Stinkmix 24 – Musky Moments — Free DL —

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They come in waves……..  Stinkbombs 808 is still downloadable (and in triple figures) from this post, but it’s back to the original Stinkmix series for some fresh Musky Moments. Once again it’s been split into two files, with a printable PDF cover amongst the mptrees (cover design don-ette Cherry Sprinkles says ‘brown paper is a must!’) I’m particularly chuffed with the way this one went down, and I hope there’s something on  there that floats your proverbial boat and sends you fleeing to the local record shop or internet vendor of choice. Please do let me know if it finds favour, bit of a tracklisting/sloppy sleevenotery/inane ramble below …..enjoy.
Stinkmix 24 – Musky Moments
01 JERK MACHINE – ROGER ROGER
Opening the score card with insistent horns, a crazy break (masked with nonsense, I’m not Santa Claus) and a trailerload of library swagger is French mood music maestro Roger Roger. If you’re not familiar, yes that is his real name (apparently his composer father had a sense of humour, not unlike the paternal figure in a ‘ A Boy Named Sue’) and as it goes he’s pretty much my favourite library music dude, along with a couple of other fine and fruity gents. Until I started doing the research for this post I never had a clue this was such a highly prized record(I have the Chappel trademark blue artwork version but I couldn’t find a pic of that anywhere)and rated as one of his most collectable, it’s completely understandable because the whole record a veritable scorcher.
Roger Roger understandably also worked under a number of aliases (Cecil Leuter for his electronic excursions, Eric Swan, Roger Davy etc) up until his death in Paris in 1995 at the ripe old age of 84, and some of his work has been re-issued on excellent comps from folks like Barry 7 (Add N To (X)) and Luke Vibert amongst others. Surprisingly I couldn’t find this torturously tremendous track on any re-issues but that might be down to my googular impatience.
Buy if you dare, 150 Euros here
Roger Roger on Discogs
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02 DARLIN’ (ANDREW WEATHERALL REMIX) – XX TEENS

03 CRYING BLOOD (ANDREW WEATHERALL DUB) – VV BROWN
Though he has never really gone off the boil it has to be said that Home Counties hero Mr Weatherall has been on a right regal renaissance over the last couple of years. I’m particularly feeling the nouveau-rockabilly traces running through both these mixes and frankly I’m not surprised. When Andrew (or Andy, as he was then) guested on Stinky Grooves in 1992 (I think) I can remember a big and enthusiastic off-air Jerry Lee Lewis discussion (and the rolling out of my stalking the Killer in Memphis at Bad Bob’s Vapours story) during a set that has very little doof and plenty of yard music vibes. Unfortunately thats one I don’t think I have on cassette.
His gigs on that trip were justifiably legendary with a storming set at The Box that I’m sure is remembered by each and every one of the packed punters, an odd one at the Powerstation when the power went down and we burned a big head spliff at the decks waiting for the juice to return, and a little scorcher down in Welli at the Metro. The subsequent years saw me stopping in at the Sabres office in Soho whenever I was back in the UK (considerably more in those days) and receiving some VIP on the sly treatment for simply being introduced by Andy to the good folks at Fat Cat and other shops. Allsorts of white labels and rare delicacies came my way as a result of Andy’s largesse and introductions, and despite that time being the start of a pretty gnarly period for Andy and Nina they always treated me more than proper.
It’s a crying shame that he has subsequently visited Australia several times but has never made it back to NZ, all we have now is the records.
The XX Teens seem like a loutishly loud bunch from Londinium who were originally known as the Xerox Teens before the photocopier folk got their proverbial knickers in a twist. This mix came out a couple of years ago but I consider Stinkmixes the appropriate place for tunes that have some staying power rather than just a collection of now and next hipster biz. This is fire and brimstone with a bugling bassline and gratuitous yelping, who could ask for more.
VV Brown got a rundown previously on these pages, you can check it with a miniscule mouse movement here. Like the XX Teens I’m not convinced that I will be following her career with eagle eyed eagerness but if the mixes are this good I’ll definitely be keeping an ocular object out.
Buy direct from Mute or from the shops
XX Teenspace
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Rotters Golf Club is Weatherall central, good podcast up there right about now
Check Castles In Space or Acid Ted (Everything from Andy to Weatherall they boast…everything?) for Weatherallanalia
XX Teens
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Andrew Weatherallabilly
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Mz V V Brown
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04 TEST ME FOR A REASON – ZOMBY
Apparently working on some business with labelmate Burial right now Zomby has become quite the reputable fellow over the last wee while. His double 12″ pack for Hyperdub is straight out exceptional and is the kidn of thing that needs to be bought on faith as a 30 second slice on computer speakers is almost definitely NOT going to do it for you. He chooses to be reasonably mysterious, and rails against being flung in some journalistic genre pool and described as wonky or dubstep or whatever. Fair enough, most of his music truly sounds like no-one else (though this track has a fair bit of El-B/Burial vibes running through it to disprove my point) and rather than any hackneyed terms it just makes me think of a rewarding slog through audio mud with only an airhorn and a full armoury of sonic shards to fight off the darkly demonic forces of musical law and order. Fucking brilliant then!

