Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jonny Puma's best of 2012

The music summary of 2012 from me. Hmm, it's been a fantastic year music wise. So many nice albums, tracks and remixes. Every year I say it's hard to make this Best of list due to so much good music that's been created out there in the world. This year was even harder than last year and therefore a lot of amazing tunes fell out of the top 25 tracks. But we will make it up to those who came just outside the list, because we're gonna release our Spotify Top 100 tracks in a couple of days. Keep your eyes open for that.

Now, enough with my babbling, here you got my 25 best tracks from 2012. Hope you will enjoy them. It's our way to say thanks to you guys out there by making our Best of lists. And stay with us in 2013, because we got some exciting news to give you very soon...

#25. Xinobi - (I Hate The Sound Of) Guitars

Our Portuguese friend Xinobi did one of this year's deepest tunes in "(I Hate The Sound Of) Guitar". Such a solid track, that works so well with the crowd on the dance floors we play. If Xinobi hates the guitar or not, we can't really tell, so we have to ask him next year.

#24. Foxes - Youth (Pyramid Remix)
Sweet sweet Foxes had a real blast this year. Such a blast that she makes it into my best of list this year. Big ups for Pyramid, our super Frenchman, that made this lovely original tune into something darker with more pumping beats. Superb combination with the voice of Foxes!

#23. Chris Malinchak - So Good To Me
That Chris Malinchak would make it into this year's list, was there not any questions about. It was more which of his awesome tracks that he released during 2012 that would be my choice. "So Good To Me" was the track that I finally went for, due to perfect balance of the vocals and the music. Mr. Malinchak is a true artist

#22. Air Zaïre - Play
One very interesting new artist that I got to know this year was Air Zaïre from Brooklyn, NY. With his tropical tune "Play" he got himself a new follower. And I suggest you also fan this guy and keep track of what he will create in 2013. I hope 2013 will be the year of Air Zaïre!

#21. Ben Howard - The Fear (Moonlight Matters Remix)
Moonlight Matters make it into the list this year again with his massive remix of Ben Howard. This is a huge remix that really kicks your ass on the dance floor. This is one of the best floor fillers made this year without any doubt. Play it loud and you will get the magic touch of Moonlight Matters!

#20. Kate Boy - Northern Lights
This new band Kate Boy with three Swedish producers and one Australian singer really hit it off when they released the video for "Northern Lights". Seldom a debut track make it so well in such a short time. Their sound is a mix of The Knife vs Icona Pop. Electronic pop with grimy synths and sharp beats. Next year will be Kate Boy's year for sure!

#19. Moullinex - Darkest Night
There was a lot of different opinions when Moullinex released his album "Flora" in 2012. Some people said he had changed his sound into more pop and that they didn't like that he tried to be more commercial. I would rather say that with "Flora", Moullinex really showed how talented he is, a true artist that can move in more directions than only forward. In "Darkest Night" he has created a disco tune with vibes from the 70s, it's pure love!

#18. Perseus - Love In Zanzibar
Perseus have had another great year releasing great tracks one after another. "Love In Zanzibar" is my pick of the small music treasure of Perseus. If you recognize the voice it's because it's Mary J. Blige’s “I Can Love You” that Perseus has sampled very well. We love you Perseus!

#17. No Ceremony - Feelsolow (Theatre Of Delays Remix)
Really love this remix by Theatre of Delays of No Ceremony. The original tune is also absolute fantastic but with Theatre of Delays take on this tune, it grows even more. The track itself also grows, it starts easier and slowly builds up into some kind of crescendo. Love how Theatre of Delays manage to take such a great tune and make it even better. I bow!

#16. Little Dragon - Little Man (Clancy's Deep Haze Remix)
We have often posted Clancy, but I actually missed out on this awesome remix that he made of Little Dragon earlier this year. I'm very happy that I found it because it is one hell of a tune! Exactly as the title says, it's deep and hazy, and it's terribly good!

#15. Bonobo - Silver (Krizz Luco Edit)
One of 2012's best findings! Krizz Luco's edit of Bonobo's "Silver" is a journey somewhere in between tech and deep. With a delicate feeling Krizz has kept the parts that should have been kept from the original and added a totally another touch. This is one track that have been on repeat for quite a while now. For me that defines that this is one track for the books of 2012.

