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Best of 2009

January 15, 2010

I, like many other bloggers, am a big fan of lists.

As any lazy journalist knows they’re a good space filler and debate starter, as well as giving the author a bit of an ego massage for believeing their opinions matter.

Having read many a ‘best of 2009’ list elsewhere, and even having been invited to contribute to a few, I thought it was only right that my first proper post of the year was a look back at the best of the year gone by.

My first list is the all important best songs of the year run-down, so without further a do, here is my top 100:

1 Sebastien Tellier Kilometer (Aeroplane Mix)
2 The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Heads Will Roll / Dull Life
3 Gui Boratto Take My Breath Away
4 DJ Hell The Angst
5 Bushwacka! Show of Hands
6 Moderat Rusty Nails
7 Hudson Mohawke Overnight
8 The Nextmen Join the Dots
9 Empire of the Sun Standing on the Shore
10 The Doves Jestream
11 Nathan Fake The Turtle / Basic Mountain
12 The XX Crystalised
13 Ugly Duckling Einstein Do It (Night On Scratch Mountain)
14  Pole Folder The Way (Spooky Mix)
15 Phoenix Listzomania (Holy Ghost Mix)
16 Duck Sauce aNYway
17  Beni Fringe Element
18  Mos Def featuring Slick Rick Auditorium
19 Fever Ray Seven
20 Kasabian Underdog
21 Datarock Amarillion
22 Royksopp Happy Up Here (Breakbot Mix)
23 Brighton Port Authority He’s Frank (Slight Return)
24 Cobblestone Jazz Traffic Jam
25 ZZZ  Lion (Bag Raiders Mix)
26 Shadow Dancer Drivetime
27 The Juan Maclean Happy House (VHS or Beta Mix)
28 Dave Seaman Gobbledygook (Jori Hulkkonen mix)
29 Alex Metric Shirley You Can’t Be Serious
30 The Kills Black Balloon
31 Passion Pit Manners
32 Bloody Beetroots Warp 7.7 (128bit mix)
33 Stanton Warriors featuring Big Daddy Kane Get Wild (Nextmen Mix)
34 RJD2 The Perfect Occasion
35 Burn the Negative Lights
36 Siriusmo Nights Off
37 Gui Boratto Atomic Soda
38 The Beastie Boys B-Boys in the Cut
39 Freeland Mancry (Gui Boratto Mix)
40 Gossip Heavy Cross
41 Shit Robot Simple Things (Todd Terje Mix)
42 Vitalic Your Disco Song
43 The Whitest Boy Alive Courage
44 The Prodigy Warriors Dance
45 Fever Ray Triangle Walks (Rex the Dog Mix)
46 Heralds of Change Spotted
47 Clark Growls Garden
48 Sugarhill Gang   Rappers Delight (Dan Automator Mix)
49 Milton Jackson Ghosts in My Machines
50 Claude VonStroke  Storm on Lake St.Claire / Vocal Chords
51 Stanton Warriors Precinct (Plump DJs Mix)
52 Fat Freddy’s Drop Boondigga
53 P.O.S Savion Glover
54 Miike Snow Song For No-One
55 Ame Setsa
56 Laidback Luke Generation Noize (Riva Starr Mix)
57 Alex Gopher Handguns (Dada Life Mix)
58 Royksopp This Must Be It (Apparat Mix)
59 Blackbox Revalation Love in Your Head
60 DJ T Piano Hands
61 Zero 7 Everything Up (Mock n Toof Mix)
62 Ratatat Falcon Jab
63  The Rakes  The Loneliness of the Outdoor Smoker
64 Robag Wruhme Fufo2
65 La Roux In For the Kill (Skream Mix)
66 The XX Islands
67 Danny Howells The Shining (Strykes Neon Mix)
68 Skylark Lightening Strikes (Steve Mac Mix)
69 Martyn Krdl-T-Grv
70 Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Skal Vi Prove Naa
71 Tiga What You Need
72 Boys Noize Gax
73 Rogue Element Lumina
74 Grace Jones Williams Blood (Aeroplane Mix)
75 MC Paul Barman feat. Del Tha Funky Homosapien The Moon
76 Freeland Under Control (Miles Dyson Mix)
77 Mr Oizo Hun
78 Wolfmother Phoenix
79 Josh Wink Airplane Electronique
80 Zoot Woman We Won’t Break (Grand Son Mix)
81 WhoMadeWho Keep Me In My Plane (DJ Koze Mix)
82 El-P How to Serve Man (The Meanest)
83 Darren Emerson Crash Jack
84 Simian Mobile Disco Synthesise / Cruel Intentions
85 Breakestra feat. Chali 2Na Posed to Be
86 Modeselektor Cash
87 Audiojack Sun Through the Ceiling
88 Nic Fanciulli & Steve Mac 10%
89 Them Crooked Vultures New Fang
90 Joy Orbison Hyph Mngo
91 Major Lazer Hold the Line / Pon the Floor
92 The Dead Weather Treat Me Like Your Mother
93 N.A.S.A feat. David Byrne and Chali 2Na The People Tree
94 Jarvis Cocker Pilchard
95 Redshape Seduce Me
96 The Cribs We Share the Same Skies
97 Junior Boys Hazel
98 Animal Collective My Girls
99 Fuck Buttons Surf Solar
100   STL Silent State


If that wasn’t enough, I have also compiled my top 40 albums of last year:

1 Gui Boratto Take My Breath Away
2 The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Its Blitz
3 Moderat Moderat
4 The XX The XX
5 Nathan Fake Hard Islands
6 Empire of the Sun Walking on a Dream
7 Ugly Duckling Audacity
8 Freeland Cope
9 Fever Ray Fever Ray
10 Hudson Mohawke Polyfolk Dance
11 Kasabian West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum
12 Martyn Great Lengths
13 The BPA I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
14 P.O.S Never Better
15 Martyn Great Lengths
16 The Doves Kingdom of Rust
17 Them Crooked Vultures Never Deserved the Future
18 Boys Noize Power
19 Royksopp Junior
20 The Nextmen Join the Dots
21 MC Paul Barman Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud
22 The Juan Maclean The Future Will Come
23 Tiga Ciao
24 DJ Hell Teufelswerk
25 Junior Boys Begone Dull Care
26 N.A.S.A Spirit of Apollo
27 Fat Freddys Drop Boondigga and the Big BW
28 Wolfmother Cosmic Egg
29 Datarock Red
30 The Dead Weather Horehound
31 Josh Wink When a Banana was a Banana
32 Audiojack Radio
33 Claude Von Stroke Bird Brain
34 Miike Snow Miike Snow
35 Mr Ozio Lambs Anger
36 Rouge Element Lumina
37 Reshape Dance Paradox
38 Mos Def The Ecstatic
39 The Cribs Ignore the Ignorant
40 Passion Pit Manners


And finally, if you’d like to hear my choices all mixed together into a couple of lovely compilations, then listen to my two 8tracks mixtapes:

Here’s to an equally strong 2010.

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