Friday, December 18, 2009

Best New Music of 2009 pt. 1

These lists are mostly structured around songs rather than singles, EPs, or full albums, but doesn't hold to that particular standard universally. I just wanted to make a list of my favorite music without having to deal with all the technicalities. So, in this post I've listed a bunch of my favorite new music of the year in unranked alphabetical order. Part 2 of this post will contain a ranked top 15 with listen-to links and written reflections. Look for that to pop up soon.

Before getting on with the list, I'd like to note a couple reissues that I quite enjoyed. Since these aren't composed of new music, I didn't think they should be included with the rest.

Kraftwerk - The Catalogue
Though I don't own this, I do have digital copies of the older versions. Kraftwerk is an amazing and seminal group, and any adequate compilation of their work can't help but get praise from me. I'd recommend their live album Minimum-Maximum to anyone who is curious, but yet to delve into this band.

Nirvana - Live In Reading
The proper Nirvana albums have, for a long time, been on my should-buy list, but I never have gone through with it. With this new live album I see no need to do so anymore. This contains all my favorite songs of theirs and avoids the ones that I'd skip over on the proper albums. There is also a tremendous raw energy to the performance that suits this band much better than studio recordings anyway.

DJ Shadow - The 4-Track Era
There is so much good music here, it's astounding. This compilation gathers early Shadow remixes and rarities along with two radio mixes for KMEL San Fransisco. The radio mixes are all "old-school" hip hop and are flawlessly composed. The remixes and early recordings are also great and show the tremendous talent and potential of the then budding DJ prospect. If you can actually find this compilation, pick it up immediately, but good luck because I don't think there was actually a US pressing.

Warp Records - Warp20
I seriously wish I'd have been on the ball and gotten this, considering the limited pressing and immediate sellout. The packaging looked immaculate, and everything organized and compiled with Warp's design expertise and knack for recognizing musical talent when they hear it. Warp is one of the few record labels that I still look up to, and envy being a part of. There's a lot to like with the music on this box set for both fans of older IDM-centric Warp and those more inclined to their more recent sonic diversity.

OK, onto the alphabetical list. A lot of this stuff can be found and downloaded via blog aggregaters like Hype Machine, and everything on here is worth hunting down. All titles refer to individual songs unless other wise noted.

2562 - Unbalance LP
Air - Love 2 LP
Andreas Tilliander - Caught in a Riot (feat. New Moscow)
Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind EP
Anja Schneider & Lee Van Dowski - La Roulette
Annie - Songs Remind Me of You
Avner - Kanslor
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars (Shazam Dub)
Bloody Beetroots - Have Mercy on Us (Feat. Cecile)
Blue Pearl - Naked in the Rain (Sidechains Remix)
Booty Luv - Say It (Sidechains Remix)
Boys Noize - Gax
Burial & Four Tet - Moth / Wolf Cub EP
Canyons - Blue Snakes
CFCF - Come Closer
Clark - Totems Flare LP / Growl's Garden EP
Dam-Funk - Toeachizown LP
Dance Area - AA247 (Elecktrobrothers Remix)
Danger - 07:46
Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson - The Clock
Ernesto Ferreyra - Hunted
Golden Filter - Solid Gold (Russ Chimes Remix)
Gui Boratto - No Turning Back
JJ - Intermezzo
Joe - Rut
John Talabot - Africa
John Tejada - Fractals EP
Michael Jackson - I Can't Help It (Todd Terje Remix)
Mille - Crysteena
Mr. Oizo - Stunt (Bandit Remix)
Nacho Patrol - Futuristic Abeba EP
Prodigy - Warriors Dance
Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix)
Stimming - Reflections LP
Surgeon - Body Request EP / Screw the Roses EP
Tensnake - In The End (I Want You To Cry) EP
Tesla Boy - Spirit of the Night
Tiga - What You Need (Proxy Remix Edit)
Toasty - The Knowledge (Untold Remix)
Tough Alliance - A New Chance (Juan MacLean Remix)
Xplo-Sean - Spring Time Trilogy EPs
XX - Shelter (Them Jeans Drum Edit)
Zombie Nation - Worth It Pt. 1
Zomby - One Foot Ahead of the Other EP

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