Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 16 Albums of 2011

Here's my personal Top 16 albums of 2011 list (+ my Top 10 dance tune picks here), accompanied by a song pick. I figured instead of bloating my post with commentary, you can listen for yourself. Check 'em out! I'm sure there were a handful of artists that came out this year that I won't discover until next year. Who did I forget this year?

1. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - We're New Here listen
2. SBTRKT - SBTRKT listen
3. Azari & III - Azari & III listen
4. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix listen
5. My Morning Jacket - Circuital listen
6. James Blake - James Blake listen
7. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise listen
8. Tiger & Woods - Through the Green listen
9. Metronomy - The English Riviera listen
10. Cults - Cults listen
11. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me listen
12. The Weeknd - House of Balloon listen
13. Radiohead - King of Limbs listen
14. The Drums - Portamento listen
15. Walls - Coracle listen
16. Chapel Club - Palace listen

Honorable Mentions:
Craft Spells - Idle Labor listen
Gardens & Villa - Gardens & Villa listen
Siruismo - Mosaik listen
Vostok-1 - Outer Space Disco listen

Previous 'Best Of' lists:

Monday, December 5, 2011

MIXTAPE: Holiday Mix 2011

Before everyone gets caught up in holiday fervor this year and forgets to read my blog :-( but then again, not like people are checking this often / posts are made on the regular--I'd like to gift you one last golden audio nugget of indie/rock & disco chillness for 2011. I've slowed things down a bit, brought in some classic rock favorites (ELO is a given, the other two covers are up to you to figure out), and wrapped things up with a classic soul must.

Until 2012, cheers!

1. The Drums - Money (Craft Spells Remix)
2. Arthur Russell - How We Walk On The Moon (Youth Return to Base Edit)
3. Para One & Tacteel - A1
4. Friendly Fires - Hurting (Tensnake Remix)
5. ELO - Last Train to London (Blackjoy Re-Edit)
6. Kelley Polar - I'm Not What You Want
7. Metronomy - Everything Goes My Way (Ewan Pearson Remix)
8. Motor City Drum Ensemble - L.O.V.E.
9. Tribute - We Love Dreams
10. Kasper Bjorke - Heaven (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
12. Bombɐy Bıcycle Club - Shufflǝ (Lǝo Zero Rǝmıx)
13. Dɐlǝ Eɐrnhɐrdt Jr. Jr. - Sımple Gırl (Tıgǝr & Woods Rǝmıx)
14. Poolside - Harvest Moon
15. Delegation - Oh Honey

Holiday Mix 2011 by Heavy Accents #3

Holiday Mix 2011
(32 min | 44 mb)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MIXTAPE: Dilations (Part Two)

Talk about a time dilation since Part One of my Dilations mixtape. I present to you with Part Two. This second half is more homogenous genre-wise (house / electro / techno). Opening (the intro might sound familiar...) and closing things up is Canblaster. I'm a big fan.

Now for the true origin behind the title "Dilations"; I've always been a big sci-fi fan (yes, moment of truth). Lots of times when you have a story (take the original Planet Of The Apes film, for example) about persons traveling through space, there's always the acceleration and time dilation factor of getting from Point A to Point B, since space is super vast and travel takes forever. In a matter of a few Earth years, Charlton Heston's crew travelled 1,000s of years through space since they had the means to move at lightspeed. They barely aged but (spoiler alert) ended up waaaay in the future. You can Google the rest on time dilation; for now check out this Dilations' Point B.

