Filthy Beats & Treats: Top Albums 2009

The best damn band to ever come out of Miami, hands down. John Hancock and B-Rob craft some of the best pop songs you've never heard. Catch them live for the full effect.

This album is just as charming and lovely as the film it soundtracks. My childhood favorite received lovely care by Spike Jonze.

Matias Aguayo landed one of my all time favorite tracks last year with 'Walter Neff.' This year he makes it on my top albums list with his second full length for Kompakt, 'Ay Ay Ay.' This album is indie techno at its best. I actually have not heard indie tech this good since Matthew Dear's 'Leave Luck to Heaven.'

Hyperdub imprint compiled the best of their last five years-this is the perfect primer for anyone interested in understanding the depth and massive span the dubstep sound has to offer. All the heavyweights have a track on this comp.

Kyp Malone released his solo debut this year under the Rain Machine moniker. The album showcases his beautiful voice and isolates his lyrical style. A must listen for any fans of TVOTR.

Shafiq Husayn 'Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka' is the debut solo full length from Shafiq, member of one of my all time favorite groups, Sa-Ra Creative Partners. This album picks up with same deep cosmic funk and soul you can expect from the partners et al.

This album reminds me so much of 'The Trial of the Century' by Brooklyn-based French Kicks. The album seemingly covers the entire rise and fall of a relationship. This is just one of those albums you have to listen to from start to finish. Also, check out the brilliant remix of 'Blue Skies' by The Twelves, featured on the year end mix tape.

Blue-eyed soul at its finest. I am really looking forward to the Jamie Lidell collaboration...not announced formally but suggested here first at the Filthy blog.

These four, now 20 year-old Brits have created a debut record that I can only describe as the new shoe gazer sound. Heart wrenching lyrics for such a young outfit and a great reason to start wearing all black again. I predict their sound picks up a bit on their upcoming efforts with an Indie meets Dubstep sound.

Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro is the newest band for the prolific Band Leader/Producer. On this album we get hard doses of Latin funk and boogie sounds. If you have not heard this album I suggest you pick it up to help keep those cold Winter nights a little more tropical.

No lie about this album-I own this because my mother suggested I check these guys out. This Austin, Texas based Garage-soul band released one of the finest debut records I've heard in a very long time. Every track holds its own as both timeless and fresh. I've got tickets to check them out live in Feb. at the Bowery. Can't wait.

Two of my favorite producers from recent years come together to work through one of my favorite genre-Reggae Music! Dance Hall, steppers, dub, rock steady and more are all in place with this Switch and Diplo collaborative full length.

Dub Techno can sometimes, like minimal, sound like the "jam band" version of "dance music." The crew over at Echospace finds a way out of that trap with carefully produced sonic structures. Luke Hess comes through with the perfect dose of dub sounds and atmospheric scapes.

Australian DJ/producer Cam Farrar brought us back to the days of the house that jack built. Booming classic Chi-town styled house music with 909, 303 and 808 all holding their own on this tribute to the original house sounds. Released on DJ Hell's International Deejay Gigolo label.


Best of 2009 Radio Show

This year was the start of some major changes in the way I live. I learned to appreciate the best parts of being alive. The people I love, the music I get to hear, the places I go to dance, the food I eat, the streets I ride my bike on, the cold pint sitting in front of me after a long night of work.

Filthy Beats & Treats Best of 2009 Mix Tape-not a 'DJ' mix, but some of my favorite tunes from the past year. Featuring Joy Orbison, Noah and the Whale, The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Matias Aguayo, Dam Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, Miike Snow, Classixx, Mark Ronson, Daniel Johnson, Awesome New Republic, Joker, Rain Machine, Florence + The Machine, Julian Lynch, Simian Mobile Disco!

See you next year!


DJ Hell Feat. Bryan Ferry

HELL FEATURING BRYAN FERRY 'U CAN DANCE' from Gigolo Records on Vimeo.

Hell's new single featuring Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry to be released on February 8, 2010.

With remixes from Carl Craig, Simian Mobile Disco & Tim Goldsworthy (DFA).

e.p. hall

e.p. hall is the dark folk brainchild of e.p., who creates thinky, creepy, guitar-and electrobuzz songs along with her musical partner in crime, Andy Goheen. The project has been described as having a “…haunting vocal style and unique fingerpicked
guitar combined with…warm and engaging keyboards and effects to create beautifully mournful songs”. Much of the content of e.p. hall’s songs emanates from a preoccupation with philosophy and psychological science, and each one is strung through with symbols, word games, and a tangible emotional intensity.

I feel this will really appeal to fans of Neko Case or Beth Orton.

Here's the title track from their new album 'Mommy Crow' out now on IFF-Transponder records (UK).

e.p. hall 'Mommy Crow'


These guys remind me of Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum which is awesome. They're from Norway and music writers from Pitchfork to The Wire have trouble putting their sound into a genre. I love when a band simply becomes their own genre. They have a new album due out in 2010 on Indie Recording called 'Blackjazz' which is definitely getting near what they sound like. I offer up Thrash Jazz as perhaps a better name for their genre.

Check them out for yourself with this edit of a song.

SHINING 'Fisheye (Edit)' (Direct Link via Terrorbird)