Machinedrum’s Vapor City Freebies Mix

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8 months after the amazing Vapor City lp was released, Machinedrum’s productivity is still embarrassing his peers, and it seems barely a week passes before a new tune from him drops – mailing list subscribers to the Vapor City website have been graced with a steady stream of freebie tracks (with a few more yet to come, i’d wager)..

Anyway, I just wanted to get the bulk of the free Vapor City tracks that i haven’t already used in prior mixes into one place – for my own enlightenment more than anything else. Not every tune is beat mixed together, but they are all stacked in a row.

There are a couple of B-sides and official releases in here too btw, notably from the recent Fenris District ep.

Generally 160-170bpm here, with a beatless, ambient epilogue of the Vizion Centre ep tracks. Everything here is a Machinedrum track.

1. Vizion
2. Center Your Love (Obey City Remix)
3. aeolia
4. On My Mind
5. Blue to Grey
6. HEAVY WEIGHT
7. SeeSea VIP
8. SeeSea (DJ Rashad x Taso Remix)
9. Eyesdontlie (DJ Earl Remix)
10. Infinite Us (Ticklish Remix)
11. Don’t 1 2 Lose U (Moresounds Remix)
12. Gunshotta (Fractures Astrophonica Remix)
13. Rise N Fall (Poirier Remix)
14. Back Seat Ho (Rustie Remix)
15. Neujack
16. Ghost Ride Da Bus
17. Talk 2 Me
18. Vaulted
19. Tailor Nacht
20. Gold

Oh, if you like this, you may also enjoy the Vapor City Zen FM Mix i recorded last year, with tracks from Machinedrum, Om Unit, and like minded musical gems:tinyurl.com/VaporOm

Come to think of it, you could check out this playlist of Jungle footwork mixes, almost all of which feature Machinedrum tracks, cos he’s ace.:tinyurl.com/junglefoot

cheers.

Tropical Robot Pt 6 – Weird Beats & Chill Out

To be honest, I thought this was a chill out mix when i was recording it, but listening back has made me realise quite how it’s not . .

Following on from the drum & bass mix, we’re still in the 170bpm zone with some more abstract sounds from Neuropol, Moresounds & Deft before Project Mooncircle’s KRTS brings some lush melodic chill and Donky Pitch favourite The Range sprinkles some amens on top.. After that things get a bit more dubby & smoky until Various Production knock it down into a lower gear with some trip hop. Jon Hokpins amazing remix for Moderat ups the pace as we then move into a sort of post-Rustie dubstep sound with some turbocrunk tunes from AWE and GANZ before finally switching on the summertime vibes with a dash of Louis Vuiton.

Like i say, bit of a weird mix this, but I think you may like it.

Chill out if you dare. Puff puff pass.

00:00 Neuropol – Stand Alone
00:08 Deft – Emeralds
02:30 Moresounds – Deux Mille
04:05 Fulgeance – Wet (Moresounds Remix)
04:52 KRTS – Bonehead
07:09 KRTS – Berlin Girls
11:47 Stray – Stray – Triangles
15:31 The Range – Tricky Pose
18:15 Machinedrum – Center Your Love (Seafloor Remix)
21:55 Seafloor – 03.- I Won’t Love You
26:20 Machinedrum – Knowfuture
29:28 PREFUSE 73 – The Only Scarf
31:40 Jay 5ive & Kromestar – Wishful Thinking (Om Unit remix)
36:15 Om Unit – Back At Plastic
38:28 COASTER
46:44 Various Production – 01110100-01110010-01110101
49:55 Dauwd – Rain Raker
53:05 Pearson Sound – Raindrops pt. I
57:23 Moderat – Last Time (Jon Hopkins Remix)
1:00:37 AWE – Crystals (Original Mix)
1:07:39 GANZ & ELOQ – Fortress
1:09:21 Ganz – Pvrple Forest
1:10:51 Hermitude x Flume – Hyperparadise
1:12:08 Louis Futon – Shoulda Known
1:15:23 Logic ft. Jhene Aiko – Break It Down (Louis Futon Remix)

Tropical Robot Pt 5 – Drum & Bass Mix

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Pt 1: Chill House: tinyurl.com/tropical1
Pt 2: Bassline House & Garage: tinyurl.com/tropical2
Pt 3: Trap & Twerk Bass: tinyurl.com/tropical3
Pt 4: Footwork Jungle: tinyurl.com/tropical4

An hour of rinsing drum and bass continues the Tropical Robot Mix series.

