Bon Anniversaire! There was an air of inevitability that the inherent slackness of the Slutty Fringe organisation would see a review of 2007 spill over into the next year, ah well let’s wrap it up here with some final lists.
5 Remixers of 2007
Last year saw Twitch and Wilkes add some dancefloor heeet to artists as varied as Colder, Pepe Deluxe, Pharoahe Monch and Prinzhorn Dance School. Man like me still needs to visit Glasgae to sample the delights of Optimo Espacio before they close the doors on the night
Colder – To The Music (Optimo Espacio Remix)
Flagrant Fowl Productions
The ridiculously prolific Cousin Cole and Pocketknife fired out remix after ingenious re/edit after remix of everyone from Feist to Souljah Boy to Sonic Youth to Wale – everyone a winner son. Look out in 2008 for the release of the new Flagrant Fowl mix cd Tambourine Dream on Flamin Hotz which includes some hefty folk refixes
Feist – Gatekeeper (Pocketknife’s Faded Beach Towel Remix)
Todosantos – OMG (Cousin Cole El Pollo Acido Remix)
Heavily featured on these here pages last year, this anonymous production duo from the streets of London finished 2007 on a roll with some splendid treatments of Scanners, Teenagers and Rival Joustas to cement that there hype caused by earlier refixes of Blood Red Shoes and Maximo Park. A debut EP from Blamma! Blamma! is due to drop in the next few months – keep your eyes peeled
Maximo Park – Terminal Velocity (Blamma! Blamma! Remix)
Rising to prominence in 2006 with their nasty little remix of the Klaxons cover of The Bouncer, Brighton duo South Central continued to impress last year with some ear bursting remixes of Kill The Young, ShitDisco, Late of the Pier and Lalula ( the original of which soundtracks that Bacardi Bassbins ad) as well as putting out a excellent 12″ on Young Turks. A South Central album at some point this year should be a splendid proposition.
Late Of The Pier – Space & The Woods (South Central Remix)
It’d be a bit rude not to mention Phra & Bot who dominated blogs and dancefloors in 2007 with remixes of Chemical Brothers, Bonde do Role, Brodinski, Rodion, Bumblebeez, Armand Van Helden etc etc as well as a hella flossy EP for Man Rec. This year their low end sound will grace remixes for Diplo and original wonky houser Dooms Night as well as a potentially crossover EP for Southern Fried – Big Looks All Round
Rodion – Electric Soca (Crookers Remix)
5 Labels of 2007
Berlin label Man Recordings have done more than most to expand on the Baile Funk imprint over the past 12 months.
Their funk mundial series has pitted Brazilian MCs up against European producers such as Seiji, Sinden & Herve, Stereotyp and Crookers to devasting effect. The Baile Funk Masters series threw the spotlight on some neccessary talent and they even delved into Brazilian post punk with the Nao Wave compilation
In a year when record labels seemed intent on flooding record shops with releases, IGETRVNG were all about the quality not quantity attitude with just 2 EPs from Mock & Toof and Lovefingers and a mix cd leaving the pressing plant.
The Mock & Toof EP has not left the Slutty Fringe record box (actually it’s not technically my record box but that’s a story for another day) and Lovefingers is my new favourite blog.
Could be viewed as a feeder club for Modular FC but Bang Gang 12 Inches continued to put out the best houseparty electro tongue in cheekers from the likes of Bag Raiders, KIM, Like Woah and Muscles.
in 2007 D-I-R-T-Y proved that you don’t need to be Kanye West’s new best friends to get Paris props. The Beggin edit was never the massive hit it should have been but the edits D-I-R-T-Y fed their friends throughout last year were a good look on the dancefloor
Bit of a no brainer really – Sounds of Silver is up there with best albums of 07 (left out of the Slutty Fringe pick cos I *ahem* listened to it far too much in 2006) Sub label Death From Abroad kicked off in grand fashion with releases from Gucci Soundsystem and Mock & Toof.
Shocking Pinks made me gay for introverted shoegazing indie rock and there was a slew of tuff twelves from Still Going, Shit Robot, Holy Ghost and Hercules and Love Affair towards the fall of 2007.
5 to look out for this year
Get your myspace on to the following musical delights
Uno – Primary One
Dos – Jokers of the Scene
Tres – STDJs
Quatro – Cock n Bull Kidd
Cinco – Tronik Youth