SimR’s Top 20 songs of 2009 (20-11)

20. Florence + the Machince – You’ve got the love
Normally I’d embargo covers from entering such lists on principle but this is such a break from the original that it deserves a mention. The xx remix of the Florence’s cover (still following?) adds their unique duets to the mix which undoubtedly improves it even further but I felt Florence needed a mention here.

19. The Young Lovers – Love you madly [download BN] [download MF]
Joshua Harvey, better known to us as Hervé, took a bizarre but hugely effective Balearic turn with this solo project with the odd bit of blues thrown in it makes for quite an unusual listen. This was the most club-friendly of the album and, unsurprisingly, the best track.

18. Empire of the Sun – Walking on a dream
Ah now where would we be without bands dressed in outrageously surreal costumes and face paint and accompanied by sci-fi backdrops? Nowhere is the answer. Best song off a hit-and-miss album but a thoroughly enjoyable and catchy tune which was never far from my playlists this summer.

17. Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane remix)
I was a huge fan of Tellier’s Sexuality last year but always yearned for a few dancefloor translations of some of the best tracks. Then Aeroplane came along, probably my favourite DJs of 2009, with their disco slant and a killer bassline that turn Séb into a club anthem.

16. Sub Focus – Rock it [download BN] [download MF]
By far the best drum and bass act of the year and this version of Daft Punk’s Robot Rock was a masterpiece. With his first album out last month I’m sure 2010 will be another year of triumph for Nick Douwma.

15. Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Waves
I remember the exact moment when I first learned that these two giants were collaborating and dammit they did not disappoint. Waves was the better half of the EP with it’s undulating layers and frenetic climax that hand hands in the across the country.

14. Dizzee Rascal & Armand van Helden – Bonkers (Doorly remix)
Undoubtedly a huge crossover smash and a tune that rode the crest of the dance/electro invasion of the charts this year. A brilliant tune but it’s Doorly’s dubstep take, with it’s ear bleeding bass and massive break downs, that keeps me coming back after the hype died down.

13. Kid Sister – Get fresh (Alex Gopher remix)
I think I might be the only person that would put this in their top lists but I just love it. Absolutely brilliant housey remix from the French master.

12. Gui Boratto – No turning back
Amazing. Following in the footsteps of Beautiful Life from his first album, this is the perfect way to craft vocals and techno together.

11. The Prodigy – Omen
I waited with baited breath for the return of Essex’s finest and, despite my doubts, was not disappointed. Omen was the best from an album that spelled a fine return to form.


One Response to “SimR’s Top 20 songs of 2009 (20-11)”

  1. For all the Subfocus fans out there!
    I’ve added a little urban vibe to Subfocus
    Tupac Dr. Dre-California Love vs Subfocus-Meantime
    Who would’ve known these tracks click so well

    A bonkers mega mash as well

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