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Orgone – Do Your Thing (2007)

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The title of the 2007 long player The Killion Floor is derived from the apartment/studio facility where Orgone recorded the album for Ubiquity Records. While the record’s cover of ‘Funky Nassau’ might be more favoured in funk DJ circles, the LA-based band’s reputation was cemented with their rendition of Isaac Hayes ‘Do Your Thing’. Lead singer Fanny Franklin rings in the apocalypse.

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Lil Wayne – I’m Me (2007)

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No Christmas decoration this morning, but this time of the year is full of self reflection. Between a couple of blockbuster albums, Tha Carter II (2005) & Tha Carter III (2008), southern hip hop artist Lil Wayne released a legendary run of mixtapes that cemented his self-proclaimed title as “best rapper alive”. Originally named ‘1000 Degreez’, the track ‘I’m Me’ was intended a confident opening to Tha Carter III. However, after it had been leaked, it was released prematurely with four other songs on 2007’s aptly-named The Leak. As strong as Tha Carter III is, a mixtape version which included tracks that had been tossed, leaked and/or overlooked was even stronger. This was an artist at the top of his game. His descent would be swift.

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Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good (2007)

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‘Rehab’ and its title track may have taken the plaudits, but Back To Black is laced with treasures. By her second album, Amy Winehouse had hooked up with producer Mark Ronson and together they incorporated 1960s soul, modern R&B and Winehouse’s libertine experiences to create something magical. Listening to my selection today, it’s not the Amen break infused production of ‘You Know I’m No Good’ that stands out, it’s the poignancy of her lyrics: “I told you I was trouble”. Winehouse sadly died in 2007 from “misadventure”.

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King Tuff – Sun Medallion (2007)

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Vermont’s King Tuff is stoner-rock frontman Kyle Thomas. Thomas told the Rolling Stone that the college-coridoor favourite ‘Sun Medallion’ is a song that came out of a dream about a little charm he picked up years ago while working at a hospice. It had power only matched by his lo-fi garage sound. If you like what you hear, the single featured on his 2008 debut Was Dead. 

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Wilco – Hate It Here (2007)

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Wilco and Jeff Tweedy telling all how they feel. The brilliant ‘Hate It Here’ is off their 2007 album Sky Blue Sky. It also features on the excellent soundtrack of the movie Boyhood.

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1Gnition ‎- Secret Sunday Lover (2007)

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In the mid-noughties, disco house saw another revival. This time it was labelled Nu Disco and it did not get much better that Greg Wilson’s remix of 1Gnition’s ‘Secret Sunday Lover’.

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Atmosphere – Sunshine (2007)

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Whoaa it’s a scorcher and it’s a Bank Holiday in the UK. After a slow start, I deliver you ‘Sunshine’ off Atmosphere’s 2007 Sad Clown Bad Summer #9 EP. Slug and DJ Ant deliver the sound of summer the day after. “All of a sudden, I realise something/The weather is amazing, even the birds are bumpin’.” Have a great week.

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of Montreal – A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger (2007)

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of Montreal were founded by frontman Kevin Barnes in 1996. He had named after his failed romance with a woman “of Montreal”. His romantic interests were no better in 2007. The birth of a daughter, his subsequent separation from wife and alienation in Norway provided him with rich inspiration for 2007’s album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?. It was ‘A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger’.

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Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet (2007)

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10 years ago, many were were enjoying the heady days of nu rave. Klaxons were at the centre of the scene, whether they wanted it or not; the genre had been coined by their record company to advertise their first gig and then adopted by everyone else who wanted to wear neon, all of a sudden. Aptly, they released a cover of Grace’s mid-1990s dance track ‘Not Over Yet’ as a single off their debut album, Myths of the Near Future. Electro pop, It’s Not Over Yet’.

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Beirut – Elephant Gun (2007)

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Ten years ago, Beirut were in their pomp. Originally a musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon, the band’s first performance was in New York in May 2006, to support the release of their debut album, Gulag Orkestar. By January 2007,  they carried their critical acclaim into the release of their first EP Lon Gisland. Its opening track ‘Elephant Gun’ again combined elements of indie rock and world music so successfully. Prodigious stuff; Condon was still only 20. Have a great week.

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Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me (2007)

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A little bit like The Divine Comedy, Jens Lekman is not easy to recommend. You are relying on the audience looking past the schmaltz to appreciate the creative force. ‘Your Arms Around Me’ features on his 1997 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. “I was slicing up an avocado/When you came up behind me/With your silent brand new sneakers/Your reflection I did not see.” Divine comedy indeed.

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Kings Of Leon – McFearless (2007)

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In a year that they are showing signs of a return to form, one wonders what might represent their zenith. Kings Of Leon released Because Of The Times in 2007 and the album featured the direct ‘McFearless’. Will Caleb Followill get a better set of vocals for his rock persona? “So I know I’ma show/It’s my show/I must go/With my soul.”

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Jamie T – Sheila (2007)

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Last week it was Joanna Newsom. This week, the polarising vocals are from South London’s Jamie T. Despite the dulcet rap, the clever lyrics and musicality are clearly there. And anyway, I happen to like all the cheeky chappy stuff about girls singing on the bus and fellas kicking up a fuss. And that’s not just another Wimbledon-born pushing his own memories. ‘Sheila’ featured on his 2007 album Panic Prevention. The John Betjeman recital is a nice touch too, but it does alludes to much mockney.

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Gary’s Gang – Let’s Lovedance Tonight (1979)

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Gary’s Gang was the vehicle for Eric Matthew (real name Joe Tucci) and Gary Turnier. Their first single ‘Keep On Dancin” sold half a million copies around the world. And then, their follow-up ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’ featured one of the all-time classic disco breaks. The NYC label Sam Records had struck gold; the keyboard loop would be sampled over and over. The vocals have aged badly and so I prefer one of the instrumental versions. I have selected Danny Krivit’s remix that was originally released on Nervous Records in 2007. SAM Records was founded by Sam Weiss in 1976. In 1990, he founded Nervous with his son. A full circle. Have a great weekend.

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Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi (2007)

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Good morning. 10 years after OK Computer, Radiohead were back to their best with the release of In Rainbows. Featuring on the album after the brilliant ‘Nude’, ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ starts at a pace and builds into something quite magical. Have a great week.

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