Dancing Astronaut’s Top 10 Tracks of May
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in May and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
This month sees one of our most competitive top 10s ever. There were a lot of tracks that we really liked but unfortunately could not fit into our top ten. May’s list includes entries from Pryda, Thomas Gold, Armin Van Buuren & Deadmau5. This month we’ve decided to try something new out and let you all rank the top 10 tracks in the order that you think they should be. Click after the break to see our top 10 tracks of May and let us know what you think of them by ranking your favorites!
It has been a big year for the Alesso which has seen him release the huge “Calling” with Sebastian Ingrosso and debut an Essential Mix on Radio 1. The young Swede continues his incredible run of form with his remix of Keane’s “Silenced By The Night.” Alesso preserves the integrity of Keane’s uplifting vocal while adding a tranquil blend of synth undertones that make the track big but not overwhelming.
Following a successful celebration of A State Of Trance 550, which captivated audiences in every corner of the world, Armin is taking his talents to the summer and beyond with his latest hit “We Are Here To Make Some Noise.” The trance anthem is built upon contagious drums and hypnotizing synths along with his signature chord work to form a spellbinding melody.
Mat Zo has become one of the most exciting talents in the trance world. After “Mozart,” his huge collaboration with Arty, he has gone on to achieve major success with his single, “The Sky.” Welcoming melodies and wavy undertones progress into a plunging drop, combining elements across electronic genres creating a rather special fusion.
“Rage” starts with blend of light synths and piano melody that adds a pulsing beat to define the title of the song. This track builds and drops repeatedly and goes hard… really hard. Hardwell played this in his UMF set and Dada Life included it in their official May Mix. If Ralvero keeps up with productions of this quality then we’re sure it won’t be long before he is household name in the EDM world.
Avicii has shown once again why he has become one of the biggest names in the EDM world. He takes Lenny Kravitz’s soul track “Superlove” and transforms it into a massive progressive house anthem that will probably be played way too often at festivals this summer. Lenny’s smooth vocals blend seamlessly with Avicii’s melodic synths and bouncy drop.
After working with Tiesto on their collaboration “We Own The Night,” it appears that some of Tiesto’s influence may have rubbed off on Wolfgang. His new track “Redline” is a departure from past productions in that it is considerably more melodic with substantial synth sounds and relatively mellow electro elements. We like the melody and the build a lot, and it shows Wolfgang’s ability to experiment with different types of sounds.
Dirty South’s remix of Miike Snow’s “Devil’s Work” earned one of the top spots in our Top 10 Tracks of April. The Swedish pop band finds themselves in our top 10 once again with Thomas Gold’s fantastic remix of their single “The Wave.” Miike Snow’s indie vocal once again lends itself to progressive house as the union with Thomas Gold sounds like a match made in heaven. Leaving little trace of the original, Gold’s uplifting and melodic progression takes the lead, producing an instant favorite that translates to all live audiences.
Sander opened his set at Ultra with a live rendition of this track with Mayaeni and we’ve been smitten ever since. The combination of Sander’s beats with Mayaeni’s voice make for an emotionally evocative track perfect for summer festivals and driving with the windows down. In our view this is an essential for any EDM lover’s library.
Chris James’ vocal aids Deadmau5 with creating one of his most soothing productions to date. The production story of “The Veldt” is really quite interesting. It is the first official single to come out of his SoundCloud sessions where fans were able to watch its creation via live stream. Not only that, but the title and lyrics are inspired by a Ray Bradbury short story also titled The Veldt. We absolutely love this track and cannot wait for the Tommy Trash remix to be released on June 25th!
We’ve been waiting for the release of Eric Prydz presents Pryda for the last few months and it is safe to say that it definitely lived up to expectations. “Allein” has to be our favorite track from the album. It was named an Essential New Tune by Pete Tong and has been ever present in DJ sets worldwide. Arty included it in his special Axis guest mix and we’ve been in love with it ever since. If you’re able to make sure you catch Eric Prydz at one of the Identity Festival locations this summer.
So that’s our top 10 of May. Show us what you think of it by ranking your choices in the Listly App below and make sure you check in next month for our top tracks of June!