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Fresh top 92 2010

27 Jan

An alternate countdown ran this Australia Day, ever so slightly smaller, but still I’m sure people tuned in to Adelaide’s Fresh FM top 92 of 2010. Here are the results:

1 Warp 1.7 The Bloody Beetroots
2 Streetgirls Tocadisco
3 You & I Medina
4 Ghosts n Stuff Deadmau5 Ft Rob Swire
5 Heads Will Roll Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6 Angel On My Shoulder Kaskade
7 Sexy Chick David Guetta Ft Akon
8 Bonkers Dizzee Rascal/Armand Van Helden
9 Killer Jean Elan
10 Reality Shane Cross
11 aNYway Duck Sauce
12 Darling Heart Well Being
13 Shooting Stars Bag Raiders
14 Riverside Sidney Samson
15 I Remember Deadmau5/Kaskade
16 Raindrops Sash/Stunt
17 In The Air TV Rock Ft Rudy
18 Warrior Dance The Prodigy
19 Let The Bass Kick In Miami Chuckie vs LMFAO
20 Tik Tok Kesha
21 Wherever Stafford Brothers/Hoxton Whores
22 I’m In The House Steve Aoki
23 Bulletproof La Roux
24 I Think I Like It Fake Blood
25 Let Me Be Real Fedde Le Grande
26 Still Standing Hilltop Hoods
27 Madagascar 2009 Art Of Trance
28 Escape Me Tiesto
29 Secret Lover Private
30 Sweet Disposition Temper Trap
31 I Like That Richard Vission
32 See The Sun Matt Darey
33 Empire State Of Mind Jay Z
34 Need Me To Stay Tommy Trash/ Mr Wilson
35 One Love David Guetta
36 Tell Your Story Walking Sarah McLeod
37 Club Action Yo Majesty
38 Shockone Polygon Ft Reija Lee
39 Fine Without You Armin Van Buuren
40 Flashback Calvin Harris
44 Sometimes Miami Horror
59 Just A Friend Of Mine Zoot Woman
60 If You Knew Chris Lake
61 I Will Be Here Tiesto & Sneaky Sound System
76 Only Love Way Out West
78 This Must Be It Royksopp
80 You’ve Changed Lauren Flax ft. Sia

I was pleased to see Duck Sauce and Zoot Woman make it in, but where was Not Alone?!

2009! #15-#11

28 Dec

15 Tony Roballo – When I Call You

This Brasillian DJ is still fairly unknown and I’m waiting for him to burst into the scene. When I Call You sounds just like an electro-house track straight out of the New York underground with a slight hint of Latino in the vocals. I’ve heard a small amount of his stuff, but all of it is high quality electro-house with really funky vocals and beats over the top that make you want to dance instantly. It would just be nice if his stuff was a little easier to find…but definitely worth the hunt.

Tony Roballo – When I Call You

14 Phoenix – 1901

Of course this French four piece had us all hooked back in 2006 with Long Distance Call from their second album It’s Never Been Like That, but it hasn’t been until this year that they’ve really made the big time, and when I say big time, I mean huge time. The success Phoenix have experienced all over the world in the past year has been mind-blowing and much delayed. Their cool style of pop-rock seems effortless, smoothed over with backing synth and catchy vocals. 1901 is another contender for summer/festival anthem of the year. Easy to listen to and impossible to hate, it will have everyone in a good mood.

Phoenix – 1901

13 La Roux – Bulletproof

I have to admit, this song dropped a several places in the countdown the day the UK duo dropped out of their set at Adelaide Parklife, filling the festival with a strong sense of hatred. But it’s still extremely difficult to stay mad at such a catchy, happy, synth-fuelled song. La Roux have burst onto the scene this year with a range of addictive synth-focused songs accompanied by the soft vocals of the fiery redhead, but Bulletproof stands out as the best by far. The video clip is also well worth a viewing in its cool geometric element.

La Roux – Bulletproof Video Clip

La Roux – Bulletproof

12 Fagget Fairys – Feed The Horse

This Danish lesbian duo know how to make good music. They are somewhere between ghetto funk and electro pop. With dirty, sex driven vocals and catchy electro basslines to back, Feed The Horse is nice little number for the dance floor and very open to remix abuse. I personally recommend the Gambit edit. This song isn’t as ghetto as their other tracks, a bit more electronicy, enough said, now just listen.

