2007 Music Rewind

Ah, it’s that time of the year again. “Best of” list time. While 2007 has been a pret­ty active year for new releas­es, I found that I kept going back to the same albums — which were not nec­es­sar­i­ly the ones whose releas­es I antic­i­pat­ed the most.

By the way, a lot of the music I’ve enjoyed the most this year deploy obscene amounts of bass. If you don’t have a sub­woofer, you hear only half of the music…

6. Wilco — Sky Blue Sky

Wilco - Sky Blue SkyWilco con­tin­ues to craft great songs, and dress them up in just the right amount of stu­dio trick­ery.
Either Way
lis­ten: [audio:songs/Wilco_EitherWay.mp3]
buy: Sky Blue Sky at amazon.com

5. Radiohead — In Rainbows

Radiohead - In RainbowsMuch has been said of Radiohead’s deci­sion to leave their major label and self-release In Rain­bows and even more has been said about their deci­sion to allow fans to pay any price, includ­ing noth­ing. Amid all the hoopla, though, is a real­ly good album. Per­son­al­ly, I found the phys­i­cal media pack­age to be overkill. I am eager­ly await­ing a stan­dard cd release (or, a high­er def­i­n­i­tion release if it ever becomes avail­able. Please release your back cat­a­log in SACD for­mat! Sur­round would be even greater!).
All I Need
lis­ten: [audio:songs/Radiohead_AllINeed.mp3]
buy: In Rain­bows at amazon.com

4. Skream — Skreamizm Vol:3

Skream - Skreamizm: Vol. 32007 has been anoth­er year of dub­step dis­cov­ery. Skream con­tin­ues to aston­ish with count­less pro­duc­tions, and con­sis­tent­ly high qual­i­ty. Vol­ume 4 will be great, I’m cer­tain.
Chest Box­ing
lis­ten: [audio:songs/Skream_ChestBoxing.mp3]
buy: Skreamizm Vol. 3 at boomkat.com

3. Burial — Ghost Hardware

Burial - Ghost HardwareHyper­dub teased the 2007 Bur­ial fol­lowup, Untrue, with a 12-inch release that retained the fla­vor of the debut, but still showed devel­op­ment. The album did not dis­ap­point.
lis­ten: [audio:songs/Burial_GhostHardware.mp3]
buy: Untrue at amazon.com
buy: Untrue at bleep.com

2. Coki — Burnin’

Coki - Burnin'Lon­don­ers were prob­a­bly tired of hear­ing this song by the time I got my hands on it. Addic­tive.
lis­ten: [audio:songs/Coki_Burnin.mp3]

1. The Bug — Jah War feat. Flowdan (Loefah Remix)

The Bug - Jah WarThe Bug turns from mutant dance­hall to Grime-y dub­step. The Loe­fah remix of Jah War is the heav­i­est thing I heard all year. Got many rewinds.
lis­ten: [audio:songs/TheBug_JahWarRemix.mp3]

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