DT Top 100 Tracks 2013
100. Du Tonc – Darkness 99. Tom Rowland – Through Me 98. Flight Facilities ‘Clair De Lune’ 97. Duke Dumont – Need U (100) 96. Solomun – YesNoMaybe 95. Bicep – Stash 94. Disclosure – White Noise 93. Justin Martin & Eats Everything – The Get Up 92. Daris Syrossian & Hector – House Is House 91. Breach – Jack 90. Jamie Jones – Moan And Groan 89. Electronic Youth – Wish I Didnt Miss You 88. Kölsch – Goldfisch 86. Tensnake – See Right Through 85. Umami – Sunny 84. Felix Da Housecat – Sinner Winner 83. DC Breaks – Swag 82. Jesse Rose – Dance with Me 81. Pryda – Layers 80. Deadmau5 – Suckfest9001 79. Mark Knight, Underworld, Sander Van Doorn – Ten 78. Avec Featuring Jake Shears – Disappear 77. Bambounou – Full Of Feelings 76. Benjamin Damage – 4600 75. Krystal Klear – Addiction 74. Gold Panda – Trust 73. Terrence Dixon – Giant Robot 72. Leon Vyneall – Golden 71. DJ Koze – La Duquesa / Burn With Me 70. Blond:ish – Inwards Visions 69. Terrence Parker – Loves Got Me High 68. Burial – Rival Dealer 67. Kink & Sierra Sam – My Space Feat. Hollis P. Monroe & Overnite 66. Gessafelstein – Hate Or Glory 65. The Field – Cupid’s Head 64. Let The Machines Do The Work – Let Me Be The One 63. Hot Since 82 – Chords 62. Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cuming – Howling 61. Armin Van Buuren Feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like 60 Daniel Avery – Drone Logic 59. Dettmann & Klock – Dawning 58. Joefarr – Clock 57. /∆-∆/ – You 56. Todd Terje – Spiral 55. Axel Boman – Klinsman 54. Simian Mobile Disco – Tong Zi Dan 53. Bicep Vs Simian – Sacrifice 52. Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance 51. Factory Floor – Fall Back 50. Floorplan – Phobia 49. Synkro ft Manos – Lost Here 48. Aquarius Heaven – Parallela Mundi 47. Varoslav – Lemonade Beach 46. Critical Impact – The Illa Feat Jakes 45. Brodanse & Groove Armada Feat. Cari Golden – Sweat 44. Dusky – Nobody Else 43. DJ Qu – All Across The Floor 42. Last Japan – Darsk 41. Mia Dora – You Are The Future 40. Ninetoes – Finder 39. Mano Le Tough – Everything You’ve Done Before 38. Osulnlade – Dione 37. James Holden – Renate 36. Four Tet – Kool Fm 35. Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal 34. Akkord – Navigate 33. John Heckle – Baiyun Mountain 32. Emperor – Begin 31. Guti – Hope 30. Sonny Wharton – Rain Dance 29. Robert Hood – Black Technician 28. Pillow Talk – Lullaby 27. Empire Of The Sun – Alive 26. Tessla – Hackney Parrot 25. Ben Pearce – What I Might Do 24. Tigerskin – Windfall 23. FCL – It’s You 22. Break – Music Is Better 21. Nina Kraviz – Black & White
20 . Daft Punk – Get Lucky
It wouldn’t be a poll of tracks of 2013 without an appearance the years biggest crossover anthem in ‘Get Lucky’. And who better to confirm the revival of disco than Daft Punk? Then who better to collaborate with than disco guitarist Nile Rodgers of Chic fame and the coolest man of the last decade, Pharrell Williams. The effortless cool that unifies the trio of artists was backed by consistently producing quality music, for the love of music. Seldom have three artists, occupying such a vast hall of fame spanning five different decades, amalgamated their artistry to produce a single piece of music. Sure, the bedrock for all three is the cultivated funkiness purveyed throughout their works, though together they have produced across the board from disco to hip hop, electro to r’n’b.
