For the 2nd year in a row Amplifier staff have sat down, thrown aside their personal preference for electro polka house, and chosen their Top 20 kiwi releases of 2007. This year we decided to include a select group of industry insiders, media commentators, music reviewers and a designated driver to help with our selection process.
On a rainy summers evening we gathered in Amplifier towers with liquid refreshments and a pile of CDs.. the quest for the best had begun.
After much debate, bickering and some fighting the following 20 releases are those whom the assembled felt were the best releases for the year:
1 Tiki - Past, Present, Future (Dirty Dub)
2 SJD - Songs from a Dictaphone (Round Trip Mars)
3 The Phoenix Foundation - Happy Ending (Warner Music)
4 Motocade - Into The Fall (Indpendent)
5 The Brunettes - Structure & Cosmetics (Lil' Chief)
6 The Sneaks - The Sneaks (Independent)
7 Batucada Sound Machine - Rhythm & Rhyme (Independent)
8 Tim Guy - Hummabyes (Monkey Records)
9 Surf City - Surf City EP (Arch Hill)
10 The L.E.D.S - ...we are the L.e.d.s (Independent)
11 Grand Prix - Terraplane Twilight (Arch Hill)
12 The Checks - Hunting Whales (SonyBMG)
13 The Enright House - A Maze And Amazement (A Low Hum)
14 Good Laika - Heads I Win, Tails You Lose (Independent)
15 Disasteradio - Visions (A Low Hum)
16 David Kilgour - The Far Now (Arch Hill)
17 Kora - Kora (Independent)
18 Liam Finn - I'll Be Lightning (Liberation)
19 Payola - Dirt And Stars (Independent)
20 Flight Of The Conchords - The Distant Future EP (Sub Pop)
Check out 2006's Picks here.