“Fact” Puts On Its Dancing Shoes (But Still Picks LCD Soundsystem)

jharv / December 13, 2007

soundofsilver.jpgLike many other publications featured in our ongoing Year-End Analysis series, Brit music mag Fact placed LCD Soundsystem in its top single slot of the year, but they chose neither “North American Scum” or “All My Friends.” And though left-field faves like Panda Bear and consensus picks like M.I.A. dot the magazine’s albums list, the Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and (yes) LCD Soundsystem are nowhere to be found. Fact’s actually turned in a pair of the most idiosyncratic year-end wrap-ups of 2007 so far, and they’re speckled by blog faves including our (cough, cough) fave band of 2007, Black Kids. Fact’s Top 100 tracks and Top 20 albums are after the jump, but first our thoughts on two lists that remember people still go out to dance clubs (or at least download MP3s of records that get played in dance clubs).

THE GOOD: Dance music! Lots of it! And not just Justice! Fact’s Top 100 singles list is filled with dance 12s and EPs, from underground disco edits to Internet-hype picks to deep Germanic techno to dubstep, and their albums list is similarly foot-friendly. Totally refreshing, and making me think I should have paid closer attention to dance music this year.
THE BAD: Like a lot of (seemingly) dance/electronic-focused magzines, Fact’s taste in guitar-based music sometimes feels a little shaky. Vampire Weekend released the best rock single of the year? If you say so, you crazy Englanders.
THE WHAAAA? On “Umbrella”: “Just compare this take on a loved-up R&B ballad against, say, Beyonce’s recent efforts, and you’ll quickly see how special Rihanna is.” Did the U.K. suddenly forget “Irreplaceable”? Has the planet gone mad? Am I still the only person alive who dislikes “Umbrella”?

