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
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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
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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
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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:

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.

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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.

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