A selection of some of my favourite music from 2008, and where to find it if you are so inclined.
Some of the best stuff thats been released this year. And no, theres none of that shit that gets produced by politicos who form punk, folk, or, (god forbid) reggae bands to 'spread the message'. Links are to external sites, nothing is hosted here.
Anthemic post-punk with really nice subtle noisiness and soundscaping.
Luomo - Convival
Minimal house from Finland, with slightly sleazy vocals from various guest singers, including Jake Shears. Couldn't find this on the internets, sorry.
Filthy 'Yardcore' dancehall/dubstep/grime. Massive bass pressure involved, obviously. MC spots from various UK dancehall talent - Tippa Irae, Ricky Ranking, Warrior Queen etc.
Good album from the Rochdale electronica overlords, with a sound thats much closer to their live shows, which can be gut-quaking with a proper setup. Some really nice short ambient tracks too.
Cool music coming out of the post-dubstep scene, mixing the standard syncopated beats with the 'world music' (urgh) sounds of the far east and Indian subcontinent. Wicked MC spots from Durrty Goodz and Trim.
If you can live with the (mostly impenetrable) 'spiritual' lyrics, this is pretty awesome album of epic rock songs.
(Mostly) instrumental hiphop from Californian Steven Ellison, part-time composer for Cartoon Network and relative of the late Alice Coltrane.
Dancable noise (I know - wtf) by two guys from Bristol who look like emo kids.
Edit - forgot these:
German based dub/electronica producer's debut full-length.