December Top 10 and 2003 Top 50

December Top 10

1. I:Cube : 3 – Versatile

2. Meg : MGRMX – Joint Records

3. Kelley Polar Quartet : Recital EP – Environ

4. Titonton : Explicit EP – Neroli

5. Lucky & Easy : Pimp Soul Blister EP – Ann Aimee

6. Starfighterz : 4 Flavours Of A Two-Sided Story

7. Fabrice Lig : Meet U In Brooklyn – Playhouse

8. Niko Marks : Chune / Truly Something – Planet E

9. Various Artists : Iridite Productions Present Electron Music – Iridite

10. Joshua : Nu Cycles – Tweekin

2003 Top 50

2003 has been an absolutely stunning year for new music (and reissues/re-edits/remixes for that matter). Obviously, a top 50 is overkill, but if I didn’t do it this way, it would’ve been an albums versus singles thing, and both have seen tons of activity. Ultimately, you can never give good artists/releases too much recognition, and I would’ve felt like some of these folks had been slighted by their omission. Also, the sheer quantity of good material means that many of these have not seen as much platter time as they deserve, but I’ve never felt as on top of such a broad range of music before, and I think this chart represents some of that diversity.

This is a sampling of the 300 or so records that came my way this year (and I know there are a few like the Andres stuff, the Dan Curtin on Downlow, the new Amp Fiddler, some Rob Hood and some brand new releases that I’ve missed, to name but a few). Notably, it’s been easy enough to shop these days, that I have yet to sell a single record in 2003 and would only think about getting rid of a handful. Death of the music industry my ass! 🙂 If anyone wants more info on any of these records, please feel free to ask questions. I’m more than happy to help.

1 . Outkast : The Love Below LP – Arista

2 . DJ Gregory : Elle – Faya Combo

3 . Stateless : Leave Me Now (Brooks Remix) – Freerange

4 . Amp Fiddler : Love And War – Genuine

5 . RSL : Wesley Music – Player

6 . Dimlite : A/DD EP – Sonar Kollectiv

7 . Moodymann : Silence In The Secret Garden LP – Peacefrog

8 . Spacek : Vintage Hi-Tech LP – !K7

9 . Meg : MGRMX – Joint Records

10 . Dudley Perkins (produced by Madlib) : A Lil Light LP – Stones Throw

11 . Pitch Black City featuring Roberta Sweed : Runaway – Mahogani Music

12 . DJ Cam feat Cameo : Love Junkee (Dilla Remix) – Inflamable

13 . Pal Joey : #17 – Loop D’ Loop

14 . Infinity Plus One : Rhythmatic Unison – Drenched

15 . Russ Gabriel : Into the Unknown LP – Out of the Loop

16 . Reunion : Strange Attention – Seiji Mixes – Dialog Recordings

17 . Freedom Soundz Feat. Vanessa Freeman : Feelings EP – Nepenta Promo

18 . Truby Trio : Universal Love (Âme Remix) – Compost

19 . Horror Inc. : Horrorama – Revolver

20 . Rima : This World LP – Jazzanova Compost Records

21 . N’Dambi : Call Me (Limited Re-Edit) – Yam Who

22 . 32 Project : The Root Of World – Ibadan

23 . Nikolai Dichev : Grasses (Ltd. 5) – Trapez

24 . I:Cube : 3 LP – Versatile

25 . Clyde Feat. Capitol A : Serve It Up! (Brooks remix) – Mantis

26 . Yotoko : All Creation Remix EP – Delsin Records

27 . John Arnold with Amp Fiddler : Get Yourself Together / I Can Be – Ubiquity

28 . Tread : Tread 3 LP – Third Ear

29 . Ennio Morricone : Remixes Volume 1 3×12″ – Compost

30 . Jay Dee : The Official Instrumental Series – Unreleased Vol 1 LP – Bling 47

31 . Joshua : Hustlin’ – Select Recordings

32 . Glad Today : Thoughts of You – M-Break Recordings

33 . Cesario Evora : Angola – Lusafrica

34 . Gotan Project : Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) – Ya Basta!

35 . V/A : Detroit Beatdown Remixes – Third Ear

36 . Kelley Polar Quartet : Recital EP – Environ

37 . Pepe Bradock & Michelle Weeks : Distorted Echoes – KIF

38 . Headman : It Rough (Chicken Lips Trax Dub) – Gomma

39 . New World Aquarium : Heavy Metal EP – Peacefrog

40 . Rick Wade : Big Foot EP – Music Is

41 . Lucky & Easy : Pimp Soul Blister EP – Ann Aimee

42 . John Tejada : The Toiling of Idle Hands LP – Immigrant

43 . Titonton : Explicit EP – Neroli

44 . The Detroit Experiment : The Detroit Experiment LP – Planet E

45 . Various Artists : Iridite Productions Present Electron Music – Iridite

46 . Rick Wade : I Can’t Take It – Funky Chocolate

47 . Isolee : It s About – Freundinnen

48 . Russ Gabriel : Spirit Of Corea – Soul On Wax

49 . Fabrice Lig : Meet U In Brooklyn – Playhouse

50 . Kemit Sources : An Ka Sein – Isma’a

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