Reader Best of 2009: Sam (of


Name: Sam
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
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BLACKsummersnightย  by Maxwell

Overall, the album is outstanding, from the orchestrationย  to the lyrics … but Maxwell’s unique live performances makes you appreciate this album (and the 3 others) even more!

Mos Def feat Talib Kweli – ‘History’

Oh nostalgia …Nothing beats a Blackstar Reunion on a J Dilla beat! Kweli and Mos Def are surely the “best alliance in Hip Hop” and Dilla, need I say more?

Siriusmo – ‘High Together’

I discovered German DJ & Producer Siriusmo earlier this year and man I love him, ‘High Together’ is oneย  my coup de coeur in terms of Electronic musicย  … also liked ‘Anyway’ by Duck Sauce aka Atrak + Armand van Helden but then again, this is a dance track ๐Ÿ™‚

Raphael Saadiq (featuring Joss Stone) – “Just One Kiss”

Saadiq’s ‘The Way It Is’ is a pure jewel, I’ve been a fan forever and it seems to me that his keeps getting better and better. Joss Stone’s strong vocals, Saadiq’s smooth delivery, the orchestration give the track all the elements of a classic love song

Solange – ‘ Stillness in the move’

Miss Knowles’ take on The Dirty Projectors track is certainly surprising and aย  pure delight to the hear.
“Bumpy’s Lament” has been sampled by Dre who was sampled by Badu and now Solange. I really appreciate her effort to bring all these different elements and influences together.