Record of the Year
Dunno if this has been covered already, but here's some of my nominees:Five 12"s for the Club:Moodymann - I'd Rather Be Lonely[/b] (with Technology... also released this year, Moodymann has been on good form. This fooker can be played at almost any time, anywhere, and always gets a good reaction, and with two distinct 'halves' I sometimes find myself playing this twice in a night)Tony Allen - Kilode [Carl Craig remix][/b] (another Detroit producer shows that 'class is permanent' as Liverpool fans are fond of reminding their more successful rivals. Lovely b-line on this)Johnny Osborne - unknown [Chopstick Dubplate][/b] (in a year that has seen a brilliant revival of authentic/good ragga jungle, this one is on top; Sleng Ten riddim, sing-along vocals, and banging, crashing beats - pure FIYAAA)Inverse Cinematix - Seven By Seven [Dave De Gato's Bad Arse Tapas Remix][/b] (bouncy, militant, jazz-noir for the club, builds and builds and builds...)Bob Marley - African Herbsman [Panoptikan remix][/b] (Panoptikan manage a backing beat that is slightly alien, and cold, and shouldn't really work with the warm, emotive lyrics, but it does for me, adding new meaning to "how deep we have to fall")Five 7"s for early doors:Grand Magneto - Night Fever/Tainted Love[/b] (I like the jaunty, acoustic "Tainted Love", my girlfriend prefers the nodding "Night Fever", both covers are great)Azymuth - Linha Do Horizonte [Mr Beatnik remix][/b] (this, now this I say, is dreamy bliss)Nostalgia 77 - Little Steps[/b] (great boombap jazz thing with the most divine horn section I've heard in a bit)The Dynamics - Miss You[/b] (corking Stones cover with beautiful harmonies)Lightning Head - Abyssinia Rising[/b] (this oddity never fails to get a remark. It sounds incredibly lo-budget, jaunty, and original; imagine Money Mark on decent pills and you'd be halfway there, and that's before Aphex Twin steps in on the tremolo)There's still some of 2007 left, so my top ten may be subject to change. What are other peoples stand-outs?