Category Archives: House

9 of the best – sounds of twenty-tens

It keeps coming… the end of a decade of sound. It would seem that 2014 was peak twenty-tens to these ears. I give you the best of the decade in chronological order:

Beach House – Walk In The Park (2010)

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

Frank Ocean – Pyramids (2012)

Liam Hayes – Rock & Roll (2013)

Spoon – Do You (2014)

Future Islands – Seasons (2014)

The War On Drugs – Eyes To The Wind (2014)

Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (2016)

Sharon Van Etten ‎- Seventeen (2019)


Honourable mentions also go to: A Great Big Pile Of Leaves for ‘We Don’t Need Our Heads‘ (2010); Lana Del Rey for ‘Video Games‘ (2011); Chance The Rapper for ‘Everything’s Good‘ (2013); Daft Punk for ‘Get Lucky‘ (2013); Floating Points for ‘Silhouettes‘ (2015); Kurt Vile for ‘Pretty Pimpin‘ (2015); Julia Holter for ‘Feel You‘ (2015); The Avalanches for ‘Because I’m Me‘ (2016); Kamasi Washington for ‘Truth (2017); Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for ‘Mainland‘ (2017); King Krule for ‘Dum Surfer‘ (2017); Let’s Eat Grandma for ‘Donnie Darko‘ (2018); Father John Misty for ‘Just Dumb Enough to Try‘ (2018); Snail Mail for ‘Pristine‘ (2018); Weyes Blood for ‘Everyday‘ (2019); and Fontaines D.C. for ‘Roy’s Tune‘ (2019)

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9 of the best – sounds of 2019

Samuelsounds says no to a festive hiatus. Today, I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2019. Tomorrow, the 2010s. The sounds are in no particular order and as ever limited by what I’ve heard…

Sharon Van Etten ‎- Seventeen

Weyes Blood – Everyday

Aldous Harding – The Barrel

Foals – Exits

Big Thief – Not

Michael Kiwanuka – Final Days


Honourable mentions also go to: Lizzo for ‘Juice‘; Kasper Marott for his Forever mix of ‘Drømmen om Ø’; Bill Callahan for ‘The Ballad of the Hulk‘; Cage The Elephant for ‘Ready To Let Go‘; Toro Y Moi for ‘Ordinary Pleasure‘; Tame Impala for ‘It Might Be Time‘; Andy Shauf for ‘Things I Do‘; Caribou for ‘Home‘; Whitney for ‘Giving Up‘; W. H. Lung for ‘Second Death Of My Face‘; and Devendra Banhart for ‘Kantori Ongaku‘.

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Louie Vega feat. Anané – Cosmic Witch (2019)


A midweek disco interlude from a past blast. ‘Cosmic Witch’ is a space disco-infused house jam from Louie Vega, one half of the legendary Masters At Work. Featuring on his recent Expansions In The NYC album, the track uses a clever sample from Tony Silvester & The New Ingredient’s’ Cosmic Lady’. Fashions fade, but style is eternal.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1989

As we enter the season of best-of lists, I have found myself looking back at 1989. Which songs feel 30 years old and which beg the question: has it really been 30 years? I give you my favourite nine sounds of 1989, in no particular order…

The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

The Blue Nile ‎- The Downtown Lights

The Cure – Lullaby

Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work

Beastie Boys ‎- Egg Man

Pixies – Debaser

Lenny Kravitz – Sittin’ On Top Of The World

Lil Louis ‎- French Kiss

Soul II Soul – Back To Life


Honourable mentions also go to: 808 State for ‘Pacific State 202‘; Happy Mondays for ‘Hallelujah‘, Pixies for ‘Hey; The Stone Roses for ‘Fools Gold‘, ‘I Wanna Be Adored‘ and ‘She Bangs The Drums’; Faith No More for ‘Epic‘; De La Soul for ‘Me Myself And I’; The KLF for ‘3 A.M Eternal (Pure Trance 2)‘; and Frankie Knuckles for ‘Tears’.


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Regard ‎- Ride It (2019)


This is the first record I’ve featured from a Kosovan DJ. This year, DJ Regard had the genius idea of remixing Jay Sean’s ‘Ride It’ and, in many ways, making it more catchy and remarkable. With little bit of help from the TikTok app, the track made its way onto mobile devices and dance floors across the globe.

