7. Duke Dumont – 'The Giver'
Duke Dumont combines a haunting, unforgettable hook and a classic Chicago House sound to create this absolutely colossal track that has made its way into the sets of many DJs we follow. As new remixes by the likes of Tiga were recently released, I guarantee this isn't the last you've heard of this massive tune.
6. St. Lucia – September
'September' is the first single off of St.Lucia's yet-to-be-titled, James Iha-produced 2013 album. The song slowly builds with deep synths creating an epic, atmospheric feel that crescendos until lead singer Jean-Philip Grobler's beautiful vocals finally kick in at the two-and-a-half minute mark, resulting in an epic song that signals a new turn in direction for this traditionally rock oriented band.
5. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love (Dimitri from Paris Erodisco Mix)
Although this track was technically released in 2011, it has been a staple on playlists and sets of mine throughout the year. Dimitri From Paris is my favorite DJ and producer, hands down, due to the sheer amount of fun he injects into his remixes. With this remix, his liberal saxaphone usage and churning disco beat make dancing to it absolutely irresistible.
4. Anna Lunoe & Touch Sensitive – 'Real Talk'
Anna Lunoe & Touch Sensitive blew me away with 'Real Talk,' the perfect summer house anthem of this year. The steady four-four beat and cascading house pianos are supplemented by a simple nonsensical lyric that one can't help but sing along with.
3. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
The Perseus-founded label French Express has become quite the cabal of exciting artists with the likes of Moon Boots and Jonas Rathsman joining the ranks. However it's NJ-based Chris Malinchak that continues to impress me with every release. 'So Good To Me' is downright euphoria inducing, with its soothing vocals and dreamy production.
2. Solange – Losing You
A beautiful, lush production by Devonte Hynes, and catchy soulful vocals by Solange Knowles have made the music industry step up and notice Beyoncé's little sister once again, although this time completely on her own merits.
1. Sam Sparro – Happiness (Magician Remix)
With this remix The Magician has proven that he truly does work magic. While the original Sam Sparro song is enjoyable, The Magician adds a dark, brooding production and removes some of the original's more pedestrian lyrics creating a haunting, poignant track that brilliantly showcases the art of remixing.
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