James' Top Ten Ticklers of Twenty Ten..
1. Locussolus - Gunship - International Feel
Sounding like nothing else, the mighty studio return of DJ Harvey on a label
that seemed to spring out of nowhere (Uruguay) this year into one of the
most consistent and compelling labels around. Also check the Hungry Ghost
'Illuminations' 12 and look forward to the full length from Harvey set for
Spring next year.
2. Brackles - 6am El Gordos - Brainmath
London is back with a vengeance! A staple in my sets most of the year,
post-garage schnizzle at it's smoothest, going down surprisingly well in
3. Hunee - Bobos Alone In Paradise EP - Rush Hour
An amazing follow-up to last year's Tour De Force EP, Hunee drops this
complete bomb towards the end of the year. Synth-stab-vocal-house in
perfection on the A side while reach for the flip for some heady
4. Sect - Man Of Wisdom - Culprit
Sensitive rework of Mulata Astatke's genius 'Yekermo Sew', which if we're
talking end of year round up, his gig at Barbican in September was the
highlight live performance for me this year. Also check out Richard Sen's
lesser-known edit of said track on his Mixed Blood imprint.
5. The Mole - Dreamer Keep On Dreaming - Musique Risquee
A superb year for Colin The Mole as he takes a slightly heavier stance on
the drums but equally trippy on the FX. Forever reliable, also check the New
Kanada, Vitalik and Fur Trade releases.
6. Lone - Raptured - Werk
Super sick, over-the-top, unique sounding Chicago / Rave / Boogie inspired
monster from this young talent = FUN!
7. Ray Mang - Look Into My Eyes - DFA
Euphoric stuff from long time Glimmers collaborator; great end of nighter,
sampling Tangerine Dream's classic 'Love On a Real Train'. Raised many a
goose-bump over the year - great memories..
8. Holy Ghost - Say My Name (The Revenge Remix) - DFA
A late last entry onto the list on realising 'Love Cry' came out end of last
year. When I first heard this, thought was crying out for an edit and who
better than The Revenge to do the honours. Essentially a great, simple
sing-a-long pop record.
9. V/A - Magic Wand Vol 1 - Magic Wand
I guess my favourite 'edit' 12 of the year, with Black Sabbath's little
known 'Planet Caravan' receiving a Balearic makeover and a stretched out,
over-dubbed Randy Crawford 'You Might Need Somebody' being my fave slow-jam
Randy Coyote Cojones Edit by coyotesounds
10. V/A - Down To The Sea & Back The Continuing Journey Of The Balearic Beat
Superb comp from Balearic Mike & Kelvin Andrews - songs like a Osmonds I,I,I
& Bilgeri's Video Life a must for any record collection. Plus also check Top
Drawer Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges
1968-1974 if you're that way inclined - another superb compilation released