La.Ga.Sta.: Best of 2011

December 30th, 2011

Artwork: Yannis Dragasakis

La.Ga.Sta. offered its services to many weary travellers once more this year. By “following rivers” they drove “through the green” and found themselves in “English Riviera” only to come back again to our station for another refill.
Taking a Friday drive down this year’s memory lane, we think back on our numerous stops including among others:

Our after-hours, absolutely wicked dj set in the VIP room of Melt! Festival. We might have missed Cut Copy’s performance but we certainly had a blast. Shout out to T.E.E.D., Azari & III, Metronomy, Siriusmo, and Planningtorock for their stunning gigs.

The 15-track La.Ga.Sta. Summer Compilation 2011 with lots of exclusives released in August and downloaded by more than 15.000 vroomers in less than a month. Thank you guys!

The La.Ga.Sta mixtapes by the amazing Drop Out Orchestra, CFCF, Das Moth, Pharao Black Magic, Marius, and Mickey. Much appreciated.

Dancing ‘till we dropped with the Can You Relate? team at their super cool parties in Thessaloniki together with The Magician, Shit Robot, Villa, Moullinex, In Flagranti, Acid Washed, and Stopmakingme.

A huge thanks coming out to all of you who filled up our inbox with tons of tunes and mixes, wish we could post them all. Keep them coming.

It’s always such a great pleasure sharing sounds, words and feelings with all the people we love. We don’t really like making lists since we always forget to include everything we loved through the year. But, by popular demand, our pit stop crew tried to bring the Best of 2011 lists (albums, tracks, remixes, EP’s, video) based on what we played most on our car stereo. It was certainly an amazing year with great releases that gave this station the “gas” it needed to carry on driving. Check out our lists below in no particular order. We don’t have winners or losers in this race only drivers that finally make it to the finish line.

This is the 2011 sound of La.Ga.Sta. Vroooommm!

La.Ga.Sta.’s Top 20 Albums of 2011

Metronomy – The English Riviera [Because Music]
Tiger & Woods – Through The Green [Running Back]
Washed Out – Within And Without [Sub Pop]
Azari & III – Azari & III [Loose Lips]
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost [True Panther/Matador]
The Rapture – In the Grace Of Your Love [DFA Records]
Siriusmo – Mosaik [Monkeytown]
Discodeine – Discodeine [Dirty]
Cut Copy – Zonoscope [Modular]
Rimer London – Rimer London [Magnetron]
Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost! [DFA Records]
Yuksek – Living On The Edge Of Time [Polydor]
Korallreven – An Album by Korallreven [Acéphale]
Cults – Cults [Columbia]
Canyons – Keep Your Dreams [Modular]
Com Truise – Galactic Melt [Ghostly International]
6th Borough Project – One Night In The Borough [Delusions Of Grandeur]
Beni – House Of Beni [Modular]
In Flagranti – Worse For Wear [Codek]
Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves [Domino Records]

La.Ga.Sta.’s Top 20 Tracks of 2011

Metronomy – The Look
The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?
Benoit & Sergio – Everybody
Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love
Paradis – Parfait Tirage
Poolside – Do You Believe?
Jamie xx – Far Nearer
M83 – Midnight City
Try To Find Me – Needs Ending
Joe Goddard – Gabriel (feat. Valentina)
Joakim – Forever Young
Kamp! – Cairo
Glass Candy – Warm In The Winter
Jonas Rathsman – Tobago
Flight Facilities – Foreign Language
Oliver – Memories Of The Future
Citizens! – True Romance
SBTRKT – Pharaohs (feat. Roses Gabor)
Keep Shelly In Athens – Hauntin’ Me
PillowTalk – The Come Back

La.Ga.Sta.’s Top 20 Remixes of 2011

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers [The Magician Remix]
Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin Love [Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework]
Jeremy Glenn – New Life [Perseus ‘Summer of 83’ Remix]
Runaway – Chapter IV [Tensnake Remix]
Dj Nibc – The Doorman [Casino Times Remix]
Teengirl Fantasy – Cheaters [John Talabot’s Classic Vocal Refix]
Is Tropical – The Greeks [Moonlight Matters Remix]
Tensnake – Need Your lovin [Tiger & Woods Remix]
Locussolus – I Want It [Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix]
Tyson – Die On The Dancefloor [Mickey Remix]
Cosmic Kids – Reginald’s Groove [Classixx Remix]
Yacht – I Walked Alone [Jacques Renault Remix]
The KDMS: “Tonight [Morgan Geist Remix]
Beni – It’s A Bubble [The Magician Remix]
Mark E – The Day [Prins Thomas Remix]
Paul Weller – Starlite [Black Van Remix]
Lazydisco – More Tigers [Mirror People]
Wolfram Feat. Haddaway – Thing Called Love [Legowelt Remix]
Midnight Savari – Pinisi [The C90s Remix]
Munk – Rue de Rome [Cécile Remix]

