I am going to firstly address the fact that ‘Levels’ is not on our Best Of List this year. Yes, it is an anthem, possibly the ‘anthem of the year’ but its level of popularity, the fact that Flo Rida sampled it, and its overall airtime has pushed it onto the list of ‘tracks I don’t want to hear for another year’.
In other news, Sweden has officially become the breading grounds for the best house music artists in the world. Two of it’s model citizens- Avicii & Alesso had the type of year that could only be dreamt of.
For the sake of this ‘Best Of’ series and my sanity, we have picked our favourite tracks of 2011 based on genres categorized by Beatport. With that being said, our picks are purely based on personal taste and they give remixes the same weight as an original track.
On top of Levels, Avicii released ‘Fade Into Darkness’ and our #1 pick for Prog House track of the year- ‘Blessed’. Releasing it under a new Tom Hangs moniker and then remixing his own track, this is an under appreciated song in my books. Under appreciation= less airtime= less Flo Rida= less Leona Lewis= TRACK OF THE YEAR
At the end of 2010 everyone was pumping up Alesso as the artist to watch in ’11. With the March release of his Dynamite EP, several HUGE remixes (see below) and a collaboration with Seb Ingrosso, he blew up. ‘Calling’ quickly became a festival hit and the mashups/bootlegs/remixes began to pour in.
He capped off 2011 with another crowd pleaser- ‘Raise Your Head’ and easily gets our vote for #2 Prog House track of the year.
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso- Calling (Original Instrumental Mix)
It boggles my mind that his Good Love remix hasn’t gotten more recognition but nonetheless it remains a staple in the 2011 house list and once again shows the calibre of his productions.
DEVolution- Good Love (Alesso Remix)