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The end of this year, and quite possibly the end of the world, is upon us and we here at Music You Need wanted to give you our take on what was the best of the best this year. There was a lot of growing pains for a genre that is finally getting it’s due in the United States and really everywhere, more than ever before, but there was still plenty of music that to sift through both good and not so good. Most of us have thrown in our two cents and it doesn’t cover everything, but we definitely have a pretty diverse group of writers and hopefully that shows; if you feel like we missed anything let us know. Hopefully we’ve thrown in some stuff that you guys missed and check out as a result of this. Enjoy, and let’s cross our fingers that we all make it to the new year safe and sound. Peace, love, and music(youneed)!

 

Shane HantoStayPositive – Editor-in-chief/Writer

1. Favorite Album: Eliot Lipp – Shark, Wolf, Rabbit, Snake   

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2. Favorite EP: Seven Lions – Days to Come EP

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3. Top 5 Tracks:

1) Kill Frenzy – Booty Clap

2) Adventure Club ft. Krewella – Rise and Fall

3) Seven Lions – Below Us ft. Shaz Sparks

4) Sebastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix) (Zeds Dead ReRemix)

5) The M Machine – Faces

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Pretty Lights

2) Star Slinger

3) Blockhead

5. Breakout Artist: GRiZ

6. Favorite Label: OWSLA

7. Favorite Festival: Lightning in a Bottle, Silverado, CA

8. Favorite Show: Dirtybird @ Mezzanine (August 3rd) w/ Kill Frenzy, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, & Worthy

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Dylan Kinney – KinneyB3t – Writer

1. Favorite Album: Markus Schulz - Scream

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2. Favorite EP: KhoMha – The Dark Knight 

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3. Top 5 Tracks:

1) Beat Service – Fortuna

2) Markus Schulz feat. Ana Diaz – Nothing Without Me

3) W&W – Invasion (ASOT 550 Anthem)

4) Tenishia – Where Do We Begin (Andrew Rayel Remix)

5) Dennis Sheperd – Edge of The World

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Markus Schulz

2) Paul van Dyk

3) Andrew Rayel

5. Breakout Artist: Andrew Rayel

6. Favorite Record Label: Coldharbour Recordings

7. Favorite Festival: Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, NV

8. Favorite Show: A State Of Trance: Invasion at Privilege, Ibiza, Spain w/ Armin van Buuren, W&W, Rank 1, and Tom Fall (September 3rd)

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Nick Siamas – NickSiamas – Writer

1. Favorite Album: Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus

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2. Top 5 Tracks:

1) Flying Lotus – Getting There

2) Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools

3) TNGHT – Buggin’

4) Captain Murphy – Immaculation

5) Lapalux – Moments (ft. Py)

3. Top 3 Artists:

1) TNGHT

2) Ta-Ku

3) Squarepusher

4. Breakout Artist: TNGHT

5. Favorite Record Label: Brainfeeder

6. Favorite Festival: Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA

7. Favorite Show: Low End Theory SF (every Wednesday)

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Nick Cross – NickCross – Writer

1. Favorite Album: Felix Cartal – Different Faces

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2. Top 5 Songs: 

1) Audien – Sup

2) James Best – Running out of Time (ft. Ze!)

3) Chicane – One Thousand Suns

4) Andain – Promises (Myron and Shane 54 Summer of Love Remix)

5) Roger Shah – Perfect Love

3. Top 3 Artists: 

1) Andain

2) Markus Schulz

3) Orjan Nilsen

4. Breakout Artist: Audien

5. Favorite Record Label: Dim Mak

6. Favorite Show: Nadia Ali – District 30, Sacramento, CA

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Joshua Jacobs – JJacobsBaller – President/CEO/Writer

1. Favorite Album: Justin Martin – Ghettos and Gardens

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2. Favorite EP: Zeds Dead – Adrenaline

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3. Top 5 Tracks: 

1) Pleasurekraft & Green Velvet – Skeleton Key

2) Alex Metric – Rave Weapon

3) Zeds Dead – Hit Me

4) Kill Frenzy – Booty Clap

5) Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Yellow Claw x Yung Felix Remix)

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Justin Martin

2) Zeds Dead

3) Diplo

5. Breakout Artist: Bauuer

6. Favorite Record Label: Dirtybird

7. Favorite Festival: Lightning In A Bottle, Silverado, CA

8. Favorite Show: MartyParty at Winstons (50 Shots of Jameson Tour), Ocean Beach, CA

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Travis Henning – SeeSharp – Writer

1. Favorite Album: Say Anything – Anarchy, My Dear

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2. Favorite EP: Imagine Dragons – Continued Silence

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3. Top 5 Songs:

1) Say Anything – Night’s Song

2) Rebelution – Sky Is The Limit

3) John Mayer – Something Like Olivia

4) Imagine Dragons – It’s Time

5) Eisley – Lights Out

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Say Anything

2) Rebelution

3) Eisley

5. Breakout Artist: Imagine Dragons

6. Favorite Record Label: Equal Vision Records

7. Favorite Show: NEEDTOBREATHE (April 12) at the Murat Theater (Egyptian Room) at the Old National Center, Indianapolis, IN

