PRINT December 2006



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, “Midnight Request Line” (Tempa) Dubstep’s key Technicolor track of 2006 (originally released in late ’05) and the tune that catapulted the sound onto minimal techno’s dance floors via DJ Ricardo Villalobos and into grime mosh pits via Roll Deep Crew. A fluttering, sub-bass-driven synth anthem that

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