Fagget Fairys – Feed The Horse (Gambit Edit)

Fagget Fairys – Feed The Horse

11 Zoot Woman – Live In My Head

With their second entry in the countdown I can’t get enough of these guys. They have a seriously cool and addictive sound and the album Things Aren’t What They Used To Be is full with it, making it well worth the five year wait. This song is particularly passionate, bordering synthpop and rock. Choosing which of their songs to put in the top 50 for 2009 was really difficult because they’re all amazing and I didn’t want to put in anymore than two, but this one is a standout, so make sure you take the time to listen if you haven’t already.

Zoot Woman – Live In My Head

2009! #45-#41

22 Dec

Continuing the countdown to 2009….But firstly I’d like to take this oppurtunity to also announce the worst song of the year; hands down, “Boom Boom Pow” – Black Eyed Peas. We never expect anything great from the BEP, but this time they really outdid themselves on the shit scale, so well done guys, get ready for the track to be filtered down to “hits-for-kids” style compilations all over the globe!

45 Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

Danish electro-pop trio, Whomadewho, always have an element have of fun in their music, along with a sophisticated blend of funkpunk, nu-wave, disco and the odd cover. This track is no exception. Off the hit 2008 album, The Plot, this down-tempo track has mesmorising vocals and guitar, making it a nice little background tune to chillout to. The videoclip is kind of strange but worth a look also and as well as quite a few good remixes, I reccommend the Max Pask one, which the gives the track a real disco feel.

Whomadewho – Keep me In My Plane (Videoclip)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane (Max Pask Remix)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

44 Boys Noize – Jeffer

Off the German producer’s hit full length, Power, Jeffer is definitely a club anthem for 2009. Boy Noize’s dicey style of electro is always sure to procude something special on the dancefloor. Jeffer is particular has an upbeat sound that builds the whole way through with lots of chop, squeaky sounds and sharp angles. I don’t think that anything will ever be as good as his remix of Phantom II, but this definitely puts him back on the money, with similar progression and stabby electro sounds, but also complented with some jerky vocals. But what I find most clever is how Alex Ridha can master the big club electro sound like this as well as more minimalist and progressive sounds featured in Nott and his remix of Florence and the Machine’s “Drumming Song.” This Berlina (can I use that word?) is a well talented DJ and producer and should not be missed at Future Music in Australia early next year.

Boys Noize – Jeffer

43 Zoot Woman – Saturation

We had to wait six years for the new Zoot Woman album, but as anticipated, it was well worth it. The smooth and gentle synth-pop band have hit another winner with their latest album, Things Are What They Used To Be, making it very difficult to choose which songs to put into the countdown. It’s interesting to know that the band was formed by Stuart Price, music director of Madonna, and aka Les Rhythm Digitales, Jacques Lu Cont and Pur Homme. Saturation makes the perfect sophisticated pop song, it has good development and anticipation build up, a nice blend of instruments and sounds. These guys are definitely one of the most underrated bands around.

Zoot Woman – Saturation

42 Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension

Former Strokes lead singer, Julian Casblancas, is one of those guys who just reeks of cool. As much as I liked the Strokes, I think they held him back, as with his solo career, he has unleashed a completely different style of music, blending a lot more synth, percussion and electro-pop into his music. 11th Dimension makes for a great pop song; it’s fun, synthie, adverturous and a little bit 80s. As usual, Casablancas employs an effortlessly cool style of vocals that really grabs your attention and assures you that the song has a very deep meaning even if you’re not sure what it is. To top it all off, this song is even quite dancey! His debut solo albums, “Phrazes for the Young“, released in November is defnitely worth a listen.

Julian Casblancas – 11th Dimension

41 The Juan Maclean – Happy House

The Juan Maclean is fairly new to me this year, but I already love their minimalist synthie sound in this epic chillout, nu-disco style track, to which LCD Soundsystem’s, Nancy Whang does the vocals. Borrrowing his signiture sound from the early 90s house scene, the Juan Maclean produces an upbeat happy track that also encourages a slightly melancholy feeling through its nostalgic undertone. Despite the length and reptitiveness of the track, you can listen and enjoy every minute of the build and rotation of sounds and Whang’s sweet and harminous vocals. This is another one of those songs that you want to listen to, dancing in an exclusive underground club with your fancy and pricey cocktail sitting on the bar waiting for you (watching it carefully to make sure it’s not spiked of course!)

The Juan Maclean – Happy House