Articles tagged with Electropop

Brian Blackout’s Best of 2014 Lists

December 30

Hello hello,

Here’s an obsessive list of my favorite music from the year, because I listened to music obsessively this year.

Best albums
1. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
2. Erlend Øye – Legao
3. the Juan Maclean – In a Dream
4. Future Islands – Singles
5. Dum Dum Girls – Too True
6. the 2 Bears – The Night Is Young
7. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
8. Caribou – Our Love
9. Lemonade – Minus Tide
10. Wye Oak – Shriek

Honorable Mention
Mr Twin Sister – Mr Twin Sister
Bear in Heaven – Time Is over One Day Old
Joakim – Tropics of Love

Pop song on the radio – Charli XCX “Boom Clap”
Best live performance – Future Islands
Most insane dancing in a video – Kiesza – “Hideaway
Best EP – Yumi Zouma – Yumi Zouma EP

Songs of the Year (no remixes)
(and here’s a handy Spotify playlist)

Yumi Zouma – The Brae
Cafuné – Letting Go
School ’94 – Head over here
Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne
Chromeo – Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi)
Les Sins – Why (feat. Nate Salman)
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
Joakim – Bring Your Love feat. Luke Jenner
Wunder Wunder – Coastline
RAC – Cheap Sunglasses
James Curd – Let’s Bounce
Duke Dumont – I Got U
The 2 Bears – Not This Time
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Kate Boy – Self Control
Klaxons – There Is No Other Time
Zoot Woman – Don’t Tear Yourself Apart
Metronomy – Love Letters
My Favorite – Second Empire
Stars – From The Night
Yumi Zouma – Alena
Timecop1983 – Dreams (feat. Dana Jean Phoenix)
Wild Beasts – Sweet Spot
Orthy – E.M.I.L.Y.
Trans Am – I’ll Never
Loose Shus – Hang Ups
Ed Dowie – Meadow Song
Röyksopp – You Know I Have To Go

Remixes, Re-edits, Reworkings of the Year
(here’s a Soundcloud playlist of most of them, a few got taken down)

Step Out (the Chainsmokers remix) – Jose Gonzalez

Old Robot (Daniel T remix) – James Supercave

Drunk and Incapable (Fred Falke remix) – Krishane

Boom Clap (Aeroplane remix) – Charli XCX

I Might Survive (Bixel Boys remix) – Architecture in Helsinki

If You Were Mine (Baby) (Young Franco remix) – Midnight Pool Party

Holler (Fred Falke remix) – Rebecca & Fiona

Josephine (Dalminjo edit) – Chris Rea

Paradoxx Music (Mongochips remix) – Hatchets

Sundream (Classixx remix) – Rüfüs du Sol

You’re the Inspiration (Ladycréme edit) – Chicago

Running Back – the Dead Rose Music Company

Rock the Box – (Akin’s Slow Dance Version) – Sylvester

Falling in Love (KZA edit) – Miami Sound Machine

Never Thought I’d See the Day (L-Vis 1990 Sunrise edit) – Sade

If Leaving Me Is Easy (Tony Johns edit) – Phil Collins – (this one has been lost to the ether, unless you like Russian MP3 sites)

Top 5 from 2004 #1: NY Excuse / Another Excuse by Soulwax

November 21

My choice for the best song from 2004 to dance to might be a little bit controversial, as it’s not one of the most popular songs from that year, but it’s one you’ve doubtlessly heard on a dancefloor somewhere. Belgium’s Soulwax released Any Minute Now in 2004, and for the track “NY Excuse,” enlisted the help of Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem / Juan Maclean / guest vocalist par excellence. It’s a piece of electropop perfection, so reminiscent of the vestiges of electroclash but by 2004 somehow fresher and more fun than that whole movement ever was. Whang’s vocals are fun, ridiculous, silly, angry, all at once, and the song’s rollercoaster synths rise and rise and rise to a huge crescendo. Not only is the original fantastic, but later in 2004, what might be the definitive version of the track, “Another Excuse,” featuring the remixing assistance of the DFA, aka James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy. Behind their steady hands, the track becomes a haunted house ride, veering between dark disco alleyways, down creepy neon-lit avenues, and seemingly hitting an out of control hairpin turn every few measures. It’s one of the DFA’s best works (and that’s saying a lot) and a song that never gets old, never sounds anything less than perfect for the moment you slip it on.

Best of 2004
#1 – “NY Excuse” / “Another Excuse” – Soulwax
#2 – “Banquet” – Bloc Party
#3 – “Hounds of Love” – the Futureheads
#4 – “I Predict a Riot” – the Kaiser Chiefs
#5 – “I Disappear” – the Faint

In preparing for our upcoming party Head On: 2014 vs 2004, we’re each counting down our 5 favorite songs from our respective years. I’ll be representing 2004 so my task is a pretty fun one for blogging. I thought about how to decide which 5 songs were best. I decided to pick the 5 best songs from 2004 to dance to, rather than just my 5 favorites or something, because that would get obscure and include stuff like Shocking Pinks. Some of these songs I remember dancing to in 2004, some I was playing at dance parties and loved the way people danced.

Better Love (Robotaki remix) – Ben Ivory

September 20

Normally, I do my best to avoid posting songs that a lot of folks have started writing about, but in today’s case this song is so catchy I just couldn’t help myself. This week, Quebecois producer Robotaki unleashed another stellar remix, this time around of newcomer Ben Ivory. Robotaki has already carved a nice warm niche in many of our iTunes windows with remixes of the likes of Chilly Gonzales, Penguin Prison, and most recently the Van She.

This time around he strikes liquid gold with a big, bubbly pop tune. Armed with a giant hooky feelgood chorus and just a hint of crisp Autumn synthesizers, he’s crafted a tune I can’t stop listening to. You can pick the single up off Beatport (thought not if you’re in ‘Merica) now or wait til later for a wider release. Or, head over to Robotaki’s Soundcloud for free downloads of some of his other great remixes.

/// Brian Blackout

Fashions – “Slip Away”

August 27

I’m excited to be unveiling a brand new track today on the blog. Fashions are a new band based here in Brooklyn, and their debut single is catchy as hell. I got to help add to the huge chorus at the end of the song, which includes a children’s choir, so I’m very excited to get to tell folks about this tune.

“Slip Away,” is a bouncy slice of tropical electropop. We tested it out on a dancefloor a couple weeks ago and people started going nuts during the full chorus parts, I think you will too. The song is a free download on Fashions’ Bandcamp, so go grab a copy and start listening now. I warn you, it’ll be stuck in your head all day.

/// Brian Blackout