Dancing Astronaut’s top 10 tracks of July 2014
Dancing Astronaut's Top 10 Tracks of July 2014
Want an easy way to make sure you’re 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 Porter Robinson, Disclosure, Hardwell and Steve Angello. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Dusky, Jonas Rathsman and Guy Gerber with Diddy.
10. Jonas Rathsman - Skepparkrans (Original Mix)
Initially spotlighted almost a year ago during Jonas Rathsman’s accomplished Boileroom set, “Skepparkrans” soulful samples and scratchy grooves bond to form an infectious and implicitly uplifting landmark in the Scandinavian trailblazers career. On paper, the ability to balance major label remixes with genuinely classy club cuts shouldn’t work, but that juxtaposition is just the sort of magic that makes Jonas Rathsman one of the true renaissance men of European house music here in 2014.
9. Sander Kleinenberg - We-R-Superstars (Original Mix)
Longtime dance icon Sander Kleinenberg, whose career had spanned three decades prior to a brief hiatus, is now making his return to production. Last being in command still not too long ago, the Dutch veteran re-enters the game at just the right time, with just the right sound. With “We-R-Superstars,” Sander delivers a unique house record that he tells Billboard has “roots in disco and funk” and “a little wink to Daft Punk,” best summing up the past-meets-future sound.
8. Dusky - Inta (Original Mix)
At a time when so many prized British house assets have hung up their integrity to keep in with the radio crowds, the course of Dusky’s musical conquest has never looked more majestic with the release of their three-track Love Taking Over EP. Led by an emotively charged and reassuringly chunky namesake track, the duo’s ability to match coarse percussive elements with expertly woven melodic composure is everything and more you need to know about why Dusky have become kingpins in their music space. “Inta” reaffirms this notion, making with a subtle nod to the mechanically charged sound of tech house.
7. David Tort & David Gausa - Dizzy (Original Mix)
Debuted on BBC’s global airwaves by Steve Angello after being exclusively played live at select European outings, David Tort & David Gausa’s “Dizzy” is finally en route. One of the more unique and distinguishable productions to come from Size Records this year, the collaboration is lead by acid house nostalgic of the label’s past, with vocals looped along for a modern take.
6. Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix)
With no shortage of bootlegs and remixes already committed to the emotive pop crossover, Hardwell chooses a familiar and uplifting melodic core for his own rendition of Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars.” Expertly harnessing that big room energy whilst utilizing the original’s emotive songwriting, the remix highlights exactly why Hardwell has become one of the most accessible yet quality brands in modern dance music.
5. Porter Robinson - Flicker (Original Mix)
Porter Robinson is releasing single after single, slowly but surely unveiling his debut Worlds album. Following acclaimed predecessors like “Sea of Voices” and “Lionhearted,” Robinson offers a far cry from his roots on “Flicker” — a record that blossoms with a heavyset combination of drums, chords, and intermittent hitches; perhaps Porter’s most aggressive offering from the impending project.
4. Arty - Up All Night (feat. Angel Taylor)
Making for the inaugural release on the newly formed partnership between Insomniac and Interscope, Arty rebounds (no pun intended) into 2014 with brand new original material. “Up All Night” leads the way as an unavoidably contagious club hit mastered by vocal contributions and jam-packed with the producers signature sounds nostalgic of even his earliest work.
3. Usher - Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)
They did it once to Pharell and Jay Z’s “Frontin,” reworking hip-hop into their own insignia, but Disclosure upped the ante with their follow-up swing. Remixing Usher’s newest single, “Good Kisser,” the duo transform sexy R&B into some of the hottest sounds sweeping electronic music… their own. If you’ve thought you’ve seen the best from Disclosure, this proves they may just have no ceiling.
2. Guy Gerber & Diddy - My Heart
Guy Gerber and Diddy have sent whispers and progressively more public dialogue between the worlds of deep house and hip-hop in announcing a full-length collaborative project. Together, the two ready 11 11, a full length album that’d mark a graceful entrance into the dance world for Diddy and anticipated experimentation from Gerber. Finally letting loose a taste from the talks, the duo drop first single “My Heart,” where a dark yet majestic house track manifests, an ethereal and urban production that carefully bends genres.
1. Steve Angello - Wasted Love (ft. Dougy from The Temper Trap)
With “Wasted Love,” Angello executes with balance, once that he describes as “between dance and indie” and is reflected in his use of melody and songmanship of Dougy from The Temper Trap who brings this first chapter full circle with deliberate lyrics and careful delivery. Expected to come in full as a timeline of his life — from childhood to date – Wild Youth is on track as promised, and Angello’s first domino should set off the unfolding of a project as elaborate as electronic music has seen, “Wasted Love” just one piece of the puzzle.