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Little White Earbuds February Charts

01. Brendon Moeller, “The Big Thrill” [Connaisseur Supérieur]
02. Juju & Jordash, “Same Ol’ Day” [Juju Music]
03. Will Saul & Mike Monday, “Zippo” [Buzzin’ Fly Records]
04. Danilo Schneider, “Ungeduld” [Brouqade Records]
05. Even Tuell, “Untitled A1” [Workshop]
06. Paul Frick, “Steal My Heart” (Dub Version) [Kalk Pets]
07. Christian Vance, “Tiger Snake” (Quarion remix) [Perspectiv]
08. Klockworks, “Grab Me” [Klockworks]
09. Kontext, “Blinkende Stjerne” [Immerse Records]
10. 2562, “Embrace” [3024]

And Charts For All – February

Chart courtesy of The Economist Behold! Our first Charts For All has arrived. We were quite pleased with the turnout and hope it will expand even further next month. We were pleasantly surprised with the breadth of tracks chosen by voters, encompassing many tracks we’ve heard and many more we’re just hearing of now. Although […]

What have you been listening to?

It never felt right to us that charting dance music has been the exclusive domain of DJs and critics. Their charts only reveal half of the picture and leave out many of the people who pack the night clubs and keep DJs in demand. And let’s be honest: some DJs (not to mention names) will […]

LWE’s Top 10 Albums of 2008

Every time the album format is declared dead for dance music a slew of great full lengths arrive to attest to the contrary. In this regard 2008 was no different, offering bountiful evidence that the extended format is a great canvas for electronic music of all stripes, from treated avant-garde to finely textured techno experimentalism, […]

LWE’s Top 20 Singles of 2008 (Part 4)

05. Matias Aguayo, “Minimal” [Kompakt] (buy) In the year that minimal either went cynical or cyclical, or simply gave its critical audience more to harp about than usual, Matias Aguayo played devil’s advocate with “Minimal.” Aguayo’s late-night lover-man persona can be hard to read, so who really knows if this is smackdown or pisstake (I […]

LWE’s Top 20 Singles of 2008 (Part 3)

10. Sascha Dive, “Deepest America” (Moodymann remix) [Ornaments] (buy) Building up from a classic Motor City stomp into a looped-out masterpiece with energy to spare, Moodymann’s frenetic take on Sascha Dive’s “Deepest America” was a timely reminder of Kenny Dixon, Jr.’s mastery over the sampledelic end of the spectrum. Tastefully limiting the now-cliched Afrocentric speech […]

LWE’s Top 20 Singles of 2008 (Part 2)

15. Melchior Productions Ltd, “Who Can Find Me (I Can’t)” [Cadenza] (buy) “Who Can Find Me (I Can’t)” has to be one of the best emotional minimal tracks of 2008. It’s brittle structure and softly plodding drums are classic Melchior, but something about the shimmering arpeggios and mournful vocals make this one especially heavy-hearted. “Choir” […]

LWE’s Top 20 Singles of 2008 (Part 1)

In the face of critical malaise, 2008 was a great year for techno and house singles. As the landscape shifted further from minimal, deep-house (already as broad a term as “minimal”), dub and tribal sounds came back strong, joined by brand name Berghain techno, dubstep and its techy (as of yet unnamed) brother. There was […]

LWE’s Top 5 Worst Ideas of 2008

For our final year-end column, LWE staff writer Todd Hutlock takes to task the top five worst ideas of 2008. Pundits can argue back and forth all they like about whether 2008 was a good year for music — that’s a matter of taste. What can’t be argued, however, is that for any and all […]

LWE’s Top 5 Non-Commercial Mixes of 2008

For our fourth year end column, staff writer Will Lynch rounds up his top five non-commercial mixes of 2008. In the past few years the advent of “podcasts” has affected all sorts of music, but none so significantly as dance music. For us beat-mongers lurking in the blogosphere, commercial mix CDs and albums tend to […]

LWE’s Top 5 Breakout Artists of 2008

For our third year end column, LWE staff writer Colin Shields highlights his top five breakout artists of 2008. 2008 has been an exciting year for electronic music in many ways, not least because the means of production and distribution have become so thoroughly democratized. Some focus on the cookie-cutter, “Abletonized” records in which this […]

LWE’s Top 10 Overlooked Tracks of 2008

For our second year end column, LWE’s editor-in-chief, Steve Mizek, digs up his top 10 overlooked tracks of 2008. Thousands upon thousands of tracks are released each year, followed by remix packages, online exclusives, reissues and more. So it’s inevitable that a number of great tunes and remixes get passed over, escaping even the most […]

Little White Earbuds November Charts

Chart courtesy of The Economist. 01. Radio Slave, “Incognito” [R&S Records] (buy) Another big year for Matt Edwards and a return to prominence for Belgium’s R&S, 2008 saw the former help reboot the latter with the storming “Eyes Wide Open” single. But hiding on the B-side is something better, the gut-punching floor filler “Incognito.” Although […]

Little White Earbuds October Charts

Chart courtesy of The Economist. 01. C.B. Funk, “Subway to Cologne” [Story] (buy) It didn’t take long for the cloak of anonymity to be yanked off Story’s inaugural release, but it’s difficult to blame listeners for wanting to know its source. “Subway to Cologne” may be the best work yet from Christian Beißwenger, better known […]

Little White Earbuds September Charts

Chart courtesy of The Economist. 01. Âme, Fabric 42 [Fabric] (buy) While few mixes have received many repeat listens at LWE HQ this year, Âme’s Fabric 42 has proven to be a huge exception. Not only does the mix mirror the sounds inspiring Âme’s own music, it’s woven together with a definite narrative and purpose, […]

Little White Earbuds August Charts

Chart courtesy of The Economist. 01. Matthew Styles, “We Said Nothing” [Diamonds & Pearls] (buy) So far I’ve managed to look past Matthew Styles despite the sheen of buzz around him, but “We Said Nothing,” the lead cut from an EP of the same name, is utterly impossible to ignore. The dense and flashy percussion […]

LWE 2Q Reports: Top 10 Singles Lists

For our final report, LWE’s writing staff offers their top 10 favorite singles from the year so far. To our ears it’s been quite a strong year for singles, even if relatively few true anthems have emerged (not counting the ubiquitous “Orbitalife,” which is more a device than an anthem). One track that has dominated […]

LWE 2Q Reports: Top 5 Singles That Suggest Minimal Isn’t Dead

For our fifth report, LWE correspondent Colin Shields offers his top 5 singles (from the first half of 2008) that suggest minimal isn’t dead, actually. It’s a familiar story: Life seemed so good in 2006. Minimal, a genre that had simmered along in dance since its conception, had hit the mainstream in a big way. […]

LWE 2Q Reports: Top 5 Overrated Singles

For our fourth report, LWE’s editor in chief Steve Mizek picks his top five overrated singles from the first half of 2008. The number of dance music singles released each year is absolutely mind-boggling, likely well into six digits and rising each year as production software becomes more accessible. So how does a track stand […]

LWE 2Q Reports: Top 5 Live PAs

“Minimalism” by Noriko Ambe For our third report, LWE correspondent Will Lynch compiles his top five live PAs from the first half of 2008. One of dance music’s most unique features is the elasticity of the artist’s relationship with their own material. Plenty of producers never “play live” and use DJing as their exclusive means […]