Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jonas' best of 2014

2014 has come to an end. So it's time for the highlight of the year when we give you our personal top 20 tracks along with the Spotify Best of list (will be out in 1–2 weeks after this post).

My year in music has partly been that we all three at Tracasseur have had a lot in our personal lives that has made the blog more calm the last months. We are sorry for that, but we promise a fresh start in 2015 with a new design of the blog to be released soon and some other new interesting ideas. Stay tuned!

The other part has of course been the music, the music that I love so much. This year has once again given us some really great stuff. Even if other things goes on in your life making the time for music less, I always keep the music close to my heart and it also fills it wich such joy. Music is fantastic in many ways.

During 2014 I could also really sense the comeback of nu-disco and in 2015 I think the nu-disco will be back bigger than it has been in a couple of years. I could sense that vibe in the choice of my top tracks this year: almost every track in my top 20 list has vocals!

Besides that my list this year consists of everything from super fresh acts to some really hyped ones in the charts. I hope my top 20 selection will have something for everybody :)

Enjoy my friends!

#1. Eelke Kleijn - Mistakes I've Made
A track that hit my ears late in 2014 but it hit my ears well. It has kind of been on repeat in my headphones since it found me and I haven't got tired of it even slightly. That proves to me it's an amazing tune that the Dutchman Eelke Kleijn has made and I also find it to be a well-worthy number one this year! It's a simple tune but yet so great!

#2. Gidge - You
The new Swedish duo Gidge, from Umeå up in the north, released "You" in the spring as the first track to be released from their debut album "Autumn Bells", that was out in the autumn. I love this tune how it works in two parts, where the first part just builds up an epic atmosphere and the second part picks up that atmosphere but also takes the track into another level with some pitch vocals and an even more intense and monotone beat. On repeat for 8 minutes x many times = A lot of atmospheric hours!

#3. David Keno, ME & her - Walking Boots
A superb collaboration between David Keno and the the two soul-sisters ME & her. "Walking Boots" is one of my most played tracks out in the clubs in 2014. The reason is of course a kick-ass track! Perfect vocals along with a perfect deep and techy sound.

#4. Eagles For Hands - Handprints
This track from Eagles For Hands speaks for itself. Just take a listen and you will like it a lot, another listen and you're hooked and after the third listen you will love it! That was kind of how "Handprints" got into me. Now it's your turn, if you haven't heard it before of course.

#5. Kleerup feat. Susanne Sundfør - Let Me In
The Swedish music genius Kleerup has been doing other musical projects for a while and he has also been producing the music to the dystopian space epos "Aniara". But when he returned as Kleerup himself he made it with a new BANG! His mini-album "As If We Never Won" was as good as we hoped and there were a few nice collaborations on it. The best one was with the Norwegian super-woman Susanne Sundfør, who has been everywhere for the last two years. Kleerup and Sundfør together was the dynamic duo that I was looking for! A double BANG!

#6. Oliver $ and Jimi Jules - Pushing On
Another great collaboration, this time between German based Oliver $ and Swiss based Jimi Jules. These two have worked together before and with "Pushing On" they wanted to do a new great collaboration. By using the great vocals from The Quantic Soul Orquestra along with a sound that reminds me of some tropical vibes connecting with classic deep Chicago house.

#7. SRTW - We Were Young (Sascha Kloeber Remix)
Sascha Kloeber made this wonderful deep remix of the mysterious act SRTW. I haven't been able to find the original anywhere, so maybe this is the original then I suppose because even SRTW points to this version. No matter what, it's a really nice tune with smooth vocals.

#8. NONONO - Like The Wind (D. Lissvik Remix)
I always say that Dan Lissvik is a mastermind and every year he proves me right with whatever he takes on. His productions of other acts, his own projects like new great Atelje (check it out!) and his own remixes like this one of NONONO. Everything is always golden! Golden Lissvik!

#9. Röyksopp feat. Jamie Irrepressible - Here She Comes Again
This year Röyksopp toured with Robyn. They also released their last studio album in the old style format. Smart thing they also did was to put this great tune on their album. Many people think their greatest track from the album was with Robyn but I'm holding this one with Jamie McDermott from The Irrepressibles a bit higher.

#10. Chi Thanh - Hotel DAmour
First tune on the list without vocals. This tune doesn't need any vocals when you got the multi-instrumentalist Chi Thanh to serve you music as sweet as "Hotel DAmour" for example.

#11. Jetlag feat. Esther - Walk With Me (Martin Roth Remix)

#12. Above & Beyond feat. Alex Vargas - Sticky Fingers (Lane 8 Remix)

#13. Xinobi - Polana

#14. Lilly Wood & The Prick - Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)

#15. Tapesh & Dayne S - How I Do

#16. Da Lukas - Right Thing! (Club Mix)

#17. Jessie Ware - Tough Love (Cyril Hahn Remix)

#18. Joyce Muniz feat. Bam - Back In The Days

#19. Apollo 84 feat. Hannah Jacques - Catch the Feeling

#20. GusGus - Crossfade (Maceo Plex Mix)


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