[Downtempo Dance House:] Better Not (feat. Wafia) – Louis the Child.
Just in time for the summer is a cut with plenty of cool, tropical vibes. With a repeating reggae tin drum in the backbeat helping to create the dreamy, calm atmosphere of “Better Not” Wafia‘s vocals fit right in.
Louis the Child creates an interesting beat with this one, which initially sounds like a contemporary pop song. Though that may be true, by the first hook the track intrigues as it picks up. Then by the first “drop” you’ll find yourself humming and swaying to the beat and echoing the chorus of “You better not…” This is a great song for the season and not to be missed.
You don’t need to
emerge from nothing
You don’t need, to tear away
Fischerspooner is one of the DJs that laid the foundation for much of today’s house music. The American DJ trio formed in New York, has had their music featured in movies, video games, and numerous advertisements Fischerspooner’s most popular single, Emerge, was featured in the video game SSX 3 remixed by Junkie XL. With a pounding, head nodding beat the track is everything progressive house should be. Music that you can bob your head to as it gets progressively deeper and entrancing. Check it out above.
For the best revenge, I AM!!!
On the flip side, for something a little darker, but just as deep if not more, check out “The Best Revenge.” While it may seem like the song builds up for an eternity (a tenet of true progressive house music) it is well worth it. By the last drop, once the guitars are added back into the mix and the lead vocalist screams “I AM!!!” the beat will have hit you so hard, you won’t know what has happened. Great music to fade away, nod off or daydream to.
[Independent Hip-Hop:] The U-Express (feat. Defcon) – 9th Wonder
Got some real hip-hop for ya hip-hop heads. This throwback comes from my earlier days (circa 2007-2010) when I was still a much bigger rap head. I had good friends who were plugged into some life-changing rap music from artists such as 9th Wonder, Chaundon, Murs, Little Brother, Cam’Ron, The Alchemist and more. Music from these guys and from that era will live with me for the rest of my life. Not simply because it is real hip-hop, without all the bling, gimmicks, etc. But this is music that will always bring me back to those days several years ago, and anytime I listen to it I feel…uplifted.
Take some time and rewind with this very chill, independent hip-hop number, fresh from my nostalgic mind.
[Chill House:] Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out (Dave Winnel Remix)
Probably THE best remix of “Stressed Out” I’ve ever heard. I’m also a very big fan of the Andrew Lundeen remix, but Dave Winnel’s is far more remarkable. I could never hate on a remix of this song that repeats my favorite pre-chorus “My name’s Blurryface / And I, care what you think.” Be sure to check out both remixes if you’re a fan of the original!
[Chill House] [2016 Throwback:] Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out (Andrew Lundeen Remix)
Popular UK pop band and the girls behind the second highest meme in views on my Youtube channel, Little Mix is one of the most popular pop groups in the world (as far as English music goes). Lorca & Jamie put the song “Touch” into heavenly dance-house status in their uplifting and epic remix. Pure house synths, nice effects and a pounding dancefloor-ready beat make this remix fresh, hot, you know, all that good shit.
Any song that can both make me feel nostalgic or that essence of pure pop music (the original, or think N*SYNC, Britney Spears in the 90s) and combine it with elements of today’s music is automatically a favorite in my book. Don’t miss this great remix!
[Deep House] WHTKD – WHTNSE (LTGTR Remix)
Probably one of the best takes on Disclosure’s “White Noise.” Opting for a re-make WHTKD’s atmospheric, deep House cut “WHTNSE” is truly remarkable. The already incredible tune is amped up to a level one may not have thought possible by LTGTR. Adding waves of futuristic synths and channeling WHTKD’s version into a more dance steady BPM, there is little to be desired of LTGTR’s remix. If you are a fan of house, deep house, chill house, chill wave/step, just chill shit, this one should become a regular in your playlists.
Illusion – Fynn
Get You Alone – Forbid
You already know what’s going down, when I get you alone
Cos’ you know what I came here to do when I get alone
Check out these two downtempo house tracks, courtesy of Selected.‘s Youtube Channel. The first, Fynn’s “Illusion” uses minimalist beats, haunting synths and soft-echoing vocals. The result is a semi-dark, groovy house number going above and beyond what you’d normally expect.
Next, Forbid’s “Get You Alone” has a more R&B feel to it, melded over a steady house beat and ping-pong synth noises in the background. Starting out relatively tame, with the chorus repeating, the song builds until it crescendos in it’s first drop inviting floor-shaking bass to the party. Simply funky, pulse-driving and at it’s core, exactly what good house music is supposed to sound like. Don’t miss both of these great tracks!