Albums of the Year 2002
Tricky Mickey´s MusicCentral has not been updated since February 2002 due to travels and lots of work hours. Still, I have had time to listen to music and I want to share some of the good stuff that has been on my decks during the year.
Year 2002 has been a great year for all kinds of music and I have continued to explore house music and techno but I have also started catching up on jazz music.
Metro Area is the brainchild of veteran producer Morgan Geist and his partner Darshan Jesrani, both of whom consistently explore new frontiers while maintaining their unique vibe, melding a distinct sonic signature with a refusal to repeat what's already been done.
For this long-awaited album release, Metro Area compiled new edits of their four 12" singles with fresh new jams. Newcomers and connoisseurs alike will revel in the ultra-wide sound spectrum that both sums up the last three years for the duo and hints towards their future sonic horizons.
Metro Area brings back the soulful experimentation of the early club classics, mixing live and electronic instruments. Simultaneously, the mood and minimalism of more recent dance music forms creep into the mix: Detroit's cold futurism, Chicago's abstract track-modes, and the warmth of New York and New Jersey's deep house.
Metro Area was born out of the duo's somewhat dichotomous love for both the old moods of R&B, disco and boogie as well as the more cutting-edge sound of innovative house and techno.
This album is a Missy´s fourth album and without doubt her best effort yet. The album has got the slamming single Work It, and the rest of the album is just as funky.
Ral 9005 is Ali and Basti Schwarz´s debut album after a string of 12´s with essential and unusual house music.
Blue For The Most
Blue For The Most is Abraham´s second album and comes across as more structured and with stronger songs compared to On The Surface from 2001, which nevertheless was a grower of an album with smoky vocals and odd electronics.
Blue For The Most is a deliciously cool album with superb vocals and atmospheric music. The album also contains the single Magpie, which comes with cool remix work by Morgan Geist off Metro Area fame.
Abraham´s Rachel Cunningham challenges Beth Orthon for her folk and chill out crown and turnes out to be the winner this year.
LAYO & BUSHWACKA!
Layo & Bushwacka!´s second album sounds perfect in the early hours with its blend of tech-house and house with nods to ambient and techno.
Come Away With Me
These kind of lists should only contain the most played records of the year and when it comes down to it: Norah Jones´ album is one of the records I have returned to most frequently since I picked it up in April. It has had extensive radio and TV display but I consider it to be a well crafted jazz-pop album well worth to investigate, even though you probably think that you have had more than your share of Come Away With Me. Somehow I think Come Away With Me might prove to be timeless stuff.
Cardiology is the highly-anticipated album from Matt Chicoine a.k.a Recloose, one of the hottest producers in the industry. With two EPs, two singles, one mix CD and numerous remixes. Recloose's well-received releases have made him one of Detroit's signature artists.
Recloose describes his sound and style best as shape-shifting, an amorphous aesthetic that mixes samples, chopped beats and lots of rhythms predicated on tweaks and abstractions of sound.
That his album is called Cardiology is intended to mean that it is music not intended to be dissected and deconstructed but rather, felt. "I was trying to create music from the heart," he describes. "Less with my brain and more with my innards." And that has never been so true as it is with this incredible album.
The Boy And The Tree
|Susumu Yokota is one of those artists who cannot be pinned down to one genre or style. He has released different projects that expertly covered experimental electronica, deep house and a garage album. On this album he is focusing on ambient and atmospheric grooves, soft beats, drama and hymns of love. Not a weak track and very beautiful music.|
How To Live 100 Years
|The opener Between Your Choice hooks you in immediately with its stunning and melodic soundscapes. The album is united by a rich musicality that runs throughout. The production is silky smooth, but not at the sacrifice of substance.|
The debut album from David Alvarado, LA's veteran DJ/producer who's profile has increased to new heights over the past two years.
With over ten years of producing for labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Deep Dish's Yoshitoshi and Peacefrog, David Alvarado has cultivated a massive following amongst lovers of quality house music as well as making a cross over into the Broken Beat/Alternative Techno market.
Mayasongs represents David's uncompromising love for quality music. With deep grooves and chunkiness, it fills both the dancefloor and the head with many live elements making it a hypnotic and lush work.