1. Gesaffelstein - Glass

2. Blawan - Getting Me Down

3. Djedjotronic - The Invisible Landscape

4. Simian Mobile Disco - Aspic
5. Diplo & Douster - ON!
6. Mele - Bombay (French Fries Remix)
7. Carte Blanche - With You feat. Alexis Taylor

8. Boy 8-Bit - Black Satanic Mysticism
9. Brodinski, Djedjotronic, Noob & Harvard Bass - Extreme Compote

10. Cochise - Pray
11. D.I.M. & TAI - Glass
12. Harvard Bass - 81
13. Light Year - Marcellus (Malente Remix)
14. The Snbs - Don't Stop (feat. Hıghbloo)
15. Boys Noize & Housemeister - nBaxx
16. Djedjotronic - Bugle

17. Sinden vs. SBTRKT - Seekwal
18. Myd - Train to Bamako (Canblaster Remix)


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(43 min | 59 mb)

Friday, July 15, 2011

MIXTAPE: Dilations (Part One)

It's been quite some time, eh internets? Cutting off the radio silence and comin' back at ya with the first part (of two) in my latest mixtape series, Dilations. Part one + part two will eventually fit together to create a cohesive 1 hr 20 min whole (tempo-wise, at least) showcasing the latest beats on my radar, mid-2011.

Check out Part One below; although it might open in a disco direction, the mixtape is really conveying dance music in general. Electro, house and future bass all have a place here. See you soon for Part Two...

1. Drop Out Orchestra - Capuchin
2. Blende - One-Sided
3. Cosmic Kids - Reginald's Groove
4. Tiger & Woods - Speed Of Light (feat. Em)
5. Black Van - Moments Of Excellence feat. Holy Ghost! (Aeroplane Remix)
6. Tensnake - Something About You
7. Laid Back - Cocaine Cool
8. Azari & III - Manic
9. SBTRKT - Pharoahs
10. Yuksek - On A Train (The Magician Remix)
11. Metronomy - The Look (Moonlight Matters Remix)
12. The Human League - Night People (Villa Remix)
13. Housemeister - What You Want (Siriusmo Remix)
14. Silver Columns - Always On (Caribou Remix)
15. WIN WIN - Victim feat. Blaqstarr (Gigamesh Remix)
16. L-Vis 1990 - Reprise
17. The Count & Sinden - Future (Canblaster Remix)


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MIXTAPE: Loft Saves The Day (for Dim Mak Studios)

Loft Saves The Day is the first mixtape for the weekly Dim Mak Studios Tuesday party born out of the ashes of Dim Mak Tuesdays at Cinespace. The title is a play on the name of David Mancuso's underground dance party "Love Saves The Day" at his infamous venue/living space, The Loft, back in the 1970s in New York.

This mixtape is only a snippet of some of the sounds you might hear at DMS, but emphasis on the snippet part. Come join us for our special guests and catch me spinning the opening set every week, more info at Dim Mak!

1. Siriusmo - High Together (Album Version)
2. Munk - Violent Love (The Twelves remix)
3. Ali Love - Diminishing Returns (Azari & III Remix)
4. Hercules And Love Affair - I Can't Wait
5. Corinne - Dream A Little Dream (Midnight Magic Remix)
6. Jesse Rose - You Know It
7. Moullinex - Love It Is, Then
8. Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Prince Club House Mix)
9. Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
10. Breakbot - Shades Of Black
11. Holy Ghost! - It's Not Over
12. Subskrpt - We'll Be Fine
13. Black Rose - Anthem
14. Louis La Roche - Be Brave
15. The Human League - Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane Remix)
16. Bag Raiders - Way Back Home (Club Version feat. Duane Harden)
17. Classixx - Into The Valley (feat. Karl Dixon)
18. Solid Groove - Throwing Stones
19. T.E.E.D. - Garden (Jesse Rose Remix)
20. Round Table Knights - Cut To The Top feat. Reverend Beat-Man
21. Foster the People – Helena Beat
22. Vostok-1 - What Should We Do Tonight (Lovers Song)
23. Cassius - La Mouche (Vostok-1 Remix)
24. Wolfram - Hold My Breath feat. Holy Ghost
25. Tame Impala - Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? (Erol Alkan Rework)

Download/Stream Loft Saves The Day
Loft Saves The Day - Dim Mak Studios Mixtape (By Heavy Accents) by DimMakRecords

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Creme de la Creme @ Foundation Room (House of Blues L.A.) w/ Blaqstarr

I'm spinning the second hour this coming Friday for Dub Frequency's Creme de la Creme party. Here's what they have to say:
Creme de la Creme will take over the Foundation Room on Friday the 22nd for a special performance by Blaqstarr. Blaqstarr keeps bringing that B-more club bounce with his new mixtape dropping April 12th. He has toured alongside Diplo, M.I.A., Rye Rye, and produced and recorded with Mos Def, Switch, and many more. Catch opening sets by Jack Davey, Heavy Accents, and Manboy.
This will be about the 4th or 5th time I've opened for Blaqstarr. Trippy. Don't miss out!

