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9 of the best – sounds of noughties

It would seem that 2004 was peak noughties (to these ears…):

The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

 The Strokes – Modern Age (2001)

The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize? (2002)

Broken Social Scene – Stars And Sons (2003)

The Walkmen – The Rat (2004)

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (2004)

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla (2005)

 Midlake – Bandits (2006)

Beirut – Nantes (2007)

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Honourable mentions also go to: Lambchop for ‘Up With The People’ (2000); Outkast for ‘Ms. Jackson’ (2000); Ian Brown for ‘F. E. A. R.’ (2001); The Shins for ‘New Slang‘ (2002); Kings Of Leon for ‘Red Morning Light‘ (2003); Radiohead for ‘A Wolf At The Door’ (2003); Mew for ‘Comforting Sounds’ (2003); Kasabian for ‘Club Foot’ (2004); Danger Mouse for his remix of ‘Public Service Announcement’ (2004); The Good, the Bad and the Queen for ‘Herculean’ (2006); The Hold Steady for ‘The Chillout Tent‘ (2006); The Strokes for ‘You Only Live Once’ (2006); and Jay Electronica for ‘Exhibit C’ (2009).

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The Avalanches – Because I’m Me (2016)

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Well that’s a relief. The best track on the recent Avalanches album Wildflower is released as a single. ‘Because I’m Me’ is available and wrapped with a ribbon in time for Halloween. The young star in the video has more than a passing resemblance to a young Michael Jackson and the subway station is a familiar setting for both Michael and The Avalanches. Filter disco and rapper Camp Lo play their part too. Have a great week.

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The Avalanches – Subways (2016)

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With a video reminiscent of Yellow Submarine, an earworm sample of Chandra Oppenheim’s off-kilter ‘Subways’ and a Bee Gees instrumentation (‘Warm Ride’), what is there not to like about this latest release from The Avalanches’ Wildflower?! No sign of Barry Gibb’s vocals either; nice restraint chaps. Have a great weekend.

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The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra (2016)

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Well today’s post was an easy pick. It’s been along time coming, but has it been worth the wait? 16 years ago, The Avalanches released their classic album Since I Left You. This week, they have revealed the first single off the forthcoming long player Wildflower. ‘Frankie Sinatra’ is a hallucinogenic earworm for sure. Have a great weekend.

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Air France – Collapsing At Your Doorstep (2008)

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Featuring on 2008’s No Way Down EP, ‘Collapsing at Your Doorstep’ was not the first Air France track to make a mark. The Swedish duo’s breakout single ‘Beach Party’ had already established their atmospheric, ‘balearic’ credentials. ‘Collapsing at Your Doorstep’ goes several steps further by offering a soundscape of tropical sounds, congas, horns, strings, bird tweets and a little kid’s voice “Are you done mixing yet?’’. (Zomby would go onto sample the latter on his classic Where Were U In ’92? LP.) The resulting sound evokes The Avalanches’ Since I Left You, which is high praise.

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The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

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‘Since I Left You’ was The Avalanches’ third single from their debut long player of the same name. Apparently these gents from Melbourne used over 3,500 samples on the album, and their sonic explorations never got more infectious than on the title track. The samples seemed left-field, seamless and amusing. Masterfully, The Avalanches had been able to mix random samples into a wall of sound to create something completely unique. I loved it. The video helped too.

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