“Get Lucky” did well to embody the funkiness of Nile Rodgers, the cool of Pharrell Williams and the futurist electronica of Daft Punk. It remains relevant and gives a nod to the past and in doing so attracts an air of timelessness. It’ll be a track that gets plenty of play for years to come.
19. Thundercat – Oh Sheit, It’s X
Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within his soul. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities. In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, Apocalypse.’ This is one of the stand out tracks on the album for us.
18. Rockwell – Detroit
An absolute destroyer, Rockwell is back with a speaker buster. A fine return to form for the label, Detroit is that buy on sight D&B Shogun were known for a couple of years ago. As exciting a tune as you’ll hear at the moment.
17. Lone – Airglow Fires
One of the hottest producers over the last few years has undoubtedly been the Manchester based Lone. From exploring the themes of the rave/hardcore revival and cinematic interstellar travel, the talented young artist really impressed us with his last 2 albums and has then again this year when undertaking a new challenge for his EP ‘Airglow Fires’. This release saw Lone return to old Belgian stomping ground R+S and showcased his exploration of a more considered and intimate sound alongside a rediscovered love of classic hip-hop, as he explained “I love hip hop and house music when it’s at it’s rawest – to me ‘Airglow Fires’ has that kind of 90’s basement vibe to it, where the lines between the two genres are kind blurred”.
As a comeback single, ‘Airglow Fires’ couldn’t have come at a better time – arriving just in time to nestle its way into plenty of discerning DJ’s record boxes during the summer – from the opening celestial melodies to the insistent processions of jazz inflected chords this was a release designed to compliment the sunshine, but does Lone do any music for any other type of weather?
16. Move D – To The Disco 77
After becoming an iconic figure at Electric Minds club events in recent years Heidelberg’s Move D is heading in the same direction release-wise as he gears up for his second consecutive release on the label arm of the club night.
This Disco-inspired House track is a sumptuous slice of melancholic psychedlia in the shape of ‘To The Disco ’77”. Bliss-inducing Guitar strings meet ominous synth lines as the track organically ebbs and flows to a dramatic climax – a true master class in the art of delayed gratification.
15. Moderat – Bad Kingdom
It seemed like it had been a very long wait since electronic 3 piece Moderat, the amalgamation of eclectic duo Modeselektor and techno don Apparat first announced they’d be following up their enormously successful eponymous first album together with a second full length studio effort entitled ‘Moderat II’ and we waited patiently for new content. The wait to hear part of the sophomore album was shortened when the trio revealed that they would be dropping the first single ‘Bad Kingdom’ back in July and certainly didn’t disappoint. A stunning effort, ‘Bad Kingdom’ was accompanied by an instrumental version of the track and one of a favorite videos of the year in a hand drawn tale of corruption and greed. Now we just wish Apparat would deliver more vocal performances.
14. Claptone – No Eyes
Claptone’s biography describes him thus :”In a now long forgotten world, many generations ago, a bird like shape emerged from wooded dark- ness, floating and fluttering, drifting and dreaming. Backlit by a bright glow of iridescent light, the undecipherable form wore a dazzling golden mask. Its long beak swooped down like an inverted horn and since then, people have referred to the mythical being simply as Claptone.” No Eyes dropped very early in the year but its been on our speakers all year.
13. Knife Party – LRAD
After hearing this drop in Miami we had to have it in our collection. This is Knife Party at their very best, the drop and kicks are everything you want from this sort of music, the bass shakes you to your core and leaves you wanting so much more. We are excited to see what 2014 delivers in their debut album if this release is anything to go off .
12. Crazy P – Virtuality
Fusing slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs, shimmering pop moments; the eccentrically named Crazy P can always be relied upon to produce dance music with a voice, a heart, and soul and ‘Virtuality’ sees the producer showing these traits off in abundance.Released on the resurgent FutureBoogie back in November as the winter chills started to bite, this little number helped us while away the hours on many a cold dark night.
11. Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn
After riding high at number one in the album charts with a critically acclaimed album, several assaults on the charts with crossover hits, earning rave reviews from their fans for a series of live performances at festivals this summer and a Mercury Prize nomination it seems that south London duo Disclosure can do no wrong at the moment. Our pick of their releases in 2013 was undoubtedly ‘When A fire Starts To Burn’ with a heavier Chicago influence than their other material we think it is their strongest work to date as the retro US vocals dominate a classic house bassline. It was this track that led us to expect big things from their debut album and they didn’t disappoint.
10. Tiga vs Audion – Let’s go Dancing
Here at DT we’ve always had a soft spot for fun loving Canadian techno maverick Tiga. Whether it be his online outpouring of love for mascara or decision to sell a vinyl EP in condom packaging, the off kilter humor and evolutionary sounds of the Turbo Recordings boss never fails to make us smile. So when we heard of Tiga collaborating with one of our other favorite producers in Matthew Dear under his Audion guise it’s fair to say we were a little excited. Entitled ‘Let’s Go Dancing’, a fine suggestion if ever we heard one, the 9 minute team up showcases both artists ability to craft contemporary techno for this generation without compromising authenticity. The track was first revealed as a short soundcloud clip in August and quickly garnered 70,000+ plays. Tiga then sent a copy of the full track to a handful of friends and ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ quickly became a staple for the likes of Loco Dice, Sasha, Sven Vath and Adam Beyer and our staff amongst others.
9. Wilkinson – Take you Higher
After first coming to many peoples attention as an unknown and unlisted dub in Andy C’s set from Radio 1’s Hackney Weekender, Wilkinson has packaged one of the biggest drum and bass anthems of 2013 so far with Take You Higher. One thing you can bet on Wilkinson to give you is a supremely crafted dance floor workout and Take You Higher is exactly that. The hip hop step intro then breaks down to a disgustingly catchy lead melody with an added female vocal, before those lead synths are brought back with a driving bass line at its core. For me, Wilkinson has picked up the baton from Sub Focus in producing big tunes you pretty much buy on sight. His production skills are of the highest caliber and 2013 was undoubtedly the year he stepped into the big time. With tunes like this it’s not hard to see why. Superb.
8. Rudimental – Feel the Love ft. John Newman
This track is the summer 2013 for us. Rudimental teaming up with John Newman to deliver one of the biggest festival tracks of the year, heard from GlobalGathering to Parklife to your local ice cream van down the park, this track had the crowd and Data Transmission dancing in the street/beer tent & Boat all summer long. Switch now to the grey winter days, its still brings back all those great summer memories when it comes on the Radio in the morning.
7. Fatboy Slim Vs Riva Starr – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat
When London-based artist and producer Riva Starr joined forces with UK dance legend Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, for a special non-album track ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat‘ the chances were always high that the track they made was going to be a belter. Inspired by a bizarrely described ficitional encounter he and Riva had in New York earlier in the year Norman told as thus:“Me and Stef (Riva Starr) were out vinyl shopping in Williamsburg, brooklyn earlier this year when we met this dude ranting in the street about some 3 day bender he had been on (and possibly still was….) we hooked him into our serato and chopped him up into a tune. I just wish we’d caught his full name…….” So with an interesting if fabricated back story behind ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’ (we now know the mystery vocalist to have been none other than human beatbox Beardyman) the track delivers classic old school acid vibes with laced with a amusingly tinged vocal diatribe which whilst incoherent, attempts to document the goings on of the tracks protagonist over the course of what we’d imagine to be a drug addled adventure. What we always knew about this track was that it was a breath of fresh air for our weary ears this week in an era of relentlessly ‘deep’ tracks and that Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr may well have coined a new neologism ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave Repeat
6. Ten Walls – Gotham
Ever since we heard Ten Wall’s techno anthem ‘Gotham’ we were dying to know just who was behind the mysterious moniker. Was it a reclusive new talent? A side project for an established name or a slick marketing ploy? Well our question was answered when it was revealed Mario Basanov was the shadowy hand behind the alias.Upon reflection DT favorite Mario seems an obvious choice to have been the Innvervisions producer behind ‘Gotham’ and ‘Requiem’ with the Lithuanian deep house maestro really impressing us over the last few years with the variety in his work from his early releases on respected Australian imprint Future Classic and UK label Under The Shade to his string of EP releases on Needwant, Innvervision and Mood Music and remix work for the likes of Metronomy, Flight Facilities and Crazy P. We hope to see more fine techno the likes of ‘Gotham’ under the Ten Walls guise in the new year!
