ALEXIS GEORGOPOULOS'S TOP 10
•<\!s><0x0007>Panda Bear, Person Pitch (Paw Tracks). One of the few albums that deserved the hype, Person Pitch delivered what Animal Collective could not.
•<\!s><0x0007>Various artists, Zanzibara, Volume 3: Ujamaa (Buda Musique). Ujamaa focuses on 1960s Tanzania and recalls the ecstatic languidity of Tabu Ley Rocehrau and the imprint's Angola '60s compilations.
•<\!s><0x0007>Various artists, Dirty Space Disco (Tigersushi). Parisians Pilooski and Dirty Sound System are some of the most exciting discoveries of the year.
•<\!s><0x0007>Thomas Fehlmann, Honigpumpe (Kompakt). This was the year I got back into minimal techno after a few years away. Lodged somewhere between Kompakt's "Pop Ambient" series and Superpitcher, Fehlmann made his strongest album since 2004's Visions of Blah.
•<\!s><0x0007>Lilith Records. In 2007 the enigmatic new label that appears to come from the Russian Federation reissued lavish vinyl versions of Caetano Veloso's Araca Azul, Harmonia's De Luxe, Tim Hardin 2, No New York, Claudine Longet's Colours, Black Merda's Black Merda, and Cluster's Zuckerzeit. The only reissue imprint that rivals them in scope and quality is the Bay Area's Water Records.
•<\!s><0x0007>Iasos, Inter-Dimensional Music (Iasos Unity/Em, 1975). With so many new artists taking the easy electronic-prog route, it's good to realize there's much more where that came from in the place between space rock and new age. This makes me think of Alice Coltrane and Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's Evening Star (Editions Eg) but doesn't really sound like any of them. The sleeve is incredible.
•<\!s><0x0007>Niger: Magic and Ecstasy in the Sahel DVD (Sublime Frequencies). The last 15 minutes, focusing on Tuareg musicians, contain some of the most ecstatic and tranced-out jams I've heard or seen.
•<\!s><0x0007>Various artists, Brazil 70 (Soul Jazz). No longer borrowing from John Cage or the Beatles, Jards Mascale, and Novos Baianos ushered in what may be the most exciting time in Brazil's musical history.
•<\!s><0x0007>Frank Bretschneider, Rhythm (Raster-Noton). He may be working in the domain of clicks and cuts, but instead of pursuing pure sine wave research, Bretschneider picking up where SND left off but surpassing them mimics the rhythms of dubstep, minimal techno, and hip-hop. Listen loud and your mind will be rearranged.
•<\!s><0x0007>Shit Robot, "Chasm"/"Wrong Galaxy" (DFA). Yes, the name is awful. Nevertheless, DFA's recent signing of this Markus Lambkin project is too good to pass over. Lambkin has been learning from the best of Carl Craig and Berlin and Cologne techno, and his full-length is eagerly awaited.
WILL YORK'S TOP 10
(1) <0x0007>Miles Davis: The Complete On the Corner Sessions (Sony Legacy)
(2) <0x0007>Ace Records: Bob Lind, Elusive Butterfly: The Complete Jack Nitzsche Sessions; various artists, Phil's Spectre III: A Third Wall of Soundalikes; and various artists, Hard Workin' Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story, Vol. 2
(3) <0x0007>Bloodcount, Seconds CD/DVD (Screwgun)
(4) <0x0007>Clockcleaner, Babylon Rules (Load)
(5) <0x0007>Terminal Sound System, Compressor (Extreme)
(6) <0x0007>ugEXPLODE label: Nondor Nevai, The Wooden Machine Music, and Flying Luttenbachers, Incarceration by Abstraction
(7) <0x0007>Down, Over the Under (Down)
(8) <0x0007>The Pipettes, We Are the Pipettes (Cherry Tree/Interscope)
(9) <0x0007>Slough Feg, "Tiger!