Rather than focus on particular tracks, we prefer to focus on entire singles here at Phonica, be they 7inch, 10inch, or 12inch – there has to be a physical release for it to be included in our chart. It’s the hardest chart of all to compile, as these short tracks or EPs are far more subjective than an album. So here, we are looking at those singles or tracks that made an impact, that provided us with the soundtrack to imaginary nights out that never materialised, those that sold a lot at the shop, and, most importantly, those loved by staff members here. The trouble with our favourite singles chart is that a lot of these records have gone and won’t be coming back – limited presses create hype and a lot of labels are happy to see this hype build, Discogs prices rise but mostly, in the end, a repress does appear and that’s when the record gets noticed. The Good Morning Tapes label or the Burial / Four Tet / Thom Yorke collaboration or examples of records we are only allowed to get a few copies! Check out the selection below.
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