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A One, a two, a one two three four!

January 06, 2006


OMG, lists were so hot in 2005! You know what else was hot?

10. Annie - Anniemal
Yeah, I know this came out in 2004 but I only heard it in 05, plus it was released in Dubai only last year. Actually, I first heard 'The Greatest Hit' off this album in Dubai last summer...on afternoon radio at that. Soooo, I guess it counts! I've been waiting for pop like this since I got bored of St. Etienne and Kylie became overplayed. Annie has saved me with her chewing gum and down-to-earth lyrics about boys, clubs, crushes, and Top of the Pops. Missus B Missus E Missus A-U-T Missus I Missus F-U-L!

9. Modeselektor - Hello Mom
Ack, ze Germans are coming! People, I don't give a fuck if you roll your eyes at my next words...this album puts 85% of the crunk and grime and ghettotech out today TO SHAME. This is the sort of shit that I bet my life DJ Assault is slapping booty to. You know why? Uff, the man has taste. Tracks that take M.I.A. into warp speed, tracks that revive O.D.B., tracks with TTC, tracks with Arab strings, tracks that make you want to dance but you would have no idea how to so you just sit and listen in amazement to two sweet BPitch Control lads giving the slapdown of a lifetime to mind-numbingly austere techno-lords everywhere. Take THAT Kompakt.

8. Kelley Polar - Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens
Haayyy, it's time for the disco drums! *doo doo DOO* Haaayyy, lemme hear dem strings! That was my first reaction to this debut effort by a child prodigy who is so badass that he got expelled from Julliard. And good too because now we have this "unrequited love in my head and party in my bed" record. We also have his efforts on some of Metro Area's *bestest* tunes like Miura and Caught Up.

7. Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headbase
Ahhh, like putting on an old pair of jeans with frayed edges and cute, square front pockets, bought at Miss Selfridge in the hot summer of 99, in Middlessex, London, that have been there through sickness and health, summer and winter, Asia and North America, love and loss, and now they fit like a pair of loosy goosy pyjamas. Yoose dig?

6. Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
HeLLO. Need I type anymore? From heroin to martyrdom, DM make the trek that few with their history can survive, heads high.

5. Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep
While the current hip-hop scene stanks hard of recycled beats and rhythms this album is all melody and chords. Taking elements from Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, P Funk, Basic Channel, crunk, Kraftwerk and his own dubby style, Rootsy has created a beast of synth that works oh-so-well with his beautiful voice and writing that's chock full of common sense.

4. Ada - Blondie
My past is speckled with crushes on Euro ladies who have killer debuts and like to sing their own tunes. 2004 was Miss Kitten, the year before was Ellen Allien, 06 is all about Annie. Ada was last year's obsession. Hard woman to find any information on...like where she lives and what she's wearing RIGHT NOW. All I know is how good this first album is and how it needs far more recognition in North America. Heartbreaking vocals in a sweet little accent and synths spanning house, pop, electro-tech, whatever. Special lyrics for one track written by one of my favourite bands of all time, Everything But The Girl. A couple of crazy covers of the Eurhythmics and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This album is also an open floozy for remixes and has spawned good ones by Sacha Funke and Michael Mayer.

3. Isolee - We Are Monster
Metro Area and Boards of Canada met in high school and fell in love. They got married in a chapel (similar to the one in GnR's 'November Rain' video) and bought a cute house. A child was born who they named Isolee. He was a happy child leading a comfortable existance until he hit puberty. Things began to suffocate him. He began feeling embarrassed about his parents taste in music. "This disco, this slow melodious shit is for stuffy old people with no lives!". He was going to make his own music, something that suited him, he would show his parents something they had never thought was possible...and they would hate it...mwahaha. Many months later, he proudly presented his parents with the finished product. They just sat back, laughed and gave him a big round of applause. Isolee was confused (and a little disappointed), "I thought you were going to hate it, I mean, I made it the way I thought music should be made. I don't understand!" Metro Area and Boards of Canada looked at each other and said to him, "It may be your music but you are our son". The moral of the story is...this is a brilliant album. I love it & I love it. Guess what? I love it. Every bleep, bloop, twang, and lyric is so perfectly placed in this album that it MUST have a divine creator.

2. Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
The most scrumptious collaboration since Paul & Michael. MF Doom and Danger Mouse, live together in perfect harmony, side by side on my player, this album, oh lawd, why don't we? Doom being his usual brilliant self and Danger just killing me with his samples. Throw in some Cee-lo, Ghostface, Talib Kweli, and a harmonium in the 3rd track to boot and this girl begins to feel unfairly over-rewarded for not doing the right thing and buying this slice of brilliance.

