Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks of December based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
2011 is finishing just as it began – exceptionally strong. Our top tracks of December list features some huge names including Dada Life, Swedish House Mafia & Chuckie. Click after the break for our full rundown on the 10 best tracks of December.
10. Serge Devant ft. Coyle Girelli – On Your Own (David Tort Remix)
One of Spain’s top producers, David Tort adds his acid sound to Serge Devant’s “On Your Own” and the result is simply terrific.
9. Kaskade – Turn It Down (Le Castle Vania Remix)
Our top track of September gets a new look with the Le Castle Vania Remix. Widely regarded as the best of a remix package that included works by Nause & Deniz Koyu, this remix is impressive to say the least. It’s not easy to makeover a track as big as “Turn It Down,” yet LCV does an excellent job giving it a sick new Wolgang Gartner-esque drop.
8. Tim Mason – Anima (Original Mix)
If you are looking for straight, progressive anthemic tunes, Tim Mason is your man. A late addition to our December list, “Amina” is a classic Tim Mason production. With driving synths and a huge buildup, this is big-room house at its best.
7. Coldplay – The Scientist (Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman Remix)
This is the second appearance on our top 10 list for the young Swedish duo. They have topped off what has been a groundbreaking year for them with their huge remix of the Coldplay classic “The Scientist.” If you haven’t heard this yet, take a listen and see why we are tipping them to make a major breakthrough in 2012.
6. Chuckie – Who is Ready to Jump? (Dada Life Remix)
The Dada Life guys take Chuckie’s dirty dutch sound, smash it through a meatgrinder, and neatly package it in the discarded intestines of the original mix. The grease here is so thick that you can almost feel your arteries clogging.
5. Tim Berg – Before This Night Is Through (Bad Things) (Original Mix)
Tim Berg, aka the Jekyll to Avicii’s Hyde, strikes again with another fantastically dark tune. “Before This Night Is Through” incorporates everything from exceptionally powerful strings to a break down of surprisingly sweet-sounding electronic notes.
4. Arty & Mat Zo – Mozart (Original Mix)
The young Russian teams up with Matt Zo to deliver a track that demonstrates why he is already at number 30 on our top 50 Artists list. With similar sounding chord progressions to Arty’s “Around The World” and Mat Zo’s “Frequency Flyer,” there’s no way anyone can dislike this track.
3. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote (Original Mix)
Swedish House Mafia experiment with dubstep and depart from their classic progressive sound with this collaboration with Knife Party. People have been worried that the SHM are developing a poppy sound, however, they have proved that they can still create straight fire for even the most difficult-to-please house music elitists.
2. Avicii – Levels (Skrillex Remix)
Just when you thought your ears might explode if you heard someone play Levels (or a Levels remix) for the 9 thousand and 1st time, Skrillex came along and put out a new and exciting version. While dubstep might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it can safely be said that this remix is about twelve million times better than Flo-Rida‘s rendition.
1. Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker (Original Mix)
The Dada boys’ eerily looming, razor-sharp synths and heavy kickdrums give way to a huge, hands-in-the-air drop and, eventually, a breakdown that quiets things down only to bring the bass back in louder than ever. The word “epic” is grossly overused, but it’s completely apt to describe this song. Grab “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” and prepare to rattle your speakers. Bring on 2012.
With entries at number 1 & 6, Dada Life run away with our December DJ/Producer of the Month award!