1. Sasse feat. Kiki – Loosing Touch [Moodmusic]
Hot off the ‘Tools comes an atmospheric italo-disco monster from Moodmusic impressario Sasse Lindblad with a half-sung half spoken vocal from fellow Finn and BPitch star Kiki. Exciting mixes to follow.
2. Quiet Village – Pillow Talk [Whatever We Want]
Sublime balearic moment from Matt Edwards (ex-Radio Slave) which sounds like it was made in Big Sur rather than Brighton. Floating around on a rocking-horse shit rare 12 on Harvey’s fab "Whatever We Want" label, but records this gorgeous are worth tracking down. The internet is your friend.
3. Pier Bucci – La Nuit [Crosstown Rebels]
Constructed from not much more than an 808, a 303 and a vaguely deranged French woman, this is deceptively simple, haunting acid house which kills on a good system. Another superb release from Crosstown Rebels.
4. Jeb Loy Nichols – Lelah Mae [Tuition]
The stand-out track from the new Mark Nevers produced Jeb Loy Nichols album ‘Now Then’. Country soul with a dash of brooding Southern gothic, a fine string arrangement and Nichols’ honeyed voice in top form.
5. Wonderland Avenue – White Horse (Mike Monday Remix) [Kinky Vinyl]
A new cover of Laidback’s much-sampled, much-imitated, never-bettered classic ‘White Horse’. "What’s the point?" I hear you ask. Well, Mike Monday’s fantastic remix makes the whole enterprise worthwhile. Everything he does at the moment is brilliant (the Playtime releases and the new remix of Marc Romboy’s ‘Shake It’ on Brique Rouge too); file this with Dexter, Seymour Bits and other e-funk party bombs.
6. DK7 – Where’s The Fun? [Output]
The lead single from the new DK7 album ‘Disarmed’; icily arpeggiated electro with trancey touches and a vocal that skirts naff but gets away with it. The superb original is backed up by mixes from Sweet Light and a bonus extended 12" from DK7 producer Jesper Dalhback, (Sweet Light and the Jesper extended sounding great run togther in extended megamix fashion).
7. Gabriel Ananda – Ihre Personliche Gluckmelodie [Karmarouge]
Maybe my favourite club record of the last couple of months; a brilliant piece of wonky techno which morphs into electroid hugeness about halfway through, grabbing the whole dancefloor by the scruff of the neck and shaking it about for 9 minutes before dropping everyone on the floor again in a big heap.
8. Gorillaz vs. DFA – Dare
A marriage made in heaven; Damon Albarn doing his falsetto funk vocal thing, the reverend Shaun William Ryder in fine form (yay!) over a mid-tempo DFA workout which basically reprises their ace John Spencer mix, except a bit slower; song for the first half followed by an increasingly bonkers CS60 wig-out which when dropped at the right time induces complete mayhem. That’s got to be enough for you, surely?
9. Clor – Clor [Regal]
Fantastic album of Devo-ish vaguely psychedelic electronic indie-pop with its many influences worn lightly and blended successfully, and most important, more hooks than a Peter Pan convention.
10. Konrad Black ft. Ghostman – Medusa Smile [Wagon Repair]
Cheeky Canadian Todd Shillington with a dirty funk monster that I know won’t leave the bag for months.
11. Captain Comatose – Up In Flames (Glove remix) [Playhouse]
Following the staggering genius that was their cover version of "Wunderbar" from a couple of years ago Tobi Neumann + Thieys (Glove) pull out another top bit of work for Playhouse. This time it’s a remix of the title track from the latest Captain Comatose album and it’s cool and moody electronic disco, with all of Neumann’s considerable production class to the fore.
12. Richard Thompson – Front Parlour Ballads [Cooking Vinyl]
New album from the cult British guitarist and songwriter that I’ve grown up with since I was tiny. My mum and dad are both big fans – in fact my dad used to sing in a folk group – something I was most embarrassed about as an idiot teenager. Now I’m older of course I’m returning to lots of the music I heard then and loving it – Martin Carthy, Nic Jones but most of all Thompson. He’s made so many great records – all the stuff he did with his wife Linda in the 70′s right through to the Capitol records of the 90′s that he did with Mitchell Froom. He is an incredible songwriter, darker than pitch at times, and also a virtuoso guitar player (when playing live he often disappears off into strange atonal solos that shouldn’t really work but somehow do). This largely acoustic new record was recorded in his home studio and it’s the best thing he’s done in a decade. Prone to wearing berets but geniuses should be allowed the odd lapse of judgement.
13. Oliver Koletski – Der Mückenschwarm [Cocoon]
Straight-up 80′s-ish electro-house with an annoyingly catchy Farfisa-ish hook. There’s life in the ole sub-genre yet…
14. Different Gear ft. Dirty Kylie – Worry [Lazy Eye]
Superb follow up to the previous single Pop Idle, with a hilarious vocal from a girl wondering aloud about all her increasingly illusory sources of anxiety; waning attention span, too many T-shirts, etc.
15. Clashing Egos – Love Sweet Love [NEWS]
Another brilliant single from Clashing Egos. The Sterac mix of Love Sweet Love is utterly superb.
16. Not to mention…
Only Freak – Can’t Get Away (From Your Love) (Solid Groove remix) [Freerange],
Cassioware, Chip E and the O.G.s – Wanna See You Freak Like Dis (Kenny Dope Instrumental) [Dopewax], Kid Dub – Microgeniuz [Moodmusic], Henrik Schwarz – Leave My Head Alone Brain (Osunlade mix) [Sunday Music], Murat Tepeli feat. Prosumer – Lov [Playhouse], Anja Schneider and Sebo K – Side Leaps [Mobilee], Common Factor – That Was Then [Playhouse], Tom Vek – Nothing But Green Lights (Phones remix) [Tummytouch].