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3D World Albums Of 2007

Author: 3D
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Did somebody say electro- 2007 will be remembered for the year the French invaded our airwaves, with the Ed Banger and Kitsune posses going nuts on the release front, while locally ministry of sound adopted fluro with gusto and even local club Onelove got in on the CD action too. However it wasn’t just dirty beats and buzz-saw synths. Sydney label future classic releasing three killers albums, all of which are featured here, Fabric continued to dominate the Mix-CD arena, and Radiohead dropped their musical bomb, resulting in countless up-and-coming bands calling it a day. So now we look back at the year that was, with every 3D feature album of 2007, and a couple of extras we thought worthy of listing, below. Enjoy.

GO GO SMEAR THE POISON IVY
Múm
Pod/Inertia

“Múm’s most stylistically and texturally diverse album…seriously gorgeous.”
evilchris

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Ed Solo & Skool of Thought
Against The Grain/Shock

“An album that defies the boundaries of a single genre. Highly recommended.”
Carlos D.

ETHEREAL LOTUS FLEET
Elf Tranzporter
Method/Shock

“A solid effort all round.”
Dimitri Zrazhevski

OVERPOWERED
Roison Murphy
EMI

“If Roisin Murphy is going to be overpowered by anything it’s going to be the sheer brilliance of this album.”
Carlos D.

WATTS HAPPENING
Ohmega Watts
Ubiquity/Creative Vibes

“This is an album that needs to be added to your collection.”
Andre Assa

THEATRE OF DISCO
Theatre of Disco
Risky Disco/Inertia

“Intelligent music that’s also fun.”
Ariel Rowan

I HATE MUSIC: THE BEST OF OUTPUT RECORDINGS
Various
Output/Inertia

“A retrospective that more than does justice to Output’s considerable legacy.”
evilchris
WELL DEEP: TEN YEARS OF BIG DADA RECORDINGS
Various
Big Dada/Inertia

“An impeccable retrospective from one of the contemporary hip hop scene’s most influential labels…an essential purchase.”
evilchris

OUR MOON IS FULL
Strings of Consciousness
Central Control/Inertia

“Sublimely brilliant stuff…frequently calls to mind a particularly brooding, David Lynch-ian film soundtrack.”
evilchris

SECRETSUNDAZE VOL. 1
Various (Mixed by Giles Smith & James Priestley)
Secretsundaze Music

“[Secretsundaze’s] double-disc mix is as close as you’ll get to the authentic al fresco experience without forfeiting a couple of K to Qantas.”

IN RAINBOWS
Radiohead
Independent

“I don’t care how or when they do it, but I want more albums like this one.”
Laura Parker

COSMOS
Murcof
Leaf/Inertia

“One of the year’s don’t-miss records.”
evilchris

EAR DRUM
Talib Kweli
Warner

“A must have for any hip hop aficionado.”
Andre Assa

FABRIC 36: RICARDO VILLALOBOS
Ricardo Villalobos
Fabric/Inertia

“A headphone trip.”
Jack Tregoning

AMERICA: SUICIDE NOTES VOL. 1
Jay Eff Kay
Independent

“The biggest thing to happen in the rap world since that other skinny white rapper that everyone always talks about.”
Baz McAlister

PIÑATA
Mexican Institute of Sound
Cooking Vinyl/Shock

“Piñata is musical perfection. One of the best albums of the year.”
Anita Connors

GRADUATION
Kanye West
Universal

“Not only a great hip hop album, but a great pop album as well.”
Chris Honnery

THA SHIZNIT: EPISODES I, II, III
Snopp Dogg
Snapper/Shock

“It’s all good. To be able to say that of a three-disc set is quite something indeed.”
Ariel Rowan

KALA
MIA
XL/Remote Control

“In a world full of rehashing we need artists that will try new things.”
Ariel Rowan

SOUNDS TO EXPIRE TO
Ivens
Eco.Tone/Obese

“A dark jewel that immediately stands well apart from much of the other local hip hop to emerge this year.”
evilchris

FEIL KNAPP
Bjørn Torske
Smalltown Supersound/Creative Vibes

“Unfurling with understated charm and beauty…a must have album.”
Anita Connors

DYSTOPIA
Midnight Juggernauts
Siberia/Inertia

“The mind salivates at the idea of an album that has something like Blade Runner at its inspirational core.”
Daniel Crichton-Rouse

FOUR DAYS IN GENÉVE
Braille/Ohmega Watts/Surreal/DJ Idull
Hip Hop Is Music/Creative Vibes

“This short mini album is fucking steeped in incredible levels of dopeness.”
Fat Tony

CHEW THE FAT PRESENTS HOOK N SLING
Various
Fat!/Inertia

“If you like your electro house big room-oriented, and don’t mind loads of vocals packed in, this could be the mix for you.”
evilchris

PEANUT BUTTER WOLF PRESENTS CHROME CHILDREN VOL. 2
Various
Stones Throw/Creative Vibes

