1. “It Takes a Muscle” by M.I.A.
Diplo and M.I.A. share a strange relationship. They profess to hate each other, yet Diplo produced two of M.I.A’s best songs on her recent album Maya. Maybe they feed off the hate but whatever the reason, we continue to reap the benefits.
2. “I Can Change” by LCD Soundsystem
From their recent album This Is Happening, “I Can Change” is quite possibly the most earnest and rewarding track from this group. This synth-heavy track builds and builds over six minutes and finally climaxes like all good LCD Soundsystem songs do.
3. “In For the Kill” by La Roux (Skream Let’s Get Ravey Remix)
Dubstep artist Skream puts his spin on La Roux’s “In for The Kill.”
4. “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire’s take on ‘80s pop is such a raging success that they make this new song sound completely their own.
5. “For Yo Sorrows” by Big Boi
For those who think Big Boi is simple Andre’s sidekick, think again. Sir Lucious Leftfoot may be the genre-defining album for rap in 2010.
6. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
While summer seems like ages ago, this was the anthem to mine and should have been for yours, too.
7. “Getting Nowhere” by Magnetic Man feat. John Legend
Supergroup Magentic Man teams up with the R&B legend John Legend for an unusual collaboration of genres which is sure to please.
8. “Toxic” by Yail Naim (16 Bit Dubstep Remix)
Far removed from Britney Spears’ chart topping jam as well as French singer Yail Naim’s cover of her jam, this remix is sure to intrigue but might not be for all ears.
9. “Brother” by The Letter P feat. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
This song completely makes me question Edward Sharpe’s legitimacy as a hippie, but I’m still a fan.
10. “I Feel Better” by Hot Chip
This electropop outfit really broke through earlier this year with their fourth album One Life Stand and the infectious single “I Feel Better.”
11. “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit (Borgore Remix)
Seemingly remixed once a week, Israeli DJ Borgore puts his own spin on Passion Pit’s hit. His music is “like commercial American hip-hop and death metal being played through various farm animals.”
12. “Camera Day” by Flying Lotus
FlylLo is a certified genius. He has been labeled as the Hendrix of his genre and for good reason. There is no one putting out as progressive yet appeasable electronic today.
13. “She Gone” by Gonjasufi
This California singer/yoga instructor literally croaks over 19 tracks on his debut album A Sufi and a Killer, never is this more evident on “She Gone.”