As we put the cork in the sweet bottle that was 2013, dance music can toast to the New Year after having one of her finest years yet. Dance music has been stuck into the mainstream vein like never before, and the subsequent resurgence to underground sounds have been thriving across the globe. From the deserts to the beaches, festivals both new and old continue to pack sold out audiences, and there are no signs of slowing.

On behalf of the GDD™ collective, we’d like to say thanks for riding along with us. Whether you were with us from the beginning, or have only recently stumbled across our page, we’re honored to share our taste in music with you. We’ve humbly amassed a year’s worth of tunes and tallied up our favorite DJs and producers. This has certainly been the most difficult year for selections due to the awesome amount of great tunes that dropped, which is why most of the categories have expanded. It warms our hearts to see a host of our friends in the running this year, as well as all the fresh faces that broke through with massive years.

We hope that 2013 was a prosperous one for you, and we bid you all a Happy New Year.

With so many hits on offer this year, we enlisted our very own Troy Kurtz for his take on 2013. He covers all the bases featuring the likes of Duke Dumont, Disclosure, and Breach, but he also creates some dynamic moments that make us truly appreciative of a year’s worth of great music.

Best Tracks (25)

Bicep – Satisfy
Boddika – Heat
Booka Shade – Love Inc
Breach – Jack
Burial – Rival Dealer
Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form (feat. Shy Girls)
Daft Punk – Doin’ it Right (feat. Panda Bear)
Dense & Pika – Colt
Destructo – Higher
Disclosure – White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge)
DJ Snake – Bird Machine (feat. Alesia)
Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) (feat. AME)
Gorgon City – Real (feat. Yasmin)
Justin Jay – Static
Martin Garrix – Animals
Moderat – Bad Kingdom
Ninetoes – Finder
Panteros666 – Baby F-16
Patrick Topping – Any Amounts
Route 94 – My Love (feat. Jess Glynne)
SCNTST – Basement Structure
Tessela – Hackney Parrot
Tiga VS Audion – Let’s Go Dancing
Todd Terje -Strandbar (Disko version)
Trikk – Labour 91

Best Remixes (25)

AC Slater – Party Animals (Anna Lunoe Remix)
AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
Boddika & Joy Orbison – Mercy (Boddika’s VIP)
Bonobo – First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
Breach – Jack (Mak & Pasteman Remix)
Cajmere & Sonny Fodera – You’re The One (Pleasurekraft Remix)
Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru (G.Vump Remix)
CHVRCHES – Lies (Tourist Remix)
Classixx – Holding On (Jerome LOL Remix)
Crystal Fighters – LA Calling (Curses Remix)
Daniel Avery – Naive Response (Danny Daze Remix)
Disclosure feat. London Grammar – Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford Remix)
Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Motez Mix)
Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Hot Natured – Reverse Skydiving (Shadow Child Remix)
London Grammar – Strong (Jonas Rathsman Remix)
Nadia Ksaiba – Virtual Lover (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
Oliver – MYB (Tchami Remix)
Panama – Always (Wave Racer Remix)
Phil Kieran – Saturdays (Catz ‘n Dogz Remix)
Rachel Row – Follow The Step (Justin Martin Remix)
Romanthony – Let Me Show You Love [Oliver Dub]
Rustie – Slasherr (Flume Edit)
Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III)
Zinc – Only For Tonight (T.E.E.D. Remix)

Best Albums (10)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Classixx – Hanging Gardens
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
Darkside – Psychic
Disclosure – Settle
DJ Koze – Amygdal
James Blake – Overgrown
Kastle – Kastle
Moderat – II

Best Labels (10)

Body High
Future Classic
Main Course

Best Producers (10)

Cashmere Cat
Club Cheval
Dog Blood
Duke Dumont
Green Velvet
Hudson Mohawke

Best DJs (10)

12th Planet
Danny Daze
Eats Everything
Justin Martin
Loco Dice
Soul Clap

Breakthrough Artists (10)

Amine Edge & DANCE
Chris Malinchak
DJ Snake
Hot Since 82
Justin Jay
T. Williams

Ones to Watch in 2014 (10)

Anna Lunoe
Bixel Boys
Jimmy Edgar
Route 94
Wax Motif

Best Videos (10)

Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes
Breach – Jack
Classixx – Holdin On
Disclosure – You & Me feat. Eliza Doolittle
Gesaffelestein – Hate Or Glory
Gesaffelstein – Pursuit
Oliver – Night Is On My Mind
PURPLE – The Club
Tame Impala – Mind Mischief
Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy

Best Performances (that we saw) (10)

Breach at HARD Summer, LA
Disclosure at Coachella, Indio
Duke Dumont at Slap & Tickle, Miami
Dusky at Dim Mak Studios, LA
James Blake at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, LA
Justice x Boys Noize x Gesafellstein B2B2B at Private Island via Holy Ship!
Loco Dice at Coachella, Indio
Moby at Fonda Theater, LA
Moderat at Club Nokia, LA
Skrillex x 12th Planet x Crookers x Congorock B2B2B2B at VS, The Central, LA

GDD™ Artist of the YearDisclosure


Disclosure’s reign in 2013 is indisputable. While looking like they belong more in a freshman dorm room than on stage at the Sahara Tent at Coachella, they’ve soared to the top in record fashion. Their debut album Settle rocked up at the number one spot in the UK charts, and the young brothers were rewarded with a 2013 Mercury Prize nomination for the best album of the year. The success of Settle fueled a global tour which saw them play at more than 40 festivals, as well as bevy of club appearances. To the young lads we say congratulations, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll have us dancing to in 2014.