“Nothing but abstract excellence”
Burn

LIGHT SOUND DANCE
Various (Mixed by the Bang Gang DJs)
Modular/Universal

“At your next party, drop some LSD and enjoy the flurodelic trip.”
Daniel Crichton-Rouse

THE MIX-UP
Beastie Boys
Capitol/EMI

“It’s great background or driving music and feels like a soundtrack to a great day where everything is just groovy.”
Franky Moops

STRICTLY: MASTERS AT WORK
Various
Strictly Rhythm/EQ/Stomp

“A homage to two great producers and one smashing great label.”
Kat Loughrey

WAR STORIES
UNKLE
Pod/Inertia

“UNKLE have morphed yet again, into something more subtle and catchy than before and they’re sounding better than ever.”
Daniel Findlay

† (CROSS)
Justice
Ed Banger/Warner

“† could well be the coolest thing you hear this year.”
Daniel Crichton-Rouse

BURN YOUR OWN CHURCH
Black Strobe
Playlouder/Remote Control

“It just might be the record that finally brings the goths and dance heads together.”
evilchris

IDEALISM
Digitalism
EMI

“The fact that this album is so pure and catchy showcases the immense talent of Digitalism”
Chris H.

FABRIC 35: EWAN PEARSON
Various
Fabric/Inertia

“The highlights certainly come thick and fast amidst an impeccable track selection.”
evilchris

BACK IN THE BOX
Joey Negro
NRK/EQ/Stomp

“He knows exactly which buttons to press and, more importantly, when to press them. Pure Gold.”
Kat Loughrey

UNDERGROUND COMMUNICATION
Bassnectar
Om/Stomp

“Well worth checking out.”
evilchris

CIRCUS MAXIMUS
Unkle Ho
Elefant Traks/Inertia

“Rich, organic and highly musical – a fuller, more coherent realisation than ever before.”
Simon Kirby

SILVERWARE: AUDRAGLINT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION
Various
Audraglint/Creative Vibes

“A voyage of discovery for the more poetic amongst us.”
Simon Kirby

FUSE PRESENTS STEVE BUG
Various
Music Man/EQ/Stomp

“It’s a rare 8/10 mix”
Jack Tregoning

CULT COPY
Aardvarck
Rush Hour

“Masterful stuff.”
evilchris

THE BIRD AND THE BEE
The Bird and the Bee
Blue Note

“This album is going to continue to unfold as a staple.”
Claude Ware

NUCLEAR JAZZ
Flanger
Nonplace/Inertia

“The menu here is sound all round.”
evilchris

PODGELISM
Lusine
Ghostly International/Inertia

“It’s the sheer sense of atmosphere evoked that holds it all together beautifully.”
evilchris

DRUMS AND GUNS
Low
Sub Pop/Stomp

“Deeply disturbing and difficult…brooding, dark and filled with death, yet it is one of the most richly rewarding records of recent years.”
Simon Kirby

THIS IS MY HOME
Lanu
Tru Thoughts/Creative Vibes

“Sensational stuff.”
evilchris

FOLEY ROOM
Amon Tobin
Ninja Tune/Inertia

“Jaw-dropping and epic.”
evilchris

NO PLACE TO BE
Matisyahu
Sony BMG

“Truly impressive.”
Shannon

NIGHT VISION
Spirit Catcher
20:20 Vision/EQ/Stomp

“This is an album by house lovers, for house lovers, and it won’t leave your intelligence insulted.”
Jack Tregoning

DISCOLEXIA
Watch TV and the Primetimes
Hitop Records/Creative Vibes

“These guys should be respected and acknowledged as champions of new era jazz and lounge.”
Xiss

SO THIS IS GOODBYE
Junior Boys
Domino/EMI

“Perfectly formed electronic pop.”
evilchris

THIS BINARY UNIVERSE
BT
Central Station/MRA

“The difference between this and your stock standard electronic compilation is like comparing a peashooter with a nuclear bomb.”
Austin

YOU, ME & EVERYONE
Pedro
Rogue/Inertia

“If this stunning album’s any indication, 2007 has Pedro’s name on it.”
evilchris

FABRIC 32: LUKE SLATER
Various
Fabric/Inertia
8/10

“Pure class once again from Fabric.”
evilchris

TROUBLE WITHIN
Jamie Lloyd
Future Classic/Inertia

“A pure late night headphone treat, to be savoured with a tumbler of fine Scotch.”
Nick Jarvis

NEXT LEVEL VOL. 2
DJ Friction
Shogun/Inertia

“The mixing is phenomenal, with enough double drops to poke an eye out.”
Koda

MIX UP
South Rakkas Crew
Mad Decent/Jimmy Sings/Inertia

“Welcome to the future.”
Captain Franco

ALIVE 2007
Daft Punk
Virgin/EMI

“These songs are the soundtrack for a generation… I challenge you to listen to the opening chords of One More Time and not sing along with them.”
Sebastian

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