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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.

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

Get the whole list HERE.

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Entire list available for download [HERE]

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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

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Soups Bangers: All zipped up for your listening pleasure!

Survival Sunday: RIP DJ Mehdi

Well, this has been quite a week for music and I must say there is a lot to cover today. First and foremost, the biggest piece of music news this week undoubtedly had to be the unexpected death of DJ Mehdi, famed French electro and hip-hip producer and DJ. This guy is a legend and for those of you who have never heard of him, I strongly recommend that you educate yourself on just how influential this cat was to music as we know it today. He will truly be missed by everyone here at MMIBTY and we can only hope he will rest in peace.

Moving on to lighter news, however, this week some huge things came out.  First, Kaskade dropped his BBC Essential Mix (posted below) which I have been listening to on repeat and I can agree with the rest of the blogosphere that it is probably the best House Essential Mix I have ever heard.  He brings in amazing vocals as he typically does over some of this year’s best house tracks to create a seamless two hours of brilliance. Then, Porter Robinson’s Spitfire EP hit the shelves and within minutes Beatport crashed, proving just how massive this cat has gotten thanks to help from homeboy Skrillex (this being the first release under Skrillex’s new label OWSLA) and from, of course, his own insane talent.

Speaking of Skrillex, his newest track came out this week and I must say it’s quite different from what you’re probably used to hearing from this brostep beast.  Officially termed his “Funkt-Out Mix”, Skrillex tries his hand at a different style of production with pleasing results by taking SebastiAn’s track to new heights with elements of moombahton and disco sounds.  Still goes hard though, as you’d expect.

SebastiAn ft. Mayer Hawthorne – Love in Motion (Skrillex’s Funkt-Out Mix)

Pretty Lights has been pretty quiet with his production lately but word has it that much more is on the way.  This week he released his track “I Know The Truth”, which was first heard at Bonnaroo earlier this year and has been played throughout his sets as he’s been touring throughout the country. Very HARD Pretty Lights track… Don’t sleep on this one.

Pretty Lights – I Know The Truth

Next, our favorite disco house producer at the moment, Viceroy, released his newest track this week entitled “No Ending”.  We did an Artist Spotlight on this San Fran-native a couple weeks back and he continues to impress us with his groovy disco beats. If you’re not on the disco house train yet, why not?

Viceroy – No Ending (Original Mix)

Finally, since Kaskade has just been blowing my mind lately, I had to post his newest track which hit the internet this week. Pure genius… This one’s in his Essential Mix and you probably also heard it at Identity if you went to see Kaskade (remember the lips moving on the screen to the words? I DO!).  Unfortunately the best quality I could find for now but you need to be aware of this track. UPDATE: Found the HQ extended mix, you’re welcome.

Kaskade – Turn It Down (Extended Mix)

And, as promised, Kaskade’s Essential Mix. Please, please, PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS. You will not be disappointed. I don’t care what you think about Kaskade. He is unreal and this mix proves to me that he deserved to win America’s Best DJ this year.


Kaskade – Essential Mix 2011

ALSO: Today is the last day to enter our Pretty Lights contest to win free tickets to his show in Boston. There haven’t been very many entries so you’d stand a pretty good chance of winning if you enter today! Details here.