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

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]

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  • Dickdogfood

    I don’t care what anybody says, I will love any band who calls a single “Mansard Roof.” Even if it’s Burial.

  • NoNewYork

    yeah, you are the only person left who doesn’t like umbrella. even the wanna-be-hipster girl from l.a. with more money than i don’t know has gotten over her initial dislike of song because she’s found out that the “cool kids” are allowed to listen to top fory these days.
    god i hated her.

  • Tracer Hand

    Jess you have found a co-hater. The song’s fine until it gets to the “ay ay ay ay” part of the chorus, which summons unkillable Cranberries flashbacks.

  • Jess Harvell
  • Maura Johnston

    @Tracer Hand: well, you are right on that point. BUT I STILL LOVE THE SONG.

  • Anonymous

    Despite being a Britisher I have never heard of Fact magazine – presumably I should check it out given how great their singles list is.

  • SuperUnison

    I like this list because it isn’t achingly predictable. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I agree with any of it though.

  • Paula

    I hate that song, too. Not only was it way over-played, but the fact that it keeps popping up on every Top-Single list ever kind of makes me want to irrationally stab something.

    But then, all of this rage could really be subconsciously directed at my former roommate who used to blast it while I was in the next room finishing my thesis.

  • katie_a_princess

    this is one of the best lists i’ve seen yet. what an awesome collection of singles!

  • CarsmileSteve

    what the hell is Fact Magazine??? i have never heard of it…

  • CarsmileSteve

    what the heck is Fact Magazine, i’ve never heard of it…

  • Chris Molanphy

    This keeps coming up, so I might as well throw this out there to innoculate myself before submitting my singles ballot:

    “Umbrella” came closest in ’07 to fusing a very current, radio-friendly but programmer-challenging style to classic songwriting chops.

    The verse-to-chorus “When the sun shines, we shine together…” transition you could have played on a piano in 1967; but the refrain (I prefer to think of it as a Sinéad homage rather than O’Riordan) is this kind of neither-R&B-nor-pop chant that forces you to choose sides.

    You can choose to hate it, as you (Jess) have. My wife and several of her girlfriends kind of can’t stand it. I adore it.

    This is why it’s the best, or one of the best, songs of the year. I’m having a hard time thinking of a song that defined 2007 better, short of maybe “All My Friends,” which is amazing but not really definitive; or “Rehab,” which is definitive and wonderfully played but no longer amazing.

  • Nicolars

    @Tracer Hand: So that’s what bugs me about “Umbrella”! I still like the song, but the niggling annoyance I have with it must be residual Cranberries hate.

  • Ned Raggett

    That’s an…interesting argument, Dennis. I don’t disagree but I also can’t admire the song anymore (and I don’t!).

  • Penny Royalty

    Er… look again at album #3.

  • Rob Murphy

    @dennisobell: Agreed, agreed, and agreed.

    I have no evidence to back this up, but it seems that “Umbrella” is the most “covered” song of the year as well — the “Crazy” of 2007, as so many have noted — and the breadth of stylistic arrangements fitted onto the song speaks volumes about its wide appeal, as well as its inherent quality as a song.

    In the last week, I’ve come to believe that “Umbrella” may possibly be the only thing standing between Amy and history on February 10.

  • rogerniner

    @katie_a_princess: I agree, this is a great list and gives a nod to Matthew Dear.

    Jess, while most of the dance music I heard this year fell under the “yawn”ing of blog house, that oh so predictable melding of French big room disco and fuck all else, there were some amazing tunes to come out. Sick of Feist? Check out the Boyz Noise remix of “My Man My Moon.” Ewan Pearson’s remix of Courtney Tildwell “Don’t Let The Stars Keep Us Tangled Up” was amazing, and I am in love with the Italians Do It Better label. They have perfectly captured the italo sound while being sleazy and not chessy.

  • rogerniner

    @DHMBIB: “Umbrella” and “Rehab” are the two most popular songs in my karaoke shows over the last few months, with “Before He Cheats” coming in a close third.

  • Anonymous

    It did deserve to be #16 on this list, which I agree is exponentially better than most others (except for the Kanye diss), because it’s a catchy song.

    But a Devil’s spawn scorn on The Dream for writing 2 songs exactly like it. Fire and Brimstone!!

  • Rob Murphy

    @many: It also doesn’t hurt that “Umbrella” is the best Diane Warren song that Diane Warren didn’t write. Here’s the similarly-themed “Shelter” from 1989:

    [www.youtube.com]

    [fond memories for Maura???]

  • djp

    Jess, you know I am not a fan of this song! YOU ARE NOT ALONE

  • Michaelangelo Matos

    I sort of counted myself in the sick-of-”Umbrella” category until about a week ago when I re-played it just to see if I was wrong. I was wrong; the song barely missed my Top 10.

  • philip sherburne

    fact’s electronic-music coverage is always solid, in no small part because they’ve got the awesome kiran sande, of the awesome tape blog, writing for them. they manage to broaden their dance-music coverage beyond blog-house because unlike most dance bloggers, he actually goes out and, like, buys records, and has opinions of his own, rather than just sitting around and waiting for someone to send him a link to the latest crystal castles remix or whatever. ok, so i’m being snide, but it’s kinda true.

  • philip sherburne

    for the record, i don’t like “umbrella” either. fortunately, my habits are such that i’m rarely subjected to it.

  • westartedthis

    @rogerniner: re: italians do it better – that’s why it’s good to see chromatics on this list. good to see them represented at all, but they also happened to choose my fav. song off the album.

  • byebyepride

    for Brits who haven’t spotted it yet, fact is a freebie mag which I’ve picked up in record shops and occasionally cafes. It’s about the size of a 7″ single. There were some freaky pictures of woebot in it once, I seem to remember.