29-20 Countydowny continues and continues

30. Epic & Donuts (Mungolian Jetset Rmx) – Altz (Luna Flicks)

In a bumper year for Nordic niceness it is the Mungolians who have baked my cake most resolutely. Like Quiet Village over the last couple of years, they have built an impressive rep based purely on their distinctive and downright delicious remixes. They deserve a post of their own and in an ideal world…. Please accept this delightfully doofing retweak of top Japper, Altz as an installment. Details on the murky miasma of melodic extension that is the Mungolian Jetset are scarce, though we can ascertain that it was formed byPaul “Strangefruit” Nyhus, Knut Sævik and Reidar Skår, the smoke signals suggest it may be duo-isized these days. Watch this sound, and check those fruity promo photos.

29. AM:FM – Richard Sen & Cazbee (Mixed Blood Cuts)

See this post for a blurble about this socrching punk-funk shockout.

28. Protect Your Neck – Tarrus Riley (Fat Eyes)
Son of Jimmy (‘Love & Devotion’ etc) Riley, Tarrus ruled this sublime recut of the ‘Midnight Hour’ rhythm out of Mixing Lab. Technically this might be ’07, but it ran my decks for the longest time and StinkInc is a rule-free rumpus room.

27. Man On The Moon – Kid Cudi (Mixtape)

See Kid Cudi elsewhere in this lingering countdown, I leave the repetition to Mark E Smith. Huuuuuuuuge tune, beat by Nosaj Thing apparently.
26. Nine Night – Busy Signal (Birch Productions)
Busy posts abound, don’t let me stop you having a probe  of the StinkInc Signals for more.
25. Need You – Darkstar (Hyperdub)
Vocodered vibes and totally untypical tackle in the beats and melodies departmen,t marked this out as exceptionally strong, even amongst the esteemed company of Hyperdub’s increasingly sturdy stable.  ‘Round Ours’ for Clandestine Cultivations furthered the Darkstar legend but this futuristic 12″ was truly one out of the box, if you haven’t, then I suggest you purchase forthwith.

24. Natural Selection – Martyn (3024)
Were I the praying type, I would be flinging off a short heaven-bound one for the soon come Martyn album to be of this standard. Both sides have more than a whiff of inventive mid-late 90’s top shelf d’n’b, in a way that is far more attractive than it reads. The ‘Natural Selection/Vancouver’ 12″ seems to be out of print (though Flying Lotus’s distressed and deadly remix is still doing the rounds, and both tracks are on the album) which is criminal because this was thrashed to within an inch of its life on my decks.


23. Exhibit A (Transformations) – Jay Electronica (Guitar Center)

With Just Blaze on the beat and Mr Electronica if not on fire, at least seriously smoldering, how can you go wrong? It remains to be seen if he can escape the creative curse of Daddy Badu-ism, in the meantime points and prizes to him and Erykah for naming their new nipper Mars, that’s planetarily precise and on-point from the RTM Simplex pov.

22. It Aint Necessarilly Evil (Mungolian Jetset Dubtrayal) – Mari Bone (Luna Flicks)
More about the mischievous Mungolians above. Their subject matter this time is Mari Boine Persen, a Norwegian Sami singer who is known for her distinctive vocal styling and staunch repping of her Sami people. Well into her 50’s and up for some fiddling from the Jetsetateers, Mari sounds like our kind of freedom fighting lady. 

21. Cutout (Expanding Head Band Version) – Shocking Pinks (DFA)
See this post for more Shocking Pinksishness. This mix by the ex-Tussle feller Alexis Georgopoulos and Quinn Luke (Bing Ji Ling) is a mesmeric masterwork, my cranium was thusly and robustly expanded. Can’t find anywhere to easily buy it anymore, and it probably should be higher up the list.. such is life.


20. Head Hang Low – The Oscillation (DC Recordings)
The Oscillation’s ‘Out Of Phase’ album just grew and grew on me from very late ’07 purchase, to the extent that I rate it as one of the year’s most excruciatingly slept-on releases. The pinnacle (arguably) is this cover of Julian Cope’s ‘Head Hang Low’, this version is taken from ‘Death Before Distemper 3′ which saw DC Recording’s finest getting a vigorous rubdown from the Idjuts Boys. Love DC me.
(The Oscillationspace)

Top 100(ish) Songs of ’08 ….100-91

And so it begins. As much time as I’ve spent going through playlists, reviews, piles of discs, crates and the rest, it’s a very unscientific process and the numbers or rankings are pretty meaningless in all honesty. I’ve already remembered some stuff I’ve overlooked, so there will inevtably  be omissions and what have you. Some 10’s will have more tracks to try, some less, avoiding anymore attention from the pullers down of posts is a must right now. I’ll be trying to fling the next 10 up within a day or two, and so on, till we get to the albums. Enjoy.

