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Some favourite LP’s of 09 dot dot

Written by: 31 January 2010 4 Comments

Worryingly, i’ve realised that most of my favourite music from last year was made either by Scandanavians, bands on The Tough Alliances Sincerly Yours label or bands that are named after two lower case letters.

Memory Tapes – Seek Magic

I’ve read a bit about this solo dude from Southern New Jersey. I find his music’s almost like The Cure, New Order and Studio all rolled in to one but actually way more awesome than that sounds. He’s apparently a stay at home Dad who has no drivers license (must be a music nerd) and also records under the names Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes but under the moniker Memory Tapes merges the two and remixes, which he’s getting massive props for and giving them away for free on his blog

Joris Voorn – Balance 14

Has any mix CD since Closer to the Edit included as many tracks and been as superbly produced as this? Not to my knowledge. The way the first CD is so god damn good that i would have to say it was THE best set i heard all year. I’m tempted now to go back and hear some of the other Balance comps although none interest me all that much.

jj: jj n° 2

Scandinavians are up to it again!!!!!! this time in the form of these two Swedes. What is it about 16 hours of darkness in winter that enables so many of them to make this dreamy pop music that is hard to turn your nose up at? Maybe it’s the 16 hours plus of sunlight in Summer? I did turn my nose up at this for a while and then i heard Ecstasy which made me give them a bit more of a chance than the initial 1 skip through.

Bat for Lashes – Two Suns

Easily my favourite current pop act in the world. Seeing Bat for Lashes perform live at Latitude Festival last year really sealed the deal for me. Slays on Ladyhwake, Gaga, Florence and the Machines … I kinda can’t believe she’s from Brighton though; eighh… This album is so perfect. Songs follow on enabling the flow to take grasp and keep your attention while you catch a bus, walk a river and ride through spanish fields in a train.

Omar S – Fabric

When news broke of Omar S doing his own fabric and he retailiated to the dicks on RA, who said he was copying Ricardo Villalobos, by saying he had never heard of Ricardo Wiwalobos, i was hysterical. Then the Mix came out and it was way better than Ricardo’s and that was about the same time i had stopped reading the RA ‘forums’ so i don’t know how that silenced the critics, but i can only hope it did..after the fairly hectic start it settles in and god it’s good.


  • The Ninja said:

    that jj video clip really is awesome – no matter how many times I watch it.

  • Benny said:

    Cool. I need to check most of your selection out, I really dropped the ball on album listening last year. Enjoyed the Omar S fabric but the Voorn never grabbed me the way I was expecting it to.

    I liked this James Holden balance mix a long time ago:
    Might be a bit dated now.

  • websta said:

    yeah same with Vooorn, the 300 sing tacklist killed me before i even heard it.

    Memory Tapes is great as is JJ, till haven’t bothered with Omar S

  • Mick said:

    Rediscovered the Memory Tapes today. Good times

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