Free with RSVP

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Top 10 Picks for Coachella 2011

Arranged in chronological order according to each band's first inception. This Top 10 includes several acts that I think are highly underrated and/or may be missed this coming weekend. Scroll down the list and see if any of these fantastic artists float your boat with your Coachella plans:

1. Big Audio Dynamite
Mick Jones' side project from The Clash. He caught hip-hop fever in America in the 80s and (at least what I'd like to believe) pioneered the rap-rock hybrid sound early on (and of course The Clash was dabbling in this new rap craze around then as well)

2. The Chemical Brothers
One of the first groups to hook me into electronic dance music back during the Dig Your Own Hole era (Block Rockin' Beats, anyone?). As far as dance music goes, these guys are high up my list. 20 years of bridging together electro, house, hip-hop, psych rock...the list goes on

3. Leftfield
True legends of techno/electronica from the 90s. One of the first groups I heard incorporating heavy African and dub influences into house music. They've only had two proper albums, but both essential to electronic music history

4. Lightning Bolt
Not that I'd be able to compare them to too many other bands personally, but one of the best noise-punk bands there ever was. A bass guitar & drum duo (much like the next band) playing heavy, loud and hard tunes. My guilty pleasure!

5. Death From Above 1979
A pre-MSTRKRFT duo of two really talented dudes playing what I like to call "dance-metal". Dirty yet melodic and dance-y rock with some synth thrown in. They broke up 5 years ago, then got back together for a special tour this year. Once in a lifetime

6. Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
Recently got hooked to this singer-songwriter and her accompanying band. Catchy enough to attract my pop sensibilities, folk-y enough for me to appreciate like indie/alternative musicians providing great, original music in a realm of shitty mass-produced & manufactured music

7. Odd Future
One of the biggest groups of late getting mad buzz. They've successfully entered into the consciousness of online music fans with their self-released horrorcore and the large personalities of its members, some still high school-aged. Whether or not you believe the hype, Tyler The Creator is one troubled yet talented kid that deserves a hip-hop star

8. Tame Impala
Awesome psychedelic/alternative rock from Australia. Be one stoned, tripping on acid or plain sober, the band mesmorizes with its fuzzy guitars, filtered vocals and layered psych sounds. I'm still deciding which state to be in for them

9. Empire of the Sun
Another Australian group on the bill this year but one highly enigmatic, quirky, weird, surreal, electro and pop rock-y. A supergroup (i.e. members from Sleepy Jackson, PNAU) which barely tours but who I heard has an amazing live stage set-up. Can't wait to see this in front of my eyes

10. Foster The People
A rising indie rock group from L.A. with an electronic pop twist. With only a 3-song EP and already landing a Coachella gig within a year or so, these guys can only move on to take over the world, or implode from all the hype. I'm really hoping for the former

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

9th Annual Filter Yacht Club Coachella Party @ Corona Yacht Club

I've been going to Coachella for the last three years, but this will be my first year out there spinning for the parties. I'll be opening for the Filter Magazine kick-off event on Thursday night (4/14) from 9-11p along with Dim Mak Studios' own Them Jeans and more. I'll be back out there the following Friday afternoon (4/15) from 3-4p for Filter's daytime party at the same location (but new lineup!).

Make sure you RSVP before the list closes. It's going to be pretty nuts...hosted bar, free food, giveaways and special guest performers & DJs. After that you can find me at the festival all weekend long. Let's do this!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hang The DJ's vs. Club Underground: Spring Dance Party @ Echoplex w/ Love Grenades, Odd Modern, Indie 103.1 & KCRW DJs

"Spinning the best in Indie, Brit Pop, Soul, Post-Punk, Electro, Indiepop, Hip-Hop, 90's Jams, Disco and anything that you enjoy shaking your butt to!"

