Mach’s Top 10 Free Downloads & Top 10 Purchases of 2012
Posted by Mach on January 8, 2013
Since a lot has changed over the past year in how artists put out their music to the blogs I decided to create two lists this year. My first top 10 being all free downloads from the year and the second being my top 10 purchases of 2012. The lists came out very different from each other but none the less contain 20 tracks that I would not want to go without. The lists count down from my number 10 picks to my number 1 picks. Just click ‘Read On’ and enjoy.
Top Ten Free Downloads of 2012
10. Drifta is just some random Drum & Bass producer I follow, at least that is who he use to be. Throughout the year he has released some of my favorite Drum & Bass tracks. This remix of his makes me want to dance into a soaked sweat, bumping and grinding the night away. I couldn’t have picked something more addicting than this Latin infused Drum & Bass styling.
9. “Charlie Brown” was a touching original from Jared Evan. The emotions he portrays absorb deep into your heart, giving you nothing but a poor feeling for dear old Charlie Brown. This remix was something more for me. Emilio Rojas, a unknown to many, really brought in the hottest verses. The rest of the guys were great company, truly bringing this remix together.
8. Unlike my Top 10 for 2011, my top 10s this year contain many tracks that never saw the light of day on FNT or any other big music site. I am a sucker for Disco-House. I just love to dance, it’s that simple. Justin Faust assembled a really cool and fun remix of what I would say is not one of Childish Gambino’s best. I salute Justin for how he made this funky remix best of the year material.
7. In celebration of reaching 1000 likes on Facebook 8 months ago, Traktion gave out this next top tune of the year. I absolutely love how happy this song makes me feel. The vocals are layered in a way that even the likes of Camo & Krooked and Subfocus can say this is great Drum & Bass. Full of energy and smilies, it was no contest that this track made the list.
6. I have to thank my girlfriend for this one. If it wasn’t for her, I would have never known of Germany’s Hannes Fischer and his breathtakingly beautiful House productions. Radiohead are a legendary band in my opinion, Hannes flawlessly reflected what they were about, the little things. This may be the only time an edit makes its way to my top of the year, but this track is well more than deserving of such a place.
5. Ryan Hemsworth is undoubtedly one of the best upcoming Hip-Hop producers. It would not surprise me at all if he has already been signed by a major label. This remix stuck out the most of all his releases this year. He maintained an orignal feeling in that the fact of this being a remix goes unnoticed. Ryan didn’t do much work on the vocals, not that he needed to, but was able to seamlessly layer the vocals to his own desire. I hope others are just as excited as myself to see what future holds for Ryan.
4. My top free of the year doesn’t seem to have much Dubstep. Honestly, I was more disappointed in Dubstep producers failing to wow me over the year. So many want to copy Skrillex and repeat the same short vocal sample over the course of 5 minutes. Am I the only one who is annoyed by that? Where’s the creativity in Dubstep? Of course Fademan is my exception. He went and completely revamped the original of this. The vocals are sexy, the bass is delicious. I could sit for hours with this remix on repeat.
3. Logic why are you so good?! Seriously, Logic is going to make something of himself, I can already imagine his massive upcoming radio presence. He drops a verse as easy as it is to drop the soap, it is like he is one of those people God smiles at on a daily basis. This track of his is one of my favorites. You can roll down the street bumping this for all to hear or just chill out at home and relax. Logic just makes you feel good about what he’s up to.
2. There was so much more Hip-Hop in my free list than I planned on having. Biggy is one of my favorite rappers of all time, the way he told stories is still like no other. Woody brought this classic back to life. The vibe of the instrumentals are perfectly matched up with the legend’s verses. This is such an awesome track to listen to.
1. Since the first play I had of this song, I knew this was going to be one of my favorites of the year. Coyote Kisses did an unbelievably cool job with this remix, as soon as the electric guitar started blaring I was sold. The videogame bit music style in the bridge was a sweet addition to this behemoth. No matter how many times I listen to this track, Coyote Kisses still has me geeking out over it.
Top Ten Purchases of 2012
10. Considering how the year went for Seven Lions, it didn’t feel right not having him in one of my top 10s. Despite how incredible “Days To Come” is, I can’t refuse a spot for this remix. The drop on this track makes you feel unlike anything you’ve felt before. Seven Lions owned this remix.
9. I’m pretty sure everyone loves this mix from Axwell. I don’t usually listen to him, but when I do it rocks. Axwell makes you feel amazing with this mix, as if the only drug you need to take is this song.
8. Every time I see Haywyre’s name now I get really excited. He is so underrated, the way he produces and composes his tracks is at the uber level. “Raw Crunch” is a lot of fun to listen to. The way the glitch bass synths sound like an electric guitar is the coolest. Haywyre has set up a track releasing in a week and I am extremely excited to see what he has in store.
Beatport: Haywyre – Raw Crunch
7. This has to be one of the greatest tracks that The Bloody Beetroots have created. Greta Svabo Bech’s vocals are calm, smooth, and completely unforgettable. This track drops into a party of synth and bass. The Bloody Beetroots may never top this track in my opinion.
6. Enigma Dubz is one of my favorite producers, everything he touches is gold. In fact it was really hard to choose only one song from all his releases this year for this list. The decision became much easier when I realized this filthy tune has been my go to gym track for the past year. This track makes me feel like I could lift a house and throw it down the street.
Bandcamp: Krissi B – Like Diss (Enigma Dubz Mix)
5. This track messes with your mind. It seems to be a normal, smooth, Dubstep track but what you don’t know is what lies in the middle of this heater. The preview below cuts out the part I’m talking about, convient right? You have to take my word on it though. Teknian and Kasket did a tasteful job blending their strengths to create this dope original.
Teknian | Kasket
Beatport: Teknian & Kasket – Urban Grounds
4. Big thanks to my friend Nammo for introducing me to this track. He and I both joke that we should have lived through the 1970s because of how much we love the funky disco vibes. He doesn’t know I added this to the list, but I’m sure he will get a kick out of it. Disco isn’t coming back, it never left.
3. This is pretty much tied with number 2. I have listened to this song so many times this year, had it as a ringtone, and still after so many plays it still never gets old for me. Amba Shepherd’s voice is almost flawlessly suited to all the sounds in the instrumentals. I really enjoy how she was given verses during the drop. It has been more common this year getting vocal-less drops with maybe a vocal sample being glitched. Virtual Riot forever found a place in my memory.
2. As hard as I kept trying to tell myself “Superhuman” was better, I just couldn’t get myself to switch them. This track is vastly underrated, and is nothing what you would expect from Rusko. Yet here it is. This track has it all, vocals, it’s catchy, and has a danceable instrumental. I have no idea what Rusko’s state was when he created this gem but I’d feel privileged to have been there when it happened.
iTunes: Rusko – Thunder
1. Finally at this end of this thing. There was no doubt in my mind that Dash Berlin was my top pick of the year. If I did an album list, his new album “#musicislife” would be number 1. The problem I had was choosing only one track from that album. “World Falls Apart” just instantly sank into my heart. Listening to it I can feel what Jonathan Mendelsohn is singing about. Dash Berlin assembled one of the best albums of the year, Trance and House lovers alike can easily enjoy it.