secretsundaze reveal their top 10 of the year

Giles and James are not known for their regular charts but have dug deep to put together a Top Ten of 2010 each with their personal comment! Please see below. selective pressure will be down at their NYE party today and filming as well… Solid line up with variety of music, from Chicago House Legend to New House Rookie from Ireland, of course perfected with redients, Giles and James.


secretsundaze Charts for 2010

GILES SMITH (secretsundaze, Two Armadillos)

1. Moody – It’s Too Late For You and Me (KDJ)

Kenny comes back and slaps you in the face! A dark uncompromising techno groove not unlike “Live in 98” is flipped into one of the most bad ass soulful basslines, exquisite, heartfelt vocals What more can I say.. a stone cold classic and up there with Mr Moody’s best work.

2. Walt J  – Reborn (DJ Qu remix) (Curle)

Originals are absolutely gems from the deep but its Q’s scintillating techno groove that takes this to a different yet no less appealing place.

3. Tazz – The World Of Techno EP (Underground Quality)

Amazing four tracker from Canadian Tazz. You want real Techno there’s “Unrestrained”, deep and experimental there’s “Lost” and pure Detroit atmosphere on “World of Techno”. Blistering EP!

4. Steven Tang – Verged EP (Aesthetic Audio)

What a great EP from Keith Worthy’s label. Standout tracks here are the atmospheric “Aerial” and the moody bad ass groove of “Glimmer”. All true authentic Detroit cuts!

5. Smallpeople and Rau – “Life Aquatic” (Smallville)

Just in time ! This record got lost in a promo box sent to me a while ago but its just fell into my hands before I did this chart. A stunted deep techno groove gets things going before the warmest, loveliest pads really open this track up. Could have included any number of gems from Smallville or Laid here. Another great year from them.

6.  Norm Talley – (Mike Huckaby remix) (Third Ear)

This is the real deal. One of the old hands shows the kids how deep House is really done. Featured in nearly every set of mine this year. Solid.

7. Skudge – Melodramatic (Skudge)

BOMB what can I say, great production and just that hint of soul in this otherwise slamming, relentless techno groove.

8. Jennifer Mayanja – Eye of The Storm (Bumako)

Jennifer has in a very short space of time created something entirely unique, ethereal and totally delicious with her productions. “Close Encounters” from this EP is the one. Buy nearly all her releases on site! For some real musical soulful vibes checkout Bumako.

9. Vincent Halliburton – Something I Feel (Vibes New and Rare Music)

One of the labels of the year for me the partnership between Rick Wilhite’s now closed shop of the same name and Amsterdam’s totally on it Rush Hour. “Something I Feel” is a great track that grooves and grooves with added atmosphere at the end. Props to The Godfather and Rush Hour.

10. Marcellus Pittman – Loneliness Leave Me Alone / Razz 09 (Unirhythm)

The hugely talented Marcellus Pitmans delivers two quirky cuts with the funk button firmly pressed down. These tracks incorporate elements of funk and electro in the way that only those motor city cats can do it!



JAMES PRIESTLEY (secretsundaze, The CAMP, Simple)


1. Locussolus – Gunship (International Feel)

Sounding like nothing else, the mighty studio return of DJ Harvey on a label that seemed to spring out of nowhere (Uruguay) this year into one of the most consistent and compelling labels around. Also check the Hungry Ghost’Illuminations’ 12 and look forward to the full length from Harvey set for Spring next year.

2. Brackles – 6am El Gordos (Brainmath)

London is back with a vengeance! A staple in my sets most of the year, post-garage schnizzle at it’s smoothest, going down surprisingly well in Tel-Aviv..

3. Hunee – Bobos Alone In Paradise EP (Rush Hour)

An amazing follow-up to last year’s Tour De Force EP, Hunee drops this complete bomb towards the end of the year. Synth-stab-vocal-house in perfection on the A side while reach for the flip for some heady polyrhythmic business.

4. Sect – Man Of Wisdom (Culprit)

Sensitive rework of Mulata Astatke’s genius ‘Yekermo Sew’, which if we’re talking end of year round up, his gig at Barbican in September was the highlight live performance for me this year. Also check out Richard Sen’s lesser-known edit of said track on his Mixed Blood

5. The Mole – Dreamer Keep On Dreaming (Musique Risquee)

A superb year for Colin The Mole as he takes a slightly heavier stance on the drums but equally trippy on the FX. Forever reliable, also check the New Kanada, Vitalik and Fur Trade releases.

6. Lone – Raptured (Werk)

Super sick, over-the-top, unique sounding Chicago / Rave / Boogie inspired monster from this young talent = FUN!

7. Ray Mang – Look Into My Eyes (DFA)

Euphoric stuff from long time Glimmers collaborator; great end of nighter, sampling Tangerine Dream’s classic ‘Love On a Real Train’. Raised many a goose-bump over the year – great memories..

8. Holy Ghost – Say My Name (The Revenge Remix) (DFA)

A late last entry onto the list on realising ‘Love Cry’ came out end of last year. When I first heard this, thought was crying out for an edit and who better than The Revenge to do the honours. Essentially a great, simple sing-a-long pop record.

9. V/A – Magic Wand Vol 1 (Magic Wand)

I guess my favourite ‘edit’ 12 of the year, with Black Sabbath’s little known ‘Planet Caravan’ receiving a Balearic makeover and a stretched out, over-dubbed Randy Crawford ‘You Might Need Somebody’ being my fave slow-jam of 2010.

10. V/A – Down To The Sea & Back The Continuing Journey Of The Balearic Beat Vol1

Superb comp from Balearic Mike & Kelvin Andrews – songs like a Osmonds I,I,I & Bilgeri’s Video Life a must for any record collection. Plus also check Top Drawer  Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974 if you’re that way inclined – another superb compilation released this year.


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