La.Ga.Sta.’s Top 20 EP’s of 2011

Todd Terje – Ragysh [Running Back]
Julio Bashmore – Everyone Needs A Theme Tune [PMR Records]
Peter & The Magician – Twist [Kitsuné]
Chad Valley – Equatorial Ultravox [Cascine]
Tornado Wallace – Rainbow Road [Instruments Of Rapture]
John Talabot – Families [Young Turks]
Toro Y Moi – Freaking Out [Carpark]
Suzanne Kraft – Green Flash [Running Back]
Matias Aguayo – I Don’t Smoke [Kompakt]
Moullinex – Chocolat [Gomma]
Montevideo – Tribal Dance [Relish Recordings]
Mario & Vidis – Changed [Future Classic]
The 2 Bears – Bear Hug [Southern Fried Records]
Runaway – Stories [On The Prowl]
Zimmer – Horizontal Disco [Discotexas]
Flume – Sleepless [Future Classic]
Rocco Raimundo – Between The Sheets [Bedmo Disco Records]
Para One & Tacteel – Fair Enough [Fool’s Gold]
Chris Malinchak – Villette [French Express]
Beth Ditto – EP [Deconstruction Records]

La.Ga.Sta.’s Best Video of 2011

Directed by MEGAFORCE

La.Ga.Sta.’s Best Mix of 2011
Four Tet – Fabriclive 59

La.Ga.Sta.’s Best Compilation of 2011
If This Is House I Want My Money Back Zwei [Permanent Vacation]

La.Ga.Sta.’s Best Cover of 2011
Paradis – La Ballade de Jim [Alain Souchon Cover]

La.Ga.Sta.’s Best Mixtape of 2011
Poolside – Day & Night


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Girls: “Honey Bunny” Video

September 20th, 2011

“Honey Bunny”, the opening track from Girls’ new album “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” gets a video, directed by Ivan Shumaker and Girls’ own Chet JR White.

mp3: Girls: “Vomit”

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Girls: “Vomit” Video

August 8th, 2011

Directed by Austin Rhodes.

mp3: Girls: “Vomit”

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Girls: “Vomit”

July 21st, 2011

The first taste from San Francisco’s Girls forthcoming album, “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” is here. The new album comes two years after their acclaimed debut (‘Album’) and a year after the follow up mini-album (‘Broken Dreams Club’). You can now download the six-and-a-half-minute epic track “Vomit” below.

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Girls: “Vomit” [mp3]

“Father, Son, Holy Ghost” will be released on September 13 via True Panther/Matador.


Girls: ‘Broken Dreams Club’

October 25th, 2010

Girls are giving away as a free download the new song, ‘Heartbreaker’, from their new EP, ‘Broken Dreams Club’, out on November 22th on Fantasy Trashcan (Turnstile). In their own words: “This record is a letter of intent, it’s a snapshot of the horizon. We took the money we’ve made on tour and worked with the kind of equipment and musicians that would have been too expensive for us in the past…This isn’t Girls all grown up, but it’s certainly the next step up from Album. This is Broken Dreams Club – a record from our hearts to yours…”. You can download ‘Heartbreaker’ for the price of an email below.

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Girls: ‘Heartbreaker’


Dominant Legs

July 12th, 2010

San Francisco duo Dominant Legs (Ryan Lynch from the band Girls and Hannah Hun) will release their first EP ‘Young At Love and Life’, on August 17th via Lefse Records. With Lynch on guitar and vocals, and Hunt on vocals and keys, Dominant Legs’ sincere and dance-y pop songs tap into a sound that is at once naively sweet and self-consciously tragic. We really like their new version of ‘Clawing Out At The Walls’.

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Favorite Albums of 2009

December 29th, 2009

1. The xx – The xx
2. The Whitest Boy Alive – Rules
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
4. jj – jj n° 2
5. Au Revoir Simone – Still Night, Still Light
6. Miike Snow – Miike Snow
7. Pet Shop Boys – Yes
8. La Roux – La Roux
9. CFCF – Continent
10. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha

Various Artists – Valerie And Friends

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Favorite Tracks of 2009

December 24th, 2009

Classixx: “I’ll Get You” (feat. Jeppe)
Bat For Lashes: “Daniel”
La Roux: “Bulletproof”
The Whitest Boy Alive: “Island”
Pet Shop Boys: “The Way It Used To Be”
The xx: “Islands”
Siriusmo: “High Together”
Hurts: “Wonderful Life”
Grizzly Bear: “Two Weeks”
Fake Blood: “I Think I Like It”
Washed Out: “Feel It All Around”
JJ: “My Hopes And Dreams”
usic Go Music: “Warm In The Shadows”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Heads Will Roll”
Acid Washed: “General Motors, Detroit, America”
Röyksopp: “Vision One”
Girls: “Hellhole Ratrace”
Grum: “Heartbeats”
Golden Silvers: “True Romance”
Tiga: “Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore”
The Drums: “Let’s Go Surfing”
Warpaint: “Billie Holiday”
Kasabian: “Where Did All The Love Go?”
Still Going: “Spaghetti Circus”
The Big Pink: “Dominos”
Yuksek: “So Far Away From The Sea” [Extended Remix]
80kidz: “Miss Mars”
Memory Tapes: “Green Knight”
Zwicker: “Who You Are” [Feat. Heidi Happy]
Here We Go Magic: “Fangela”
Simian Mobile Disco: “Cruel Intentions” [feat. Beth Ditto]
Annie: “Songs Remind Me Of You”
The Horrors: “Sea Within A Sea”
Ellie Goulding: “Under The Sheets”
Matt & Kim: “Daylight
Ali Love: “Diminishing Returns”
Sally Shapiro: “Moonlight Dancing”
Desire: “”If I Can’t Hold You”
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool: “Dance The Way I Feel”
Camera Obscura: “French Navy”

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