When I remember 2007, in music, these are the songs (I think) that I'll remember. I still don't have hosting for mp3s, but perhaps this is a project for the new year. If you feel compelled to download any of my recommendations, my suggestion is to search for them using "The HypeMachine". They'll point you to a blog where you can right-click, save-as, and download; that is, if you still use a PC.
I tried to keep this as brief as possible, so if you're interested in hearing more of my 'Best of '07' I have at least 3 mixtapes more of stuff (labeled slow, medium, and fast). So, rather than clogging up space here, you can email me, facebook me (via the London, On: Burgeoning Metropolis Facebook Group), or yell for me in the street, and I'll get the music to you somehow.
In no particular order my favs of '07:
1. “Good Morning” Kayne West from Graduation
A great intro, to a great album. A song that demonstrates how great a producer Kanye is, and why he should let other people rap for him.
2. “Your Rocky Spine” Great Lake Swimmers from Oniagara
A more upbeat start to what is now my favourite GLS's album.
3. “Desire” Pharohe Monch from Desire
Best rap song '07 on a good, if very uneven, album.
4. “Pedigree” Brother Ali from The Undisputed Truth
From my favourite albino rapper.
5. “Comfy in Nautica” Panda Bear from Person Pitch
My favourite chorus: "Coolness is having courage/The courage to do what's right/Try to remember always/Just to have a good time".
6. “Apartment Story” The National from Boxer
7. “Kid Gloves” Voxtrot from Voxtrot
8. “Ice Cream” Muscles from Guns, Babes, and Lemonade
This was my song of the summer, after I came across 'Muscles' myspace page. The album, however, was an absolute disaster.
9. “Past In Present” Feist from The Reminder
The hand-clapping, oh, the hand-clapping.
10. “Kanse Ar Jag Kar I Dig" Jens Lekman from Night Falls Over Kortedala
Doo-wop meets quirky Swedish singer/songwriter with excellent results. Bizarre, bizarre, lyrics, but that's what makes Jens so entertaining.
11. “The Woods” Ohbijou from Swift Feet for Troubling Times
12. “Scenic World” Beirut from Lon Gisland EP
13. “Valerie” Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse from Versions
Ronson has produced much of Lily Allen's stuff, and, I found out this morning his music can also be heard on a show about high class ... escorts.
14. “I’m A Flirt (Shoreline)” R. Kelly vs. Broken Social Scene from The Hood Internet.com