The Ten Best EDM Singles of 2012
The term "electronic dance music" means so many things to so many people, and this year things only got more complicated. Dubstep continued its dance floor takeover, mainstream pop-oriented EDM ruled the radio, and the beat scene pushed on. Although divergent in style and ethos, here are the ten dance tracks that made us move most this year.
L.A.-based duo Poolside made good on their "daytime disco" tag with 2011 standout "Do You Believe." But they lured the musically fashionable deeper into their dreamy world of sun-drenched synth with this sweet come hither cover of the Neil Young classic, which got play on KCRW and gained traction when James Murphy starting dropping it in his DJ sets.
9. Four Tet
Taken from Four Tet's sixth LP Pink, "Lion" finds ever-dependable British producer Kieran Hebden at his minimalist best, layering pared down beats with an ominous synth foundation for nine minutes of darkly complex yet terrifically delicate dance shimmer.
French producer Hugo Pierre Leclercq has ridden the electro-pop wave with a handful of notable singles and remixes for artists including Deadmau5 and Pendulum, but it was "Finale" that demonstrated his ability to synthesize big beat builds and drops with a futuristic sophistication that dipped into the pop realm while avoiding all out cheese. Not bad for 18 years old.