170bpm all the way, moving through liquid, jump up, big room, drumstep, techstep, breakcore, halfstep, autonomic and no doubt other sub genres, before setting the scene for a final abstract mix (yet to come).

Listen, Enjoy, Like, Share, and so on. Cheers. :)

1. High Contrast – Twilight’s Last Gleaming (VIP)
2. Jakwob feat. Tiffany Juno – Somebody New (Shy FX, Need for Mirrors & HLZ Remix)
3. A Sides & MC Fats – Dreaming (Serum & Bladerunner Remix)
4. Bladerunner – Lock Off
5. Jubei – Rufige 11
6. Wilkinson – Like It Hard
7. DJ Fresh vs Diplo feat Dominique Young Unique – Earthquake (TC Remix)
8. TC – Get Down Low
9. Rockwell – Sick of It
10. Dimension – Crowd Reaction
11. Callide – Drop Bombs
12. Edit – Snare Charm
13. Royalston – Stalking Stones
14. Dizz1 – We Go Ridin feat. Om’Mas Keith (Royalson Remix)
15. Om Unit – Timelines
16. Axon – STTR
17. Caski Feat. Chimpo – Um Bongo (1)
18. Jaquan – Telepath
19. S.P.Y feat. Suku Of Ward 21 – Rise Again (Original Mix)
20. Jubei – Say Nothin’ (Feat. Flowdan) (3 47 Edit)
21. Studio Pressure – Presha XIII
22. Capone – I’ll Be Your
23. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Serious Business
24. Lost City – Lost City x Shabba Ranks – Ting A Ling Remix (Darkart Master)
25. MC FATS – CRAZY – 6BLOCC JUNGLE REMIX 320
26. Sunchase – 420
27. Lighterman – Sands Of Time – Criminal Records
28. Substance – Homeboyz (K-Jah Remix)
29. Addison Groove & Sam Binga – Rzor (DJ Friction Remix)
30. Four Tet – Angel Echoes (Logistics Remix)
31. Frankee – Away
32. Birdy – Wings (Nu:Logic Remix)
33. Neuropol – Stand Alone

Tropical Robot Pt 4 – Fancy Footwork Jungle Mix

Part 4 of the continuous mix series is a half hour blast of bass driven 160bpm footwork (?) from the likes of Machinedrum, Coleco, Om Unit, Addison Groove, & more.

Get stuck in!

1. Dizz1 – Everyday Grind feat. Aloe Blacc
2. Dexta – The Dogz
3. DLX – Coming Correct (Calculon & Austin Speed Remix)
4. Moresounds – Riddim Again
5. Boxcutter – Dream Gator featuring Ken & Ryu
6. Sherwood & Pinch – Music Killer (Machinedrum Remix)
7. Coleco – Focus 10 (Om Unit Remix)
8. Neuropol – 12th Round
9. Coleco – Prime 2
10. K AZE – Warrior Groove
11. Mark Pritchard – Jack
12. ADDISON GROOVE – 167 Blast
13. Timo Maas – Grown Up (Addison Groove Remix)
14. PIXELORD – Drinky (VIP)
15. Alix Perez x DJ Rashad x DJ Spinn – DIGI – Don’t this Ish
16. Alix Perez & Stray – Sludge
17. Stray – Eazy Boy (Original Mix)
18. iTAL tEK – Swamp Beat
19. Olugbenga – Silver Pixie, Iyawo Mi (Deft’s 95 Mix)

Tropical Robot Pt 3 – Trap ‘n’ Twerk Bass Rave Mix

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Pt 1: Chill House: tinyurl.com/tropical1

Pt 2: Bassline House & Garage: tinyurl.com/tropical2

Stepping up the pace with Part 3 of the Tropical Robot sequence of mixes, this is a blistering assault of ravey festival trap and booming dancehall twerk.

