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.


Don’t Sleep On: N.A.S.A.


The Spirit of Apollo Mini Documentary 

What do get when you put Method Man, MIA, Santogold, Lykke Li, Kanye West, E40, David Byrne, Chali 2na, Z-Trip, RZA, KRS-One, Lovefoxxx from CSS, Sizzla, Amanda Blank, George Clinton, The Cool Kids, Spank Rock, Scarface, Tom Waits and Kool Keith on one album, probably one of 2009’s most hyped and anticipated album from a group that you may not be to familar with.  The group is N.A.S.A. (North America South America). N.A.S.A. is duo consisting of Sam Spiegel aka Squeak E. Clean (brother of video director Spike Jonze) and Ze Gonzales aka DJ Zegon. N.A.S.A. is an international collective of musicians spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres. The name of their forthcoming album will be called The Spirit of  Apollo.  This album has been in the works for over a year and will be released in February 2009. 

They currently have video for the song Money featuring David Byrne, Chuck D, Seu Jorge, Ras Congo and Z-Trip.

Recently another track from their album leaked. The cut is entitled “Gifted” and it features Kanye West, Santogold, and Swedish sensation Lykke Li. Check it out below.

N.A.S.A. – “Gifted feat. Kanye West, Santogold, & Lykke Li”

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Are You Feeling This: Matt & Kim, Colin Munroe and Jay-Z feat. Santogold


Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online.  Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists.  Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about.  You tell us what you think.  Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

The winner of last week’s “Are You Feeling This” listener poll ….Franki Valli – “Beggin’ (Pilooski Edit)”

This week on “Are You Feeling This”: New music from dance/punk duo out of Brooklyn Matt and Kim courtesy of Mountain Dew’s record label Green Label Sound. Then we have music from Canadian artist Colin Munroe from his free mixtape called The Unsung Hero, and finally music from the Notorious soundtrack – Jay-Z feat. Santogold.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

Jay-Z feat. Santgold – “Brooklyn Go Hard” from the movie Notorious 




Video: Jay-Z – Brooklyn Go Hard – Open Source


We recently posted the song “Brooklyn Go Hard” from Jay-Z feat. Santogold produced by Kanye West. Artist Evan Roth of  Graffiti Research Labs was commissioned to create the video.

“Last week I was contacted to make a video for a new Kanye West produced Jay-Z song for RED & the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Africa. It launched today (World AIDS Day) at And while I’m happy to be able to help the cause I’m also more than a little bit excited about getting a chance to make something for the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye.”

The video is also open source (meaning that you can download and fool around with it and change it). You can download the source code here.

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New Music Wednesday: The Constellations, David Byrne + Brian Eno, Santogold and Calexico

For this week’s New Music Wednesday, we got two new songs. We have songs from Atlanta’s The Constellations, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Santogold and Calexico.

Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

The Constellations – We are Here to Save the Day feat. Asher Roth

David Byrne and Brian Eno – “Strange Overtones”

Calexico – Two Silver Trees

Santogold – “Lights Out”

Freebie: Santogold and Diplo are Top Ranking

While other artists who release albums don’t do anything else till their next release, Santogold and collaborator DJ and producer Diplo are the opposite.  They just dropped a jaw-dropping mix cd called Top Ranking Santogold: A Diplo Dub on Diplo’s label Mad Decent.  You can grab two of the tracks at Mad Decent and a Clash cover of Guns of Brixton over at the Fader. There is even a track with M.I.A and Santogold together on it. Check them out here. Don’t forget RadioMilwaukee was one of the first stations in the country to have Santogold in rotation over a year ago!!!

Santogold – Starstruck(Diplo Remix)

Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes (Grahmzilla Remix)

Santogold – Guns of Brooklyn (Clash cover)

Tracklisting to follow

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Video: Santogold, Pharrell, Julian Casablancas – “My Drive Thru”

We told you about the new free song from Santofold, Pharrell, and Julian Casablancas of the Strokes which was commissioned by Converse for the 100th anniversary of Chuck Talyors. Well they put together a interesting video for the song which includes paper cut-outs of the artists.