Here’s the tunes and bands that bent my ear and twisted my knobs in 2009:

Standout artists: Dan Black, frYars, White Lies, Roxy Music …

My top 20 for 09:

  1. Gifted – N.A.S.A (featuring Kanye, Lykke Li and Santogold)
    A guestlist to die for, and a divine chorus of plinky plonk wall of sound
  2. The ass, enchanted with the sound – Johnny West
    Hypnotically sparse, mad both sonically and lyrically with a metronomic beat that descends into chaos
  3. Symphonies – Dan Black
  4. Visitors – frYars (featuring Dave Gahan)
  5. Kingdom of Rust – The Doves
  6. In every dream home a heartache – Roxy Music
  7. Love letter to Japan – The Bird and the Bee
  8. Black River Killer – Blitzen Trapper
  9. Lovesick – Lindstrom & Christabelle
  10. Flashing Lights – Kanye West
  11. Sometimes – Miami Horror
  12. Siren Song – Bat for Lashes
  13. Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken – Camera Obscura
  14. No survivor – Glasnost
  15. Radio Kaliningrad – Handsome Furs
  16. Seattle – THE BPA featuring Emmy the Great
  17. My life is a succession of people waving goodbye – Morrissey
  18. Hot mess – Sam Sparro
  19. John Boswell – Symphony of science ‘A Glorious Dawn’ featuring Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan
  20. Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal

Surprisingly impacting on 09 was the Notorious BIG. The mashup Running with the XX is simple and sublime and Dan Black’s HYPNTZ is a gorgeous thing pasting Biggie’s words over the rambling beauty of Black’s tune Symphonies.

Hot tracks:

  • Stand – Othello Woolf
    Listened to him thanks to The Guardian and his alluringly literarily name – sounds a bit like David Byrne and nicely woozy
  • Ecstasy – Dan Black
    Deeply sexy tribute to the joys of the matrimonial bed after the hurly burly of the chaise lounge. Maybe
  • Strange enough – N.A.S.A.
    Another score for guest star Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – plus that killer Wu Tang chant
  • Dance wiv me – Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris
    Another romper stomper
  • Holiday – Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris (loving Goldie guest starring in the vid, reminds me of the night me and my friend Hot Wookie bumrushed the show and got all up in his (gold) grills
  • Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  • In the crook of my good arm – Pale Young Gentlemen
  • Audacity of Huge – Simian Mobile Disco
  • Olive eyes – frYars
  • Daniel – Bat for Lashes
  • Doctor Doctor – Just Jack (Fred Falke remix)
  • In for the kill – La Roux (+ hot remixes)
  • The Fear – Lily Allen
  • Lisztomania – Phoenix
  • Sleepyhead – Passion Pit
  • I never said I was deep – Jarvis Cocker
  • Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  • Sea within a sea – The Horrors
  • Crystallised- The XX

More great pleasures of 09: God help the Girl, Fujiya & Miyagi, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Florence and the Machine, Patrick Wolf

Some pleasurable latecomers were encountered on our Picton road trip – Tom Middleton, Tosca, Slowdive, Quiet Village, Low Motion Disco.

There were as ever a bunch of hottie mashups, including Kitsune Maison Mashups (ElectroSound), ToToM – Dylan Mashed, and a couple of delicious old Night versions of Duran Duran tracks.

Sab prefers the cassingle