I have a very chill playlist here for you today. It’s winter, dontcha know, so do your cozy winter things and put this on and smile.
I think it’s pretty cool that out of 10 songs, 8 of these are original tracks. While I love remixes to the moon and back, all these original songs coming out show the true strength of the electronic talent these days.
This playlist is 11 tracks because I had to include the Soulwax remix of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” There’s not much to say about the man that hasn’t been said in the past week, so all I’m gonna say is that he was a special man and he will live on forever through the music that he inspired and the genres he affected and the way he made us feel.
He gave us permission to be weird when we needed it most, and it changed the world.
Mixes and sets are what make the electronic world go round. I don’t normally share them with you guys—this is Songs to Dance to after all—but I spend a large chunk of my time listening to them, zoning out to them, dancing to them, smiling to them, working to them, et cetera. Mixes are a great way to discover new music, both because of the DJ’s tastes and their friendships with producers who’ll slip them a track before release (sometimes years before they are available even, cough Joy Orbison cough).
There were thousands upon thousands of sets, mixes and podcasts this year, and I heard maybe 1% of them. Of that 1%, these are the 15 that I liked most. Enjoy.