2009 Top 10

2009 saw me moving even further into house territory, thanks to strong, soulful tracks by local producers. After much debate, I decided to put Partehardy’s Ron Hardy compilation in the new release category, since most of the historical edits contained have never seen mass release. Most everything else just fell into place, thanks to my constant process of re-listening and weeding.

This year I focused more effort on attending shows and conducting phone interviews than on writing reviews, but I still managed to cover most of my favorites. Look for even more exclusive content in 2010.

Albums

album covers
  1. Hieroglyphic Being: So Much Noise 2 Be Heard (Mathematics)
  2. VA: Ron Hardy: The Muzic Box Classics Collection (Partehardy)
  3. Tevo Howard: Dreamer’s Reason Cafe (Beautiful Granville Records) digital
  4. Moritz von Oswald Trio: Vertical Ascent (Honest Jon’s Records)
  5. Black Jazz Consortium: Structure (Soulpeople Music)
  6. Brock Van Wey: White Clouds Drift On and On (echospace [detroit])
  7. Ron Trent: Dance Classic (Prescription)
  8. Marcello Napoletano: The Space Voodoo (Mathematics)
  9. Yagya: Rigning (Sending Orbs)
  10. Intrusion: The Seduction Of Silence (echospace [detroit])

EPs

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  1. Tevo Howard: Everyday House Music (Beautiful Granville Records)
  2. Patrice Scott: Excursions EP (Sistrum Recordings)
  3. Bocca Grande: Intensive Spot EP (Four Roses Recordings)
  4. Miles [Sagnia]: Introspective Soul EP (Atmospheric Existence Recordings)
  5. Delano Smith: The Smith Hall Project (Undertones)
  6. Theo Parrish: “Space Station” / “Going Through Changes” (Sound Signature)
  7. Reggie Dokes: Spectacle of Deepness E.P. (We Play House Recordings)
  8. Omar-S: “Still Serious Nic” (FXHE Records)
  9. Black Jazz Consortium: Dark Points EP (Soul People Music) digital
  10. Andrés: II (Mahogani Music)

Reissues

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  1. Anthony “Shake” Shakir: Frictionalism 1994-2009 (Rush Hour)
  2. Ron Trent: 16 Years of Prescription Vol. 1: Dubplates and Poetry (Prescription)
  3. VA: B12 Records Archive Volumes 3-7 (B12)
  4. 3 Chairs: Spectrum (Three Chairs)
  5. Da Posse: “It’s My Life” (Clone Classic Cuts)

11 Comments

Lots of good 'uns on there. Bravo! :)

This is a solid selection.

wow, bookmarked this one as a to-do list. Lots of solid choices, and I definitely have to pick up the Black Jazz Consortium album soon

Thanks, all!

I'm beginning to think I should have put the Chez Damier "Time Visions" EPs in place of "16 Years of Prescription." The more I listen to the latter, the more the alternate mixes sound like bizarro world versions. It's tough to digest December releases in time for the chart.

did you change your mind on the tevo howard ep since your review, or do you mean the extended version of the track itself? i was surprised to see you so down on it at the time. it's my favourite of his, largely because it's the most versatile of his releases to DJ with. (the edit of the title track shouldn't be on there though.)

thanks man, honored you felt the album deserved a spot on there amongst how many things came out this year... glad you felt it, and happies of holidays


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Thanks, I really appreciate the selection and all the words and thoughts expressed in your reviews. I hope you've had a great Christmas and I wish you all the best 2010! :-)

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Yeah, my main problem with it originally was the short edit of the title track. The other tracks grew on me over time, though I still wish they were even longer.

hey, what's going on?

some stuff I've been listening to in 2009:

KT'S 2009 TOP 23

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--ADMX-71 - LUMINOUS VAPORS
--BASECK & SONIC DEATH RABBIT - CREATURES
--BROKEN NOTE - TERMINAL STATIC
--CONVERSE - AXE TO KILL
--END - THE DANGEROUS CLASS
--EVOLVE - BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS
--GATEKEEPER - OPTIMUN MAXIMUS
--HECKER - ACID IN THE STYLE OF DAVID TUDOR
--JANSKY NOISE - SOMETHING IS GOING T HAPPEN
--JOKER/2000F & J KAMATA - DIGIDESIGN/YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
--KING CANNIBAL - LET THE NIGHT ROAR
--KUSH ARORA - BOILING OVER
--LEYLAND KIRBY - SADLY, THE FUTURE IS NO LONGER WHAT IT WAS
--LIBYTHTH - UNPOPULAR BEATS VOL. 1
--NOMMO OGO - ACROSS TIME AND SPACE
--OTTO VON SCHIRACH - MAGIC TRIANGLE
--RAEKWON - ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINX PT. II
--SCORN - IN THE MARGINS
--SOMATICS RESPONSES - REFORMATION
--SOOM T - DIRTY MONEY EP
--THE KINTOM - THE KINTOM (UNRELEASED)
--VARIOUS ARTISTS - ZHARK INTERNATIONAL XIII
--ZOMBY - DIGITAL FLORA/FAUNA

Thanks KT! Quite a variety in there.

Enlightening. Even helped me find more talent in my own city I was unaware of.

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