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

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5. Kap Bambino
"Dead Lazers"
(Because Music)

We'll admit, we've never heard this song played at the club -- and what a shame that is. French duo Kap Bambino launch an all out sonic assault to a danceable beat. This is what dance punk music should sound like. Here is hoping 2010 will be the group's year.

4. Chromeo
"Night by Night"
(Vice Records)

You'd think we'd be tired of Chromeo retro shtick by now, but we aren't. They grooves are just too damn sexy to resist. The duo's formula is really simple: sing about seducing a girl, mix in a vocoder, retro beats and presto you've got a Chromeo track. We hope they never steer away from it.

3. Peaches
"I Feel Cream"
(XL Recordings)

If anything shocked us about the title track from Peaches fifth album I Feel Cream was how much restraint she showed. Yes, the song is about sex, but you wouldn't notice it unless you are actually paying attention. Add to it that its probably her most club- and radio-friendly track to date, and you've got a winner.

"Summer Song"

We are counting down the days when Kanye West and Lady Gaga "discover" YACHT, usurp their sound and call it their own. YACHT probably won't get any credit, but we doubt they care. From start to finish, See Mystery Lights is a solid album, which is rare these days, but "Summer Song" definitely stood out as the club-ready track from the bunch.

1. Major Lazer
"Pon De Floor"
(Mad Decent/Downtown)

Hands down, best club track of the year. End of discussion. It's hard to argue otherwise. Switch and Diplo joined forces to mix dancehall beats with electronic breaks easily creating a sound that no one had heard before. "Pon De Floor" is the best example of taking a huge risk in setting yourself apart from the norm and it paying off in the end.

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