2009: singles of the year

Three huge winners:

Best Yang: The MFA – Throw It Back (We Will Destroy You) [Border Community]

I’ve been waiting for this New-Order-Meets-James-Holden-and-then-they-all-go-to-New-York-in-1979 masterpiece for FIVE YEARS…and I’m delighted to say that it’s still that good. Throbbing drums, huge pads, ghostly male vocals, and ray of light synth lines; this is everything good about the dance music of the past 40 years.

Best Yin: Elika – You Win Hearts

This track blindsided me on the aforementioned Ulrich Schnauss mixtape, and became a personal fall/winter anthem in no time flat. I maaaybe listened to it every morning on the way to school, usually on repeat, and I never do that. Your mileage may vary, but I’m still in love.

Best Tao: Misstress Barbara – Dance Me To The End Of Love [Iturnmen]

Yep. Still a techno cover of a Leonard Cohen tune. Still a bit of a rip of her ‘Barcelona’ track from two years ago. Still sets dancefloors on fire, against all odds. Still gets me singing along. Still an unquestionable winner.

Honorable Mentions:
Tycho – Coastal Brake [Ghostly]
Nicolas Vallee – Acid Punch [Dusty]
Rcid – Rcid 003 [Elefant]
Blu Mar Ten – If I Could Tell You [Blu Marten]
Marshall Jefferson – Mushrooms (Justin Martin Remix) [Tronic]
Vitalic – Poison Lips [Different]
Phil Kieran – Don’t Look Far Away [Cocoon]