14. Duck Sauce, 'Quack'
Quack is what happens when two of the smartest people in dance music let their personas hang loose, sidestepping revivalist fetishism to create an alternate universe where doo-wop has drops and people still think of rap as a disco offshoot. Here, crate-digging is still cool, and A-Trak and Armand van Helden grab samples from the likes of Stephen Stills, singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester's forgotten New Wave LP and most appropriately, German club goofballs Boney M. Even the skits have an unusually high success ratio, purposefully disrupting the track-into-track flow so that listeners experience Quack not as a mix to lose among your downloads, but as an album to explore. N.M.