Here I sit three days into the year that is referred to 2009 huddled over an ancient Mac and rocking the Chesire Cat look (dimples and all) after a very pleasing evening of disco and danceteria at Cargo……
yet daunted by my own penchant for procrastination that has seen the hotly anticipated tonypoland rubberstamped end of year round up, wanky lists and all, put to the side over the festive period in favour of some, yes some, cultural enlightening, lots of naan bread and reading.
Without further ado, here be the hastily cobbled together list of things what my ears did enjoy in that last year
Tony Poland Slutty Fringe 2008 Wanky List And A Spot Of Interviewing
Favourite Label – RVNG INTL
One of the many factors that comprise my love of New York City, RVNG killed it this year with some lovingly crafted 12 inch releases from Todd Terje, Jaqcues Renault & Greg Wilson; an astounding transatlantic punk revue mix package from JD Twitch; plus a website that informed us what The Dirty Soundsystems 10 favourite things about Spring were and what Greg Wilson’s 10 most read books were. No contest for these ears and eyes.
Honourable mention directed to the following
DFA, Tirk, D*I*R*T*Y, Fools Gold, Dissident, Social Registry, Mindless Boogie, Wurst Edits, Mad Decent, Tiny Sticks, Turbo, Rong Music, Italians Do It Better and all the other labels for raping my current account.
Top Ten Tracks Of 2008
Eamon Harkin – Innit // Wurst Edits
Juan Maclean – Happy House // DFA
DJ Mujava – Township Funk// This Is Music
Telepathe – Chromes On It // I Am Sound
Rubies Feat. Feist – I Feel Electric // IDIB
Richard Sen & Cabzee – Cat Dance // Autodiscotechuque
Syclops – Where’s Jason K? // DFA
Micachu – Golden Phone // Accidental
Glass Candy – Feeling Without Touching // IDIB
Late Of The Pier – The Enemy Are The Future // Zarcorp
Top Ten Remixes of 2008
Chocolate Star Record Co – The Professor Is Here (Greg Wilson Remix) // Rong
Dave P & Adam Sparkles – Sunday Night In Glasgow (Twitch’s I Watched My Bassbins In 91 Mix) //S.O.L.
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix feat. Au Revoire Simone) // XL
Pink Skull – Drugs Will Keep Us Together (Trevor Loveys Remix) // Savant Guard
Crazy P – Love On The Line (Unabombers Vocal Remix // 20:20 Vision
Sisters Of Transistors – The Don (Acid Girls Somthing Else Remix) // This Is Music
Late Of The Pier – The Bears Are Coming (BTWS Remix) // Zarcorp
Discodeine – Tom Select (Joakim Remix) // Dark & Lovely
Franz Ferdinand – Ullyses (BTWS Remix) // Domino
Kanye West – Champion (Cousin Cole Acid Dub Slow) // Flagrant Fowl
Top Ten Fully Embracing The Disco Bandwagon Edits of 2008
Wade Nicholls – Wanda Rode Again // RVNG
Hell Vice – Craw Fish (Pilooski Edit) // Dark & Lovely
LSB – Shout // Super Discoteca
C. Denner – T.R.O.U.B.L.E. // Moxie
Rolling Stones – Miss U (Karizma Edit) // K2 Edits
Peter Visti – Summer In The City // Mindless Boogie
Chic – I Want Your Love (Hello Kenny Edit) // Supreme
T & T – Don’t Stop // Music Factory
The Amazing Bingo Band – Mars (Nitedog’s Lunar Lunch) // Blackdisco
Klein & MBO – Dirty Talk (Greg Wilson Edit) //Flexx
Musical Hero figures in 2008 – Allez Allez
Allez Allez performed the fuction of musical enlightement for many in the last 12 months from their all encompasssing podcast series that featured the likes of Fourtet, Tronik Youth, OSCARR, Flagrant Fowl and Müm to rather special DJ sets that eschew obvious track selection for amazing songs you’ve not heard of.
Back in December I managed to get some words of wisdom from Sam & Steve Allez Allez on how 2008 treated them
Slutty Fringe: This year has seen Allez Allez parties slowly fazed out in favour of playing for other people. Was this simply to cut out the stress of promoting in favour of the superstar DJ lifestyle, or more a decision based on the current clubbing climate in London?
Sam – Our parties at the Amersham Arms were a lot of fun, but towards the end we felt that we’d exhausted all the guests that we really wanted to play for us (and were achievable given our budget / door price etc.).. Also, the DJing was always our favourite part of putting on our own night, and we’re fortunate enough that people are into what we do enough to get us to come and play for them! also making music / remixing has become a bigger part of what we do, so it’s important to allow some time for that too as we both still have day jobs, and there’s only so many hours in the day!
Do you think we will see a return of Allez Allez in a clubnight format?
SAM – We have some very special events planned over the coming months, we’d rather do one off specials rather than tie ourselves down to a regular residency.
Allez Allez have played throughout Europe this year, which has been the party of the year for you?
STEVE – i reckon it got to be a toss up between playing a Bugged Out party in Paris in the summer – mostly for a couple of guys whose amazing Napolean Dynamite-type dancing somehow a conga going on the dancefloor – or playing the Moroder’s brilliant Cosmic Dancer party in Dresden. Great venue (a converted betting shop), really nice crowd and a bar owner who was detirmed that we sampled every beer he had on offer.
The Allez Allez podcast goes from strength to strength, the flagrant fowl was without doubt my favourite contribution to the canon in 2008, whose participation were you most impressed with?
