As per Bruno B's directive, here's our third annual shortlist of recordings that most impressed us in the year soon to be snuffed. These choices have been telegraphed for months, but to reiterate:
Album of the Year
Kode9 and the Spaceape - Memories of the Future
(Hyperdub HYPCD001, CD)
Burial - Burial
(Hyperdub HDBCD001, CD)
(Not fetishizing the H'dub imprint, mind - it's just how the debris landed.)
Single of the Year
DJ Distance - Cyclops bw Traffic
(Planet Mu ZIQ148, 12'')
Brilliant, an instant classic... Our number one for months on end. No contest!
Skynet - Swamp bw Isolate
(Argon ARG 008, 12")
Nasty... Sick atmospherics, the slow, boiling roil of the year.
(In case you're wondering, ethical considerations necessarily preclude mentions of sounds created by members of TLASILA, OHNE, or any of the labels for which we are grateful and honored to record...)
See you in January!