2014 has been a great year for electronic music, as the EDM rush died down there was a return to quality which is evidenced by the myriad of tunes that didn't make this list. Now, we do not discriminate at playhous; the play-counts on these tracks range from 500 to 5,000,000. So while some tracks obviously had to be included on this list, there are others that you just might have missed. This list spans all the genres that we enjoy and feature on the blog, and is organized in no particular order. If we missed anything, sound off in the comment section!
Mind Against took Christian Löffler's 'All Comes' and crafted one of the most emotionally charged tracks of the year. Making use of the original's vocals, he supplements it with a perfectly sculpted horn synth and pulsing bass-line. If you don't belt out 'I write youuuu a poooem, hoooooooooooooooooome' when you listen to this track, I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you this but you probably don't have a soul.
Maya Jane Coles is one of, if not the most, talented women in the electronic music industry. Time and time again she shows you why she has earned the reputation as one of the leaders of the Deep House scene. Her remix of 'Love Drug' is a clinic on sound design and composition, the end result is a thesis on deepness.
Released via the legendary Metalheadz label, DLR's 'A Sense Of Wanting' did something that most would consider impossible: he crafted a happy, carefree, lighthearted track out of some seriously gnarly synths. This just goes to show the masses, and some of the lead producers in the game, that it's not the sounds you use, it's what you do with it.
Loco Dice is God. His remix of 'Everything' is one of the most intricately crafted tracks that I have experienced; it develops through the entirety of it's near 10 minute run time. It takes some serious guts to pull off a remix like this, and the Desolat/Used & Abused headman did it with ease.
Dense & Pika's 'Lazy Wayne' is one of those tracks that got me off my desk and tangled in my headphone wires; I could not stop dancing. The sample work and metallic percussion elements are laid over a massive bass-line with some dirty, dirty kick drums and a crispy snare punctuating the rhythm. Dense & Pika are an extremely talented duo, their live set in Stuttgart was unlike anything we've experienced. We are beyond stoked that they are back in action.
What can we say about kai li..? You probably don't know him, but you should. His free download 'Tongue Twister', distributed via OneFortyDeep, was one of the most forward thinking Dubstep tracks of the year. Dropped in February, the ripple effect of this track was felt throughout the scene as industry heads took note of his innovative sample work and percussive elements. You got a sub? Then turn it up and slap this track.
Well since you already have your sub turned up, it's time for some grime tings. The Boy Better Know crew went to Jamaica to film this video and they all go in. This tune is made for the trunk, and their nasty boh-boh flow will have heads bopping pretty hardcore. A track that appeals both to the mainstream and underground side of the grime scene. I don't have dreads, but after listening to this track, I'm planning on growing some!
Staying on that grime tip, we have the nastiest beat of 2014 right here. Deeco's 'Launch Base' is mental. There are few words I can come up with to describe this track other than large and its various synonyms. Sound design: on point, composition: on point, vibe: fucking dirty.
Personally, this is my favorite DNB track of the year; Potentially, of all time. Break takes BlurMarTen's 'Break It All Apart' and builds an emotionally charged track featuring the vocals of the original and supplementing it with his relentless percussion work. The melodic piano chords and saxophone lead create a soothing vibe which is juxtaposed by the power of the vocals and bass-line. This track is flawless.
There's not much to say, you knew that this was going to be on the list. Declared track of the year by just about everybody in the industry, Ten Walls' 'Walking With Elephants' is a timeless track that will always been in our hearts and souls. The sublime horn work truly captures the essence of a lumbering herd of one of the most majestic creatures in the wild. This is a track that cannot be outdone.