2013 has been fantastic in many ways for me, and musically all of us have really been moving into deeper and harder music, which I for one love! I think one major reason for this is that we've been playing more pure dance floors, but also generally the producers and artists we like are doing the same transition; harder, better, faster, stronger. My list is a bit of a mash up, much like myself; there are tunes in it that I've never played on gigs – as well as bangers that I honestly only would play on a smashing dance floor at 4 am. So if Jonas is up and Sebastian is down, I'm to the left, the right, above and below and somewhere in the middle. It doesn't make sense to me either, so here’s the damn list already!
#1. Chris Malinchak - So Good to Me (MK Remix)
Chris Malinchak is awesome, and Marc Kinchen (MK) with the remix – it is truly a godlike combination. I must also admit that I've been playing the MK (dub III) remix of “Look Right Through” like a freak this year, but as you might know it’s from late 2012. So I thought, what the heck, with this as #1 they both get credit!
#2. Urban Cone - New York (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Urban Cone. You might even remember our posts about them, and both Jonas and me had the Vinjette remix of "Déjà Vu" as personal favourites of 2012 (that was before I was making official “on the internet lists”). And while speaking of that song – another swede did a remix on it, namely Oliver Nelson and here we tie together all the loose ends with this year's #2, a song I played on the beach the entire summer. A nice original tune, but at the hands of Oliver Nelson – summer in liquid form.
#3. Haze-M and Cucumbers - Lady
Cucumbers) and Germany (Haze-M), released on Sleazy Deep. This is guaranteed something that both Sebastian and me like. Make way for #3!
#4. The Veterans - Will Make It Back Home
#5. Haim - If I Could Change Your Mind
Haim was when the totally awesome Dan Lissvik (all time Tracasseur favourite) did the remix of "Forever". I got Haim's free EP early 2012, ingenious move making it free btw, but back then I didn't really feel they had an unique sound, until the release of the album “Days Are Gone”. The song listed here as #5 sends me back to the 80’s and I just feel that song could easily have been included on something like the “Streets Of Fire” soundtrack, epic flic btw. Haim is currently climbing lists all over the world, and obviously they've climbed mine as well. #5 is a proof they’re here to stay, and I for one am glad for that.
#6. Josh Butler - Got a Feeling (Bontan Remix / Pleasurekraft Edit)
Jonas has this as his #5, and we agree to agree that this is a proper killer remix by Bontan and Pleasurekraft on Josh Butler, and we got the feeling! We played it, everyone played it and everyone loved and still love it. One short anecdote; I was in a bar on the other side of the world (from a swedes point of view at least) and the DJ played this, let’s just say that we bonded and had shots and danced our asses off.
#7. Todd Terje - Strandbar (Disko)
Inspector Norse”, another great track by Terje, as background music at a beach bar. So, although Norwegian radio hosts don’t seem to know about good music, we’re glad Terje is here to give us this; everything BUT background music. Strandbar ftw!
#8. Nervo - Hold On (Fred Falke Remix)
Fred Falke. I mean the Nervo twins are doing their thing and they seem to be faring pretty well (understatement), but the original version of “Hold On” would never come close to my top list, had it not been for this brilliant remix by one of France’s finest; Fred Falke. I for one miss him and hope he’ll make a proper comeback in 2014. Hold on!
#9. Jorge Montia and Coqui Selection - Pump This Party
Jorge Montia and Coqui Selection. They have both done tons of collaborations (that list would be a novel), and although I'm not a huge fan of everything, but when I found this little gem on Hype Machine in the start of the summer I got really exited. Since then I've been playing this banger late night, dance floor, shots for everyone – style. It really does the job, people love it and it does pump that party!
#10. Le Youth - C O O L (Ben Pearce Remix)
Me & U” some time (yes, I also run a little hip hop club business on the side). I must admit I made the same noise I always make when I hear old guilty pleasures in a modern beat. Jonas went with the original, I’ll go for the version that’s a bit easier to play in clubs, the Ben Pearce remix. Have at you! And keep your eyes pealed for Le Youth, there is more to come, check out his Soundcloud!
#11. Groovebox - Brooklyn
#12. Warmdue Project - King Of My Castle (Crazibiza Remix)
#13. Nora En Pure - Norma Jean
#14. Breach feat. Andreya Triana - Everything You Never Had (We Had It All) (Extended Club Version)
#15. Follow Me - Somethin' Bout You (Rogue Vogue Remix)
#16. Sugar Hill - Feeling For You
#17. French Horn Rebellion & Viceroy - Friday Nights (Bronx Night Dub)
#18. ATFC & The Cube Guys - Work
#19. Dusky - Careless
#20. Monkey Safari - Home