I always worry that my charts are entirely predictable and that I just recycle the same artists and producers and remixers over and over. While this one has some frequent contributors (Copycat, Designer Drugs, Leo Zero), I’m happy to say that most of the artists are new to my own private chartland. I wish I could say I had some highlights, but again this is another solid list of great new music. I’ve rated all of them four-stars.
Thought I Was A Spaceman
I love the new Blur album. It reminds me of their later stuff (13 and Think Thank) which I love.
Dirt on the Sidetracks
Love the vocalists voice here — totally hypnotizing. This song has a great creepy vibe.
Designer Drugs remix
I always look to Designer Drugs for shiny, bouncy, uptemp remixes. They don’t disappoint.
Five Foot Ten (I)
Such a cheesy/poppy song but I love it. It feels innocent.
The Last Dream
A Copycat Remix
Okay I feel like I include A Copycat remix pretty much every chart, but I think I try to hold back on ’em a bit. When I heard this song I was like, “This is excellent… and I bet Copycat remixed it.” Turns out he did. So of course it’s excellent. (Spoiler alert: There is already a Copycat remix on the June chart.)
Another much more upbeat/happy song than I’d usually include, but as soon as I heard it the song grabbed me. Maybe my favorite song on this chart…
Chimes and Bells
Why Make Sense?
Sad to say that I’ve been slightly disappointed with the new Hot Chip album Why Make Sense? So far this is the only track that really stands out for me. I’ll keep listening in hopes it’s one of those albums that grows on you.
The Chemical Brothers
Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
So excited for their new album. The Chemical Brothers were one of the first electronic groups I loved.
There are many versions of this demo floating around. So far my favorite is 3m26sec — it has since been taken down. Regardless of the demos, I think we can be fairly confident that the final track will be as awesome as the two artists collaborating to make it.
Nice mix of songs again this month — glad I’m over that under-10 slump that was going on during the winter. As per usual, a lot of familiar names. The new Tame Impala song “Let It Happen” is easily my new favorite song. I’m disappointed that there aren’t many music videos, but so it goes.
Two stories: 1. I told two of my friends that “I bought such an embarrassing album — OneRepublic!” and both of them were like, “What’s the big deal? I love OneRepublic.” And remember I’m the one who owns Ariana Grande, Paris Hilton, etc. Yet OneRepublic embarrassed me. 2. This remix is so killer. I love the original song but this adds some weirdness to it.
Rex The Dog
Von Party Remix
Wait until 2:45 and this song goes a totally weird/awesome direction.
I know I should love Kendrick Lamar for his lyrics and rapping (and I do!), but this song (and album) is just so lush and energetic. I randomly picked this song to listen to after importing To Pimp a Butterfly and I’ve listened to it like 5 times since.
Haters gonna hate! Here’s some of my favorite songs from my favorite month. Unfortunately not many of these songs are on SoundCloud or YouTube… Luckily my favorite song was on both (albeit a live version on YouTube).
Richard X Remix
This is my new favorite song! Susanne Sundfør previously appeared on one of my charts when she did vocals for Røyksopp’s “Running to the Sea.”
Ani-i & Capablanca
Étienne de Crécy
WTF (feat. Pos & Dave)
Boston Bun Remix
Michael Diamond Remix
One of the reasons I bought the soundtrack. This remix is “haunting”…
Usually my December charts consist of songs from the year that I discovered via various year-end best-of lists. This year, however, I’ve been terribly behind in catching up with those — so most of these are pretty new songs from the fall and winter. Also: expect some more chart-related goodness coming soon: My Music 2014 post as well as my favorite chart — the “redos” (where I take a track from each month and choose a better version/remix instead). In the meantime, enjoy this!
The Ting Tings
That’s Not My Name
Kasper Bjørke Remix
This is an old remix but when I discovered it I almost exploded. I mean, it’s a Kasper Bjørke remix!
I gotta admit, this November 2014 chart had a lot to live up to. My November 2013 chart is one of my favorites. Thankfully, I’m happy to report that this month’s chart meets the challenge. Also be sure to check out the YouTube videos below. There are some great videos this month — specifically Little Boots and Röyksopp (the image above is from “Skulls”). Enjoy!
Where Does This Disco?
I actually meant to include this last month but forgot. Oops! It’s so great though.
No surprise here — Little Boots does it again!
Drop The Pressure
Drop Out Orchestra Rework
Drop Out Orchestra are the masters of making me love an old song all over again.
Tommie Sunshine & Midnight Magic
I Found Love
Everything Midnight Magic touches is amazing. I had to choose between like three or four of their songs for this chart…
Outside (Feat. Ellie Goulding)
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
So dark and creepy — the song and the video.
Michael Mayer mix
Where Is the Magic
Giorgio Moroder Remix
I believe this is from his forthcoming (in 2015) album. Can’t wait for it.
It’s funny: Toward the end of nearly every month when I know I want to get this chart posted, I start worrying that there isn’t enough music. That I haven’t discovered or fell in love with any new songs. But then during the last few days as I start figuring out what songs to include (based in part on play count, rating, etc. and in large part on which songs get stuck in my head), everything comes together and more often than not I’m like, “Oh wow. What was I worrying about? I’ve got some great songs to include!” This is one of those months. Things came together at the end and I realized I have some new favorites.
Apart (feat. Sísý Ey)
Let me include part of the MixMag review (it was their Disco Tune of the Month): “With ‘Apart’ Kasper Bjørke has created a modern day dark disco anthem that can proudly sit alongside the lieks of Sharon Brown in the hall of fame. The press release describes it as ‘commercially friendly’ and while it may have charted in 1987, nowadays the chance of this getting Radio 1 A-listed is slim. It’s catchy for sure, but its dark, twisted pop overtones are more akin to French Kiss ‘Mischief’ — itself a prototype techno anthem for 1979. The drums are 80s and unprocessed. The vocals are female and forlon. The synths are innocent and upset. It’s nothing short of genius.” Couldn’t have said it better myself! Also: I need to look into more “dark disco anthems.”
Lilly Wood & The Prick
Prayer In C
Robin Schulz radio edit
I Don’t Give a Fuck
I never would’ve thought I would’ve included an Iggy Azalea song here, but the magic Tiga works on this song is too incredible. It reminds me of my fav song of his: “Shoes”
Can’t Do Without You
So glad I found this extended mix. This is one of those songs you want to go on and on and on… Almost went with the Munk remix (how predictable, I know), but in the end the original really did it for me the most.
Love You Like I Used To
Bae (feat. Gina Turner)
Talk to You
Groove Armada remix
Time to Love
David Garcet My Discoshoes remix
This song wins the award for being stuck in my head the most. And I loved it.
Another month of music that I’m really excited about. Of course there are some old standbys (will Nancy Whang ever do something I don’t love? This chart includes her cover of Kiss’s “I Was Made for Loving You” and a song from the new Juan MacLean album In a Dream), but also some new faces. I’ll hesitantly apologize in advance for including Ariana Grande but I gotta admit: I really love her new album and I considered between three of her songs for this chart. Enjoy!
Be My Baby
Cashmere Cat edit
When I first heard the original version of this song I couldn’t stop listening. While I’ve moved on to a new favorite Ariana Grande song (“Love Me Harder”), this was the one that opened me up to her album. I mean, she worked with Cashmere Cat!! That’s super awesome. This edit makes the original Grande version a little weirder.