When I first heard this song I was like, “Whoa! I love this!! Who is this Flush person that created it??” so I go to the SoundCloud page for the song and oh turns out that Flush is the new project/alias of one of my all-time favorite DJs: Aeroplane (who has made a few chart appearances already)
Simple Love (feat. J’Danna)
I got this song stuck in my head for days and then it finally came up during a shuffled playlist and I was like, “Of course! Another great Duke Dumont track!” (he’s also made a few apperances on the chart before — with both original songs and remixes).
Lay Me Down
Andy Bell Remix
John Hancock III
Pete Oak’s Slowhand Remix
Benjamin Fröhlich Basic Refix
Actor Out of Work
Stephanie All Night
A relatively older song (from 2011) that I re-discovered while listening to a Richard X Pandora station at work.
I love how dark and slighty twisted this sounds. Who’s afraid of the dark?
I Want You
I Can’t Lose
Duke Dumont Remix
Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special album continues to be amazing. And it’s been a while since I’ve had a Duke Dumont remix. (Last time he remixed Tensnake’s “Love Sumblime” and his take was killer.)
It was tough choosing which song from his new album I should include here. Really love his new album Wildheart. Bonus points: After I picked this song I found out that it was produced by Cashmere Cat!! — a producer I really love (and has appeared on two of my charts).
Cliff Lothar Solid Pleasure Remix
“Bugatti” was definitely a grower for me. When I first heard it I didn’t really like it much. Then I heard this remix the other week and I started loving the song. My favorite part of this remix is the really spaced-out/computered-out background voice that sort of echoes/calls things out.
Ready Player One
This song is so fucking energetic. And has such an amazing 80s vibe. It’s a shame there isn’t a music video for this (hmmm… maybe I could make one?)
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.