Rolling Stone let loose its first end of the year ranking with the ‘50 Best Albums of 2013,’ and Daft Punk took a top-three spot with Disclosure and Avicii also making the cut. For the ’100 Best Songs of 2013,’ the robots make way to the top honor as the collaborative single with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky,” is named Rolling Stone’s number one song of the year. Daft Punk presence doesn’t end there; Random Access Memories‘ “Instant Crush” falls to number 58 and productions for Kanye West “Black Skinhead” and “I Am A God” coming in at 3 and 65, respectively.
Disclosure’s high-ranking Settle receives another accolade with “When A Fire Starts To Burn” ranked as the fifth best song of 2013 and lead single ”White Noise” hitting the 63 hole. Also honored on Rolling Stone‘s annual list, James Blake’s “Retrograde” takes the top 10 at number 8, Avicii’s smash “Wake Me Up” reaches a 26 slot, and Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” charts at 76.
With 2014 only weeks away, Rolling Stone visits this concluding year in music with the ranking of the 50 Best Albums of 2013. It’s been a strong year for electronic music, in terms of albums, as the genre as spawned more full-length records, while also raising the bar on quality, than in previous years.
Perhaps the most hyped release in all of music this year, Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories is the standout electronic album on the list, ranking third only behind Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City and Kanye West’s Yeezus (which has the duo credited twice in the top three due to their production on a bulk of the record.)
Next in line is another not-so-surprising list occupation. Disclosure‘s Settle ranks high amongst the year’s top offerings at number 13, coming ahead of top 20 commercial successes such as Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold imprint also gets a nod, with rapper Danny Brown slotting in at 17.
Deeper in the shuffle, Avicii finds his debut album, True, toward the bank end ranking at 45. The positioning of his indisputable top-50 selection gives Avicii his fair shake, beating out albums from Franz Ferdinand and M.I.A.
While Le Youth is still in the midst of making a name for himself among the dance music community, his latest rendition of Disclosure‘s “Voices” may be the extra push needed. Wes James’ describes his own style as “90s sounds refracted through a thoroughly modern aesthetic…Breezy California vibes touched by a twist of European flair and an air of mystery.” James’ execution of “Voices” is precisely as construed. 90′s house meets garage as the the two genres fuse together so organically that it’s difficult to decide which of the two versions is better. While the original consists of the signature Disclosure sound with mellow, down to earth, and funky garage elements, Le Youth exhibits a more energetic, chic twist with the perfect ratio of rapid piano keys and poppy percussion.
Back with vengeance after a landmark first year, We Are FSTVL returns as a two-day event to Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome in Upminster on August 25-26 with a jam-packed line-up of essential dance talents from across the globe. Whilst Saturday’s line-up is dominated by Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Chuckie and Cazzette, it is the likes of Fatboy Slim, Solomun and Duke Dumont that keep the momentum ticking for Sunday’s mainstage action. Stage hosting duties come from Defected In The House, Paradise, Cocoon, Circo Loco and RAM alike, making the seemingly impossible culmination of Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Camo & Krooked, Nina Kraviz, Andy C and Kryder a surefire landmark on the British festival circuit. Given last year’s triumphant sell-out stature, this bank holiday weekend extravaganza provides an early and eclectic reason to look forward to warmer times and an impressive summer soundtrack. Grab early bird tickets now and hit more to see the full line-up in all its glory.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
Back in September Disclosure confirmed that they were working with legendary Chic front man Nile Rodgers on a forthcoming track. Not content to sit on their laurels after the rampant success of their debut album Settle, the Lawrence brothers brought Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes into the studio along with Nile to create the appropriately titled “Together.” The result is nothing short of spectacular.
Smith’s penchant for melancholic and lust-filled vocals has already proven to be the perfect compliment to Disclosure’s bubbly garage aesthetics, and the addition of Rodger’s slick guitar licks only amplify the sultry and seductive elements of the talented duo’s slow-brewed groover.
One of, if not the, hottest names in electronic music in 2013 has been none other than the English duo, Disclosure. Helping revive a fading UK garage scene, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have advanced this club sound back on the map. Riding the success of their debut album, Settle, Disclosure channels their inner deep side into their new tune, “Apollo.” Apparent right away, the signature garage shuffling high-hats on a hard 4/4 kick introduces some hauntingly sweet female vocal samples. As soon as you think your goosebumps are gone, the dynamic bassline creeps in with a powerful sliding rhythm. The ominous vibe of the song’s breaks compliment the transitions back to the downbeat perfectly, as deeper house compositions should.
AC Entertainment is just a few days away from bringing some serious noise to downtown Asheville, NC. Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is a three day festival that brings not only a staggeringly diverse lineup, but a panel of talks and seminars hosted by artists and other figures throughout the weekend. Dance music fans are certain to recognize bass headliners Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, and indie electronic breakthrough act Disclosure and deep house guru Claude VonStroke further add to the festival’s list of eye-catching names. Though Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is bringing some of the world’s leading talent to the Asheville scene, there are some smaller print talents that you shouldn’t miss if you’re attending the festival this weekend.
Tucked away in North Carolina, the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is in its inaugural year. Unlike the typical festival headliners, this festival is unique in its curated lineup of artists. We cover a few in depth below – artists that have gone under the mainstream radar.
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It’s not just anyone who can remix Kendrick Lamar, Aphex Twin and Disclosure, but Austin-bred Bird Peterson has risen to the self-assigned challenge. The Teenage Riot Records label manager is already acclaimed for his uncanny ability to marry southern rap with synths in his Mad Decent-supported Drankenstein project, but one look at his SoundCloud shows no genre immune from the Bird Peterson treatment. Disclosure’s “Second Chance” is the most recent in a long line of reworks, and while the substance stays the same the remix adds some intergalactic flavor with a wobble layer for kicks. If you too are binging on all things Lawrence brothers, the remix is available for free download.