Best of 2007

December 8th, 2007
There were some excellent releases in 2007, so I thought I'd feature some in a new mix.
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My favorite ambient recording of the year was Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline. I know there are quite a few people who didn't care for the cd, but I love it. I like the more orchestral feel. I like that SOTL relies less & less on synths. A beautiful record.
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My favorite vocal record was PG Six - Slightly Sorry. Snips from the Boomkat review..."a collection of quite unashamedly gorgeous 'proper' songs...'Slightly Sorry' is an album without tricks...'The Dance', the second track on the record - there's nothing necessarily modern about the song itself, it could have come out any time since 1969 and nobody would have batted an eyelid, but it's great music, pure and simple." I played this probably more than any other record this year.
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As far as this mix is concerned, I pretty much stayed away from vocal tunes, with one exception in the middle of the mix. The mix opens with four drone tracks, including Paul Bradley, a new discovery thanks to the folks at the Hypnos forum. Some of his stuff gets a bit dark & dissonant for my taste, but his 2007 release "Chroma" features gorgeous, wide open drones. The drones gradually giveway to piano based tunes wich morph into electronics with a little beat then back to ambient to finish it off.
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My full best of 2007 list follows the tracklisting for the mix. What were your favorite releases this year? Please leave some comments, I'd love to hear what you think.

T R A C K L I S T :

  1. 00:00 - 04:30 Stars of the Lid - Even(out)
  2. 04:30 - 07:30 Paul Bradley - untitled #1
  3. 07:30 - 09:40 Adam Pacione - Warming Trend
  4. 09:40 - 15:30 Emeralds - arbole del tule
  5. 15:30 - 20:30 Alio Die & Luciano Daini - Crucibulum
  6. 20:30 - 24:24 Fennesz & Sakamoto - Aware
  7. 24:24 - 25:45 Library Tapes - Snowleaf
  8. 25:45 - 31:54 Dakota Suite - Because our lie breathes differently
  9. 31:54 - 35:20 Wes Willenbring - While my lungs fill with water
  10. 35:20 - 41:20 Sonmi 451 - Outer Shell
  11. 41:20 - 46:05 Kiln - Flycatcher
  12. 46:05 - 50:45 Rameses III - Theme 5
  13. 50:45 - 54:20 Meursault - Ivy
  14. 54:20 - 58:50 Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory
  15. 58:50 - 06:20 Taylor Deupree - Landing
  16. 06:20 - 10:45 Tim Hecker - Norberg
  17. 10:45 - 14:30 Northern - Cinema
  18. 14:30 - 19:53 Stars of the Lid - Even if you're never awake

  • B E S T O F 2 0 0 7

  • Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline (kranky)
  • Alio Die & Luciano Daini - End of an Era (hic sunt leones)
  • Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory(hic sunt leones)
  • Tetsu Inoue - Inland (fax)
  • Taylor Deupree - Landing (room40)
  • Adam Pacione - from stills to motion (infraction)
  • Paul Bradley - Chroma (twenty hertz)
  • Emeralds - Allegory Of Allergies (gods of tundra)
  • Fennesz & Sakamoto - Cende (touch)
  • Northern - Drawn (infraction)
  • Tim Hecker - Norberg (room40)
  • Rameses III - Honey Rose ( important)
  • sonmi451 - probes & prisms (u-cover)
  • Meursault - Sleeping Debris (students of decay)
  • Wes Willenbring - Somewhere someone else (Aquarius Records)
  • Library Tapes - Sketches (make mine music)
  • Kiln - Dusker (Ghostly Int'l)
  • Iron & Wine - The Sheperds Dog (sub pop)
  • Trespassers William - noble house ep
  • various - Box of Dub (soul jazz)
  • Once - soundtrack (columbia)
  • Canon Blue - Colonies (Rumraket)
  • Dakota Suite - Waiting for the dawn to crawl through and take your life (glitterhouse)
  • P.G. Six - Slightly Sorry (Drag City)

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  • Jason

    Great mix - thanks for posting. Particularly nice is the Rameses III and Taylor Deupree tracks - both of which I was not aware of prior.

    Best,

    Jason / infractionrecords.com

    Dec 24, 2007 at 3:22 pm