ModMusic: Pray Like Aretha Franklin
Twenty years after their single worldwide smash "Perfect Way" tore up the charts, 80's wonder Scritti Politti has had a very good year. First they released White Bread, Black Beer, a superb recording that's already been honored by the Mercury Prize and is shortlisted for the ModFabulous 2006 list. Then hi-NRG disco outfit The Audio Thieves used their unforgettable chorus from "Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)" and twisted it into the summer's club stomper "Pray Like Aretha Franklin." It's brainless, sure, but I'd rather have my dizzy pop made by smart people.