In 2009, Phoenix (a BLISS favorite back to their first record, United, and our very first event in 2000) made the indie album of the year, pulling heartstrings of bloggers and Madison Avenue (Cadillac commercials) alike.
Producers were the heroes of 2009. They took dance floors to new levels of insanity and beauty. Favorites of the year are Classixx, Doorly, Harvard Bass, Laidback Luke, Nadastrom, and Riva Starr. Classixxâ€™s remixes roll subtly and gently, never revealing more than needed. Their remixes of Phoenix and Holy Ghost! and anthemic original, â€œIâ€™ll Get You,â€ featuring Jeppe of dearly departed Junior Senior/â€œMove Your Feetâ€ fame, count among the yearâ€™s finest.
Whereas Classixx and The Twelves dominated electropop, Electro House and Tech House propelled dance floors. Nadastrom were in my best of list last year for their debut ep. This yearâ€™s follow up, The Saved ep gained them wide-spread recognition, sending the guys around the world. We canâ€™t wait to see what 2010 brings!!! Itâ€™s simply a pleasure watching these guys work a floor and each new production is like a Christmas present.
I donâ€™t believe itâ€™s possible to quantify the â€œbestâ€ of any art form and year in lists typically leave me unsatisfied, therefore, in no particular order, with no particular, easily rounded number, here are some of my favorite tracks and remixes of 2009. I probably inadvertently left out a bunch. Itâ€™s all good. Thereâ€™ll be more.