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


1 comment:

  1. re: teed. i wish i could describe the sound that gets me going when it comes to music like this. there's the bit...ugh i've got no words for it, but sort of feels like all the sound is in a kind of sandwich, all the layers are on top of one another and it's like the mixer has pressed down to cram them all together. god, i love that! you'll know the bits in the song i'm talking about. love when people do that. :D