Playlist 28/12/07 - Stylin Loves 2007
1. Sekoya - Introducing The Highlife
2. Quasimode feat Carmen Lundy - Time is Love
3. The Souljazz Orchestra - Mugambi
4. The New Mastersounds - One Note Brown (Lanu Remix)
5. Mary J Blige - Till the Morning
6. The Politik - Saturn
7. Fulgeance - Tribute to Masekela (Fulgeance’s Bicoquet Edit)
8. Swell Session vs Domu feat Elsa Esmeralda - A Heart to Cover For
9. Peder - Timetakesthetimetimetakes
10. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build a Home
11. Stateless - Bloodstream
12. Little Dragon - Twice
13. Tawiah - Watch Out
14. Jill Scott - Crown Royal
15. Jill Scott - The Fact Is (I Need You) (Live in Paris)
16. Pharoahe Monch - Trilogy (Act 1 Ft. Mr. Porter, Act 2 Ft. Dwele)
17. Little Brother - Dreams
18. Heralds of Change - Asswank
19. Heralds of Change - Spotted
20. Lewis McCallum - Fly Or Die
21. The Bamboos feat Kylie Auldist - I Don't Wanna Stop
[Tru Thoughts/Creative Vibes]
22. Seu Jorge - Mina Do Condominio
23. Arthur Verocai feat Azymuth - Bis
24. Max Grunhard Quintet - Earth Dancer
25. Joss Stone - Girl They Won't Believe It
26. Roberto Fonseca - Ishmael
27. Heavy - Sam
28. Common feat Bilal - U, Black Maybe
29. Future feat Abiodune of the Last Poets & Jon Blazini - Imagine
Here it is: Stylin Loves 2007, an idiosyncratic selection of my favourite tunes of the year. It's not a countdown, I just played them in a way I thought sounded good at the time.
There were plenty of repeat offenders, with Lance Ferguson (Lanu, the Bamboos) and Mark de Clive-Lowe (The Politik, Antipodean Records) having already had multiple appearances in previous years. We had two tunes from my favourite singer Jill Scott, with the Live in Paris tune being one that many probably missed, as it was tucked away on the Hidden Beach sampler CD included with her 'Collaborations' album. Somebody bring her to Australia!
There were a few albums where I worked hard to pick one from a number of tunes in contention: Swell Session, Pharoahe Monch, Little Brother, Heavy and Seu Jorge.
The appegiated synth wonky beats of Scotland's Heralds of Change (Hudson Mohawke and Mike Slott) have been some of the most exciting new sounds of 2007 for me, along with Lewis McCallum and Julien Dyne showing that global warming is doing nothing to dry the pool of musical talent in New Zealand.
After years of being angered by the success of young, pretty, white Joss Stone ahead of far more talented soul singers, I was unable to resist this one tune from her third album. I guess the presence of Raphael Saadiq on production, co-writing (and apparently, boyfriend) duties helped.
As in previous years, songwriting has triumphed over production in tunes that I think will truly last the test of time. And so some of the musics Stylin loves dearly are not represented. 2007 felt like a real 'comeback' year for techno, with great music from the likes of Fabrice Lig, Carl Craig, Redshape, Joris Voorn, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Quince and others. Even Melbourne talent Christian Vance gave me some music to play on the show (despite not yet releasing any of it). Dubstep had its strongest year yet, with music from Burial, Boxcutter, Benga and Coki standing out, but I'm still waiting for dubstep to make an 'Inner City Life'-like breakthrough. Drum and bass also had a strong year, with the reggae sound back in force. In the wake of Dilla's 'Donuts' album there have been some great soul-sampling short-song hip-hop-instrumental albums which I have liked more for the full-length listen than particular tracks. Check Audible Doctor, Onra & Quetzal, Creestal, Guts and Deep Soul Revisited if you like this sound.
Thanks to all who have listened to and subscribed to Stylin in 2007. Thanks above all to the music makers, who made it another great year of music. Bring on 2008!
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