My friend A. says I need to act my age and only listen to music from my youth like everyone else does. I'm not like everyone else. So here are my top upbeat tracks of 2016. The downbeat list is coming soon!
You can peruse individual tracks below (and read my overcaffeinated descriptions thereof) or listen to a YouTube playlist of all the tracks here.
These tracks are available (at a minimum) at iTunes or Beatport.
This track is a soft sandy beach with jutting peaks of granite, a glorius fusion of shoegazer and drum et bass. Prolly my fave of the year.
Another excellent too-moody-for-booty rock opera track by Thom and crew with impeccable timing. "This is a low-flying panic attack." Theme song for 2016?
Moody, mildly funky, and propelled forward into darkness.
Of the same ilk as the previous track but with a tasteful touch of late-80s nostalgia. Music by accountants (but cool accountants).
Now for some full-on electro-funk from long-time musicmaker Tiga. The bass that drops like your stomach after a three-hour Torchy's binge.
Dynamic upbeat/downbeat loungy track with a bipolar edge.
Jeezlouise I love moody music. This track is the gray sky behind the naked fingers of a tree reaching for Spring.
Is electroclash making a comeback? This goofy little track accurately traps punky guitar angst among the quantized goose steps of a digital work station.
There's a geisha. She's carefully raking the small, rounded gravel of her Zen garden into broad curves echoing the shores of greenery.
A wonderful Thanksgiving dinner of deep house and drum and bass with lumpy dollops of dubstep. Please pass the pepper!
A stone-cold floor thumper with a touch of blues to melt the frost.
This is another one of those late-80s flashback tracks. This one channels the mellower side of a-ha onto modern dancefloors.
I'm a sucker for chopped-up vocal sounds. The vocals on this track have been slap-chopped into a beautiful mush.
Dusky keeps it chunky and thick like Gryla's Christmas stew (with yet another dash of a-ha era vocals).
I love Andrew Sisters-era big band tunage and (obviously) I love electronic music, so combos of the two leave me on the ground quivering with a clothespin in my mouth to keep from chewing my tongue. This is also a happy glitch hop track to end the list. There's hope for the future, right? Right?