Not much more to say except play it loud loud loud and get stuck in. Enjoy!

1 Aquadrop Vs. Nadastrom – Favelas (RL Grime Private Pussy Edit)
2 Sinjin Hawke – Crystal Dust
3 RL Grime & What So Not – Tell Me
4 Tropkillaz – MAMBO
5 Wave Racer – Rock U Tonite
6 UZ – Trap Shit 19
7 G-Wizard feat Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg & J.Dwight – Checkmate! (Remix by Eko)
8 Flosstradamus – Drop Top (feat. Travis Porter)
9 NYMZ – BINGBONG (Original Mix)
10 Flosstradamus – Mosh Pit (Feat. Casino)
11 MAYHEM x ANTISERUM vs GENT x JAWNS – WHERE YOU BEEN?
12 PAPER DIAMOND X LOUDPVCK – Paper Diamond & Loudpvck – Wylin
13 Sub Focus – Turn Back Time (Gold Top Remix)
14 BeazyTymes – Rebel
15 MING + Mister Black – Drop Out (Kick The Habit NEW REMIX) FINAL WAV
16 Skrillex – Try It Out (Neon Mix) ft. Alvin Risk
17 Zeds Dead – Ratchet
18 Woolymammoth x Cal Strange – FLAPJVCKS (Tincup Remix)
19 UZ – Trap Shit 18
20 Ronaissance – YEET
21 Green Velvet, Flosstradamus, Yellow Claw – Pillz
22 Gladiator – Work (Original Mix)
23 Headhunterz Feat. Krewella – United Kids Of The World
24 Untitled (Bonus Track)
25 Wuki – Jay-Z – Big Pimpin’ (Wuki Bootleg)
26 Clicks & Whistles x ƱZ – Bull Dozer
27 Kelis – Milkshake (Gold Top Trap Remix)
28 Pigeons love blue milk
29 Baauer & RL Grime – Infinite Daps
30 Aidonia, Schlachthofbronx – Aidonia – Pon Di Cocky (Schlachthofbronx Edit)
31 AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
32 Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl (Ian Munro’s 100bpm Retwerk)
33 Ian Munro – Twerk Some
34 G-Buck - #Twurnt
35 Bro Safari & UFO! – Drama (Party Favor Remix)
36 Missy Elliot – One Minute Man (Jesse Slayter & Saint Remix)
37 Diplo & GTA – Boy Oh Boy (TWRK Remix)
38 Saint – Tamagotchi (feat. Dai Burger – Saint Remix)
39 Baauer – Rollup (Twerk Remix)
40 DMX – Party Up (@Thrizzo Remix)
41 DJ Snake feat. Lil’ Jon – Turn Down For What
42 Yellow Claw – DJ Turn It Up
43 R3HAB & DEORRO – Flashlight (Atik Remix)
44 UZ x Aazar – Shake
45 UZ – Break Point
46 Phatcap – PVCKED!
47 Dizz1 – Everyday Grind feat. Aloe Blacc

Tropical Robot Pt 2 – Chunky Funky Bassline House

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Part 2 of the Tropical Robot series of mixes.

Where the Chill House mix (here: tinyurl.com/tropical1 ) ended on a cliff hanger here we continue the journey, picking up exactly where we left off with Eats Everything & Roisin Murphy.
This time, we have ourselves some chunky beats and fat basslines destined to ruin your speakers.

The mix is an attempt to try and balance some more “commercial” sounds with something a bit filthier & danky – after all, you don’t get a pearl without a little bit of grit.

Starting off with some Dirtybird tracks we then get both lighter & darker with some female vocals and fat wallops of bass from Route 94 & Disclosure before going old-skool with Machinedrum’s Aden. Things twist into some garridge bidnezz then get a bit heavier with My Nu Leng and Special Request’s monstrous remix of Hackney Parrot.
A final stretch of bouncing 2-step accelerates into a harder hitting climax and some twerking ravey breakbeats teasing as to where we will be going next….

