This year’s records – my top 28 for 2007

As with the compiling of the 2006 end of year list, I’ve struggled a little to separate music actually released this year from albums both recent and more historical. This year has definitely been one in which I’ve listened to a lot of the Chain Reaction axis (which I love as much as ever) so yes I’m fessing up to sheep-like behaviour I know – but what the hell, it’s given me a helluva lot of pleasure. I’ve also listened to more pop than previous years – a sure sign of having a daughter who likes pop music a lot (alongside múm, Kraftwerk and much else that gladdens her dad’s heart).

All in all, it’s been another great year for new music. Here’s hoping for new works by at least some of the following next year: Kraftwerk, Rhythm & Sound (however unlikely), Jon Hassell and David Sylvian. I still need to hear LCD Soundsytem (I guess), the new one from The Field and many other things I look forward to discovering long after everyone else. Anyway, the following is in alphabetical order rather than one of preference.

  • 2562 – Channel Two/Circulate
    Thoughts here.
  • Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol.1
    I knew there was something I liked a lot, but had forgotten to include and it took reading Mapsadaisical’s fine retrospective to jog my memory. My thoughts here. Like Mapsa sez, can’t wait for further instalments (despite the snotty Wire review).
  • Arve Henriksen – Strjon
    My review here.
  • Burial – Untrue
    Hmm. I’ve been meaning to write a post about this release since I first started to listen to it, but whenever I mean to write a blog post here, I end up doing one for Hard Format or concentrating on my photography. I think the shock of the new has been inevitably diluted. I’m not so keen on the vocals after 10 or 12 listens. I think I prefer the first one, but Untrue is still a very fine record.
  • DJ Spooky – Ghostworld (Africa Pavilion Mix)
    A very recent discovery, made soon after getting back into Mr Spooky and particularly his Rhythm Science mix. You can download the very wonderful Ghostworld here.
  • Dominik Eulberg – Heimische Gefilde
    Thank you Ben for opening my slow ears to the wonders of (mostly) German minimal, Heimische Gefilde endearingly alternates gently melodic techno with Bill Oddie-style bird spotting. Ace.
  • Fennesz Sakamoto – cendre
    My review here.
  • Gui Boratto – Chromophobia
    Lovely minimal from Brazilian architect/DJ on Kompakt, where else?
  • Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion
    Huffy Guardian dismissals notwithstanding, a brilliant and at times heartbreaking sets of wonderful pop songs with brilliant lyrics – check the words to Bobbie Brown in particular. Thank you Amy!
  • Modeselektor – Happy Birthday!
    Another Ben special – excellent, varied set featuring guest spots from the likes of Thom Yorke, Apparat and the incomparable Paul St. Hillaire.
  • múm – Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy
    Lovely and predominantly uplifting experience after the darkness of 2004′s Summer Make Good. Why did it take so many years for this group to finally click?
  • Ricardo Villalobos – Fabric 36
    Gradually growing on me, still not entirely convinced, but I can be slow like that.
  • Roisin Murphy – Overpowered
    I’ll confess immediately that at time of writing I’ve heard this exactly 1.5 times, but I swear I’m going to love it. Okay, if I end up hating it I promise I’ll update this list, honest. Bought this for Is, I’m wagering she’ll start playing it soon :-)
  • Steve Jansen – Slope
    My review here.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto/Morelenbaum2 – Casa
    Delicious interpretations by Sakamoto of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s compositions
  • Scott Walker – And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?
    Scott was positively prolific this year, what with this 4 part instrumental composition and that single vocal contribution to the Plague Songs project. My review here.
  • Skull Disco – Soundboy Punishments
    This didn’t really sound like dubstep to these ears, no bad thing. The Villalobos remix is stunning, but so is Shackleton’s Hamas Rule. My further thoughts here.
  • Supersilent – 8
    My review here.
  • Sustain Release – Private Press
    My thoughts/pics here.
  • T++ – Allied / Tensile
    Gutterbreakz says it much better than I can.
  • The Field – From Here We Go To Sublime
    Sublime indeed.
  • Various – Basic Replay
    This is the compilation I’ve sort of been waiting for for years – an excellent compilation of 80s Jamaican digidub. Wouldn’t have known where to start, but this gives loads of pointers.
  • Various – Rumble in the Jungle
    Glory days of ragga jungle collected brilliantly on this Soul Jazz compilation.
  • Von Südenfed – Tromatic Reflexxions
    Comes last in this alphabetical listing, but near the top in my affections. According to my itunes playcount I appear to have played this something like 40 times.

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