#4: Blawan – Getting Me Down
#3: SBTRKT – Wildfire (Featuring Little Dragon)
However, with all the hype revolving around the quality of subgenre merriment so seamlessly put together, there is one particular stand out track which remains diverse enough as it is infectious to stand the test of time and ultimately crown it as one of the best three tracks of 2011.
Featuring the sultry tone of Little Dragon fronwoman Yukimi Nagano, its that off-key, wonked out melody which gives it a classic Timbaland vibe if anything, but the magic here comes within the superb production. Incorporating key Dubstep elements alongside Electronic-based synths and a touch of Soul, its a raunchy, heartfelt slice of Electronic genius.
Big ups to SBTRKT.
“In my head I have my own idea of how I want house to sound like and it doesn’t really fit into any other templates. Grooving, with a lot of emotion and quite often a hefty amount of bass.”
“It’s a record I had and played when it first came out (in 2009). It doesn’t work in a lot of places, because it’s quite vocally, quite a specific sound, their sound; it’s more what I would consider in the disco-y scene. I do dip my toes into that, but my aim with the remix was to make it more suited to one of my own sets.”
As much as the original illustrates all the qualities of Chicago House, this Ridge Street Remix operates not dissimilarly to a rollercoaster; subdued from the beginning, before very steadily building up an atmosphere and intensifying without giving anything away until everything shifts into complete beast-mode, much to everyones delight.
From its opening ambience to the initial moody and somewhat haunting vocal arrangement its that hypnotic bass drop that had everyone fixated with this bouncy and incredibly addictive slice of electronic funk that as well as taking much of the plaudits for track of the year, has also reignited the love for melodic house, a previously tiring sub-genre that had fallen victim to the techno/minimalist movement not so long ago.
Not quite ‘Hungry For The Power’, just hungry for more.