Year in Review | Top Singles of 2011
25 to 21
by Joshua P. Ferguson
The food coma from yesterday's Christmas day feast may still be weighing some of us down, but Dialogue Inc. is ready to serve up some more meat—at least in terms of our 2011 year in review round-ups. We've nailed down our top albums and our favorite DJ mixes, so without further ado, we give you the first batch of our top singles of the year.
25) Midland "Bring Joy" – Aus Music
One of the best things to happen to bass music over the course of the last 12 months was its move to embrace varied tempos. This movement didn't necessarily start this year, but it certainly excelled and this one from the U.K. newcomer Midland was amongst our favorites.
24) Maceo Plex "Can't Leave You" – Crosstown Rebels
The label that led Resident Advisor's best of the year had a big impact on the Dialogue Inc world as well. From Art Department's stunning debut to the slew of singles from artists like Maceo Plex, Crosstown Rebels dominated the world of house music. The sense of infatuation that "Can't Leave You" embodies is one that we shared for the label itself, and for this song in particular.
23) Jacques Greene "Another Girl" – Lucky Me
To combat the massive uptick in aggressive, mosh-worthy dubstep with the sexy slo-mo shuffle of "Another Girl" was a masterstroke. Like spotting the one person at the bar you've been looking for all night, this song established Greene as a one to watch.
22) Austra "Beat and the Pulse" – Domino Recordings
Given dance's permeation into all facets of music, a credible indie-act that dabbles with beats is far preferable to anything Will.i.am is doing. While the Rapture and Cut Copy dominated this year, synthy Toronto quintet Austra deserves the award for best newcomer, fueled in part, by this single.
21) Mosca " Done Me Wrong" – Numbers
"Future bass" as a new genre tag is one that we're having trouble stomaching. But whatever the preferred nomenclature becomes, Mosca's 2-step revival "Done Me Wrong" for the Numbers label whisks us back to the days of MJ Cole, Artful Dodger and Craig David without sounding like a nostalgic rehash itself. The track comes complete with a rewind, but it may still be worth adding one of your own.