STEVE: we’ve been lucky enough to have an embarassment of riches guest wise this year but i think Luke Abbot’s mix was a jem of a mix taking in many different styles but still making sense as a cohesive whole. Also i going blow Sam’s trumpet a little and say his recent ‘In the Pocket’ mix is outstanding.
Allez Allez have been dipping their pinky toes in the remix waters with some impressive re-imaginations of High Places and Heartbreak, which one track would you have loved to remix this year?
SAM – Panda Bear’s ‘Bros’, it’s such a great track, I really would have loved to have beefed it up and tripped it out a bit further to make it more dancefloor friendly… I’m super pleased with the High Places mix though, as it was such an absolute joy to do, and Mary (from High Places) has such a lovely voice that made it so easy.
What have been you three most loved albums of the year?
STEVE: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus Dig! : best they been in years. Rachel Unthank & the Winterset – The Bairns : single handedly justified the existence of the Mercury Music Prize for me. I’m still listening to it constantly.Gavin Bryars/ Philip Jeck/ Alter Ego – The Sinking of The Titanic : only discovered this last week but its already jumped to be one of my favourite of the years. 72 minutes of genius. Not that Alter Ego (I checked).
Which record label have you consistently checked in 2008?
STEVE: Yikes! There are so many label out there doing amazing work that i’m always checking out. Naming one would be folly so to name a few Mule Musiq, Diynamic, Kompakt, 4AD and many more.
Who should we be keeping an eye and a ear out for in 2009?
SAM – The new Animal Collective album ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’, the new Antony & The Johnsons album ‘The Crying Light’ and the debut Allez-Allez single on Boxer Recordings!
Finally what do you want for Christmas?
SAM – An original Minimoog synth
STEVE – Something to fill the soon to be approaching West Wing sized hole in my life.
Having spent a large portion of 2008 gushing over how much Slutty Fringe are fans of Little Boots it was deemed only proper to award her the status of favourite female person what is involved in musics.
Victoria was kind enough to spare some time from reading all the newspaper articles espousing the rise of the Female Synth Player in 2009 to answer some silly questions on how the last 12 months has beens.
Slutty Fringe: The year for Little Boots began with tracks being leaked on the internet mysteriously and ended with nationwide tours with heartbreak and obviously doing your bit for professional music journalism by answering these questions, was this all part of a masterplan schemed in your east london hovel?
Little Boots: Haha not really… when I first put stuck on repeat out there anonymously I didn’t really know what kind of reaction to expect… but looking over things now and when I think that this time last year I hadn’t even started using Little Boots I realise its kind of been a mad year. Hopefully 2009 is gonna be next level.
The early mystery over the identity of Little Boots has been adopted to varying degrees by other acts such as Fan Death, Fake Blood and The Golden Filter, can you see more acts going down this path in the future as a means to generate interest?
I don’t know, I never really did it to generate interest… at the time I’d only just left my old band and just wanted to do something quietly… also I didn’t want everyone to judge something by the image or a person or what they thought something was about… when you do something anonymously the music really does just have to speak for itself. It was quite funny seeing everyone get in a fuss over it though!
What is the strangest thing you have read about Little Boots on the internet?
Hmmm maybe that I should marry Frankmusik… I love Vince but that would be very weird!! Also someone wrote on my youtube page that they wanted to rape me with their one inch penis, not sure how that one would work…
Out of the several thousand Little Boots remixes done, which was your very very favourite?
There’s not that many! But hard question. Alexander Robotnick is a bit of a legend to me so that one is kind of special, and he gave it me as a gift because he liked the song so much which was amazing. The Treasure Fingers meddle remix is so good with the phone breakdown and the vocoders… but then the Designer Drugs 80s coke mix is also genius! God so hard, and you know Fake Blood is just a killer. What can I say I love them all.
The Little Boots band is now in full swing, what has been the highlight of your live shows to date?
Already so many… but the gigs in New York at CMJ were amazing, especially the last one at Fader Fort felt really special. And the Automatic Lovers tour we’ve just done in the UK was also great all the gigs were full which really meant a lot to me, the ICA gig in London the other week was sold out and had an amazing atmosphere I had such a good time on stage and it felt like a real defining moment… epic!
Will the fledgling Little Boots DJ career be left behind as a future in popstardom and competing with pixie geldof for bragging rights in the redtops awaits?
Haha… well I’m just about to DJ tonight in Rotterdam so its not stopping just yet… but I’ve had a bit of a realisation that I’ve been DJing about 10 months now and unless I seriously dedicate a lot of time and effort into getting really skilled and building up my record collection I’m just never gonna be as good as so many people I play with… and at the end of the day its not what I’m about, I love it and its fun but I’d rather spend time song writing and performing. So I’m sure I’ll keep doing it but more as a fun thing where I can just play what I want and have a fun time rather than worrying about doing a banging set and showing off!
Which have been your three most loved albums of the year?
Probably Hot Chip Made in the Dark, Metronomy Lights Out and Heartbreak Lies.
Who are you tipping for heavy coverage next year?
I think Florence & the machine will get a lot of coverage, and I really like Kid Cudi who does that Day & Night tune, still not bored of it! Personally I hope Heartbreak get bigger coz they really deserve it and are amazing, and there’s a band called The XX I really like what I’ve heard.
Finally, what do you want for Christmas?
A blue Roland SH 101 synth with mod grip. And I’ve been advised to get a rather large suitcase.