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.
We’re back with another installment of our top 10 tracks, this time hot on the heels of the massive Electric Zoo Festival. This month we have some absolutely brilliant tracks for you from the likes of Sander Van Doorn, Jack Beats, Benga, Deniz Koyu, and Nervo. Click past the break to see which tracks you can’t afford to have missed!
Autoerotique puts its touches on Felix Cartal’s chilled out single “Tonight” and turns it into a complete monster. Their version of the track contains all the necessary elements of a hit — including lots of bass, addictive vocals, a melodic build, and an absolutely massive drop.
Benga is credited with being one of the driving forces behind the creation and promotion of dubstep as a musical genre, and he is an artist that we at Dancing Astronaut have immense respect for. “Pour Your Love” features the vocals of Marlene and is a wonderfully crafted example of melodic dubstep.
Jack Beats’ recently released Careless EP featured several tracks that could have made this list. However, the title track, “Careless,” was definitely our favorite. Takura’s vocals blend perfectly with the exotic Jack Beats’ sound making for an absolute gem of a track.
Nervo returns from the success of “You’re Gonna Love Again” to team up with Hook N Sling for a big room progressive track. Flirting with anthem status, the collaborative effort is, as expected, a feel-good sound perfect for wrapping up the summer. While many producers attempt to capture a big room sound, Nervo and Hook N Sling offer its authentic makeup with bouncy chords, anticipated leads, and a unique drop. If you like this, make sure to check out Hook N Sling’s guest mix on Dancing Astronaut’s Axis!
Stuart Price, aka Jacques Lu Cont, is one of the legends of electronic music. He’s been producing since the 90s and was one of the first electronic music artists to experience mainstream success. His remix of Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown” is absolutely massive. From the melodic build to the surprisingly heavy electro bassline to the addictive flute riff, everything about the remix works in perfect harmony.
Alesso drops another progressive house anthem with “Years.” Matthew Koma’s stellar vocals blend perfectly with the chord progression to form an absolutely gorgeous melody. Artists seem to be lining up to work with Koma because everything he touches turns to gold. With “Years” and his upcoming collaboration with Dirty South, “City of Dreams,” Alesso seems to be unstoppable.
In the world of incredible collaborations, this pairing is on par with Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner’s “Animal Rights.” Alex Ridha’s techno-god status combined with Skrillex’s impeccable sound production and genre-defining signature style have come together to create “Middle Finger.” Both artists influences are readily apparent, with Boys Noize’s driving basslines and Skrillex’s wobbles working together to create a harmony of aggressive techno and dubstep elements. A collaboration of this caliber should be made illegal, somebody might get hurt.
With heavy chords and high energy, “Professional Griefers” is an edgier, lyrics-infused tune, that is similar to efforts like “SOFI Needs A Ladder.” The production pays testament to Joel’s relentless work ethic in the studio and how the countless SoundCloud sessions will pay off when his new album drops on September 25th.
After having success with his original track “Bong” and producing a solid remix to “Spectrum,” “Follow You” marks Deniz Koyu’s third big track of this summer. It’s an incredibly uplifting production, accentuated by Wynter Gordon’s silky vocals shining through Deniz’s finely crafted beat. Koyu may not be as prolific as some other producers in the game, but his arsenal is one of quality rather than quantity – a shining example of an artist meticulously practicing his craft.
Sander van Doorn struck gold with his previous single, “Nothing Inside,” and he looks to reach the next level with his latest release. Sander gives a nice bit of attention to 16 year-old producer Julian Jordan in the process, who gets a co-production credit on the followup, “Kangaroo.” The track begins with signature chords that are reminiscent of efforts like “Chasin’,” and evolves into an intricate electro house melody. There’s aslo an unexpected dubby drop, which brings the production in a heavier direction. If you haven’t heard it yet, take a listen and you’ll immediately understand why this track is our month’s number 1.
That’s all for August. We hope you enjoyed our rankings and maybe found a new favorite track. Check back next month for our top 10 tracks of September!