As ever, our 50 Best Tracks are just that – something doesn’t have to be a fully-released single to quality, with mixtape cuts, Soundcloud uploads (as good as a single for the year’s best label, lest we forget) and album highlights all featured. For the most part though, this is a list of singles: from our top 10, all but one were available as standalone singles, and all but two had music videos. FACT, eh? Ever the traditionalists.
Awful Records’ resident based-goth Slug Christ teamed with fellow darkness-dweller Stalin Majesty for ‘On It (Seven Grams)’, a song that had us wailing “AK with a beam on it” at CMJ, on the radio, and — let’s face it — alone in our blacklit bedrooms. From the first wave of smokey ambience to the last notes of its music box melody, this one had us transfixed.
Frank & Tony’s shimmering deep house is a beam of bright light cracking through a grim backdrop, and the aptly titled ’Bring the Sun’ might be their finest moment – it’s certainly the highlight of this year’s You Go Girl. Blessed with a vocal from Danish singer Gry Bagøien that’s so smokey it needs a health warning, it does everything at its own treacle-logged pace and is all the better for it.