Bump 'n' Grind 2009: A Look Back at This Year's Club Bangers

Another year in the books. It is just us or did 2009 seemed to rush by like it was in overdrive? Still, 2009 was another stellar year for clubland, music and all. The economic recession didn't prove to be the wet blanket many had predicted it would be. The nightclubs are still here and people are still partying.

So while we wait in anticipation for 2010, let's look back at our favorite club tracks that provided the soundtrack to our many drunk nights:

10. Simian Mobile Disco
"Audacity of Huge"
(Wichita Recordings)

With a beat that harkens back to the electroclash era, British duo Simian Mobile Disco shunned their electrohouse past for a more simpler approach to dance music. And dammit, it was great! With references to Mama Cass, Bill Murray, Peter Tosh and Damien Hirst, how could it not be?

9. Annie
"Songs Remind Me of You"
(Smalltown Supersound)

Annie is what Lady Gaga aspires to be: Unique and quirky, while retaining all her pop sensibilities. Problem is Annie doesn't try to speak for her music or make it seem like she's exploring uncharted territories -- even though she is. It's Annie humble nature that makes her that much more appealing. Take note Gaga: Annie will be making music long after you've becoming queen of the tabloids and are rushed off to rehab.

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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