December 22, 2006

2006 Year In Review: Individual Writer Lists

As a companion piece to our 2006 year in review, here are the individual lists/charts from each of our contributors. Happy reading…

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September 15, 2006

Robbie Williams - Rudebox

Apparently some people think this is the worst song ever made. I wouldn’t know, since the twelve doesn’t have the radio edit, nor would I care, since the Robbie Williams saga of popular disappointment and considerable national embarrassment was not on my soil or in my internet. Flogging or praising this guy, who was something of the shit in the early 90s I’m finding out, would be no cap-feather of mine. All I know is that the Chicken Lips remix has the monstrous helium-balloon synths and patient disco thrash that all the best CL/Emperor Machine remixes have, and if their “Rudebox” had had one of those naked funk outros a la their “What Else Is There?” remix for Ryksopp, it might have been their best. Chalk up another win for Riton, meanwhile, who put himself back on 2006’s map with that acidfreakout re-rub of “Angerman” and keeps himself on with this vicious maximal groove/minimal melody hard techno remix. Riton’s “Rudebox” could cousin-kiss the Cajmere remix of Juan Maclean’s “Give Me Every Little Thing,” especially given how both turn sung vocals into hoarse, robotic shouts. If you dare: Do the rudebox.

Chrysalis / 12CHS 5161
[Nick Sylvester]