20. Grace Jones - Hurricane
Grace Jones delivers an amazing album after almost two decades of silence. Surprisingly relevant and absolutely gratifying.
19. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Time To Pretend, Electric Feel and Kids are 3 of the best songs i've heard this year. The rest of the album isn't on a par with them, but they're enough, honestly.
18. Anoraak - Nightdrive With You
Rolling synths and late night moods. I'm guessing it'd be good for driving to sometime before dawn breaks
17. Mono in VCF - Mono In VCF
Mood music from NW USA. Scott Walker meets early Hooverphonic. Beautiful album.
16. Black Devil Disco Club - Eight Oh Eight
Fevre and company keep blowing eardrums, some 30 plus years after their first releases as Black Devil. Amazing dark disko from France.
15. Thomas Brinkmann - When Horses Die
Minimal techno without the beats. Intensely atmospheric
14. Beck - Modern Guilt
Beck and Dangermouse collaborate and create a 60's psyche pop utopia on top of which Beck spreads his darkest lyrics yet. Volcano is probably Beck's greatest song yet.
13. Santogold - Santogold
I was thinking "M.I.A." within 5 seconds of listening to this album. But it's so much better. This girl can write a tune. Actually, 11 of them.
12. Sébastien Tellier- Sexuality
Tellier's finest, sexiest, grooviest album. And Roche is the best song to make out to in a looooong time.
11. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Riton's musical output can't prepare you for the sonic assault that is EKNM. Cosmic, moving, emotional electronic music.
10. Morgan Geist - Double Night Time
He's one of the two guys from Metro Area, so if you like flawlessly produced emotional electronica, you have to get this. Also check Metro Area's Fabric 43....
9. Daedelus - Love to Make Music to
Definitely undefinable. If only Ninja Tune still sounded this fresh.
8. D. Lissvik - 7 Trx + Intermission
The last record i heard for 2008 is probably one of the finest i've heard all year. One of the guys from Studio delivers a mind blowing set of guitar driven nu-baleric with tribal percussion completing the mind-fuck. Stunningly sexy
7. Quiet Village - Silent Movie
NuBalearic is here to stay. This album feels so organic that i couldn't believe that most of the music on it is sampled and re-worked.
6. Dungen - 4
Hands down, best rock album of the year. Not that there was much competition, but it would still win if there had been.
5. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
He's from LA, can you tell? The cd cover is a dead ringer for Massive Attack's Mezzanine and the sounds are not that far away either. Dark, dark, abstract soul music.
4. Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules And Love Affair
Disco is back baby. Deal with it.
3. TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
They almost sound like they're partying here. Still densely orchestrated and impeccably produced, TVOTR deliver their best album yet.
2. Lindstrøm - Where You Go I Go Too
3 tracks, 55 minutes, a seminary on how electronic music is written and produced by Norway's finest.
1. Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna
Incredible. Their previous recordings hinted at the immense potential but this is really something else. These terrorists from Brooklyn know how to create a wall of sound that sounds terrifying and yet alluring.