Hosted by:
Scarlett Casanova

Live performances by:
Love Grenades
Odd Modern

Hang The DJ's:
Dan (Cosmic Kids)
Mario Cotto (KCRW)
Sara Tea (Indie 103.1)
Heavy Accents (Dim Mak)


Club Underground:
Larry G aka Supergrass
Clifton Weaver (Funky Soul)
Diana Barraza

Special Photobooth by: Nik Williamson (Guest of a Guest)

1154 Glendale Blvd
Echo Park, CA

$5 until 11pm / $8 after

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Loft @ Dim Mak Studios w/ Fukkk Offf & (Secret Guest)

The third installment of Dim Mak's The Loft at Dim Mak Studios continues tonight. We've got Fukkk Offf, an electro-brain melter from Germany (I've included his stuff in my past mixtapes), spinning tonight with Them Jeans and myself. There's also a secret guest who can't be announced yet so keep checking Twitter @dimmakstudios for more info. Bang!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Loft @ Dim Mak Studios w/ CurT@!n$, Mann, GTRONIC

The second week of Dim Mak's Loft Series (at Dim Mak Studios) goes down tonight with a special hip-hop set with guests CurT@!n$ (a Pharrell collaborator) and Mann (who's latest single features 50 Cent). The night will be topped off with electro from Dim Mak recording artist GTRONIC (straight out of Belgium).

I'm opening along with the captain of the ship Them Jeans and Dim Mak Tuesdays-alum Huggs (Canada). The night is also celebrating the birthday of our buddy Steven Griffin. Come check out the "new" venue and drink specials all night! 21+


Thursday, February 10, 2011

LINDSTRØM @ The Vanguard w/ Cosmic Kids, Goddollars & Dirty Dave

Get ready for this on February 11th: Echo Park Records welcomes Lindstrom of Feedelity Recordings (Norway) to Los Angeles for his first appearance ever out here! You might recognize him from his balearic disco & electro stylings, his collaborations with his good buddy Prins Thomas and an unclassifiable LP effort with singer Christabelle from 2010 (Real Life Is No Cool).

The good folks at The Well are hosting the second room with Goddollars, Dirty Dave and myself. Cosmic Kids and Chris Cruse supporting Lindstrom in the main room. Check out the flyer for more details and head over to to get more info on free RSVP with us. I leave you with a Lindstrom classic, "I Feel Space":

Set Times:
Upstairs Vanguard Loft
10:00-11:30 Chris Cruse
11:30-12:30 Cosmic Kids
12:30-2:30 Lindstrom

Downstairs in the Vanguard Gold Room
10:00-11:30 Goddollars
11:30-1:00 Dirty Dave
1:00-2:30 Heavy Accents


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Grand Soft Opening: The Loft @ Dim Mak Studios (ex-Cinespace) w/ Uproot Andy, Samo Soundboy & Secret Guest

Don't miss the opening tonight for Dim Mak's newly revamped Tuesday party, The Loft series at Dim Mak Studios! After last week, the Cinespace everyone has come to know and love will no longer be.

Come see the (partially) remodeled space that Dim Mak has taken over and my first night as the new resident too! Guests tonight are a few DJs from New York/Trouble & Bass, and a special set from a surprise Swedish duo!

Dim Mak Studios (ex-Cinespace)
Enter through the alley off Cosmo St. from Hollywood Blvd.
$4 Beer and $6 wells drink specials all night
10pm-2am, 21+ only


Friday, January 28, 2011

MIXTAPE: Moustache

With a pile of tracks sitting around my hard drive and a free night to piece things together on the fly, I finally decided it was time for a heavy 2011 kick-off (after the three months of mixtape silence) with this retro-future blast of indie disco/italo/house.

This mix could fall under the Disco Desire series, but with the indie & house elements I wanted it to stand on its own. By the way, if you haven't heard the A-Trak's Robyn remix, wait 'til your ears get blown away.

