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 September and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
The amount of terrific productions released in September made curating this list extremely difficult, as we felt there were nearly twenty tracks that all warranted a spot in the top 10. That said, we have a list of ten very impressive tracks for you after the break, featuring entries from heavy hitters like Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris along with other artists that you will be less familiar with. Read on past the break for our full top 10.
Armin van Buuren strikes back with another heartfelt trance tune and the official follow-up to “Suddenly Summer.” Like its predecessor, “I’ll Listen” features a warm melody, deep bass, and an enchanting vocal from Ana Criado. Long time Armin fans will be pleased to hear the trance god drift back to blissful sounds after the release of the electro-influenced “We Are Here To Make Some Noise.”
Nicky Romero delivers yet another stunning acid house production on “Iron.” The wobbling bass and quick build drops into a nice bassline that has a similar tone to “Metropolis.” “Iron,” which features the vocals of Calvin Harris, has received a fantastic reception and has been getting tons of playtime this month.
Earlier this month Popeska dropped “Karmameter,” his debut EP on Wolfgang Gartner’s Kindergarten Recordings. After we listened to it, we immediately saw why Wolfgang has taken on this nineteen year old producer as a mentee. Popeska’s electro house sound is reminiscent of earlier Wolfgang productions and is a refreshing change of pace to the anthemic progressive sound that we’ve heard so much of. We have our eye on Popeska to do big things in 2013.
The preeminent dubstep duo Nero delivers yet another monstrous dubby masterpiece. “Won’t You Be There” is quintessential Nero, a stunning mix of echoing synths and howling vocals that builds dramatically before dropping into a gut-punching, bass-laden breakdown. Be sure to grab this track for free, and keep an eye out on October 22nd for the re-release of their career-defining album Welcome Reality and catch them on their North American tour starting October 24th.
Fresh off the success of his stellar remix of Major Lazer’s “Get Free,” Andy C delivers yet another gem in the form of his remix of Plan B’s “Deepest Shame.” His drum and bass remix goes just hard enough to satisfy veteran drum and bass listeners, while still being accessible enough for a more mainstream music fan. Plan B once again displays his boundless talent with some absolutely immense vocals which complement the energy of the track perfectly. If you like this then make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Andy C.
The hottest rookie the game and one iconic producer have joined forces with a gifted electronic vocalist for one of this month’s biggest tracks. We are talking about Arty and BT, along with none other than Nadia Ali. The collaboration is dubbed “Must Be The Love” and breeds masterful progressive house with a trance influence in the vocal that has euphoria written all over it.
This is definitely one of our favorite tracks on the new Deadmau5 album. “There Might Be Coffee” begins with a series of beautifully melodic layered synths before the beat drops and the bassline kicks in. Everything about the track works in perfect harmony, and put quite simply, it is just a gorgeous production. (PS: Don’t forget to read our review of the mau5’s latest album, >album title goes here<)
When it comes to anthemic progressive house, few do it better than Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash. “Reload” has been a long time coming, and we’ve known that it would be a bomb since Tommy mistakenly revealed it a few months back (and then told us more in our Behind The Booth video). The melody is made for humming along, and it’s a killer production that has already received support from pretty much every big name in the game. Expect to hear it — a lot.
With “Don’t You Worry Child,” Axwell, Steve and Sebastian have seemed to have found a happy medium in between the piano chord-dominated house tunes that they made their name with, like “Leave The World Behind,” and their more recent big-room synth heavy efforts like “Greyhound.” Unquestionably one of the most memorable tracks of 2012, “Don’t You Worry Child” takes third place on our top 10 list.
With his latest remix, Sasha shows yet again why he is considered one of the all time greats of electronic music. With a series of complex series builds and breaks, Sasha’s rework is nothing short of a fantastical eight minute musical journey. His relaxed deep house melodic groove provides the perfect backing to Hot Chip’s signature vocals. With this wonderful effort, Sasha deservedly runs away with our top track of September.
That’s all for September. We hope you enjoyed our rankings and found some great new music. Check back next month for our top 10 tracks of October!