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Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird Of Prey) (2000)


In the late 1990s, Norman Cook had a purple patch of nailing memorable samples. None better than his use of Jim Morrison’s spoken-word poetry from the The Doors’s posthumously released ‘Bird Of Prey’. Fatboy Slim’s big beat classic ‘Sunset (Bird of Prey)’ originally surfaced on his 2000 album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. It stands the test of time.

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Caribou – Home (2019)


Ooops… the end of Daylight saving time has knocked out my own clockwork. I give you a mid-morning from Caribou’s Dan Snaith. His output has been a relatively regular feature on this blog. The mathematician (PhD from ICL) has come up with a new formula for 2019… one part Caribou, one part The Avalanches. It’s brief and it’s a blast. Have a good week.

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Adamski feat. Seal ‎- Killer (1990)


A bonus post this morning… 10 years after Japan’s ‘Quiet Life’, British electronic music had changed dramatically. After the success of his acid house album Liveanddirect, producer/DJ Adam Tinley’s (aka Adamski) ambitions had grown. He had recorded the instrumental track ‘Killer’, but wanted to add vocals. Rather than use a sample, Adamski hired Samuel Adeola (aka Seal) whom he’d met in a club. Seal wrote his own lyrics and recorded the vocals in one take – the resulting house/pop crossover became one of the biggest tunes of 1990 worldwide.

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Laurent Garnier ‎- The Man With The Red Face (2000)


I end the week with a seminal slice of progressive house music. French DJ and producer, Laurent Garnier released ‘The Man With The Red Face’ on the Parisian label F Communications. It was techno, but a very busy crossover version, full of blissful horns and jazzy hooks. This was the sound of hedonism in 2000. Have a great weekend.

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High Tide ‎- Time Unlimited (1990)


Released in 1990, High Tide’s ‘Time Unlimited’ is a standout italo house track. What sets it part today is the fact that, unlike may of its contemporary releases, it still sounds fresh. Forsaking the typical italo piano chords in favour of a harp sample and acoustic guitar, it has a real Balearic beach vibe. We need a serene sun dance this week. Have a great weekend, peeps.

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The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal (Pure Trance 2) (1989)

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After the success of their underground dancefloor hit ‘What Time Is Love?’, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty continued to explore acid house with the second single in their Pure Trance series. ‘3 A.M. Eternal’ would subsequently be remixed and updated to play to the stadium crowds that the Kopyright Liberation Front (aka The KLF) could draw by 1990/91. This is the 1989 original. Have a great week.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1991

A compilation for my hangover. Also a compilation for what looks like its going to be one of the last sunny days in September. I was immersed in dance music in 1991, but R.E.M., Nirvana, Mercury Rev and Lenny Kravitz were able to break into a best-of list otherwise dominated by the sound of house music.

Orbital – Belfast

Mercury Rev – Frittering

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

Moby – Go (Woodtick Mix)

Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion

George Michael – Cowboys and Angels

Lenny Kravitz ‎- It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit


Honourable mentions also go to: Saint Etienne for ‘Nothing Can Stop Us Now‘; My Bloody Valentine for ‘Only Shallow‘; De La Soul for ‘A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays‘; Photon Inc. for ‘Generate Power (Wild Pitch Mix)‘; Crystal Waters for ‘Gypsy Woman‘; Altern 8 for ‘Infiltrate 202‘; Björk for ‘Hyperballad’; A Tribe Called Quest feat Leaders Of The New School for ‘Scenario‘; Slam for ‘Eterna‘; Frankie Knuckles for ‘The Whistle Song‘ and Last Rhythm and Silvie Carter for ‘Last Rhythm‘.

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Maceo Plex & Gabriel Ananda – Solitary Daze (2014)


To end the week on a dark but euphoric note…. one of the deepest techno tunes of all time was brought about when Cologne-based Gabriel Ananda got together with American producer Eric Estornel (aka Maceo Plex) to create ‘Solitary Daze’. Have a great weekend,

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Rampa, Adam Port, &Me – Muyè (2017)


The German label Keinemusik has established itself on the electronic music scene over the last decade. In 2017, a group of the label’s founders and house acts released the label’s first album You Are Safe. Rampa, Adam Port, &Me strike a balance between deep house and techno. The track ‘Muyè’ stands out for its Afro house vibe.

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