2010 has been a year of truly extraordinary music, the very best of which we’ll offer our 50p’s worth on soon.. In the meantime though, whet your appetite with a bunch of mixes that will live for a very long time. For us, these are either really cool snapshots of 2010 music or bona fide timeless classics – in a couple of cases, both!
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s our pick of this year’s very best mixes..
The Revenge – Garden Festival Warm Up Mix
The Revenge owned 2010. He’s been around for a much longer than that, of course, but this was the year Revengemania finally swept the globe. A year filled with gigging the world over, endless mastering, remix and label work, and topping the lot off with a guest appearance at isodisco. Graeme Clark deserves every accolade he musters – he’s a phenomenal DJ and producer, a talent like very few others, a complete and utter gent and, basically, we hate the bastard.
Ahead of his July trip to the Garden Festival in Croatia, he dropped this mix of slowmo, disco, and the uncategorisable in Tom Petty. This one soundtracked most of our summer, total greatness.
Eddie C – Everything is OK
We can’t write much more about Eddie C – after he caught us peering through his windows and rummaging in the garbage outside his cabin, his law people got onto to us. Talk about an over reaction. Can a guy not tracking a man down to his log cabin in the middle of nowhere & ask him to autograph his bare chest without people thinking the worst these days? Sheesh..
Is Eddie one of the most prodigious downbeat production talents around? Hell yes. People can’t get their rocks off to 100bpm all night though, can he proper rock a party? Absofuckinglutely. Check this beauty out, everything really is ok.
Be amazing if Eddie was due to be playing a gig any way close to these parts wouldn’t it?
RJA24 – Carina Ramos
In fairness, we could have picked anything from the stable of Ruff Jamz podcasts. It’s consistently crazy good, defo subscribe if you’re not already. Bonar Bradberry, Tornado Wallace and Moscow-based DJ Sandra churned out really top class efforts this year, but we plumped for this immaculate boogie selection from back in May time. Edinburgh’s Carina Ramos loaded up classics from the likes of Melba Moore, Gwen McRae, BB&Q and Kenny Loggins and programmed & segued them to within an inch of perfection. You’ll enjoy this.
Kris Percy – Sweet Gløgg and Doughballs
Kris Percy is one of the Sleazybeats honchos so by default, knows a things or two about beats. He stuck this mix up his Soundcloud just a few weeks back but according to our itunes, we’ve played it 27 times. How is that even possible? That’s more than once a day since it was released. You’ll see why though – this is an hour-long spin drenched in deep soulful house music with some of our favourite tracks of the past 12 months and a few weapons that will be unleashed in 2011. Utterly sublime.
BIS #523 – Wolf + Lamb
We posted about this one pretty much the second we finished listening to it. NYCs stellar W&L crew drop a rake of Soulclap , Guti, Deniz kurtel, Gadi Mizrahi, Jose James, Woolfy Vs. Projections, SECT , Nicolas Jaar, Ilija Rudman, Michael J Collins, Burnt Island Casuals, Mario Basanov, Zev and a bunch of others in what has been the finest BiS session this year.
Mark E – Loves Got The World In Motion
Mark E is another one the lawyers have warned us about, and another that hasn’t been in the least bit slack this year. Alongside global domination Mark has squeezed in another slew of essential remixes and has nailed his new artist LP for release on Merc in the spring. He also loves knocking out the mixes does Mark, and when they’re as hot as his Beats in Space, Soulsearching or Join The Dots mixes, keep em coming we say.
Pick of the bunch for us was a ridiculously deep affair he did for ANOE. In his own words.. “A rough sunny lazy afternoon journey through new / old records, promos and new remixes loosely merged to the back drop of the world cup vuvuzela. From slo-mo balearic mooders, RnB shakers, detroit deep bangers, to disco shufflers, french house phazers and deep house hottness, a pleasure to be asked to do the mix.”
And an absolute pleasure to listen to, as well.
And there you have it, the sets and mixes that have dominated our stereos more than any other this year. Post to come soon with all those tracks that made 2010 so cool as well, if we can ever stop arguing about it and settle on them..