#14. Idjut Boys - One For Kenny
Oh sweet joy for you who haven't heard this track yet from Idjut Boys. You're in for a treat! I remember when hearing this track for the first time when a friend played it to me. A beer in my hand, a cigarette in the window and the volume high, it was a sweet night I remember. One for you now!

#13. Lindstrøm - Fāār-i-kāāl
The Norwegians know how to make fantastic disco, a disco style that for me goes under the name "fjord disco". Lindstrøm is one of the front runners in the Norwegian team. With his EP "Smalhans", he has put together six epic tracks, where "Fāār-i-kāāl" is my favourite pick.

#12. Christopher Norman & The Reverb Junkie - You Don't Know
The Reverb Junkie has made a couple of interesting collaborations this year. One of them is this success story along with Christopher Norman. The electro pop made by Christopher together with The Reverb Junkie's smooth voice, made their EP "All The Pretty People" to one of 2012's most successful ones according to humble me.

#11. Flight Facilities feat. Christine Hoberg - Clair De Lune (Deptune Remix)
With the mellow and beautiful "Clair De Lune" Flight Facilities showed us another part of themselves to us. Christine Hoberg made an excellent job with the vocals. Very neat little tune that of course was blogged a lot. Deptune did the clever thing to make a remix that added a beat. The remix is very true to the original but it got that beat to make it into another tune. Very very good I must say, so now it's even possible to play this tune out to the crowd on the dance floors. Well done Deptune!

Flight Facilities feat. Christine Hoberg - Clair De Lune (Deptune Remix) (320 kbps)

#10. Urban Cone - Deja Vú (Vinjette Remix)
The Swedish duo Vinjette was unknown for me until they sent us an email talking about their new remix of Urban Cone. I love Urban Cone, so it was a must to take their remix for a ride. And what a ride it was, it was actually instant love. So I thank Vinjette for making this brilliant gem and I also thank them for their other remix of Julia Vero, that we posted only days ago. Support this dynamic duo!

#9. Goldroom feat. Chela - Fifteen
Goldroom have had himself a huge year, both touring the whole world and releasing amazing tunes. He well deserves the success, because he's not only an extreme talented producer, he's also a very nice fellow. We know that because we met him and played with him when he visited Stockholm on his tour. We also served him Swedish Meatballs, so he could continue making fabulous music in 2013! "Fifteen" is one example of great music from Goldroom, it was the perfect summer anthem for us gazing into the sunset at the lake. Also big ups for Chela, who sings like a goddess!

#8. Van She - Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix)
Van She returned to us this year when they released a long awaited album. Great album, where "Jamaica" is the golden hit. Arnie has the original on his list and I wanted to shed the light on the Plastic Plates remix. I can't count how many times we have played this one to our audience, but I know for sure that people really love this remix. It's sweet, it's tropical and it has a nice beat, yeah, it's a solid remix in other words. A solid remix to love!

#7. Jupiter - One o Six (A.N.D.Y. Remix)
The year for our friend A.N.D.Y. has also been a year full of success. As former member of Mustang, he decided to go single with his own project A.N.D.Y. I always liked the stuff Mustang made, but I'm very happy he decided to start something new, because A.N.D.Y. is such a good thing. Awesome tracks (and mixtapes) and especially this remix of disco-influenced Jupiter.

#6. Moon Boots - Got Somebody
This is one of my most loved tracks this year. Such a massive tune! Perfect I would say! Moon Boots has made a tropicopop-flavoured 90s tune that everybody likes, even the big guard at the place we played last night wanted to know what track it was. A track that melt big guys' hearts, it's a great track for sure!

#5. Finnebassen - Touching Me
Another Norwegian on the list. Finnebassen from Oslo has made this deep house tune. The sample is from Allure's "Head Over Heels" and it's a perfect sample in all aspects. Maybe a simple track, but it got it all. Simple but yet with depth!

#4. Monitor 66 - Triscuits
For me, Monitor 66 was one of the hyped acts in 2012. I wanted them to have become even bigger, because this is a really talented young trio of Swedes. "Triscuits" is one warm and sexy tune that was our summer track #1 when driving around in Sweden in my old SAAB. Could it be better? Also a proof that this is a first-class track is that The Magician had "Triscuits" as opening track on his Mixtape 22.

