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Chris Hires - DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor

DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor

10 Things I Loved In 2014: Albums

Chris Hires

Rounding things out, here are my favorite long-players from the past year. Back in March, I remember thinking that it would take a hell of an album to beat Lost In The Dream, and I never did find anything that suits me better this year. Mister Saturday Night, a label and party that I've been admiring for years, made a rare dance-music-compilation entry to the list, while Sturgill Simpson revealed the fact that Nashville may have rubbed off on me a little bit. Clicking on the images above, or the links below, will take you to each album on Spotify, in case you slept on any of these. The top ten:

10.    St. Vincent - St. Vincent
9.    V/A - Brothers & Sisters
8.    Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness Of Dancers
7.    Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
6.    Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
5.    Todd Terje - It’s Album Time
4.    Beck - Morning Phase
3.    Caribou - Our Love
2.    Real Estate - Atlas
1.    The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

10 Things I Loved In 2014: Pop Songs

Chris Hires

Ten of my favorite single tracks from the past year - verse/chorus edition:

10.    Chromeo - Old 45’s
9.    Todd Terje - Johnny And Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry)
8.    Sylvan Esso - Hey Mami
7.    Ghost Culture - Giudecca
6.    Sturgill Simpson - Turtles All The Way Down
5.    St. Vincent - Digital Witness
4.    Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
3.    Real Estate - Primitive
2.    Caribou - Silver
1.    Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

10 Things I Loved In 2014: Dance Tracks

Chris Hires

I'll confess that I listened to less dance music in 2014 than I have in any of the last ten years. I spent the better part of this year with my focus away from the turntables (life gets in the way, y'know?), and being geographically separated from America's major urban centers doesn't help things either, despite the best efforts of the internet. There were a few things, however, that managed to filter through the distance, the sturm and the drang, and you can hear 10 of my favorites in the gallery above. They are:

10.    In Flagrant - Different From The Rest [Codek]
9.    Shamir - If It Wasn’t True [Godmode]
8.    Huxley - Say My Name [Aus Music]
7.    Munk - Southern Moon feat. Lizzie Page (HNNY Remix) [Exploited]
6.    Dave DK - Woolloomooloo [Pampa Records]
5.    Airhead - Believe [1-800 Dinosaur]
4.    Daniel Avery - All I Need (Roman Flugel Remix) [Phantasy]
3.    David August - Epikur [Innervisions]
2.    Trus’me - I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) [Prime Numbers]
1.    David Clement - Follow Me Home (Lee Jones’ ’89 Remix) [!K7 Records]

Chris Recommends: Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness Of Dancers

Chris Hires

Listening to Lateness Of Dancers, I can't help but think that it sounds a little bit like The War On Drugs, processed through a Nashville filter. I get little echoes of Music From Big Pink now and then as well. Mr. William Tyler, a long-time favorite of mine, also contributes some guitar sounds to the recording. All of those elements combine for a nice bit of Americana that sounds just as nice on a lazy Sunday afternoon as it does during a long drive.

Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness Of Dancers (Spotify)

Fucking Around At Home #1

Chris Hires

This was one of those days where things just weren't going my way, and despite my best efforts, I just couldn't seem to get lined up with the rest of the universe. I kept having to remind myself that desire is the root of all suffering, or, as Mick so eloquently put it: "You can't always get what you want." So, to balance myself out a little, I decided to mix together some house records, and this is what it sounded like.

This mix was, for the most part, recorded live and extemporaneously, so there are a couple hard left turns and wabi sabi moments - just go with it.

Track List:
Stimming - Window Shopping
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Runaway Remix)
DJ Steef - Insided (Jad & The Ladyboy Remix)
Daft Punk - Around The World (Masters At Work Remix)
Omar S - Set It Out
Kornel Kovacs - Szikra
David Clement - Follow Me Home (Lee Jones' '89 Remix)
Lil Louis & The World - Club Lonely (Marcos Cabral Edit)
Munk - Southern Moon feat. Lizzie Paige (HNNY Remix)
Kris Wadsworth - Fan Mail
Cliff Martinez - My Name On A Car
Seelenluft - Manila (Ewan Pearson Remix)
Caribou - Can't Do With Out You (Extended Version)

Chris Recommends: Mark E - Product Of Industry

Chris Hires

Like you, friend, I am eternally wary of the dance music LP. All too often, the LP ends up being a collection of too many singles that should have just been mixed in the first place. Dance floor bangers, out of context, with full intros and outros, make for difficult listening. This Mark E LP, though, manages to get it right. Mark E has always been a master of low-slung deep cuts, though, so maybe it shouldn't be surprising that he crafted a full-length for Ghostly International that, for the most part, works much better at home than it does in a club. This same kind of deep, introspective dance music is what I was targeting with the Waxing Gibbous mix, and I probably could have just strung together 12 Mark E tracks and called it a day (and in fact, the second track on that mix is from one of Mark's aliases), but then again, what's the fun in that? Above, one of my favorite cuts from the record.

Waxing Gibbous

Chris Hires

A handful of dance tracks that aren't really meant for dancing. This is the kind of stuff I've found myself listening to at home alone, at 2am recently. Cerebral, vaugely-psychedelic house and techno that pairs well with night drives, or darkened rooms.

Dave DK - Woolloomooloo [Pampa]
Project E - Boy In The Straw Hat [Merc]
Smallpeople - Move With Your Vision [Smallville]
The White Lamp - Ride With You [Hot Flush]
Daniel Avery - These Nights Never End [Phantasy]
Mind Against - Atlant [Life And Death]
David August - Epikur [Innervisions]
Admin - Daze & Night [Futureboogie]
Unspecified Enemies - Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit [Counter Attack]
Super Flu - Jo Gurt (DJ Koze Remix) [Monaberry]