2017 In Review: Tracks of the Year 20-1

Words by: Susan Howard, Ben Raven, Joe Morris, Stu Todd
Posted: 28/12/17 18:30

Fuse boss Enzo Siragusa at Hyte's Amnesia party.

For the last in our series of features counting down our selection of the year's biggest AND best tracks, we rack up entries from Bicep, Helena Hauff, Four Tet, Camelphat and more.

 

20

Mella Dee 'Techno Disco Tool' (Warehouse Music)

One of the UK's latest techno producers went for the feel good, disco jugular.


19

Oxia ‘Domino (Matador Remix)’ (Sapiens)

The original mix of this 2006 melodic techno classic was an uncredited cover of Patrick Chardronnet's 'Eve By Day.' Matador remixed it back into contention.

18

Helena Hauff ‘Gift” (Ninja Tune)

Hauff channelled Boards of Canada to sublime effect and demonstrated once again why she's one of dance music's most exciting artists.

 

17

KH ‘Question’ (Text)

Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet's record big searching came up trumps on this simple but effective house track that samples the B-Side from a Bobby Powell's 1971 funk classic.

 

16

Yaeji ‘Raingurl’ (Godmode)

Yaeji's part Korean, part English vocals and absorbing deep house chords proved a killer combo in 2017 earning her widespread acclaim in the dance music press. 


15

Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom ‘Relevee (Carl Craig Remix/Slam Rework)’ (Soma)

Massive for DJs like Joseph Capriati and Sven Väth, Slam injected a nuclear kick into this Carl Craig remix classic that was a festival techno highlight all Summer.


14

Gerd Janson & Shan 'Surrender' (Regraded)

Midland's label delivered last year's track of the year and this year delivered another hot disco burner.

 

13

Patrick Topping ‘Be Sharp Say Nowt’ (Hot Creations)

The Hot Creations star delivered a bomb once again for Jamie Jones' Paradise tribe.


12

KiNK ‘Perth’ (Running Back)

The Bulgarian producer wields hardware like a Jedi master and this was a highlight from his latest album, 'Playground.' 

11

PTU ‘A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day’ (Тrip)

Nina Kraviz's Trip label has delivered us more than a few 'wtf' moments in it's short existence but this is one of the label's best.


10

Gene On Earth 'Pulse Mode’ (Limousine Dream)

One of the standout tracks from a sell out vinyl packed with essential cutting edge house cuts.

9

Camelphat ‘Cola’ (Defected)

Radio 1 went crazy for this mainstream vocal house track that was a massive hit in Ibiza.

8

Special Request ‘Brainstorm’ (Houndstooth)

It wouldn't be a Special Request album without a huge piano anthem to add brightness to the dark. 

7

Ricardo Villalobos ‘Widodo’ (a:rpia:r)

Not everything Ricardo Villalobos releases is gold. Where other artists apply a less is more approach to their release schedule, the prolific Villalobos takes the opposite tack and leaves it up to the listener to decide on his best work. 'Widodo' was up there with some of his best and a reminder that we are listening to a master at work.

6

Daphni ‘Vulture’ (Jiaolong)

Featuring in mixes by Ben UFO and Midland as well as his own albums: Joli Mai and his Fabriclive 93 mix compilation, this tension building monster was our favourite from a particularly prolific burst of music from Dan Snaith in 2017 under his Daphni alias.



5

Radio Slave 'Feel The Same (Floorplan Remix 1)' (Rekids)


Robert Hood crushed 2013 and 2014 with his anthemic Aretha Franklin sampling 'Never Grow Old' and he was on similar scintillating peak time form on this remix.

4

Digwah ‘Somethin Else’ (Digwah)

Released over Christmas time in 2016 on a small vinyl release, technically this track belongs to last year. But if judged on plays and represses, this monster track by an anonymous minimal house producer belongs to 2017. A stone cold Ibiza hit.

 

3

Four Tet’ ‘Planets’ (Text)

Kieran Hebden was on the form of his life in 2017 and this was a highlight from his album 'New Energy.'


2

Objekt ‘Theme From Q’ (Objekt)

 

Proving the old maxim that the B-side is always where it's at on a vinyl, Objekt's 'Theme From Q' seemed to be omnipresent in 2017. It eased its way into record shops via a two track 12" on his own label in March. The A-side is no slouch either of course, but the combination of house friendly breaks and a rubbery bass hook on 'Theme From Q' soon plunged deep roots into the sets of DJs like Craig Richards or Ben UFO. It provided moments of fun without being cheesy and tapped into the collective dance music mind that was in search of electro and breaks from dance music's formative years.

1

Bicep ‘Glue’ (Ninja Tune)

Emotive chords, pining rave vocals, and drums that reminisce on the UK's formative breakbeat years, the Belfast duo of Bicep specialise in moments like 'Glue.' Their 2014 collab with Ejeca mined similar territory with the effervescent 'You.' But 'Glue', the lead track from their self titled album, took the duo onto a different plane. The track was everywhere in 2017. It reminded dancefloors of rave classics and electronica legends like Orbital while at the same time sounding fresh and new. It was in essence, a modern day ecstasy record that 2017's honeymooning ravers could call their own.

To start from the top in our roundup of the year's best tunes, click here.


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