Crank it up, and Enjoy!

00:00 Hot Natured, Roisin Murphy – Alternate State Eats Everything Downtown Remix)
00:20 Justin Martin – Buggin (CD Version)
01:15 Shiba San – OKAY
03:27 Route 94 – Tell You Why (Original Mix)
05:15 Hayfever – Ground Collapse
08:16 Disclosure – Help Me LOse My Mind (Kill Them With Colour Remix)
10:27 Jakwob feat. Tiffany Juno – Somebody New (Dismantle Remix)
12:30 Aden – Part Of Me (Original Mix)
15:50 Aden – Whip (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
20:12 Chocolate Puma feat. Kris Kiss – Step Back (Original Mix)
22:14 DJ Zinc & MC Fats – Move That Sound
24:58 DJ Blaqstarr – Hands Up Thumbs Down (Eyes Everywhere Bootleg)
27:18 Alex Parkin – Nasty Thing
29:19 PEARCE, Ben – Lego
30:56 STEREO MARS – Judgement
33:04 Tension – Waiting Games (Decka Sound Remix)
35:31 My Nu Leng – Masterplan (feat. Fox)
40:32 Four Tet & Terror Danjah – Killer
41:50 Varsity – Grunt
43:52 SPECIAL REQUEST – Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP)
46:18 I Killed Kenny – Fahrenheit
48:21 X5 DUBZ – Understand
49:25 Chase & Status Ft. Ed Thomas – Blk & Blu (Preditah Remix)
52:18 BeatauCue – Kyllan (Prince Club Remix)
55:23 DISTRO – Thug Girl
57:13 DevelopMENT – Drop That Ass
58:29 NAPT vs Roska – Roar
1:00:12 Gladiator – Sweat (Original Mix)
1:02:25 Ian Munro - #STFU

Tropical Robot p1: Chilled & Deep House

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Aaaand we’re Back in the room.

Belatedly starting off 2014 with a selection of mixes from my new home in Tropical Far North Australia, we’re going to ease into things gently with a nice 120bpm mix of Chilled & Deep House.

00:00 B2K – Gots Ta Be [GANZ Mellow Refix]
01:16 Maya Jane Coles – Something In The Air (Bonobo Remix)
03:51 Jamie XX – Sleep Sound
09:35 Bonobo feat. Grey Reverend – First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

16:49 Sam Feldt & De Hofnar – Bloesem (Original Mix)
19:37 hold on, were coming – fear of dawn remix
23:39 Rektchordz – Meant To Be (Fear Of Dawn Remix)
26:58 Fort Romeau – Your Light
35:22 Fort Romeau – Pirouette
37:05 Deft – Octavia
42:17 Phon.o – Moonwalk
46:56 London Grammar – Hey Now (Bonobo Remix)
49:30 Murder He Wrote ft. Lily Gray – Work It (Ft. Lily Gray)
54:57 Zhu – Moves Like Ms Jackson.

1hr 4mins total.

Clockwork Shorts – 2013 Mixtapes

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Here is a playlist of all the mixes I’ve recorded this year. It’s going to be a few months until i get the chance to record another, but in the meantime please enjoy these tunes and have a very merry Christmas.

See you in 2014!

The Best Albums of 2013 (My Choices)

Just for fun, let’s do this in reverse order. . .

There are two entries for each number on this list, perhaps they are not always musically identical, hopefully they share thematic parallels that are equally applause worthy.

X. Stomping Techno: House of Black Lanterns – Kill the Lights & Akkord – Akkord

Two superb collections of bleeding edge techno dance music from new label Houndstooth (which is ostensibly my choice for label of the year).

House of Black Lanterns’ debut collection chugs through various midnight streetlit genres of heartbroken house and gloopy techno, but it’s the footwork tunes that really soar above the rest of the tracks.

Akkord is the sound of industrial machines being retuned by geometric tesselation fetishists (yes, in a good way) and has quickly become a fast favourite in the month since it was released.