#3. Sailor And I - Tough Love (Aril Brikha Remix)
This is brilliant! It's so good that I almost don't have any words, just listen and you will know what I mean. Sailor And I is a band from Stockholm and Aril Brikha is a well known Swedish producer and DJ. Magic combination and the result is pure magic!

#2. Drop Out Orchestra feat. The Reverb Junkie - Sun Machine (diskJokke Remix)
The original track by Drop Out Orchestra is really good, but diskJokke have made it even better with his sensitive touch. And then we have us a third Norwegian on the list. The beautiful voice is once again from The Reverb Junkie, I told you that she had a couple of interesting collaborations this year. I love when diskJokke is letting her voice take over fully when there is no beat. Another quirky and nice thing with this remix is the added funky guitar that comes in at the end of the track.

#1. Chad Valley feat. Glasser - Fall 4 U (Lissvik Remix)
This year's best track is this Lissvik remix of Chad Valley. Dan Lissvik is my God sort of and it's something with his Kraut inspired music that get a hold of me. Everything this guy touches turns into gold, like Studio and the records that he produces for Young Galaxy for example and all of his mighty fine remixes. Chad Valley made a really nice album this year with a lot of different guest appearances. In this remix we got fantastic Glasser to sing along with Chad. Thank you Dan Lissvik for this fantastic remix, it made my year!

ZIP: Jonny Puma's best of 2012
(all tracks in 128 kbps, buy the originals over at Beatport or Juno)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Vinjette remix of Julia Vero

Swedish producer duo Vinjette, that have made one of this year's best tracks with their remix of Urban Cone, are now back with another mighty fine remix. This time they have made the official remix of Julia Vero, former singer in The Federales. Once again they have created a sweet remix that works so well with Julia's beautiful voice. I also like how the track evolves after 2.30!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Best Xmas tune this year

Best Christmas track comes from Jay Curry. "Be Mine 4 Xmas (Put It On Ice)" will be included on Juicy Tunes' seasonal compilation "Halcyon Nights" released on NYE. Except Jay Curry acts like VanGuard and Lindsay Lowend are included along with some other talented people.

Festive Sequence from Brilliantine

Yesterday on Christmas Eve we posted a Tracasseur classic in Pelifics' "Something Special". We've posted that track every Christmas for a couple of years now. But late last night we got a Twitter shout from Pelifics telling us that he now got a new version of the track included on Brilliantine's "Festive Sequence 2012".

So, therefore we today post the track again, remastered and as a better version along with the rest of the tracks included on "Festive Sequence 2012". Two of the tracks are more into the holiday mood and the other two are more like Christmas gifts that you can use the rest of the year. Enjoy a holiday gift from our friends over at Brilliantine. Download the whole EP here for free!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas all you fine people out there!

We have a little Christmas tradition over here at Tracasseur. We post some tracks around Christmas that our good friend Santa wants us to post. This is to get you into the right Christmas disco mood and it's also our way to wish you all a Merry Merry Christmas!

Pelifics - Xmas Song (Something Special) (320 kbps)

Wham! - Last Christmas (Holmes Price Edit) (320 kbps)

The xx - Last Christmas (Dirty Disco Youth Remix) (320 kbps)

Also wanted to get you into that exciting mood, you know when a child is waiting for Santa to come and deliver all the Christmas gifts, that feeling kind of. In a couple of days we will give you our finest gift that we do every year, our Best of 2012 lists! Keep your eyes and ears open around New Year's Eve...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Oxford - White Pearl

Oxford's new tune just hit our inbox. Another dreamy tune from our French friend. Perfect to drive around in your car with your windows down on a sunny day. In Sweden right now, that's not an opportunity at all, so we just raise the heat to the max in the car and dream ourselves away to a warmer place. Did I mention that you can download the track in full quality as well!

Kisses wish you a Merry Christmas

For the love of their fans, Kisses have put together a mixtape with favourite tracks from the past 40 years from Top 40 lists and within dance. No tracklist is provided, but they want you guys to fill up the gaps in the tracklist over at their SoundCloud, we helped out with a couple. Is your favourite track in the mixtape?

