As Jools Holland played ringmaster to animatronic polar bears, Kylie Minogue dressed in leopard print and C list celebrities gone wild at his Hootenanny, Caribou saw in the New Year with a mix for BBC 6 Music. Weaving the best tracks from ‘Swim’ into some of their favourites (if you hadn’t heard of Phil and Friends Band before now, we suggest you pay attention to the first track), it’s a lazy DJ’s dream.
But our favourite has to be the mix’s slow dance finale from friend of Bo Diddley and Marvin Gaye, Billy Stewart. His 1968 Chess Records jam ‘Cross My Heart’, with its dramatic backing vocals and big big melody, is the perfect way to end any set.
And whaddaya know, Jay Electronica agrees. On Exhibit C, one of our favourite tracks of last year, he brings out the epic quality in Stewart’s voice, taking a love story and applying it to a hyped-up hip hop track.
Phill & Friends Band – This Man
Alog – Every Word Was Once an Animal (Daphni Mix)
Caribou – Odessa (David Wrench’s Drumapella)
Moodymann – Dem Young Sconies
Caribou – Odessa (Clubb Mixx)
Caribou – Sun (Jeremy’s Mix)
Thomas Mapfumo – Shumba (Daphni Edit)
Caribou – Leave House
Pazy and the Black Hippies – Wa Ho Ha
via BBC 6 Music