IX. Experimental Noise Generators: Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus & Yosi Horikawa – Vapor

Whilst perhaps not sonically bedfellows, both of these acts have brought unique & fresh perspective to music production techniques.

F Buttons’ album saw them transform from benign purveyors of anthemic stadium drone into a dark, sludgy morass of antagonism and almost heavy metal aesthetic that they wore surprisingly well.

Yosi Horikawa’s lp meanwhile is a beautiful piece of work that betrays his clear talent for field recording – splashing raindrops make subtle rhythms, scribbling on a chalk board another, it really is a highly accomplished and delicious feast for the ears.  Definitely one for bedtime too.

VIII. Nu-nu Soul: Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady & Sango – North

Janelle’s sophomore effort was even more confident than the first – im baffled why Dance Apocalyptic isn’t “The New Hey Ya” yet.

I don’t know a huge deal about Sango, but his productions alongside Ta-Ku and Kaytranada have been dominating a lot of my headphone time this year – crisp fat beats with a sensitive undercurrent. A bit like The Weeknd before he became creepy.

VII: Boom Bap Hip Hop: Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels & Danny Brown – Old


No embed available, but click HERE to see the Banana Clipper video

I’ve only just realised that both of these hip hop lps came out on Fools Gold,  well i never..

Anyway, two searing, speaker destroying blasts of proper hip hop with one leg on the past and one eye on the future.  Dope Song is my daughter’s current favourite “jumping on the sofa” anthem.  For the record i actually found Danny Brown quite irritating prior to this lp, that’s how good it is – he changed my mind.

VI. Breakbeat Revivalism: Congo Natty – Jungle Revolution & Special Request – Soul Music.

Jungle has come back in a big way in 2013 (more on that later) and these two lps represent the most overt demonstration of that.

Congo Natty has been knocking around quietly making jungle ever since his days as Rebel MC, but pairing with Big Dada he brought out this collection that is as close as you’ll get to being in an early 90′s Notting Hill street party without a time machine at your disposal.

Meanwhile, Paul Woolford surprised everyone by assuming this pseudonym and using his latest cutting edge production techniques to make a modern but authentically jungle lp. The results are pretty spectacular.

V. WARP Old timers return to the Stable: Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest & Nightmares on Wax – Feeling Good.

There was a time when it almost felt like only one record label was delivering the goods, and of course that label was WARP. As it’s star has waned, I personally think Ninjatune has grasped that mantle in making bold choices in electronic music.  However, this year we were lucky enough to see not one but two “classic” age WAPR artists return to the fold and deliver solid hours of music that were instantly recognisable as their familiar sound with a few modern quirks.

BoC’s Harvest took a slightly darker turn with their Carpenter-esque homage to 80′s synth soundtracks and bleak nihilism, whilst NoW was the unmistakable sound of a man who clearly loves a very relaxing and happy lifestyle chilling out on a Balearic island.  For the record, either Feeling Good or Bonobo’s North Borders wins the prize for “Most played family road trip soundtrack.”

IV. Post Trap Bleepcore: Eprom – Halflife & Desto – Emptier Streets.

Two slices of bass heavy abstraction from up & coming Dutch label RWINA. Desto’s lp is the sound of taking a dance music template and turning it into an introverted, slightly bleak, soul searching affair.

Eprom, meanwhile, continues to make music the likes of which are completely unexpected and previous unimaginable as that Vogel embed suggests. Utterly bonkers, whilst deeply serious.

III. Sad Boys with their Keyboards: James Blake – Overgown & Atoms For Peace – AMOK

Sometimes I’m not aversed to “indie” music, whatever that means these days. Both lps came out very early in the year and heloed me trudge through the Winter months – Blake’s 2nd lp strikingly more confident that his excellent 1st, whilst Thom Yorke’s supergroup basically sounded like a more electronic Radiohead.

