Two More Great Albums from 2006.
The real problem with end-of-the-year lists is that one tends not to hear a lot of the best stuff from a year until the following year. Two cases in point are The Owl's Map by Belbury Poly and Dead Air by Mordant Music. Certain reliable sources have been onto me about these albums for quite a while now but it took birthday gift giving from folks in Blighty for me to actually get them. Both are immediately extremely striking and - of course - definitively hauntological. I can see myself seriously falling for this stuff over the coming months.
There seems to be a minor debate going on as to whether a piece of music can be simultaneously dancable and hauntological. I'd like to offer "Fallen Faces" by Mordant and "You Hurt Me" by Burial as two prime examples of hauntological floor fillers.