Archive | December, 2011

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: SPECIAL YEAR END TOP 20 COUNTDOWN

28 Dec

This is a special entry as we count down this year’s finest EDM hits of the year. 2011 was packed full of energy with great new albums from names we trust and smashing new singles from fresh faces to the scene.

Enjoy this countdown as you take in a great new year in 2012!

1. ABOVE & BEYOND, RICHARD BEDFORD “SUN & MOON” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ULTRA]

Release Date: 2011-04-17

Jono, Tony and Paavo kicked 2011 off right with their massive, genre blurring single “Sun & Moon”. It is not only an amazing tracking from instrumental all the way to vocals with Richard Bedford, but this single combined with all of the other songs on their album “Group Therapy” have done wonders for the EDM movement. This single is filled with passion and emotion that only A&B know how to convey through their skillful conducting. The heart-wrenching vocals are so well written; definitely poetry at its finest. This powerful track is merely a glimspe at where the EDM genre (trance/progressive house to be specific) can and should aim for.

http://www.beatport.com/track/sun-and-moon-feat-richard-bedford-club-mix/1763820

2. ALY, FILA, JWAYDAN “WE CONTROL THE SUNLIGHT” (ORIGINAL MIX) [FUTURE SOUND OF EGYPT]

Release Date: 2011-07-04

What we have here is simply put, the finest pure vocal trance track of the year. Aly & Fila continue to increase their skill set and advance with the trance world. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a solid connection with Armin van Buuren via the Armada label. Jwaydan makes an excellent appearance on the single. Her voice is pure bliss while haunting at the same time. After the vocal chorus, the instrumental buildup is then combined with a massive drop. I don’t think you could really come across a much bigger song specifically for a festival than this one for trance fans. Aly & Fila are a DJ duo that will keep rising. Their Future Sounds of Egypt podcast is great as well; make sure to subscribe.

http://www.beatport.com/track/we-control-the-sunlight-feat-jwaydan-original-mix/2006016

3. AVICII “LEVELS” (ORIGINAL MIX) [LE7ELS]

Release Date: 2011-11-01

Say hello to the hottest DJ on the planet right now, Avicii. Call him what you want; Avicii, Tim Berg, Tom Hangs; it does not matter what alias you use. He just turned 22 this fall and is achieving what most could only dream of. Levels has now gathered somewhat of a cult following around it, being that unfortunately the likes of Flo Rida have copycatted the effort for worthless iTunes play at college bars. It is important to give credit to the genius behind the a capella, soul singer Etta James. The vocals integrated with a genius instrumental do create progressive house magic. This song was a lock down track on most DJs setlists throughout 2011. I think this track only hints at the talent that lies down the road for this young Swede.

http://www.beatport.com/track/levels-original-mix/3059880

4. MAT ZO, ARTY “REBOUND” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ANJUNABEATS]

Release Date: 2011-04-18

Anjunabeats not only captures amazing talent under their massive label, but they do a great job promoting their music. Rebound is the best pure instrumental trance track of 2011. I think it is important to note these two amazing DJs. Mat Zo is 21. Arty is 22. Their age combined is less than that of famed DJ Benny Benassi; that’s ridiculous. The complexity and layering of the track is remarkable. The buildup combined with the looping is effortless. This is what Anjunabeats is all about. You take the best talent in the world and produce the smoothest engineered tracks out there. It is important to note how the track received rave reviews from competitor Armin van Buuren.

http://www.beatport.com/track/rebound-original-mix/1839852

5. FEDDE LE GRAND “SO MUCH LOVE” (ORIGINAL MIX) [TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-08-26

What an absolutely massive year for Fedde le Grand, yet I feel nobody noticed. This will more than likely be the headline track that everyone remembers from Fedde in 2011, but lets not forget some of his other electro bangers with Control Room, Metrum and Autosave. His remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise” is stellar as well. “So Much Love” is such an uplifting track. It just makes you feel good. The original song “So Much Love To Give” by Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon was carefully resculpted under the keen eye of Fedde into a huge summer progressive house hit. This single not only dominated sets but Beatport as well. This was a year of renaissance for Fedde, showing why he’s a top 25 DJ in the world.

