Dancing Astronaut’s Top Ten Tracks of April 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 April and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up April for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. April’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Daft Punk, Showtek, Pryda and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Sebjak, Marcus Schossow, Alesso, Dirty South, and more. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of April!
One of the champions of the French house sound, Fred Falke, takes on Nervo’s latest original “Hold On” injecting the mix with a hearty dose of glowing synthesis. The talented Frenchman approaches “Hold On” with poise and sophistication, delicately reworking the original with buzzing lo-fi synthwork and charming melodies. Falke transformed Liv and Mim’s original into a silky smooth outing that worked wonders for the spring.
Diplo and his Major Lazer side project have pushed the envelope for electronic music, changing the landscape of both the live and listening experiences. Taking their theatrics from Ultra into the studio, Free The Universe, embodies the forward-thinking minds involving dance music. “Bubble Butt,” one of the album’s most diverse tracks, boasts electronica, dancehall, and hip-hop, and Bruno Mars and Tyga contribute to one of April’s most unique offerings.
From their forthcoming album, Settle, UK duo unleashed “You & Me.” As a fluidly flowing cross-section of radio-friendly sensibilities and relevantly tailored sounds from across dance music’s dotted timeline, the track adds to a seamless track-record for the British brothers and their popular streak of chart-savvy club fuel.
Departing from the thematic sounds of his debut album, Speed Of Life, Dirty South brought his euphoric energy to Monsta’s “Messiah,” finally released this month. His anthemic synth stylings are a match made in heaven for the original vocal, and the record was deemed massive when used to close one of the final main stage sets at Ultra Music Festival.
Premiered by Steve Angello on his March Essential Mix, Sebjak and Marcus Schossow’s collaborative effort hit the release circuit this month after a season of anticipation stemming from Miami Music Week. “Liceu” boasts a powerful energy lead by horns and percussion that crafts an outdoor energy reminiscent of its host imprint’s classic “Valodja.”
Reformed hard dance outfit turned peak time protagonists Showtek teamed up with Dutch peers Noisecontrollers to premiere their debut single for Skrillex’s OSWLA imprint. Hot off the heels of last month’s Crunk EP for Dim Mak, “Get Loose” is a full-bodied genre-bender, divulging in the middle-grounds of peak time electro house and dub step to the avail of one their most powerful offerings to date.
After premiering his forthcoming album‘s first single with a special live rendition featuring Trevor Guthrie at Ultra, Armin van Buuren has officially released the extended mix and W&W‘s remix of ”This Is What It Feels Like.” W&W maintain Guthrie’s vocals but give the feel-good tune an edge with their distinct progressive spin as their take has become the biggest that will miss the May 3rd release.
Eric Prydz took the studio by storm this month — releasing his latest Pryda track “Power Drive” on Pryda Recordings. “Power Drive” is a somewhat of a slow burner, employing many of Prydz’s usual lush production tricks to build and break through dramatic and sinister melodies. Ripping a page out of Cirez D’s book, “Power Drive” has been one of the biggest tracks since occupying the Essential Mix.
Alesso closed his Ultra Music Festival set with a sentimental yet anthemic production that touched the hearts of the crowd waiting for Swedish House Mafia’s adieu. His remix of OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” has been released via Interscope and immediately leaped to the peak of the April, and remains destined to be one of the biggest tracks of the summer.
For the first time in eight long years, the French robots have released a single that was not written for a Disney movie. After weeks of teasing with tantalizing clips at Coachella and snippets on Saturday Night Live, Daft Punk has finally dropped Random Access Memories‘ lead single “Get Lucky” on an expectant world. Breaking records and inspiring musicians left and right, the Pharrell and Nile Rodgers assisted record is the undisputed king of April.