Remix Of The Year
Those big glitzy pop edits just had it in for me this year. Genius Stuart Price turned Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ into ‘Material Girl’-era Madonna, Manhattan Clique pumped up the Vickers’ near-perfect ‘Once’ into space-station trance, while Starsmith hit full-on poppers o’clock with their edit of Robyn’s ‘Hang With Me’. But the top two slots both belonged to Clock Opera. Their gutting of the Everything’s ‘MY KZ UR BF’ was a sublime bass-and-bric-a-brac delight but even they couldn’t top their own reworking of Marina And The Diamond’s ‘I Am Not A Robot’. Its delayed-orgasm-rhythm-method-don’t-come-yet-build-up makes me yearn to take it again and again, right in the ear. Polishing a diamond indeed. It was flawless.
Cover Version Of The Year
I proper caved in to The Rayees doing ‘Dancing On My Own’ (Robyn overload!) until I heard Passion Pit’s recorded version of live favourite ‘Dreams’ by The Cranberries. Then right at the last minute Mum-friendly Karen-Carpenter-a-like Rumer slipped yet another a heartbreaker onto her Seasons Of My Soul LP. Yes, it’s ‘Goodbye Girl’ by David Gates, and it takes the crown. That little vocal trill she does two and a quarter minutes in should do the trick if you’re still unsure.
Gig Of The Year was of course Suede at the Royal Albert Hall ...