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Monday
Jan092017

Best Dance Songs of 2016

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
Here are my 40 favorite dance tracks of the year in no particular order.

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  1. Jessy Lanza - "Oh No" [Hyperdub]
  2. Jay Daniel - "Paradise Valley" [Technicolour]
  3. Avalon Emerson - "The Frontier" [Whities Records]
  4. Harmonious Thelonious - "Uhura" [Italic Recordings]
  5. Leonce - "Marimba Track" [Fade to Mind]
  6. Pantha Du Prince ft. Queens - "The Winter Hymn" [Rough Trade Records]
  7. Peggy Gou - "Rose" [Technicolour]
  8. John Roberts - "Six" [Brunette Editions]
  9. Dawn Richard - "Black Crimes" [Local Action Records]
  10. Deadboy - "Glass Lake" [Ten Thousand Yen]
  11. Duke High - "Greenleaf" [Rhythm Section International]
  12. Ase Manual ft. J Heat & El Blanco Nino - "Jungle Heaven" [Like That Records]
  13. Danny L Carle ft. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Super Natural" [PC Music]
  14. Tevo Howard - "Brother to Brother (Underground Mix)" [S/R]
  15. Project Pablo - "Beaubien Dream" [Sound of Beaubien Ouest]
  16. Kiani & His Legend - "Electric (Fatima Yamaha Remix)" [Something Happening Somewhere]
  17. Reckonwrong - "Getting Warmer (Hot Mix)" [Whities Records]
  18. Kornel Kovacs - "Dollar Club" [Studio Barnhus]
  19. Akasha System - "Afterimage" [100% Silk]
  20. Telepathe - "Lover's Gaze" [Dream Catalogue]
  21. DBM - "Halo" [S/R]
  22. DJ Zozi - "Zozi Theme" [1080p]
  23. Weval - "You're Mine" [Kompakt]
  24. Toby Gale - "Jet" [Apothecary Compositions]
  25. Perfume Advert - "Gown" [1080p]
  26. Kingdom - "Shox" [Fade to Mind]
  27. Jayda G - "Heaven Could Be Lately" [1080p]
  28. Mind Lotion - "Astro Girl" [Antinote]
  29. rRoxymore - "Organ Smith" [Don't Be Afraid Recordings]
  30. DJ Marfox - "Tarraxo Everyday" [Principe Discos]
  31. Blood Orange ft. Empress Of - "Best to You" [Domino Recordings]
  32. Nite-Funk - "Let Me Be Me" [Glydezone Recordings]
  33. D.K. - "Raindrops" [Antinote]
  34. Jessy Lanza - "VV Violence" [Hyperdub]
  35. Stephen Lopkin - "Och Aye the Noo" [MOS Recordings]
  36. Massimiliano Pagliara - "Trying to Hide but Then I Cried" [Uncanny Valley]
  37. Mr. Fingers - "Aether" [Alleviated Records]
  38. Chinaski - "Disaster" [Uncanny Valley]
  39. The Gasman - "Color" [Onomatopoeia Records]
  40. Feels - "Expedition" [Naked Naked Records]
Wednesday
Jul202016

Best Dance Songs of 2016 (2nd Quarter)

  1. Jessy Lanza - "Oh No" [Hyperdub]
  2. Tevo Howard - "Brother to Brother (Underground Mix)" [S/R]
  3. Kiani & His Legion - "Electric (Fatima Yamaha Remix)" [Something Happening Somewhere]
  4. DJ Zozi - "Zozi Theme" [1080p]
  5. DJ Marfox - "Tarraxo Everyday" [Principe Discos]
  6. DBM - "Halo" [S/R] . . . . . . . . .
  7. Perfume Advert - "Gown" [1080p]
  8. Nite-Funk - "Let Me Be Me" [Glydezone]
  9. Massimiliano Pagliara - "Trying to Hide but Then I Cried" [Uncanny Valley]
  10. Weval - "You're Mine" [Kompakt]
This playlist is also available on Spotify.
Monday
May022016

Best Dance Songs of 2016 (1st Quarter)



  1. Jessy Lanza - "VV Violence" [Hyperdub]
  2. Avalon Emerson - "The Frontier" [Whities Records]
  3. Stephen Lopkin - "Och Aye the Noo" [MOS Recordings]
  4. Pantha du Prince ft. Queens - "The Winter Hymn" [Rough Trade]
  5. Chinaski - "Disaster" [Uncanny Valley]
  6. Kingdom - "Shox" [Fade to Mind]
  7. The Gasman - "Aeriform" [Onomatopoeia Records]
  8. D.K. - "Raindrops" [Antinote]
  9. Feels - "Expedition" [Naked Naked Records]
  10. Toby Gale - "Jet" [Apothecary Compositions]
This playlist is also available on Spotify.
Saturday
Jan022016

CLUB DRIVEL: December 2015



This is an abbreviated edition of CLUB DRIVEL! No blurbs this month, but you can stream the full list in the 8tracks widget above or view the entries on Resident Advisor, Spotify, or Beatport if that's your thing.