II. Brain-work Junglists: OM Unit – Threads & Machinedrum – Vapor City

Bit of a banner year for these two chaps.  I have of course mentioned Machinedrum in a previous year end countdown, but his joining the Ninjatune family seemed to focus the elements of his recent output that had made him so unique. . .  That is except for the fact that the man formally known as 2tall and Phillip D Kick delivered one of the most outstanding works of electronic music this year under his recent nom de plume OM Unit.

Both of these albums strike a perfect balance between solemn late night listening and rinsing dancefloor terror, somehow synthesizing the ambience and space of abstract electronica whilst barrelling along over modern equivalents of footwork, jungle and drum and bass beats. Quite a feat to make a sound that can be so ambiguous and focussed at the same time, and I think whilst the “jungle footwork” sound has been evolving over the last couple of years, it is these two which will be remembered as the turning point for the sound’s evolution.

which means my top choice for 2013 is…

I. Organic Techno: Holden – The Inheritors & Jon Hopkins – Immunity.

With all honesty, I can’t really describe these albums and do them justice, so let me just say that whilst I am a fan of many forms of music, you can often hear or feel how all the separate pieces slot together – the vocals, the samples, the drum breaks that may or may not be familiar.

Both Holden & Hopkins have somehow made albums where it is near impossible to notice the cracks – almost as if both musical works had beamed down from another dimension where we use plants as musical instruments and elephantine heart rhythms can sometimes be heard in lieu of a drum machine.  If you’re a fan of comics, i’d say this is like the current run of PROPHET – you don’t fully understand what is happening or why, but it’s so beguiling you want to stay involved to try and find out.

2013 has been an exceptional year for music (across all genres), but nothing has quite enchanted me and woven it’s way into my psyche like Hopkins’ Immunity has. I suppose you could say it’s infected me.

So, with that said, I urge you to treat yourself, get comfortable, turn the speakers up & the lights down low and enjoy a beautiful video to go with an amazing body of music – Jon Hopkins’ 8 minute long “Open Eye Signal” from the Immunity LP.

Merry Christmas, and Happy 2014.

The Best & Worst Films of 2013 (My Choices)

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2013 Best Films (Top 20)

Look, everyone does their end of year lists differently, and i found it too difficult to choose only ten. However, I’d like you to try and think of this as a Top Ten with 2 choices for each themed entry. Hey, it’s my list, I can do what i want!

 

 

I. Maturation: Mud & Kings of Summer.

2013 had a plethora of well crafted and heartbreaking dramas about teenage rites of passage. I was almost tempted to roll in Prince Avalanche and I Declare War, and possibly even a glimpse of Sam Rockwell in The Way Way Back, but of course that way indulgence and madness lies. Both of these films are just beautiful and spoke to me on a profound level.

II. Ambition: Cloud Atlas & Gravity.

Two insanely ambitious blockbusters that both managed to stick the landing. Isn’t it great when people keep pushing this storytelling art form to new peaks?

  • 3.Cloud Atlas 2012

    Ambition doesn’t come any bigger than this, thankfully it delivers too.

    SHOW REVIEWS

  • 4.Gravity 2013

    Lumière brothers, the bar has been raised my friends.

    SHOW REVIEWS

     

     

     

    III. Action: Iron Man 3 & Pacific Rim.

    IM3 was essentially a Shane Black Greatest Hits compilation, and i love it for that.
    Pac Rim, i was hesitant to add initially, but i’ve watched it several times now and it seems to just get better with every viewing – world building on an epic scale from the geeks’ favourite director.

  • 5.Iron Man 3 2013

    Unquestionably the standout blockbuster of the summer: witty, zippy and a great capper to the trilogy

    SHOW REVIEWS

  • 6.Pacific Rim 2013

    boys toys in the biggest & best playpit of the year.

    SHOW REVIEWS

     

     

     

    IV. Emotion: Behind the Candelabra & Before Midnight.

    Two unbelievably powerful stories of love, obsession, and potentially destruction. Barnstorming, tear-jerking performances the lot of them.

  • 7.Behind the Candelabra 2013

    Soda Bread signs out with a typically ostentatious & disturbing effort.

