Guest TAPEr's Chart: Tim Sweeney (DFA / Beats in Space) - 10 for 2006
Oh, and fuck, gentleman & scholar Tim Sweeney, of DFA/Beats in Space, very kindly knocked us up an exclusive Top 10 for 2006 which I, in my scattiness, completely forgot about. So, a month or so after he handed it in, but no less interesting or wise....
1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russon - Revelee (Carl Craig Remix) // DFA
Carl Craig just seemed like the perfect person to remix Delia &Gavin's synth work, and he came through with probably my favorite track of the year. A beautiful remix and perfect for making a party explode.
2. The Knife - Silent Shout // Brille
Much talked about, but I think it deserves it. The Swedish duo made a great album of dark, strange, synth-heavy tracks that were able to cross over to a broad range of people.
3. Hot Chip - The Warning // EMI
Another much hyped album, but again, they deserve it. Tracks like"Over and Over," "Boy From School," "Colours," "No Fit State" and"Just Like We Breakdown" made this album a real standout for 2006. I think there might have been a little overkill with the number of remixes released from this album, but there were some really great ones (Erol, DFA, Maurice Fulton).
4. Larry Heard presents Mr. White - The Sun Can't Compare // Alleviated
It's hard to believe this track was made in 2006, as it sounds like it was taken straight from Mr. Fingers in 1986. No one can do it better than him as he breaks it down to just vocals, 303, and a 909. Classic.
5. Antena - Camino Del Sol (Joakim Remix) //Permanent Vacation
Joakim turns this track from 1982 into a dance floor filler. Lot's of synth action and hints of Carl Craig and Booka Shade.
6. Sly Mongoose - Snakes and Ladder (Rub n Tug Remix) // Mule Musiq
New York's Rub N Tug duo have been turning out great remixes this year, and I think this is one of my favorites. It's a piano driven disco track that's just a lot of fun.
7. Glissandro 70 - Portugal Rua Rua // Constellation
This Toronto based group is the combination of Sandro Perri (Polmo Polpo) and Craig Dunsmuir. This track sounds like Animal Collective meets Arthur Russell with a hint of Juan Atkins (at the very end they chant lyrics from Model 500's "No UFO's"). It's beautiful, repetitive, strange and refreshing to hear.
8. Shit Robot - Wrong Galaxy // DFA Shit Robot has been having an amazing year with this, his first 12" on DFA, plus his amazing remix of Dondolo on Tiny Sticks. "Wrong Galaxy"always seemed to get the dancefloor going whenever I played it this past year.
9. Home Video - Penguin (The Loving Hand Remix) // Defend
The Loving Hand is the new alter ego of DFA's Tim Goldsworthy. After only a couple remixes under his new name (Wolfmother, Radio 4, The Rakes), this is the definite stand out of the bunch. With a melancholy feel, it floats along with sections weaving in and out of each other, but a steady bouncing bassline that keeps it on the dancefloor.
10. Kathy Diamond - All Woman // Permanent Vacation
This Maurice Fulton production is very similar to what he did with Hot Chip's "Over and Over." He takes things back to that 80's jazz-funk-disco feel. It's a perfect late night jam for David Mancuso's Loft Party.
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