LWE’s Top 20 Singles of 2008 (Part 3)


10. Sascha Dive, “Deepest America”
(Moodymann remix)
[Ornaments] (buy)

Building up from a classic Motor City stomp into a looped-out masterpiece with energy to spare, Moodymann’s frenetic take on Sascha Dive’s “Deepest America” was a timely reminder of Kenny Dixon, Jr.’s mastery over the sampledelic end of the spectrum. Tastefully limiting the now-cliched Afrocentric speech of the original, Moodymann let the soulful vibes speak for him instead, with ridiculously catchy vocal clips (“Music! Music! Ain’t no soul no more!”), propulsive congas, and a massive breakdown doing the heavy lifting. (Todd Hutlock)

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09. A Guy Called Gerald, “In Ya Head”
[Perlon] (buy)

Gerald Simpson moves into his third decade of production with two aces up his sleeve -– the reissue of his Black Secret Technology, which is still the finest album jungle ever coughed up, and “In Ya Head,” his first single for Perlon. Shacking up with the redoubtable German imprint makes perfect sense; like sometime Perlon peers Villalobos and Pantytec, Simpson keeps things moving even as he’s scratching details into the track’s furthest nooks and crannies. Both sides are great, but while “Moon Jelly” might have the edge texturally (its opening volley of eight-mile-high chords is delicious), “In Ya Head” is so much about the Guy Called Gerald hive mind, it’s quintessential. (Jon Dale)

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08. Kevin Saunderson, “Good Love”
(Luciano’s Good Love remix)
[KMS] (buy)

Luciano’s 2008 DJ sets were flavored with more deep house sounds than ever before, and his remix of Kevin Saunderson/Inner City’s “Good Love” showed that influence in spades. Looping and layering Paris Grey’s sultry vocals over his trademark percussion and a sleek one-note riff, Luciano created the perfect universal tool for jocks of all genres. Deep, soulful, and infectious, “Good Love” was very good indeed. (Todd Hutlock)

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07. Vladislav Delay, “Recovery Idea”
(Andy Stott remix)
[Semantica Records] (buy)

Talk about your slow burners. Andy Stott turns his masterful Mancunian hand to the already seriously deep “Recovery Idea” resulting in unchecked subterranean bliss. There’s an almost ethereal air to Stott’s remix; the ascendant strings alone could easily be mistaken for a heavenly choir. The bass is blurred and burrows towards the center of the earth as an intergalactic typewriting pool reels off accompanying effects. Dub techno re-proved itself a major force in 2008 and in no small part because of Andy Stott. (Per Bojsen-Moller)

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06. Ricardo Villalobos, “Enfants (Chants)”
[Sei Es Drum] (buy)

The first and only time I went been to Fabric was about a year ago, when Ricardo Villalobos’ popularity was reaching new heights. Fabric 36 was still sinking in, “Sei Es Drum” was hot off the press, and now this weird tool that could only be Ricardo’s was popping up in clubs and on YouTube. Craig Richards and Âme seemed no less enamored than the rest of us, as “Enfants” got at least two healthy rinses that night. No one knew quite what to make of that epic piano line and galvanizing chant, but somehow it was clear that whatever we were hearing would go on to become one of the definitive tracks of the approaching year.
(Will Lynch)

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Read Part Four of our top singles list here.

le K  on December 24, 2008 at 10:02 AM

for thoses who don’t know christian vander (I’m talking about villalobos edit), he’s the leader and drummer of the oldest and most fabulous french band calls MAGMA, since 1968. He likes to say “a mix between Igor Stravinskiand and John Coltrane” while he talks about magma. He also made a bunch of differents project, like OFFERING (vocal ensemble) or differents avant garde jazz band, and this kind of children album.

I don’t figure out what is exciting in that Villalobos reedit, sounds good, ok, but what a fucking lazy work!

You should watch some videos or listen some fantastic albums from Magma, much, much better!

for exemple:
Mekanik Destruktïv Kommandoh (1973)
Kohntarkosz (1974)
Attahk (1978)

oh, and yes, they sing in a language calls KOBAIA, Christian Vander invented it. (the villalobos edit, it’s french)

Merry christmas

eric cloutier  on December 24, 2008 at 11:09 AM

am i the only person that really doesn’t like that moodymann remix of sascha dive?

james kartsaklis  on December 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

why don’t you like it, eric?

eric cloutier  on December 24, 2008 at 12:40 PM

well the original was pretty bland, and its kind of hard to polish a turd, and of all the people in the world to remix an already bad track they picked moodymann?

it just strikes me as some revivalist baptist church anthem and not the quality detroit house groove that it should and could have been. not to mention the shuffle switch in the middle with the hyper preachy vocal and the lack of connection between the two segments drives me insane.

i just expected a LOT more from this and was left really, really disappointed.

tom/pipecock  on December 24, 2008 at 12:43 PM

“am i the only person that really doesn’t like that moodymann remix of sascha dive?”

yes. not sure what there is to not like about it, though i will say that i prefer the Jose James rmx he did. but that one isn’t a dancefloor slayer like the Dive remix is….

eric cloutier  on December 24, 2008 at 12:43 PM

ps. i also really liked “technologystolemyvinyl,” which most people i know couldn’t stand.

tom/pipecock  on December 24, 2008 at 1:06 PM

“ps. i also really liked “technologystolemyvinyl,” which most people i know couldn’t stand.”

the people you know must smoke rocks constantly in their free time. that shit is an anthem and a half.

struggle  on December 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM

“am i the only person that really doesn’t like that moodymann remix of sascha dive?”

no…and i also agree that it’s better than the original. dive got a lot of hype this year and i tried to give his stuff a chance. only thing i have from him is on one of the workshop releases w/even tuell and move d and i think it’s obvious why i got that one.

chrisdisco  on December 27, 2008 at 9:34 AM

good to see the stott remix getting love. that track is amazing. perfect combo of producers. whoever thought up the idea of putting those two together definitely deserves props.

james kartsaklis  on December 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM

@Eric, I hear you on your rationale there. Not much to add other than that I do kinda dig the “shuffle” and if I actually had a copy of the record I’d probably start it up there if I were ever to play it out.

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