Sunday, October 12, 2008

Been a while since I made a year-so-far list. This is a provisional Top 40 Tracks for the third quarter, i.e. July through September--as in when I heard them, not necessarily when they came out. It’s cheating a little because a few tracks represent albums I never got around to selecting something from for the last go-round. (Tracks, not singles--though a number are, of course, singles.) No idea how it’ll look against 4Q--except to say that so far 4Q has raised the temperature for the three before it, even if some of its best albums are represented here. Not its best, though: for reasons far too nit-picky to go into here, Ne-Yo will have to wait for next time.

1. Matias Aguayo, “Minimal (DJ Koze Mix)” (Kompakt)
2. Lil’ Wayne, “A Milli” (Cash Money)
3. Cole Medina, “Love You Inside Out (The Pinches Mix)” (MP3)
4. M.I.A., “Bucky Done Gun (Billion Dollar DJs Remix for Kicks)” (MP3)
5. SIS, “Trompeta” (Sei Es Drum)
6. Hercules and Love Affair, “Athene” (DFA)
7. Timberlee, “Heels” (MP3)
8. The Hold Steady, “Constructive Summer” (Vagrant)
9. Stereolab, “Chemical Chords” (4AD)
10. The Roots, “75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)” (Geffen)
11. Robin Thicke ft. Mary J Blige and Wale, “Magic (Mark Ronson Remix)” (Interscope)
12. Raphael Saadiq, “Staying In Love” (Columbia)
13. Rex the Dog, “Gecko” (Hundehaus)
14. Hot Chip, “One Pure Thought (Supermayer Remix)” (EMI)
15. Alphabeat, “Boyfriend (Pete Hammond Remix)” (EMI)
16. Fucked Up, “No Epiphany” (Matador)
17. Estelle ft. Kanye West, “American Boy” (Capitol)
18. Alex Moulton, “Out Of Phase” (Expansion Team)
19. Tobi Neumann, Onur Ozer, Sensitiva, “Mimosa” (Cadenza)
20. Elephant Man, “No Tikkle” (MP3)
21. DJ Fakts One ft. Little Brother, “Grown Folks” (Green Streets)
22. Red Snapper, “Lagos Creepers” (Lo)
23. Quiet Village, “Pacific Rhythm” (K7)
24. Flying Lotus, “GNG BNG” (Warp)
25. Girl Talk, “Set It Off” (Illegal Art)
26. The Dead Science, “Throne Of Blood (The Jump Off)” (Constellation)
27. David Byrne and Brian Eno, “Strange Overtones” (Everything That Happens)
28. Kish Mauve, “Lose Control (Fred Falke Remix)” (MP3)
29. caUSE co-MOTION!, “I Lie Awake” (Slumberland)
30. A1 Bassline, “My Baby” (Meal Deal)
31. Benga, “E Trips” (Tempa)
32. Arno Cost, Norman Doray, “Apocalypse (Sebastien Leger Remix)” (C2)
33. Tricky, “Past Mistake” (Domino)
34. Rndm, “Wakefield” (Dial)
35. Noze, “Ethiopo” (Get Physical)
36. Dizzee Rascal ft. Calvin Harris & Chrome, “Dance Wiv Me (Agent X Mix)” (Dirtee Stank)
37. Menya, “Ripe” (
38. The Per Eckbo Orchestra, “Kodo Verano” (Oslo)
39. Bob Dylan, “Dreamin' Of You” (Columbia)
40. Pompelmoessap, “1946 In Memory” (LesIzmo:r)