Top 10 tracks of 2016
It’s been another busy year but we are bringing you some of the world’s best exclusives, it’s been hard to whittle down our favourites to just 10.
But here they are originals and remixes our 2016 picks brought to you by us, with love.
ADAM BEYER VS DENSE & PIKA
Dense & Pika first released music via Drumcode in 2015, and this collaborative EP with Adam Beyer came about after the label boss spent two days in their studio after Junction 2 back in June.
RIVALDO (NICOLE MOUDABER REMIX)
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH
With decades of experience between them, it was guaranteed to be a slice of magic when Nicole Moudaber set about remixing Sasha’s Rivaldo. Following up on this year’s acclaimed ‘Scene Delete’ mix CD for Late Night Tales, the legendary artist put out a two-track EP ‘Rivaldo’ on his Last Night On Earth imprint.
EAGLES & BUTTERFLIES
After Dixon dropped it in his headline slot on the main stage at Dekmantel, everyone wanted a piece of this track. And we got the exclusive premiere.
Part of Innervisions “Secret Weapon” series, the ferocious tune, with it’s flying drum breaks and glittering arpeggios made it popular on festival stages and in dark basements alike.
SHAKE IT ALL DOWN (VOCAL MIX)
Vancouver’s Jayda G took massive strides in 2016 with her hazy house heaters and blisteringly fun DJ sets. With a DJ Fett Burger collaboration resulting in the very funky “NYC Party Track” and an EP on Vancouver label 1080p Collection, she eased her way into our breakthrough DJs list for the year and we expect to see more of her next year.
DIARY OF A MADWOMAN
The second release on Eats Everything and Nick Harris from NRK’s new label, Edible. Lane is a regular on the New York house scene and has recently branched out from the Big Apple to Coachella, Burning Man, BPM and more. It’s not hard to see why, from solid house cuts like these.
The driving bassline, snappy drums and subtle grooving overtones of ‘Diary Of A Madwoman’ had us hooked from the first play. We can’t wait to see what she cooks up in 2017.
I DON’T THINK SO
After releasing the techno tune of 2015 in “I Wanna Go Bang”, Iceland’s Bjarki has kept very busy. This year he’s released a trio of albums that delve into his sprawling back catalogue of unreleased tracks. He also toured the world with Трип boss Nina Kraviz to further spread their music gospel.
With “I Don’t Think So”, Bjarki served up another slice of hyper speed techno that will continue to demolish dancefloors for years to come.
OPEN POSSIBILITY (RICARDO VILLALOBOS REMIX)
BP MIND SERIES
The ‘Open Possibility’ EP is Govor’s most accomplished work yet and brought forward a refined sound to the Body Parts imprint when it came out at the start of the year. It’s soulful, brooding techno that works both in the club and on the stereo and helped take the American DJ to another level with the inimitable Ricardo Villalobos on remix duties.
In true Villalobos style, the Chilean turned the track into another 15-minute club-ready odyssey that revelled in alien-gurgles, delicate hi-hats and a mutating groove.
Anyone who’s seen Fuse boss Enzo Siragusa in action knows to expect a high-octane, heavy-hitting blend of rolling house and his productions are often the stand out moments in his sets. This time last year he released ‘Desire’ and the large doses of low-end have had dancefloors losing their shit for the last 12 months.
This year all the talk was about ‘Flexin’, a techy, low roller from the long-awaited ‘Hard Steppers’ EP. Slick, scattered percussion takes control for the first half of the track until venomous bass hits course their way through the cut. A new school Fuse classic and one we’re sure you’ll be hearing for a long time to come.
He may have already released a few EPs via the label but ‘Pop’ is Danny Daze’s finest hour so far. The ‘Miami’ EP is his most well-rounded work on Omnidisc to date and it shows just how far he’s has come in terms of his evolving production set and general sound.
Starting with menacing kicks and robotic slurs, it seems to be gearing up as another super-dark addition to the Omnidisc ranks until the bassline kicks in. It’s a bouncing, flirtatious riff that takes the cut in another direction and coupled with killer vocals, perfectly-placed clicks and drops that pummel and seduce at the same time, here is a track fit for a king.
Brazil’s Anna is a Solomun-approved, favourite who had a big year featuring releases on Terminal M and Twin Turbo. But her appearance on Diynamic’s super popular Four To The Floor series took her to a new level.
Featuring alongside the likes of Pig & Dan, Guy Mantzu and Jonas Rathsman, Anna’s ‘Odd Concept’ feature a heavy supply of sinister, throbbing riffs and shuddering bass.