Another year has come and gone! 2013 was undoubtedly a great year for music, and nowhere was this more apparent than in the deep and tech house scene, which has enjoyed its own renaissance period as of late. Well, it’s that time of year again where most major EDM blogs are compiling their top DJ lists of 2013, and here at Only the Beat we’ve decided that the internet needs at least one more. Choosing a top 10 DJ list can be somewhat arbitrary and specific to one’s particular musical tastes, so instead I’ve compiled a list of the top tracks that ruled the deep and tech world from Ibiza to New York. By no means comprehensive, this list attempts to distill a list that could surely number in the hundreds down to just 10. I present the top 10 Deep/Tech tracks of 2013:
10. Maya Jane Coles – Everything (Original Mix)
2013 was a big year for the Queen of the Underground. Particularly, Maya Jane Coles
celebrated the release of her debut, full-length studio album in July, titled Comfort,
and reminded her fans why she is the reigning queen of those gritty and bouncy deep house grooves. “Everything” delivers exactly this along with some hauntingly beautiful vocals that are sure to have you listening to this on repeat.
9. Ten Walls – Requiem (Original Mix)
Ten Walls, one of Mario Basanov’s aliases, had a breakout year with the release of his Gotham EP on Dixon’s Innervisions label and his Requiem EP on Manfredi Romano and Greg Oreck's Life & Death label. Ten Walls’ most recent success, “Requiem,” has become a staple of most deep and tech house sets around the world, and its not hard to see why! For a slightly different take on “Requiem” be sure to check out Scumfrog’s edit
8. Dusky – Careless (Original Mix)
There is no doubt that 2013 was Dusky
’s year. Leaving their old moniker, Solarity, far behind, the DJ and production duo has achieved widespread success with many of their releases making it into the top spots in Beatport’s Deep House chart. The duo’s consistent deliverance of quality house tracks combined with their crossover appeal with other segments of the EDM scene (for instance, they were heavily featured on this year’s Anjunadeep 05 compilation) made for one of the dance music scene’s biggest success stories in 2013.
7. Duke Dumont feat. Ame – Need U 100% (Original Mix)
You can always expect a classic house vibe from the likes of Duke Dumont
, and “Need U 100%” is no exception to this rule. With catchy vocals and an undeniably funky breakdown, this track has been firing up dance floors all year long. If you like this track, be sure to check out Duke Dumont’s “The Giver” (Tiga Remix) as well.
6. Breach vs. Ron Costa – Jack vs. Gez Uri (Eats Everything Rebeef)
This summer, Breach’s ever popular track, “Jack,” took the deep and tech house scene by storm with its seductive lyrics, but it was Eats Everything’s rebeef that really gave the track that extra punch. Infusing the original with his signature Dirtybird
bass, Eats Everything delivered one of those tracks that would have you smiling from ear to ear each time you heard it on the dance floor. If you like this sound, then I would recommend giving a listen to Justin Jay’s “Static,”
another track that is a perfect exemplar of the Dirtybird style.
5. Hot Natured feat Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving (Shadow Child Remix)
2013 saw a huge leap forward in the careers of both Hot Natured (comprised of house music maestros Jamie Jones
, Lee Foss, Luca C, and Ali Love) and Shadow Child, a leap which is on full display in this infectious house anthem. With Shadow Child’s remix muscles being put to good use and the release of Hot Natured’s debut, full-length studio album, Different Sides of the Sun
, these talented producers should stay on your radar as we head into 2014.
4. Mano Le Tough – Primative People (Tale of Us Remix)
Another breakout act of 2013 was found in Tale of Us, who, along with Mano Le Tough, gave us this beast of a track that became a fixture of most deep and tech house sets throughout the festival circuit this past summer. Let this chilling track take you down the rabbit hole, so to speak, and experience the true meaning of deep!
3. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub)
Legendary house producer MK (or Marc Kinchen) has had quite the year indeed, with quality release after quality release, proving to us once again why he belongs in any top 10 list. Having made his DJing debut within the last few years only, despite his decades of producing, MK has illustrated that his brand of classic house will never become irrelevant. If his warm house grooves and soulful vocals don’t do it for you, then what else will?
2. Tiga vs. Audion – Let’s Go Dancing (Solomun Remix)
While the original mix and the Maya Jane Coles
remix of “Let’s Go Dancing” are equally as fantastic, the Solomun remix is the most subtle, yet versatile of the three versions of the track and therefore nabs the number 2 spot on my list. Any variation of this track was sure to drive fans wild when dropped, but Solomun’s remix had the unique ability to take us to levels at a depth that we hardly knew possible. Oh, and the lyrics are catchy too!
1. Green Velvet - Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)
No surprise here: the number 1 spot goes to Green Velvet
’s incredibly anthemic track, “Bigger Than Prince.” With lyrics like this, who wouldn’t get pulled in by its cheeky attitude and bouncy percussion? This track was the result of a monumental year on the parts of Green Velvet and Hot Since 82
, both of whom released new albums (Unshakable
and Little Black Book
, respectively). Enjoy!
And because I couldn't bear not including these in the top 10, here are 5 additional deep and tech house tracks of 2013 that really did it for me, but didn't quite make the final cut:
Booka Shade – Perfect Time (Original Mix)
Dousk – Look Good Tonight (Original Mix)
Marlon Hoffstadt & Dansson – Shake That (Original Mix)
Leftfield – Song Of Life (Betoko Remix)
Art Department, Blud, Shaun Reeves, Damian Lazarus – Robot Heart (Jon Charnis, Prab K, Lovecraft Remix)