We had a big year at Run The Trap, and we want to celebrate the end of it in style with you guys. Each one of our writers is going to be posting an article highlighting 10 things from the past year that was important to that specific writer. To kick things off I’m going to be talking about 10 songs that were on repeat for me this year. In no way is this a top 10 tracks of the year post, just 10 tracks that I couldn’t stop myself from listening throughout the year. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom and let me know what you couldn’t stop listening to this year.
Starting off the list is AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix). This song is probably the one I played the most throughout the year. DJ Snake had a huge year, from taking over the trap music game with his famous Bird Machine track to having one of the hottest tracks of the year Turn Down For What. DJ Snake perfectly blends a hypnotic beat over Aluna’s beautiful vocals to create an absolutely stunning track.
AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
1 part Polish Ambassador and 1 part Ayla Nereo, Wildlight put out one of my favorite tracks of the year with Twirl Me. Ayla’s vocals float over a beautifully constructed melodic beat. The song tells an amazing story of love and loss complimented with fantastic piano chords. Get ready to wear out the repeat button on this one.
Wildlight – Twirl Me
I first found out about Odesza when they opened for Emancipator earlier this year. After seeing them live I knew I needed to keep an eye on them. Their My Friends Never Die album was wildly successful and the title track tells you everything you need to know about this duo from Seattle. This song is absolutely infectious and will be in your playlists for years to come.
ODESZA – My Friends Never Die
You will probably see this song in just about everyone’s top 10 trap music songs of the year. What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix) is an ethereal remix the mashes up the original’s perfect vocal work with a minimal trap beat. You’ll find yourself listening to this track over and over and you won’t ever get tired of it.
What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix)
Djemba Djemba is one of my favorite producers this year. He had a number of hits including his fantastic remix of Laura Mvula – Green Gardens and his bass anthem BANKS – Fall Over (Djemba Djemba Remix). Both of these remixes stood out for me, but it was the Banks remix I found myself listening to more often. This one’s up for free download so be sure to grab your copy.
BANKS – Fall Over (Djemba Djemba Remix)
Wave Racer is hands down my favorite discovery of this year. Literally every track he puts out is perfection. To quote XLR8R: “Wave Racer infuses DCUP’s original song “Don’t Be Shy” with an all-encompassing neon glow, balancing the skittering boom-bap which drives his production with sparkling arpeggios, bright guitar strums, and a never-ending array of gliding synth touches.”
DCUP – Don’t Be Shy (Wave Racer Remix)
Keys N Krates‘ single Treat Me Right along with the accompanying remixes from Thugli, Lazerdisk, and Grandtheft were played out over my speakers time and time again. This Canadian trio whipped out one of my favorite releases of the year with Treat Me Right. The groovy beat and trap based melodies will keep you coming back for more.
Keys N Krates – Treat Me Right
Flume had one of the biggest years of any artist. His innovative Disclosure – You & Me remix thrust this Australian to the forefront of the EDM world. Whether he’s throwing out tracks with Emoh Instead as What So Not, or producing his own amazing tracks Flume’s music took my listening to a whole new level this year.
Disclosure – You & Me (Flume Remix)
Wick-It The Instigator played one of my favorite sets this year at Shambhala and his Nate Dogg – Shake That remix is the perfect party song. This massive moombahton remix is a booming, dance floor igniting track that you’ll want to bump for days.
Nate Dogg – Shake That (Wick-it Remix)
This was the first song I fell in love with this year. Devolution – Listen To The Badman features a bouncy beat that’ll keep your head nodding until the end. This track was first premiered on Annie Mac and you’ll want to turn the bass way up when you listen to this one.