Music lovers benefitted big time this year! So much incredible music came out during 2020 — I guess the world being on lockdown wasn’t so bad after all. Below is MI4L’s picks for Fav Tracks of 2020…
Dubfire – Lotus feat. Carl Craig & Kate Elsworth (Tibi Dabo Remix) [Crosstown Rebels] — 2020-02-14 — The world was blessed with this beautiful tune on Valentine’s Day 2020. Berlin-based up-and-comer, Tibi Dabo, had a breakout year — releasing two singles and this massive remix on the almighty Crosstown Rebels. The stellar remix has all the elements of a timeless track: feel-good, yet strangely infectious, melodies; hypnotic, minimal groove; staggering hats; bumpin’ kicks; and chilling drops; all of which build up for nearly 6 minutes to a perfect change-up at the tail-end. Love it! Big up to Dubfire, Tibi Dabo, and Crosstown Rebels for this amazing tune. Be on the lookout for Tibi Dabo’s full-length album coming soon…
– Jimbo James, MI4L Editor-in-Chief & Resident DJ
Citizenn – Stay With Me feat. Kat Leon (Black Circle Remix) [Saved Records] — 2020-08-21 — That Black Circle remix of Citizenn’s “Stay With Me” on Saved was such a smasher! Perfect combination of African percussion, melodies, and pumping bass.
– Juany Bravo, MI4L Managing Editor & Label Artist
Scott Diaz – Somewhere Else feat. LOA [Sub_Urban] — 2020-03-06 — An instant classic here from Scott Diaz. No matter how many times I listen to this track, the goosebumps just don’t stop.
– DuBeats, MI4L Senior Editor, Label Artist & Resident DJ
Kassian – Midnight District Line [Semi Delicious] — 2020-03-05 — Clocking in at just under ten minutes…this hypnotic, rolling dance floor heater will be a gem in my sets for years to come!
– The Silver Rider, MI4L Senior Editor & Label Artist
O Terno – Bielzinho/Bielzinho (Xinobi Extended Remix) [Discotexas] — 2020-08-07 — What a feel good tune with vibes and rhythm to keep you moving at anytime!
– SAAND, MI4L Senior Editor & Label Artist
Walker & Royce – Need2Freak [DIRTYBIRD] — 2020-12-04 — Walker & Royce absolutely killed it with their end of year release on Dirtybird titled “Need 2 Freak”. I played this one out multiple times myself and has such a one of a kind vibe.
– Mitch Dodge, MI4L Editor, Label Artist & Resident DJ
– Ramin, MI4L West Coast Podcast Founder & Resident DJ
Nick Warren – Electro Shock [NATIV] — 2020-11-27 — Tough one this, its actually been a pretty good year in spite of ‘Rona. I had a chance to rediscover a lot of breaks from the early 2000s as well as find new stuff in 2020. The best of them was Nick Warren‘s ‘Electro Shock’ on NATIV.
– Simon Huxtable, MI4L News Editor
Tim Green – Vacation To Life [All Day I Dream] — 2020-03-27 — This track from Tim Green on ADID is my favorite of 2020 — perfect melodic house with beautiful vocals it brings a great journey.
– PALOMA, MI4L Label Artist & Resident DJ
Lovebirds – People (Lovebirds Edit) [Sirsounds Records] — 2020-11-27 — Lovebirds was one of the first deep house music producers I ever discovered. This Edit of “people make the world go round.” Was a standout immediately because I remember loving “gangsters make the world go round” by westside connection. so this record brought me back to my childhood with a fresh dance floor feel.
– Hylas, MI4L Resident DJ
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Author: Jimbo James