Our global editors pick the releases heard moving clubbers on dance floors around the world in 2015.
DJ Deeon - Freak Like Me (Lee Walker Garage Edit)
After rogue smartphone video of the indomitable Ben Klock closing Dimensions festival emerged online in September, barely a day has gone by without me murdering the falsetto line; “You need a freak like me to make love to your body.”
Presently being hurled out by Innervisions boss Dixon and more or less defining Marco Carola’s Music On closing party this year, this thonging garage reboot of DJ Deeon’s 1996 classic “Freak Like Me” is my track of the year. It narrowly beats out Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s G-house weapon “Sorry I’m Late” and the neurotic would-be drug anthem “Pusher” from UK producer Mark Henning, both of which deserve an honorable mention but can’t quite touch Englishman Lee Walker’s remix.
Yes, that garage-y rubber bass twang hauls the track back to 2013, and it’s true appeal doesn’t dig much deeper than the ineffably infectious topline, but if you’re a peak time banger in the record box of Ben Klock, Dixon and Marco Carola, you’re one of the stand out tracks of the year. - Ross Gardiner, editor, USA
Eric Prydz – Opus (Four Tet Remix)
‘Opus’ certainly lives up to its name. Four Tet’s remix of the progressive anthem is a bit more understated that Prydz’s already mesmerising original, a 10 minute journey of tearing synths and building arpeggios that managed to confuse the hell out of Sunday morning clubbers at Amnesia’s Terrace with it’s grandiose and drawn out build.
It may never eventuate to the bouncy tech-house drop that Ibiza clubbers crave, but it’s a beautiful reminder that anticipation can be just as sweet as release, and it manages to sound as though every second has a purpose, rather than simply seeming self indulgent. - Estelle Gonzalez, editor, Pulse Australia
Black Coffee Ft. Nakane Toure - We Dance Again
Spending three months on South Africa’s iTunes sales charts, with a feature as BBC Radio 1 host Annie Mac’s 3rd Track of the Month for November and playlisted two weeks consquetively on Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 show .Black Coffee’s ‘We Dance Again’ saw traction like few other house tunes in 2015. The track went viral after the “We Dance Again Challenge” took social media by storm, inviting South African celebrities to post their videos and show their moves to the world, steering Coffee’s Pieces Of Me album to platinum status in South Africa within two months of its release date. - Kaelem Fakier, Pulse South Africa
L_cio - People Talk
Released in the middle of 2015 by Gui Boratto’s D.O.C. label, flying under the Kompakt banner, 'People Talk' comes by way of transverse flutist and trained instrumentalist L_cio. The EP was recorded in his own studio in São Paulo with British vocalist Aroop – who travelled to Brazil just for this project – along with Boratto himself, using only electronic drums mixed with a transverse flute, resulting in a true dancefloor shaker. - Anderson Santiago, Pulse Brazil
DJ Koze - XTC
Featuring a pitched down vocal reading from philosophical life guide Life: A Song A Dance on effects of ecstasy by Indian mystic Osho, Koze’s summer smash begins so imperceptibly and beautifully that Sven Väth used it to seamlessly transition from Nils Frahm at Heart Ibiza this summer. And over the course of eight minutes, XTC glides upwards into an immensely powerful, whirling crescendo, leaving listeners breathless. - Chandler Shortlidge, Pulse UK/Europe Editor
Brodinski - Bury Me
Brodinski put his French touch on trap for his debut LP, Brava, with ‘Bury Me’ standing out amongst a slew of dirty tracks as one of the heaviest, with sultry female vocals urging a menacing bass line forward, capped off with sex-heavy rap lyrics, giving this tune the right vibes to get anyone’s booty to shake, grind, and bounce all at the same time. Forget twerking, 'Bury Me' has exactly what’s needed for a sexy dance floor. - Marlina Azmi, Pulse Asia