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As is customary for year’s end, we must reflect back on our experiences. The way everything came together for us this year in regards to music – album releases, shows, festival appearances, CAD4.0! – definitely makes it one of the best years we’ve had. We’ve put together a top 20 list to recognize our very much opinionated favourite releases of 2014. These twenty albums influenced us in some way or other throughout the year by making us dance, think (or not think), and enjoy life; and they deserve a shout out for that. Onward to bigger and better in 2015!

 

 

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Holiday party! This season’s finale has us swooning to the smooth and soothing sounds of Anjunadeep’s Lane 8. We’re so proud to see how he’s grown since he opened for SHOOK at our first show ever. His deep and heartfelt style took the world by storm those many moons ago. Lane 8’s classics like ‘Every Night’ are still regular plays. Wear some festive gear and come flow with us.

 

Lane 8 + Bipolar Sunshine – I Got What You Need (Every Night)

Lane 8 – Diamonds // Without You

Le Youth – C O O L (Lane 8 Remix)

 

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Enter below after the jump. Standard procedure. The contest ends at 12PM Friday December 19th! The more ways you enter below, the better your chance is to win. Be sure to be ready to check your e-mail/twitter, because we’ll be giving it to the first person who responds when the contest is over. See you guys there!

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There’s no denying the growing influence of ‘kawaii’ in the electronic scene. The musical translation of this Japanese term is video-gamey and emotionally driven by a sense of nostalgia. The style has gained widespread traction thanks to Porter Robinson’s Worlds.

 

NΣΣT is an artist who adds his own special touch to ‘kawaii’. His most recent release, A Kinda NΣΣT Christmas, captures the holiday spirit in style. It is a lighthearted and funky expression of cold weather, foggy nights, cuddling, and hot chocolate. Catch us chilling out by a warm fire with NΣΣT on repeat.

 

A Kinda NΣΣT Christmas

 

NΣΣT – Infinity

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This installment of Latest and Greatest is devoted to our friends down by the Ecuator. The talent circulating down south has been consistently impressive. For the past year or so, they’ve experienced an influx of dark tech and if you haven’t already noticed: that’s my favourite electronic style.

 

 

Pompeya – Does [The Twelves Remix]

 

Though not quite dark and techy, a post about Brasil’s electronic scene without a mention of The Twelves is sacrilege. These two have oft been compared to Daft Punk – and for good reason. Here’s their newest funker.

Pompeya – Does (The Twelves Remix)

 

 

Malik Mustache – G My Humps

 

How can you not enjoy a basic club shot taken to new levels? Malik Mustache adds house and tech style to this 2005 hit and takes G-house into the future. G-Future.

Malik Mustache – G My Humps

 

 

Ishimaru – Fu-King EP

 

The newest EP from Ishimaru features his single Fu-King and remixes by Krash and Sound Cloup. It is dark, hard, and angry techno for the electro G inside us all.
Ishimaru – Fu-King EP

 

 

Fractal System – Need You Tonight

 

Fractal System takes INXS’ 80’s dance-pop classic and adds that Brasil sound. This track is dark, funky, and bassy; and with that famed guitar riff, we definitely need it.
Fractal System – Need You Tonight

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There’s been heaps of remixes from all-star producers coming out for ZHU this year. ODESZA, Lido, The Magician, and AMTRAC to name a few (you can hear them all here). Well, French Kiwi Juice decided to take his hand at debatably ZHU’s most underrated track “Paradise Awaits.” He added his signature brand of funky instrumentals in half time which put a special groove to this amazing original. I’ve been all over FKJ more than ever lately, so it’s nice to see him getting more acclaim.

 

When you have a moment to see where electronic music is headed, watch this beautifully done video of him jamming in his bedroom studio. Yeah, he has awesome dreads.

 

ZHU – Paradise Awaits (FKJ Remix)
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Mr.Vtage | Stratford Court

Chill. Funk. Disco.

