DJ Tarik’s Top 5 of 2008


Photo credits: Sarah White


Ok, when I was asked to picked my top 5 for 2008, I said only 5 can’t we do a 100.  Our program director immediately laugh at me and then with a straight face said no only 5.   So I racked my brains on this for a week.  So my top 5 are not really my top 5, but more of sampling of music I have been digging all year around.  So this list is not any particular order.  If you want to hear more of my favorite tunes for 2008, tune into Rhythm Lab Radio next weekend on December 19th and 21st. I will be playing the best of Rhythm Lab Radio for 2008.  So without further delay my top 5 picks (sort of)…

1. Flying Lotus – Roberta Flack feat. Dolly

It seems this producer related to the late great Alice Coltrain can do no wrong. His album Los Angeles was on repeat on my iphone and on my turntables.  The tune is sensual and hard at the same time.

2. Little Dragon – Forever

2008 was the year Swedish artists.  Artists such as Kissey Asplund, Adam Tensta, Lykke Li, Mapei, and Robyn put out amazing music in 2008. But one Swedish group stood out for me and it was Little Dragon and their self-titled debut that was release earlier this year. Their album is rich, soulful and full of emotion.  It is one of those records you can listen to and forget about everything that is going around you.  The standout track for me  was Forever.  It has this hypnotizing dubbed out beat, and then you had the sensual but powerful vocals of Yukimi Nagano and I am in another place and time.  The song is totally in sync with my heartbeat.

3. Crookers ft. Kid Cudi – “Embrace The Martian

This was the year of the mixtapes. Everybody and their grandmother had a mixtape; however, there were only a few standout mixtapes including Wale’s Mixtape About Nothing(download), Game Rebellion’s Searching for Rick Rubin (download).  The one that I really enjoyed was from Ohio based MC Kid Cudi and his mixtape simply entitled “A Kid Name Cudi” (download).  His ability to sing along with his rapping skills was so refreshing. The standout tracks for me on the mixtape are “Heaven at Nite” and “Embrace the Martian” (which was produced by the Crookers). He is even featured on a song with Kanye West on his 808 & Heartbreaks.

4. Radiohead – “15 Step” from the album “In Rainbows”

I know that this album is probably on everyone’s “Best of List”.  I have two reason why this album is on my list and one of them has to do with how they released “In Rainbows”.  They released it on their site for whatever you wanted to pay for it.  It may have not revolutionized the music industry, but it was defining moment in the industry’s history. That alone was enough to get in my list. But no, they decided to actually make a real good album too.  Especially my song pick of “15 Step”.  The song to me is so powerful and moving and probably one of my favorite Radiohead songs.  The percussion arrangement is amazing. It sounds like this song was actually made for Nina Simone. Enough said!

5. Santogold – “Creator” from her self-titled album

I probably blog most about Santogold than any other thing I blogged all year.  Her album was the most refreshing and adventurous albums all year long, and the track “Creator” sets the tone for her solo debut release.  The energy level of this song is off the charts and can not be ignored.  She should of definitely been nominated for a Grammy for this release.  Hey Grammy’s quit sleeping!!!

Well that’s it.  What do you think? What are some of yours?  And don’t forget to vote for your favorite songs in our 88Nine’s Best of 2008 Listener Poll.


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