1. M.I.A. - Arular
Love at first goddamn Galang, that's what happened with Maya and me. Then came Diplo and he just made her sweeter. Bucky done good. I may have retired this hard-workingconstant from contant rotation a while ago but I still hear the tracks when I go out and I still don't roll my eyes and say "yesterday's news". I just DANCE.

ESPESHYULL MENTIONS

DJ Rupture - Special Gunpowder
The only reason this isn't up in the list is because I JUST heard it a couple of weeks ago and I think it was released in 04. This album is phenomenal and I expect much goodness from him in the next year. The first track will make you wine and grind the first piece of person/furniture/pet in sight.

Vitalic - OK Cowboy
Just for the heck of it, even though the pre-released material on this album kinda bummed me out (entirely my fault for having listed to it WAY TOO MUCH) I have nothing but love for these dudes. At the end of the day, this I can surely say about 'Ok Cowboy', AT LEAST IT ISN'T 'HUMAN AFTER ALL'.

posted by Neha
4:47 PM

13 Comments:

Anonymous CeePee said...

Pssst
http://www.torontoist.com/archives/2006/01/stupid_gay_blog.php
They mention yer girl thurrrr...

I hate the torontoist. its mad homo. Ill write back later to comment on the actual blog.

1/06/2006 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

i know!!! stupid gay raymi and her blogmeet. shucks. i hate torontonist too, bubblegum, full of themselves. hey, i read the spacing blog and the cover of their magazine's first issue looks like jabari's stuff, is it really him?

1/06/2006 08:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Zee said...

i'll dance with you to m.i.a...

1/06/2006 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

Great rundown, dangerdoom was my joint.

1/07/2006 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous princess of power. trucking power. said...

yo! did you know cp's link led right to an interview with the man james anderson? former sackwillian! when i first moved up here to the stinktown i used to go "see" his "saw" at the vic and reminisce about the old country. good to see how far he's come, you all should check his shit out. esp if playing with chris eaton. he's got a lovely voice and some killer tunes. uh, and a book published i stink. remember rock plaza central at ducky's? oh wavelength. plow the field! kevin bacon blt!

1/07/2006 02:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Rich said...

Good point about Modeselektor -- that M.I.A. parody is great, isn't it? If you ask me, Bpitch Control has been cooler than Kompakt for years, though. I get the feeling that the "Cologne mafia" is losing its grip, which is FINE with me.

Though I obviously have no jurisdiction over your crushes, I think this year's electro lady might be Dinky -- I think she's out to increase her profile (she remixed Allien's "Down"). We shall see.

1/08/2006 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

Thanks, Humanity! NO, IT'S ALL MINE!!! hehe

Seera, I vaguely remember Rock Plaza Central at Ducks but I can't picture James. Where were you sat., ladyfriend?

Rich, AMEN, Bpitch does put out much cooler stuff. Thanks a lump for the Dinky tip. I shall look the lady up...who am I kidding...i googled her already and she is looking fine. now i just have to hear some tunes and the love connection shall be complete! Annie is already history, fickle fickle. Homegirl Barbi is the new competition for Electrobabe 2000 and sex.

1/09/2006 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

Werd Arah,
Barbi does drop the ill shit and it does help that shes a sweetheart.

Gotta tell ya, yer missing a few key albums, at least i feel that way...

Tim Hecker - Mirages
its a further extension of his brilliance. People need to jump on this cat, he is the new Vangelis.

Hot Chip - Coming on Strong
innovative nerd electronic pop?
great none the less

Shit. Im at work so im at a loss of albums. Ill be back...

1/09/2006 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

Fek,
realized Mirages was released in 04.
Fuck that. still a great album.
Feh.
FINE, I WONT CONTRIBUTE ANYMORE.
See if I care...
Cuz I dont...
Seriously.
Not at all.

1/09/2006 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous seera t said...

hey, are you related to neha dhupia? i think that bitch is trying to steal the fame by using YOUR NAME!

just say the word girlfriend, i'll punch her in those big boobs.

1/09/2006 06:35:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

wut wut? coming on strong is 05? nooooooooo. i thought it was 04. fuck, this list needs revising ALREADY. i remember now why i don't do lists. fucking blogosphere, fucking pressure.

i should listen to mirages again, the last time it made me feel really nice and i fell asleep. but i'll drink some chai beforehand this time.

seera, you been googling me? awesome. that dhupia foo is my celebrenemy. can't google me without seeing her tits somewheres. punch in the junk for your brown twin, will ya?

1/09/2006 09:07:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

Oh yeah, thats why i refrain from lists as well, cuz i know ill post and keep changing and changing.

Ima find yer enemy/twin right now... Cmon boobies!

1/10/2006 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do know Ellen Allien's debut was in 2001 right? (Stadtkind ring a bell?)

1/15/2006 12:20:00 AM  

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