UK based record store Juno has just released their Top 50 dance records of 2013, and as expected, it looks a little different from the Beatport Top 50 (And or 100). Of course, Random Access Memories made the list, but it goes way deeper than that.
Why? These are the songs that drove the underground. And odds are they weren't released on MP3 (these previews might be the closest you can find). There was no publicist pushing these tracks, no blog hype, and gasp, no shitzam. . . Just a DJ's ear, a turntable and a dancefloor. Pure fuckin' gold.
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So out of the 50, these are my picks. If I had endless dough I'd buy them all, but I don't, so I'm going to take these up to the counter and separate the musts from the maybes, and then find out what my total is.
To view all 50, visit Juno.co.uk
1. "Never Stray From The Path" DRVG CVLTVRE. Porn Wax Five
This has the dark EBM (yes, EBM) electro sound driving a lot of dance floors right now.
2. "Scorpio Rising" EP - Jay Daniel. Sound Signature
Another deep, reliable EP from Theo Parrish's imprint.
3. "Black Rox 2" EP - Black Rox. White Label
Disco re-edit record with an afro sounds better cut and a spacey disco rock track on the flip.
4. "The Fuck Off Track" - Dungeon Meat. My Love Is Underground Records
Some left field deep house with crazy sounds. Only music like this is on wax. Check the flip.
5. "Air Glow Fires" EP - Lone. R&S
Smooth downtempo with a broken beat from an always reliable label.
6. "Harlem Ache" EP - SQUAREDHEAD. Mannucci's Mistress Records
Don't get it twisted, this is deep house music.
7. Italojohnson 7 EP - Italojohnson. Italojohnson Records
First, the EP is called "Italojohnson". Second, the tracks are fire.
8. Tuff Cut #002 - Late Night Tuff Guy. Tuff
Ain't nobody but Chaka indeed. This is re-edit muy perfecto.
9. "Let No Man Clash" Moplen/The Reflex. Lumberjacks
Disco goodness on the frontside. That's the track to play.
10. "Waterfall Variation" RRose. EAUX
Some dark and intense techno to close it out- this 12" comes with free grime.