11. Filly "Sweat (Drip Drop)" (Robbins)
We always love a track that is based on a street dance craze. Filly's debut single "Sweat" was written for the UK inner city dancers who perform to "Sliide" music - a mix of pop, urban, and electro beats. Remixes by the Tastemakers and the Wideboys bump up the tempo for any electroleaning dancefloor.
We've been fans of Francis Preve for a while, watching his career develop from tech writer and sound engineer to remixer and producer, and now he is an artist in his own right. Signed to Josh Gabriel's label Different Pieces, the techy electro track "Caboose" comes at you like a train, increasing in intensity as the beats flow.
13. General Midi "Milton" (Distinctive)
Quirky electro breaks hybrid "Milton" is one of those tracks I found myself going back to all year. Its hard to say what makes it special - it just is.
After a massive smash like "Let Me Think About It," there is always the question if there can be a follow-up. For Danish soulstress Ida Corr, the answer is yes. The autobiographical tempo "Ride My Tempo" is a story that every electronic music fan can relate to. The album version is quite magical in its own right but the Wideboys remix makes it a true club anthem.
15. Jaime Jay "To Make You Feel Alright" (White Label)
This infectious pop dance hit, sampling the classic Rob and Raz "Got to Get", has been in our heads all year. After one listen, its just that catchy. Add a nice commercial electro remix by the Wideboys and we wondered why this track didn't cross over massively. Late in the year, we find out that she sacrificed promotion to help her X-Factor boyfriend. What a waste. Hopefully her work with Lee Dagger (Bimbo Jones), namely the track "Can't Do It Like Me" will bring her the crossover pop success she deserves.
16. Kerli "Walking on Air" (Island)
Estonian pop star, that's something you don't hear often, Kerli hit the US with her CD Love is Dead - lead by the single "Walking on Air." An ode to being the outsider, the sparse electronic track was beefed up for club with remixes by Treasure Fingers, Armin Van Burrem, Josh Harris, and Lindbergh Palace. Although released 2008, this might become one of the sleeper hits of 2009.
17. Kid Cudi "Day n Nite" (Fools Gold)
The Crookers remix of this Columbus, Ohio based rapper's debut single brought it to clubland in a big way. Signed to Kanye West's label, we defintiely foresee more electronic music in his future.
18. Kreesha Turner "Don't Call Me Baby" (Capitol)
Although first introduced to us with the hip hop jam "Bounce With Me," it was the Motown-styled "Don't Call Me Baby" that made us fall in love with the Canadian soul princess. Remixes by Digital Dog, Bimbo Jones, and Morel brought the song to life in clubs everywhere. We anxiously await the release of her debut CD Passion.
19. Kylie Minogue "Wow" (Capitol/Astralwerks/Parlophone)
Choosing a favorite Kylie single of X is kind of like asking a parent to choose favorite child. I kept bouncing between the Freemasons remix of "The One" and the Chris Lake remix of "In My Arms" and the Mark Picchiotti mix of "All I See" before deciding on the exuberant pop jam "Wow!" I challenge you to listen to this song and not have a smile on your face.
It's nice to see a dance artist bubble up from the clubs and get a #1 pop hit. While scenesters may question the credibility of her genesis, no one can help but to dance to the catchy groove of "Just Dance." Who else can sing about debauchery and drunkeness with such finesse? Listen to her CD and you will realize that she will not be a one hit wonder.