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2011 in Review: Editors’ Selections & The Breakthrough Artists of the Year

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’m a sucker for vocals… what more can I say…

Get the whole list HERE.


Entire list available for download [HERE]


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:

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BONUS: Here are 7 honorable mentions for you to download, including songs by Arty & Mat Zo, Avicii, Tommy Trash, and Sub Focus


Soups Bangers: All zipped up for your listening pleasure!

Didn’t Get Tix to SHM @ MSG? It’s OK, It’s Finally Friday

Don't worry, I didn't get tix either...
Don't worry, I didn't get tix either...

Well, I’ve learned a lot from the Swedish House Mafia this week. Thanks to their Essential Selection I was able to discover a bunch of new tracks and learn about some new artists. I’ve also learned they have some clever people doing marketing and promotions for them. Yesterday the boys held a presale for their Madison Square Garden show on December 16, and according to the Facebook Event it sold out in 40 minutes. The original plan was to release more tickets today for the normal on sale date but due to incredibly high demand the entire venue was scooped up yesterday. Now we can only wait and see what the next steps are going to be (world tour anyone??) Here is one of the tracks that stood out to me from SHM’s Essential Selection – some disco house and it’s FUNKY AS HELL:

Serge Devant – 3AM Eternal (Zoltan Kontes remix)

Also from the Essential Selection we see the boys premier and mix DJ DLG’s “The Ritual” with Daft Punk’s “Superheroes”. Having never heard of DJ DLG, I did some research and came up with this awesome track from the American producer:

DJ DLG – Phoenix Rising

I think a lot of people are familiar with Lada Gaga’s “Judas” and to most EDM fans, you’re probably familiar with the many remixes of it (R3HAB and Thomas Gold to name a few). But have you heard the Chris Lake remix? I hadn’t either, and now I’m sucked in. Being a drummer myself what really gets me is the drum intro.

Lady Gaga – Judas (Chris Lake remix)

We all know Wolfgang Gartner’s first full-length album is out because we read the post about it here. While there are both highs and lows from the album, I think a lot of people agree the following track goes back to the older Wolfgang dirt we are used to (“Latin Fever” and “Fire Power” come to mind but that can be open to interpretation):

Wolfgang Gartner – Shrunken Heads

Calvin Harris is a rock star. Dillon Francis is the king of Moombahton. Let’s see what happens when they meet….

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (Dillon Francis Remix)

Lastly, I went to the Mord Fustang show this past Tuesday in Boston. He opened up with the awesome Space Laces remix of “Ho’s & Disco’s” by Lucky Date, which we posted here. But, I found Zedd’s remix of the song and since he’s one of my favorite producers I had to post it.

Lucky Date – Ho’s & Disco’s (Zedd Remix)

After seeing Mord this week I wanted to find a mix he’s made because I was impressed with his overall set. Here’s one from half a year back, which spans the world from Electro House to Dubstep to Disco House…

Mord Fustang – Live In The Mix by Plasmapool

Ultra Music Festival 2012:
I just got an email saying that UMF Early Bird tickets go on sale tomorrow. Just $150 for a 3-day pass. I don’t even know if I’m going yet but this is an opportunity that I may not want to pass up (and you shouldn’t either). Tickets are only going to go up from there. For all things UMF, including the new trailer featuring Skrillex, click through.

Survival Sunday: This Shit is BANANAS, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

WOW DUDE. Wow.  So, for those of you unfortunate enough to not have been at Beta’s “Super Duper Secret DJ” show in Denver last night, let me tell you that shit went OFF.  Walking into the club about 20 minutes before the show started, the crowd was abuzz with talk of how sure they were Avicii was going to be the mystery DJ.  While we had speculated that Dada Life might make an appearance instead, there was no denying that Avicii was favored to be the one.  As I stood by the bar, a voice came over the speakers beginning to count down the start of the show and the coinciding announcement of who would be the mystery DJ.  Before I knew it, as the words “Dada Life” came over the crowd, there were 2 giant inflatable bananas and 2 even more giant inflatable bottles of champagne floating over the immense floor full of partygoers with Benny Benassi’s pantydropper “Satisfaction” as the soundtrack.  I looked around and it seemed as if some people were in shock, others confused.  I must have been asked two or three times that night by random people (even once as 1:58 AM, two minutes before set end), “Who are these guys? I thought Avicii was supposed to play…”  Well, those people need to RECOGNIZE how lucky they were.  Sure, Avicii would have been cool.  Does Avicii ever crowdsurf?  What about spraying champagne and pouring vodka into peoples’ mouths?  I didn’t think so.  Nobody does it like Dada Life.

The video above does a better job at describing the mayhem of what went down last night better than I ever could.  These DJ’s were shitfaced.  Like, literally SHITFACED.  And still managed to lead one of the best show’s I’ve ever witnessed at Beta Nightclub.  Their set was full of house bangers like their own tracks “Unleash the Fucking Dada”, “White Noise/Red Meat” and “Cookies With a Smile.” They also threw down Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki’s “Turbulence” and Mylo’s “Drop the Pressure” and even Pendulum’s “The Island” remixed by Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangelli, which was a beautiful mess of a singalong from the crowd.  Oh and did I mention Avicii came on stage to throw down his anthem “Levels”?

Dada Life, you boys hold a very special place in my heart and I hope everyone can have a chance to witness the greatness someday.  Thanks for blessing us with your skills and one hell of a party.

Now to get into some tracks that have been hitting it off this week.  As I mentioned yesterday, this week was HUGE for new tracks and big releases.  This week, The Glitch Mob released their new EP “We Can Make The World Stop” featuring a nice three songs from the trio.  Gramatik also released his newest album entitled “Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1″ which I have hardly managed to take of repeat (you can pick it up for free here).  I recommend both and now here’s the tracks you need to pick up from this week.

First up is Hardwell’s remix of Martin Solveig’s latest single “Ready 2 Go”.  Everyone loved (and still does) his track from last year “Hello” and Solveig came at it again with another electro-pop tune.  Since the original had come out, I always felt like I needed more (aka less pop) from it and this time Hardwell brings the noise.  Porter Robinson and Zedd dropped this one this week in their Beatport DJ booth show broadcast on Ustream from this week and it also appears in Dada Life’s newest podcast mix (and it also got played last night).  Pick this one up folks.

Martin Solveig – Ready 2 Go (Hardwell Remix)

Next up, Nero released their MASSIVE remix of Calvin Harris’ newest single “Feel So Close” which honestly improves upon the original tenfold.  Nothing Nero does ever ceases to impress me and this is no exception.

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (Nero Remix)

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike teamed up this week with Afrojack and Nervo to bring the latest Tomorrowland anthem to the table and this is sure to be a festival banger for at least the rest of the season.  Vocals are unique and go well with the awesome buildup leading into a very fun and funky drop; this track is sure to please.

Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Nervo – The Way We See The World (Tomorrowland Anthem Vocal Mix)

Here’s a bonus for all you Swedish House lovers out there.  It’s the Mafia’s newest track and a remix of Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”.  Sick.

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix)