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.
This month’s list is absolutely stacked with anthems that are a must add to your summer playlist. When a top 10 features tracks from Madeon, Tommy Trash, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, and Zedd, you know that it has been an amazing month for music. We’re sure you’ll have been listening to a number of these tracks on repeat over the last few weeks — we know we hav– but with so much amazing music there’s a good chance you might have missed out on what could be your next favorite song. Click after the break to see our top 10 tracks of July!
Florence + The Machine & Calvin Harris might just be a match made in heaven. Fans of Calvin Harris’ tracks “I’m Not Alone” and “Feel So Close” will absolutely love his remix of “Spectrum.” Florence Welch’s stunning vocals provide the perfect complement to Calvin’s feel-good sound and make this an all around awesome production.
Recently signed to Hardwell’s Revealed label, Paris & Simo have been on fire, showing exactly why Robbert singled them out in the first place. Much like “Monk,” their latest release brings forth what we love best in progressive house. “Nova” embodies the big room feeling with thumping bass, high energy synths, and crisp chords that combine for its melodic appeal.
With a string of fantastic recent productions, Tommy Trash is making it extremely difficult to keep him out of our monthly top 10s! “Falling” starts out hard and fast but eventually the grinding synths give way to an uplifting melodic section that allows the song to have a lot more feeling. Trash’s version ramps up the electro but still maintains the feel of the original.
When one of the biggest names in progressive house joins forces with the game’s premier hard style duo, we get “How We Do.” Hardwell brings his talent full-force with melodic progression and thumping drums while Showtek’s influence emerges on the rambunctious drop. Coming off Hardwell’s Revealed imprint, “How We Do” is slated to be one of the biggest tracks of the remaining summer days.
When you see the names Nicky Romero and Fedde Le Grand on the same record, you know it is time to get excited. Earlier this month, Nicky and Fedde teamed up for their first collaboration since “Freaky”/”Slacking“, and delivered us “Sparks.” Nicky Romero gave Dancing Astronaut readers an exclusive sneak preview at “Sparks” in his Axis guest mix episode. Featuring the vocals of Matthew Koma, the same vocalist on Alesso’s upcoming “Years,” the latest single from Nicky and Fedde combines powerful electro synths with a solid buildup and super catchy melody. It’s an all around anthem.
Dyro is a name we expect you to be seeing a lot more of over the next year. After a huge remix to “Can’t Stop Me” and the release of his original track “Paradox,” Dyro has done it again. “Top of the World” has been featured in all of Afrojack’s biggest festival sets including UMF and is set to become an electro progressive banger. The light lyrics contrast nicely with Dyro’s signature electro drop to strike a balance that makes it the perfect big room track.
It was always going to be a tough call with so many talented producers remixing this track. Great arguments can be made for any of the seven remixes, but we have the give the nod to Arty’s. His unique sound combines perfectly with the elements of Zedd’s “Spectrum” and the end result is an absolutely terrific remix. We really could not be more impressed with these two young producers and cannot wait to see what they manage to accomplish over the next few years.
(Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to check out Arty’s guest mix episode of our Axis show either!)
Ever since Swedish House Mafia debuted this hard-hitter in the Coachella Valley desert, Hard Rock Sofa and Swanky Tunes’ latest production has been one of the most anticipated releases in progressive house. “Here We Go” is one of those tracks that can find its way into almost any set and stir dance-mayhem time after time. The Russian squad has outdone themselves with savory leads and frenetic progression; their usual tricks that get people jumping to their feet.
It has certainly been a quick and monstrous year for the young and masterful Madeon. Not only has he released huge hits like “Icarus” and his “Raise Your Weapon” remix, but the Frenchman has portrayed his immense talents on the decks during his debut at Ultra and EDC NY this past year. Using his one-of-a-kind production style, Madeon’s “Finale” exemplifies how mature the young man’s sound is getting with each consecutive release. The sky might really be the limit when it comes to Madeon’s career.
First debuted at Ultra Music Festival 2012 and showcased again at EDC Vegas and New York, Afrojack’s latest piece of musical magic has finally been released to the world on Beatport. Afrojack told Dancing Astronaut that it’s “really inspired by the old school Daft Punk harps and bigroom proggy sound,” adding that he “hope[s] everyone likes it.”
“Rock The House” juxtaposes the gentle, staccato sounds of a new-age lullaby with the powerful horns and harps we’ve come to expect from a top notch Afrojack production. Once the low-end undertones kick in, the whole track reaches another level that you simply must hear in order to appreciate. So with that said, check out our number one track of July!
Check back next month for our Top 10 Tracks of August!