Albums of the Year 2004

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Here is Tricky Mickey's best music from 2004. This year I have been digging deep in the vaults of old soul and jazz records, so there is just a few new artists in this years list.

It has been a good year for music and I would like to thank the nice staff at my favorite record store in Stockholm for sharing their knowledge and providing me with great 12"s every week.


Enjoy!


                                                                          25th of December 2004

                                                 Albums




1.
FEIST

Let It Die



Polydor

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Debut album by Feist from Canada. Warm and low key album sung in a pure voice. Feist is best known for her guest vocals on the Nordic duo Kings Of Convenience's second album, Riot On An Empty Street

Gatekeeper is stripped down to scat song and aocustic guitar opens the album. Then it is a musical journey with a different angle on every song. The acoustic cover of Bee Gees' Inside and Out is The Top Tune on a top album with lots of atmosphere and lush grooves.




2.
KANYE WEST

The Colleage Dropout



Roc-A-Fella

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The debut album by the talented Kanye West exceeds all expectations. The production is flawless, Kanye can flow and he has a number of great guests: Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Ludacris, Freeway and my personal favorite Syleena Johnson sings incredibly on All Falls Down.




3.
AMEL LARRIEUX

Bravebird



Bliss Life Records

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The second solo album by Amel Larrieux but this time an indie release. Amel's sounding stronger than ever on this stripped production - down to bass, vocals, subtle keys and string arrangements. After years of singing with Groove Theory, Sweetback and on other project her vocals are deeply crafted but never overdone.




4.
ALICE RUSSELL

Under The Munka Moon



Tru Thoughts

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Alice's strong vocal has added to tracks by Quantic and here she shines on her first solo album. In the vein of great soul singers like Minnie Ripperton and Chaka Kahn she takes the excellent material here to another level.

The mellow Latin groove of Sweet As The Air floats nicely in the mix, other tracks are on the jazzy tip while others has nice housey touch. There is not a bad track in this album.




5.
ANDREAS TILLIANDER

World Industries



Pluxemburg

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"World Industries" shows a new direction to Andreas Tilliander's artistery. On this album he is mixing pop with techno resulting in his most accessible tunes ever. It is experimental, yet catchy.




6.
3 CHAIRS

3 Chairs Album



Sound Signature

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The 3 Chairs presents Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Rick WIllhite, Malik Pittman together with Amp Fiddler, Norma Jean Bell and Andres on their first full length together. A sort of "super group of house", if you like.

Kenny Dixon Jr has produced music in his studio for about ten years with a dedication that is second to none. There is nothing retro in his music even though all his arrangements echoes of John Coltrane and Gil-Scott heron as well as of Juan Atkinson.

The collisions between Moodymann's techno jazz and Theo Parish's rhythms on this set sometimes results in free sounds and beats that just flows around in the room and the only thing that keeps it all together is a distant beat or a saxophone phrase. Very cool in my book. And it has Dance of Nubia on, so I have kept spinning the album all through the year.




7.
KERRIER DISTRICT

Kerrier District



Rephlex

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Luke Vibert's returns with a whole album dedicated to disco. Ten tracks of warm deep, electronic instrumental disco, a bit like Metro Area for the joyous floors.




8.
KENNY LARKIN

The Narcissist



Peacefrog

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A nice slice of dubby Detroit techno from Kenny Larkin.




9.
BEATFANATIC

Adventures in The World of No-Fi Beats



Raw Fusion

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An excursion in to Latin, funk and house beats under the surveillance of the Beatfanatic.




10.
DWELE

Rize



White

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This vinyl includes unreleased tracks from Dwele. Mixing up soul influences with hip hop and nu-soul production.









                                                  Compilations
                                                  


1.
VARIOUS ARTISTS

Ghana Soundz



Soundway

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Mindblowing funk from Africa in the 70s in a collection with great rare bits. The set focuses on funk grooves from Ghana and they are smoking and heavy from bottom to top with lots of organ, congas and guitar licks.




2.
VARIOUS ARTISTS

Electric Soul 2



Electric Chair

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Part two follows the previous volume in the series in that it is mixing up nu-soul, hip hop, broken beats and house. The set opens with Carl Craig's stunning tech-jazz take on Incognito's Out Of The Storm before it takes off into the broken beats of Next Evidence's Dance On.




3.
VARIOUS ARTISTS

One Night At Momo's
Kemia Bar



Most Records

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The house DJ at Kemia's bar Greg Sonata has compiled One Night at Momo’s. An excellent collection of house and beat tracks by artists like Radio Tarifa, Charles Webster, Truby Trio and Tiefschwarz to mention but a few.




