GDD™ BEST OF 2011 Wrap Up

It’s been a great year for dance music. Artists, events, festivals, and fans came out more than ever this year, augmenting the EDM community and taking it to a global level never seen before. We’ve heard Skrillex on Monday Night Football. We’ve seen Swedish House Mafia sell out Madison Square Garden. We’ve witnessed hundreds of thousands of people around the world coming together in the name of music. I have a feeling that this year has truly sparked a movement that has a huge potential to grow larger and larger, and we’re ecstatic to be along for the ride.

We’ve put together a handful of lists of our favorites of 2011, with suggestions from Bones, Tre, Stevie, Troy and me. As always, I’m sure we left out your favorite song, but we’d love to hear what you guys think of our opinions and please feel free to comment below with your own! Also, make sure to keep your eye out for the Special Edition Nu Disco + Indie Dance Wrap Up from aRod + Tropicool.

Happy New Year dear readers. You’re the best we could ever ask for.

We cheers this extra-stiff cocktail to you and 2012…

Top Original Mixes (25)
A1 Bassline – Shock Headed
Benoit & Sergio – Walk & Talk
Bingo Players – Cry (Just A Little)
Blawan – Getting Me Down
Canblaster – Triple Ring
Dada Life – White Noise / Red Meat
Danny Daze – Your Everything ft. Louisahhh
Deniz Kurtel – The L Word feat. Jada
Gesaffelstein – Hatred
Gil Scott-Heron And Jamie XX – NY Is Killing Me
Homework – The Street
Joe Goddard – Gabriel ft. Valentina
Joy Orbison – Sicko Cell
Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You
Maceo Plex – Can’t Leave You
Moby – Voctoria Lucas
Neoteric, Wax Motif – Go Deep
Oliver $ – Doin’ Ya Thing
PeaceTreaty – Change
Prince Club – Body Holly
Rustie – City Star
SBTRKT – Wildfire
Switch – I Still Love You
Tanner Ross – 4 U
The 2 Bears – Bear Hug

Top Remixes (25)
11:11 – Tourist Trap (Jamie Jones Remix)
Avicii – Levels (Clockwork Remix)
Azari & III – Hungry For The Power (Art Department Remix)
Benoit & Sergio – Boy Trouble (Visionquest Remix)
Cassius – The Sound of Violence (Franco Cinelli Remix)
Cee Lo Green – Fuck You (Bart B More Remix)
Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance (Edwin Van Cleef Remix)
CSS – Hits Me Like A Rock (Dillon Francis Remix)
Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Atjazz Remix)
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette (Tiga Remix)
Luca C & Brigante ft. Ali Love – Different Morals (Clockwork Remix)
Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – Hello (Dada Life Remix)
Mattie Safer ft. Ninjasonik – That Your Girl (Skeet Skeet Remix)
Mustard Pimp – ZHM (Dada Life Remix)
Nightriders – Hey (Nom De Strip Remix)
Pendulum – The Island (Madeon Remix)
Porter Robinson – Unison (Knife Party Remix)
Sneaky Sound System – We Love (Pleasurekraft Remix)
The Xx – Crystalised (Edu Imbernon Remix)
Toddla T – Take It Back (The 2 Bears Remix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Household Goods (Justin Martin Vocal Mix)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble (Chad Valley Remix)
Virgo Four – Its A Crime (Caribou Remix)
Waifs & Strays – Body Shiver (Hot Natured Remix)
ZZT – Zzafrika (Light Year & The Finger Prince Remix)

Best Producers (10)
Azari & III
Danny Daze
Julio Bashmore
Maya Jane Coles
Nicolas Jaar
Porter Robinson
The 2 Bears
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Best DJs (10)
Boys Noize
Dada Life
Jamie Jones
Laidback Luke
Loco Dice

Breakthrough Artists (10)
12th Planet
Dillon Francis
Julio Bashmore
Miguel Campbell
Porter Robinson
Tanner Ross

Best Labels (10)
Crosstown Rebels
Dim Mak
Hot Creations
Mad Decent
Sound Pellegrino
Sweat It Out

Best Performances (that we attended) (5)
Afrojack @ EDC Las Vegas
Boys Noize @ EDC Las Vegas
James Blake live @ The Music Box
Loco Dice @ Space Miami Jan 8th
Visionquest @ Get Lost LA

Best US Clubs (5)
Avalon Hollywood — Los Angeles
Beta — Denver
Electric Pickle — Miami
Voyeur — San Diego
XS at The Encore — Las Vegas

Album Of The Year (5)
Nero – Welcome Reality
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons

Enjoy most of our favorite songs from 2011 on this edition of SPOTHEADS, courtesy of Sneevs.
 GDD™ SPOTHEADS: Best of 2011 (36 Track Spotify Playlist)





6 Responses to GDD™ BEST OF 2011 Wrap Up

  1. Dirt_Fid says:

    How is U-Street Music Hall in D.C. not gettin a mention for best clubs…consistently raved about by the artists that roll through (and obviously the attendees), even ranked number 6 in club planet’s top dance clubs in America

  2. Patrick K Weir says:

    BooooOOOo no spotify in Canada

  3. LΔURΔ says:

    lilely because none of the gdd writers have been yet :) 

  4. Anonymous says:

    yep, that’s probably it!  and of course sneevs and burn unit would probably have ranked berghain and tresor in berlin right up there as well, but since we didn’t visit them in 2011, we didn’t rank them.  :)

  5. Nick Myers says:

    cause these guys have never ventured out of los angeles

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nick– if you don’t count living in Berlin, London; regular trips to NYC, Miami, Colorado, all over California– then you’re absolutely right, we never have ventured out of Los Angeles.

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