Music

Rolling Stonejust put out a thick new guide to record albums—a useful and readable one, by the looks of it, but still one that casts an ever smaller roster of Important Artists in stone, as subsequent sequels to its original 1979 guide (loaded with totally entertaining and charmingly brief zero-star Dave Marsh reviews of great hard rock and disco albums you never heard of) have increasingly done over the quarter-century since. As recorded music turns more and more liquid and ephemeral (thanks to downloads, mix tapes, bootlegs, promos, demos, EPKs, CD/DVD DualDisc hybrids, ringtones, you name it), such a canon makes less sense than ever. Several of the dancey selections below barely even exist in the real world. But that doesn't mean they're less interesting than the ones that do.


ELLEN ALLIEN
My Parade DJ Mix
(Bpitch control import schaffel-pop album)
ellenallien.de

DADDY G
DJ-Kicks
(!K7 Bristol reggae-and-otherwise mix album)
k7.com
Stream the entire album with Real Player

DÄLEK
Absence
(Ipecac avant hip-hop noise album)
Dälek at ipecac.com

DJ JESTER THE FILIPINO FIST
Heavily Booted
(Exponential bootleg mash-up album)
filipinofist.com

DJ/RUPTURE
Special Gunpowder
(Tigerbeat6 post-dub ethno-mix album)
negrophonic.com
DJ/Rupture at betterpropaganda.com (download tracks from Special Gunpowder or stream the entire album here)

JAKE FAIRLEY
Touch Not the Cat
(Paper Bag import glam-schaffel album)
paperbagrecords.com
Stream "Barryville," "Prussia," and "Radiator" here

MCENROE AND BIRDAPRES
Nothing Is Cool
(Peanuts & Corn underground hip-hop import album)
peanutsandcorn.com
"5000 Watts" (Real Player)
"Nothing Is Cool" (Real Player)
"A Little Bitter (w/John Smith)" (Real Player)

M.I.A.
Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1
(miauk.com/turntablelab.com Hollertronixed bubble-dancehall/bhangra-pop/baile-funk bootleg mash-up album)

MYSTIKAL
Prince of the South . . . The Hits
(Jive/Zomba '90s-'00s proto-crunk reissue)
mystikalonline.com
"Shake Ya A** (w/Pharrell Williams)" (Real Player sample)
"Jump" (Real Player sample)
"Danger (Been So Long)" (Real Player sample)

PAUL NICE
Breaks for Days
(paulnice.com/turntablelab.com bootleg mash-up album)

TEAM DEMOLITION
Presents . . . the Yo! TD Mixtape
(teamdemolition.com/depthcharge.com hip-hop promo mix album)

YING YANG TWINS
My Brother & Me
(TVT crunk remixes-and-odds-and-ends album plus DVD)
yingyangmusic.com

 
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