Friday, December 22, 2006

Twelve best tracks of 2006

Here are my twelve best tracks of 2006. These are the ones I hummed over and over in my head and always looked forward to hearing on my stereo or radio show. They are in no particular order, since they all totally rock. Beatport probably sells 'em all.

Mike Monday - Bhalobashi (Simple) The happiest track of the year. Doppelwhipper and You Are Here came close, but this one wins. Joyous electrohouse.

Ame - Rej (Sonar Kollektiv) Well, duh. Wicked progressive house. Crazy, fast melody. Huge hit.

Ellen Allien and Apparat - Jet (Bpitchcontrol) Probably the best emotional techno of 2006. The remixes by Paul Kalkbrenner and Ben Klock are excellent too.

Djuma Soundsystem - Les Djinns (Trentemoller mix) (Get Physical) Trentemoller had another great year, which is shocking, considering his output in 2005 was also excellent. This track had a simple, bass-heavy breakbeat and an awesome synth melody.

Extrawelt - 8000 (Traum) Progressive house? Techno? Somewhere in between? Another slice of melodic techno genius.

Booka Shade - In White Rooms (Get Physical) Catchy as a sticky baseball.

Switch - A Bit Patchy (Eric Prydz mix) (Data) On the first few listens I thought this was a good remix. After a few more, I realized it was genius. Prydz took the quick orchestra stabs of the original, changed it into a cooing wordless female vocal and halved the speed. Once I figured it out, amazing.

The Orb - God Less America/Gorgeous (Kompakt Extra) Heavy, stomping funk. Who knew The Orb had it in them?

Thomas Melchior & Luciano - Father (Cadenza) Twelve minutes of the same drum loop. Or is it?

Martin Landsky - 1000 Miles (Poker Flat) Honking techno!

Audiojack - Robot This is how you work a filter.

Nathan Fake - You Are Here (Fort Dax remix) (Border Community) Blinder! Great melody, with an orchestra going totally nuts.