10. DJ Fresh – Louder
This song has had over 11 million views on youtube, which is just insane. It’s such a great pop song which, for me, harks back to the days when Ministry of Sound used to put out absolute dancefloor bangers as one offs. They’d be faceless productions (usually pseudonyms of big name DJs and producers) and they’d be made to a certain formula for ultimate dancefloor devastation. To me, this is one of them. It’s not though. DJ Fresh is about to release another song and then an album. I’m not sure how well this will work, but there’s no denying this is a huge track. I just have one wish, that it did get ‘Louder’. Because, basically, it doesn’t.
9. Clock Opera – Lesson No.7
Hi Clock Opera, I love you. I may as well tattoo it on my forehead like that crazy meth addict who got that shit Drake tattoo. Clock Opera have this knack of building their songs into such a racket of well-formed noise that sounds absolutely amazing in your head phones. When listening to their music you’d think it would be shit hard to create live as it’s so intricate, but they absolutely kill it. They’re another band who get better with every single and this one is just amazing.
8. The Kills – The Future Starts Slow
The Kills have a hypnotic quality to them. You can’t take your eyes off them. Alison Mosshart has a very vulnerable and fragile quality to her but is such an amazingly strong and powerful singer and front woman. This track is a perfect example of The Kills at their best. I love the tracks that feature them both vocally, you get a real sense of them as a unit, and that riff is so simple and so memorable. It’s definitely what you hear ringing in your ears for days after you’ve seen them live.
7. TV On The Radio – Will Do
This song really stood out for me in 2011. It’s a song that I keep revisiting. It’s fantastic from the off, that stark introduction and the flow of the vocals. It’s just pure beauty.
6. Benny Benassi feat. Chris Brown – Beautiful People
I hate the term guilty pleasure. You either like something or not. Guilty pleasure implies that you like something that you think is shit. If you think it’s shit then why do you like it? This isn’t shit. Any song that features the lyrics “take your time, take your time, take your sexy time” is a winner in my eyes. The first time I had this song played to me, I thought my friends were mad. But, it snares you in – I think it’s the steel drums (and the ridiculous lyrics, and all the famous people in the video).