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My Favorite Albums of 2007

Posted in Geeking Out, Music, MP3s and Internet Radio, Technology by engtech on January 29, 2008

New Year’s Resolutions for 2008: release my “Best of” lists in the beginning of January, not at the end of January.

I’m sad to say that I listen to the same genre of music I did ten years ago. The list is all electronic music (house/electro) and if that isn’t your bag then you should skip it. All links go to last.fm previews of the music unless otherwise noted.

How to Make Your Own List in iTunes

Your very own “Best of 2007” list is only a smart playlist away.

  1. File >> New Smart Playlist (or Ctrl-Alt-N)
  2. Set a range of dates from Jan 1 to Dec 31

iTunes Smart Playlist - Year in Review

I tried to include videos for each of the artists, so this post is video heavy.

Click on the More link to go to the music + videos.

Favourite New Albums

Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Delay Sustain Release

Justice – Cross

LCD Soundsystem – Sounds Like Silver (remixes)

Favorite New Albums from Old Favs

Tim Deluxe – Ego Death

Groove Armada – Soundboy Rock

(not a real video)

The Chemical Brothers – We Are the Night

Fatboy Slim – The Greatest Hits Remixed

Favorite Last.FM Discoveries

These are new artists I wouldn’t have found out about if it wasn’t for Last.fm.




Hot Chip

Crazy Penis

Simian Mobile Disco



(not a real video)

Freeform Five

Best “Rediscovered” Artist

Zero 7 – listened to them years ago, but forgot about them until I heard them on a Six Feet Under soundtrack

Best Homicidal Robot Song

Andrew Thompson – We’re in Business

Best “I Can’t Believe I’m Listening to This” Song

Chemical Brothers – The Salmon Dance

Mix Tape of the Year

CPI – Rock Out With Your Cock Out (direct download link from Theta States.com)

Best Compilations

Kitsune Maison

Best Album with the Worst Name

The World’s Greatest Electro House CD

(not a real video)

Most “Sounds Like Delerium”

Conjure One

Most Disappointing Full Album

The Knife

Worst Bonus Disc

The Prodigy – Their Law

If you have similar tastes in music, then drop a comment on this post with some suggestions. I didn’t listen to that many new albums this year and I’m looking to listen to more in 2008.

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  1. David Bradley said, on January 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Seeing the phrase “Attack Delay Sustain Release” (ADSR) brought memories flooding back of my old Casio synthesiser that used the ADSR approach to creating envelopes for sound production. Fantastic stuff. It was a tiny portable device that featured on several kitsch pop songs in the early 1980s and saw a resurgence of interest by retro-kitsch bands like Athlete.


  2. Mike said, on January 30, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Can I just nominate anything by Jonathan Coulton? I’d go with Bacteria, Code Monkey and RE: Your Brains. Though they’re not necessarily in the same music genre.

  3. engtech said, on January 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    @ Mike:

    I should listen to more of his stuff. I’ve only heard if via Youtube videos and his soundtrack for the game Portal.

  4. engtech said, on January 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    @ Mike:

    This is smart: last.fm and Hot Chip have a promo together where you can listen to their new album that comes out next week for free.


    Good job with the targeted advertising, last.fm :)

  5. engtech said, on January 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm


    There was a band called ADSR back in the mid-nineties as well.

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