Aged In Melody – Theme For Someone Special [2016 reissue]
This soulful ’70s disco instrumental is stunning. It actually makes me feel sad, but I’m quite happy to be sad occasionally for a 4 minute stretch. Never heard so much emotion in a piece of instrumental music before. Properly released as part of a killer triple 7″ package by Floating Points.
Wah Wah Wino – Magpie
This is one of the best house tunes out in years IMO. Bouncy and fun and irreverent – the complete antithesis to all the boring stuff out nowadays. Local Dublin young fellas responsible. Man of the moment Nevan Jio played it in a back to back mix we did for Daire All City. COYBIG. Hup.
Nadia Rose – Skwod
UK grime / hip hop / future rnb sounds. Big things coming for Nadia.. she slayinnn’.
Hubie Davison – Sanctified
Donna Summer tune chopped up into a house anthem. Popular song this year!
Palms Trax – High Point on Low Ground
Young lad is doing really well & deserves it, got himself a nice clean sound. It’s not exactly new territory in the grand scheme of things, but he’s a talented DJ & producer and that’s all that matters..
Rihanna – Kiss It Better
Sleazy electric guitars have found their way back into rnb / pop! This is a slow jam banger. I love how RiRi can put out super downtempo tunes that become anthems. This is like golden era Daft Punk + 2016 trap + 1980s Miami. Works a treat.
A Tribe Called Quest – We The People
This, a thousand times this.
WU15 – The Anthem [late 2015]
A Jazz / funk / house music collaboration between UK producers K15 & Henry Wu released on Alexander Nut’s Eglo Records. Lively!
Mood II Swing Feat. Carol Sylvan – Closer (King Street Moody Club Mix) [2016 reissue]
I rinsed this one on Sunday night at EP and a few more times throughout the year. Mood II Swing got extensively reissued this year and began touring (again?). Fair play to them. Unce unce. Yup yup.
Long Island Sound – Myrtle
Young Irish lads makin’ waaaves. Friendly & solid DJ / producers. Splash.
Ghost Town DJs – My Boo [1995, popularised again 2016]
Originally released in the mid ’90s, this unusual uptempo hit was as good as reissued this year, as it popped up in a viral video online and then reappeared everywhere again. Special mention to KP & Envyi – Swing My Way which came out a couple of years later, on a similar tip.. it even touches on a UK Garage vibe which is cool!
Love Unlimited – I’m So Glad That I’m A Woman 
This came out in 1979 but it’s one of my most played out tracks this year. Been on a huge Love Unlimited (Barry White’s band) tip over the past 12 months. Proper late ’70s, lush, string-laden disco about being a woman and loving it. What’s not to like.