Made in the night, Moustache was made for your night. The title of the mixtape memorializes the shaving of my mustache and, additionally, I visualize it as a soundtrack for a mustache'd dude (or chick, I'm not gender-biased), time-traveling between the last three decades to all the hippest, legendary underground clubs. Cheers!

1. Nicolas Jaar - Come N' Get It
2. Linkwood Family - Piece Of Mind
3. Apiento & Co. - She Walks (Pete Herbert Remix)
4. Domeyko/Gonzalez - Eschatol (Rio Lobotomy Remix)
5. Johnwaynes - Get Up (Just John Mix)
6. Aeroplane - Without Lies (Breakbot Remix)
7. Discodeine - Synchronize (Feat. Jarvis Cocker)
8. Tensnake - In The End (I Want To Cry)
9. Cut Copy - Take Me Over (Midnight Magic Remix)
10. The C90s - Shine A Light
11. Bot'Ox - Blue Steel (Still Going Remix)
12. Hercules & Love Affair - My House
13. Azari & III - Into The Night (Prince Language Remix)
14. Scissor Sisters - Invisible Light (Siriusmo Remix)
15. Grum - Through The Night (The Swiss Menergy Remix)
16. Robyn - Indestructible (A-Trak Remix)
17. Poka - Still Don't Wanna

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(39 min | 55 mb)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cannonball Sundays @ Drai's (Hollywood) w/ DJ Funk, DJ Aero, Dj Metric & Special Guest

It's MLK Weekend! In honor of Dr. King (and I mean this is the least disrespectful way), come out to Dim Mak's Cannonball Sunday party at Drai's (at The W Hotel in Hollywood) and get mad cray with us!

No work or school on Monday (for most of you) means you need to check the night out to see all the surprises in store. Just added: DJ Funk to close out the night. We have a special guest coming through, on top of resident DJ Metric and myself (long time attendee, first time DJ'ee!) to open up the night with a set of disco/funk and indie dance jams (10-11:15p). Check out the flyer for more info:

and don't forget to RSVP here before the list closes:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Best of 2010: My Top 25 Albums

It's been a few months since I've posted anything on here, but as I've been doing every end of the year for the last 10 years (granted over about 5-6 different blogsites) here's my top 25 favorite albums from 2010:

1. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Parts cosmic & psychedelic, superb stoner-esque indie rock from Australia. The vocals, guitar reverb and overall vibe of this record sends my mind to a different plane of consciousness. (Check out: "Alter Ego")

2. Best Coast - Crazy For You
Not a fan of their earlier EPs that mostly lacked percussion & proper production, but this album blew everything else before of out of the water. More stoner rock but on a throwback, lo-fi & surf rock tip. (Check out: "The End")

3. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
This band never puts out a bad record. A few updates to their sound, but the band's latest masterpiece in crafting epic albums. (Check out: "Ready To Start")

4. The Black Keys - Brothers
The albums this blues-rock duo puts out keep getting better and better. Sharp production, great guitar work and melancholy vocals. (Check out: "The Only One")

5. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
A little more softer than previous albums but providing a super-eclectic journey into orchestral, choral, hip-hop, rock, dub & electronic compositions. Awesome arsenal of guest artists to boot. (Check out: "Empire Ants feat. Little Dragon")

6. Vampire Weekend - Contra
Still can't knock on this band. I'm a sucker for afro-pop and indie rock marriages. A close second to their debut. (Check out: "Cousins")

7. Grum - Heartbeats
Highly underrated electronic/dance effort (or too quickly forgotten?). Heavy italo-influence with a retro-future vibe. Equal parts Giorgio Moroder, Mylo, Les Rythmes Digitales, Discovery-era Daft Punk. (Check out: "Can't Shake This Feeling")

8. Owen Pallett - Heartland
I jumped on the Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett bandwagon a little late, but it's obvious Pallett has a great knack for vocal & string arrangements. A very lush & pretty album. (Check out: "Midnight Directives")

9. Here We Go Magic - Pigeons
Much more accessible than the last album in terms of a more recognizably rock record. Lots of lo-fi, psychedelic folk & rock throughout. Dreamy, other-worldly music. (Check out: "Collector")

