Dancing Astronaut’s top 10 tracks of Ultra Music Festival 2013
There were hundreds of artists across seven stages at the world’s most renowned electronic music festival, but still some tracks were played dozens of times and were inescapable every day, at every stage. There are those special records that go down in the books as the year’s biggest tracks, and where better to make that judgement than at Ultra Music Festival. It is the tracks that become the unofficial anthems of Ultra that are immortalized in the memories of fans, and 360,000 fans now have ten major tracks to remember Ultra Musical Festival 2013 by…
10. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload (Original Mix)
Tommy Trash has mastered a sound fit for festivals and Sebastian Ingrosso is no stranger to anthemic production. Their collaboration has been heard across the world for nearly a year, but stayed strong and gained steam for drops at Ultra Music Festival.
Notable plays: Swedish House Mafia, Arty,Fedde Le Grand
9. Armin van Buuren & W&W – D# Fat (Original Mix)
Armin has struck gold in W&W, enlisting the duo not only for A State of Trance touring, but for the biggest record of his latest compilation. “D# Fat” was not contained by the ASOT stage and found its way across Ultra all six days.
Notable plays: Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Krewella
8. TJR – Ode to Oi (Original Mix)
Every festival has a special place for the fun-loving, party-starting sounds of TJR. While Pitbull may have ruled “Funky Vodka” out of many sets, DJs turned to “Ode To Oi” to do the same trick.
Notable plays: R3hab, Madeon, Boysz Noise, Laidback Luke
7. Zedd – Clarity (Remixes)
Zedd’s “Spectrum” was long-lived through a massive remix package before Clarity was released, but now that his debut album has settled he’s given the same treatment to the title track, “Clarity.” Various remixes were played everywhere from the Main Stage to Ultra Worldwide — but of course, no one dropped this sample like Zedd.
Notable plays: Zedd, Tiësto, Porter Robinson, Deniz Koyu
6. Showtek & Noisecontrollers – Get Loose (Tiësto Remix)
Showtek has taken off with recent productions as DJs have embodied their hard-hitting sound, apparent all week long in Miami. Their collaboration with Noisecontrollers, however, was one of the more unexpected anthems of Ultra Music Festival with aid from Tiësto’s remix.
Notable plays: Tiësto, Hardwell, Bingo Players, Cazzette
5. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Wakanda (Original Mix)
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike’s hardstyle gem has been destined for festival fever ever since receiving its Swedish House Mafia, One Last Tour premiere. The spine-rattling drops and tribal chants found a home at Ultra this year in the sets of some of the biggest acts.
Notable plays: Swedish House Mafia, Sander van Doorn, Style of Eye, Clockwork
4. Tujamo & Plastik Funk - Who (Original Mix)
“WHO!” was the loudest chant to accompany the loudest drop both weekends at Bayfront Park. The build trickles through crowds and curates an unmatched anticipation — a tactic that fit into sets at Ultra from DJs of all genres, ranging from progressive house to dubstep.
Notable plays: Avicii, Dog Blood, Carnage
3. Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball (Original Mix)
Since its release, “Cannonball” has been the biggest record fit for large stages. In fact, the bigger the stage, the more impacting of a drop. Anthemic in every way, the vocal hook encourages crowds to do as told — “Show us what you got when the mothafuckin’ beat drops!”
Notable plays: Afrojack, Knife Party, Laidback Luke, Chuckie, Krewella
2. GTA, Henrix, and Digital Lab – Hit It (Original Mix)
“Atom” was one of the most popular tracks last festival season and the distinct drop has since been replicated by a multitude of producers to create a similar festival appeal. GTA, Henrix, and Digital Lab have manufactured that appeal with “Hit It,” and it was unavoidable that the collaboration would be one of Ultra’s most played records.
Notable plays: David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Deniz Koyu, Major Lazer, 12th Planet
1. W&W & Ummet Ozcan – The Code (Original Mix)
W&W collaborated with Ummet Ozcan on “The Code,” but there was no telling how massive the outcome would be as it gained support everywhere even before Miami Music Week. Ultra Music Festival was no exception to the hot streak. Whether it be the record in its entirety or a sample of its drop, nearly every set you’d attend, you’d hear “The Code” in some shape or form.
Notable plays: W&W, Hardwell, Seven Lions, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero