The kid is untouchable. A legend. Every over-exaggerated superlative rolled into one. Young Turks debuted this track during their set on Rinse FM. It’s insane. He’s got to be the best producer in the world right now.
2. Battles – Sweetie & Shag (The Field remix)
Quite frankly, this cover art is better than the song and this song will be hard to top for the 2012 year-end list. It’s not very “accessible” but I’m on an ambient/minimalist tip right now so I don’t give a fuck if you think Katy Perry has a better beat.
Making a list of my favorite tracks of this year was as hard as Kim Jong Il’s cold dead corpse. It made me relive memories and meditate on my own odd musical taste. I was able to boil the criteria for this list into one simple formula–”replayability”. The longer I could play a song on repeat without getting sick of it, the higher it was in my rankings. I still haven’t gotten sick of any of the songs in my top 10, even after hundreds, maybe thousands of listens.
Without further ado, my favorite tracks of 2011:
1. M83 – “Midnight City”
This track showed up everywhere from Entourage and How To Make It In America to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It’s the catchiest pop song since MGMT’s “Time To Pretend”. If you have a chance to see Anthony Gonzalez live, it’s one hell of a dance party.
Also, the album art for this single as well as Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming couldn’t be more appropriate. M83 is the soundtrack to my dreams (and the synth in the Midnight City sounds like a mosquito).