Its coming towards that time of the year when we start thinking about what has been released in 2013. This year marks the biggest year for dance music in a generation. A year that has had the charts overflowing with the likes of Disclosure, BrEaCh and Storm Queen. Here is our top 30 tracks of 2013:
30. Benjamin Damage – 010x
29. Martin Ikin – What You’ve Done
28. T. Williams – Three Letters
27. Leon Vynehall – Brother
26. Bondax – Giving It All (Joe Goddard Remix)
25. James Welsh – Sent
A producer that in my eyes deserves a lot more recognition within the scene. Last years release of This Way was exceptional, and I’m so glad to feature him in my top 30 with Sent on Hypercolour.
24. Dusky – Mr. Man
23. Tessela – Hackney Parrot
22. Ride (Special Request Remix) – Special Request
21. Midland – Trace
20. Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz
One of the many summer anthems to be rinsed in Ibiza I’m sure. Listening to this track on a dim windy winters afternoon really leaves me shouting for summer to hurry the fuck up! I’ll just have to turn up the heating and close my eyes for now.
19. Joy Orbison – Big Room Tech House DJ Tool – TIP!
18. Citizen – So Submissive
17. Friend Within – The Renegade
16. Wankelmut & Emma Louise – My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remix)
15. Deetron – Can’t Love You More
Deetron’s new album, Music Over Matter is one of my favourites of the year, and this is the stand out track for me. Needs to be listened to in its entirety to appreciate the thought put into this really well produced piece of music.
14. Todd Terje – Strandbar
13. Tale of Us – Another Earth
12. Ninetoes – Finder
11. Bicep & Ejeca – You (Ejeca’s Piano Version)
10. Dense & Pika – Colt
9. Karma Kid – In My Arms
Young kid on the block Karma Kid is full of potential, this track was released as a free download, can you believe it?! Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for him.
8. New Jack City – No Matter What
Dutch duo release this soulful classic house styled banger on Manchester’s, Music Is Love Records. The vocals reach maximum euphoria, twinned with thumping resonating bass and flying snares to create a unique twist on some of the classic house released in the 90s.
7. Ten Walls – Gotham
Dubstep pioneer Mario Basanov’s alias has been hot property this summer. This track has been supported all over, and with reason, it always creates an eerie chill whenever I listen to it; his sound is so different to anything else being produced at the moment.
6. Aster – Cielo (Bicep II Remix)
Well Bicep were always going to feature in any of the top track lists of the year. They have been smashing it this year. This remix of Aster’s Cielo has just ranked, and only JUST ranked above their first remix. Both are great in their own right.
5. Dusky – Nobody Else
Again, Dusky were ALWAYS going to rank in my top 10. Alfie and Nick have been delving into the deeper world of techno of late, but it’s this track, released earlier on this year that has been tearing up the clubs. Premièred on their Essential Mix last year, I was waiting for this release on AUS for a good few months.
4. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Not famous for their trends into dance music, this disco number by Canadian gang, Arcade Fire, is nothing short of brilliant. Streaks of disco emulated on the guitar is what makes this such a feel-good track.
3. Bicep & Simian Mobile Disco – Sacrifice
When you hear that Bicep & SMD have teamed up to make a track, you not only listen to it, but you fall in love at the very first listen. That is the law. You know full well that the utmost of detail has been tended to. Let’s face it, it was never going to be a bad track now, was it?
2. Paul Woolford – Untitled
Paul Woolford released this heavenly piece of music with summer vibes etched on with a machete; using Switch vocal samples with the combination of those piano riffs really set the precedent for the rest of his music this year (minus his Special Request Alias). He has stuck with his formulaic method hinging onto Untitled with his remixes of Disclosure’s Help Me Lose My Mind and George Fitzgerald’s, I Can Tell (By The Way You Move), but I don’t think anything will come close to Untitled
Hotflush must have raked in the moolah after this was released. Excellent track.
1. BrEaCh – Jack
As much as this track has been absolutely rinsed by everyone possible; it’s still an intuitive and forward thinking piece of music. BrEaCh has been releasing well thought out tracks for a while now, it has just stayed very underground – until April. It was my first time seeing him at Sankeys and he opened his set with it, (this was a few months before it was released should I mention), and it absolutely blew me away; the bass line is so simple, yet devastatingly effective. The production is insanely good, I couldn’t believe it when I found out that he did his own vocals on it too. You may have heard the story already, but this track was sent as a demo to Claude Von Stroke as he was on his way to the Warehouse Project on a train. He liked it so much, he edited it (bearing in mind he was on a train) and played it out that night. Since then it has been released on Dirtybird and then re-released commercially on Atlantic Records.