2008 was an odd year. i was working in a job i didn’t really like for some eight months, i had disastrous luck with university applications, i was generally quite bored a lot of the time and the weather was, in dublin at any rate, muck for most of the year. that said, i travelled to rome, barcelona, london and belgium, as well as getting to five festivals in three countries (the above photo was taken during simian mobile disco’s set at pukkelpop). i also really got going on my journalist career, writing for analogue magazine and moving to the uk to study journalism at post-graduate level. amidst all of this, of course, was music. while most of the tracks used in this mix seem to have come from the summer months, there was great music coming out all year long.

i guess this was the point at which electro (as it was known) came to an end, tracks like diplo’s get up remix and mind dimension were great, but there wasn’t really anywhere else it could go. most of the stuff within that sub-genre’s sphere over the last 18 months has been too noisy, derivative and lacking in any innovation whatsoever to make me like it any more. but at this point, it was still good. this was also about the time that the whole “nu-disco” thing started to take off (ha!) thanks to the likes of aeroplane, hercules and love affair and a rejuvenated cut copy, whose in ghost colours was one of my favourite albums that year. sadly, none of that album’s tracks made the mix. as usual, that’s the occupational hazard of trying to sum up 365 days in 80 minutes. also absent, upsettingly, is the juan maclean’s glorious happy house, as well as anything from gang gang dance’s saint dymphna or santigold’s eponymous debut. such is life, however. i’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy here.

haido – 2008 (Stream)

Hercules and Love Affair – You Belong (Riton Remix)
Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
The Count and Sinden – Beeper (Fake Blood Remix)
Fake Blood – Mars
Jan Driver – Rat Alert
Mr Oizo – Bruce Willis Is Dead
DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joakim Remix)
Laidback Luke & A-Trak – Shake It Down
Surkin – White Knight Two
Tiga – Mind Dimension 2
Boys Noize – My Head (Para One Remix)
Diplo – Fired From Work
Wiley – Wearing My Rolex
Lykke Li – I’m Good. I’m Gone (Fred Falke Remix)
Morgan Geist – Detroit
In Flagranti – Business Acumen (Holy Ghost! Cover)
Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning (Cut Copy Remix)
Sammy Bananas – All The Girls
Fully Fitted – Shake It
DJ Mujava – Township Funk
Bingo Players – Get Up (Diplo Remix)
Kid Cudi – Day N Nite (Crookers Remix)
Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor
The Teenagers – Starlett Johansson (Rory Phillips Remix)
Robin S vs Steve Angello & Laidback Luke – Show Me Love vs Be (The Hardwell Bootleg)
Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down (Duke Dumont Reconstruction)
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)


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