Single of the Year!
Take that Portishead! I'm kidding! I'm kidding! Again. Still, you have to wonder about the fact that so many of the year's best releases have been singles. Must be something to do with MP3 culture plus the continued mainstreaming of 12"-centric genres like dubstep and minimal techno.
And let's not forget that the rather improbable Popol Vuh remix 12" on Mego really is thoroughly excellent. I've been anxiously awaiting this one since... well since mid January. It doesn't disappoint.
Mika Vainio of Pansonic turns in a surprisingly Fenneszesque remix of "Nachts: Schnee" from the 1987 Werner Herzog soundtrack Cobra Verde. Blogglebum faves Haswell and Hecker, meanwhile, daub a track from the Aguirre soundtrack (another Herzog flick, of course, from '72) with their signature sonic scrawls.
Bracing stuff, all round and the most classically "Mego" sounding release in some time. Available from all well-stocked record stores (i.e. I got mine from Zulu) or from the Editions Mego website. Buy vinyl! Do it now!