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    1 Burial, “Distant Lights,” from Burial (Hyperdub) The track that made me realize that Burial was truly in the zone. A melancholy, washed-out, twilight tune—the smoldering, husky yearning of a woman alone in a submerged city. Razor-sharp percussion that slices and dices your heart, then soothes it with a tidal wave of bass.

    2 SA-RA Creative Partners, “Hollywood” (Sony BMG/Epic) Someone once said that Detroit techno is Kraftwerk stuck in a lift with George Clinton, but the description better fits the oozing R & B of SA-RA. Spine-tingling cosmic soul. “Motherfuckin’ Hollywood,” indeed.

    3 Skream,