Dancing Astronaut’s Top 10 Tracks of February 2013
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 February and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up February for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. February’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Arty, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from up-comers Pink is Punk, Disclosure, and The M Machine. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of February!
Pink is Punk has released their Storm EP complete with the highly anticipated “Koala.” The frenetic electro production has been stampeding crowds since Ultra Music Festival last year thanks to fellow Italian and frequent collaborator, Benny Benassi. While Storm has hit the Beatport circuit this week, its fury will extend into festival season with “Koala” destined for main stage dominance.
FCL’s “It’s You” is a vocal house tune so big it treads on even the popularity of Hot Natured‘s “Benediction.” The San Soda’s Panorama Bar Acca Version has surfaced on countless shows and monthly podcasts, but it became one of February’s biggest tunes when Defected Records picked up the release from We Play House Recordings.
Afrojack has finally unleashed the lead single off his debut album, the massive Chris Brown assisted “As Your Friend.” While pop-savvy, “As Your Friend” reveals only one of many styles to expect from Nick’s full length release. Whether or not you choose to sing-a-long or bop your head to the big room-radio record, it sets the tone for what is due to be one of the biggest albums of the year.
It seems Arty has fallen in love with the sultry vocals of Deadmau5’ “The Veldt,” since he’s scooped up singer Chris James for his February offering, “Together We Are.” The young Russian earned an ample amount of respect from both trance and progressive worlds, proven by the support that his newest effort has garnered since its premiere last month.
More than just an EP, The M Machine’s Metropolis Part II is a concept album at its heart, set in an alternate reality and framed by pragmatic art direction and the group’s digital liner notes. The standout track,“Moon Song,” taunts listeners with a soothing intro supplanted by a murderous barrage of acid synths and driving percussion.
Aptly titled “Nehalennia” for the ancient goddess revered in the Roman age, there is something conspicuously religious about Armin and Arty’s latest work. Whether it be the track’s lulling melody, the breakdown’s gentle chord progression, or the immaculately conceived drop, there is an air of spiritual rejuvenation to the collaboration from A State Of Trance 2013.
Disclosure came forth with “White Noise” this February — a track that recently rose in the UK singles chart to #2. In such a short time, these two have risen to the top of every critic’s list and the track comes ahead of their forthcoming artist album set to release later this year.
“Wakanda” is Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s deepest effort in recent history, completely shifting gears away from more recent releases. Boasting tribal bass kicks, tribal chants, and a tribal drop, the duo inadvertently travel to an electronic Omaha reservation. If you haven’t heard Swedish House Mafia drop this one along One Last Tour, you’ve probably still heard it everywhere else.
W&W presented this month with signature Dutch, big room sound in their latest Revealed Records release, “The Code,” this time collaborating with Turkish trace producer Ummet Ozcan. First heard on Hardwell’s Essential Mix, this powerful track drops just in time to build anticipation for their appearance with Armin Van Buuren at A State Of Trance 600 celebrations.
What started as an unidentified seizure-inducer first heard at Size In The Park back in September has become known as “Hit It” from GTA, Henrix and Digital Lab. The megalithic build and the infectious bass-laden drop make for one of the most provocative productions of 2013. There is no doubt that “Hit It” will be that one track you can’t escape during Miami Music Week, and the biggest track of February may hold its title for another month.