2008: singles of the year
Cutting this to three was impossible, but here goes:
Best Love Letter To Video Games: COPY – It’s A Little Too Late [Audio Dregs]
I don’t think this came out in 2008, but I don’t care. Copy has more in common with Bach than Koji Kondo in terms of writing, but Bach didn’t get to work with pure square waves or huge, pulsing basslines. It’s a rare record that makes me want to dance and to finish Final Fantasy IV again.
Best They Did What?!?: The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (SOULWAX REMIX) [Columbia]
How tacky. “As featured in the…”. Honestly, what is dance music coming to? Oh wait, it’s coming to the utter, perfect apex of the edit heavy Justice / Paris / Nu-Rave style. Soulwax are beyond on point here, with this snappy, almost-downtempo remix. If this does not make your crowd dance, they might be dead.
Best Journey In To Outer Space, Around The Sun, And The To Unknown Stars: Garnica – Pink For Men (SOMFAY REMIX) [Elefant]
This track is almost eighteen minutes long, and not one second of that is extra. You may well forget your name, where you are, and what you were going to do for the rest of the day. An utterly stunning achivement.
Honorable Mentions to, and don’t think I don’t love these records:
Cortney Tidwell – Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson Remix) [Ever]
Future Funk Square – Demystified (Andy Page Remix) [Default]
AFK & Dustin H – Seismic (Stefan Anion Remix) [Pacific Front]
K.I.M. – Fistogram [Modular]
Rennie Foster – Devil’s Water [Rebirth]
Hrdvsion – Playing For Keeps [Wagon Repair]
Miles Dyson – Live In Mexico