Been a strange year musically for me, whilst I have been buying new releases the majority of music purchased this year has been older electro, italo, obscure oddities. But heres a round up of the our fave 20 releases (represses and bootlegs) from 2008
Top Twenty of 2008 (in no order)
1. Conrad Schnitzler - Rare Tracks 1979 - 1982. Erkrankung Durch Musique
An EP collecting four works from Avant Garde musician Conrad Schnitzler including the superb track 4:08 to Paris
2. Dogs Of War - S/T LP Electunes
The Electunes label has unearthed a couple of delights this year and this obscure disco LP from Dogs Of War was the highlight. I believe this was a late 2007 release but did not appear in the shops here until 2008 so i'll sneak it in to the 2008 top twenty.
3. Peter Green - The Darkness : Catalyst CDR
An essential piece of Modern Classical from Peter Green, this release truely blew us away!
4. Zomby - Liquid Dancehall / Strange Fruit - Ramp Recordings
I must admit with the exception of a few Dub Step tunes this genre has pretty much passed me by. This 12" from Zomby however was an essential purchase in 2008 simply for the old skool sounding Bleep meets dub step track Strange Fruit
5. Lovely Jon - Mean Dog Blues : CDR Mix
Our fave mix so far from Lovely Jon / Jigoku. This is an extremely limited edition mix of lowdown biker rock, raw psych, punk, garage, and beyond! Get it!!
6. Carl Craig & Moritz Von Oswald - ReComposed 2LP
Minimal techno meets Classical from the two masters of the game.
7. Mujava - Township Funk
Well deserves a place in the top twenty, one of those tunes that once heard stays with you and musically a complete breath of fresh air
8. Unabombers present Electric Chair RIP EP - Tirk 12"
Again nothing new on this EP just three solid classics. Gave me the chance to get two tracks off my wants list on one 12" with the Joubert Singers sweet Stand On The Word and Daniel Wang's - Like some dream *saved me a few pennies this 12"
9. Zomby - Where Were U In '92?
Zomby Pops up again with Where Were U in 92, an album which fuses killer old skool hardcore / amen breaks with Dub Step. Why was this only released on CD though??
10. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Angles 2LP - Sunday Best
Hands down our fave hip hop LP of 2008
11. Quiet Village - Silent Movie LP - K7
Drummed our fingers awaiting this release for ages, got it upon release and after numerous listens still not tired of listening to it
12. Andrew Weatherall v The Boardroom - Rotters Golf Club CD
In this top 20 squarely for the inclusion of the ESC track The Legacy mixed by Andrew Weatherall. A brilliant tune, anyone know if this is due to be released on vinyl?
13. Explorer LP - X Records
Only just released but 100% needed to go in here. This 1982 LP from Tony carey under the name Explorer is incredibly rare and hard to find but its just been released (bootlegged?) so snap one up!
14. TC - Wheres My Money : Caspa Mix
Quality tune! Possibly my four year old son's fave tune of the year
15. Ali Renault - Our World Is - Dissident 12"
16. Pocketknife & Cousin Cole - Canyon Dancing EP - Flamin Fowl
Liars, Patti Smith, Silver Apples, Yeasayer, Battles, Six Organs of Admittance, and Soft Circle all receive a Pocketknife & Cousin Cole markover
17. Cutty Ranks - Limb by Limb : Anthology 2LP
18. MIA - Paper Planes : Homeland Security Mixes
19. Galaxy Toobin Gang - Galaxy Toobin - Creme Organization LP
Slow cosmic synth sounds from Elliot Lipp and William T Burnett
20. Ensemble Pittoresque - For This Is Past - Clogsontronics LP + CD
Originally from 1983. Lavishly repackaged for 2008 with a copy of the LP and CD included.