Top Albums of 2008
Let's keep this short and sweet. If you have not heard these albums I suggest you give them a listen. (The list appears in no particular order.)
Jamie Lidell 'Jim'
He has done no wrong for my ears since I first heard his croon on the Supercollider albums. I just get sad waiting for the next album to drop.
Buraka Som Sistema 'Black Diamond'
Kuduro from Portugal. Bass heavy beats and aggressive vocals.
Hercules And Love Affair 'Hercules And Love Affair'
What more can be said for this debut? Disco shuffle, classic house swagger and Antony.
TV On The Radio 'Dear Science'
Third album from the creators of sewer soul and spiritual nouveau.
The Airborne Toxic Event 'The Airborne Toxic Event'
Best thing to happen to indie rock since 'Funeral.'
Machines Don't Care 'Machines Don't Care'
A thunder-dome of the masters of Fidget, Bassline, Grime and all other bang your head in beats. Headed by Josh Herve the first album includes production and vocal work by Trevor Loveys, Sinden, Drop The Lime, Detboi, Toddla T, Fake Blood and Affie Yusef.
Don Diablo 'Life Is A Festival'
Still an import only from Amsterdam, this album is like Justin Timberlake, Calvin Harris and INXS in a blender- add a little Baltimore Club and throbbing electro and you might be close to the recipe. Ladies and Boyz get ready to swoon over this heart throb.
The Bug 'London Zoo'
The darkest pits of the London underground on one album. Check it.
Top Singles of 2008
A-Trak 'Say Whoa (Boys Noize Remix)
Alan Braxe 'Addicted'
Ame, Henrik Schwarz, Dixon 'Where We At'
Ane Brun 'Headphone Silence (Henrik Schwarz Remix - Dixon Edit)'
Barbara Morgenstern 'Come To Berlin (Rice Twins Mix)'
Bingo Pleayers 'Get Up (Diplo Remix)'
Buraka Som Sistema, Petty 'Yah! - The Count And Sinden Remix'
D' Secret Svc 'Tight Jeans (Fukkk Offf Remix)'
Dave P & Adam Sparkles 'Sunday Night in Glasgow (Twitch’s “I Watched My Bassbins In ’91 mix’)'
Debra Dolce 'Goodies (ZCs Dolce Remix)'
Don Diablo 'Life Is A Festival'
Fake Blood 'Mars'
Foamo 'Movin It Over Here'
Fukkk Offf 'Rave Is King (Original Mix)'
Fukkk Offf 'Rave Is King (Zodiac Cartel Remix)'
JakZ 'Got The Power'
Jesse Rose, Herve, Action Man 'Take It To The Club'
The Juan Maclean 'Happy House'
Kid Cudi 'Day N Night (Crookers Remix)'
Le Le 'Breakfast'
The Martin Brothers 'Dum'
Mightyfools 'Hey Babe'
Moby 'I Love To Move In Here (Style Of Eye Piano Remix)'
Mom And Dad 'Sex Machine'
New Kidz, South Rakkas Crew 'Mad Again (Boy 8-bit Remix)'
The Presets 'This Boy's In Love (Jori Hulkkonen Remix)'
Puzique 'Don't Go'
Style of Eye 'The Big Kazoo - Techno Dub'
Zombie Nation 'Forza'
24skorpionz feat. Chamillionaire 'We Some Playerz (Bryan Cox Remix)'
I know that I am by no means the first person to write about this amazing band from L.A. and their home recorded self titled debut album, however The Airborne Toxic Event have brought out the hidden poisons of romantic past. I was given the album by my best friends Aunt in Pennsylvania this past Thanksgiving weekend. Her and I have shared music before, last year when I was also at her farm for Thanksgiving. I hope I can continue this journey for many years ahead. I copied the album to my laptop along with a large stack of others. It took me until yesterday to listen to it.
I haven't had such a visceral response to an album since I first heard Funeral. The first time I heard the Arcade Fire debut I listened to it at least thirty times in that week. I've only listened to this album somewhere near ten, but yesterday was the first time I put it on.
This album is filled with fear and heartbreak and those places in your soul that you want to ignore.
My appetite towards the album helped me discover the story behind Mikel Jollett, the lead singer and lyricist. It turns out that Mikel was diagnosed with a genetic over-active immune system which could cut 20 years from his life. The next day his mother called to tell him she was diagnosed with cancer. The day after that he separated from his long term girl friend. The day after that he quit his job and set to write a great American novel.
After toiling over this book that would never be, he picked up a guitar and started to write songs. Hundreds of tracks poured out from his brittle heart and mind. In an article from NME he said “All I did was make music. The feeling wasn’t that I had so much more to say but that I had so much less time to say it.”
The debut full length from The Airborne Toxic Event is a triumph of human tenacity. The album is a testament that even in the state of the world the most challenged and broken individuals can add a dose of beauty. Mikel has helped me remember that as much as patience can help you succeed, there is still 'no day but today.'
I know I am not their first fan or their last. I was sad I had not heard them sooner because they played in New York tonight. I can say I am grateful for now being a fan. If you haven't heard or seen the video before for 'Sometime Around Midnight' I suggest you give it a view.
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You heard this remix first from me a few weeks ago in my 'Barack The Boat' Mix. Well now all of you can get your dirty little fidgety hands on it. Also check out the remix from Midfield General and NROTB, also both favorites of mine. The entire EP is available at Beatport on Coco Machete now so go grab em.'
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