Top tracks of 2008 according to Remix Magazine
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Top track of 2008 according to Remix Magazine
This list could also be known as “songs I never skip over when listening to my iPod.” These are the top 8 dopest of the dope, cream of the crop, top of the heap songs of the past year. And now, without further adieu, here they are, in no particular order:
1. Does It Offend You, Yeah?—“We Are Rockstars”
You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Yourself Into (Almost Gold)
I’ll admit that when I first received this disc, I was highly skeptical. DIOY,Y? took the “totally ridiculous band name” phenomenon 10 steps too far. But then I put this disc in and never looked back. I was instantly addicted to the distorted synth stabs and excessive cowbell in “We Are Rockstars.” When this song comes on, whatever I am doing ceases immediately and I can’t resist cuttin’ rugs.
Fist of God (Dim Mak/Downtown) [forthcoming]
Jesse Keeler and Al-P have a stranglehold on the dance-punk-rock music scene, and this single from their forthcoming Fist of God album shows they have no intention of loosening their grip. This track is simply undeniable; you can’t help but feel every buzzy synth and thick beat as they rip through your ears. If anyone has mastered the Roland TR-707, it’s these two Canadian gents.
3. Nine Inch Nails—“1,000,000”
The Slip (The Null Corporation)
Trent Reznor is “all growed up” now. No longer the skinny, pained emo guy smashing instruments and bandmates onstage while privately destroying himself, The Rez got sober, hit the gym and GNC, started connecting with fans, and gave us a gift in the form of a free album—The Slip. The driving beat and fuzzed-out guitars of “1,000,000” will have you pumping your fists in the air from the first crash of the cymbals to the final swirling vortex of noise.
4. Ssion—“Day Job”
Fool’s Gold (Sleazetone)
Okay, so it happened like this: I was driving in my car listening to my iPod set on Random mode. This song suddenly burst through speakers with the opening stuttering, buzzing synth, and I was immediately hooked. Very punk, very fun, very funny. If you’ve ever been disgruntled with your job, this is the song for you. You can almost feel bandleader Cody Critcheloe’s sneer as he delivers lines such as “I don’t wanna do this/I ain’t gonna do that” with campy delight. At a whopping one minute and 32 seconds long, there’s no doubt you’ll want to hit repeat over and over and start screaming along with the chorus.
5. Midnight Juggernauts—“Road to Recovery”
These Aussies put the “au” in—um—Aussie, I guess. Maybe it should be “Awessies?” The point is this: If you love ELO and dreamy electronic music with a killer danceable beat, then you must check out M-Juggs. Seriously. Instrumentally, they sound HUGE. Melodic, ELO-sounding vocals soar atop a bevy of fuzzed-out synths and a foot-stomping beat. More, please.
6. Fxxk Buttons—“Sweet Love for Planet Earth”
Street Horrrsing (ATP)
This experimental UK duo is definitely smoking something, and whatever it is, it’s really good stuff. This nearly 10-minute track fluctuates between dreamy and noisy; it’s almost like playing one track on top of the other and they somehow naturally blend together. Kind of like matching up the Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s The Wall, or whatever the hell that mythic hippy shit is. The song starts with a pretty, tinkly piano repetitively delivering sweet notes; then a gritty, menacing guitar chord begins slicing clean through the ambient bliss. About five minutes in, we’re treated to what sounds like a distorted Al Jourgensen quietly screaming unintelligibly over a static-y radio channel. It’s totally bizarre, but it totally works—and does so quite beautifully.
7. Tobacco, “Dirt (feat. Aesop Rock)”
FuxXCd Up Friends (Anticon)
FuXCXd Up Friends is the solo debut from Tobacco, a member of the elusive-yet-stellar band Black Moth Super Rainbow. Yeah, it sounds a lot like a BMSR album, but who gives a shit because it’s fucking awesome. This song sounds like DJ Shadow going on a mad psychedelic trip, when suddenly Aesop Rock decides to drop by to deliver some aggressive rhymes. The song’s backdrop has BMSR’s trademark melodic synths riding atop a superfat beat.
8. The Cool Kids, “A Little Bit Cooler”
The Bake Sale (Chocolate Industries)
I can’t say enough about Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish, aka The Cool Kids. They’ve fully embraced the Golden Era of ’80s hip-hop and brought it to the aughts with ease. Start with tongue-in-cheek rhymes about Fruity Pebbles, Sega, girls, steez and bicycles; layer with an old-school drum machine that has a fat kick drum and carefully placed synth jabs; and top it all off with supertight production. There’s no way you’ll be able to resist the ensuing head nods.
Source: Remix Magazine
Lori Kennedy (Writer)