It's 2008. But Stylin Loves 2007. Listen and read on for Ennio Styles rundown of the best of 2007.

Playlist 28/12/07 - Stylin Loves 2007

1. Sekoya - Introducing The Highlife [Octave]
2. Quasimode feat Carmen Lundy - Time is Love [Geneon]
3. The Souljazz Orchestra - Mugambi [Do Right]
4. The New Mastersounds - One Note Brown (Lanu Remix) [Record Kicks]
5. Mary J Blige - Till the Morning [Geffen/Universal]
6. The Politik - Saturn [Antipodean]
7. Fulgeance - Tribute to Masekela (Fulgeance’s Bicoquet Edit) [Musique Large]
8. Swell Session vs Domu feat Elsa Esmeralda - A Heart to Cover For [Freerange/Stomp]
9. Peder - Timetakesthetimetimetakes [Ubiquity/Creative Vibes]
10. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build a Home [Ninja Tune/Inertia]
11. Stateless - Bloodstream [K7/Inertia]
12. Little Dragon - Twice [Peacefrog/Creative Vibes]
13. Tawiah - Watch Out [Brownswood]
14. Jill Scott - Crown Royal [Hidden Beach/Universal]
15. Jill Scott - The Fact Is (I Need You) (Live in Paris) [Hidden Beach/Universal]
16. Pharoahe Monch - Trilogy (Act 1 Ft. Mr. Porter, Act 2 Ft. Dwele) [Universal/Universal]
17. Little Brother - Dreams [ABB/Shogun]
18. Heralds of Change - Asswank [All City]
19. Heralds of Change - Spotted [All City]
20. Lewis McCallum - Fly Or Die [Antipodean]
21. The Bamboos feat Kylie Auldist - I Don't Wanna Stop [Tru Thoughts/Creative Vibes]
22. Seu Jorge - Mina Do Condominio [Javali Valente]
23. Arthur Verocai feat Azymuth - Bis [Far Out]
24. Max Grunhard Quintet - Earth Dancer [Impossible Ark]
25. Joss Stone - Girl They Won't Believe It [Virgin/EMI]
26. Roberto Fonseca - Ishmael [Enja]
27. Heavy - Sam [BBE/Inertia]
28. Common feat Bilal - U, Black Maybe [Geffen/Universal]
29. Future feat Abiodune of the Last Poets & Jon Blazini - Imagine [Future]

Here it is: Stylin Loves 2007, an idiosyncratic selection of my favourite tunes of the year. It's not a countdown, I just played them in a way I thought sounded good at the time.

There were plenty of repeat offenders, with Lance Ferguson (Lanu, the Bamboos) and Mark de Clive-Lowe (The Politik, Antipodean Records) having already had multiple appearances in previous years. We had two tunes from my favourite singer Jill Scott, with the Live in Paris tune being one that many probably missed, as it was tucked away on the Hidden Beach sampler CD included with her 'Collaborations' album. Somebody bring her to Australia!

There were a few albums where I worked hard to pick one from a number of tunes in contention: Swell Session, Pharoahe Monch, Little Brother, Heavy and Seu Jorge.

The appegiated synth wonky beats of Scotland's Heralds of Change (Hudson Mohawke and Mike Slott) have been some of the most exciting new sounds of 2007 for me, along with Lewis McCallum and Julien Dyne showing that global warming is doing nothing to dry the pool of musical talent in New Zealand.

After years of being angered by the success of young, pretty, white Joss Stone ahead of far more talented soul singers, I was unable to resist this one tune from her third album. I guess the presence of Raphael Saadiq on production, co-writing (and apparently, boyfriend) duties helped.

As in previous years, songwriting has triumphed over production in tunes that I think will truly last the test of time. And so some of the musics Stylin loves dearly are not represented. 2007 felt like a real 'comeback' year for techno, with great music from the likes of Fabrice Lig, Carl Craig, Redshape, Joris Voorn, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Quince and others. Even Melbourne talent Christian Vance gave me some music to play on the show (despite not yet releasing any of it). Dubstep had its strongest year yet, with music from Burial, Boxcutter, Benga and Coki standing out, but I'm still waiting for dubstep to make an 'Inner City Life'-like breakthrough. Drum and bass also had a strong year, with the reggae sound back in force. In the wake of Dilla's 'Donuts' album there have been some great soul-sampling short-song hip-hop-instrumental albums which I have liked more for the full-length listen than particular tracks. Check Audible Doctor, Onra & Quetzal, Creestal, Guts and Deep Soul Revisited if you like this sound.

Thanks to all who have listened to and subscribed to Stylin in 2007. Thanks above all to the music makers, who made it another great year of music. Bring on 2008!

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