1. SHOGUN “LOTUS” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Armind)
Release Date: 2011-12-12
We welcome Shogun this week to #1 on the charts. Originally from Taiwan, Shogun is intriguing to study as he is able to incorporate various Asian elements to song; not musically but more along the lines of themes and vocals with songs such as “Skyfire” and “Lotus”. Melissa Loretta does an absolute stunning job on vocals. This in my opinion is one of the best vocal a cappellas I’ve heard on an EDM track in 2011. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a great artist under Armin van Buuren’s Armind label.
2. DEADMAU5 “AURAL PSYNAPSE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (mau5trap)
Release Date: Not yet released on Beatport
Joel Zimmerman AKA deadmau5 stays in the top #5 for another week. The song defines progressive house instrumental-wise. In addition it is classic deadmau5 feel, with the continuous synths and next generation feel. I still think it is crazy how this release is actually a 2nd edit of the original from 2001. Who says you can’t kill two birds with one stone?
3. MAT ZO, ARTY “MOZART” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Anjunabeats)
Release Date: 2011-12-11
Massive single from Anjunabeats! I could not have thought of two better progressive house artists to put together than Mat Zo and Arty. They’re both musical geniuses and are different enough yet similar. How do they get the name Mozart? Well to the layman it may seem it is a combination with their names. To the insider it is more of a blend of classic piano with house synths. A hit that works perfect for the festival.
4. ROBERT NICKSON, RE:LOCATE “RESOURCE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (A State of Trance)
Release Date: 2011-11-28
Dutch DJs Nickson and Re:locate collaborate together under another one of Armin van Buuren’s labels; A State of Trance. This has a classic trance feel to it, with a chorus that gives it a new school vibe. It is very interesting to see how they integrate bass guitar into the instrumental and actually make it work. No wonder it made it as a track on Universal Religion Chapter 5.
5. CHUCKIE “WHO IS READY TO JUMP” [ORIGINAL MIX] (Big Beat Records)
Release Date: 2011-11-22
Are you ready to jump? We definitely have some Dirty Dutch here. If this doesn’t get you energized, than I don’t know what will. I love the mixture of live yelling, similar to that of Lil’ Jon, yet staying true to form with the electro house genre. Chuckie is an up and comer as well as a gamechanger. I mean, he did coin the term “Dirty Dutch”!