The Key’s Year-End Mania: K. Ross Hoffman’s megamix dance party for NYE 2017

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Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2017 incredible. In this installment, Key contributor K. Ross Hoffman presents a megamix of 2017 highlights for all your New Year’s dance party needs.

Welcome to my year end mania. My most cherished, and certainly most insane annual personal ritual, every December since 2006 (the year of Girl Talk, not so coincidentally) is to construct a monster mash-up DJ mega-mix of music from the year that was. The idea is for it to serve as a dance party for New Year’s Eve. This year, I’m sharing my mix – finally completed, with just hours to spare – with you.

I think this is my longest New Year’s mix ever. It also ended up being the dirtiest mix I’ve ever made – I’m not sure what that says about this year. As Fever Ray observed perceptively in a track that I didn’t end up including, this country made it hard to fuck in 2017 – still, it was a year in which even Taylor Swift was #readyforit.

Regular readers of my Now Hear This column will recognize plenty of the cuts included here from our journeys in song over the past twelve months. Other tracks are sourced from the pop charts, critical consensus picks, nuggets discovered from scanning the year-end lists of various publications, and all manner of personal bops including my absolute 2017 anthem which nobody else seemed to notice, MUNA’s “I Know A Place.” You’ll hear a fair amount of Philly in here too, from Sheer Mag to Lil Uzi Vert to Alison Crutchfield to DJ Haram. (My tradition is to start off every mix with a track by Four Tet; helpfully, he released one this year entitled Two Thousand Seventeen.)

Happy 2018, y’all! Let’s dance it out.

 

…and here’s the tracklist: 

1. Two Thousand and Seventeen – Four Tet

2. Slip Away – Perfume Genius

3. Drew Barrymore – SZA

4. Congo Get Slap (Mark Ernestus Remix) – Equiknoxx

5. Frontline – Kelela

6. Nichako – DJ Lycox

7. Big For Your Boots – Stormzy

8. Glue – Bicep

9. Feel Infinite – Jacques Greene

10. Bad & Boujee – Migos

11. Toma – Nidia

12. Shotgun – Spoon

13. Tin – Daphni

14. Green Light – Lorde

15. Boys – Charli XCX

16. Uh Huh – Julia Michaels

17. Better – Lil Yachty

18. Sky Walker – Miguel ft. Travis Scott

19. XO Tour Lif3 – Lil Uzi Vert

20. Big Bank – Big K.R.I.T. ft. T.I.

21. The Underside of Power – Algiers

22. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.

23. My Old Man – Mac DeMarco

24. Emotional Haircut – LCD Soundsystem

25. Cartoon Rock – Delicate Steve

26. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

27. 3 Fine Hoez – Boylan & DJ Deeon

28. Look At What The Light Did Now – Matthew E. White & Flo Morrissey

29. I’m The One – DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne

30. Nyakinyua Rise – Jlin

31. BagBak – Vince Staples

32. …Ready For It? –  Taylor Swift

33. IDK About You – Fever Ray

34. Dean’s Room – Alison Crutchfield

35. Love You Like A Brother – Alex Lahey

36. Big Boys – Chuck Berry

37. Down – Marian Hill

38. Oh Baby – LCD Soundsystem

39. Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Crawl

40. Quick Exit – Mr. C

41. Love$ick – Mura Masa ft. A$AP Rocky

42. Sweet Love – Wizkid

43. Big Bad Sound – Chronixx ft. Chronicle

44. Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber

45. Lemon – N.E.R.D ft. Rihanna

46. Offering – Cults

47. Dark Night – Amber Coffman

48. Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley

49. Level Up – Kodie Shane

50. Yeoman – Baths

51. Red Mercedes – Aminé

52. Die Young – Sylvan Esso

53. Do U Love Me – Young Thug

54. Los Ageless – St. Vincent

55. Big Woman – Nadia Rose

56. Caramelo Duro – Miguel ft. Kali Uchis

57. Locura Colectiva – Making Movies

58. Mi Gente (Remix) – J Balvin ft. Beyoncé & William Willy

59. Angel – Juanes

60. Need To Feel Your Love – Sheer Mag

61. Is It Always Binary? – Soulwax

62. To The Moon & Back – Fever Ray

63. Ponyboy – Sophie

64. Boogie – Brockhampton

65. Disco Tits – Tove Lo

66. 1 Night – Mura Masa ft. Charli XCX

67. Chocolate – Big Boi ft. Trozé

68. Blue Pedro – Bullion

69. Passionfruit – Drake

70. Want You Back – Haim

71. Raining Again – Pender Street Steppers

72. I Know A Place – MUNA

73. Standing In The Middle Of The Field – Cut Copy

74. Cut To The Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen

75. Everything Now – Arcade Fire

76. Ordinary Lover – Moon King

77. I’m Better – Missy Elliott ft. Lamb

78. Woman – Kesha

79. Question – KH

80. How We Met (The Long Version) – Jens Lekman

81. High Times – Marcus Marr

82. Hard Times – Paramore

83. Long Time – Blondie

84. There’s A Honey – Pale Waves

85. Colors – Beck

86. Look At Your Hands – Tune-Yards

87. Theme From Q – Objekt

88. Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

89. Tail Lift – Joe

90. Other Voices – LCD Soundsystem

91. Leaves – Justin Carter

92. On Hold – The xx

93. Bodak Yellow – Cardi B

94. Body Count – DJ Haram

95. Love – Lana Del Rey

 

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