http://www.beatport.com/track/so-much-love-original-club-mix/2439233

6. ARTY “AROUND THE WORLD” (ORIGINAL MIX) [ANJUNABEATS]

Release Date: 2011-07-04

Congratulations young Russian Arty, you’re already on the list twice! “Around the World” literally made the world ask this year: Has progressive house and trance now become one?

http://www.beatport.com/track/around-the-world-original-mix/2013720

7. JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, BETSIE LARKIN “SAVE THIS MOMENT” (GARETH EMERY REMIX)[CAPTIVATING SOUNDS ARMADA]

Release Date: 2011-04-11

Betsie Larkin wins vocalist of the year from this track alone. O’Callaghan combines forces with Emery to rework the original production to create an energetic yet deep track.

http://www.beatport.com/track/save-this-moment-gareth-emery-remix/1836295

8. DIRTY SOUTH, THOMAS GOLD, KATE ELSWORTH “ALIVE” (ORIGINAL MIX) [PHAZING]

Release Date: 2011-07-25

Dirty South teams with German producer Thomas Gold to produce the EDM summer hit of 2011. Huge buildups combined with Elsworth’s sleek vocals make for a sure-fire floor-filler.

http://www.beatport.com/track/alive-feat-kate-elsworth-original-mix/2061542

9. ARMIN VAN BUUREN, LAURA V “DROWNING” (AVICII REMIX) [ARMIND]

Release Date: 2011-02-25

Van Buuren, the true #1 DJ in the world, finally breaks into the countdown at #8. The rework with Avicii is powerful and helps highlight Laura V to produce a likeable track from the “Mirage” album.

http://www.beatport.com/track/drowning-feat-laura-v-avicii-remix/1743029

10. SEBASTIAN INGROSSO, ALESSO “CALLING” (ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MIX) [REFUNE RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-08-31

I’m calling it now but next year Alesso will be this year’s Avicii. Young Swede Alesso teams with Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia making a track pumped full of caffeine, energy and flow.

http://www.beatport.com/track/calling-original-instrumental-mix/2446745

11. DIGITALISM “CIRCLES” (ERIC PRYDZ MIX) [PRYDA FRIENDS]

Release Date: 2011-10-24

What can I say other than it is the year of Sweden in the EDM scene. Prydz remixes his own talent, Digitalism, and shows us why he’s the original DJ out of the Kingdom of Sweden.

http://www.beatport.com/track/circles-eric-prydz-remix/3029391

12. FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE “YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE” (MARK KNIGHT REMIX)[TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-06-13

This song absolutely annihilated Beatport this summer. This is a genius combination of raw indie talent from Florence and the Machine melded with Mark Knight’s ingenuity.

http://www.beatport.com/track/youve-got-the-love-mark-knight-remix/1964757

13. MARK KNIGHT, TIESTO, DINO “BEAUTIFUL WORLD” (ORIGINAL MIX) [TOOLROOM RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-03-21

Did I mention other than Anjuanbeats, Toolroom Records dominated the EDM scene in 2011? Tiesto bring his trance prowess to the table with Mark Knight to produce a deep and meaningful hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/beautiful-world-feat-dino-original-club-mix/1781599

14. GARETH EMERY, ASHLEY WALLBRIDGE “MANSION” (ORIGINAL MIX) [GARUDA]

Release Date: 2011-09-05

“Mansion” is pure trance at its finest. Eerie chords combined with repetitive looping make for a powerful and strong effort by the up and coming Brit DJ.

http://www.beatport.com/track/mansion-original-mix/2668412

15. TIESTO “MAXIMAL CRAZY” (ORIGINAL MIX) [MUSICAL FREEDOM]

Release Date: 2011-09-05

Tiesto decides to venture down a new path, going electro house with “Maximal Crazy”. The title is self descriptive; crazy, energetic and euphoric.

http://www.beatport.com/track/maximal-crazy-original-mix/2447599

16. AFROJACK, DIMITRI VEGAS, LIKE MIKE, NERVO “THE WAY WE SEE THE WORLD” (TOMORROWLAND ANTHEM AFROJACK VOCAL EDIT) [SPINNIN BUNDLES]

Release Date: 2011-09-16

This surely goes down as the biggest group collaboration of the year with Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and the Aussie girls NERVO. The beat is killer with tight fast-paced production that’s hard hitting to the core.

http://www.beatport.com/track/the-way-we-see-the-world-tomorrowland-anthem-afrojack-vocal-edit/2713598

