What’s not to like?

5. Flight Facilities – Foreign Language ft Jess (Will Saul & Tam Cooper remix)

More great lyrics, an amazing vocal and deft remix by Simple Records founder, Will Saul. Almost too perfect…

Hopefully that has you in the perfect mood for whatever shenanigans the weekend holds for you. As ever, let me know your top 5s in the comments, below and be sure to have a cracking one!

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Top 5 Records of 2011

Missed doing this last year as I was toasting myself to a crisp on a beach in Thailand, so it seems long overdue!  I know you are probably all a little weary of ‘best of’ lists, but it has been such a cracking year for music that it would be an awful shame not to share some of the love with your ears.

1. I Break Horses – Winter Beats

In a year so full of albums to fall in love with – from Slow Club to Oneohtrix – it seems cruel to have to choose one, but I Break Horses’ debut Hearts demands the accolade.  Layers and layers of perfection, so the songs blow you away on first listen but still keep enough back to reveal further delights on subsequent plays, it is a beautiful, beautiful piece of wonder.  If you don’t already own it, you MUST.  No question.  And if you don’t believe me, trust The Line of Best Fit, who made it their album of the year.

There are a couple of gems I could have picked, but I have gone for the one I discovered first, the stunning Winter Beats:

2. Octo Octa – I’m Trying

A sublime, silky, Amerie-sampling, soul-laden piece of loveliness from American producer Octo Octa, certain to get you in the mood for whatever tonight’s celebrations may bring:

3. Sully – Let You

I first discovered Sully via his mix for FACT magazine, yet it has been difficult to find out much else about him, as he seems to be that rare breed of producer that shuns publicity.  First album Carrier is another essential listen, mixing strong beats with soulful melodies to sound, in the way all good dance music does, brand new and classic at the same time.

Again, it is tough to choose a favourite, so here is the one that first caught my ears’ attention, with its sparse beats and tough bassline, Let You:

4. I Draw Slow – Goldmine

Slight change of pace for this one, a song I discovered via a friend and have rarely gone a day without playing since, a true mark of quality.  I Draw Slow meld American bluegrass and traditional Irish melodies to provide the perfect accompaniment to this haunting tale of a bad girl falling for a good guy:

5. The National – England

No-one following me on Twitter or reading ten minutes hate this year could have missed how much I fell for The National, even more so once they were able to play their long-delayed Tokyo gig.  I know that latest album High Violet was released in 2010, but hey – my site, my rules.  So I choose this stunner, the words to which never fail to put a tingle up my spine:

So, that’s my 5!  I am sure to have missed many other gems, so please let me know yours in the comments.  It has been such a crazy year for news, politics and life that concentrating on music seems at times dreadfully self-indulgent.  However, I like to think the opposite is true and that we need great music more than ever right now.  Whatever comes, I wish a very happy Year of the Dragon to everyone who has read the site this year.  Thank you!

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End of an Era

Since every other mo’-fo’ in the universe has managed to con someone into publishing their list of the best/worst films/songs/artists/Pret-sandwich-fillings of the week/year/decade recently, I thought it only fair that ten minutes hate gave it a go.

Except I’m not going to do anything that scientific.  Instead here is a completely arbitrary and slightly esoteric list of five songs that have made 2009 better.  Tell me if you agree or leave your own suggestions in the comments.  And have a Feliz Ano Nuevo!

1. Nadsroic – All Hot

The FACT magazine mixes have provided me with much enjoyment this year, at a time when saving for Japan has meant spending on music had to dwindle.  (Wanna make me a mixtape?  Get in touch!)  I first heard this as the opener of the Alexander Nut mix, which is now sadly no longer available to download, but you can listen to the song on Nadsroic’s MySpace page here.  And you really must, because it is like nothing else you will have ever heard, all ethereal vocals and thumping drums that will be stuck in your head for ages after.  Then, if you have any cash spare because you’re not moving to the Far East soon, please buy a copy of their EP on my behalf.  Ta.

2. Risque Rhythum Team – The Jacking Zone

Needs no additional words from me, I think, this is just a great slice of classic Chicago house that improved my journeys to work last year by approximately 98%.

3. Quixote ft Lisa Li-Lund – Before I Started to Dance

A splendid chunk of French synth-pop type stuff which puts me in mind of old Source Labs compilations.  Lovely.

4. Coconut Records – West Coast

I love this because of where I was when I first heard it.  Also because I want to be able to skate like Mark Gonzales.

5. Kid Cudi v Crookers – Day ‘n’ Night

So I was standing at the bar in the Dolphin, a bit worse for wear, about 1 am and obviously not nearly worried enough about work later on that morning as I had just got another round in.  This video appeared on the screen behind the bar and within seconds the entire clientele was transfixed.  Yes, it’s cheesy.  Yes, it dents any credibility I earned with the previous four tunes.  But, as I’ve often argued, where would we be without the cheese, people? 

Plus, if you don’t laugh at the glee on his face during the bit with the pen at about 2.39 in, then I’m not sure you’re alive.  Press ‘Play’ if you dare, or just ignore and if we ever meet, let’s not speak of this again…

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Top 5 Records

Friday tunes to put you in a good mood!

1. Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler

Especially for everyone that was at Lovebox last weekend as SMD provided the soundtrack to the most amount of fun had on a Sunday evening since Match of the Day 2 finished.  (Possibly.)

2. The Who – Substitute

Sometimes I realise that pretty much everything I listen to is from the 60s.  Then I remember sadly that it was over 40 years ago, I wasn’t even born and wonder if maybe it is time to move on.  Until I hear again how proud Roger Daltrey is that he’s still getting his washing done and decide to start placing ads in science magazines for a genius to build me a time machine.

3. Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes (xxxchange remix)

This is one my good pal Bone Conduction first played for me and I have hardly stop listening to it since that happy day.  You should listen to it too, maybe while reading his marvellous blog here, which is also filled with fun things to listen to.

4. Tiga – Mind Dimension

Another big tune from SMD’s set at Lovebox.  Hands in the air for this one… (oooooh I almost felt like a propah cheesy radio deeeejjjay when I wrote that!)

5. Frank Wilson – Do I Love You?

Because it is my favourite Northern Soul song.  Because it is from that decade that I love so much.  Because when the horns come in just before the two minute mark it is one of the most perfect things ever committed to vinyl.  Because it was the last song I heard before leaving the house this morning and so has been playing in my head all day.  Because if you hear it, it will put you in a good mood too.  Just because.

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