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DEFINITIVE TOP 20 RECORDS OF 2008

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Traced in the Air
Traced in the Air
"*Not listed in any specific order*  Where the worlds of prog, jazz and extreme metal collide in one epic colossus of a record.  A worthy followup to their cult debut 'Focus'"
Antithesis
Antithesis
"Does metal get anymore extreme? On their last record, Origin developed a groove to their techgrinddeathcore and on this release they lock into a slick flurry of unadulterated deathcore"
Black Sea
Black Sea
"Dark ambient electronica for those solitary nights where your only friends are your 2 loudspeakers and the heavily textured dreamy sounds the bellow out from them"
Been Through
Been Through
"Warm, analog and effervescent dub-tech from the German (whoelse?) masters. A stunning release for all you Basic Channel, Maurizio and Rhythm and Sound dubtech warriors"
Walk In Da Park
Walk In Da Park
"The SN1 boys come through with this ultra-real and slickly captured documentary of gritty street life. Mastefully gangster, Giggs spits out some epic flows on this, our UK hiphop release of the year"
London Zoo
London Zoo
"With its beefy production, The Bug lets rip with some immense ragga breakcore mashup. For all the top shotta man dem out there!!!"
Pro Tools
Pro Tools
"Brilliantly structured and delivered 'concious' raps meet flowing and somewhat leftfield underground beats. GZA back on TOP form"
Pain Language
Pain Language
"DJ Muggs has done some great work with other artists but this is the crowning achievement. Raw, rugged and totally O.G. it stamps its mark all over underground US hiphop."
Smile
Smile
"A freak out multi-coloured explosion of psyche-rock that will transport you into the clouds"
Dimension X
Dimension X
"More totally freak out jazzed-up math rock with transisitions into some immense ambient Old Man Gloom-ish sci-fi territory"
The Bedlam in Goliath
The Bedlam in Goliath
"The best modern band ever??? Possibly as they just keep breaking rock boundaries with their jazz fusion neo-prog mathrock soundscapes all whilst making immensly catchy songs."
The Hawk Is Howling
The Hawk Is Howling
"Scottish post-rock gloomsters back on top form with their ultra epic and hypnotic gloom-laden soundscapes being complimented by lighter and more optimistic synth-led pieces"
The Last Camel In Paris
The Last Camel In Paris
"Minimalist Eastern psychedelica created by one man and his heavily modified organ in 1978. An immense and sprawling body of work that will transport you into the hashish clouds"
Bersarin Quartett
Bersarin Quartett
"Dark and cinematic minimalist electronica from the very upper echelons. A very classy masterclass in dark ambience meets micro-tech"
Dodovoodoo
Dodovoodoo
"Fans of uncomprimising 70's jazzrock fusion masters will be more than captivated by this ultra-faithful yet unique slice of Scandanavian fusion. A total revelation of the scene"
Brolt
Brolt
"Fusing spiraling improv-jazz with downtuned post-Mclaughlin jazz-rock fusion, this Norwegian power-trio plow through 6 movements of bustling sonics with mind boggling time-signature shiftage"
ReComposed by Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald
ReComposed by Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald
"Painstaking and ambitious pairing of subtle classical music with Carl Craig's unique brand of micro-techno and electro ambience. Expensive but essential"
Bip Hop Generation Vol. 9
Bip Hop Generation Vol. 9
"Organic warmth meets electronic-groove in this ultra subtle ode to techno minimalism. Bip Hop's best yet"
Saint Dymphna
Saint Dymphna
"There is more than enough room for another Battles sounding band and GGD is right up there with their concoction of dance-orientated mathrock. Great stuff and very post-modern"
Rain
Rain
"Totally captivating post-rock morphs into Opeth folkprog and then unleashes into a torrent of brutal black metal craziness before going back and forth in interesting fashion. A 60min 1track epic"