GPS’ Top Ten Songs Of 2013
2013 came and went quite fast. A lot happened in dance music this year, most notably the push of the deeper vibes as opposed to (shitty) bangers onto the masses. With that, here are my top 10 tunes of the year (which was incredibly difficult to pick out):
10. Modek – Up With Me (Shinichi Osawa Remix)
Shinichi Osawa is pretty much the leading figure in Japan’s Electro scene. Having been active in the industry since the late 80s, Osawa has plenty of experience under his belt. This year he remixed Modek’s “Up With Me” and turned it into a washy, wobbly and awesome banger.
9. Baskerville – Britefoot
Baskerville’s “Britefoot” is flooded in the mids and treble, there’s no bass to drop here. Simple yet fulfilling, the song features white noise-sounding leads and chopped vocal snippets that will turn your world black and white.
8. NAPT – The Return
Catchy hooks and vocals, a wide range of sounds, and drums that second as more than just beats, but notes. “The Return” is nothing short of a dance floor anthem. The breakdown simplifies it all down with a clean piano and the vocals, which are then accompanied by brass sounds and a low end which is more felt than heard.
7. Eyes Everywhere – Origami
These new kids on the block are all about having fun. After having previously made dubstep and other bass genres under their previous alias HXLY, Kyle Tatum and Brian Doyle rebranded themselves as Eyes Everywhere. And man was it an awesome decision. A very soulful tune, Origami exemplifies their ability to come up with a completely original idea far different from any previous track they make, as well as their ability to make so many different sounds work well together to make one awesome final product.
Related Reading: Eyes Everywhere Interview
6. Housemeister – WHITE OUT
Repetition can be an annoying thing in some songs, but that’s not ever an issue if you’re Housemeister. The German “I don’t give a fuck” producer took one simple lead, stretched the idea to almost six minutes, and made it work. The little changes he incorporates throughout the song (most notably the drums used) spice up the flavor constantly. Think the repetitious vocals of Daft Punk’s “Around The World” in the form of one fat beat.
5. Oliver – MYB
If you haven’t heard of Oliver by now, you need to stop living under a rock (or several, for that matter). When I first heard this jam played out by Viceroy at Bardot a little over a year ago now, I knew that I needed to get my hands on it the moment it came out. What makes this song so notably great is the fact that it has a bridge, a feature in a song quite common in, say, rock songs, but really alien to dance music. This adds a whole other level of awesome that is hard to accomplish with the standard “intro, drop, repeat” heard in most bangers these days. You’ll start MYB-ing upon first listen.
Related Reading: Oliver Talks DJing, Loving Old Records And More
4. Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn
Let’s be real: there is just to many good songs Disclosure has put out this year. But if I had to pick one, “When A Fire Starts To Burn” takes the cake simply because of how infectious it is no matter when or where you hears it. Seriously, once that bassline comes in, you’re dancing. It doesn’t matter if you’re studying or at a church service, you’re getting freaky.
3. Maelstrom – Resistance
Want to give Gesaffelstein a run for his money when it comes to crazy, pounding techno? Maelstrom’s got you covered. Joking aside (all French producers are awesome), “Resistance” is downright scary. And it’s as scary as it is hard. Distortion is the name of the game in this song; that, and fear.
If hell had a soundtrack, this would be the lead single.
2. Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) feat. A*M*E
This song can possibly be the one song you’d want to show someone if they asked you where dance music was going in 2013: the year of vibes, grooves, and absolutely smooth jams. The lyrics speak of how someone just needs a special someone in their life, words that you hear matched by listeners out loud wherever this is played.
1. Tchami – Shot Caller
There’s no way I could not have made this monster of a tune number 1. The first time I heard this was when I stumbled upon his live set at the Social Club in Paris. It was the opening track and I was hooked 60 seconds in. It starts off with what can only be described as whispering notes, which are eventually led to the title vocal. All culminating into one of the most unique sounds I have ever heard: Thcami’s signature bass shoved right into our face with a delayed kick, which makes this song all the better.
Truly an example of how the best can come out of nowhere.