2012 was an example of the old theory that tough socio-economic times breed great underground clubbing. Props go out to all the promoters who have been grinding for the last few years. Their persistence looks to have paid off in one of the best dance party years in recent memory. Specifically Bunker, Turrbotax, Discovery, Verboten and Percussion Lab as well as newcomer to NYC from Chi-town Lit City.
Here are some of my favorite Instrumental / Dancefloor tracks of the last year. They appear in no particular order and this list is nowhere near complete.
- Fatima Al Qadiri – Hydra
- Girl Unit – Ensemble (club mix)
- Falty DL – Straight & Arrow
- Andrés - New For U
- Four Tet – Lion (Jamie xx remix)
- Breach & Midland – Somwhere
- DJ Ali - Electra (Subb-an & Adam Shelton remix)
- Julio Bashmore – Au Seve
- Balistiq Beats – Concrete Jungle (Beneath 350 remix)
- Rashad & Spinn – We Trippy Mane
- Flosstradamus – Rollup (Baauer remix)
- KW Griff – Bring in the Katz
- TNGHT – Higher Ground
Fatima Al Qadiri – Hydra
Absolutely gorgeous mix of underground beats and middle eastern sound pallet. Ikonika's remix of last year's D-medley is amazing as well.
Girl Unit – Ensemble (club mix)
This track just got bigger and bigger as the year progressed, until it was played by pretty much everyone at BEMF.
Falty DL – Straight & Arrow
Falty DL coming on like a swung out Floating Points. I can't wait for the LP. Part 2 of afrobeat lacedMeans Streets on Swamp81 is big as well.
Andrés - New For U
Deep, soulful Detroit house from the man who dropped one of my favorite DJ sets of the summer.
Four Tet – Lion (Jamie xx remix)
How can you go wring with a Four Tet and Jamie xx team-up. Something about the stripped down soundsystem vibe of this remix reminds of classic Smith & Mighty / More Rockers and in my world that is very high praise. Also check out Four Tet's ratherreserved remix of Angels for the reverse perspective.
Breach & Midland – Somewhere
Sprawling, widescreen tech house that also manages to very taut and subtle.
DJ Ali - Electra (Subb-an & Adam Shelton remix)
Sultry and so very saxy
Julio Bashmore – Au Seve
Not quite reaching the level of Battle of Middle You but still an absolute dancefloor filler and undisuted anthem of the summer
Balistiq Beats – Concrete Jungle (Beneath 350 remix)
Beneath let his junglist roots show on the remix
Rashad & Spinn – We Trippy Mane
Not that this track isn't brilliant but it appars here as a sort of place holder of all the amazing tracks I heard at Lit City over the last year that will probably never even get released.
Flosstradamus – Rollup (Baauer remix)
Run the Trap!!! 2013 looks to be the year young Baauer blows up.
KW Griff – Bring in the Katz
“...you already know” Absolutely nothing subtle here just absolutely battering B-more Club. On a proper soundsystem this is guaranteed to ignite a riot on the drop every time.
TNGHT – Higher Ground
The undisputed dancefloor destroyer of 2012. Resistance is futile this track will steamroll over you.
Bonus: Joy O - Big Room Tech House DJ Tool Tip! (BRTHDTT!)
Another year, another secret, ridiculously titled, Joy Orbison anthem. This one is slow burner and much preferred to the staid adult contemporary house of Ellipsis. Of course it won't get a proper release until all the life has been sucked from its veins.