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Zombyspace
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05 CLUNK CLICK EVERY TRIP – PEVERELIST
These sage words of traffic safety advice from Mr Saville, from the days before it was the law and and all that, also gift Tom Ford, the owner of the last record shop in Bristol, with a title for his stunning, stand-alone piece of dusbstechno. His name is pronounced Pev-er-list apparently (I asked fellow Bristolian Rob Smith to be sure, as I always wondered, Rob described it as a ‘a brave name’) and his music seems to be pronounced with incrementally massive gasps of awe with every single release. The head honcho of the Punch Drunk label outdoes himself with this one, and furthermore it’s b-side ‘Gather’ pleasantly reminds me of the whole, so called ‘ambient dub’ buzz that we (selectively) loved on Tranquillity Bass back in the day (doff of the chapeau to Kirk there). Had to include a pic of Mr Saville whose Sunday Radio 1 shows instilled a deep love of Ramsey Lewis/Young Holt Trio in me which continues to be a small time obsession to this very day. I hope that with this mix (and this track in particular) I have ‘fixed it’ for you!
Good Peverelist feature at the excellent Fact
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06 SHREDS – GEIOM & APPLEBLIM
I’m not sure if it was having remixes from Skream, Kode 9 et al, or simply a long overdue awakening but the man with the impossible name Geiom finally seems to be getting the hype he richly deserves. Berkane Sol releases have repped Nottingham with excess niceness since day one and have always reflected tastes that step outside of any artifical genre borderlines, mind you Geiom was releasing quality gear long before dubstep was a wobbling its way towards who knows what. Appleblim is just class, though much as I appreciate his recent technoid excursions it’s great to hear him getting his collaborative hands dirty on some business that is dubbed out with depth and deadlyness. The flip of this ‘Flame Tree’ is almost equally as good, purchase is mandatory Rory.
Geiom
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Appleblim
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07 LD – GREEN RANGER
By day (excuse the pun) LD aka Leon Day is the cutting engineer at Transition, a place that arguably has had as much of an influence on dubstep as any of the leading labels. Could this be a typically preposterous, discussion seeking statement from yours truly? Maybe. However, as anyone who mixes their styles up (and still plays bumboclaat vinyl whenever possible) will testify, when you put on a record that has been cut at Transition on the decks, especially before or after something that hasn’t, you’d best be reducing the gain and milding out the EQ’squick sharp because your speakers are about to get the serious, sadistic-personal-trainer-style workout. You know how the first dubstepper of the evening on Stinky Grooves sometimes drops like ten ton of bricks? Blame Leon Day! Like Berlin’s legendary Dubplates & Mastering (tonal translators of Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Pole etc), Transition has built an fully deserved, un-paralelled rep for sonic precision and bass weight – it’s something that you can genuinely feel when you’re on the business side of a decent soundsystem, and your chest is snapping while your ears are lost in crisp hi-hat patterns and melodic movements. I, for one, love the fact that so much importance is attached to the sound of dubstep records (as in vinyl), it’s part of an ongoing tradition of course, but while the be-capped boys and handbag dancing girls are baying for bigger, wobblier (and ultimately cheezier) bassline gratification, many of the big names and most interesting up and comers are getting downright Gaudi on their sonic architecture, creating new shapes and pushing the codes.
Before I truly launch off on that one I should return to LD. I’ve linked to two excellent interviews that say it all far better than I ever could below, so there’s plenty of info to be had. From my corner pretty much every tune this guy touches is special, exposed to the very best on a daily basis at Transition, all his cuts seem to have purpose, no filler b-side noodles for Leon. His 12″ on Ringo (Clockwatching/Swing Dat Skirt) never got the shine it really should have, nor did this one which still sounds fresh and unique even though it’s been in my box for a good while. Both of his releases for Hyperdub ( ‘Bad’/2′ Bad’ with Kode 9 and ‘Traumatic Times’/’Woodblock’) are excess essential, but there’s something understated and quite brilliant about the curiously titled ‘Green Ranger’. The bassline seems to burrow its way throughout the tune, the skanks feel militant rather than passive and the detail and interplay is stunning. I’m not sure who’s behind 2nd Drop but they put out some fierce records that seem to have supernatural staying power.
Buy locally Samurai have the handle
Excellent Martin Clark/Pitchfork piece here..must read!
More recent interview at Markle Said Wha?
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08 BLACK SUN – KODE 9
Alright this is getting riddiculous it’s like a novella per track, fortunately I have had a wee ramble about this track here. It fits with nothing, it fits with everything… genius.
09 TOWNSHIP FUNK (MARK PRITCHARD RMX) – DJ MUJAVA
Spared my verbosity once again, here is a little something I prepared earlier.
Buy from Warp themselves
DJ Mujava
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Mark Pritchard
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Always find this Tory prat when I look for Pritchard pics, breaks up all the good eggs I guess.
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10 SOUR 24 HOUR – RICHARD SEN & CAZBEE
This track infuriates me, it’s a re-edit and one I know that I know, and also probably have the original of, but I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what it is. If anyone does know, please put me out of my misery and spill the beans. Had a wee rant about the previous RS & C 12″ on Mixed Blood Cuts here and this slice of discoid deviance is no less sturdy. Readily havailable so try it then buy it…