Livin' for the weekend
A compilation from Stefano Oggiano and Michele Boeri, the guys behind the great and informative website at http://www.lapellenera.com/
This is a neverseen opportunity to get a whole bunch of Northern soul classics all at once. All of them have been remastered, so the sound quality is far ahead. I will give you the whole tracklisting right now, so that you can see, what you would let slip, if you don't save a copy of this bomb:
Jeff Perry - Love Don't Come No Stronger (Than Yours And Mine)
Bottom And Co - Gonna Find A True Love
Smokey Robinson - Ever Had A Dream
Brown Sugar - The Game Is Over (What's The Matter With You)
Temptations - Aiming At Your Heart
Gloria Gaynor - This Love Affair
Cornelius Brothers &Amp; Sisters Rose - Big Time Lover
Esther Phillips - Changin'
Dells - Don't Want Nobody
General Johnson - Don't Walk Away
Originals - Good lovin is just a dime away
Gloria Scott - What Am I Gonna Do
Tata Vega - I Need You Now
Eugene Record - Overdose Of Joy
Dynamic Superiors - One Nighter
Bobby Womack - How Could You Break My Heart
All in all this is an excellent album oozing with quality, easy, midtempo and classy soul sounds.
A collection of hard to get reggae disco classics. Unmixed 12" versions with dubs. Party starters and floor fillers.
E2-E4 is the first solo album by Ash Ra Tempel's Manuel Gottsching to be issued under his own name, recorded in 1981, but not released on LP until 1984. One 60 minute instrumental piece of hypnotic electronics with his trademark guitar laid on top. It has an early minimalistic techno feel.
This is in fact now considered a seminal tract and a allegedly a big influence on legendary Detroit techno heads like Derrick May and Carl Craig. This is a historical and musical masterpiece.
One of Wynton Kelly's greatest albums, and an all-star session that includes
Nat Adderley, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb on all tracks. With additional contributions from Benny Golson and Bobby Jaspar.
Kelly's piano is warm and relaxed. The tracks are nearly all long, with very open room for soloing, and nice catchy hooks. There are a couple of Kelly originals as well as standards like Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, On Green Dolphin St and Willow Weep For Me. Don´t miss out!
ESBJORN SVENSSON TRION
Good Morning Susie Soho
|Esbjorn with friends has made a magic contemporary jazz album without a hint of being retro and yet constantly acknowledging the inspirations of Thelonius Monk and Keith Jarrett. This set has been a staple in my discman on all trips far and close.|
ED KELLY AND PHAROAH SANDERS
Ed Kelly And Friend
|A great record. Not so much for Kelly's keyboards, but for some killer sax work by Pharoah Sanders, who's the "friend" listed in the title. A few cuts are going for a smoother funky sound, but the record has a great version of You´ve Got To Have Freedom that is done at a different pace than the one on Pharoah's Journey To The One album loping and modal, warm and soulful, and very spiritual. Other tunes are pretty nice too: Newborn, Rainbow Song, and Pippin. Plus, the CD features two bonus cuts recorded by Kelly and tenorist Robert Stewart: Song For The Street People and West Oakland Strut and three more that are just solo piano tracks by Kelly.|
|The title says it all. As Lateef works here in that wonderful mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and Eastern stylings that he brought to all of his best early sessions as a leader. Lateef himself is playing tenor, flute, and oboe which he uses to craft these eerie snake charmer lines that work perfectly with the modal grooves of the tracks. The rest of the group features pianist Barry Harris, drummer Lex Humphries, and bassist Ernie Farrow, who also plays a strange instrument called a rabat. In my opinion this is by far the best of Yusef Lateef´s many albums.|
Jazz In Paris -
Jazz and Cinema vol.4
The package is the 4th in this excellent Jazz et Cinema series within the larger Jazz In Paris line and it is actually the rarest of the bunch, with work that we have never heard before on CD. All of them made for French films of the New Wave era, and rarely, if ever, reissued before.
Most tunes were originally issued only as singles or 7" EPs, a common format for French soundtracks, and the reason that many of them were rarely issued as albums. Although the sources are different, there is a really unified feel to the material.
A wonderful collection of some very cool jazz recordings.
Who Taught You Math
RHYTHM and SOUND with SHALOM
We Been Troddin
TIGA and ZYNTHERIUS
Sunglasses At Night
Soundscapes & Vibes
Kung Fu Dub Recordings
Mi Amore Es
Sometimes I Do
CHRIS LUMD Broken Heartbear
KELLY POLAR QUARTET
Tellin´ On Me
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