Dancing Astronaut’s Top Ten Tracks of July 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 July and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up July for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. July’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Nicky Romero & Krewella, Sander van Doorn, Tommy Trash, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from The Aston Shuffle, Sick Individuals, and Will Sparks. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of July!
A bout of emotive electronica with as much well crafted songsmanship as holds nostalgic melodic resonance, the immediately infectious “Can’t Stop Now” is an antidote to the one-sided disco fluff that dominated the market for 2013. The Aston Shuffle united pop sensibilities and club-proof energy to forge a promising snap shot of an Australian outfit who struck gold this month.
Since being debuted back in March at Ultra Music Festival, “Legacy” has become a set staple for both Nicky Romero and Krewella. While the track began as a working instrumental in Romero’s growing catalog, the Dutch producer enlisted flourishing festival act Krewella for vocal duties. The track’s foundation works off affable melodies and sporadic instances of grungier bass elements, growing popular in July following its release.
Dutch breakouts Sick Individuals furthered their inauguration joining Steve Angello’s recently formed X imprint this month. Their two-track label debut offers a significant change of pace both for label and artists alike. Whilst “Drum Machine” serves up a stripped back tip to the sound of European house music, “Chase” tested the electro house style guide with an array of melodic progressions and big room beats.
Nearly three months after Sander van Doorn uploaded his tentatively titled “Neon Project” to SoundCloud, the highly coveted summer single has gotten its official release this month. While Sander has dabbled in everything from festival to tech house over the past year, progressive house is where he excels — and his club mix of “Neon” this July was no exception.
Bringing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” into the dance sphere comes Will Sparks, the Australian producer amidst his breakout year with a handful of originals and reworks for the likes of Laidback Luke and Hardwell under his belt. Shapeshifting the R&B-hip-hop fusion, Sparks injected a bouncy rhythm following the chorus, ditching the original production wholeheartedly for his signature contagion.
Tommy Trash paved another sterling path this his King Midas touch this July. This time, he joined the Size Records artillery for the future Fall anthem, “Monkey In Love.” Originally premiered on Steve’s March Essential Mix, Trash’s summer outing embodies a production styling that goes hand-in-hand with his charisma while exceeding the high standards set by its host label.
Norwegian breakout Fehrplay took the summer with a different shade of club fuel for Pryda Friends this month. “Monte” embodies a deep and dark retro anthem that tested the waters of a genre already stirring mass appeal for its extended creative scope. His July outing owes to a dynamic picture of the talent floating Prydz’s peer upstream at such incredible pace.
Released under Axwell’s Axtone imprint, Marcus Schossow proved himself as another strong Swedish contender in latest release “Reverie.” Flowing in a soft melodic punches with a fearsome cinematic break, Schossow, delivered on point. Reverie is defined as “A state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream,” it’s obvious Marcus has conjured up just that in musical form this July.
With its first radio play dating back nearly 11 months, Arty’s “Grand Finale” finally made its Beaport entrance this moneth. Officially released as “Take Me Away (Grand Finale),” the track is progressive trance at its finest. Calling on the vocal stylings of Fiora, the Russian grandmaster balances the soaring vocals with an upbeat melody, making the track progressive enough for the house heads but decidedly uplifting for the trance family.
Matching the groovy and simplistic grandeur of filter house with his own upfront production values, “Filtre” is a promising step back in time to an era often referenced, but seldom done any aural justice past the odd cheesy house remodel. The track is indicative of the timeless properties of French house music and Norman Doray’s reassured that the relevance of France’s house legacy has not gone forgotten, but rather produced the biggest track of July 2013.