It’s the middle of December so you know what time it is; the annual guessing game of which coworker will be the sloppiest drunk at your office holiday party. Oh, and Digital High’s Top 20 Tunes of 2016. So without further ado I present to you this year’s mix of eclectic achievement.
20. “Tears” – LDN Noise & Pretty Sister
Starting the countdown off is one of the Summer’s more underrated electronic collaborations; the bounce filled “Tears” from LDN Noise and Pretty Sister. Soloist Zak Waters’ silky smooth vocals are an instant fit with the polished and pronounced production making for an easy rotation mainstay and early 2016 favorite:
19. “Say It” – Flume ft. Tove Lo
Off of the Australian beat-crafter’s sophomore LP Skin, “Say It” is a bass-heavy ballad featuring siren songstress Tove Lo and one of the year’s chillest cuts. Through subtle synth layers and understated percussive elements you’re experiencing a piece of profound vibe.
18. “Get Up” – R3hab & Ciara
A sneaky-fun dance cut from the early months, “Get Up” combines features of traditional pop with trop-lite and progressive house for a uniquely upbeat three minutes perfect for the festival circuit or your own basement party. Seriously, grab a damn copy now.
17. “Amber Light” – Fraser Churchill
Checking in at 17 is a nice change of pace from the abundance of EDM on this list; London singer-songwriter Fraser Churchill’s jazz-pop affair “Amber Light.” Rich in undeniable riffs, kicks, and harmonies, the track was high point of too brief EP Live At Livingston Studios and a great introduction to the up-and-coming talent.
16. “Waiting” – Oliver Heldens & Throttle
A song I wore out in January, “Waiting” is a high-energy dose of deep house and funky future flair for the masses. Dutch wunderkind Oliver Heldens and Australian beatsmith Throttle really work their unified expertise into a club track that lights the dancefloor up. If you haven’t already made yourself familiar, what are you waiting for?