1 JUSTICE † (Vice/Downtown/Ed Banger)
Justice ruled the club scene in 2007. Not only was it common to hear several tracks from this album dropped in a night, but their trademark metal-disco-electro sound was also by far the most imitated.
2 MIA Kala (XL)
Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that the U.S. denied her entry when she was scheduled to record with Timbaland. Instead of the accessible club-friendly album it might have been, Kala became much more adventurous and quirky, and is all the better for it.
3 LO-FI-FNK Boylife (Moshi Moshi)
Though technically this had a limited release in Europe in 2006, the re-release last year allowed the rest of the world to discover this adorably charming and ridiculously catchy album of raw homemade Swedish electro-pop.
4 AKRON/FAMILY Love Is Simple (Young God)
A baffling mix of warm, fuzzy folk-pop and out-there sonic experimentation, Akron/Family’s magical album is fuelled by pure, childlike joy.
5 LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Sound Of Silver (DFA/EMI)
LCD Soundsystem matured on this disc, refining the sound that brought them fame into a genuine pop record rather than the collection of indie-dance singles their debut felt like.
6 SUNSET RUBDOWN Random Spirit Lover (Jagjaguwar)
This side project of Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug is an unrestrained and dense barrage of musical ideas. Don’t be surprised if this band eventually ends up outshining his better-known ensemble.
7 SAN SERAC Professional (Normals Welcome)
Unfortunately, this album slipped below many people’s radar, but it was one of the stronger electro-pop reords of the year – a curious combination of glam rock, 80s R&B, house and indie-dance.
8 ALTER EGO Why Not?! (Klang)
A bouncy and occasionally silly collection of dance-floor fire. Vintage arcade game sounds twisted into funky riffs and some genuine pop hooks buried under the distorted buzz-saw synths.
9 BOYS NOIZE Oi Oi Oi (Last Gang/Turbo)
The mirror-ball skull on the cover is a pretty good indication of what Boys Noize are about. Imagine an aggressive, distorted punk rock take on house music.
10 DO MAKE SAY THINK You, You’re A History In Rust (Constellation)
On their fifth release, the instrumental experimental band Do Make Say Think introduce vocals and bring their folkier tendencies to the foreground for what may be their strongest release to date.