Dancing Astronaut’s Top Ten Tracks of June 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 June and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up June for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. June’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, Kaskade, Avicii, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Pelari, Martin Garrix, and Disclosure. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of June!
Brothers Jesse and Tyrone Taylor pay testament to the title of their in-family partnership with “Aye,” a production unprecedented in dance music. New World Sound craft an electronic rockstar arena that exceeds expectations of modern, forward thinking dance music talent.
AN21 and Max Vangeli broke through the summer scene with a larger-than-life production — and one that set the precedent for their forthcoming album. Revisiting “Glow,” one of the signature tracks off People of the Night, the Size Records duo has teamed up with Promise Land for its anthemic rendition. Promise Land provide the big room treatment, as they had for “Don’t You Worry Child,” while AN21 and Max reveal their latest studio efforts as they gear up for a slew of imminent releases.
While sporadic singles have blanketed the interlude between LPs, “Atmosphere” is the first official release from Kaskade’s forthcoming album of the same name. The single boasts all of Kaskade’s trademark qualities, from delicate piano work, to a memorable vocal track (for which Raddon is responsible), to a swift and satisfying progressive house drop.
The Bloody Beetroots arena-electronica paired with Paul McCartney’s vocal stylings is a match made in crossover heaven. Lush piano melodies and the ex-Beatles anthemic crooning fits effortlessly alongside the Beetroots growling synthesizers and thunderous kick drums. Delivered only as the Beetroots could, the track’s mellow, classic rock chorus dazzles before the mix dives deep into the underbelly of dark electronica.
Former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have taken to an unexpected venue to display their latest production; the soundtrack for Disney Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” sequel, “Monsters University.” Originally premiered on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, the Swedes reveal a new facet of their production chops, crafting “Roar” with bouncier electro, and progression as animated as its host soundtrack.
As premiered by Pete Tong, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” serves as a sui generis production among the dance music landscape as a harmonization of electronica, soul, bluegrass, and its own unique flare in between. Featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc, folk guitar riffs, and a subtle dose of familiar chord stylings, Avicii is setting the precedent with his new single even months ahead of his debut album.
A scintillating canvas of humble melodic progressions and old school rhythmic sensibilities, “F For You” offers a formative peak in the duo’s ability to take from the industry’s melting pot of cultural influences, only to emerge with an eclectic streak of cutting edge club fuel. Fresh as a highlight from Disclosure’s Settle, “F For U” stole the spotlight this June.
Dawning his revered Pryda moniker, “Layers” is the newest Prydz original to see the light of day. With its royal bassline and paralleling synth melody, “Layers” effortlessly glides along like a joyous caravan. The simple yet flawlessly crafted sound design evokes the grandeur for which the Pryda name is known.
On his own two feet, the festival-proof sound that has elevated his status to unprecedented heights is left intact, using melodic builds and minimalistic drops to show both sides of his peak time persona at their very best. There may not be any shortage of young and hopeful talents doing the rounds, but “Animals” is enough to clarify that Martin Garrix is more than capable of standing on his own for the foreseeable future.
Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint continues to maintain its big room dominating trajectory with “Cango” from Swedish newcomer Pelari. Recently remixing “Hit It” with a trap spin for the powerhouse label, Pelari’s first original feels right at home amongst recent Musical Freedom outputs. Kicked into gear by a melodic build with a savage kick, “Cango” redlines with its minimal breakdown and barrage of syncopated percussion.