Monday, January 24, 2005

Best of 2004

I won't keep the world waiting any longer:
There's no order in any of these.
And I'm sorry for cheating, but there's
lots of good choons.

Top 10 LPs
Troubleman - Time Out of Mind
DKD - Future Rage
Plantlife - The Adventures of Jack Black
New Sector Movements - Turn It Up
Kanye West - College Dropout
(tie) Dwight Trible and Build an Ark
(tie) De La Soul - The Grind Date and Ghostface "Pretty Toney Album"
Lizz Fields - By Day By Night
Omar Sosa - Mulatos
Zap Mama - Ancestry in Progress

Top 10 Compilations
VA - Bugz in the Attic remix LP
VA - Rewind Vol 3 and 4 (Ubiquity)
VA - New York Soul/California Soul/Philly Soul 2 comps (Harmless)
VA - Gilles Peterson in Brazil
VA - Dj Niuts - Cultura
VA - Kon and Amir - The Cleaning
VA - The Blue Note Project (Blue Note)
VA - Secret Love (Jazzanova picks some of their favorite nu folk flavors)
VA - MPS Jazzy Reworks

Best hip-hop LPs:
Ghostface - Pretty Tony
Strange Fruit Project - Soul Travellin
Crown City Rockers - Earthtones
De La Soul - The Grind Date
MF Doom - Mmmm Food,
Madvillian - Madvillainy
Foreign Exchange - Connected
Masta Ace - Long Hot Summer
Kanye West - Colege Dropout (plus all his prods.)
Devin tha Dude - 2 tha X-Treme

The 10 dancefloor killers (there's a new sound in Londontown):
Lady Sovereign - Random (Solid Groove mix)
Sunship - Almighty Father
Tubby T - Ready She Ready (Seiji mix
Omar - It's So
Paul Murphy - 'Jazz Room (Spiritual South Remix)' (Afro Art Records)
MIA - Galang
Recloose - Dust
Mr.De' - 'Whonleeone'
Jazzanova Feat. Shaun Escoffery - 'Boom Clicky, Boom Click'
Daz- I-Kue -Blood Fire'

Top 10 Rap Songs
Obie Trice - The Set Up
Fabulous - Breathe
Masta Ace - Good Old Love
TY/Roots Manuva - Oh U Want More (Refix Remix)
Skinnyman - Council State of Mind
Ghostface - Run
The Strange Fruit Project - 'All The Way' (Kajmere)
Q-Tip - Scram Jones (white)
Skillz - 'Take It Back' (Okayplayer)
The Beat Assailant 'Chronic Break' Feat Tash of The Liks

Rap With Singers 10
Lord Finesse - 'Ghetto feat. Rell' (Fatbeats)
Jadakiss f/ Anthony Hamilton - Why + remix
Da Rahnjahz f/ Cee- Lo- Insp-Her-Ation
Medaphoar feat. Erykah Badu "Special"
Mos Def feat Vinia Mojica "Magnificent" (white)
Estelle ("Freedom" f/ T. Kweli may be the best song of the year - that no one heard)
Pete Rock f/ Leela James - No Tears
Kanye f/ GLC & Consequence - Spaceship
Isley Brothers - 'Groove With You' (feat Mos Def) (White)
Mad Skillz - Take it Back - the loop sounded live, ok?

R&B/Soul 10Kelis - Trick Me
Platinum Pied Pipers - Stay with Me/I Got You
Sa Ra - Glorious (ABB Soul)
Troubleman - Roll On
Prince - What You Want Me To Do Now?
Jill Scott "Bedda At Home"
Heavy "Do For You"/"Wonderlove"
Amp Fiddler - 'I Believe In You (Jaylib mix)'
Eric Roberson - 'Couldn't Hear Me'
Ty Tribbett - Mighty Long Way

Best Jazzy Bits
Intuit "Western Sunrise"
Jazztronik - Samurai
Build An Ark - "The Blessing Song"
Sebastian Teller - 'La Ritournelle' (Source)
Sleepwalker f/ Pharoah Sanders - The Voyage
The Five Corners Quintet "Three Corners(Nicola Conte rmx)"
Directions - 'Busted Trees' (Diaspora)
The Black Fairy - 'Black land of the Nile' (White)
Troubleman - 'Toda Hora Feat. Nina Marana'
Linn and Freddie 'Keep On Playing' (Swedish Brandy)

Top 10 Movies
Before Sunset
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Farenheit 9/11
I (heart) Hucklebees
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace
We Don't Live Here Anymore


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