Dancing Astronaut’s Top 10 Tracks of October 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 October and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up October for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. October’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Alesso with Calvin Harris, Hardwell with MAKJ, Diplo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Junior Sanchez, Chromeo with Oliver, and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of October!
Inaugural X label contributor Trent Cantrelle came back with a long overdue follow up to the double-sided Nice & Close EP for Steve Angello’s latest label venture. Though returning with just one track for the label, “Born” calls upon Stacy Barthes to test the waters of vocal house music and its compatibility with the unpolished twist we have come to expect from the imprint to date.
It has been over a year since Diplo graced the universe with his Express Yourself EP, and after starting a movement, throwing a handful of badass block parties and launching a career or two, the Mad Decent label head has finally released his latest body of work with Revolution. Title track aside, hard trance meets trap on “Crown” with unlikely contributors Mike Posner and Riff Raff on board.
Donna’s Grammy nominated “Love Is In Control” of the early 1980s meets timeless electrofunk veterans, Chromeo, and their apparent successors, the recently emerging Oliver. Chromeo and Oliver remix “Love Is In Control,” but you could mistake their take as a cut from the original 1982 studio session.
Junior Sanchez delivered Brobot’s second release this month, the highly anticipated dance floor record known as “The Future.” Drawing emotion from the sampled piano riff of When In Rome’s “The Promise” and embedding contagious drums and fitting flavorful rhythm, “The Future” fits the bill as the sound of tomorrow while paying homage to sounds of the past — brought to life with its music video.
French techno producer Gesaffelstein made a bold and concise statement with the release of his new album, Aleph: Gesaffelstein is taking over. After boasting impressive production credits on albums like Yeezus, and showcasing his versatile sound by remixing the likes of Justice, Lana Del Rey and Depeche Mode, the production whiz bundled his talents up for a full length album. Stemming as a standout, ”Hellifornia” is a sinister, french techno spin on classic 90′s west coast rap with a bouncing bass line and an intriguing vibe.
As unveiled by Pete Tong, “The Spark” is distant from the gritty offerings Afrojack’s delivered throughout festival season, but also leaps over the boundaries of his pop smash with Chris Brown, “As Your Friend.” The single’s production, while anthemic, isn’t a thumping festival record, but a feel-good radio effort with a flavorful vocal from Spree Wilson that carries commercial electronica with the most unique and refreshing taste since Avicii shook the scene with “Wake Me Up.”
Though it seems the new Duck Sauce album will drop later this quarter, the second single “Radio Stereo” came on time this October with an Essential Mix premiere. Steering clear of classifications while encompassing funky-urban-electronica and nu disco, “Radio Stereo” samples a UK new wave record that dominated charts during the early 1980s — making for an appropriate successor to “It’s You.”
UK drum & bass all-stars Chase & Status dropped their new studio album, Brand New Machine, this month as steam-lined through the summer by its lead single, “Lost & Not Found.” Most recently the duo have enlisted Steve Angello to remix “Count On Me,” adding aggressive electro to their 2013 repertoire. But the beats are only getting bulkier from there. Skrillex succeeded to rework a Brand New Machine effort, making “International” his own and drawing out its heaviest elements for a fortified bass cannon.
Adding another anthem to his catalogue of hits, Hardwell has finally released his collaboration with MAKJ, “Countdown,” which has been on the clock since the aforementioned Ultra appearance. Many of the recent big room records that have taken dance floors by storm pale in comparison to the festival-ready elements of “Countdown,” as Hardwell and MAKJ deliver provocatively on all ends.
A collaboration to end all collaborations, Calvin Harris and Alesso have joined forces, putting their minds together for the masterfully anthem “Under Control.” Individually, the production titans have more successful and wildly popular hits than you can count on both hands — with the likes of “Calling” and “Pressure” on one and an album in 18 Months with commercial appeal that took down Michael Jackson on the other. Together, Harris and Alesso handle uplifting and melodic stylings with care, flawlessly embed bass kicks and synth warps, and conduct their usual chaos around the vocal from Hurts. There’s not much to hold against “Under Control,” as it comes as the love child between two of top five producers in electronic music.