10. The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack
Catchy garage, punk & rock from San Diego. Great record to sing along too. A nostalgic yet totally fresh sound that makes me feel like a teenager again. (Check out: "C'mon")

11. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
Melodic surf-rock with a tinge of '90s indie rock vibes, a sound from a band all the way from Florida no less. Why this band is not any bigger is beyond me. (Check out: "Swim")

12. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
One of the best new bands on the scene, doing dance-rock right where others have so often failed at as of late. Youthful, energetic and highly infectious tunes. (Check out: "Undercover Martyn")

13. Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This
A wide melange of eclectic urban & electronic sounds, inspired by the past and future. Dreamy, electronic indie-pop. (Check out: "Talamak")

14. Wavves - King Of The Beach
Another band I jumped on late in the game; with a new rhythm section (ex-Jay Reatard), clean production and a (hopefully sober) frontman brimming with potential, this is one of the best poppy, lo-fi, punk & rock records I've heard all year. (Check out: "Post Acid")

15. Caribou - Swim
Another artist who also could not put out a bad record, this time attempting to create organic dance music. The such unconventional sounds (for dance/electronic music standards) used on this record and its results are phenomenal. (Check out: "Sun")

16. Sleigh Bells - Treats
If a team of only two can make arena-size, noise-rock anthems with swag like this, I'm totally in! Sonic guitar stabs, drums with marching-band intensity, sweet but bratty vocals...this is how pop music should aspire to sound like. (Check out: "Run the Heart")

17. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Like countless other hip-hop albums in the past decade, this one was on the shelf for a few years. 2007 or 2010, this album would've definitely made my list regardless. Super 808 elements, dirty southern twang & heavy bass corralled by Big Boi's great delivery and off-beat flair. (Check out: "Shutterbugg")

18. Twin Shadow - Forget
Do believe the hype; if I didn't for this artist, I wouldn't have discovered how much I surprisingly enjoyed this album. Musically and vocally channeling '80s (English rock) revivalism. The tempos & moods shift back and forth between tracks, but for a one-man band, mighty fine compositions. (Check out: "Slow")

19. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Not my favorite James Murphy record, but for his last (and since I'm a huge admirer) this is a pleasant farewell. Much more rock-based this time but with equal intensity and attention to detail that is expected from Mr. Murphy and his endless musical influences. (Check out: "I Can Change")

20. She & Him - Volume Two
One of the few (more classic-sounding) country/rock records I can stand. And I'm also a huge fan of M. Ward in general. With my Zooey Deschanel infatuation, the vocals always grab me by the soft spot in my heart. (Check out: "Thieves")

21. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
With the prospect of a collaboration between The Shins' singer and wonder-producer Danger Mouse, it's a no brainer they would knock it out of the ballpark. More of a low-key album, but each track is well put together and emotional. (Check out: "Mongrel Heart")

22. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
I got a more tongue-in-cheek vibe from the band with this record (though of course this has been part of their agenda from the start). A bit heavier exploration in electronic/house sounds, but you can tell they had fun putting this together. (Check out: "Hand Me Down Your Love")

23. Tobacco - Maniac Meat
I wouldn't even know where to begin with describing this album, but if you're familiar with Black Moth Super Rainbow (this being a side-project), you'll know what to expect. Short but sharp bursts of electronic/noise with punchy beats and funky electro vocals. (Check out: "Fresh Hex feat. Beck")

24. Holly Miranda - The Magician's Private Library
Superb dream pop & indie rock from a very talented songwriter & vocalist that I sadly do not know much about. With production by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, this album is a tight, lush package as a soundtrack for your dreams. (Check out: "Waves")

25. Shit Robot - From the Cradle to the Rave
Last but not least, I was drawn to this DFA release because it shows how subversive the artist & label remain in the dance music game (and at the same time not trying to mimic everyone else). A combination of classic techno, house, rave, electro, kraut-rock & synth music with a touch of playful kitsch. (Check out: "I Got A Feeling")

Previous lists:
Best of 2009
Best of 2008

Happy New Year!