Waxfactor (check thewaxfactory.co.uk and rhythm-incursions.com)
· best albums
- Busdriver "Cosmic Cleavage" (Big Dada)
- Diplo "Florida" (Big Dada)
- Sixtoo "Chewing On Glass" (Ninja Tune)
- Mixmaster Mike "Bangzilla" (Scratch)
- edIT "Crying Over Pros For No Reason" (Planet Mu)
- DJ Signify "Sleep No More" (Lex Records)
· albums I listened to
all of the above, plus:
- D-Styles "Phantazmagorea" (Beat Junkie Sound)
- Hive "Devious Methods" (ffrr)
- Busdriver "Temporary Forever" (Temporary Whatever)
- RZA "Ghostdog Score" (Japan Import)
- Mr Dibbs "The 30th Song" (Rhymesayers)
- Bigg Jus "Black Mamba Serums 2.0" (Big Dada)
- El-P "Fantastic Damage" (Definitive Jux)
- El-P "Collecting The Kid" (Definitive Jux)
- Soundmurderer & Sk1 Mixtape (Rewind)
- Buddy Peace & Zilla "Watch And Repeat Play" (Warp)
- various mixtapes from Buddy Peace
- various Merbie Hancock, Miles, Coltrane, Mingus, Lalo Shifrin, Deodato etc.
- various releases on Mush, Merck, Metatronix, Chocolate Industries, Lex, Big Dada, Plug Research, Warp, Planet Mu, Rephlex, Definitive Jux, Project Blowed, Fondle 'Em, Wordsound, Celestial, Violence.... just wall to wall sound for 365 days or so
· best songs
- Kool Keith "Drugs (8FM Remix)"
- Team Shadetek "Dem Nuh Know Me"
- El-P / Camu Tao "Jukie Skate Anthem"
· best beats
- Team Shadetek "Yoga Beat"
- Kool Keith "Drugs (8FM Remix)"
- M.I.A. "Galang"
· best producers
- Daddy Kev
- Omid
- Hive
- Paris Zax
- Diplo
- Sixtoo
- DJ Signify
- El-P
- 2tall
- Mr. Trick
- Para One
- edIT
- Team Shadetek
everyone on complexplayersclub.com
· best emcee / lyrics
- P.E.A.C.E.
- Busdriver
- Buck65
· favorite artwork
mine! ("Gameface") but it's gonna be topped by my LP work (HUGE up to Griff!)
· favorite labels
- Needlework!
- or, if i'm unbiased, probably Big Dada
· biggest surprise
not selling out and clockin mad loot
· biggest disappointment
not selling out and clockin mad loot
· books I read
- Rafi Zabor "The Bear Comes Home"
- Hunter S. Thompson "Hell's Angels"
· movies I saw
- everything written by Charlie Kaufman
- Star Wars everything on DVD (finally)
- Lord Of The Rings trilogy DVD
- stacks of others, featuring heavily on comic book type ish
· websites I visited
- urbansmarts.com
- rhythm-incursions.com
- thewaxfactory.co.uk
- minipips.com
- complexplayersclub.com (site of the year?)
· foods I ate
rice, fish and lots of it
· things that made me smile
my wife falling pregnant with our 3rd mini-wax
· things that made me go hmm
things like this: "Did you see Bush on TV, trying to debate? . . . It was pitiful. . . . I almost felt sorry for him, until I heard someone call him "Mister President," and then I felt ashamed." - Hunter S. Thompson
· things that made me cringe
'producers' sampling 80s & 90s pop (s)hits. dammit, I'm hearing some of the most innovative production i've heard in my life from the cats i mentioned above - then i switch on the radio and get Eminem & Martika?? where the hell are we headed now?
· best moment(s) of 2004
- musical: when my "Gameface" EPs arrived
- non-musical: first time I saw my unborn daughter on the ultrasound scan
· worst moment(s) of 2004
can't think of one, but I'm sure it was finance-related. or when I saw my formerly mighty Elland Rd heroes drop out of the only league that counts... gutted
· what I'd like to see in 2005
more excellent music. less letters from creditors. some success, perhaps
· what I don't want to see in 2005
weak, mindless sampling. leave them 80s shits alone, dammit
· hip hop in 2005 will be...
same is it ever was (til I drop my LP; then the whole game gon' change, yaheard?)
· my new years resolutions
to get myself into a position where I'm earning a living doing something I really enjoy

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