Dancing Astronaut’s top 10 tracks of August 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 August and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up August for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. August’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Armin van Buuren, Hardwell with W&W, Cash Cash, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Madeon, Steve Angello with Matisse & Sadko, and Mat Zo. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of August!
In the midst of work on his upcoming full-length album and an arena tour looming, Kaskade is the latest artist to attempt a midas touch on vocals of Lana Del Rey. As a free download, Kaskade presented his mix of “Young & Beautiful,” an eloquent production to match the artistry of Lana’s vision.
Infusing the tech house original with muscular lead synthesizers and melodic trance breakdowns, van Buuren reinterprets “Downpipe” through the prism of the hybrid house and trance movement that his more recent fare has drifted towards.
Released this month after an official world premiere from Pete Tong, the collaboration between DVBBS and Borgeous finally makes its way to Beatport. Fit for festival sized stages and sound systems, “Tsunami” boasts a powering stampede of synths paired with an unrelenting drumline.
Mellow, harmonic, and tranquilizing; Joris Voorn makes it possible to get lost in his latest production without a dance floor, a drink, or even a party. With “Ringo,” Joris supplies a hypnotic rhythm that subtly introduces and increases elements to further pull listeners into its fantasy. And even better comes the B-side, his extended rework that serves as the reality to the dreaminess of its host.
Bruno Mars made the dance floor his next target for “Treasure” after Top 40 radio success. For the single’s remix package, modern commercial R&B meets fun-loving electro with renditions from some of the genre’s brightest young stars. Cash Cash brings forth a funky shade of their increasingly popular sound, incorporating nu disco stylings into their insignia.
With his first Pryda Friends release since the majestic and uplifting “Let Me Feel,” Olander returns with a similarly enthralling progressive house gem. Bolstered by the emotive vocals of Swedish rock band Kent, Olander crafts a truly engaging experience from start to finish. There is a simple elegance to the melody and song structure: the kind of subtle refinement that distinguishes a subpar track from a superior one.
Hardwell and W&W‘s mega collaboration was finally released after a mega Ultra debut, bringing a best-of-both-worlds formula to Beatport. Drawing crisp percussion and chord work from Hardwell’s anthemic arsenal, and a distinct progressive sound from W&W that is rapidly defining their genre-defiant style, “Jumper” offers a sound that embodies all that is popular amongst on the festival circuit in 2013.
Forming one of the most interesting genre amalgamations electronic music has seen this summer, Mat Zo calls upon legendary rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy for a sample of “Can I Get A Witness” that pays testament to the tune at hand. Staying true to his form with “Pyramid Scheme,” Zo delivers a weave of eclectic electronica.
Boasting Steve’s signature anthemic production value along the build of growing chords and spurts of anticipating synth teases, Matisse & Sadko’s contribution comes subtly with the melodic touch. This match made and heaven has been a main stage weapon for Steve this festival season, and it’s release marks one special moment for Size.
The familiar sugary-sweet Madeon vibes swim throughout “Technicolor,” but its the shrill grit that gives the young producer’s latest an electro edge. Bursting at every seam with showers of 16-bit arpeggios and a sugar-coated shell, “Technicolor” is as vibrant as the name suggests. A prism of glowing synthwork, his latest may be his best work to date.