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Smalltown DJs' Best of 2016 Mix Highlights the Biggest Anthems From the Worst Year Ever

Calgary's favourite electronic duo deliver 70 minutes of hits from A Tribe Called Quest, Frank Ocean, Justice, The xx, and more.
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With 2016 coming to a close, Calgary's Smalltown DJs have put together another exclusive year-end mix of their favourite music. The duo of Pete Emes and Mike Grimes continue their annual THUMP tradition with a 70-minute selection of the best electronic, hip-hop, and R&B tracks from Canada and elsewhere.

From Miami-born DJ and producer Jubilee's "Opa-Locka" to French bloghouse survivors Justice's comeback single "Safe and Sound," the mix also features rousing edits of Drake's "Controlla," Frank Ocean's "White Ferrari," and other songs which lifted our spirits during the darkest of days.


"2016 was such a shit year in so many ways, but there were literally so many great songs released," the duo told THUMP over email. "On the production side, Canadians Kaytranada and Pomo both had a huge year, and are both represented here via GoldLink and Mac Miller's tunes. Also there are several return appearances from artists who have been on past 'Best Of' mixes: Chromatics, Disclosure, The xx, and others. Put this mix on in your car, at your desk, at a forest rave, or at your local bush party—you won't regret it."

Check out a tracklist below, and listen to their block-rocking new single with London breakstep originator Deekline and British Columbia vocalist Erica Dee, "All Your Soul," while you're at it.


The Range - Florida
Louis the Child - From Here
20syl - Bet Dap Goom Bown
Anderson .Paak - Come Down
Flamingosis - Next To You
A Tribe Called Quest - Whateva Will Be
Jubilee - Opa-Locka
Drake - Controlla (DJ Theory Edit)
Sampha - Blood On Me
GoldLink - Fall In Love (feat. Ciscero)
Mac Miller - Dang (feat. Anderson .Paak)
Disclosure - Feel Like I Do
Satin Jackets - We Can Talk (feat. Emma Brammer)
Frank Ocean - White Ferrari (Alex Metric Edit)
Chromatics - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Romare - Who Loves You?
Justice - Safe & Sound
Rudimental - Healing (feat. J Angel)
Oliver Dollar - Go Down
Jakwob - Feel So Good
Jax Jones - House Work (feat. Mike Dunn & MNEK)
Justin Martin - Hello Clouds (feat. FEMME)
Kornel Kovacs - Josey's Tune
The xx - On Hold
Bonobo - Break Apart (feat. Rhye)

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