We’ve finally reached it, the Top 10 songs of the year. Make sure to check out the rest of the playlists easily by using the Featured Post Section on the right side, I hope you’ve found something new or just a playlist to sit back with.
**Side note: I didn’t include Moodgadget or Ghostly International releases because that would just not be fair.
#10 Jessy Lanza – 5785021
Just how everything expands after the 3 minute mark does it for me, Junior Boys perfection.
#9 DJ Rashad – Pass That Shit (feat. Spinn & Taso)
I need the extremes of both ends of the music spectrum to make me feel normal, being from Detroit you couldn’t get enough Ghetto-Tech, this song just makes me happy.
#8 Diana – Born Again
“The Pop Song of the Year” for me, all ages and genres, nothing matters but the music here.
#7 Ptaki – Krystyna
The Polish in me and my love for slow disco bumped this song into the Top 10. Really though you can’t deny that bassline and the sample, just heavy lush disco, its like the West Coast Rap of Disco.
#6 Toro Y Moi – Say That
If anyone deserves Top 40 support its Chaz, keep him happy and in the studio.
#5 Boards of Canada – Nothing Is Real
They came back in such a perfect way this year.
#4 The Field – A Guided Tour
My favorite listening album of the year, beautifully prepared, a formula that doesn’t need adjusting.
#3 Majical Cloudz – Childhood’s End
The only emotionally vocal song that hit me this year, he does simplicity soo well.
#2 Dirty Beaches – Casino Lisboa
This song is the definition of passion and drive.
#1 Bibio – A Tout a l’heure
Uplifting done right, changes my mood instantly, music is priceless when it can do that to you.
Aaaannnd we’re down to the Top 20 *dodges tomatoes*
#20 The Beat Broker – Departure
#19 CFCF – Beyond Light
#18 Juana Molina – Eras
#17 Machinedrum – Gunshotta
#16 Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi
#15 Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz
#14 Oneohtrix Point Never – Along
#13 Lawrence – Lucifer
#12 Sally Shapiro – Lives Together (The Field remix)
#11 Standish/Carlyon – Nono/Yoyo (HTRK remix)
Some many underdogs here, remember there’s the dance world, indie rock world, electronic, beats, and soo many more genres being covered on this blog. Once all 50 are revealed this will be a beautifully diverse review of the year, enjoy.
#30 Blondes – Andrew
#29 Keep Shelly In Athens – Recollection
#28 CFCF – Camera
#27 Ken Camden – Eta Carinae
#26 Function – Inter
#25 Marcel Dettmann – Lightworks
#24 Tornado Wallace – Bit 1
#23 Legowelt – Sark Island Acid
#22 Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (Todd Terje remix)
#21 Four Tet – For These Times
It only gets better and better the further we get into this…
#40 Samps – Plans
#39 Lapalux – Swallowing Smoke
#38 Benoit Pioulard – Margins
#37 Om Unit – Corridor 2013
#36 Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
#35 Zomby – 777
#34 Soviet Soviet – No Lesson
#33 Jensen Sportag – Bellz
#32 Jacques Greene – Quicksand
#31 Darkstar – Timeaway
This doesn’t need much of an introduction, its a best of list that we’ve been doing for years, the great thing about them is that i’ve made them into a nice 10 track playlist for you. I hope you enjoy, remember you don’t have to agree with me, I hope I turn you onto some new music by the end of it.
#50 Holden – Some Respite
#49 Airbird & Napolian – In The Zone
#48 Orphan – Most Is Missing
#47 Miles – Loran Dreams
#46 Gonno – Are You Asleep
#45 Atoms For Peace – Default
#44 Bonobo – Cirrus
#43 Monte – True
#42 Queens – Cables
#41 Almunia – The Magician
I saw Italian trio Soviet Soviet last week in Brooklyn, I was super attracted to the quickness of getting in and out of the hooky driving songs. They obviously have their similarities to old bands but they deliver it with youth and catchy basslines. I highly suggest checking out “No Lesson” first and then streaming the album
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Lawrence has been a favorite of mine over the last 10 years creating structure to the mellow melodic end of Detroit techno. He has stayed true to himself and his sound so the quality of music runs deep in his catalog. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED album.
Almost a decade after his last Dial Records album, after an enormous amount of releases on labels like Pampa, Mule Musiq, Ghostly International, Kompakt, Styrax, and many more, Lawrence continues with a wonderful selection of extraterrestrial dance music: Films & Windows. From the first sparkle to the last whisper, this album is dedicated to “Angels at Night.” As the album title suggests, Lawrence as a cineaste and voyeur is inspired by an endless number of screened movies and real-life films — some only appearing while watching landscapes, stars and people passing by in front of a train window. While wondering at moments like this, strange ideas and colorful sounds occur inside the mind of the musician. The ideal approach would be to transfer these ideas into music without any norms or rules — but there is the club and it was always there. So no matter where Films & Windows started, it should always arrive at the dancefloor with frenzied people and other addicts of the outer-world’s soul. For over 20 years, clubs and nights out at places such as the Front, the ’90s WMF, Golden Pudel Club, Click, Sud Electronic, Panorama Bar, Robert Johnson, Smallville, Yellow, Precious Hall, etc., have been at the center of Lawrence’s universe. House music, techno, alien-funk, the unheard, the unseen — it is all magic everywhere.
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Also, he runs one of the most well branded record shops in the world in Hamburg called Smallville.
Sure everyone knows the usual Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Castlevania, Zelda, Metroid, Jackal, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon, etc. What I come to realize is how much of an impact it made on enjoying certain sounds and being aware of them at such an early age. Well here it is, feel free to list what you think I missed in the comments, remember the key word is underrated.
5. Town & Country Surf Designs
The surf game no one could beat in my neighborhood, loved the loop and chord change, and the cover oh how great that cover was.
4. Super Dodge Ball – Kenya Theme
I remember playing this game for hours just to get to Kenya so I can hear those drums, that flute… wellllllll lets not talk about the flute.
3. Blades Of Steel
Oh those lower notes, I loved them, the kid in me would cry if I didn’t put a hockey game on this list so here you go you weird time traveling crybaby.
At 0:28 my child mind felt like it was glowing, made we worship delayed sounds every since.
1. Bad Dudes
It almost makes me tear up its soo good, I almost want to knock on my neighbors door now and ask him if he wants to go outside and play guns.