June 2016


220px-Easy_Love_SigalaSigala – “Easy Love” – (2015)

Even though the opening lyrics sound like a young, annoying Michael Jackson (and it is supposed to), this very catchy song is otherwise very pleasant. It was a #1 in the U.K. last year 

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ef17f20d2b75da50a3010d5739118998Parov Stelar feat. Graham Candy – “The Sun” – (2014)

Parov Stelar – purveyor of electro-swing – has been my favorite artist for years now. I heard this song in the car today and thought it was perfect for this list and summer. Released orginally in 2014 (and later on The Demon Diaries), this is his highest charting song in his native Austria, peaking at #31.

Sam-Feldt-The-Him-Drive-You-Home-2015-1500x1500.pngSam Feldt & The Him feat. The Donnies & The Amys – “Drive You Home” – (2015)

Finally, a little brass – a thing that has been really popular in deep house music over the past 18 months. You’ve probably also noticed a lot of album (single) covers from Spinnin’ Deep. Deep House is producing a lot of good stuff recently – and mainstream music is taking note… just look at Bieber’s recent big hits.

download2-445x445Boiler & Redondo feat. Bitter’s Kiss – “Lost & Found” – (2015)

Redondo with their second entry on this list already (and probably not the last). Boiler (a Dutch DJ) is making his first – and not last – appearance here too. This is a good deep house track, but the vocals are upbeat and happy. 

 

Are-You-With-Me-Lost-FrequenciesLost Frequencies – “Are You With Me” – (2014)

This song is actually based on a 2012 country song by Easton Corbin. It’s sped up and chopped a bit, but that’s still pretty interesting. This was a #1 all over Europe in 2014/15 (yes, I’m playing catch up here a little bit). 

R3hab-NERVO-Ready-for-the-Weekend-2014-1500x1500R3hab & NERVO feat. Ayah Marar – “Ready for the Weekend” – (2014)

R3hab is the stage name of Dutch-born DJ Fadil El Ghoul, who, I’m pretty sure, is a Batman villain. This song is much more of a house tune than most of what will be on our annual list of “Songs for Summer” – but it is about the weekend and summer weekends are the best kind.

Chris-Malinchak-Stranger-2014-1200x1200Chris Malinchak feat. Mikky Ekko – “Stranger” – (2014)

First off, I’ll go out on a limb and say that the vocal here by Mikky Ekko is downright Michael Jackson/Bruno Mars-esque. This top 50 hit in the U.K. is more than a song for summer – it’s good year round. It really could’ve been released off of one of those posthumous Michael Jackson remix albums. That’s a pretty big compliment.

artworks-000082609826-0sruan-t500x500Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – “Love Too Deep” – (2014)

This deep house track sort of borders on trance. While that might not be spot on, genre-speaking, the beat of this song definitely has a trance feel to it. This song is two years old but it doesn’t feel like it (nor does it seem like it’s been around that long). It’s kind of generic, but it’s not bad.

10847904_682028041896586_3736378840921393812_nLuvBug feat. Mark Asari – “Revive (Say Something)” – (2015)

LuvBug is a trio from the U.K. and their second single is this one, which features vocals from singer Mark Asari. It was a top 20 hit in the U.K. It’s a solid dance hit that would be best listened to soon, as I’m not sure how this one will age.

Lany-Ilysb-300x300LANY – “ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)” – (2014)

“ILYSB” is the abbreviation for “I Love You So Bad” and LANY is a band from L.A. Their song was remixed by Ferdinand Weber to create a really smooth, faster version of the already smooth song. I guess it’s the tempo of the remix that really sets it apart.

 

Years_&_Years_-_Communion_(cover)Years & Years – “King” – (2015)

We’re back with songs for the summer – which usually means a spattering of songs from the past few years that are either summery in their feel or sound. This house blurs the line between house and dance-pop… it was a #1 in the U.K. and other European countries last year. A good way to start off the next few weeks.

All_Things_Must_Pass_1970_cover#1– George Harrison – “My Sweet Lord” – (1970)

Paul McCartney may have been the most talented, but George Harrison was my favorite Beatle. And stuff like this is the reason why. “My Sweet Lord” was a #1 hit in the U.S. The song is actually written in praise of the Hindu god Krishna and the Hare Krishna chant is featured prominently. The people who are thought to have played on the studio recording of this song include Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, and Eric Clapton. It’s like the original Wilbury song. It’s one of the most beautiful popular songs of all time, and thus why it tops our list of songs from 1970.

LaylaCover#2– Derek & The Dominos – “Layla” – (1970)

I can’t stress it enough: Just remember, no matter how good you are at what you do, you’ll never be as good as Eric Clapton at what he does. Here are the major bands Clapton has been a part of: The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Derek & The Dominos, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Not to mention his illustrious solo career.

This band was short-lived, they were only around in 1970 and 1971 and kind of seemed like a vehicle to release this epic track. They only release one album and were made up of a lot of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. This was a top ten hit upon release and Clapton would take it to #12 in 1992/1993 after doing it on MTV’s Unplugged.