Kisses also give away two tracks as freebies, one remix of their own of Wild Cub and a Poindexter fo their "Funny Heartbeat". Kisses can also reveal news about their next album. The album is ready and mastered last week at The Lodge in New York. They also say we can expect a new song from the album sooner then we know...

YesYou + Mitzi

Maybe grandpa and grandma won't take to the deep house and up-tempo nu disco immediately during the holidays. So to get them aboard the train you need some sort of slow and melodic, yet danceable, gateway music. Brisbane quartet Mitzi's remix of YesYou's "Half of It" fits the bill perfectly, and will be an instant favourite for the whole family. And your cheap uncle will love that awesome Aussie label Future Classics gives it away for free!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Principles of Geometry + Chateau Marmont

French trio Chateau Marmont have made a very funky nu disco remix on Principles of Geometry's "Americhael" that will definitely make you dance around the Christmas tree.

Friday, December 21, 2012

New Keljet remix

Got this new Keljet remix of Milwaukee and as always they deliver some good shit! Perfect to start off this weekend with. Some tropical, some synth and some indie disco. Let's party like there was no tomorrow, even if the Incas were wrong...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Goldroom + Pat Lok

Really digging Goldroom's new single "Sweetness Alive" with its laidback summery feel. If you prefer something even more clubby for the late-night peaktime dancefloor you might opt for Pat Lok's remix with it's growling bassline, hammering house piano and cowbells. Great stuff that you might already have heard on The Magician's Magic Tape 28 or A.N.D.Y's Mixtape 9.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Poolside rework of Black Sabbath, yeah!

One of the the most legendary bands in the world Black Sabbath now step into another era when Poolside make a rework of "Planet Caravan". Almost everything that Poolside gets in contact with, becomes golden. This version is pure smoothness combined with some psychedelic vibes.

The original tune was included on Black Sabbaths breakthrough album "Paranoid" from 1970. Ozzy Osbourne used a Leslie speaker to achieve the dreamy vocal effects. Enjoy Black Sabbath in a new suit for 2012!

The xx cover of Wham's "Last Christmas" + they get remixed by John Talabot & Pional

The xx followed up 2009's success album "xx" very well when they released "Coexist" earlier this year. One of the best tracks from the album "Chained" has now got some remix love from John Talabot and Pional. They build the track from a kind of slow starter into a dance floor banger. Always lovin' what Pional and John Talabot are up to!

The xx - Chained (John Talabot & Pional Remix) (192 kbps)

As a Christmas bonus, The xx also played live at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge a couple of days ago, where they performed their version of the all-time #1 classic Christmas song "Last Christmas" by Wham! from 1984. Sweet cover!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday night track!

Been lovin' this remix for a couple of months from the duo Oliver, I also think it's the perfect track to get you going for this Saturday night parties all around the world. Be free!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Three tracks that maybe have slipped under your radar?!

I've been onto them a while but they are most worthy to share with you in case they have slipped you by. Not so hard if they've done that when we see like 1 billion tracks released every day, some tracks can then easy slip you by.

First out is this tropical masterpiece from Air Zaïre. The track had reached to many downloads over at his SoundCloud, but he was so kind to let us share the tune with you in 320 kbps. Thank you Air Zaïre!

Air Zaïre - Play (320 kbps)

Next out is German based Doctor Dru with this awesome semi-deep house tune "2 Know U".

Third track that may have slipped under your radar is "What Would She do?" from Nine Lives. Deep, melodic, soulful vocals and also with some synths in the end.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rogue Vogue feels love

Depending on where in the world you are, you might be aware of that Christmas soon will be upon a large portion of the planet. And as you may or may not know, Christmas is all about getting presents. So there are a lot of people giving away a lot of music for free these days. You've got Juno giving away a free track each day up till Christmas, for example.

Other Santa impersonators are awesome label The House of Disco, who find free presents for you on their blog. Today's track is Rogue Vogue's latest single "Feel Love" from the label Nuclear Family (run by fellow Chicagoans Only Children). Great track and great Maxi Priest sample.

Of course, if you're one of his far too few Soundcloud or Facebook followers, you'd already had your hands on it.

