Control Voltage’s Top 50 Tracks of 2012 So Far
John Talabot, 2-step, and a whole lotta deep house
Sangue de Cristo, Ponta do Mato (One Eyed Jacks)
Lisbon in the house yet again: Photonz and Tiago re-imagine Caribou’s brand of jewel-toned, hand-carved dance music in the style of Mr. Fingers.
Sinkane, “Runnin’ (Daphni Mix)” (no label)
Caribou’s Dan Snaith puts an Afro-disco spin on this freedom-seeking jam from Yeasayer’s Ahmed Gallab; keep an ear out for Ewan Pearson’s edit of the Daphni mix, which adds just the right amount of oomph, for more floor-centric contexts.
Storm Queen, “Look Right Through (MK Don’t Talk to Me Dub)” (Environ)
Mark Kinchen’s organ sounds as fresh as the day he first plugged it in. The very definition of a feel-good summer anthem.
T&J, “Drum & Synths” (Hivern Disc)
Slow-motion house with a thing for the 1980s and a hook that’ll lodge in your head for days.
Todd Terje, “Inspector Norse” (Smalltown Supersound)
Not too many Norwegian electro-disco singles rack up 500K+ views on YouTube, but this is Todd Terje we’re talking about. The year’s most unassuming underground smash.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, “Tapes & Money (John Talabot Remix)” (Polydor)
That’s right, more Talabot. One of his best remixes yet, it tones down TEED’s boisterousness in favor of understated urgency.
Untold, “Caslon” (Hemlock)
With every record, Untold seems to be getting closer and closer to becoming a pure techno producer. Fortunately, not a purist one.
XI, “Nightlif” (New Kanada)
A more ramshackle take on the “Hyph Mngo” template, but still emo to the core.