Pulse Radio's Top 50 Tracks of 2013: Top Ten

Pulse Radio's Top 50 Tracks of 2013: Top Ten

2013 has been quite a year for dance music. We've seen house tunes hit the top of both Beatport's charts and the UK charts, and a massive merge of indie, synth pop, ambient and retro with house and techno, as well as a slight blend of pop into UK house, bringing the underground ever closer to it's nemisis, the spotlight. And if minimal was king in 2003, a decade on, melodies have taken center stage, with labels like Innervisions sweeping everyone up in its mighty grasp. So we asked our staff writers and contributors from around the globe to vote on their selections for the top tracks of 2013, and we hope the following list does the year justice. Here we count down our top ten (Read 50-11 here).

#10: Adesse - Baayi - Prime Numbers

London's January bleakness was eased somewhat with the a various artists EP on Prime Numbers featuring Adesse' debut release on Trus'me's imprint. A timeless vocal sat atop an intricately shifting track showed that there was plenty to be said for intelligent, timeless and poignant house music that was as much of a pleasure to listen to as to dance to. [James Huxley] 

#9: Todd Terje - Strandbar - Olsen Records

 

Terje's percussive samba groove has summer written all over it, with a piano riff straight from the '90s, and a rhythm guaranteed to shake asses on any floor it hit. Even though Terje seems to steer clear of Ibiza, the season wouldn't have been the same without hearing this one while sipping a mojito next to the beach. - [Chandler Shortlidge]

#8: Mano Le Tough - Primative People (Tale Of Us Rmx) - Permanent Vacation

Though it's on Permanent Vacation, a set from any of the Innervisions crew this year wasn't complete without this melodic winder, ripping parties like Circoloco at DC-10 and We Love... Space to pieces all season this year. With is shimmering melodies, undulating, edgy bass and haunting vocals,  "Primitive People" can be counted as one of the indelible marks these artists have made on dance music so far in their careers. - [Chandler Shortlidge]

#7: Matthew Dear - Fighting Is Futile (KiNK, Benoit & Sergio, Seth Troxler Rmxs) - Ghostly

An extremely strong package, with three producers at the top of their game adding uniqe takes on Dear's wonky house hybrid. Kink opting for a foot stamps and air punches, Seth taking things down a brooding late night path, while Benoit & Sergio give an altogether more optimistic spin on things, making modern day balearica. Why can't all EPs have this level of quality control? - [James Huxley]

#6: Dusky - Careless - Aus Music

UK duo Dusky's "Careless" made massive waves this year after gatecrashing the top spot on Beatport's Overall chart, signaling a possible shift in mainstream attitudes towards house. While the track itself might not have any major standout features aside from its lush bass line, the track’s one possible weakness became its strength, having found its way into almost every big jock's crate this year, no doubt helping it become one of 2013's most memorable. - [Chandler Shortlidge]

#5: Pattern Drama - Girar O Mundo (Eric Volta's Introverted Melancolia Mix) - Touch Of Class

 Eric Volta's Introverted Melancolia Mix of "Girar O Mundo" is one of those tracks that's so innovative, it almost defies categorization. The low slung bass line that runs through the length of the track ties everything together nicely, but it's the strings and wandering piano at the top end of the track that take this song to an entirely new level. Hit play and hear all the amazing things that are possible when the right analog sounds are paired up with a brilliant 
composition and masterful production work. - [Chris Danks]

#4: Tessela - Hackney Parrot (Inc Special Request Vip Mix) Poly Kicks

A serious contender for producer of the year, Paul Woolford aka Special Request turned heads this summer, tampering with Tessella’s already essential ‘Hackney Parrot’ – with thundering results. Working those crisp drums, meaning-it subwoofer and rousing diva vocal samples into an out and out dancefloor weapon, Woolford is a master at building and releasing tension. Do we need to mention those absolutely necessary rewinds? It’s fucking heavy. - [Charlotte Dunkley]

#3: The Mole - Lock Down Party (DJ Sprinkles Crossfaderama Rmx) - Perlon

DJ Sprinkles unique production touch seemed to strike a chord across the board as he went in Chi-town styles, extending the original across almost 12 minutes. Stuttered vocal chants, howels, and that bassline meant that this was a firm favourite for the latter part of 2013, and reminder if any were needed that Perlon, The Mole and Sprinkles are all forces to be reckoned with. - [James Huxley]

#2: Guy Gerber & Clarian - Claire - Visionquest

Montreal's Clarian, who's also one half of synth-pop duo Footprintz, teams up with occasional glove enthusiast and full time progressive house/melodica maestro Guy Gerber for "Claire," a bubbling house groove with an indie spirit that’s just right early morning sunrises on the playa or peak time Pacha for Guy’s successful trip-fest, Wisdom Of The Glove. Like Guy’s shimmering hand piece, it’s both unique and mysterious, and on the right hand, fits perfectly. - [Chandler Shortlidge]

Clarian and Guy Gerber's 'Claire' takes the listener on a sublimely introspective gem of a journey. Bewitchingly beautiful, it encapsulates the blissful first blush of dawn after even the bleakest of nights. - [Reisa Shanaman]

#1: Green Velvet - 'Bigger Than Prince' (Hot Since 82 Remix & Martinez Brothers Rmx) - Circus Recordings

  

The track that took Ibiza by storm this year, Green Velvet's smash hit got separate but equal treatment by Hot Since 82 and The Martinez Brothers, both putting their own memorable touch on the track creating the strongest EP of the year. Hot Since 82's mix grumbles with thumping attitude, bouncing and bumping with a rhythm all its own, while The Martinez Brothers put their slick, sleek techno sensibilities on their side, pushed right along by the brother's uncanny flair for booty shaking percs, topped off with Chris Martinez's sweat inducing whisper vocals, reminding you why dark, dirty nightclubs are sometimes better places to dance than their bigger, flashier cousins. It's the whole package, and trots in easily for our top track of 2013. [Chandler Shortlidge]

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