Lone – Restless City

Lone’s Airglow Fires is a hard one to beat when it comes to choosing favourites from his last album Reality Testing (though I don’t really associate the track with the album, since it was first released a year earlier already!). However, “Restless City” is another favourite and it just received a video from the ever amazing Ruffmercy, the Bristol-based video artist (or artists?) responsible for many great videos.

“Reality Testing” came out in June this year on R&S Records.

Lone – Lenticular Cloud

If you’re like me and time hasn’t been on your side throughout the year, this new Lone tune is just another reminder to listen to his last album, Galaxy Garden, released earlier in the year on R&S. After all, we both loved his previous one on Magic Wire – what’s wrong with us?

Anyway, maybe you’re just looking for any new Lone material you haven’t heard yet, as the track should be. Unfortunately, there’s no additional information on Lenticular Cloud, but we’ll keep you posted on that one.

Lone – Galaxy Garden

The last time I wrote about Matt Cutler was probably when I mentioned some of my favourite albums of 2010. But now the man better known as Lone is back with some new material and you can listen to it right here!

As Matt hasn’t supplied any additional info about a possible release, I suggest you follow his activities on SoundCloud or keep the website of his label Magic Wire Recordings bookmarked.

2010: One Last Look

We’re already halfway through the first month of 2011, so you probably don’t want to hear about my favourites of 2010 – and I usually don’t either. Still there are two reasons for this post. First, the previous year had an amazing output of great new music. And secondly, I took it kinda slow last year, writing not many reviews or other special features. So let me take one last look at 2010.

Before we start, I want to point out I don’t list these in any particular order, but I created these categories.

I. The Unquestionables

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Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)
The year started with the release of Four Tet‘s fifth solo album There Is Love In You, in my opinion his best to date. That is probably because it both works on headphones and the dancefloor. Accompanied by remixes from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Mosca, Caribou and Jon Hopkins, it should have been hard to miss the album. The overall quality made it clear instantly: this would remain a top spot by the end of the year.

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Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)
Alright, if I had to pick just one favourite I’d have to go for the second album by Werk Disc founder Darren J. Cunninham, better known as Actress. Released in May, Splaszh leaves me with all kinds of weird feelings. It’s sinister and depressing at times, and it puts me in a state of hunger or sleeplessness. I can’t really figure it out , but I keep listening to it over and over again.

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Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp)
There is a whole generation now inspired by the music of Flying Lotus and 2010 saw quite some good attempts to stay in his vicinity. But with Cosmogramma Steve Ellison not only raised the bar, he changed the entire game. He could’ve continued just making beat instrumentals or work with any MC he likes. Instead he chose to make his music broader and richer on all sides. It’s maybe not as easy to get into, but once you’re there you know it was worth it.

II. The Unexpected

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Gonjasufi – A Sufi and A Killer (Warp)
One might argue that sampling a bunch of old records and having a guy sing over them can hardly make a good record these days, I give you that point! Still, Gonjasufi’s debut on Warp has been on rotation for months. It kinda came out of nowhere and it’s the first Gaslamp Killer production that really got me. A great choice of samples and fitting vocals are the simplest ingredients imaginable, but they work terribly well.

Lone - Emerald Fantasy Tracks

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Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire)
Already the fourth album by Matt Cutler, but the first to be released on his own Magic Wire label. It’s a rather mellow dance album with strong links to late 80s/early 90s house music. However, the overall sound benefits from modern production techniques, so you won’t end up with a set of bleeding ears. Instead you will use the repeat function.

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Teebs – Ardour (Brainfeeder)
The debut album by Los Angeles based Teebs had a perfect timing, for me anyway. At the time I was making my own experiences with the wonders of Northern winter. The bells, harps and other wonderful twinkles on the album seemed to be the perfect soundtrack while walking through snowed in European cities. Probably my favourite Brainfeeder release to date.

III. The Underrated

Ital Tek - Midnight Colour

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Ital Tek – Midnight Colour (Planet Mu)
There were probably a handful of albums that hit into a similar vein as Ital Tek‘s second album Midnight Colour. Ultimately, it was its melodic nature that made the difference to other strong records in the field – say Scuba’s Triangulation or F’s Energy Distortion. The album was also accompanied by a fine set of remixes by Ikonika and FaltyDL.

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Sotu the Traveller – Left (self-released)
Probably the most overlooked record of the year, partly due to the bad timing (summer holidays) and for being self-released. To me it was a great relieve to hear the record, as I was suffering from an overdose of dark gritty beat albums. Along came Sotu the Traveller to deliver a super smooth record, stroking your ears at every minute. You can buy Left for a fair price at Sotu’s Bandcamp, where you’ll also find remixes by Daisuke Tanabe, Dynooo and Portformat.

Of course now that I got started, I could go on an mention the albums by Ikonika, Caribou or Shackleton’s Fabric 55. But then I’m quite happy with my selection and I already told you I take it kinda slow these days.

Lone – Re-Schooling

Probably the best free downloaded posted during my one week hiatus, a track taken from Lone‘s forthcoming album Emerald Fantasy Tracks.

The album will be out on November 29, almost to the day a year after his debut on Werk Discs, and it will be release on his own Magic Wire imprint.

Grab the download over at XLR8R!

Lone – Hoya:Hoya Mix

Having moved to Manchester recently, Lone has become the latest member of the city’s Hoya:Hoya family. To celebrate, he has put together a mix of boogie, Chicago house and some oldskool action.01. VHS Head – Indent
02. Loose Ends – If My Loving Makes You Hot
03. Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle – Saturday Love
04. Kashif – Baby Don’t Break Your Babies Heart
05. Dâm-Funk – Galactic Fun
06. B12 – Obsessed
07. Lone – Risottowe
08. Baby Ford – Ford Traz
09. Kode9 – You Don’t Wash (Actress Remix)
10. Glass Domain – Interlock
11. Nightmares On Wax – Aftermath
12. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash
13. SL2 – DJs Take Control
14. Lone – Pinapple Crush (Manchester Warehouse VIP Mix)
15. Manix – Oblivion
16. Altern 8 – Move My Body

You can stream this from MixCloud or download via the Hoya:Hoya blog.