Thursday, December 27, 2007

The 20 Best Albums of 2007 - Simian Mobile Disco: "Attack Decay Sustain Release"

13.  2007 might be remembered as the year of the "Daft Punk Generation."  With so many artists pumping new life into the club scene a reemergence of dance music into the mainstream became inevitable. Whether it was Digitalism, Justice or MSTRKRFT, the influence of Daft Punk was felt all over some of 2007's most talked-about records. Out of this bunch, my favorite was definitely Simian Mobile Disco.

Perhaps no and among this group had as much anticipation leading into their debut album, due mostly to a string of successful remix and production efforts for Bjork, Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons (among others), as well as infectious club singles that gave music fans a taste of the party that was to come. On Attack Decay Sustain Release SMD made good on the hype by delivering a slick 37 minutes of acid techno/house that reminds me of the 'glory days' of the mid 90's when it seemed like dance music had limitless possibilities.

"Hustler" and "It's the Beat" are two of the best songs of the year. Period. The production quality of both is indicative of an attention to detail that only the greats of the genre (like Daft Punk, for example) can match. This goes on for the entire album like one awesome private DJ set. In the end, isn't that exactly what a dance record should do?

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