Sarj

TipTops TwentyTen

In Music on December 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm

One year in Berlin, the best year of my life, and this is what I have to say for myself.

Guess this doesn’t need much explanation. Here goes.

Top Compilations / Commercial Mixes

1    Dinky — Musica Libre (Cocoon)
2    Ben Klock  —  Berghain 04  —  (Ostgut Ton)
3    Various  —  Fünf    (Ostgut Ton)
4    Thomas Hammann & Gerd Janson  —  Live at Robert Johnson    (Live at Robert Johnson)
5    Rick Wilhite   — Vibes – New & Rare Music     (Rush Hour)
6    Seth Troxler  —  Boogybytes Vol. 5    (BPitch Control) (Read my review on LWE)

Top Tracks

1    Moody  —  It’s 2 Late 4 U And Me    (KDJ)
2    Reagenz  —  Dinner with Q    (Workshop) (technically end of 2009)
3    STL  —   Vintage Hunter    (Something) (Read my commentary on LWE)
4    Public Lover  —  I Try   (thesongsays)
5    Shed  —  44A (Hardwax Forever!)    (Ostgut Ton)
6    Lerosa  —  Common Thief    (Further)
7    Steffi  —  Kill Me (Instramental Dub Mix)    (Ostgut Ton)
8    DJ Qu  —  Party People Clap (Levon Vincent Remix)    (Deconstruct)
9    WAX  —  Wax 003 – B    (Wax)
10    Moody  —  Ol’ Dirty Vinyl (U Used to Know)    (KDJ)
11    Schweiz Rec  —  Untitled    (Workshop)
12    John Swing  —  Always at Night    (Relative)
13    Ninca Leece  —  Feed Me Rainbows    (thesongsays) (Read my review on RA)
14    Sun Ra  —   Saga of Resistance (Theo Parrish Dub)    (Kindred Spirits)
15    Lowtec   —  Untitled    (Workshop)
16    Fred P  —  It Is What It Is     (Strength Music)
17    Sound Stream  —  All Night    (Sound Stream)
18    Skudge   —  Convolution    (Skudge Records)
19    Nick Höppner  —  Umbrella Pitch    (Ostgut Ton)
20    Cologne Tape  —  Render 4    (Magazine)
21    Jason Fine  —   Control Voltage (Oni Ayhun Remix)    (Kontra Music)
22    Romanthony  — Let Me Show You Love (Approach to Temple)  [Reissue]  (Decks Classix)
23    Space Dimension Controller  —  Transatlantic Landing Bay    (R&S)
24    Kassem Mosse  —  Untitled    (Workshop)
25    Flying Lotus  —  Do the Astral Plane    (Warp)
26    Redshape  —  Drama    (Present, Present)
27    Ron Deacon  —  Untitled    (Workshop)
28    Ruede Hagelstein  —  Emergency    (Souvenir)
29    Oliver Deutschmann & James Blonde  —  Milanese (Quarion Remix)    (Falkplatz Limitiert)
30    KiNK  —  E 79    (Ovum)

Top Albums

1    Black Tambourine  —  S/T    (Slumberland)
2    Reagenz  —  Playtime    (Workshop) (technically end of 2009)
3    Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti  —  Before Today    (4AD)
4    Deerhunter  —  Halcyon Digest    (4AD)
5    Lerosa  —  Dual Nature    (Futher)
6    Shed  —  The Traveller    (Ostgut Ton)  (Read our interview with Shed on LWE)
7    Moritz Von Oswald Trio  —  Live in New York    (Honest Jon’s)
8    Pantha du Prince  —  Black Noise    (Rough Trade)
9    Redshape   —  Red Pack    (Present)
10    Flying Lotus  —  Cosmogramma    (Warp)
11    Cologne Tape  —  Render    (Magazine)
12    Actress  —  Splazsh    (Honest Jon’s)
13    Virgo   —  Virgo [Reissue]    (Rush Hour)
14    Peter Van Hoesen  —  Entropic City    (Time to Express)
15    Aybee  —  Ancient Tones   (Further)
16    Lone  —  Emerald Fantasy Tracks    (Magic Wire)
17    John Roberts  —  Glass Eights    (Dial)
18    Tevo Howard  —  Crystal Republic    (Hour House Is Your Rush Records)
19     Efdemin  —  Chicago     (Dial)
20    Caribou  —  Swim    (City Slang)

Also, not sure if if was every actually released in December as scheduled, but for what it’s worth Fred P.’s new album “The Incredible Adventures of Captain P” would probably pull in at number two or three. AMAZING. Hope it gets it’s due coverage in 2011.

Top Labels

1    Workshop
2    Further
3    thesongsays
4    Ostgut Ton
5    LiveJam / Relative
6    Delsin
7    Uzuri
8    Millions of Moments
9    7 inches of Love
10    Rush Hour

Top Clubs

1   Berghain / Panoramabar (Berlin)
2   Club der Visionaere (Berlin)
3   Tape (Berlin)
4   Trouw (Amsterdam)

Top Performers (DJ or live acts)
Okay, these are not in particular order… it’s just too hard! Basically all of these artists are totally amazing and worth your time and money. Go see them all if you get a chance. Buy their art. Listen closely to their work. Huge thanks to all for the mark they left on my world.

Move D (DJ & live)
Delta Funktionen (DJ)
Tama Sumo (DJ) (Read my interview with Kerstin on LWE)
Public Lover / Bruno Pronsato / Ninca Leece (live)
Fred P (DJ)
Dixon (DJ)
Jan Krueger & Marc Schneider (DJ)
Donato Dozzy (DJ)
Ben Klock (DJ)
Surgeon (DJ)
Fennesz (live)

I guess that’s all. Hopefully I can come back later and add some pretty pictures and a lot of links back to the artist and label sites. I’m sure I forgot a lot of things, but this is what came to the front of my mind.

For now, I gotta go… it’s time to party.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Love,
Sarj

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