Cazbee piece taken from Rocking The City

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Richard Sen
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11 VERDAD (GHISLAIN POIRIER RMX) – FEDADEN
There are few things finer than scoring a longshot on the basis of a great mix and discovering that’s not even the half of it. In the case of this 12″, it was the Kelpe remix that piqued my interest and had me ticking the box on UK order, and it wasn’t a bad call with it’s bubbling glitchtronics over a mid-90’s NYC flavour break. However the original by moody French geezcon Fedaden and Ghislain Poirier’s fuel-injected remix have been the scene stealers and turntable terrorizers since the 12″ on Nacopajaz touched down. Poirier’s percolatingly percussive present sounds like he’s been spending some time with Mujava’s ‘Township Funk’ and other kwaito krucialities but he’s got his own slant and that works just fine for me. I tend to only like one in every few things I hear from Mnsr Poirier but I do seem to end up really, really liking ’em. This is no exception and there isn’t really a duff rub on the whole 12″…. points and prizes.
Fedaden
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Ghislain Poirier
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12 MECHA SQUIRREL (PT 1) – DEPTH CHARGE
What to say about Depth Charge? The first record in a few years, and thankfully all of the irresistible J Saul Kane signifiers are firmly in place. The theme is self-explanatory, the beats come in a barrage and basically all is good with the world. One of very few artists whose records I have played consistently since Stinky Grooves started 18 or so years ago, JSK rarely disappoints. La Boca excel on the sleeve design tip as ever and I await more robotic rodent tales or similar with bated breath.
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13 GRAFITTI GIRLS (INST) -COCO SOLID
Aah we have pontificated in the general direction of Coco Solid and the 12″ this has come from before here. This instrumental is a killer from the many-monikered Extravagangsta, who will be a force in the future without a shadow of pout.
Check the latest Coco Solid video below – ’tis hot stuff, and I suspect a tsunami of next level larrikination will be emerging following the recent overseas shenanigans of the CS crew… can hardly wait.