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Claude Bernal – Claudius – Writer

1. Favorite Album: Dada Life – The Rules of Dada

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2. Favorite EP: Knife Party – Rage Valley

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3. Top 5 Songs:

1) Matt Zo – The Sky

2) Azalea Banks – 212 (ft. Lazy Jay)

3) Sander van Doorn – Nothing Inside

4) Bingo Players – Don’t Blame The Party

5) Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Bingo Players

2) Dada Life

3) Sander van Doorn

5. Breakout Artist: Zedd

6. Favorite Record Label: Dim Mak

7. Favorite Festival: Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, NV

8. Favorite Show: Dada Life, SXSW Secret Set, Austin, TX

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Les Tidwell – LessIsMore – Writer

1. Favorite Album: GRiZ – Mad Liberation

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2. Top 5 Songs:

1) Gramatik – Don’t Let Me Down

2) PNAU vs. MGMT – Unite Kids (Tommy Trash Private Bootleg)

3) Wyclef Jean – Sweetest Girl (Samples Remix)

4) GRiZ – Where Is The Love

5) Knife Party – Rage Valley

3. Top 3 Artists: 

1) Tommy Trash

2) Pumpkin

3) Gramatik

4. Breakout Artist: GRiZ

5. Favorite Record Label: Dirtybird

6. Favorite Festival: Burning Man

7. Favorite Show: Big Gigantic & Griz (Uprising Tour) at The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

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Brian Keem – Fresh420 – General Manager/ Writer

1. Favorite Album: Dada Life – The Rules of Dada

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2. Favorite EP: R/D – Cloud Pound

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3. Top 5 Songs:

1) Phoenix – 1901 (D.L.I.D. Remix)

2) Bastian Van Shield – King Of My Castle

3) Grizmatik – Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom

4) Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)

5) Look At Where We Are (Major Lazer Extended Remix)

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Chuckie

2) Big Gigantic

3) Excision

5. Breakout Artist: (TIE) R/D and Popeska

6. Favorite Record Label: Boys Noize Records

7. Favorite Festival: Burning Man

8. Favorite Show: Big Gigantic (Uprising Tour) at The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

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Lyja-Stadlen Brown – LyjaRose – Web Development/Writer

1. Favorite Album: Big Gigantic – Nocturnal

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2. Top 5 Songs: 

1) Grizmatik – Digital Freedom Is Mad Liberation

2) Sub Focus – Out of the Blue

3) Eliot Lipp – The Sunset

4) Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You (The Funk Hunters Remix)

5) Kill Frenzy – Booty Clap

3. Top 3 Artists:

1) Gramatik

2) Opiuo

3) Breakbot

4. Breakout Artist: GRiZ

5. Favorite Record Label: Headtron

6. Favorite Festival: Lightning In A Bottle, Silverado, CA

7. Favorite Live Set: STS9 at High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA

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Brooke Ashley DalyRoboBrooke – Writer

1. Favorite Album: Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed


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2. Favorite EP: Nanda – Infinite Circuits 

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3. Top 5 Songs
: (TIE for #1)

1) The Prodigy -Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix) | The Prodigy – Breathe (Zeds Dead Remix)

2) Doctor P-Flying Spaghetti Monster

3) SBTRKT – Gloss

4) You Killing Me – My Religion (Karetus Remix)

5) NastyNasty -Virus

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Opiuo

2) Machinedrum

3) Zomboy

5. Breakout Artist: Grimes

6. Favorite Record Label: Never Say Die

7. Favorite Show: Cocorosie at the Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA

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Nabeel Lo – Steamulator – Event Production/ Writer

1. Favorite Album: Boys Noize – Out of The Black

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2. Top 5 Songs:

1) Mayhem & Antiserum – Spend It

2) Flosstradamus – Underground Anthem

3) Gesaffelstein – Depravity

4) Bro Safari & Knuckle Children – Mr. Nice Guy

5) A-Trak – Tuna Melt

3. Top 3 Artists:

1) Flosstradamus

2) Gesaffelstein

3) Bro Safari

4. Breakout Artist: Kill Frenzy

5. Favorite Record Label: Mad Decent

6. Favorite Festival: Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Indio, CA

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Bret Contreras – Cigabrette – Outreach Coordinator/ Writer

1. Favorite Album: Justin Martin – Ghettos & Gardens

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2. Favorite EP: Shadow Child – 23

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3. Top 5 Songs:

1) Catz ‘n Dogz – They Frontin’ (ft. Monty Luke)

2) Chopstick & Johnjon – Listen

3) Kill Frenzy – Booty Clap

4) Kry Wolf & Claude Vonstroke – Turbosteppa

5) French Fries – Space & Smoke (Justin Martin Remix)

4. Top 3 Artists:

1) Justin Martin

2) Eats Everything

3) Maya Jane Coles

5. Breakout Artist: (TIE) Shadow Child | Disclosure

6. Favorite Record Label: Dirtybird

7. Favorite Festival: Lightning In A Bottle, Silverado, CA

8. Favorite Show: (TIE) Eric Prydz w/ Jeremy Olander & Arty at The Palladium, Hollywood, CA | All Day I Dream w/ Lee Burridge & Matthew Dekay, Los Angeles, CA