It’s official: summer is upon us, and June is right around the corner. That doesn't mean much for us South Floridians. It just goes from being pretty hot to really hot. For the rest of the country though, summer time is special. It means festival season, beach season, boat season. No school. Two week vacations. In short, it's time to turn the volume up.
In the music world, certain tracks are released in the hopes that it will become the “soundtrack of the summer.” - Summertime, after all, is when so many party classics are made.
So, what is going to be the big ones this year? What will be this year’s "Blurred Lines," "Get Lucky," or "Latch"? Who knows. In the next couple weeks I'll be playing the Highline Ballroom in New York City and the Lure in Los Angeles so, it'll be interesting to see what's emerging in those markets.
But right now, only time and our radio stations hold the answer to what will be this summer's ubiquitous song. But in the meantime here’s my favorites that I’m playing out right now.
Drake: Know Yourself (Fawks Remix)
This is just a high-energy future house remake of Drake’s "Know Yourself" with a full verse of the original before it flips back to house.
Shaggy: It Wasn’t Me (Le Boeuf Remix)
After spending the last few years mining every '90s R&B hit for samples, I think we are going to see more and more remakes of these old reggae hits. These songs fits perfectly with the “tropical” buzz that seems to be popular right now.
Leona Lewis: Fire Under My Feet (Endor Remix)
I'm sometimes amazed at just how much a great vocal performance can make a song. Endor creates a perfectly sparse deep house production and let’s Leona’s voice shine. Like Miles Davis said, “the notes you don’t play are more important than the ones you do.” Less is more.
Montell Jordan: Get It On Tonight (Adam Foster Remix)
I just finished up this tropical house remix at Beat Academy Studios in Miami and even got local sax player Fernando Diaz to come and play on the track. Here’s hoping it starts lighting up dance floors all over the world this summer. Let your favorite DJ know.
Laura Welsh: Undiscovered (Mike Mago Remix)
Another absolutely gorgeous vocal from UK singer Laura Welsh with a nice deep remix from Mike Mago.
Post Malone: White Iverson (The Knocks Bootleg)
The Knocks released this one as part of its “Summer Bootleg Series,” and this sun-soaked, nu-disco remix is my favorite so far. What would it sound like if Future did a nu-disco track? It would sound like this.
Major Lazer: Lean On (Discotech Remix)
This may very well be one of the biggest tunes this summer and my buddies Joe Maz and Konflikt made it into another perfect club ready remix.
EDX: Remember House
EDX has been moving the deep house scene towards the mainstream with his productions, and now he has created a lush, pop-friendly style of deep house with his music and the artists on his label. (Nora En Pure, Me & My Toothbrush, Croatia Squad) Enjoy. I always do.
Martin Solveig & GTA: Intoxicated
Another candidate for tune of the summer from Martin Solveig and Miami producers GTA. This one's an instant dance party.
Joe Stone: The Party
This song is number one on Beatport right now, and deservedly so. it’s the ultimate summertime classic and this deep, melodic, feel-good house remix updates it perfectly. Why aren't you dancing right now?
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.