100.  What Im Gonna Do – Bugle (Daseca)
This boy can whine (and I’m not talking about dancing) on some tracks, but when he’s on…phew. There’s a lot of aaite but ultimately average sub hip-hop rhythms running around JA these days, Daseca ALWAYS shine.

99. Usain Bolt Nuh Linga – Elephant Man
The tribute track came almost as fast as Bolt’s record breaking Olympic fun run, and it’s unspeakably fine to see Jamaicans having something positive to cheer about. However by the end of the year its back to business as usual with Ice, the originator of the Gully Creepa dance favoured by Bolt after demolishing the opposition, shot and killed in Kingston. Of course that bit of news ends up in the national press. Plus ca change.
This is a good bit of written Bolt Olympic commentary from them that were there.

Usain Bolt Nuh Linga – Elepehant Man

Nuh Linga (Original) – Elephant Man
Gully Creepa – Elephant Man

98. Soft Cheese – Natural Yoghurt Band (Jazzman)
Soft but definitely not sloppy, this 45 (the b-side of the nae bad ‘Voodoo’) from Gerald Jazzman’s eponymous label is a scorcher. First introduced to me by that man Grant in New Plymouth ( I believe they call him The General or suchlike) on a scorching night, mid-WOMAD at some bar gig that turned out real nice with Cian also on the decks, and not a little bit of sessioneering amongst some hearty back-to-backery.

97. Gemini – Del Shannon (Dirty Edits)
Check this post

The late, great, oft slept on and somewhat troubled Del Shannon. There’s a lot more to this man than just ‘Runaway’!

96. Fuckaz – The Bug ft Spaceape (Ninja Tune)
Wrote a lot about the Bug for various mags and whatnot this year so I shall not ramble too much, but man it was good hearing this track blasting out on the bFM playlist (without a single complaint I believe) like a righteous burst of wake up-ness to all and sundry. In case you didnt know (NZ readers) the end of January is looking seismic, with The Bug and Warrior Queen visiting at the same time as Rhythm & Sound with Tikiman (if he’s still allowed to be called that), personally i cannot fucking wait!! The word on AK is at Bacco Room on 31st, I’ve been asked to play, not sure who else, should be a stonker but I cant find a flyer anywhere. Here’s the Welli haps (respect to Nice Up) …..

95. One Two Order – Tarrus Riley (VP/Deadly Dragon)
When he’s not submerged in Dean Frazer’s occupationally hazardous saccharinicity or veering too far down the mild side, Jimmy Riley’s son is right on the money. This little gem from the ‘Parables’ album was put out on 7″ by Deadly Dragon (check this post) and VP, so no audio!
(buy) the 7″ from Deadly Dragon
(buy) Parables

94. Last Saloon Swagger – Forsaken feat Joker and Ben Blackmore (Soul Motive)
A record that mentions swagger that isn’t lamo-ip-op boasting, and a dubstep concept 12″ to boot. There’s more Joker on the way down the list, but nothing quite like this Wild West themed business from Bristols out-westest one-off combo. The Soul Motive label has kicked off hard, and the cover, with a fair steed borrowed from the local constabulary, is a welcome change from the usual dryballs dubsteppery malarkey.


93. For Hoped – Black Devil Disco Club (Lo Recordings)
Yet more pulsing nonense from the BDDC, marvelous.


92. Through The Robot Chicken Shed (Andrew Weatherall Rmx) –Le Sarge On Board (Rotters Golf Club)
Frustratingly the vinyl of this has yet to be unleashed on Weatherall’s Rotters Golf Club, and unable to hold out any longer I relented and bought the sappy mptrees from Bleep. This is from the ‘Andrew Weatherall vs The Boardroom’ release which is another indicator that the sly prince of Slough is on some of the best form he’s had for years. Keep an eye on the Olfactory One Hundred for more of his superlative ’08 mixes.

91. Tempered – Rustie (Kapsize)
Check this post, more Rustie to come….  as we proceed.
Mas countdowneration in the next day or so…..