What's the saying? April showers bring May flowers? Well, that's all well and good, but this April, we weren't paying attention to the weather.
No, we had our ears pressed against speakers in hopes of finding April's best dance tracks. Here are the songs that stuck with us this month. Add them to your playlist immediately.
1. Will Smith — Miami (Solidisco WMC Bootleg)
This quick edit of Will Smith’s classic “Miami” is a perfect two-minute funk workout from Buffalo producers Solidisco.
2. Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne — Truffle Butter (Crazibiza WMC Edit)
Like the Solidisco remix above, Crazibiza produced this to play live during their WMC shows and then released it to the public. Interestingly, this song was a breakout deep-house smash for Maya Jane Coles “What They Say”; then Nicki Minaj slowed it down to a hip-hop tempo and created “Truffle Butter.” Here, Crazibiza completes the circle by bringing it back to dance tempo and turning it into a bouncy, raw, tech-house tune.
3. Mr. Belt & Wezol — Finally
In the club world, some songs never really go away. Those songs remain crowd pleasers and allow DJs to remix the track into something that fits their current style. For example: Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” That song was released in 1995, but it's such a staple that 21-year-olds — who were 1 when the song came out — still sing along when they hear it in the club. CeCe Peniston's “Finally” is another one of these classics and a guilty pleasure of mine. This future house remix has been killing it whenever I play it live.
4. Dirty Vegas — Days Go By (Ill Factor & Adam Foster Remix)
I'm very proud of this remix with Miami producer Ill Factor. This is of one of my all-time favorite songs — a rare track that can work as well on the dance floor as it does in an acoustic “unplugged” version. We wanted to preserve beauty and simplicity of the original but give it a modern, bass-heavy, deep-house sound.
5. Charli XCX — Break the Rules
It’s “I Love It” all over again. Charli XCX (who also wrote and sang on the Icona Pop smash) has the amazing ability to effortlessly write catchy pop hooks. As cheesy as it is, we can’t help but sing along, and the slamming future house drop that Adaptiv added sends this one over the top.
6. Kris Menace — Walking On the Moon (U-tern Remix)
This remake of The-Dream’s 2009 hit “Walkin' On the Moon” launches the song into outer space and takes you for a romantic ride among the stars. U-tern takes the cosmic funk to a new galaxy with this one.
7. Jack U feat. Kiesza — Take U There (Tchami Remix)
Tchami takes Skrillex and Diplo’s first official single together as Jack U and remixes it into his trademark warped, bass-heavy style.
8. Redondo & Ferreck Dawn — Something Else
As deep house grows from the strictly underground to mainstream records, its sound is naturally evolving. This new one from Redondo and Ferreck Dawn uses modern sounds but still has a classic Chicago house feel, using the vocal sample and instrumentation to create a subtle, hypnotizing effect.
9. Twin Shadow — New Love/Old Love (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Even as a casual fan who has kept up with Twin Shadow’s work over the past few years, I had no idea he had soul like this. The remix gives it just the right touch and rhythm and energy without losing the essence of the original. I was blown away the first time I heard it during The Magician’s set at Ultra, and I’m still blown away.
10. Feder feat. Lyse — Goodbye (Hugel Remix)
Just a thumping, funky dance floor roller featuring a french girl whispering strange, seductive things into your ears. This is what I imagine Paris sounds like at 3 a.m.
Bonus: Nyms and Kid Judah — Way Up
I’m not usually too big on trap music, but this one has a special place in my heart since we recorded Todd Stylez's vocals at my studio (AKA my living room). It has only been out a week or so but this weird, wild banger from Nymz and Judah is being played live by the biggest names in the game: Dj Snake, Skrillex, Milo and Otis, and more.
Adam Foster is a South Florida-based DJ and producer, founder of twilightnotes.com, and entertainment director for the Restaurant People. He was named best DJ of 2014 by New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook.