12. Surferosa - The Beat On The Street
Surferosa seem to be a polarizing group. They’ve got their hardcore fans, for sure, but a lot of people I know don’t really like most of their stuff. I think it all comes down to the vocals, which can grate on some. Still, this album in many ways sounded like the release No Doubt was meant to come back with. It mixed pop, punk and disco so effortlessly and in such unique ways. I mean, who else would sing a song like Mangaloid? It’s more than a little insane, which is one of the reasons I love this band so much.
11. Walter Meego - Voyager
No other release of 2008 perfected the sleezy synth sound that these guys did. Voyager is one of those albums that flows so seamlessly together that it almost feels as if you’re listening to one long song. Each individually track, though, is hooky enough to be a hit. The first half of the record is undoubtedly stronger, but the whole thing’s remarkably consistent. I have a feeling that this will be a summer party standby for the next decade. At the very least, Girls, Wanna Be A Star and Forever earned their place on many summer mixtapes around the world.