The Best Tracks Of October According To PlayGround

The month is over and we take a look at the cream of the song crop: ten essential tracks

Here's our selection of the ten best songs that appeared on the internet in the month of October. From 10 to 1, an overview of the freshest material for your hard drive and iPod.

It's time for the songs in our best-of-the-month overview series. We at PlayGround have been bringing you new tracks, remixes and preview of future albums over the past month, of which we now give you a top ten list, from 10 to 1.

10. FaltyDL: “Straight and Arrow (Four Tet remix)”

Today we can enjoy the remix without any interference, in all of its seven minutes of glory, as well as FaltyDL’s original song. Both songs will finally be out on a vinyl 12” picture disc on 5th November. The digital version of the single will also include a remix by the duo MikeQ & Svere. There will also be a 7” with Gold Panda’s remix of the song.

9. Ellie Goulding: “Only You”

Only You is already in our imaginary top 5 popcorn pop of 2012. The track may start as a hyper version of Adele, but after a minute and a half comes the surprise: Alvin and his Chipminks enter the scene, ripped on ketamine and turning the tune into a lysergic ode to Balearic dance.

8. John Talabot: “Destiny feat. Pional (Bullion Version)”

After listening to Kenton Slash Demon and Pachanga Boys’ contributions to the EP of remixes of John Talabot’s " ƒin" (Permanent Vacation, 2012) a couple of weeks ago, now it’s time to sink your teeth into Bullion’s remix. But if we were going to be sticklers, we should really refer to it as a new version of it, since the Brit took the piece apart as he pleased, keeping the elements that he felt like and building it up all over again, even down to a new vocal line. Yes, that’s right.

7. Extraperlo: “Ardiente Figura

With Delirio Específico just out, Extraperlo are releasing the video for the first single taken from it, “Ardiente Figura”. The wait has been worth it. Excellent material for future gifs, the new effort by Canada for the Barcelona band is yet another prime example of the Catalan production house's skill at drenching everything it touches in a very particular kind of youthful and surreal sensuality.

6. Sky Ferreira: “Everything is Embarrassing”

About a month ago we showed you “ Everything Is Embarrassing”, the first advance track - produced by Blood Orange - Sky Ferreira presented “ Ghost EP” with (which came out on the 16th October). Aware of the fact that a picture paints a thousand words, the young artist decided to debut a video for the track, in which she simply poses in front of the camera. And she does that really well.

5. Blood Orange: “Neptune (Feat. Starchild)”

Blood Orange's Dev Hynes explains that he fell in love with that “wonderful pop song” that is Lemonade's “Neptune” as soon as he heard it. So, like one does with songs one loves, he decided to do a cover of it. Though initially he wanted to keep it to himself, eventually he shared it with the rest of his band, and now, the world. Listen to the sensual, R&B-like rendition below. The rap at the end is by Starchild.

4. The Weeknd: “Enemy”

In order to celebrate his upcoming triple bill of New York concerts, and possibly to compensate those who can't be there, The Weeknd has just shared a new song via Twitter. It seems that Enemy won't be part of the bonus material on “Trilogy”. The release of the package featuring his three mixtapes is set for 26th November on Universal Republic.

3. Adele: “Skyfall”

Paul Epworth at the helm. A 77-piece orchestra. The Abbey Road studios. Three ingredients you should know about regarding the creation of “ Skyfall, the Adele sung main theme of the latest 007 movie. It's about time there's a proper ballad during the James Bond credits.

2. Holy Other: “Held (Tim Hecker Remix)”

In his remix of “ Held”, the title cut of Holy Other’s excellent debut album, Tim Hecker remains faithful to the submerged melancholy of the original song, enfolding it in mantles of static with glimmers of emotionally-charged drones. So far there is no news about a possible release of the remix, but remember that Holy Other’s album is already available via Tri Angle.

1. Solange: “Losing You”

As we told you a few weeks ago, Solange is back with the catchy “ Losing You, co-written and produced by Devonté Hynes, alias Blood Orange. Coinciding with the release of the single, out now on digital via Terrible Records, its video, directed by Melina Matsoukas is out now, too. As inspired as the song itself, the clip, shot in Cape Town (there are sapeurs outside of the Congo, too), confirms that the little Knowles sister is back through the big doors.

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