Don't discount the power of radio, or at least, don't in Tim Sweeney's case. The New Yorker started Beats in Space, his now famous WNYU radio show, in the late '90s, and has since developed a fanatical global following of dance music aficionados. His weekly broadcasts offer concise snapshots of different artists' styles, with regular guest mixes and appearances that stray towards the left-field side of disco and house. He plays Public Works this Friday with prolific disco re-editor Eric Duncan (of Rub 'N Tug and Dr. Dunks fame) for Face party. Usually the one asking the questions, we asked him to provide us with five of his favorite tunes.
"Good Times," by Michael Mayer
"[This is] the first single off Mayer's new album, Mantasy, coming out October 22 on Kompakt records. Mayer's all about the good times, and so am I! Last time I saw Mayer DJ, I drank all his champagne and did a stage dive before someone (not me) set off a fire extinguisher on the dancefloor that closed the whole party down. What a bummer."
"Ra-ako-st," by Lindstrøm
"Lindstrøm is back! This is from his new EP on Norway's amazing Smalltown Supersound record label. The track was mixed by Todd Terje, another Norwegian who can do no wrong right now. A viking aural assault."
"Nagoya Marimba (HNNY Edit)," by Steve Reich
"I initially emailed San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem guys when I heard this edit because I thought it was one of them who did it! But no, HNNY is the name of Swedish producer Johan Cederberg's project. He's also released music on Sweden's Studio Barnhus label, which I am a big fan of, and I'm doing a party with the Studio Barnhus guys (Kornél, Kovács, and Axel Boman) on September 21."