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“working out an inter-ACCUTE thought exercise” music mix

[In my post-#congreSSH post about this year’s ACCUTE dance party, I’d said I’d be following up with a post reflecting further on that event. Voilà: further thoughts, related to other current concerns, in the form of a DJ mix. What can I say? I have a phonographic memory.]

Playlist:

Link & track list for ACCUTE Dance Party 2018 recording

Here’s the at-a-glance track list for the recording of the set I DJed at ACCUTE’s 2018 dance party. (Mixcloud only reveals the full track list during real-time playback.) This isn’t a recording of the whole set, but it’s a generous sample.
I’ll be sharing further reflections on the event in a forthcoming post.

00:00:00 Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
00:03:19 N.O.R.E. feat. Nina Sky, “Oye mi canto”
00:06:36 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
00:09:02 Sia feat. Sean Paul, “Cheap thrills”
00:12:05 Rihanna, “Pon de replay”
00:15:27 Mr Vegas, “Heads high”
00:18:20 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the boys (Mundian to bach ke)”
00:22:16 Lady Gaga, “Born this way (Bollywood remix)”
00:26:12 Boney M, “Rasputin”
00:30:26 Dead or Alive, “You spin me round (like a record)”
00:34:43 Depeche Mode, “I just can’t get enough”
00:38:15 Madonna, “Ray of light”
00:42:52 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix)”
00:46:45 Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O., “Xanadu”
00:50:00 Earth Wind & Fire, “September”
00:53:22 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
00:56:09 Meatloaf, “Paradise by the dashboard lights”
01:04:23 Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”
01:08:10 Beyoncé, “Drunk in love”
01:13:02 Abhijeet & Anuranda Shriram, “Chunari chunari”
01:16:45 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
01:23:03 Drake, “Nice for what”
01:26:07 Nine Inch Nails, “Closer”
01:31:33 Tanya Stephens, “Good ride”
01:35:10 Missy Elliott, “Get ur freak on”
01:38:29 Soft Cell, “Tainted love”
01:41:05 Nena, “99 Luftballoons”
01:44:43 Lil Jon feat. Usher & Ludacris, “Yeah!”
01:48:52 Backstreet Boys, “Everybody” (+ samples of Lil Jon, “Outta your mind”)
01:53:24 Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
01:56:53 Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, “One two step”
01:59:55 Sean Paul, “We be burnin'”
2:03:20 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
02:07:34 Groove Armada, “If everybody looked the same”
02:10:57 Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay, “212”
02:14:18 Capoeira Twins, “4 x 3”
02:18:40 Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It takes two”
02:23:20 Major Lazer feat. VYNZ Kartel, “Pon de floor”
02:26:52 Beyoncé, “Run the world (Girls)”

Ten Anthems of the Aughts

It’s the end of a decade
In another ten years’ time
Who can say what we’ll find
what lies waiting down the line
in the end of ’89?
– ABBA, “Happy new year”

The season for reflective (and arbitrary) “best of” lists and canons is upon us, and this year we get a whole decade to reflect on. Here’s my entirely idiosyncratic list of ten of the best songs from the young century’s first decade (“The Aughts”). My (wholly personal) criterion for choosing each as a year’s “anthem” is just that it evoke, more clearly than any other song, that year and its experiences.

2001: Basement Jaxx. “Where’s Your Head At?” XL.
2002: Freelance Hellraiser. “A Stroke of Genie-Us.” n.l.
2003: White Stripes. “Seven Nation Army.” Elephant. V2.
2004: Shapeshifters. “Lola’s Theme.” Positiva.
2005: The New Pornographers. “Sing me Spanish Techno.” Twin Cinema. Mint/Matador.
2006: Scissor Sisters. “I don’t feel like dancin’.” Interscope/Geffen/A&M.
2007: Feist. “1234.” The Reminder. Cherrytree.
2008: The Ting Tings. “That’s not my name.” We Started Nothing. Columbia.
2009: Imogen Heap. “Hide and seek” (Enigma remix). n.l.
2010: The xx. “VCR.” The xx. Young Turks.

Notable mentions:
2003: Black Eyed Peas. “Where is the love?” A&M; The Raveonettes. “That Great Love Sound.” Sony.
2007: Wintersleep. “Weighty Ghost.” Welcome to the Night Sky. Labwork.
2008: Bruce Springsteen. “Girls in their summer clothes.” Magic. Columbia.
2009: Deadmau5. “Ghosts n stuff” (original instrumental mix). Ultra.
2010: OK Go. “This too shall pass.” Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. EMI.