December 22, 2006

2006 Year In Review: Individual Writer Lists

As a companion piece to our 2006 year in review, here are the individual lists/charts from each of our contributors. Happy reading…


December 1, 2006

Jamiroquai - Runaway


To be clear: Besides being a longtime NBS fave—and christ, say what you will about A Funk Odyssey, like you can even begin to understand what “Little L” is really about—Jamiroquai are easily the most fucking incredible “hardworking dance band” out there. If there is an act worthy of the title “Lenny Kravitz of acid-funk,” it’s these guys. Jay Kay can sing, the string arrangements are always smart and gorgeous, the rhythm section grooves busily but never overwhelmingly, and most times the lyrics are both catchy and insightful: “Now we got emergency / Oh we got emergency on planet Earth.” Recognize those lyrics? That’s the chorus from Jamiroquai’s hit song “Emergency on Planet Earth.” What were you listening to in 1993? As for “Runaway,” what can I say? It’s probably the best song of 2006. Just like “Virtual Insanity” was the best song of 1996. Just like “Canned Heat” was the best song of 1999. Sensing a trend here? I say “Runaway” is “probably the best song of 2006″ because Grant Nelson’s deep house remix has some pretty bad-ass horn parts, which combined with the bigger kick might put it on top. No comment re: the stiff, no-fun Braxe/Falke remix except wow, talk about two guys who really don’t get Jamiroquai. Haters, eat your hat.

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[Nick Sylvester]

December 1, 2006

Beatzcast #12



01: Future Forward – Time for Livin’ (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
02: The Diskokaines – Rock-A-Boogie (In Flagranti Mix)
03: Jamiroquai – Runaway
04: Echo Club – Senor Pasajero
05: Justus Koehncke – Faults‘n‘FX
06: Melon – Spring
07: Oliver Koletzki – Follow Up
08: Ost & Kjex – How Not to Be a Biscuit