Top 100 Tracks
01. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM ‘Get Innocuous’
02. ROISIN MURPHY ‘Overpowered’
03. VAMPIRE WEEKEND ‘Mansard Roof’
04. HOLY FUCK ‘Lovely Allen’
05. PATRICK WOLF ‘The Magic Position’
06. MIA ‘Paper Planes’
07. BATTLES ‘Atlas’
08. PANDA BEAR ‘Bros’
09. BURIAL ‘Archangel’
10. FOALS ‘Hummer’
11. MATTHEW DEAR ‘Don & Sherri’
12. SANTO GOLD ‘Les Artistes’
13. BURAKA SOM SISTEMA ‘Yah!’
14. STEREO IMAGE ‘Red Nights’
15. CHROMATICS ‘Running Up That Hill’
16. RIHANNA ‘Umbrella’
17. FRIENDLY FIRES ‘Strobe’
18. KLAXONS ‘Golden Skans’
19. STILL GOING ‘Still Going Theme’
20. BLACK KIDS ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You’
21. PINCH ‘Get Up’ feat. Yolanda
22. MODESELEKTOR ‘The White Flash’ feat. Thom Yorke
23. WAX STAG ‘Short Road’
24. SINDEN & COUNT OF MONTE CRISTAL ‘Beeper’
25. FEIST ‘My Moon, My Man’
26. WIGHNOMY BROTHERS ‘My Gloomy Head’
27. HOT CHIP ‘My Piano’
28. TIMBALAND ‘The Way I Are’
29. LATE OF THE PIER ‘Bathroom Gurgle’
30. TODDLA T ‘Do U Know?’
31. CAJUN DANCE PARTY ‘The Next Untouchable’
32. ROBYN ‘With Every Heartbeat’
33. VON SUDENFED ‘Fledermaus Can’t Get It’
34. AFRIKAN BOY ‘One Day I Went To Lidl’
35. CHLOE ‘Around The Clock’
36. DJ BLAQSTARR ‘Shake It To The Ground’
37. SKEPTA ‘In A Corner’
38. IPSO FACTO ‘Harmonize’
39. HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR ‘Classique #2′
40. DUDE N DEM ‘Watch My Feet’
41. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE ‘Peacebone’
42. DEVENDRA BANHART ‘Seahorse’
43. RUSTIE ‘Jagz The Smack’
44. BISHI ‘Never Seen Your Face’
45. WHITE RABBITS ‘The Plot’
46. LA PRIEST ‘Engine’
47. AME ‘Fiori’
48. PETE & THE PIRATES ‘Come On Feet’
49. THE ALIENS ‘Honest Again’
50. JUSTICE ‘Stress’
51. BRODINSKI ‘Bad Runner’
52. YEASAYER ‘2080’
53. D1 ‘Sorrow’
54. JACK PENATE ‘Second, Minute, Hour’
55. DIZZEE RASCAL ‘Flex’
56. LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION ‘Galaxy of The Lost’
57. UNCLE SAM ‘Round The Way Girls’ (Tes La Rok Remix)
58. PLUGS ‘That Number’
59. VARIOUS PRODUCTIONS ‘Chief’
60. A MOUNTAIN OF ONE ‘Brown Piano’ (Version by Studio)
61. THE COCK N BULL KID ‘Dead’
62. PANTHA DU PRINCE ‘Saturn Strobe’
63. FINDLAY BROWN ‘Losing The Will To Survive’ (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Re-Animation)
64. BECK ‘Cell Phone’s Dead’ (Ricardo Villalobos Entlebuch Remix)
65. FREE BLOOD ‘Quick & Painful’
66. FLYING LOTUS ‘Tea Leaf Dancers’
67. CRYSTAL CASTLES ‘Crimewave’
68. DIRTY PROJECTORS ‘Rise Above’
69. RUFUS WAINWRIGHT ‘Tiergarten’ (Supermayer Remix)
70. GANG GANG DANCE ‘Oxygen Demo Riddim’
71. NOZE ‘Remember Love’
72. THE BUG ‘Skeng’ feat. Flow Dan & Killa P
73. HATCHBACK ‘White Diamond’ (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
74. FRANKIE VALLI ‘Beggin” (Pilooski Edit)
75. ARIL BRIKHA ‘Room 337′
76. LIARS ‘Houseclouds’
77. APPLEBLIM ‘Vansan’
78. BONDE DO ROLE ‘Office Boy’
79. DUKE DUMONT ‘Lean & Bounce’
80. MARK E ‘R&B Drunkie’
81. WILD BEASTS ‘Assembly’
82. CHROMEO ‘100%’
83. DURRTY GOODZ ‘Switching Songs’
84. BLACK AFFAIR ‘Japanese Happening’
85. COKI & BENGA ‘Night’
86. KELLEY POLAR ‘Chrysanthemum’
87. T2 ‘Heartbroken’ feat. Jodie
88. JUNIOR BOYS ‘In The Morning’ (Hot Chip Remix)
89. PONI HOAX ‘Antibodies’
90. THEORETICAL GIRL ‘The Hypocrite’
91. DAVID E. SUGAR ‘Oi New York, This Is London’
92. THE FIELD ‘A Paw In The Face’
93. SAMIM ‘Heater’
94. SEBASTIEN TELLIER ‘Sexual Sportswear’
95. SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO ‘It’s The Beat’
96. CONNAN & THE MOCKASINS ‘Sneaky Sneaky Dogfriend’
97. JOHNNY FLYNN ‘The Epic Tale of Tom & Sue’
98. ROLAND APPEL ‘Dark Soldier’
99. BAT FOR LASHES ‘What’s A Girl To Do?’
100. GROSVENOR ‘Nitemoves’

Top 20 Albums
1. PANDA BEAR – PERSON PITCH
2. BURIAL – UNTRUE
3. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – SOUND OF SILVER
4. M.I.A – KALA
5. STUDIO – WEST COAST
6. KLAXONS – MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE
7. MATTHEW DEAR – ASA BREED
8. FIERY FURNACES – WIDOW CITY
9. HOLY FUCK – S/T
10. JUSTICE -†
11. ROBERT WYATT – COMICOPERA
12. BATTLES – MIRRORED
13. IRON & WINE – THE SHEPHERD’S DOG
14. PANTHA DU PRINCE – THIS BLISS
15. LIARS – S/T
16. MODESELEKTOR – HAPPY BIRTHDAY
17. CHLOE – THE WAITING ROOM
18. RICARDO VILLALOBOS – FABRIC 36
19. ALIENS – ASTRONOMY FOR DOGS
20. DURRTY GOODZ – AXIOM

Top 100 Tracks Of 2007 [Fact; HT: Matos]