17. MARKUS SCHULZ, JOCHEN MILLER “ROTUNDA” (ORIGINAL MIX) [COLDHARBOUR RECORDINGS]

Release Date: 2011-05-02

Rotunda makes for a pure Markus Schulz anthem in this effort. Miller & Schulz combine for a high BPM trance track that makes us feel like we’re in the middle of a concert in Eastern Europe.

http://www.beatport.com/track/rotunda-original-mix/1876844

18. SANDER VAN DOORN “KOKO” (ORIGINAL MIX) [DOORN RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-04-25

2011 was a breakout year for Van Doorn with his album Eleve11. Koko is easily the most eclectic track of the year, combining pan flutes with pounding synths and beats.

http://www.beatport.com/track/koko-original-mix/1843202

19. MORD FUSTANG “LICK THE RAINBOW” (ORIGINAL MIX) [PLASMAPOOL]

Release Date: 2011-04-11

It’s unbelievable that this kid is 20 years old and is making genre blurring music. This track has a lot of “wobble” and was the lead track for electro house in 2011.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lick-the-rainbow-original-mix/1834862

20. MICHAEL CALFAN “RESURRECTION” (AXWELL’S RECUT CLUB VERSION) [AXTONE RECORDS]

Release Date: 2011-11-21

Get out of the way David Guetta, this Frenchman is for real. Calfan hooks up with Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell to make a vibing progressive house hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/resurrection-axwells-recut-club-version/3079180

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: DECEMBER 2011, VOL. 31

21 Dec

1. MAT ZO, ARTY “MOZART” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Anjunabeats)

Release Date: 2011-12-11

“Mozart” reaches #1, after being #3 last week on the countdown. Mat Zo and Arty have really outdone themselves on this one. We have great buildup, unique and futuristic synths and a vibe that is unparalleled. Anjunabeats knows talent when they see it!

http://www.beatport.com/track/mozart-original-mix/3118998

2. SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA, KNIFE PARTY “ANTIDOTE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (EMI UK)

Release Date: 2011-12-18

Swedish House Mafia have hit another big one with their mashup track with Knife Party. This is slightly a new route for SHM as they haven’t dabbled to much in electro house, and have been more progressive house. If you haven’t seen the video to the track, make sure you check out the explicit version on their VEVO.

http://www.beatport.com/track/antidote-original-mix/3164046

3. KNIFE PARTY “INTERNET FRIENDS” [ORIGINAL MIX] (EARSTORM)

Release Date: 2011-12-11

Knife Party part deux here! Some heavy electro house on this track. Pendulum members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrilen make up Knife Party. It is a unique mixture of rock, electro and dubstep all blend into one. The electronic voice is brings a sense of humor and mischievousness to the track.

http://www.beatport.com/track/internet-friends-original-mix/3156445

4. W&W, BREE “NOWHERE TO GO” [ORIGINAL MIX] (S107 RECORDINGS)

Release Date: 2011-12-06

Vocal trance here at its finest. W&W hail from the Netherlands. They feature US vocalist Bree on the track. In case you were by chance wondering, yes W&W are signed under Armin van Buuren. The song is smooth and I love the effects on the vocals, making it very uplifting.

http://www.beatport.com/track/nowhere-to-go-feat-bree-original-mix/3146822

5. SHOGUN “LOTUS” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Armind)

Release Date: 2011-12-12

Shogun is back in the top #5 for another week. He’s technically on the list twice, as he remixed the above W&W track. This track will more than likely go down as having the best a capella of 2011. This track definitely brings me peace of mind.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lotus-original-mix/3119376

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: DECEMBER 2011, VOL. 30

14 Dec

1. SHOGUN “LOTUS” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Armind)

Release Date: 2011-12-12

We welcome Shogun this week to #1 on the charts. Originally from Taiwan, Shogun is intriguing to study as he is able to incorporate various Asian elements to song; not musically but more along the lines of themes and vocals with songs such as “Skyfire” and “Lotus”. Melissa Loretta does an absolute stunning job on vocals. This in my opinion is one of the best vocal a cappellas I’ve heard on an EDM track in 2011. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a great artist under Armin van Buuren’s Armind label.

http://www.beatport.com/track/lotus-original-mix/3119376

2. DEADMAU5 “AURAL PSYNAPSE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (mau5trap)

Release Date: Not yet released on Beatport

Joel Zimmerman AKA deadmau5 stays in the top #5 for another week. The song defines progressive house instrumental-wise. In addition it is classic deadmau5 feel, with the continuous synths and next generation feel. I still think it is crazy how this release is actually a 2nd edit of the original from 2001. Who says you can’t kill two birds with one stone?

