2010 In Review
I’m lucky to say I’ve attended some amazing parties this year. I’ve been to Moodymann and Horse Meat Disco’s roller disco as part of the Red Bull Music Academy’s 2010 programme. I’ve seen Kerri Chandler play on a boat in the middle of the Adriatic and delved into the back streets of Manchester for a NYC-style Loft Party. I’ve even been to the Big Apple for some genuine NYC-style parties.
While all of these have been great – especially as they’ve helped me compile the material for this post – a random last minute night out or an internet find have provided me with some of my favourite moments of 2010. Check out some of the tracks, mixes and albums that have been the soundtrack to my year, whether I was on a boat or not.
Old school track of 2010
The lovely people at Manchester club night Development have a fantastic habit of sending out a really good e-shot just before their parties. Most of them include a mix or two from the DJs that are to feature at the event. When New York hip-hop producer DJ Spinna played alongside Osunlade at Development’s fourth birthday celebrations in March, his pre-party mix included the studio version of this (to download the Spinna mix right click on the link on go to ‘Save Target As’ on the menu). Absolutely legendary.
Best comeback of 2010
It was eight years ago when I saw Mercury Music Prize winner Ms Dynamite headline the Love Music Hate Racism gig at Manchester’s Plattfields Park. It was even longer ago that DJ Zinc dominated the jungle, garage and drum and bass scene in the mid 90’s, so it was fantastic to hear these talented artists bring something really relevant and interesting to the table once again. Good video too.
Summer track of 2010
Erykah Badu ’20 Feet Tall’ (Yoruba Soul Remix)
Kev Beadle played this amazing track at exactly the right time; sun set on the last night of Suncebeat in Croatia. From one of my favourite albums of the year, ‘New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh’, I love how this remix by Osunlade transforms the original into a fantastic dancefloor track.
From ’09 to ’10
This was released at the end of 2009 but it’s followed me around various parties throughout the past 12 months. Major Lazer’s ‘Pon De Floor’ and Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Hey Hey’ are two other strong contenders for the crown, but the video for Pon De Floor is a bit rude and I’ve already posted Big Den’s video on here. Anyway, ‘JuJu’ is one of my favourite house tracks tracks from South African producer Black Coffee. ‘Superman’, ‘Turn Me On’ and ‘Crazy’ have been massive underground hits for him too; I predict further success in the new year.
Hardest worker of the year
Shea Soul’s determination and beautiful voice means that she’s got my vote. Loving her recent release ‘Can’t Go Back’ with London producer Phil Asher; it’s just one of the many soulful and funky house releases she’s featured on over the past few years. Check out the acoustic version of ‘Perfectly’, the underground smash she did with UK producers The Layabouts.
Check out the vocal mix here
Underrated pop release of the year
I wish Christina Aguilera would have concentrated a little bit more on promoting ‘Bionic’ instead of the cack ‘Burlesque’. Ignore all of the insanely heavy makeup, bondage and the mushy ballads, (they bring Bionic down) the R&B and electro tracks are thunderous. Here’s the title track:
Part 2 on it’s way…