Top 20 Tracks Of 2016

A vintage year for music which saw Radiohead drop a superb album and sterling efforts from two of my favourite producers: John Roberts and Christian Loffler. Laudable full-lengths also arrived from Tiger & Woods, Marquis Hawkes and Moomin. Here’s my attempt at ranking the best jams I’ve listened to this year.

20. ‘I Like UR Industry’ – Pirac¥ Debt$

Acid with a bounce.


19. ‘I’m So Glad (Satisfied Mix)’ – Marquis Hawkes

Brash ‘n’ bumpin’ house from the Scotsman.


18. ‘Alone’ – Moomin

Dreamy and uplifting like only Moomin can.


17. ‘Auguste & Co’ – 1977

Gorgeous little track – hazy and haunting yet strangely soothing. The percussion really hits the spot on this one too.


16. ‘White Lines’ – Danny Brown

At times hilarious, at times disturbing, Danny Brown never sounded as good or as unhinged on this wacky rap.


15. ‘Dance… While The Record Spins’ – Kornél Kovács

High energy, delirious fun – a dancefloor bomb.


14. ‘Bestissimo’ – Tiger & Woods

And bassline of the year goes to…


13. ‘Dry Me’ – Heiko Laux

Dark, mesmeric techno from an old hand. A lesson in building and sustaining tension.


12. ‘Cirklon3 (Колхозная Mix)’ – Aphex Twin

Richard D. James added yet another top drawer EP to his catalogue this year courtesy of his Cheetah EP. This was probably the best cut on it.


11. ‘Blush’ – Leon Vynehall

Another euphoria-inducing belter from a very consistent producer.


10. ‘Crystal (Mike Servito’s 730 Reshape)’ – Justin Cudmore

Mike Servito’s first dab at production is a promising one. He was teasing us this year with just this remix!


9. ‘Spring Theory (Moomin Rework)’ – Acasual

Moomin again, this time with a blissful,balmy, breakbeat-driven rework.


8. ‘Decks Dark’ – Radiohead

What a magnificent song! There’s three quite distinct phases – the twinkly opening, the eerie middle and that electrifying bass-driven finish. Radiohead proving they’ve still got it.


7. ‘In Yer Face (Bicep Remix)’ – 808 State

They are really making a habit of dropping year defining remixes…


6. ‘Secrets And Lies’ – Fort Romeau

An immense track. There’s no stopping this guy now.


5. ‘Importance’ – Rising Sun

UK garage gone ethereal.


4. ‘Haul’– Christian Löffler

A striking tune from a producer who plumbs depths not many others can reach.


3. ‘2 The Sky (Metatron’s What If There’s No End And No Beginning Mix)’ – Traumprinz

A near crushing sense of loss oozes from this track’s pores. Only a glint of hope is allowed shine through.


2. ‘Qwazars’ – Mr. Fingers

Hypnotic. Enchanting. Original. Would we expect anything less from a house legend?


1. ‘Six’ – John Roberts

Nobody can extricate emotion from their machines quite like John Roberts. A singular tune from a singular producer.



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