10) Western Disco – “The Sun”
Surely the only Ibiza anthem to begin with a recorder, this charming Pied Piper-style slice of Balearic house instantly lodged itself in the brain on first listen, while its lush synths, laid-back grooves and gospel-tinged vocals also helped to create this year’s perfect sunrise soundtrack.
09) CHVRCHES – “Gun”
Threatening to hunt down a lover who has done her wrong, Lauren Mayberry proved that cutesy kittenish voices can be deceptive on arguably the most infectious of several glossy synth-pop gems the Scottish trio served up in 2013.
08) Jakwob – “Fade”
Forget the accusations of plagiarism from Calvin Harris over its dramatic piano hook. The superstar DJ could only dream of producing something as classy as this 90s breakbeat-tinged tale of heartbreak delivered beautifully by ethereal songstress Maiday.
07) Disclosure feat. Aluna George – “White Noise”
The only artists to feature twice in this countdown, Disclosure helped to breathe new life into a stale commercial dance scene at the beginning of this year with this vibrant fusion of addictive house beats, dizzying electro stabs and Aluna Francis’ alluring vocals.
06) Dornik – “Something About You”
Resembling a chill-funk remix of a long-lost Michael Jackson classic, Jessie Ware’s live drummer deservedly grabbed some of the limelight for himself with a sumptuous blend of slow-motion grooves, flighty bass lines and shimmering synths.
05) Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”
Even after eight months of overplay, Nile Rodgers’ glistening guitar hooks, Pharrell’s falsetto croon and the robotic duo’s vocodered melodies still remain almost impossible to resist. “Blurred Lines” may have created more headlines, but “Get Lucky” was by far the better of this year’s ubiquitous hits.
04) London Grammar – “Metal and Dust”
Now an established dinner party favorite, the effortlessly elegant London Grammar first teased their gorgeously melancholic sound with a cinematic foray into trip-hop which showcased Hannah Reid’s haunting vocals in all their glory.
03) Postiljonen – “Atlantis”
Featuring the slickest saxophone solo since George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” Norwegian trio Postiljonen picked up from where M83 left off with this impossibly smooth blend of washed-out synths and stadium-sized beats.
02) Le Youth – “COOL”
Kickstarting the trend of giving sassy R&B anthems a tropical chilled house makeover, Los Angeles producer Wes James struck poolside gold with this marimba-led reworking of Cassie’s sultry 2006 hit, “Me & You.”
01) Cyril Hahn – “Perfect Form”
Proof that there was more to his talents than distorting hits from the likes of Beyonce and Mariah Carey beyond all recognition, Swiss-born Canadian producer Cyril Hahn recruited Portland post-R&B crooner Shy Girls for this glorious piece of shimmering synth-pop bliss.