It's that time of the year again. Time to dig into our most played folder and pick our favourite tracks of 2018. As always it's a difficult choice and all the usual caveats of the helpfulness subjective rankings apply, but lists are fun. So here we go.
Peggy Gou - "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)"
Jimothy Lacoste - "Subway System"
A love letter to the London Underground may seem odd subject matter for an emerging artist, but then again Jimothy is no ordinary guy. The teenage talent kicked off the year with "Subway System" an ear-grabbingly catchy joint about the tube. He took full use of January's heavy snows to create a winter wonderland of a video, featuring luscious drone-shot views of London cloaked in snow. Unfortunately, TFL didn't appreciate his vision and issued a cease and desist, but even that couldn't stop this left-field banger from taking over.
Energy 52 - "Cafe Del Mar" (Tale Of Us Renaissance Remix)
Tale of Us brought this trance classic bang up to date with a techno twist. Adding an extended run-time, but losing none of the original's euphoric energy. The results understandably slayed on every Ibizan terrace this summer.
Skream - "Poison" (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
Skream's transformation from dubstep prodigy to techno titan has long since come to fruition. But "Poison" is perhaps the jewel in the crown of his original techno productions. Then Alan Fitzpatrick somehow turned the already huge track all the way up to 11.
Chic - "My Forbidden Lover" (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
Dimitri has been destroying both our own dancefloor and those around the world with his Chic edits for years, but it was only in 2018 that our friends at Glitterbox managed to secure an official release. Le Chic Remix collects ten of his best Chic, Sister Sledge and Norma Jean Wright remixes together in one place for the first time ever. There are a lot of hits to choose from on this record, but anyone who caught Dimitri at Ministry in early December should agree that "Forbidden Lover" is the cream of the crop.
Paul Woolford - "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" (ft. Kim English)
Paul Woolford focused squarely on the dancefloor in 2018 and the results were jaw-dropping. "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" sounds like a cut straight out of the Paradise Garage. A track certified to go off when Paul helps us ring in 2019 this New Year's Eve.
Adam Beyer & Bart Skils - "Your Mind"
Simply put one of the biggest bangers this year, so much so that "your-loo-zing-your-loo-zing-your-loo-zing-your-miiiiiiiiiiind" became the "oh jer-em-ee-cor-byn" of 2018.
DJ Koze - "Pick Up"
DJ Koze created the off-kilter album of the year in Knock Knock and standout track, "Pick Up" gave us the after-glow feels of "Final Credits" all over again thanks to another inspired use of Gladys Knight's yearning vocals.
Bicep - "Opal" (Four Tet Remix)
Just when you thought Bicep couldn't possibly top their 2017 success they shoot off a wetransfer to Four Tet with the stems for album cut "Opal" and here we are, praising their genius all over again.
Krystal Klear - "Neutron Dance"
One of the catchiest riffs ever recorded... for six and a half minutes. Bliss.
All these bangers got you in the mood to party? Get down to Ministry on New Year's eve and dance for a staggering 19 hours with Hannah Wants, Todd Edwards, Paul Woolford, Amine Edge & DANCE, Marquis Hawkes, Will Saul, The Reflex, Klose One, So Fresh So Clean and Mark Radford, Carnao Beats, Soul Divine and Savio Testa.