Top 5 Tracks: Summer Is Coming Edition


Summer is right around the corner and that means a plethora of new music is coming with it. Musicians have started announcing, releasing and previewing some of the hottest tracks you’ll hear in the next few months in hopes that their song will be the next hit during the summer festival season.

With so much music coming out so quickly, it can be hard to find just what you need to kick off summer properly. Here are my top five tracks from the last week or so that will pump you up for the best season of them all.

Boston Bun makes electronic music his bitch with this big first single off his new EP,We Got Soul/Time Bomb, due out June 16. In a Facebook post, he said this genre-defying track was a homage to Da Mongoloids, a defunct collective that originally started solely as Armand Van Helden and evolved to include Daft Punk, DJ Sneak, Junior Sanchez and many more stately names. The title track is an amazing display of Boston Bun’s unique take on house music. The vocals, the beat, everything about this attention-demanding track goes perfectly together. Boston Bun and Bear Who? definitely got that soul.

When you see John Roman‘s name on anything, you know that it’s going to be good. I was surprised and excited to see him collaborate with the newest addition to Boys Noize Records, BS1, on this Blood Music release. The result is a masterfully produced and developed EP. There’s light, dark and everything in-between. The two original songs on this EP are strong enough to stand alone, but the LeBreton remix is an added bonus. Dumbbell/Barbell is perfect for workouts that will help you get that summer beach body.

Let’s get this straight: I don’t like Katy Perry. At all. However, Le Youth is able to make me like her with this chilled-out remix of “Birthday.” The chopped-up vocals and the dreamy bass line turn this pop hit into a beach-like house song that is not overwhelming, yet distinct enough to know it’s not the original. It can be played in the club or just relaxing by the pool. Perfectly executed, this is definitely a summer tune, like much of what Le Youth is known for, and he nails it again.

It’s more than just a feat to successfully remix this Sam Smith hit, but Soul Clap does so in a way that mesmerizes. They emphasize the beautiful background chorus vocals instead of Smith’s for a majority of the track, which I think was the right thing to do. When Smith sings, he demands the attention of the listener as he takes complete control of the song, making whatever beat seem insignificant. Using the background vocals along with Smith’s smooth and impressive cooing allows Soul Clap to make this a Soul Clap song and not a Sam Smith song. This tribal house, beach vibe is the perfect way to start summer.

Riton is back and better than ever with the upcoming release of his new EP, Bad Girl RiRi, on May 26. Mixmag exclusively premiered the first single, and I definitely want to hear what Riton has in store for us after listening to it. “Aloha Surfers” is a Gesaffelstein-like techno/electro track that is hard-hitting and full of energy. The rumbling bassline and high-pitched beat take me back to old-school Ed Banger tunes. The first drop comes within the first 50 seconds of the song, setting a tense, industrial and chaotic setting for the rest of the song. Fast-paced and intense — just how we like it.

via Bionic Beatlab


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