4.
VARIOUS ARTISTS

Rebel Radio
Dread Broadcast Corp.



Trojan Records

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An excellent double disc set featuring tracks that played in heavy rotation on London's legendary Dread Broadcasting Corporation pirate radio station. The set is running through the golden years of the 70s on up through the advent of the dancehall era in the 80s.




5.
VARIOUS ARTISTS

Gilles Peterson
Worldwide Exclusives



Talking Loud

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Many of these artists have contributed exclusive tracks to this project donating some of their best work to the set, and making it a super-fresh package filled with tracks not found elsewhere.

The groove changes nicely throughout the set, but is unified by Gilles sharp ear for the best of the best and effortlessly sliding from Neo Soul to soul jazz to jazzy club.









                                                  Retro
                                                  




1.
MULATU

Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits



L'Arome (France)

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A funky album from the 70s featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu from the groundbreaking soul and funk scene of Ethiopia. Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ and is grooving with a distinct African touch. The sound here is quite different than the funky work from Nigeria or Ghana of the 70s. It is much more laidback and open-ended, with less American influences.




2.
BETTYE SWANN

Bettye Swann



Honest Jon's (UK)

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A treasure of late 60s southern soul from the great Bettye Swann. 22 tunes cut for Capitol between 1968 and 1970 after she jumped from Money Records. These tunes, which range from fragile soul ballads with sweet harmonies to pounding stompers has a great southern soul feel.




3.
ARTHUR RUSSEL

Calling Out Of Context



Audika

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A collection of un-released recordings by the great Arthur Russell, one of the key players in the late 70s and early 80s underground scene in New York. The 12 tracks here are culled from sessions cut between 1985 and 1990 when Russell was signed to Rough Trade. Most tracks features Russell on almost unrecognizable ambient cello, vocals and drum programming with lots of cool synth notes and effects overdubbed. It is hypnotic, fairly raw and very groovy.




4.
WILLIE HIGHTOWER

Willie Hightower



Honest Jon's (UK)

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The 18 tracks on this set represent Willie at his best. The collection features material recorded for producer Bobby Robinson (issued on both the Capitol and Enjoy labels), and Muscle Shoals' maestro Rick Hall. Willie has the sound of some of the smoother soul singers of the 60s somewhat in a manner of Garnett Mimms or Sam Cooke.




5.
Wayne McGhie

Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy



Birchmount/Light In The Attic

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Lost funky 70s soul from Toronto. It features six McGhie originals and a number of loose, hard soul/funk workouts of hits from the time. The standout track here is McGhie's centerpiece masterpiece Dirty Funk, a straight up instrumental funk monster with loose, funky guitar chordings, deeply grooving organ and tight, hard hitting drum breaks.








                                                  Best Single
                                                   of the Year


1.
BEANFIELD

Tides
Carl Craig Remix
Beanfield chant mix



Compost

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2.
ANDREAS TILLIANDER

Dutty & Digital



Ideal 2004

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3.
PAUL MURPHY / MARC WOOLFORD PROJECT

Jazz Room
The Spiritual South Remix



White/AfroArt Records

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4.
BEATCONDUCTOR

Discocondutor Reworks
Disco Rhythms
Capoeira (House Remix)
Crazy In Kingston (US Reworks)



Wawe Music

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5.
ALICIA KEYS

You Don't Knoe My Name
Reggae Remix



The Killah Kuts / White

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6.
THE FORT KNOX FIVE
Blowing Up The Barrio Blowing Up The Spot



Fort Knox

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7.
POVO

East On West
Uam Uam (Moonstarr Remix)



Raw Fusion

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8.
HUNDARNA FRAN SODER

Dovas
Abyss
Origo
Carmen



Fauna

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9.
MOODYMANN

Private Collection
Mario Winans - ALready Know - KDJ Re-edit
Private Collection



Black Label

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10.
EMO feat. Daddy Ous

I Want My Love - Freddie Cruger Remix


Stereo Deluxe

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11.
Various

Turntables On The Hudson Vol 5
ORIGIN faet SHAKA - Music Man
HARLEM ZIP CODE - I Feel Music
MAX SEDGLEY - Happy
FARID - Sunday Paper



Feedelity

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12.
JILL SCOTT
Golden
Original
Wookie's Sunshine Remix
Jazmin Mix
Blackbeard Remix



Hidden Beach

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13.
BUTCH CASSIDY SOUND SYSTEM

Rudi EP



Fenetik

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14.
DANIEL WANG

Berlin Sunrise



Ghostly International

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15.
CALEXICO

Black Heart



City Slang

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