Resident Advisor Announces Its Poll: Top 50 tracks of 2009

What's particularly refreshing about compiling our top tracks at the end of each year is that it offers the wide view. I mean, just take a look at this list: If you hadn't read a website or opened a magazine in the last twelve months, it would be almost impossible to label 2009 as the year of anything.

Those of us who did have our heads in the media, and of course the clubs, couldn't have failed to note the impact of deep house, with DJs and producers moving en masse towards warmed-up chords, soulful vocal refrains and percussive work-outs. It may have been ubiquitous this year, but with producers such as STL, Motor City Drum Ensemble and House Of House keeping the quality levels bubbling over, we're hardly complaining. Techno—and by association vinyl—mounted a resistance this year thanks to its shadowy white label practitioners sneaking on to the scene cloaked in anonymity. Frozen Border, Oni Ayhun, Traversable Wormhole: You weren't anyone, unless you were no one.

Dubstep, in all of its multifarious glory, continued to develop at a dizzying rate thanks to the sheer restlessness of its key protagonists, while young upstarts such as Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie and Joker seemed perfectly content to play exactly by their own rules. And it seems disco dug its platformed heals in after last year's fetishism for all things shiny; from revivalist edits, to contemporary cuts and a newfound appreciation of the originals themselves, it seems all was good under the mirror ball this past twelve months.

So what musical movement is in store for the next twelve months? Well, your guess is good as ours. What we can say with certainty, though, is that aside from electronic music's penchant for hyperbole and lust for the latest sonic trends, good music is good music. And hopefully this list proves just that.


01. Joy Orbison - Hyph Mngo [Hotflush Recordings]
02. Pépé Bradock - Path Of Most Resistance [Atavisme]
03. Tony Lionni - Found a Place [Ostgut Ton]
04. Jamie Jones feat. Ost & Kjex – Summertime [Crosstown Rebels]
05. STL - Silent State [Smallville Records]
06. Darkstar - Aidy's Girl Is a Computer [Hyperdub]
07. Bruno Pronsato - The Make Up, The Break Up [thesongsays]
08. Levon Vincent - Late Night Jam [Ostgut Ton]
09. Tensnake - Holding Back (My Love) [Running Back]
10. Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts #6 [MCDE]
11. Burial & Four Tet - Moth [Text Records]
12. Tensnake - In the End (I Want You to Cry) [Running Back]
13. Joker - Digidesign [Hyperdub]
14. Precious System - The Voice from Planet Love [Running Back]
15. DJ Koze - Mrs Bojangels [Circus Company]
16. Moodymann - Freeki Mutha [KDJ]
17. DJ Sprinkles - Grand Central, Part 1 (MCDE Bassline Dub) [Mule Musiq]
18. Kiki - Good Voodoo (Visionquest Remix) [BPitch Control]
19. Floating Points - Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub) [R2 Records]
20. House of House - Rushing to Paradise [Whatever We Want]
21. Lee Curtiss - Smoking Mirrors [Spectral Sound]
22. Animal Collective - My Girls [Domino]
23. Ben Klock - Subzero [Ostgut Ton]
24. Walter Jones - Living Without Your Love [DFA Records]
25. The Mole - For the Lost [Internasjonal]
26. Stefan Goldmann - Art of Sorrow [Victoriaville]
27. Azari & III - Hungry for the Power [I'm A Cliché]
28. Mount Kimbie - Maybes [Hotflush Recordings]
29. Seth Troxler - Aphrika [Wolf + Lamb]
30. Oni Ayhun - OAR 003 B1 [Oni Ayhun Records]
31. LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Theo Parrish's Space Cadet Remix) [DFA]
32. Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts #5 [MCDE]
33. Levon Vincent - Six Figures [Novel Sound]
34. Still Going - Spaghetti Circus [DFA Records]
35. Major Lazer - Pon De Floor [Downtown]
36. Kassem Mosse - Untitled B1 [Workshop]
37. WhoMadeWho - Keep Me In My Plane (DJ Koze Hudson River Dub) [Gomma]
38. Culoe De Song - The Bright Forest [Innervisions]
39. Function - Variance (Regis Edit) [Sandwell District]
40. Guido - Beautiful Complication [Punch Drunk]
41. Wax - 20002 A [Wax]
42. 6th Borough Project - Do It to the Max [Instruments Of Rapture]
43. DJ Kaos - Love the Night Away (Tiedye Remix) [DFA / Rong Music]
44. Instra:mental - Watching You [Nonplus Records]
45. Pan-Pot - Confronted [Mobilee]
46. DJ Hell feat. P. Diddy - The DJ (Radio Slave remix) [Gigolo]
47. bvdub - To Live [Smallfish Records]
48. Sebo K - Saxtrack (Reboot's Twisted Fist Remix) [Cécille Records]
49. Mark Pritchard - ? [Ho Hum]
50. Rick Wade - First Darkness [Laid]

Resident Advisor Top 50 tracks of 2009



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