In the electronic and pop music worlds, there are always new, interesting songs that break through in popularity, despite odds against them. This is especially true now that the internet has democratized what we listen to and what then eventually makes it to the radio. For example, Disclosure's "Latch" featuring Sam Smith was first released in early 2012 but didn't become a major hit here in the U.S. until the summer of 2014.
In the club world, there's also a constant recycling of songs. Songs that were hits years ago, became ubiquitous, forgotten about, then resurrected by an artist or producer who samples the tune or steals a verse or remixes it into something new. Right now, you can hear this trend in all the new deep house and nu disco tracks built out of '90s R&B and hip-hop classics.
So, in this monthly list of songs that I like playing right now at gigs, you'll hear remixes and ones that are representative of the current trends in sound design and production. Two years ago, a hit dance track would have a huge, festival ready build-up and drop (think Swedish House Mafia), but this year, its more likely to have a smaller sound, more intimate vocals, jacking house beats, and a huge baseline (think Oliver Heldens, Kiesza, Disclosure, Clean Bandit).
With no further ado, here are the top ten tracks I'm excited about playing this month. Hope you find something you like.