November’s mix starts slow and somber, but dig in after a few songs and I promise you the beat picks up.
It’s bookended with tunes by the supremely talented Brit, James Blake. He’s put out several singles/EP’s in 2010 that have evolved in sonic orientation from dubstep. Take “Limit To Your Love,” the first released track from his upcoming debut LP. It’s a haunting vocal/piano-led tune, but lo!, there’s some womp-womp wobble inside. This is a candidate for my favorite song of the year, no question. Lone’s “Once In A While” smells like classic Detroit-techno in the vein of some of the Underground Resistance catalog, so it’s only right to blend it right into a UR classic, “Timeline” by Galaxy 2 Galaxy.
Another star track of 2010: Rocketnumbernine’s “Matthew & Toby.” The group has been opening for Four Tet on tour this year and Kieren Hebden was so impressed with this track that he had to book some time for the group to record and produce “Matthew & Toby.” The result is simply awesome: an epic instrumental led by live drums, just the right sound mix, and tons of understated adrenaline.
James Blake - Limit to Your Love (Atlas, 2010)
Fink - Q & A (Ninja Tune, 2009)
Jamie Woon - Night Air (Candent Songs, 2010)
Floating Points - Love Me Like This (Eglo, 2010)
Caribou - Sun (Midland Re-Edit) (2010)
Lone - Once In A While (Werk Discs, 2010)
Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Timeline (Submerge Recordings, 2010)
Nosaj Thing - Voiced (Dorian Concept Remix) (Alpha Pup Records, 2010)
Four Tet - Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) (Domino, 2009)
Rocketnumbernine - Matthew and Toby (Text Records, 2010)
James Blake - I Only Know (What I Know Now) (R & S Records, 2010)