Anjunadeep has really created a niche for themselves, housing some of the best in deep, melodic grooves with countless tunes from respected names names like Above & Beyond, Andrew Bayer, Jody Wisternoff, and of course Lane 8. Majestic effects over a warm echoing vocal help your worries wisp away. Need we say more? Pick up Be Mine on Beatport today.
You just can’t go wrong with German powerhouse duo Tube & Berger this year. What began as a selfless idea In Africa led to a deeper meaning of what it meant to be “an artist." Tube & Berger have left more than an Imprint Of Pleasure on the dance community; they’ve provided us with organically grown, atmospheric melodies with a enlivened sense of character.
Underground underdog to some, yet one of the most artistic and experimental artists out there to others, one thing is for sure: Bonobo knows no boundaries. Simon Green stepped into the limelight in 2013 with the release of his fifth studio album The North Borders which features thirteen whimsical gems like Antenna and Heaven For The Sinner featuring Erykah Badu, with production that’s soft to the touch and pleasing to the ear. For something completely out of the electronic norm, pick up Bonobo’s Late Night Tales compilation released last month on Ninja Tune.
Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell, aka Dusky, are a toast to the UK underground and a breath of fresh air for those that like serene, sophisticated house music. Mr Man is just one of many enchanting grooves carried by the popular Anjunadeep label. Known for their whispering synths and ethereal instrumentals that effortlessly carry you away into deep house heaven, Dusky always manages to one-up themselves with every release. Pick up Mr Man on Beatport before the year is up.
House music veteran Green Velvet never ceases to electrify our dancing shoes with unforgettable tunes like La La Land, The Stalker, and this year’s hard-hitting release, Bigger Than Prince. This EP came fully equipped with two expertly crafted remixes which made it tough to choose best, but Hot Since 82 definitely had us walking around like we were bigger than Prince in 2013. Pick up the Bigger Than Prince EP out now on Circus Recordings.
Hailing from Halle, Germany, Monkey Safari let their presence be known with their dancefloor fortifying Fusion 2012 set, which paved the way for 2013 breakthrough track Coming Down to satisfy all of our deep house needs. Soft piano keys, a deep bass groove, and vocals that melt your senses make for a memorable “year’s best" tune. Tiesto gave a try to the remix, but nothing beats the original.
At the close of 2013 we must raise our glasses to Duke Dumont for giving us a track that we one hundred percent needed on our end of the year chart. Together with A*M*E, Need You (100%) was definitely one of the catchiest tunes of the year, with vocals full of spunk and soul, and a beat hard not to bounce along to–it was even nominated for a Grammy. Pick up Need You (100%) here, and take a sneak peek into Duke’s latest baby-making melody, I Got You.
2013 was definitely a breakthrough year for Maya Jane Coles, the queen of deep, emotive, and mystifying sound. The release of her debut artist album Comfort on self-made imprint I/AM/ME was just one of many successes for the UK-based 25 year-old, who swept us off our feet in 2012 with She’s On Fire, and this year created a permanent place in our hearts (and iPods) with Everything, just one of 12 tracks off the album that we found “comfort" in. Pick up Comfort here.
If you ever need a vacation away from your everyday life, one listen to Ninetoes‘ Finder will bring you to a tropical land of sunshine, palm trees, and all the conga drums your heart and ears could desire. The most Shazam-ed track in Ibiza this summer, Finder will have you shimmying with all ten toes on the dancefloor (or in the sand). Pick up Finder plus the powerful tech-infused remixes, out now on Kling Klong Records.
2013 was the year Lithuanian producer Ten Walls reinvented deep and tech house for the future. Built around the concept of taking the focus off the DJ and letting the music speak for itself, expertly-crafted percussion and droning soundscapes have brought the artist much success this year. If you set foot on a dancefloor sometime in the last twelve months, then you were captured by the technical prowess of Gotham, Requiem, and Ankaris. Pick up Ten Walls’ Gotham EP on Innervisions and his most recent work, Requiem, out now on Life & Death.
If you own ears then you know that the soundtrack for Spring 2013 festival season for the underground lover was Tale Of Us’ Another Earth, a progressive outer space symphony built around distorted bass, galactic synths, and a menacing organ that send your senses on a cosmic roller-coaster of sound. 2013 saw Another Earth make its way into countless live sets from artists like Art Department, Jamie Jones, and now it’s making it’s way onto your iPod–pick up Another Earth EP on Beatport, our now on M_nus.
This year has seen English duo Disclosure grow from slightly unknown garage house band to global electronic music phenomenon. The 2012 release of Tenderly/Flow shed some light on the group, but it was the 2013 release of their first studio album, Settle that debuted #1 on the UK chart, housed huge singles like White Noise, You & Me, and Help Me Lose My Mind, and landed them a Grammy nomination. You can stream Settle for free, or purchase a copy on iTunes.
Since Another Earth owned the first quarter of 2013, Italian-born/Berlin-based duo Tale Of Us had to birth another eerie tech house gem to destroy dancefloors at the close of the year, so they took Mano Le Tough‘s indie/disco beauty Primative People and turned it into a spine-tingling storm of tantalizing synths and haunting vocals. Pick up the original and our favorite Tale Of Us remix before 2013 comes to a close.
The award for track you simply could not get out of your head for weeks on end goes to Hot Natured featuring the very animated Anabel Englund with Reverse Skydiving. Following the massive success of Reverse Skydiving and followup tune Electricity came the highly-anticipated release of Hot Natured’s full length studio album, Different Side Of The Sun. For the perfect eStocking stuffer, pick up the album here, and don’t forget the Reverse Skydiving remixes featuring edits from Deetron, Shadow Child, and Robert James.
The step heard ’round the world was Rachel Row’s blissful echoes in Justin Martin’s take on Follow The Step. Anything under the Defected name is golden, and the same goes for dirtybird player Justin Martin, whose productions hit hard on the dancefloor. A few others gave a try at remixing this fan favorite, but Mr. Martin nailed it. Pick up the year’s best deep house tune here.