2012 offered up way too many gems to possibly assemble an objective list of the year’s best tracks or remixes—it seemed like every day we had a new favorite or a new #1 tugging for our attention. But with that said, at the end of the year, some tracks just wouldn’t back down, keeping us hyped right on through December. So, without further ado, we offer you 10 Must-Hear Tracks and Remixes, as chosen by the staff of Beatport News.
10. Justin Martin, Goldie – Kemistry (Justin Martin Remake) [Dirtybird]
Justin Martin turned up the heat on this Goldie remake for his own first LP.
9. Om Unit – Ulysses [Civil Music]
Om Unit’s oeuvre was all over the map this year, but “Ulysses” fell in the dead center of awesome for us.
8. Porter Robinson – Language [Big Beat Records]
21-year-old Porter Robinson proved he could play with the big boys when he unleashed “Language” at the beginning of the year.
7. Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy [Ghostly International]
“Her Fantasy” saw Matthew Dear’s poppy vocal-based project get dark and introspective.
6. Hot Chip – Flutes (Sasha Remix) [Last Night on Earth]
Hot Chip’s tunes just beg for that extra-danceable touch sometimes, and with Sasha at the helm, it’s no surprise that this one climbed to #1 on the Beatport 100.
5. Zedd – Spectrum feat. Matthew Koma [Interscope Records]
The Beatport remix-contest phenom grew up—and blew up—big time this year, and “Spectrum” is surely just the start of even bigger things to come.
4. Matthew Dekay, Lee Burridge – Fur Die Liebe [All Day I Dream]
Matthew Dekay and Lee Burridge’s classy tech-house affair kept us rapt since February.
3. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse [Smalltown Supersound]
The Norwegian disco prince ruled this year with this lovely, bouncy feelgood anthem.
2. Climbers – 2 Come Back [Culprit]
Newcomers Climbers came from almost out of nowhere and hypnotized us with this deep-house jam.
1. Frank Wiedemann, Ry – Howling (Ame Remix) [Innervisions]
Ame (whose Frank Wiedemann is pictured above) take on an unlikely fellow—Australian singer-songwriter Ry Cuming—and turn his vocals into a subtle and subdued dancefloor mover.