Friday, 31 December 2010

5 - 1

Even though this is the climax to my top 30, I'm keeping this post short and sweet because, like everyone on New Years Eve, I've got things to do. I'll allow the tracks themselves to do the talking.

I posted this track back in a hot July and it's been stuck by my side through the latter autumn and winter months. It's Muffin... again!

5. them:youth - Fever Rising (Muffin Remix)

This one might initially cause a couple of frowns, but by the time you've listened to Max Richter's mesmerisingly beautiful Infra 5 (from the album Infra) those eye brows will be raised so high they'll be filling in bald spots round the back of your head. Whilst Denzi loudly uses Family Guy or Friends to fall asleep to, I only use Max. His music that is.

4. Max Richter - Infra 5

When you ask someone whether they like the next song they will more than likely say "yeah", which is appropriate as that's the name of it. I've never felt so good about saying the word "yeah" so many times in a row.

3. Boys Noize - Yeah

This is now 2 out of 2 for Russ Chimes just missing out on the top spot (although I did mention yesterday this top 10 is too tight to call). From Kelis to Mark Ronson to Booka Shade, Russ has continued to make the full potential out of an assigned track; the finest, for me, being this soarer. 

2. The Vanish - Hold On (Russ Chimes Mix)

Well this is it then. THE track that's had the biggest impact on me from the last 12 months... I think.
""Oh Shit" is the gleeful reaction I had from the track the first time it bounded into my ears; Night Drugs are essentially what it is; Everybody Needs to listen to this; and Fabian, well... I want to marry him. This is McMess floating on Cloud Cuckoo Land signing out for 2010.

1. Oh Shit! & Night Drugs - Everybody Needs (Fabian Remix)

Right, Champagne time. Happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, 30 December 2010

10 - 6

OK now we're into the big boy's league. Picking a favourite between the next 10 has been like trying to pick my top 10 Haribo. So, by all means, take the order in which you find them as 'fairly loose'.

I'd be lying if I said I was a fan of Foals' debut album Antidotes. It was probably a combination of hearing 'Cassius' far too many times on the radio, topped by a mate of mine calling me 
Yannis Philippakis every time we met for a pint. However I was mightily impressed with the maturity of second album Total Life Forever and in particular beautiful 6 minute Black Gold. 

I was still playing with action men when I was 17, not producing the sweetest dreamwave synth like young Melbourne resident Muffin right here.

The night I got my hands on a 320 of Wolfgang Gartner's crunchy Undertaker was an absolute cracker of a night. As the taxi driver pulled me away from my room in a headlock, I'd just finished burning my last CD with one track on it. Twenty minutes later I opened my set with this and the place went fucking mental.

I think I said everything I could about Grum's debut album, Heartbeats, and certainly this track.

Can you imagine the look on Skream and Artwork's faces when they found out that, after tireless weeks in the studio polishing one of their tracks with Katy B, their band mate Benga had been sneaking off to bash out a cheeky remix for Perfect Stranger (which turns out to be miles better than the original and my pick of the dubstep this year). Disgraceful behaviour, but nonetheless... THIS. IS. MASSIVE!


15 - 11

Above is the controversial and largely rejected album artwork for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: Kanye West's fifth studio album. Climbing out of the auto-tune trough this record not only breathes a sigh of relief but then takes that same breath away. Produced in fine detail and vocally featuring a seemingly endless list of big names, Kanye follows up from where 2007's Graduation left off; spitting (and even singing for real!) his raw indulgence through a gripping book of 13 dramatic chapters. Having already released 'Power', 'Runaway' and 'Monster', a fourth single (pencilled in for release on 21st February) has been confirmed and, thankfully, it's my favourite track off the album.    

15. Kanye West - All of the Lights

"TERTRE ROOOOOUUUUUGE!" Frosty shouts at me outside the club at 2.30am on Christmas Day. Sadly it wasn't being played at the time - it was merely an unexpected, merry outburst expressing his fondness for Russ Chimes' part-2-on-the-Midnight-Club-EP track. I think "Happy Christmas" might have been a more appropriate exclamation but no, instead we continued to wake up the whole town by singing everyone's favourite festive carol 'Targa'. 

14. Russ Chimes - Tertre Rouge

Throughout the year the number 1 spot has changed countless times as newer tracks were released and overplayed on my iTunes. As we all know set rips, MySpace rips, Youtube rips and the dreaded phone camera rips are really scraping the bottom of the barrel. But sometimes, due to desperation, you have no other option but to do it and then try and convince yourself that what you have is actually a pretty good copy, when in fact it's just Rick Astley again. 

I felt so hollow and deprived. Never do it to dubstep. Flattening the meat and bass of dubstep through a rip is like sewing up a vagina.
The day Denzi played me the full bodied 320 of number thirteen I practically raped him. I was convinced it was the best remix of the year and, in hindsight, I don't think I was far off.   

13. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Borgore Remix)

Barely three weeks of 2010 had passed before I loudly and ostentatiously announced to my housemates that Russ Chimes' remix of Starry Eyed was the hands-down champion of the year. This track became an anthem in the house, inducing epic air pianos on a nightly basis throughout this year. Wow, it still gets me every time.

12. Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix)

Who do I most want to see live? Carte Blanche. I've seen both DJ Mehdi and Riton live respectively, but together playing their own material... I'd be in danger of over-revving my engine and blowing out big time. Thought the blinking and smiling games were a bit challenging? Try not moving any body parts during the 4 minutes of In The Mix. It's impossible.

11. Carte Blanche - In The Mix


Wednesday, 29 December 2010

20 - 16

It all started late in 2008 when Friendly Fires released their second single 'Paris' (featuring the vocals of Au Revoir Simone). On both the 12" cut and digital download package was an Aeroplane remix of the track. Nearly eighteen months later relatively unknown Flight Facilities released 'Crave You' (featuring the beautiful tones of Giselle) and by the end of June came a mash-up; THE mash-up of 2010.

20. Aeroplane vs. Friendly Fires vs. Flight Facilities - I Crave Paris

It was always inevitable that Daft Punk's overwhelmingly anticipated Tron Legacy OST was going to feature somewhere amongst this list. Surprising just about everyone (including themselves), Thomas and Guy-Man returned to the studio to produce their first taste of orchestral arrangements for screen. By infusing their electronic music with classical pieces, it took the duo two years to construct a soundtrack that perfectly embodied the themes of Tron Legacy. Spending six months just experimenting with sound, Bangalter described the project as "by far the most challenging and complex thing we have ever been involved with... having our music performed by a 90-piece orchestra, with some of the best musicians in the world... was a very intense experience".

19. Daft Punk - Adagio for TRON

I might have lied a bit earlier when I said 'I Crave Paris' was the mash-up of the year. By blending The Dream's original 'Walkin' on the Moon' with Kris Menace's Lightning U-Tern created the ultimate version of the track and thus, technically, the best mash-up of 2010.

18. Kris Menace & The Dream - Walking on Lightning (U-Tern Blend)

It doesn't take a genius or even me for that matter to tell you how incredible Flux Pavilion's year has been. He could have quite easily had a whole Top 10 to himself. To reduce silliness, I've had to be strict and pick just one of his mighty productions from 2010.

With a few brilliant EPs and wodge of big remixes to pick from, I went for the track I find the most exciting to mix with. This one only just tops Blue Skies.

17. Freestylers ft Belle Humble - Cracks (Flux Pavilion Remix)

If you were to ask me who I was most excited about for 2011 I would definitely be including Totally Enormous
Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED if you'd prefer) in my response. For me, Household Goods ultimately captures the spontaneity and euphoric chaos of a crammed, sweaty, intoxicated house party. Bring on the album full of front room bangers!

16. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Household Goods


Tuesday, 28 December 2010

25 - 21

Since his debut album, Home Sweet Home (essentially the soundtrack of my sixth form years), I've kept an eye on Kano and the gradual progression of his style. This year he released his fourth studio album, Method of the Maadness; a record that features a wealth of talented producers, reiterating Kano's natural talent of knowing what sounds good and current. Nearly a third of the album is produced by Boys Noize, another two are tackled by Hot Chip and the stand out track of the album had Chase & Status behind the controls.

25. Kano - Spaceship

Number twenty four proves that we're not just a blog who are pigeon holed into posting dubstep or electro. Casey Chandler, musically referred to as Galapaghost, is a young chap hailing from Woodstock but now resides in Austin, Texas. Since moving to the self-proclaimed weird and wonderful city, Casey has produced his third and, sadly, final EP. With echoes of Jose Gonzalez, Runnin is a beautiful acoustic record perfect for a honey glazed summer's day in the deep south.

24. Galapaghost - Never Heard Nothin'

On the horizon lurks a storm. Drifting in from the depths of Russia sweeps Unquote's gloomy collaboration with Molecular Structures. No 'Lubov Moya' does not translate as 
"drum n' bass at its greyest" but rather "my love". Me thinks this track will sit cosily between Barry White and Stevie Wonder in my Love Songs Playlist.

If there was ever an album to push you off the fence and into the pit of dubstep then it was always going to be the work of Magnetic Man. I admit it, I had my doubts; 'I Need Air' did not fill me with confidence. On the 11th October however, this all changed. I shouldn't have been so surprised with who the BBC described as "the legends of dubstep". Without a shadow of a doubt Skream, Benga & Artwork have produced one of the albums of the year. I'm probably going to regret putting 'Fire' (featuring Ms Dynamiteat number 23 in a few weeks. Quite frankly, the track is so incredibly grimey I don't think even Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen would be able to resist getting those neck muscles going and euphorically skanking out this meaty banger. If you haven't listened to or bought the album yet then for the love of God do so right now.