5. DJ Hazard – Time Tripping
One of the biggest dubs of the last 12 months finally saw the light of day after extensive play by the scenes leading named and, even more incredibly, got a limited vinyl release due to Playaz fans demanding it make it onto black wax. Time Tripping saw Hazard continue his ascent from jump up beat maker to one of scenes leading producers, regardless of style. His familiar use for obscure movie samples in full effect, shuffling breaks and low rumbling bass lines make Time Tripping one of the more stripped back Hazard numbers in recent memory. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t pack the usual punch you get from a Hazard record. It’s got weight in abundance and is further proof that when he leads, others follow much later.
4. Boys Noize – Starwin
After catching up with Boys Noizefor an interview we were eagerly anticipating his new 5 track ‘Go Hard’ EP and he didn’t disappoint as he revealed a killer dose of acid infused disco for track ‘Starwin’. After one listen it is easy to imagine the 303 and 909 being belted out in the sunshine during last summers festival season after the track already got heavy play here at DT HQ.
Known for dropping uncompromisingly filthy electro Boys Noize continued the trend throughout the EP with a series of experimental genre blends as he explained “I made one Acid/Hardcore/Rave/Break track, one very analogue Techno track with no melody and no bass line just really intense Robot voices, one 909 Acid/Disco-House track for the summer vibes, one Acid (T)Rap track that goes Hard !! (yes no one has brought the Acid sound into Rap/HipHop yet hehe) plus another sick Rave beat”.
3. Isolee – Allowance
After a two year absence the king of microhouse returned as Rajko ‘Isolée’ Müller released his new ‘Allowance’ EP on Pampa Records just before Valentines Day. Needless to say as it was our single of the week the German’s latest effort had us all buzzing around the office with the German’s well thought out melodies intertwining perfectly with sparse human interjections. The title track ‘Allowance’ leads he way in terms of quality finishing with its somewhat north African vibes but its supporting numbers are almost equally impressive as things get funkier during ‘Wobble’ before settling down again into smooth sonar-laden piano to round off in trademark smoothness. Simple but complex, play this to anyone who doubts the merits of minimal house and prepare for them to be astounded by the beautiful gentleness of the music inside of this EP. Not to be missed, this is the best minimal house EP in a very, very long time.
2. Paul Woolford – Untitled
We make no secret of the fact that we’ve always been big fans of Paul Woolford here at Data Transmission. Criminally underrated for many years we’ve been delighted to see a spotlight being shone on his stellar productions over the last 12 months. Generating masses of excitement this year was his track ‘Untitled’ which went on to have full UK release after becoming the definitive techno track of the summer and a staple weapon in the arsenal of DJs around the world. Initially released on the esteemed Hotflush Recordings we’ve been slightly addicted to both the original and label boss Scuba’s reimagining of ‘Untitled’ for the last year.
1. Green Velvet – Bigger than Prince
Odds are that, at some point over the past few weeks, someone has stated “Walk around like you’re bigger than Prince” on one of your various social networks. This is testament as to how much Curtis Jones’ latest issuing, a recently rare solo outing under the playful Green Velvet moniker, gets under your skin and this is why it sits at the summit of our chart. Putting aside the probability that it is physiologically possible for anyone over the age of 12 to be “Bigger Than Prince”, this is Velvet at his satirical finest; lambasting the guido DJ mentality, their diamanté encrusted Beats headphones, and the one dimensional quest for stage performance idolisation. Curtis’ delivery is deadpan, lazily drawled over a Miami bass backdrop, a falsely self-empowering monologue to be oblivious in the face of social media hate.