14 SPACEMAN – ZOMBY
Ay ay ay, I’m all wrote out, have blahed on Zomby already oop top. This tune is wonderfully sea-sick and positively viscous (as in viscosity, not vicious incorrectly spelt) in an incredibly attractive style and fashion.
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15 NATURAL SELECTION (FLYING LOTUS RMX) – MARTYN
Still the most stunning set I’ve seen in a long time, I have heard talk of Flying Lotus being drawn back here for a major festival in 2010. Fingers crossed on that, in the meantime I hope he keeps shuffling over to the region he’s in on this, and the immeasurably essential split 12″ with Joker on Tectonic. The original of this was a masterpiece in its own right, somehow reminiscent of those great early d’n’b 12″s on labels like Celluloid with it’s moody pads and shady atmospheres, and the remix sends it off to another messed-up stratosphere still retaining just enough trace elements. Splendideration.

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Martyn
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Flying Lotus
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16 MOVE ME (THOMAS FEHLMANN REMIX) – GUDRUN GUT
Very appropriately titled this is one of those records that has taken squatters rights in my sevens box for quite some time. How can you not love a track that simultaneously entrances folks keen to shake a leg before discombobulating them and repeating the process till the run-off groove. As ever it was a coin-toss between Mz Gut’s more vocal but no less vibrant and vivacious original mix, and sometime Orb-er and Kompakt artist Thomas Fehlmann’s bouncing tango lick.

7″ no longer available but get the ‘I Put A Record On’ album here
Gudrun Gut
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Thomas Fehlmann
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17 DON’T UNLESS – ROMAIN BNO
Check this post for a tres petit warble about this French DJ ledge.
Buy from here or here, but theys running out
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18 ROCK MACHINE NO 3 – ROGER ROGER
Mas mas on Rog Rog above in the 1 slot.
Here’s a little bonus, this track was on Stinkmix 5 ‘Mystery Mistura’ which is last millenium business.
19 I AM VERY SORRY – NOOR JEHAN
With over 10,000 songs to her name Noor Jehan was bound to have at least one crucial cut of contrition and this is it. Amazing lady, and a brilliant song that appeared on ‘This LP Crashes Hard Drives’, this was the only tune that was guaranteed to end up on the mix, it simply had to!
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Stinky Grooves 17.03.09 & some Pritchard Mujaveration

Old School Hustling – Mr Vegas (Kilimanjaro)

Know Fi Love Dem Up – Josey Wales & Assassin (Big Yard)
Bad Man/La La (Fardah P Mix) – Lady Saw/Delfonics
Bad Man Goin Cry – Lady Saw (Big Yard)
Spliff Tail – Busy Signal (Jukeboxx)
Priority – Assassin (Jukeboxx)
Warzone – Peetah (Jukeboxx)
Love Is Lovely – Beenie Man (Jukeboxx)
Dubwise Version – Shane Brown (Jukeboxx)
Dewel – Mulatu Astatke & Heliocentrics (Strut)
Cha Cha  – Mulatu Astatke & Heliocentrics (Strut) 
Calzado – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
Genuino- Chyno Nino & Tego Calderon
No Disturb Sign – Cecile (Danger Zone)
Inna Life/Instr – Laden (Chimney)
Too Fast – Vybz Kartel (Don Corleone)
Dem Fi Know Dat – Cham (Big Ship)
Peace Treaty Put Off – Busy Signal (Big Ship)
Dem Nuh Have – Bling Dawg
Push Bumper (Rmx) – Machel Montano & Busy Signal (Ruf Rex)
No Tracing (Pop Champagne) – Busy Signal 
Da Game Been Good To Me (Instr) – UGK (Jive)
La La La – Time & Space Machine (5D)
Time & Space Taxi – Time & Space Machine (5D)
When Doves Cry – Hollywood Mon Amour  ft Daneah (PIAS)
Yawn Yawn Yawn – Sth Notional (Claremont 56)
Rally Version – Nick Manasseh (Roots Garden)
Township Funk (Mark Pritchards Version Excursion) – DJ Mujava (Warp)
Time – Beat Pharmacy ft Damon Aaron (Wave Music)
Black Sun – Kode 9 (Hyperdub)
Milk Thistle – Cardopusher (Lo Dubs)
Deathroll – Red Snapper (Lo Recordings)
Addis Black Widow – Mulatu Astatke & Heliocentrics (Strut)
The Edge (Skip On Beat Rmx) – Mophono (Space Gallery)
Space Junky – Bosco Delrey (Klash City)
Psychedelic Circus – Time & Space Machine (5D)
Major Blitzkreig (22 Inch Wife Rmx) – Higamos Hogamos (DC Recordings)
Texas Rangers – Zombie Zombie (Versatile)
I’ve got a right ripper for you this week that was originally destined for the previous post, before I got tangled up in me tangents and votnot. This track was remix/rinsed-dry by every Tom, Dick & Diplo-wannabe last year, and most of ’em just removed the brilliant simplicity and right-wrongness of a track that sounds like a bunch of different things, in one gloriously booming package. Township Funk feels to me like hyped-up dancehall beats meeting L.F.O.’s African cousins inna Pretorian pressure-cooker showdown – or something like that. It’s phenomenal on a big system, yet it’s also got a touch of the revenge of the ringtone. DJ Mujava has created a one-off crucial conundrum, and I had a blah about it here in the ’08 list.
Stepping up to the unenviable task of officially remixing (rather than just retooling for scene gratification) is a former guest on Stinky Grooves (and what a set of subsonic stenchworthyness he flung down!)  – Mark Pritchard. The Harmonic 313 album ‘When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence‘  continues to grow in my favours but this is some other business, creating a differently conundrumonising cut of majestic proportions. Enough virulent verbosity, have a preview below and then invest in said 12″, available locally through Border and in good vinyl vendors left, right and centre elsewhere.
(buy) waxilly or digitalistically from (beatport)
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TOWNSHIP FUNK (MARK PRITCHARD’S VERSION EXCURSION) – DJ MUJAVA

49-30 of 08’s finest…. getting serious

And on (and on) it goes. I have long since realised that I bit off more than was easily chewable with this list, but in the words of Magnus Magnusson (the first celebrity Icelander) ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish’! There were plans for doing similar with the album list but I fear that if I went down that road the best of 08 could be running till the end of ’09. The hope was to have this all sauteed by the end of Jan but Wellington (and more precisely THE bleedin BUG!!) are calling and I reckon the top 30 should be up here by this time next week, definitely, maybe….. hopefully.

49 The Rope Tightens…But The Bough Breaks – Shackleton (Skull Disco)
See this post. I could have filled this list with Shackleton triumphs of the last year from remixes to original tracks but this dark, dank and deadly track from the ‘Soundboy’s Suicide Note’ EP was a must.
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THE ROPE TIGHTENS – SHACKLETON

48 The Mission – Stephen & Damian Marley (Tuff Gong)
Alongside the very similar, and also excellent, ‘One Loaf Of Bread’ this was a testament to the ‘….. & Sons’ power shift that has been going on in JA music with Bob’s nippers smashing it over a rhythm from the Jammy’s legacy. 
(JnGongspace)

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THE MISSION – STEPHEN & DAMIAN MARLEY

47 Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix) – Zomby (Hyperdub)
Stonking!