    READ REVIEW

  • 8.Before Midnight 2013

    Another trilogy conclusion, and potentially the most gut-wrenching of the Before movies.

    READ REVIEW

     

     

     

V. Revelation: The World’s End & This is The End.

Two of the finest and funniest comedies of the year both dealt with immature man children fending off the end of the world with schoolboy humour and substance abuse.

  • 9.The World’s End 2013

    The 3rd of 3 trilogy endings. 90s nostalgia and a realisation that all man-children need to grow up in their own different ways. Poignant.

    SHOW REVIEWS

  • 10.This Is the End 2013

    Dick jokes, self referential humour, smug hollywood celebrities lampooning themselves. great fun

    READ REVIEW

     

     

VI. Decoration: Elysium & Oblivion.

Sometimes, all a film needs to do is be pretty. Very very pretty.

  • 11.Elysium 2013

    District 10. Damon is the Budget Iron Man.

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  • 12.Oblivion 2013

    Derivative plot be damned; combined with Elysium, you have some of the most beautiful sci fi imagery seen onscreen in years.

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VII. Inspiration: Upstream Color & Escape From Tomorrow.

Two indie flicks that were both made using daring and revolutionary techniques and practices, with spectacular (and disturbing) results.

VIII. Palpitation: The Conjuring & V/H/S 2.

A cracking year for horror, the spooky ghost house horror of Conjuring was duvet-tighteningly effective. Gareth Evans’ “Safe Haven” segment in VHS2 was visceral & terrifying enough to make the rest of the anthology seem irrelevant.

IX. Partridge Nation: Alpha Papa & The Look Of Love.

Two exceptional performances from Steve Coogan this year (probably 3 if you’ve seen Philomena). North Norfolk Digital’s most notorious host finally made his way onto the silver screen after nearly 2 decades of anticipation. Meanwhile, another sublime collaboration with Winterbottom brought us the heartbreaking Paul Raymond story in a flurry of knockers & knickers.

X. Confrontation: Man of Tai Chi & Only God Forgives.

2 doses of bone crunching Asian cinema brought to you by westerners. Keanu’s chop socky flick was a masterclass in old school kung fu, whilst Refn’s audience-baiting follow up to Drive boasted the mother of all Mothers, proving to be far more violent and destructive than any of the male players.

 

Notable omissions:

No animation, although Wreck It Ralph & Monsters University would be my top two choices there.

The next few:
Maniac
Spring Breakers
Drinking Buddies
You’re Next
Stoker
Man of Steel
John Dies At The End
Death Race: Inferno
The Battery
The History of Future Folk
We’re the Millers

And, seen (& loved) this year but not 2013 releases :
Django Unchained
EVA
Bullhorn
Speed Racer
Birth
Sleep Tight
Searching for Sugar Man
Killing them Softly
Zero Dark Thirty
Side By Side
Bellflower

Inevitably, there’s stacks of Oscar-potential movies coming in the next few weeks, but to date I’ve logged 232 movies viewed this year, and this is a reflection of nights enjoyed rather than anticipated..

 

 

2013 Worst Films (Bottom 20)

Thankfully i have the freedom to avoid films that look dreadful, which is why The Internship isn’t on this list, nor are any franchise-starters based on a Tween Novel.

There are a few emergent patterns that i’d like to comment on and open up to the floor:

1. Melissa McCarthy’s great performance in Bridesmaids is increasingly proving to be a a fluke. I submit films 3-5 on my list as evidence.

2. Russel Crowe really shouldn’t sing, similarly Jaden Pinkett Smith shouldn’t do anything.

3. Remake / Reboot fatigue is really setting in now. I was somewhat heartened to see the remake of Carrie was essentially ignored.

4. Kick Ass 2 – what the HELL happened?

5. I’d be happy never to see Bruce Willis sleepwalk through another film – between Die Hard 5, Red 2, GI Joe 2, and god knows what else, he’s gone from the everyman hero living off his quick wits to a tedious bore who almost seems to be actively leaning out of the screen saying “I cant even be bothered to appear here, so why should you bother to watch me?”

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