Dancing Astronaut’s top 10 tracks of May 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 May and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up May for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. May’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Axwell, Hardwell with Dyro, Cirez D, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Arston, Steve Angello with Jacques Lu Cont, and Knife Party. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of May!
Krewella‘s “Alive” has escalated to become one of the biggest dance tracks of 2013 and has dominated the early days of festival season. As the temperature begins to rise and summer is in full swing, the Krew’s renowned single has reached new heights with Hardwell’s remix.
Featuring Kyler England on vocals, “Take Me” embodies Tiësto’s big room flare and makes for a fated summer season anthem. While anthemic and crafted for festival stages, there is a trace of Tiësto’s trance roots that bring us back to a simpler time.
Deep house supergroup Hot Natured came back with their latest single “Reverse Skydiving,” featuring Anabel Englund. Driven by Ms. Englund’s spot-on vocals, this is the type of track able to perfectly fuse rhythm, melody, and a great bass line in order to provoke a memorable first, second, and fifteenth listen.
“LRAD” is the track that’s received the least attention prior to Knife Party’s Haunted House EP’s release, but turned out to be no production to sleep on. While it begins with a stereotypical euphoric build, it makes up for its big room banality with a low, synth drum drop.
Empire of the Sun’s “Alive” is already shaping up to be one of summer’s biggest and brightest hits. But what happens when Mat Zo takes the reigns? Great things. This sounds like the Mat Zo of 2011 — using big room tricks in a savvy manner, sweeping builds, clean effects, create a complete joy to the any listener’s ear.
Off the back of a hero’s welcome for his Cirez D moniker at this year’s WMC, Eric Prydz returned with a double-dose of his darker side for his Mouseville imprint and the EP’s B-side, “Drums In The Deep,” ornaments an otherwise outlandish spree of edgy yet whole-bodied anthems from Cirez D.
Perfected melodies and big room twang flawlessly weave to create “Zodiac,” a track that has found its way into DJ sets this May at a rapid pace. Due to become one of this summer’s most memorable anthems, Arston’s breakthrough record is one to flip the repeat switch for.
Steve Angello and Jacques Lu Cont teamed up to take on Depeche Mode’s “Soothe My Soul,” the first single off the iconic band’s latest artist album. The pairing transform Depeche Mode’s original’s bluesy aesthetics into a harrowing synth-driven anthem.
Leading Dutch talents Hardwell and Dyro unite with Heather Bright to unleash their latest collaborative masterpiece for Revealed Recordings this month. Premiered at UMF during Hardwell’s landmark main stage appearance and used as the score to his Miami 2013 aftermovie, “Never Say Goodbye” is the emotively charged epitome of both producers’ stamina in the face of global attention.
Officially kicking off his born-again solo career this month, Axwell has finally made way for a production that has been in the works since 2009. The remode of “Center of the Universe” remains constructed by the paralleled piano and vocals of the original while offering an all new groove with the percussion. Modernizing his longtime secret weapon, Axwell found a vintage dance vibe through a balance of easygoing and hypnotic rhythm.