See this post
and this post for Rustie.
(buy)
(Zombyspace)

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45 Miracles – Mala (Deep Medi)
There is a depth to every track that Mala releases, that guarantees they are always regarded as standalones. After a very quiet year from the DMZ camp this multi-leveled, unfathomably deep gem slipped out at the end of ’08 putting everyone on notice.
(buy)
(Malaspace)
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44. Minimoonstar (Shackleton Rmx) – Ricardo Villalobos (Perlon)
In all honesty it could just as easily have been the blinding original from the Chilean groundbreaker, but Shackleton’s mix was another sign of his growing prowess outside the restrictive mores and bpm straightjacket of the dudestep world. Villalobos continues to remind me of the fertile early-mid 90’s period when Burnt Friedman/NUF, Porter Ricks, Basic Channel et al drafted new templates for techno tones.

its cheap here (buy) it!!!
(Villalobosspace)
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MINIMOONSTAR (SHACKLETON RMX) – RICARDO VILLALOBOS

43. I Heard Wonders (Weatherall Vocal Mix) – David Holmes (Mercury)
There has already been much waxing lyrical about the largesse of the one lone swordsman on this list, but how about Holmes. Getting Alan Vega in for lyric writing is a stroke of genius, singing the songs himself could have gone horribly wrong (yet doesn’t) and both the original and remixed version of this are sublime, timeless pieces. The 7″ with this mix is still available but one would imagine there aint many left, get to it!!
(buy)
(Holmesspace)  
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I HEARD WONDERS (ANDREW WEATHERALL REMIX)

42. Go Round Payola – Jahdan Blakkamore (Dutty Artz)

As mentioned before….big things in 09.
See this post. 
(buy)
(Jahdanspace)
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41. Ghost Note (Mark E Rmx) – Holy Jungle (Golf Channel)
A real, epic standout from the slo-mo shufflers scene amongst so many trifling, and frankly pointless, discoid dirges. This is right up there with Quiet Villagers in the school of not doing too much but doing it exceptionally well, always with a dab hand on the fx box. The mp3 doesn’t do the subsonic majesty of this slightly slept-on, 12″ justice – the wax is still havailable.
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GHOST NOTE (MARK E RMX) – HOLY JUNGLE

40. Township Funk – DJ Mujava (Warp)
Yes, yes this appeared in everyone’s top lists, and so it should. That it should end up on Warp is appropriate, as this really does sound like LFO taking a dip in a South African dancehall. The rest of Mujava’s tackle (that I’ve heard) doesn’t seem to have the x factor of this gratuitously remixed  and remodelled cut, who cares this is more than enough.
(buy)
(Mujavaspace)
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39. F.U.R. – Black Acid (Fitzrovian Phonographic)
Richard Fearless has always been a step out of time, getting lumped in with dubious scenes like big beat (gawd help us) and electroclash (I can barely believe I typed that term) when the reality is he has made consistently engaging and untypical music for many years. In cahoots with members of Coyote, NYMPH and others (I could have sworn there was some A Place To Bury Strangers link but I’m wrong, I think) he has formed some unholy alliance in Black Acid and this gritty r’n’r grind which came in typically stunning artwork  from Fitzrovian Phonographic, is tonal tease that is screaming out for a follow up.
(BlackAcidspace)  
(FitzrovianPhonographicspace)  

Below is the cover though black on black on black makes for a serious eye test!
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F.U.R. – BLACK ACID