22. Magnetic Man - Fire

I haven't been able to walk to the shops without seeing something that relates to German minimal techno duo Booka Shade. I'm not complaining - it's about time these two, after 25 years of music making together, were catching the attention of every Tom, Dick and Harry. I was one of them (probably the dick).

"A melancholy masterpiece of suggestion and atmosphere; all thick bass fog and distant, twinkling digital stars; builds to a breathless, chest-crushing moment, without ever losing its cool". Yes, this is Teenage Spaceman.

21. Booka Shade - Teenage Spaceman


Monday, 27 December 2010

30 - 26

Complying with The Smoothest Gooch festive tradition (as of last year) here are 30 tracks which, over the last twelve months, have fueled speakers, crumbled foundations, eradicated neighbourhood relationships and occasionally hardened reproductive organs.

Back in April I
issued a warning to NME magazine in regards to Crystal Castles' sequel album. Reading between the lines and lines of adjectives they essentially described the record as beautiful... I think. Yet somehow they managed to completely avoid mentioning, for me, what is the best track on the album. 
7 out of 10? Pinch of salt. Give it another listen and don't skip this one.

30. Crystal Castles - Suffocation 

Oh how I wish there was an instrumental version of number twenty nine. It is safe to say Pance Party made a euphorically epic party out of The Dance Party's cheesy lo-fi sleepover. Make sure you party to this party track. Party.

29. The Dance Party - Sasha Don't Sleep (Pance Party Remix)

Although sadly excluded from the UK album charts, The Chemical Brothers' seventh studio record, Further, would have been right up there in the album artwork charts for me this year. What's even more surprising is that first single from the album, 'Swoon', entered the charts at #100 and peaked at a miserable #85.

28. The Chemical Brothers - Swoon

Even if they can't seem to play cricket at the moment, the Aussies sure know how to produce an electro album or three. 2010 brought a cosmic debut from Bag Raiders (which included the bonza 'Shooting Stars' and 'Way Back Home'),  a floaty second album from Midnight Juggernauts and a playful debut from the magnificent Miami Horror. I reckon old Punter and his cobbers need to listen to this corker for some inspiration.

27. Miami Horror - Moon Theory

As if Reset!'s spunky 'If We Try' wasn't pumping on full throttle enough; Steed Lord came along, spiked it with viagra and blew it up big time. Crank it!

26. Reset! - If We Try (Steed Lord Remix)


Thursday, 16 December 2010

day two

Aside from putting Ben Foster through his paces as future England goalkeeper, sebastian james, as of late, likes to frustrate his parents every night by mixing loudly... non-stop. It's frightening how quickly he's naturally picking up the technical aspects of mixing tracks. 
Following on from his debut mix, Day One, is his new and aptly named mix Day Two. The Duckman has once again laid down the juiciest dance tracks, mixed together with some unbeliiieeevable Sony Acid tekkers. This one's perfect for the weekend... and I'm talking to you, Chris Kamara.

  Day Two (The Beginning of The End) by sebasti├ín james

1. Deadmau5 - Jaded
2. Deadmau5 - Slip
3. Medina - You and I (Deadmau5 remix)
4. Deadmau5 - Outta My Life (Touch Mix)
5. MSTRKRFT - Heartbreaker (Wolfgang Gartner Remix)
6. Afrojack - Bangduck
7. David Guetta & Afrojack - Louder Than Words
8. Booka Shade - Teenage Spaceman
9. Afrojack - Replica
10. Deadmau5 - Cthulhu Sleeps
11. Ercola & Heikki L - Deep At Night (Adam K & Soha Remix)
12. Reflekt - Need To Feel Loved (Adam K & Soha Remix)


Tuesday, 14 December 2010

yesss bruvvv!

It might still turn out to be one big joke, but my boss told me today he's going to pay for me to finally have driving lessons. The first thing I'm going to do when I pass is burn around town and shout "MAAAANDEMMMMM!" out the window with this pumped!

Tantrum Desire - Body Shot


Sunday, 12 December 2010

Frosty vs. The Smoothest Gooch

With Denzi out of the country (breaking into the Nollywood business) and yours truly finally acquiring a paid job, this poor little blog has been neglected a bit recently. However, after a pint in our quaint, local country pub (which, much to our astonishment, has been rebranded as more of a gay club these days) myself and Dom Frosty (my oldest mate and a very close bruv in the Gooch mandem) drained our glasses and returned to base to upload his design for the blog's new banner (seen above). Better than I'd imagined, Frosty's new pubic logo far exceeds my previous crude (in more than one sense of the word) attempts.

Frosty is a fond admirer of our mate Anoraak, so this one's for him. Much love mate, many thanks again x

  WE HAVE BAND - Love what you doing? (Anoraak remix) by anoraak

McMess (using too many brackets in this post)

Friday, 3 December 2010


One snowy night in London on the tube, Erik Satie came on my ipod. I decided to cut up and remix some of his stuff. I hope you enjoy it. If you like it, you can find the rest of my soundcloud here.

Gnossienne at Night - Erik Satie (Denzi Remix)