Sunday, 21 December 2008

Best of 2008: #10 Santogold / Diplo - Top Ranking

I already loved Santogold's album when this came out - a 35-track mixtape based on that record, featuring new versions of each track (interpolating Kraftwerk and Panda Bear samples amongst others), but also featuring songs by Aretha Franklin, Devo, Desmond Dekker, The Clash and more to pad it out. This demonstrates the myriad of influences used in the album, how they are all sown together without risking the vibe. But the best bit of this mixtape is towards the end, when Santogold's "Unstoppable" morphs into some menacing dubstep beast before an explosive Mumdance Mix of "Creator" booms in with all the subtlety of a concrete donkey. It's a jaw-dropping moment that the tape never recovers from, a climax I never saw coming.

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