15 for April, love-.

If there were a few dodgy selections in last months chart, this month should set the record straight, because the top five could easily contend for record of the year. Rock n’ rave continues to grow, drum n’ trance makes its debut, and Moby can only get honorable mention.

1. M83 – Saturday = Youth (album)

The album isn’t flawless, but the tracks that work here are monumental. “Kim & Jessie” sounds like the rediscovery of a great, lost 80’s song. It’s all about emotion.

2. Paul Woolford presents Bobby Peru – The Truth (album)

For an original techno album this just might be a masterpiece, and I don’t use that word lightly.

3. Hercules and the Love Affair – (self-titled album)

Wait, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) singing over craftily produced disco? I’m beside myself-. “Blind” is classic.

4. Crystal Castles – (self-titled album)

Your Atari grows up, goes hardcore, and dates a synth-pop star. Incendiary debut.

5. The Kills – Midnight Boom (album)

How did this drop this far? Creative rock, drop, n’ roll that you can’t get out of your head.

6. Does it Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What Your… (album)

Solid rock n’ rave debut from these electro pranksters.

7. V.A. – Kitsune Maison vol. 5

This is literally a party-in-a-box and might be the best Kitsune compilation yet, and if you’ve heard the other 4 you know that’s saying something.

8. Neon Neon – Stainless Style (album)

Electropop and rap are thrown into a blender for a concept album about John DeLorian. I swear this was my idea first, oh well-.

9. Late of the Pier – “The Bears are Coming”

Whew, we’re through with albums. Classic electro-rock track.

10. Siriusmo – “All the Girls (Yuksek mix)”, Boyz Noize – “& Down (Siriusmo mix)”

Nobody can touch Siriusmo right now, seriously.

11. Martyn – “Twenty-four”

Progressive house that has an electronica or intelligent side.

12. John B – “Red Sky” + “Mr. Freud”

Leave it up to John B to perfect d n’ t, thats drum and trance, and no I’m not kidding.

13. Sam Sparro – “Black and Gold” 

Incredible talent on the vocals, and I’m supporting him now before he goes all Justin Timberlake.

14. Bag Raiders – “Nil By Mouth (Knightlife mix)”

Aussies got some kaleidoscopic tricks up their wizard sleeve.

15. Commix – “Faceless (Marcus Intalex)”

Solid d n’ b roller.

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