Friday, January 5, 2001

McQ's Best of 2009 - Recommended Mixes Volume 3 - 100% Fun

From super-accessible electro-pop (Phoenix, The Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand), raunchy, manic pastiche (Late of the Pier, Of Montreal), anthemic rock (Islands, The Big Pink), funky-as-all-hell world beats (Amadou & Mariam), to oh-so-touching confessional rock (Girls), songs from my favorite party and life-affirming albums are gathered here. Listen/Subscribe On Spotify!


Strong Recommends: Welcome To Mali - Amadou & Mariam, Album - Girls

Solid Recommends: It's Blitz! - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Manners - Passion Pit, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix, Fantasy Black Channel - Late of the Pier, Skeletal Lamping - Of Montreal, Tonight:Franz Ferdinand

Mild Recommends: A Brief History of Love - The Big Pink, Arm's Way - Islands

1. Lust For Life - Girls
2. Welcome To Mali - Amadou & Mariam
3. Fences - Phoenix
4. Heads Will Roll - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
5. Broken - Late Of The Pier
6. For Our Elegant Caste - Of Montreal
7. Dominos - The Big Pink
8. Kids Don't Know Shit - Islands
9. Folds In Your Hands - Passion Pit
10. Turn It On - Franz Ferdinand
11. Masiteladi - Amadou & Mariam
12. Big Bad Mean Motherfucker - Girls
13. Shame And Fortune - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
14. Space And The Woods - Late Of The Pier
15. Let Your Love Grow Tall - Passion Pit
16. Gallery Piece - Of Montreal
17. Lasso - Phoenix
18. Bite Hard - Franz Ferdinand
19. Laura - Girls
20. Sebeke - Amadou & Mariam
21. Velvet - The Big Pink
22. Hysteric - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Welcome To Mali - Amadou & Mariam: Without question, the funkiest album of the year. A touch longer than it needed to be...after a strong opening two tracks, the next three tracks could have been easily discarded...but once it hits its groove midstream with back-to-back triumphs Masiteladi & Africa, it's all good. Whether your a fan of world music or not, please give this one a spin. Produced by Blur's Damon Alborn, it's a contagious mixture of contemporary western and traditional African influences that I think most will seriously enjoy.

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