Some vinyl out this year I have enjoyed, in no order of preference, there will be some I've forgotten and also some I've yet to get. May edit in later, so watch this space!
I have a dislike for this kind of thing as I don't like to categorise music by year, as we all know, good music should be timeless. The most visible lists of this nature are usually very biased whether influenced by journalistic favourings, or a blindness to where the real creativity lies.
This is solely for the purpose of sharing some appreciation and love for some decent underground music on vinyl in these changing times and since I have no mixes currently posted up, it gives you an idea of what lurks in my box. Laptop/CD DJs, leave the hall!
Snuff Crew - Feel Inside (Hour House Is Your Rush Records)
For the KiNK & Neville Watson Remix of Feel Inside, lovely deep 90's Detroit flavour, drum machine builds very nicely, very rich sounding synths especially the bass line in the middle.
Mantra - Third Mind (Bunker Records)
Dirty raw acid harnessed in a very pleasing master and pressing, one for rough 808 and 303 lovers.
Tactic - Tactic EP (Dress 2 Sweat)
Limited white label B-more and dubstep remixes, MIA's 'Boyz' , 'Can't Juke Without Me' - an old Miami Bass track?, and a fully jacked up version of Ding Dong's dancehall banger, 'Badman Forward...'.
Bubblez - Move Down Low / Loser (Devotional Dubz)
For the version of Lady Saw - Loser on here, takes the original (which is an excellent slice of cheeky dancehall), sticks a massive jackin' drum machine behind it and adds some rough house synth samples, highlighting Lady Saw's irresistible agressive attitude.
Frozen Border - Frozen Border (Frozen Border)
The first release on another faceless imprint of techno possibly from Berlin (where it was mastered at D&M, where else!) has a nice 'classic' sound to it, Basic Channel repetitive sensibilities focusing on an upfront rhythmic dynamic, rather than endless reverb and delay.
Jared Wilson - Ghettoblaster (7777)
Dark, moody, minimal (no not that trendy shit!), stripped down, no nonsense classic Chicago sounding, acid, jackin, jackin, acid, vintage, classic did I say acid, moody, dark, minimal, acid (no not that trendy shit!)? Pick up the excellent 'Drug Related Stories' by the same guy on the same label from 2007, same style, excellent stuff!
Fuzzy Logik Feat. Egypt - In The Morning (Virgin)
Magically blends a basic Caribbean rhythm with dancefloor R&B, UK Garage and deep vocal house, it's the synth that binds it all together which is the icing on the cake, now has a generic 'we're all dancing in the club and looking beautiful' video, just listen to the music, that's my advice...
DJ Mystery Feat. Natalie K - Speechless
Similar style to Fuzzy Logik but with more movement in the bass department and a more softer vocal. Another feel good love song, UK Funky anyone?
Hot City - Hot City Bass (Ramp Recordings)
Massive Detroit style shuffle on the drums 4/4 and a one chord synth sample rhythm with some vocal snippets on the A side, huge bass, need I say more?
Levon Vincent - Solemn Days EP (Deconstruct Music)
Massive big looong tracks to get your teeth into here, plenty of nice reverb, delay, crisp hi hats, rim shots, handclaps, loads of spacey synths, works very well as early doors Saturday night tunes. Deep but not sleepy deep, track title of the year as well: 'Polar Bear Make Nice With That Sea Lion' which is full of highly pleasing Chain Reactionesque synth and bass action with the clear driving drums keeping any notion of valium techno firmly at bay.
Mike Dehnert - Umlaut2 (Clone Basement Series)
Levon Vincents NY Basement mix really steals the show here. Some very fresh sounding tom action and an old fashioned ravey stab, what more do you need??
Rye Rye - Bang (The Remixes)
The original mix is great on its own and the WTF I Asked For A Kuduro Remix By Buraka Som Sistema makes it even bigger, ravey breakbeat samples and an outrageous massive b-more style breakdown.
That's all for now, I may come back and add more. Hope you enjoyed some music in '09!
(also posted at www.myspace.com/paulmaslin )