WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: MAY 2012, VOL. 50

2 May

EDM Charts is excited to bring you VOL.50 of the weekly Top #5 Chart! Songbird Emma Hewitt is in “Paradise” with her latest progressive hit. Indie stars The Naked and Famous pump in some “New Blood” to EDM with Tiësto. Miike Snow and Dirty South collaborate in a “devilish” way.

1. EMMA HEWITT, SHOGUN “MISS YOU PARADISE’” [SHOGUN REMIX] (S107 RECORDINGS)

Release Date: 2012-04-30

Australian songbird Emma Hewitt follows up her big hit “Colours” with another brilliant progressive/trance track in “Miss You Paradise”. The remix provided by Shogun adds energy and depth to the song. The song is a tale of lovers and how much they miss each other.

The instrumental itself starts out with a great piano ballad of sorts. It then builds into synths which are balance over the melody. Hewitt’s vocals are powerful and majestic as always, considering her well-garnered respect in the industry. Typical of Shogun styled remixes/songs, the song is more airy than hard pounding.

Hewitt is doing an amazing job on her solo productions. There’s no doubt that she’ll more than likely continue doing guest vocals. However, EDM Charts is looking forward to her upcoming album release on May 18 “Burn The Sky Down”. If she can get the right producers involved with the project, there’s no doubt it will be a success.

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2. THE NAKED AND FAMOUS, TIESTO “YOUNG BLOOD” [TIESTO & HARDWELL REMIX] (MUSICAL FREEDOM)

Release Date: 2012-04-24

With the release of “Club Life Volume 2 Miami”, Tiesto has produced a spectacular remix of The Naked And Famous’ hit single “Young Blood”. For reference, The Naked And Famous are a rock/indie band from New Zealand formed in 2008. Tiesto takes the original track and amps it up on another level; this time in club friendly fashion.

The vocals from the original track are layered out of filters, to give an echoing effect. Constant quirky beats are complemented by larger, big room sounding synths. It is quick paced and an absolute perfect track for the club.

The Naked And Famous are doing big things, considering the fact they were just nominated by BBC for the 2011’s “Sound of the Year”. In what better fashion to expand fan base is there, than being part of a huge Tiesto collaboration. It’s great to see indie/rock acts involved more and more with the EDM scene.

CLASSIC COLLABORATION: DIGITALISM, ERIC PRYDZ “CIRCLES” [ERIC PRYDZ REMIX] (PRYDA FRIENDS)

Release Date: 2011-10-24

As a special addition to VOL.50 of EDM Charts Top #5, we’ve included a “Classic Collaboration”. This special track this week is the Eric Prydz remix of “Circles” by Digitalism. Even though it is less than a year old, it is still a classic, as it was the theme song to Ultra Musical Festival 2012. In addition, it was #1 on Beatport for multiple weeks back in the fall.

The Prydz remix is magnificent. You combine great vocals with plenty of groove and melody, and thus you have a theme song. One can feel Prydz influence, as the progressive track keeps going with various loops and not a ton of bass.

This is definitely one of the best collaborations in the past few years in EDM. Like the lyrics say “We play it again and again.” This is why Prydz is a legend.

3. MIIKE SNOW, DIRTY SOUTH “DEVIL’S WORK” [DIRTY SOUTH REMIX] (PHAZING)

Release Date: 2012-04-25

What a huge collaboration! Swedish indie group Miike Snow and Serbian/Australian DJ/Producer Dirty South get together for a remix of the smash hit “Devil’s Work”. It is again, what is becoming more and more popular; Indie meets EDM. It is a simple formula in this case, as you take Snow’s talented vocals and original hit combined with Dirty South’s slick production skill set.

The true highlights of the track come in the form of the piano riffs and vocals. Through Dirty South’s remix, and emphasis has been placed on the piano beats. To help blend with the melody, plenty of effects and filters have been added to the vocals. When the crescendo hits, there’s even a little bass which is that common with a Miike Snow song.

Again, this is a great collaboration. This is a great example of a genre bending single that is hard to categorize. Let’s hope Miike Snow continues to keep working with talented DJs on productions as well as remixes.

4. STARKILLERS, DMITRY KO, DEADMAU5, MELLEEFRESH “HEY BABY” [STARKILLERS & DMITRY KO CLUB MIX] (PLAY DIGITAL)

Release Date: 2011-04-26

The Starkillers (Nick Terranova) and Dmitry KO are part of re-released EP of one of deadmau5′ classic dirty electro house tracks in “Hey Baby”. The 2012 update is even more in your face and a bit more club friendly. Mellefresh’s vocals are still the same but are perfect in the sense that they’ll make any club get jumping.

The electro house remix places a large emphasis on grinded out synths and some added bass. Compared to the original this version seems a bit more electro new school, whereas the classic version is a bit more dub like. In addition, various other electro elements contribute to the added layers of the remix.

Starkillers and Dmitry KO are some of the industry’s best remixers, and they surely hit this one out of the park. Who says I re-release is a bad thing?

5. DAVID JONES, LEONY! “LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE” [DAVID JONES REMIX] (TIGER RECORDS)

Release Date: 2011-04-17

Cheers to the king of remixes! Just recently, David Jones was crowned the 2012 Remixer of the Year by Beatport. This track is a prime example of Jones’ savvy remix skills. Many out there may recognize the original track by Indeep from the early 80s with the classic guitar riff. The remix take a disco classic and adds some house to it,

This track has probably been remixed a dozen times, but this is the first one to incorporate electro house elements. Leony! is featured on vocals and does a great job replicating the original vocals. The chorus is unbelievable, as it is addicting and club friendly as can be…too bad it isn’t a bit longer. The instrumental portions push hard pounding flanged bass.

Jones has been a busy man the last year or so. Pumping out one single after another, Jones has earned the respect from peers as one of the best in the industry. He can chalk this one up as a nice addition to the catalog.

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