PRINT December 2009

Music: Best of 2009

Gavin Russom


1 Dirty Sound System In February, this six-year-old Parisian label dropped Discodeine’s hard, fun, weird, fresh, and extremely danceable 12" single “Tom Select.” Only three months later, the label released Dirty French Psychedelics, an LP collection of rare trip-out gems. Full of beautiful, haunting songs, it’s from another side of the universe, but the quality of both releases makes it clear that this label is about something deeper than genre.

2 Supermax (Harley Days, Berlin) At this yearly summer gathering of German bikers, sixty-year-old Kurt Hauenstein, aka Supermax, opened his set with a seamless segue from “Don’t Stop the Music” to “African Blood.” Although the makeshift arena was nearly empty at the beginning, his sound was as shimmering as ever, and the rhythms more driving (thanks to updated technology). By halfway through I was in a sea of denim, leather, and hair.


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