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PYRO Music Top 10 Tracks of 2016
1 Flume－Never Be Like You
In January, Flume’s “Never Be Like You” premiered on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In the World. Featuring Toronto singer Kai, the beautiful vocal-driven piece offered plenty of Flume’s orchestral hallmarks and quirky drum programming — not to mention delivering the first taste of his standout sophomore album, Skin. Compared to past material from the Australian phenom, however, the emphasis was clearly shifted to methodical songwriting over jaw-dropping sound design. As a result, “Never Be Like You’ translated into one of the standout blockbuster singles of the year, even going Platinum in the US. The track is a testament to Flume’s meteoric rise to crossover stardom in 2016
2 RÜFÜS DU SOL – Innerbloom
The nine-and-a-half minute track is arguably the trio’s most sophisticated offering to date, and in 2016, it became one of the veritable anthems of the year thanks to high profile remixes from the likes of What So Not, Sasha, Lane 8 and more. The melodic elements used by the live ensemble are borderline entrancing, sit back, relax and get lost in the Sol.
3 Claude Vonstroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit?
Its hard to believe an entire decade has gone by since Claude VonStroke first released the original Who’s Afraid of Detroit. But believe it or not, he’s reached the 10 year mark on one of the biggest hits of Claudes career, and decided to remix it into a fresh and modern edit that deserves to be on this list. It also was remixed by a diverse selection from Marc Houle, Octave One, Visionquest and more. The catchy riff on top of this song will remain in your head well into 2017 so listen if you dare, and aren’t afraid of Detroit of course!
4 Skrillex ft. Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini
Prior to its release, Skrillex and Rick Ross’s Suicide Squad accompaniment, “Purple Lamborghini,” was feverishly-anticipated. The superstar producer/rapper combo pulled out all the stops for their marquee collaboration, as Ross’s infamous Miami trap lyrics flowed over a tenacious Skrillex beat. Few tracks as hyped as Skrillex and Rick Ross’s collaboration manage to adequately satisfy expectations. However, Ross’s passionate vocals and Skrillex’s razor-sharp production led “Purple Lamborghini” to become perhaps the most successful electronic/hip-hop crossover track of the year. Unlike the movie, this collaboration actually delivered quality.
5 Maceo Plex – Solar Detroi
Detroit just keeps finding its way on this list somehow, we’ll chalk that coincidence up to the fact that its technos birthplace. Jokes aside, Maceo Plex has always had a distinct sound that transcends the souls that may not be the most fond of techno. His chord progression throughout the song takes you on a 9 minute journey that will surely leave you satisfied.
6 Martin Garrix – In the Name Of Love
Martin Garrix is certainly no stranger to making dance music anthems. In 2016, however, the young producer tread into new territory. In his first year free of Spinnin’ Records, Garrix took full advantage of his newfound ability to explore his creativity, perhaps evinced most notably in his collaboration with Bebe Rexha, “In The Name Of Love.” Released over the summer, the widely-streamed song is more simple and stripped back than what Garrix’s fans were used to hearing beforehand. The future bass clip draws its appeal from the unusually mellow nature of Garrix’s production, and the sultriness of Bebe Rexha’s impassioned vocals. With the collaboration boasting over 250 million streams in since its release in late July, Garrix may want to continue experimenting with future bass in 2017.
7 Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter
In an industry where marketing and anticipation plays such key roles in the success of releases, it’s incredibly rare for artists to truly take listeners by surprise. When Porter Robinson and Madeon dropped “Shelter” upon the world following no prior announcement, they veritably “broke the Internet.” The partnership of the two prodigious producers in the studio (and onstage) flows incredibly well, as both parties insert key elements of their respective stylistic traits into their collaboration. The track alone garnered enough attention to demand an international tour that is argued as the best show one could’ve experienced this year. Though Robinson and Madeon have both noted that “Shelter” will be their sole collaboration together, the impact which the song had will extend far beyond 2016.
8 Deadmau5 ft. Grabbitz – Let Go
From the moment deadmau5 began uploading bits and pieces of W:/2016ALBUM onto his profile, the producer’s sixth LP was primed to be one of the biggest albums of the year. With “Let Go” Deadmau5 once again captured the entrancing, brilliantly-written progressive sound that has made deadmau5 such an icon over the years. The song’s remarkable synths and distinguishable melodic progression are bound to create fond memories for those witnessing it live during the upcoming “lots of shows in a row” tour. Not to mention the soulful vocals by Grabbitz that puts you in the middle of his lyrical heartbreak.
9 Chace – Stranger
Chace, released “Destination” under Barong Family. His leading song of new album “Stranger” has unforgettable rhythm and the MV capped off whirlwind in the whole electronic music world.
10 Carta – Shanghai
Talking about the idea of his first hit “Shanghai”, Carta said “Shanghai is my home. I grew up in this city. I am familiar with the culture, architecture, dialect, food and life. I am thankful for all of these and that’s the reason why this song comes out.”