38. Don’t Unless – Romain Bno (Les Edits Du Golem)
So many edits this year, so few worthwhile. This fruity six pack of 50’s and 60’s re-shines was way above average and frankly foolish. Hurrah for that!
See this post.
(buy)
(RomainBNOspace)
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37. Done Wid War – Busy Signal (Busy Signal Productions)
Posterations all over the place about Busy here at Stinkinc. This festive little boomshot from the Alliance camp lays on the fromage with a trowel, but what sort of a cold hearted cad couldnt find a place in their heart for this?? You can find his links and whatnot all over this blog like a rash…
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35. Code For The Streets – 77 Klash (Klash City)
The man responsible for Turbulance’s classic ‘Nortorious’ and other fine tunes is poised for greatness. Interviewing him (via email) for Real Groove he was a proper gent and  a decidedly smart cookie too. Do smart cookies really exist? If so are there dumb ones? So many questions.
No need for me to put this up as the good folk at RCRDLBL have it here for you freely and legitimately like. Killer tune, NYC fire.
(77Klashspace)
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34. Clunk Click Every Trip – Peverelist (Punch Drunk)
Another end of year belter from the Bristol camp and a record that seesm to take on a different form every time you play it. A lot of the 2562, Headhunter etc technoeystep malarkey that people got all hot and bothered about this year was pleasant but failed to fully float my boat. Tracks like this need no justification and the b-side reminds me of the days of ‘ambient dub’ (apologies for the number of naff genre titles in this post) which is A-OK in my booklet.
(buy)

(PunchDrunkspace)
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33. Bosques Via Temperley – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
For the amount that I’ve played and listened to it this year, the new school of cumbia gear coming out of Buenos Aries and the ZZK camp is probably underepresented. The vocal version of this featured on the excellent ZZK compilation (Digital Cumbia Vol 1), and the instrumental on its accompanying 12″, both are scorching. The Chancha Via Circuito album should be on the way to me as I type, and here’s hoping that this fertile scene gets the releases and distro it deserves in ’09, I’m loving this multidirectional gear.
(Chanchaspace)
(CVCandZZKonweb)

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BOSQUES VIA TEMPERLEY – CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO

32. The List – The Knux (Interscope)
Hip Hop album of the year no doubt for me and it’s criminal that lazy-ass journalists flung this in with the hipster rap dumpster. I’m not a man taken to rahing on about riffs, but it’s pretty damn decent when some of the best ones of the year came from a couple of New Orleans brothers now living in Hollywood. With this track it’s the very Peter Hook-esque bassline that should be taken in for questioning,  because it’s pure murderation…. launching this song into one of the great album openers of the year. (Doff of the cap to KH and Dart on this for the early listenings, you blessed us!)

(buy) in NZ
(Knuxspace)

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Below are the vids for ‘Cappucino’ and ‘Bang Bang’, which are two of my least favourite tracks from the album as it goes…but I’m not risking a ‘The List’ mp3 because it’s Interscope and it’s bound to cop flack.
  

31. Bad – Kode9 & LD (Hyperdub)
One of two excellent singles from the Hyperdub head honcho, who didn’t miss a beat with his label, this year, pushing boundaries with every release. Apparently this is ‘funky’ or some other foolish genre name (it’s the post for that, dont you know), well it is genuinely funky and quite remarkable, marking Kode9 out as a leader amongst  so many followers….. once again.
(buy)
(Hyperdubspace)
(Kode9space)
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BAD – KODE9 &LD

30. Vampire Blues – Wooden Shjips (Sick Thirst)
This Californian 4 piece have wormed their way into my affections with a sledgehammer approach to psychedelic caterwauling, that takes no prisoners. This was a tour only 7″ that can still be found (if you’re quick) and most of all the Neil Young cover reminds me of the Cramps at their finest. In this day and age that is something to be treasured! I’m not quite sure why, but man I love this band, what they do aint so new but they just seem to nail it time after time,  and anyone who’s prepared to indulge in a seriously headfuck version of Rabbie Burn’s ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (and then give it away on their website) is seriously in my good books!
(buy)
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VAMPIRE BLUES – WOODEN SHJIPS