Saturday, January 16, 2010

Zs - The Hard EP

Upped by request. I was not aware we had so many Zs fans around here. This is the Hard EP. In the same vein as Music of the Modern White, but I think it's a little more focused.

Also, anyone that hasn't should check out these two albums:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Zs - Music of the Modern White

This is up by request. This is the download that I got from buying the vinyl. Read my description in the best of 09 list if you haven't heard Zs yet. Highly recommended for any fan of complex music.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Anouar Brahem

Anouar Brahem is a Tunisian oud player creating a haunting mix of jazz and Arabic folk music. The oud is basically a fretless Arabic lute, and its sound is very much unique in jazz. I can say without any doubt that Brahem does not play his instrument as a novelty item, but fully implements it as a jazz solo instrument, playing gorgeous melodies tinged with Arabic music but never getting a New Age vibe.
The unusual sound of the record is further augmented by the backing band: piano by Francois Couturier and accordion by Jean-Louis Matinier. The piano is mostly midrange, creating the atmosphere that ECM is famous for. Any fan of ambient should download this, it is a great offering of melancholy, atmospheric jazz that doesn't go the way of Bohren & der Club of Gore.
I'll definitely be checking out more of Brahem.

Friday, January 1, 2010


A four on the floor dominated my life for the later half of this year. If this was by time Gas would be in the lead by hours.

PS tracks from the New Years party scrobbled after the ball dropped still count.

9932 tracks - 27 per day

Brand New - 232
Ricardo Villalobos - 223
Shuttle 358 - 210
Gas - 206
Clipse - 155
Birdie Hilltop - 145
Flying Lotus - 136
J Dilla - 134
Grouper - 127
Wolf Eyes - 121

gonna miss u 09