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Saturday, 16 December 2017

SV Stop 301: SubVersion End Of Year Chart by Muttley for 2017

Looks like it'll be three to five key subverts this year end contributing a roundup chart. The best thing is there is no limit on amount of entries by one person. So that means you can add different unique things to your chart while I get time in listening to it and potter.

Since I posted my full chart just before Xmas Day, there's been a nice little wellspring of contributions from www.subvertcentral.com regulars, and some not so regulars too. Very nice of them.

Rest assured I found it difficult to make any definitive entries at all in 2017. It was a year of recovery, both for the media (Grenfell Tower anyone?) Hence the influence for this record: 

  Best LP of the year: Black Swan - Travesty Waves.

...And when I actually owned up to creating the frequencies, my Best record this year was "May Everyone Be Safe From Harm". Followed by "Warneford Hospital Wanderings". Followed by the magic alterations of mind of Leyland Kirby's "Everywhere At The End Of Time 3CD".

Food wise, I ate like a pig, spent like a spendthrift, returned to restaurants, and lost 2 stone in total!

Best food of the year eating out: The Beehive Asian Inspired Swordfish 12pm-230pm Tuesday lunch. Shouts to Big Steve Sal Kelly Chloe Liam (two of whom are no longer working) and others I knew from the local area. I go there for everything good, and I've never had a bad day there.

Best random moment: celebrating my Grandad's 90th birthday in Carterton with a meal at the Plough with tea and friends. The Plough has revamped itself as full of tradition and flavoursome food.

Best Indian meal eating out: the Aangon "excellence and expertise with a touch of brilliance" owned Dovecote Spice Indian English and Carvery in Burford, Minster Lovell. With: Indian Hot Pot. Chicken, Lamb, Green Chili, Peppers, Prawns, Spicy Sauce and all dolled up with a fancy ceramic pot topped with Nan pastry lid. Only available in restaurant. £10.95.

Now I've filled my boots, Best track confirmed. Which is:

Sub Loam - Elevation, A Map Unfolding And Simultaneous Apprehension Of A Pineapple Mayweed (Wist Rec. 2017)

Layering up, Best song is:

Cigarettes After Sex - Apocalypse

"Your lips my lips...apocalypse".

Best mix: Goldfrapp live at 02 Academy OX4. 20th March 2017.

Favourite book: Josephine Cox in the tradition of Catherine Cookson novels - Outcast.

Favourite lyrics: Tracks-wise, Im a huge fan of the partially unreleased Ric Gordon operation, "Despairs Lover EP". Particularly "Suddenly Single". The lyrics are really well voiced in a cool, fluid tone. "Hands in the air, nobody move / dangerous games make your spine tingle, when you're suddenly single".

Favourite upcoming artists: Calexico and Scanner also really got my attention with their latest album tunes. Im also really partial to Goldfrapps "Systemagic" and "Ocean".

Favourite computer game: Pokemon Moon Beta on the Nintendo 3DS XLR and friends Clubs.

Favourite 2017 Pokemon: Popplio.

Favourite SC thread: MMA.


Fave ambient blog: a tough one, but Low Light Mixes never fails to calm my schizophrenia disorder down. I read a lot of http://www.ambientblog.net and http://www.fluid-radio.co.uk in the summer to spring of this year. Asip has been grand for features.

Favourite boxing fight: Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko.

Other good ones...too many to list. The big money McGregor stoppage was great to watch, as well as Canelo Alvarez draw with Gennady Golovkin. Editing tonight I watched the best bits of Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux. I was really impressed.

I tend to remember boxing fights more...more chess. Plus it's what I want to see. I've done Muay Thai focussing for years. I don't need to see the kicks; I can imagine them, in replacement or combination.

Favourite dedication concept confirmed:

"Utopia" CD by Bjork & Arca that I have a deluxe copy of. The "pearl inside the clam" poem inside joke notice made me emit a heartfelt lol.

My review of the year is this...

Malk - Death From A Love

Can we really imagine death from a love? It's one of those rare things that happens all too often, painted into the fabric of
cotton goods promises and soft-hearted tenderness. Say a love leaves us unexpectedly, dies suddenly, and we are insatiable to
that love originally - that could be marked as death from a love. Like something inside us has died, ready to be replaced with
something else that we don't really want to replace at all costs. This is the "love" element, closeness, some would say clinging,
but I don't know about you, love never comes through death...

And I don't know either, whether you also feel how mental transmogrification turns the concept of "it" inside out, with fake
society, conceited people, counterfeit claims and all that negative mind-melting stuff that comes through death. Do some people
enjoy perverting the concept of death? Of over-dramatising what life is actually always eternal? Seriousness is seriousness, and
words are just that - dust in deserts of sound. It is only when we find material serious and mature enough to tranquilise the
sheer grief that non-psycopathic people feel that we find albums like "Death From A Love". It's a great title, a great album and
a great package. One that will last for all eternity in the eyes of those willing to use that oh-so important word: care.

You need patience, in other words, to tackle a concept like "Death From A Love". The weak-minded fall down and have no patience.
The creator of this recording has a lot of patience, I would wager. How else could one commit to things that are seen as trite
in the minds of the unminded robot-hybrids of our generation? Pedalling out the unreal at every turn - this album is real. From
the opening lines, where morose tones touch the back of the neck in a FareWell Poetry style, the anger that we all feel is self-
contained and instead of being left to fester, is expressed in musical, and here, reviewer language. It's the least trade-off a
true artist could expect of intelligent life, after all. As represented by electronic skeletons throughout the central coda.

In life, nobody is better than anyone else. We are all winners. And every album is a treasure, whether you choose to "like" it
or not? And what is like? We may as well be all self-defeatist - I'll tell you what; we may as well all be Franz Kafka. Never
finishing our stories properly - I've wrote a lot of those stories over the years. But the deciding factor on whether we keep
art in our collections (we are ultimately nerdy collectors if we are perusing this area of music by nature, after all) is if the
central concept is a successfully realised one. Come tune in to "Death From A Love" and find out why we have something special.

Fave streaming service: Spotify.
Fave streaming playlist: "drone music" 203 h Spotify continuous playlist.
Fave new music video app: Box Plus.
Fave longstanding Mp3/Mp4 hybrid: YouTube.
Fave app game: World Chef virtual restaurant manager.
Fave exercise: cardio kickboxing.
Fave virtual exercise: UFC brainstem endurance training.
Fave new channel sub: Boxnation.
Fave drink: hot chocolate.

Feel free to send your charts in to the usual address.