Mr.Vtage comes to us by way of time machine. “Lost in the 80’s,” as he so puts it, is the perfect way to describe Funk Noir. Here’s to palm trees, neon shimmer, and disco dancing. All for free.

Mr. Vtage | Funk Noir

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Mr.Vtage | Stratford Court

Chill. Funk. Disco.

Mr.Vtage comes to us by way of time machine. “Lost in the 80’s,” as he so puts it, is the perfect way to describe Funk Noir. Here’s to palm trees, neon shimmer, and disco dancing. All for free.

Mr. Vtage | Funk Noir

Nebbra | ZHU. | WKND | Sorry | Huxley

ODESZA + Say My Name ft. Zyra (Nebbra Remix)

ODESZA’s In Return was long awaited in the C+A+D ranks. Watching [and dancing along to] their rise has been quite the adventure. Likewise, we’ve kept an eye on Nebbra and couldn’t be happier that he decided to add his own chill trap skill to one of our favourite’s off the album. Vote for him.
Odesza – Say My Name (Nebbra Remix)

CHVRCHES + Gun. (ZHU Remix)

Following the release of the successful NightDay and a ‘Faded’ remix EP, LA’s ZHU decided to make us something a little more heartfelt. He adds his own pitched vocals to cover CHVRCHES’ Gun. The feature came via Triple J, and it’s quite deserving.
CHVRCHES + Gun. (ZHU Remix)

WKND x Chet Faker + Lover

WKND’s tropical house cover of Chet Faker’s ‘Like a Version’ cover of Sonia Dada’s ‘Lover [You Don’t Treat Me No Good’ is absolutely splendid. He adds a coastal dance-ability absent from the acoustic. Take it sunbathing.
WKND x Chet Faker + Lover

Sorry + Sextape

The anonymous Frenchmen of Sorry are known only by ‘SEXTAPE’. It is a vocal-free funk-fest to help you get the night started. They’ve an album coming soon and we can’t wait to forgive them for it.
Sorry + Sextape

Huxley + I Want You

‘I Want You’ is the first single off Huxley’s debut, Blurred, and its a huge turn from what we’re used to hearing from him. Not that its a bad thing, seeing as this track is one deep hypnotic trip that has us yearning. Preorder the album here.
Huxley + I Want You

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Nebbra | ZHU. | WKND | Sorry | Huxley

ODESZA + Say My Name ft. Zyra (Nebbra Remix)

ODESZA’s In Return was long awaited in the C+A+D ranks. Watching [and dancing along to] their rise has been quite the adventure. Likewise, we’ve kept an eye on Nebbra and couldn’t be happier that he decided to add his own chill trap skill to one of our favourite’s off the album. Vote for him.
Odesza – Say My Name (Nebbra Remix)

CHVRCHES + Gun. (ZHU Remix)

Following the release of the successful NightDay and a ‘Faded’ remix EP, LA’s ZHU decided to make us something a little more heartfelt. He adds his own pitched vocals to cover CHVRCHES’ Gun. The feature came via Triple J, and it’s quite deserving.
CHVRCHES + Gun. (ZHU Remix)

WKND x Chet Faker + Lover

WKND’s tropical house cover of Chet Faker’s ‘Like a Version’ cover of Sonia Dada’s ‘Lover [You Don’t Treat Me No Good’ is absolutely splendid. He adds a coastal dance-ability absent from the acoustic. Take it sunbathing.
WKND x Chet Faker + Lover

Sorry + Sextape

The anonymous Frenchmen of Sorry are known only by ‘SEXTAPE’. It is a vocal-free funk-fest to help you get the night started. They’ve an album coming soon and we can’t wait to forgive them for it.
Sorry + Sextape

Huxley + I Want You

‘I Want You’ is the first single off Huxley’s debut, Blurred, and its a huge turn from what we’re used to hearing from him. Not that its a bad thing, seeing as this track is one deep hypnotic trip that has us yearning. Preorder the album here.
Huxley + I Want You