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.