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aural-psynapse-original-mix/id477828194

3. MAT ZO, ARTY “MOZART” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Anjunabeats)

Release Date: 2011-12-11

Massive single from Anjunabeats! I could not have thought of two better progressive house artists to put together than Mat Zo and Arty. They’re both musical geniuses and are different enough yet similar. How do they get the name Mozart? Well to the layman it may seem it is a combination with their names. To the insider it is more of a blend of classic piano with house synths. A hit that works perfect for the festival.

http://www.beatport.com/track/mozart-original-mix/3118998

4. ROBERT NICKSON, RE:LOCATE “RESOURCE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (A State of Trance)

Release Date: 2011-11-28

Dutch DJs Nickson and Re:locate collaborate together under another one of Armin van Buuren’s labels; A State of Trance. This has a classic trance feel to it, with a chorus that gives it a new school vibe. It is very interesting to see how they integrate bass guitar into the instrumental and actually make it work. No wonder it made it as a track on Universal Religion Chapter 5.

http://www.beatport.com/track/resource-original-mix/3119069

5. CHUCKIE “WHO IS READY TO JUMP” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Big Beat Records)

Release Date: 2011-11-22

Are you ready to jump? We definitely have some Dirty Dutch here. If this doesn’t get you energized, than I don’t know what will. I love the mixture of live yelling, similar to that of Lil’ Jon, yet staying true to form with the electro house genre. Chuckie is an up and comer as well as a gamechanger. I mean, he did coin the term “Dirty Dutch”!

http://www.beatport.com/track/who-is-ready-to-jump-original-mix/3060174

WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: DECEMBER 2011, VOL. 29

7 Dec

1. DEADMAU5 “AURAL PSYNAPSE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (mau5trap)

Release Date: Not released yet on Beatport

I have to admit, I wanted to post this track up earlier on my blog, but opted to wait until it officially was released on Beatport. I couldn’t wait any longer, so here we are, after hearing it on Above & Beyond’s Trance Around The World #398. Interestingly enough, it is a rework of a track he did sometime between 1998-2000. Amazing attention to detail and smooth flow define this progressive house track.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/aural-psynapse-single/id478037577

2. MICHAEL CALFAN “RESURRECTION” [AXWELL’S RECUT CLUB VERSION] (Axtone Records)

Release Date: 2011-11-21

Calfan’s “Resurrection” stays in the top #5. It is currently #1 on Beatport overall, which is astounding for a fairly new artist. It definitely doesn’t hurt that Axwell is responsible for about a third of the production. Good track with especially big drops for progressive house.

http://www.beatport.com/track/resurrection-axwells-recut-club-version/3079180

3. ABOVE & BEYOND “FORMULA ROSSA” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Anjunabeats)

Release Date: 2011-11-27

Above & Beyond move upwards on this week’s countdown. I can’t even start to explain the skill and technicality required to produce a track like this. There’s so much attention paid to detail with all of the elements involved in this multi-layered trance hit. This has engineering equivalent to deadmau5’s “Aural Psynapse”.

http://www.beatport.com/track/formula-rossa-original-mix/3098644

4. TIESTO, TRISTAN GARNER “TRAFFIC” [TRISTAN GARNER REMIX] (Magic Muzik)

Release Date: 2011-11-28

Yes, this is the remake of one of the all-time great trance tracks in Tiesto’s “Traffic”. Garner adds a nice signature touch to this hit. There’s enough of the original track in the remake to hold up the integrity of Tiesto.

http://www.beatport.com/track/traffic-tristan-garner-remix/3121717

5. ZEDD “STARS COME OUT” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Dim Mak Records)

Release Date: 2011-11-22

“Stars Come Out” stays in the top #5 for the second week in a row. It is crazy to think that Zedd only happens to be the ripe young age of 22, and he’s already achieved so much success. Great production and even better vocals selection can be attributed to this EDM hit.

http://www.beatport.com/track/stars-come-out-original-mix/3099112

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