  1. Umberto - "End Credits" [MMODEMM]
  2. d'Eon - "Infosys II" [Knives]
  3. Brassfoot - "We Made It Out the Hood Ma" [Unknown to the Unknown]
  4. Denis Sulta - "It's Only Real" [Numbers]
  5. Danny L Harle - "Broken Flowers" [PC Music]
  6. Lechuga Zafiro ft. C1080 - "Tambor Espada (Blacksea Não Maya Remix)" [Salviatek]
  7. Baba Stiltz - "Cherry (Legowelt Remix)" [Unknown to the Unknown]
  8. Harald Björk - "Sabor Latino" [Studio Barnhus]
  9. DJ Overdose - "Housejam Freaker (Willie Burns Remix)" [Unknown to the Unknown]
  10. Sully - "Crystal Cuts" [Astrophonica]
Thursday
Nov262015

CLUB DRIVEL: November 2015



It's the fifth edition of CLUB DRIVEL! Read the column after the jump, or you can stream the full list in the 8tracks widget above or view the entries on Resident Advisor, Spotify, or Beatport if that's your thing.

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Tuesday
Oct202015

CLUB DRIVEL: October 2015



It's the fourth edition of CLUB DRIVEL! Read the column after the jump, or you can stream the full list in the 8tracks widget above or view the entries on Resident Advisor, Spotify, or Beatport if that's your thing.

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Monday
Sep142015

CLUB DRIVEL: September 2015



It's the third edition of CLUB DRIVEL! Read the column after the jump, or you can stream the full list in the 8tracks widget above or view the entries on Resident Advisor, Spotify, or Beatport if that's your thing.

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Thursday
Aug132015

CLUB DRIVEL: August 2015



Post-punk, freestyle, ambient techno, and Detroit techno walked into a bar...

It's the second edition of CLUB DRIVEL! Read the column after the jump, or you can stream the full list in the 8tracks widget above or view the entries on Resident Advisor, Spotify, or Beatport if that's your thing.

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Monday
Jul062015

CLUB DRIVEL: July 2015



After three and a half years of keeping up a monthly dance chart, I've decided do a little re-branding. CLUB DRIVEL is now what I'm calling the chart, and it will double as a column. I was once an aspiring music writer, so this is something of a return to form for me. With all the hours I spend compiling these charts, I figure there's no reason not to spend a bit more time and write up each track. Write-ups should make the whole thing a bit more useful and visible, and that's a challenge I'm up for. It will be a work in progress for some time to come, but hopefully within a year's time, I will have many of the kinks worked out in terms of formatting, branding, etc.

I will continue posting playlists of the chart in the usual places (8tracks, Spotify, Resident Advisor, and Beatport). So if you're accustomed to streaming the chart, not much will change for you.

If you have followed my charts in the past, I ask that you please blast this around social media and help me get the word out. It would be much appreciated. And now, on with the show.

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Sunday
Jun282015

Best Dance Songs of 2015 (First Half)

Alternate playlist on Spotify
The time has come to sift through all my dance charts from the first half of 2015 and pare it down to the best of the best—the songs that that are the most unique, adventurous, boundary-pushing, and have kept on giving month after month. Like last year, this year seems to be devoid of any one central theme. Many genres are represented. Electronic dance music seems to be as splintered and disparate as ever (and that's how it should be).

Check the SoundCloud playlist above for easy consumption or an abridged Spotify playlist if you prefer.



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25. Slackk - "Saigon" [R&S Records]

24. Photonz - "Basik" [Crème Organization]

23. Nidia Minaj ft. DJ Olifox - "House Kaliente" [Principe Discos]

22. Finn - "Only Boy (Strict Face's Forever Your Papi Remix)" [Local Action Records]

21. Rising Sun Systems - "Freebasin' for David Bohm" [Nightwind Records]

20. No Zu - "Medusa Beat" [Home Loan Records]

19. ALSO - "Formation" [R&S Records]

18. Niagara - "Arruda" [Principe Discos]

17. Da Multi Snake - "Ndaheni" [Shangaan BANG!]

16. JLin ft. Holly Herndon - "Expand" [Planet Mu]

15. Maxo - "Eddy Vancouver" [Activia Benz]

14. A. G. Cook - "What I Mean" [Annie Mac Presents]

13. Luca Lozano - "Come With Me" [Unknown to the Unknown]

12. Model 500 - "Hi NRG" [Metroplex]

11. Chris Brown - "Loyal (Murlo Refix)" [Mixpak]

Full list after the jump.

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