10. Parallel Dance Ensemble-Occupied (Salax Peep Show Remix) (buy)
"Baby got your number". What a tune this is. Real hidden gem. I blogged about a different remix of this tune earlier in the year but soon fell in love with this. Nice slowed down groove, that has gone down well whenever I've played it.
9. Sad Ghost-Sweet Lady Magic (buy)
Glorious balearic soft rock edit from Sad Ghost. Sounds like the music that would be played in my own personal sanctuary. Beautiful. The guitar pattern at the end of the track was worth the money alone.
8. The Walkmen-Song for Leigh (buy)
Hamilton Leifhauser, despite being all setttled down can still belt out a desperate line. "I sing myself sick, I sing myself sick about you". However he's singing to her for life now. On an album of wonderful songs, this really stands out.
7. Mr Beatnick-Sun Goddess (buy)
My favourite house tune of the year. After hearing it on Gilles Petersen's show, I kept my eye on its release date and quickly snapped it up. The whole EP is ace, but the title track has the swagger that all great house tracks need.
6. Chromatics-Kill For Love (buy)
One of the most anticpated release of the year was certainly full of plently of highlights. Great avant-garde pop music, dark as hell at times to. This track became a favourite for the kids on the school run and was on repeat for weeks. They have great taste already. They're converted.
5. Kindness-House (buy)
Sublime pop music from Kindness. There was obviously something already there before Polydor stepped in with the cash; Phillipe Zdar enhanced it to fantastic heights.
4. Mark Eitzel-I Love You But You're Dead (buy)
Back from a heart attack and the brink, Mart Eiztel delivers his unique individual outlook on life with his new album. His voice just gets better with age. A tour in the new year to cherish.
3. Juju & Jordash-Way of The Road (buy)
From an album with fantastic depth, Juju & Jordash's album closer 'Way of the Road' takes us down a path of "Balearic Krautnock dreaminess". A perfect end to a gripping journey with a positive outlook toward what they may do next.
2. Portico Quarter-Ruins (buy)
Dynamic vibes, experimental arrangement and a lesson in how to use a 'hang' drum (or just telling us what it actually is) helped propel Portico Quartet firmly into my senses. That sax just kills it every time in 'Ruins'.
1. Colorama-Anytime (buy)
As cheesy and simple as this may sound, 'Anytime' for me describes the importance of other people in your life. Without them, you're nothing. Without you, they're nothing. Its helpful that this great premise is the backdrop of an excellent melody and beautiful music. Have a great Christmas.