What a week of music to narrow down the Top #5 for EDM Charts! Dutch powerhouse Sander Van Doorn provides us with an “Inside” look at a mega progressive hit. Mark Eteson bring us “Together” with some uplifting vocal trance. Super Swede Eric Prydz blows us away with some new material.
1. SANDER VAN DOORN, MAYAENI “NOTHING INSIDE’” [ORIGINAL MIX] (DOORN RECORDS)
Sander Van Doorn has done it again, on a large-scale, with his recent single “Nothing Inside”. Thanks to a deep and emotional beat and stellar vocals by Mayaeni, Van Doorn has created a classic. It is powerful soul blended into a climbing and gripping ballad.
First off, what a find by utilizing Mayaeni on vocals. Her retro-soul style is perfect for a gripping addition. The song starts out with violins and piano to add a “chill” element. As the track picks up, looping builds and synths add to the “awe” factor.
Van Doorn has been huge the past 12 months. Single after single, he has yet to disappoint once. Having already garnered massive respect from everyone in the industry, Van Doorn should no doubtingly find himself in the top #10 in next year’s DJMag poll.
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2. MARK ETESON, MEREDITH CALL “TOGETHER” [DUDERSTADT REMIX] (GARUDA)
UK DJ Mark Eteson has knocked it out of the ballpark with his latest single “Together” thanks to brilliant vocals and the remix by Duderstadt. The track has been picked up by huge radio shows such as Myon & Shane54 and Above & Beyond. It is another example of a gripping emotional track that is trance at its finest.
The instrumental itself has great builds and is sweeping in style. Meredith Call absolutely destroys the vocals, as they perfectly blend in with the styling. It is smooth and handcrafted, and showcases Eteson’s unique ability to pump out club friendly trance.
Being under Garuda has enabled Eteson to really make a name for himself. He has consistently been featured on huge radio shows and has highlighted many great festival stages. It will be fun to watch this talented DJ grow as a talent.
CLASSIC COLLABORATION: ABOVE & BEYOND, OCEANLAB “LONELY GIRL” [ORIGINAL MIX] (ULTRA)
Thanks to requests, EDM Charts has decided to make the “Classic Collaboration” a permanent addition to the Top #5 Chart. This week we reminisce a stellar hit by Above & Beyond/OceanLab. “Lonely Girl” defines classic, as it embraces Above & Beyond’s patented feel and style.
“Lonely Girl” is smooth, relaxing and reminds every one of the classic tale of love. The trancey vibe and feel fit in perfectly with the OceanLab vocals. As smooth as it may seem, it has a lot of upbeat layering to the track, to get people up and moving at the festival or big room.
This is one of Above & Beyond’s most legendary and staple tracks. It is a prime example of how Anjunabeats has climbed to the top of the EDM industry’s best labels.
3. ERIC PRYDZ “SW4” [ORIGINAL MIX] (VIRGIN UK)
Eric Prydz, Pryda, Cirez D…however you would like to address the massive Swedish talent, he is back! His latest single “SW4” is classic Prydz. Known for his continuous builds and beats, this track is everything and more than any fan could desire.
Having already garnered attention from “Trance Around The World”, the track is bound to keep rising up the charts. Loops, pushing synths and a pounding bass keep the track driving. As progressive as it is, there are plenty of electro elements to make the track somewhat genre “anonymous”.
Prydz is a master at what he does. He always produces material that is genuine, unique and goes against industry trends. In all reality, it was never a big deal that he left Swedish House Mafia. He has proven over and over again, that he has more than enough talent to be a one man band; regardless of alias.
4. AVICII “SILHOUETTES” [ORIGINAL MIX] (LE7ELS)
When talking about the hottest DJs on the planet, the one name that comes to most people’s minds is Avicii. It is difficult to figure out where to start when talking about this icon. “Silhouettes” has all the Swedish styling of progressive house, combined with some great vocals.
This track has the classic builds and integration of symphonic instruments of other big Avicii tracks. Salem Al Fakir shines on this track. His unique and dramatic style adds soul and harmony. The piano on the instrumental adds to the classic feel. It is a huge track for Avicii and has really blown up.
Avicii has no real limitations. This DJ has been taking the industry by storm. Every release seems to hit it big. Where he may be best at his game is at his live shows, where his mixing skills can hardly be touched by any other in the industry.
5. DEADMAU5, CHRIS JAMES “THE VELDT” [8 MINUTE EDIT] (MAU5TRAP)
Joel Zimmerman AKA deamau5, just like Prydz is back again on the scene after a brief hiatus. “The Veldt” is progressive fueled inspiration. It reminds many mau5 fans of his classic hits like “I Remember” and “Strobe”.
The instrumental is smooth and airy, which is what we all know and love about deadmau5 from his original albums. Chris James was a great addition on vocals. His soft styling and passionate vocals add to the dream-like feel. There are so many specialized and layered synths, it is nearly impossible to describe the beat.
It is fantastic to see deadmau5 release a track like this. Sure, he’s had lots of big hits, especially with his “4×4” album, but it is tough to beat his original style, that we all came to love. To say that deadmau5 is a prodigy is definitely an understatement.