33870237_350_350Manuel Riva & Eneli – “Mhm Mhm” – (2016)

“Mhm Mhm” starts off kind of slow and with more lyrical creativity than its title. But then it sort of descends into what I can only describe as glorified humming. The video was shot in Venice. Where I was last summer. And I want to be back.

layers_kungsKungs feat. Jamie N Commons – “Don’t You Know” – (2016)

This was the second single from Kungs’ 2016 album Layers, with the first one having been “This Girl” which we are saving for our Top 100 Songs of the 2010s count down in, um, four years. This song is also catchy and very well done and is about one banjo strum from being classified as “folktronica.”

spdeep-lucas-steve-make-it-rightLucas & Steve – “Make It Right” – (2016)

Sampling older songs has been around a while now and it’s also becoming popular to just take an older song and do an electronic cover. This song samples Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” – lyrically anyway. The beat doesn’t seem to rip off any of Jackson’s stuff.

artworks-000180309371-u9w4q2-t500x500Pretty Sister & Dragonette feat. Tobtok – “Galactic Appeal” – (2015)

Sort of light on the roof-bumping bass and hard electro bits, this song angles itself as a sort of house pop song. Unlike many songs featured this summer, this one is pretty much North American, with Pretty Sister being from L.A. and Dragonette being a Canadian band.

cs2914045-02a-bigFerreck Dawn vs. Franky Rizardo feat. Torica – “Baby Slow Down” – (2015)

This is sort of classic techno with a deep house vibe. The deep house part is what brings out that summery feel you get from it. And the video of people surfing, which is just torture because, again, I’m writing this in February.

artworks-000156562569-bi8upi-t500x500Don Diablo feat. Dave Thomas Jr. – “Silence” – (2016)

Don Diablo is another Dutch DJ and “Silence” was a single released in 2016. It’s got an upbeat feel with brooding lyrics, which is a strange combo that pulls the track in different directions.

artworks-000201924178-rskkid-t500x500Mike Williams – “Bambini” – (2017)

This song feels like the Kidz Bop version of instrumental electronica. It’s a relatively simple, but catchy, track that lacks lyrics but does have some weird child-like shouting or something in it. Anyway, this is one of the newest songs we are going to feature – it came out in 2017 and I’m writing these in February.

artworks-000143244006-1d95gu-t500x500Fedde Le Grand – “Keep on Believing” – (2016)

Summer! We’ll go through a month or two of good stuff for poolside/seaside (which sounds like rival gangs). Fedde Le Grand (of the Netherlands) seems to put out a lot of music, most of which I skip over. This one caught my ear because it’s more than just a pumping beat – there are also well-delivered lyrics… and a pumping beat.

Writing's_on_the_Wall_by_Sam_SmithSam Smith – “Writing’s On The Wall” – (2015)

We featured every Bond song a few years ago, and since then a new movie has come out, Spectre. This is the theme from that film and Sam Smith was an excellent choice to sing it. There’s always a lot of second guessing these songs, but it did win an Oscar, so there’s that.

nora-en-pure-i-got-to-doNora En Pure & Redondo – “I Got To Do” – (2016)

Last “song for summer” for 2016. And it’s one that certainly fits the category… it makes me wish I was on a beach somewhere like Barcelona… even though I’m not a fan of that city at all. I’ve already got songs lined up for next year, which should include a few classic tracks from way back in the day.

Pablo-Nouvelle-All-I-Need-2016-2480x2480.jpgPablo Nouvelle feat. Sam Willis – “I Will” – (2016)

Pablo Nouvelle is a Swiss DJ and this song does not sound like house music as much as it does like something you’d hear on top 40 radio. Except you won’t because it’s not from some major record company. It really reminds me of a Disclosure/Sam Smith collaboration. The vocals are awesome here.

cantget.jpgCleavage – “Can’t Get Enough” – (2015)

What I like here is the slightly throwback sound of this track. It sounds like it could’ve come out 10 years ago. The vocals are nice and the music is mostly pretty chill. The single cover is unnecessary, but what do you want from a Dutch duo called “Cleavage?”

cover600x600Mike Candys feat. U-Jean – “Paradise” – (2015)

Well this one has “paradise” as the title – how could it not be perfect for summer? I actually debated this songs merits for a while before deeming it okay for 1. purchase and 2. use here. It grew on me after a few listens. The one thing that still gets me is how repetitive the lyrics are.

artworks-000119476315-c2621x-t500x500Sugarstarr feat. Alexander – “Hey Sunshine (Antonio Giacca Radio Edit)” – (2015)

This song almost has a gospel/old R&B feel to it at the beginning. That’s because it samples Pusha T’s 2015 song “Sunshine” which actually features Jill Scott. It’s kind of weird that there is an artist featuring another artist and somebody who edited it down to a radio edit… and they all get credit. But whoever is doing the original, sampled vocals gets screwed. Such is the world of sampling.

artworks-000121712423-nykint-t500x500Felon feat. Kaleem Taylor – “Isla” – (2015)

Felon is actually a trio of London-based DJs/producers. They brought in guest vocalist Kaleem Taylor to add some singing to this otherwise summery tune. 

t265815329-i1015907465_s400Eklo feat. Jordinlane – “You And Me” – (2015)

Nice and relaxing, this tropical house song is. Here’s why I know it’s good: I had it playing in the house and a fan of indie rock and pop happened to be over and they heard it and said “What is this? I like this.” They’re not electronic music fans. But sometimes good music just wins out.

dukedumontblaseboysclubpt1_zpsgyj7vyabDuke Dumont – “Ocean Drive” – (2015)

Well this song talks about the ocean… or more specifically, Ocean Drive (presumably in Miami). The music is straight Miami Vice and the lyrics are by the uncredited Boy Matthews. This was a #1 in some European countries and is a very cool mix of the 80s and today.

fbbabaee-b52f-4bd0-993d-62255bc0b9a4.jpgEDX feat. Mingue – “Missing” – (2016)

Here’s another modern take on an older song. Yes, Everything But The Girl’s “Missing” is 20 years old. Italian DJ EDX has added soft vocals from Mingue and a chill cover of the original song. The result is very good and that’s coming from a huge fan of the original.

 

felix-jaehn-felix-jaehn-ep-56996827b1f98-500x500Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” – (2015)

This is the one I’ve been waiting for. Jasmine Thompson’s vocal cover of Chaka Khan’s awesome 1983 song is incredible. This was a #1 all over Europe last year. It’s a song I’ve had on repeat essentially since last summer… everything about it is spot-on the way it should be. It’s fantastic.

artworks-000122804327-8lr0ro-t500x500Mike Mago – “Deeper Love” – (2015)

Mike Mago is the stage name of Michiel Thomassen, a Dutch producer. This song could have a much heavier beat, but thankfully he kept it light and layered it with really nice vocals. Quality house.

 

 

 

220px-Don_Omar_MTO2Don Omar – “Zumba” – (2012)

Hey YouTube, just because I’m listening to a Spanish language song, doesn’t mean I can understand Spanish language ads. I guess this is the theme for the Zumba fitness movement (or fad?). It’s definitely tropical, which it makes it perfect for summer.

artworks-000114484341-g041w0-t500x500Zwette feat. Molly – “Rush (Sam Feldt Remix)” – (2015)

This one might seem, once the bass kicks in, to be a bit heavy and all about the bounce, but Sam Feldt’s touch helps reign it in a bit. There is a little bit of brass which helps… I don’t know. By the end of the song I’m pretty into it. If your summer includes Miami or Ibiza, this should be right up your alley.

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 

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.