Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Best of 2009

So here we are at the end of another year, and even another decade. It's safe to say that was another good year for disco/nu disco. Many solid re-edits, albums, twelve-inch originals, and compilations. One of the toughest assignments I've had in a while was going back through the entire year to pick out my top favorites. I know that I definitely missed at least of handful releases that should be on this list, but it's pretty challenging to wrap an entire year of new releases in one blog post. That being said, even though this is a "Best of..." list, it should be really titled a "Favorites" list as these choices are purely based on my opinion. Please feel free to leave your lists and records I might of forgotten in the comments section.

As for me, it was a pretty tough year with moving to San Francisco and having both my Grandmothers passing within three months of each other. However, musically it was a great year, releasing two more Cabana Disco twelves (with more to come in 2010), collecting many great records to my forever growing collection, and the discover of new artists, releases, and sub-genres like Afro-beat, 70's African Funk, Latin Jazz, and many others. This year I tried to not only post rare disco classics but songs and genres that I felt crossed over and expanded the boundaries. This year funky world music compilations were popping up left and right and I found myself enjoying most of them. As I continue to grow musically, I hope my readers choose to do the same. Disco is always where my heart is, however I find sometimes that it can truly be refreshing when you step out of the usual arenas and explore something new. I will continue to try to do this in the next year, posting more funky African/Latin and even jazz tracks alongside the disco gems and re-edits that I come across. I hope this blog has been helpful this year in exposing you to disco and new music in general. Continue to come back in 2010 as this blog, which is now in it's 4th year continues to evolve. Thanks for all the support throughout the year and I hope everyone has a great and safe New Years! Enjoy!

Best/ Favorites of 2009
Album of the Year: Faze Action - Stratus Energy (mp3)
LP of the Year: Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - II
Twelve-inch of the Year: Blackjoy - Blackjoy Disco Jams 12" (mp3)
Re-Edit Twelve of the Year: The Popular Peoples Front - Love EP (
Re-Edit Album of the Year: Loud E - Loudefied Album
Compilation of the Year: Various - Tumbele! (Soundway)
Record Label of the Year: Soundway

Best of the Rest...
TTJ (Todd Terje) Edits - Like An Eagle 12" (mp3)
Baris K - Eurasia EP
Pat Les Stache - Cabana Disco vol.03 12" (
DJ Spinna - The Boogie Back (Compilation) (
Prince Language/ Lee Douglas - On The Double 12"
Still Going - Spaghetti Circus 12"

Ooft/The Revenge - Part Three 12"
Al Kent - Secret Sounds Album (
Daniel Wang - The Best Of Balihu 1993-2008 (Compilation)
Horse Meat Disco - Horse Meat Disco pt. 1 12"
Altair Nouveau - Space Fortress 12"
Orlando Julius - Disco Hi Life 12" (
Arthur Russell - Is It All Over My Face (Slow to Speak)
Leo Zero - Glory's 03 12" (
Wild Geese - Macho Disaster Master 12"
Ray Mang - Mangled Again Album
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - Tirsdagsjam (
Various - Panama! 2 & 3 (Soundway Compilations) (
Various - African Scream Contest (Compilation) (
Rubber Room - Taliban Discotheque 12"
Pax Nicholas & The Nettey Family - Na Teef Know De Road Of Teef: Part One LP
Tony Allen & Jim Tenor - Inspiration Information LP
Mulatu Astatke - New York Addis London LP (
Various - Africa Boogaloo (Compilation)
Frankie Francis/Simbad - Fiesta Angola 12"
Tom Noble - Africa Bump 12"
Fat Camp - Anorak Edits vol.03 12" (
New Found Land - Wings 12"
Tropical Treats - Afrikan Riddims 12" (
Mad Mats - The Blue Eyed Soul EP

Afrobutt (Steve Kotey) - Wunderbutt Album

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Anonymous said...

Hi Stache, fantastic job you do, and such great music taste, HAPPY 2010 for you and family + friends around you, and LOVE is the important thing, im adding to your list this gem from 79, as ive discovered this 2 weeks ago, DEXTER WANSEL - Il'l never forget (my favorite disco), fantastic sound and groove ... Have a great San Francisco 2010, much love Chris !

Lemon Shell said...

Восхитительно! Большое спасибо! :-)

Anonymous said...

Just to say - from over here in England - how much all your work and posting of such fantastic sounds and previously hidden gems is appreciated

Anonymous said...

Hey AA thanks for the fantastic links you been posting throughout the year.
I have been following your blog since you posted "Asphalt Jungle" waaaaay back. Shame we never met when you came to London and have not heard from you since :-(.
Happy 2010!!