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Little Dragon · Klapp Klapp

Hot vocals & production, but let's take it one step further.

Forget our favorite ladies (and one dude) of 2013. 2014 is her’ and it’s already topping them all.

And only someone such as Yukimi from Little Dragon could make it so obvious. She’s got something in her voice few singers can compete with in personality & character. Not only that, but the boys behind her are giving her production, like in “Klapp Klapp,” the compliment her sound needs to stay in the spotlight where music’s progressing right now. The only ones that may be able to do them better are Disclosure. Better yet, wouldn’t that be one hell of a collaboration.

Who do you think would collab best with Little Dragon? Gorillaz is tough competition.

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Karma Kid · In My Arms

People remember the chorus above all else

I just caught a documentary about the good & bad of being a backup vocalist, called ’20 Feet from Stardom,’ and it made a point about what makes a song so memorable. The chorus is what people usually take home at night, bouncing around their subconscious, popping up at the most random times.

I would have mistaken Karma Kid’s ‘In My Arms’ for a pop hit because of its chorus, but the odd electro bits and trip hop samples make it more of a hit for later. I do wish I had an edit that would cut this down to the juicy parts, namely the chorus, but I’m always too impatient for the best of it. Internet generation.

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Panda · Sputnik Moment

Songs that make playlists start

Panda has sparked up a mix for us.. or at least inspired one. ‘Sputnik Moment’ has a few pieces with the piano that get as deep as Madeaux’s ‘Song #2‘ did almost two years back.

This is how most of our playlists come about – two songs sharing one feeling and finding all the other tracks that do the same. We’re well on our way in compiling this list, but have a tease in the meantime with Panda’s heartful piano house piece.

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// Y E A R S // · $ Z A N E $

with a must watch accompanying video, Gradient Forest

So I’m starting to hear about all this vaporware music cropping up, but to try to describe it would never help you understand. I’d even go so far to say that without Vince Mckelvie’s 3d-rendered tropical ride, you’d never get the full effect of Years’ vaporware contribution. Gradient Forest is like a Disney ride for acid enthusiasts.

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ODESZA · My Friends Never Die

This duo has the future of electro dance down

I found out about ‘My Friends Never Die’ right when I was first introduced to ODESZA to their ‘Above the Middle‘ track, but damn do I wish I would have attached myself to this one sooner. ‘My Friends Never Die’ would have been a perfect addition to our Top EDM of 2013, but it will probably fit in better with our 2014 anyways. This duo has the future of electro dance down.

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Music of the Year, 2013

A whole lot of unheard potential

Looking back over this last list for 2013, I’ve realized one major flaw to it. There are no women on here. We’ve had our love for women this year, but this list contains our most obsessed about music with musicians consistently present throughout the year.

Doja Cat was our closest girl, but we only fell for one of hers. She did have a lot of other potentials that fell short because the production wasn’t to the level of that voice. Producers, this girls got talents!

London Grammar probably has the most right to be up here, but I credited their best to their collab with Disclosure and I didn’t fall for ‘Strong’ in time (wish it was still 2013). They’re also two-thirds dude, so that didn’t help them either [...]

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Bit Funk · Soul Satisfaction

This soul satisfaction sounds like a hit from the 40′s, albeit grossly updated. I could see kids now doin the spongebob dance to Bit Funk’s jitterbug beat. I actually just found out about this ‘new’ style of dance, but I know it’s a play off something from the 40′s. Forget the name though, anyone in the know let me know.

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2013′s Best Electronic Dance Music

EDM, it's not as fucked as you'd think.

Try not to think of EDM or electronic dance music as purely just the dubstep, deadbeat music that the mass majority like to think of it as. Dance music has been filled with electronic sounds for decades and its reach is almost all encompassing. From disco to house this music has come a long way and we’re just at the tipping point of things to come (aren’t we always).

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2013′s Best Electrosoul

Relaxing with the loved one

Electronic is overtaking the industry and has done the same on this blog more & more each year. Our list of electronic music is so massive this year we split it in two.

First up is our best electro soul of 2013 that ranges from funk & jazz to R&B & dubstep (melodic dubstep). We weren’t sure if we wanted to include the remixes from our last list, 2013’s Top Remixes, but there is just as much soul in the remixes as any of the originals. Make sure to play through all 25, it’s got a good ebb and flow to it.

Also, stay tuned for our next list in electro: electronic dance music – and not that bullshit shit.

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Route 94 · My Love feat. Jess Glynne

I may only love about a minute of this song, but I’ve been playing it not stop for the last two days. The build on ‘My Love’ lasts about 30 seconds and is an anthem in its own right, but the breakdown like Panda’s “In Your Eyes” lacks in such inspiration. The deep house interludes are just too sedating for such an upbeat vibe brought on by Jess Glynne. I need a radio edit or something.

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