The mitZine’s eccentric editor-in-chief reflects on his peculiar and extensive collection of alternative and techno music. This list features some exceptional indie hits and club mainstays, as well as groundbreaking electronica tracks.
10. Local Natives – Wide Eyes (Teen Daze Remix)
My most-played song of 2010, according to iTunes, is this superb remix of Local Natives’ “Wide Eyes” by Vancouver-based producer Teen Daze. It’s got everything I want in a song and a woman: a positive vibe, a good kick, and lots of hats.
This ridiculous club anthem from Afrojack epitomizes my ever-increasing fascination with club music and, specifically, filthy Dutch house. Holland-based Nick van de Wall laid down hit after hit this year, and put out some awesome collabs with big-name global producers.
8. Cee Lo Green – Fuck You
My nomination for Feel-Good Song of the Year, Cee-Lo’s inexplicably vulgar “Fuck You” still makes me smile every time I hear it.
I could’ve picked any of the incredible tracks off of Deadmau5’ new album 4×4=12, but I settled on his genre-bending, 9-minute epic of a single “Raise Your Weapon”. Toronto-based Joel Zimmerman has made huge strides in popularizing progressive house in Canada and around the world, and his first foray into dubstep shows that Deadmau5 is not afraid to challenge his fans with new and innovative music.
Capitalizing on the blogosphere’s recent fascination with chillwave, England-based Gold Panda’s track “You” exploded this summer and continues to blow my mind. Intricate sampling and nuanced synthesizers come together in unexpected ways in this incredibly original production.
4. Bassnectar feat. Nelly Furtado – Magical World
Bassnectar has been absolutely killing it all year and this ground-breaking track sampling Nelly Furtado’s “Turn off the Light” boggled the collective minds of the music blogosphere when it was released in the spring. I still can’t get this song out of my head. I don’t even like dubstep.
3. Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica
My vote for dance production of the year, Wolfgang Gartner’s immaculate house banger “Illmerica” has been shaking up the club scene all over the world. Wolfgang is electronica’s Midas, turning every synth and drum he touches into pure gold.
Sigur Rós is still my favourite band, and I’m holding my breath with the rest of the indie scene for them to put out a new album, but in the meantime I’m more than content with Jón Þór Birgisson’s thriving solo career. Although all of Go is phenomonal, “Go Do” stands out as a perfectly light-hearted yet powerful piece of beautiful music. Jónsi has truly hit his stride as a musician and I cannot wait for his next release.
Although the hauntingly sentimental original is an amazing track in and of itself, the immensely talented US/Portugal-based Remix Artist Collective took “Home” to a whole new level when it remixed the song this past summer. From start to finish, this is a piece of music that connects and engages on every possible level, and it is my pick for track of the year.