Well I have been pretty sick all week and today is the first day I am feeling that ready to rage feeling again, and this trapped out remix by Aylen of one of my favorite songs from this year has really got me in the mood to party. Deniz Koyou and Wynter Gordon blew the world away with their recent release of Follow You, a vocally driven powerhouse of a track that is quickly becoming a festival anthem around the world. Aylen took it to the trap and brought this song to the next level, the young producer out of Jersey has been pushing the scene and is definitely on the come up so be sure to check out all he has to offer on his Soundcloud. Also below I have included a few bonus bangers, a few of my favorite tracks from the week to really get that Saturday night fever pumping, zip pack below.
Well, here we finally are. The last day of 2011. When we set out to do this 12 day long review of all the best in EDM, we were really trying to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of everything that went down in the wide world of electronic music. While everyone else is talking about Charlie Sheen and Steve Jobs as the biggest components of 2011, we were giving you the best tracks from the whole year among the best music videos, mixes, live performers and even more. We put a lot of work into all that content, but now it’s time for our most exciting post of the year. Not only did we all decide on which artists made the most significant impact in 2011 were, but we also get the opportunity, as the writers of this blog, to share with you our favorite tracks of the year. We did our best to avoid overlap so each set should be a pure aural experience full of different and futuristic sounds that we bumped our heads to all year long. I hope you enjoy and, as a friend of mine recently said, we look forward to going out of 2011 with a bang and waking up in 2012 with a wicked headache.
I couldn’t begin to tell you how many songs were added to my collection in 2011. My ears are always open for that next great track – whether it’s from a podcast, a music festival, a DJ at a club, or my friends passing on word. I keep a running list on my phone of songs I need to download and as an aspiring DJ I need to constantly consider what will keep people moving on the dance floor.
My top 10 list was extremely difficult to put together and it’s gone through several revisions. As one can see, my favorites are mostly House and Electro-House, but I made sure to include a couple other sub-genres. This list is in no particular order:
Trance and Progressive House often gets overlooked here on MMIBTY. We’ll admit that it’s not among our favorite sub-genres of EDM, but more and more often I find myself listening to or looking for new tracks in this realm. Sometimes I need an escape from hard-hitting Electro-House or Dubstep, and other times I’m just in need of some awe-inspiring tunes. Trance and Progressive House are journeys in their own right, often taking the listener through ups and downs, with uplifting moments and dirty drops you might expect to hear on an Electro song. Not to mention that Trance and Prog tunes are probably the most technically involved from a production standpoint.
This year the lines between genres have been blurred and often times when I find myself listening to a Trance Around the World podcast, I’m not getting pure Trance – I’m getting a little bit of everything. You can thank artists like Arty and Mat Zo for that, who don’t like to put a label on the music they produce. Above & Beyond have had a huge year as well, ranking at #5 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll and recently putting on a huge event in Beirut to celebrate their 400th Trance Around the World podcast (see video).
MMIBTY doesn’t often post Trance or Progressive House tracks, but when we do we make sure they are worth your time. Here are some of the very best songs from the Trance and Progressive world released in 2011 – DO NOT sleep on these:
Whatever you may believe happened 10 years ago on this day when both of the Twin Towers fell to the ground after planes crashed into each of them and likewise the other acts of terrorism that occurred in Virginia and Pennsylvania that same day, we must all pause today and remember how we felt that day and how it has forever affected our lives and our country. Despite all the horrible things this country is going through today with our economy and our politics, we must put everything aside on a day like today to reflect and remember. That being said, I don’t mean to be a downer… Just to emphasize the obvious: that the ten year anniversary of 9/11/2001 is an important day for us as Americans that we should take seriously and remember those lost that day with unwavering respect.
First a little news before we get into the latest and hottest tracks. This week, the sexy ladies of Nervo dropped their newest EP which we posted about 3 weeks ago so it is hardly news to any of our faithful readers (the Nervo Goes to Paris Remix of “We’re All No One” is our favorite, check it here) but is worth mentioning as it has been all over the internet this week. Cheers to those two as I hope they gain a good deal of solid recognition from it.
Also, in a side note, Paris Hilton made news this week as she has officially proclaimed that she plans to become the premier female house DJ through much training from the likes of Afrojack, Deadmau5 and David Guetta. She is apparently “working” in Ibiza currently studying the various DJ’s that play there before starting work on her first album. Despite the severely bad taste this whole bit of news leaves in my mouth, I am certainly interested to see what the fuck this whore can put together. If I ever end up at a Paris Hilton concert, I’m not sure what I will do… (At least we can all be assured that her and Steve Angello will never share a stage… if you don’t know what I’m talking about, google it.)
First, Chuckie, the Dutch DJ who is quickly rising to mainstream fame along fellow Dutchmaster Afrojack, came out with a HUGE track this week which I think is going to be heard on repeat in clubs and at shows over the next few months at least. Sick bassline and dirty danceable Dutch riff. Get it and learn it, NOW.
Next, Justice released their second single off their newest album. So far, it’s a little different than the Justice most of us know from their debut Cross but I like it; both tracks seem to have more of a “band” feel than the hard-electro sound from Cross. The new album, of which this song is the title track, is set to be released next month on October 25.
Finally, Arty, the Russian producer/DJ behind the hit “Around The World”, released his newest progressive track and it’s good. Not “Around the World” good but fans of progressive and Arty’s style will like it. This guy has the potential to become the next Avicii if he plays his cards right and, for his sake, I hope he does.
This is coming way too late, but there’s no way around mentioning Arty when speaking about anything in the EDM world these days. If you haven’t heard of this 21-year-old Russian, then you have been living under a rock. After releasing plenty of remixes and original tracks starting in 2009, Arty released “Around the World” on July 4th, 2011. Personally speaking it is one of my favorite tracks this year and the world seems to agree considering it has hovered around the Top 10 on the Beatport Top 100 since its debut. “Around the World” has been endorsed by David Guetta and Dirty South among others, and has been featured on podcasts Trance Around the World and Dance Department.
I’m excited to bring you a handful of my favorite Arty tracks, but keep in mind this is just the tip of the iceberg. His Wikipedia Page shows you just how many tracks he has put out so far and there is no doubt in my mind Arty will be around for a long time to come. If you’re going to Electric Zoo Festival, keep your eyes open for Arty’s time slot because his will definitely be a set you want to go check out.
Next I bring you Funkagenda’s Essential Mix recorded live from the world-famous Space club at Ibiza. The British man keeps his set primarily to funky House tunes, but throws in notable tracks such as Wolfgang Gartner’s new “Menage A Trois” as well as Nero’s “Innocence”. I was particularly impressed by his ability to flawlessly mix from a House beat into a Dubstep beat and back to House, which is not a skill all DJs have without making the transition obvious. Check out the tracklist after the jump.