In case you missed this gem, with its even more awesome Ten City sample:

Mixhell + Aeroplane

Six days old, out on Boys Noize Records, original by Mixhell and remixed by Aeroplane. Short story, big tune! Buy it on Beatport, Juno or iTunes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Magic Tape 28

And the guessing game begins. The Magician on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ellie Goulding + Toyboy & Robin

As you know we've been big fans of Ellie Goulding for a long time, both for making great music of her own, but not least for a knack of finding the right people to remix her music. I'm thinking of Monsieur Adi's remix of "Starry Eyed", which was my favourite song of 2010 for example. Destined to be another favourite is this remix of her new single "Figure 8" by Toyboy & Robin, a duo that has to be one of the fastest rising UK house acts at the moment.

During the autumn, while I've been meaning to write about these guys, their Soundcloud followers have doubled several times, and deservedly so. Or how about this track released on the super cool Sccucci Manucci label?

Or these two gems that they've been giving away for free? I've been using both in our sets, and both really keep the floor moving.

Mighty fine new gems from Röyksopp

Our beloved Norwegian duo Röyksopp are about to hit us with a new mighty fine tune named "Running to the Sea" featuring Susanne Sundfør. They performed it live on NRK's Lydverket November 28.

I always get excited when I can hear new material from Röyksopp, because they have been one of the most talented electronic bands for the last decade. Exploring around with guest artists creating more pop sounds on "Junior" into making the album "Senior" with a more instrumental and more experimenting approach.

Love this new tune from them and also loving the interesting voice of Susanne Sundfør. Music and vocals married together very well! The track is only out in Norway so far, but will soon be released into the world. Here you can buy it in the Norwegian iTunes if you live in Norway.

On the same show night at Lydverket the new collaboration also performed an awesome cover version of Depeche Mode's "Ice Machine".

Xinobi remix of Is Tropical for free

Is Tropical's tune "Land of the Nod" has gotten some Xinobi treatment. This remix follows Xinobi's new sound and I still love his new melodic house style. Also loving the free download of the track! Go Xinobi!

New track from Kavinsky

New tune from Kavinsky taken from "Outrun" released early next year. "Outrun" will be the soundtrack to the movie with the same name, where Kavinsky produces the soundtrack. This track "ProtoVision"is more back to his sound before "Nightcall", that made Kavinsky really huge to the world. I liked his earlier sound a lot, so I like this new one from him too. It shows that he can produce his 80s influenced music in different ways. We wait for "Outrun" to be out and we will then see how wide the soundtrack will be.

And here's a video for "ProtoVision":

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shelby Grey with two new tracks

Shelby Grey releases a single with two new tracks on Holographic People. The title of the release is "The Devil's Dancer" and is also one of the tracks included, the other one is "Danse Macabre".

Both tracks are a bit different from earlier of Shelby's releases and got a lot of the 70s cosmic disco sound. I like what I hear from Shelby Grey a lot. "The Devil's Dancer" is a real 70s disco pearl putting it somewhere in a darker Moroder-land. Plenty of good people such as Xinobi, Clancy, Moonlight Matters and Punks Jump Up are already supporting the release and from now on also Tracasseur. Buy the release over at Juno.

Monday, December 3, 2012

New remix from Monitor 66 + Lessovsky's EP

Once again our Swedish friends of Monitor 66 make another sweet blissco tune, yes that what they call their music style right now, blissco. The remix is of Ukrainian Oleg Lisovksy, named Lessovsky when releasing his music. This EP "Spend & Cherish" is released on the Stockholm based label Oh! Records holding the remix from Monitor 66. Buy the EP over at Beatport.

The original tune from Lessovksy is more deep house than Monitor 66's blissco remix but also nice.

The other original tune on the EP is "Spend Some Time" and I maybe think it's a bit fatter than "Cherish Any Time", or am I wrong?!

BrainWash - I love HATERS vol4 x Autumn Mixtape x Ramp Shows

Liking the new mixtape from our Polish friend BrainWash. Only two weeks ago we played at their club SoHo in Sopot. It was so fun that Arnie broke his arm in pure joy! This mixtape is also pure joy, but don't go breaking your arms, ok? Tracklist will be added soon.