It's time of year were we all love a good list, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon by listing some of the best tunes of the past 12 months. I'm bound to have forgottena few, but these are all killer - watson's top, errr, 12 of the year!
12. Storm Queen - It Goes On
I seem to be in a minority thinking this is as good as 'Look Right Through', and i prefare the vocal to the dub as well. So there.
11. Toomy Disco - Outstanding
A simple but devastating edit that makes people dance in nightclubs.
10. Poolside - Do You Believe
Proven to make the sun shine where ever it's played (even if its in a room above the Adelphi in Preston on a Saturday night), this is the sound of summer.
9. Todd Terje - Ragysh
An amazing tune that fits just about anywhere, from techno to disco to prog trance sets with the breakdown of the year.
8. Mark E - Call Me (Dixon Edit)
Mark's OG seems to have taken ages to surface, but when it did Dixon had tightened the drums but kept everything else in place for a piece of house heaven.
6. the 'Basic Fingers' label
I couldn't decide between two release on the new GAMM offshoot. ChangED reworks Love Unlimted on 'Jamaican Girl', but it's the Swedish folk-disco on the flip (I swear I'm not making this up) that isn't on YouTube thats even better.
... and if thats not good enough, check the Jose Marquez mix of Femi Kuti. Cottam played this at 'Wired For Sound' in October and caused a stampede to the dancefloor (and to the stage to ask 'what's this???')
6. Chicago Damn - Different Worlds
Awesome balearic-dub-techno-piano-house - maybe I am taking the piss now.
5. CD vs CD - I Really Do Believe
Chris Dukinfield & Chicago Damn (again) go head to head on this amazing Etta James sampling warehouse bomb.
4. Teengirl Fantasy - Cheaters (John Talabot remix)
The rising start of last year has been a bit quieter this year, just casually dropping this old school house bomb in the summer.
3. Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale
You'll be sick to death of this fella next year now he's signed to a major & will probably soundtrack dinner parties and TV adverts throughout the year. Just don't forget this ace Fela sampling debut.
2. Cottam, in general
Sunrise Sunset is probably my favourite tune of the last two years.
and the man shows his sound is progressing and production coming on leaps & bounds on his debut for Aus Music.
1. Eros 001
Yes, it's an edit of an old Barbara Mason track. It's not exactly ground breaking. But after six months of playing it still sounds ace, it still fills a dancefloor and that key change gets me everytime. Awesome.