WEEKLY TOP ELECTRONIC CHARTS: MAY 2012, VOL. 53

23 May

Summer hits are officially upon us! Swedish house master Eric Prydz releases another monster in “Allein”. Emma Hewitt keeps us “spinning” on her latest collaboration with Dash BerlinSavoy makes a “bright” impression with “We Are The Sun”.

1. PRYDA “ALLEIN’” [ORIGINAL MIX] (VIRGIN UK)

Release Date: 2012-05-14

If we thought Pryda’s “SW4” was impressive, wait until you hear “Allein”. Pryda’s most recent album is mind blowing. This latest single is once again a classic Prydz’ hit. Present on nearly every single significant DJ show, “Allein” is stamped as one of the best tracks of 2012.

The vibe on the most recent single is impressive. Like Prydz is known for, he takes a great vocal loop and wraps it perfectly into the instrumental. The beat is infectious, and at the same time maleable enough to be played in the big room or at the festival.

Pryda may not release singles too often, but when he does they are always stunning. In addition, this is great hype, as he additionally has launched his podcast “EPIC”. If you’re looking for creativeness and complexity, Pryda is one of the few in the industry that is always on lockdown.

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2. EMMA HEWITT, DASH BERLIN “LIKE SPINNING PLATES” [ORIGINAL MIX] (ARMADA MUSIC)

Release Date: 2012-05-18

Emma Hewitt is literally on fire right now. She recently released her latest album “Burn The Sky Down”, and on that album we’ve found a gem. “Like Spinning Plates”. This track has all the right elements, and it is great to see Hewitt collaborate again with her partner in crime Dash Berlin.

This highlighted track features vocal progressive house/track at its finest. Hewitt, as always, absolutely shines on the vocals and brings the music to life. Dash Berlin’s thumbprint can easily be seen on the instrumental. Classic trance builds and synths add to the layers of the instrumental.

It is great to see Hewitt put out a solid album that is complete in all senses. There is no question that Hewitt is one of the best vocalists in the business, and has shown her flexibility, by participating in various types of track. She has set the standard very high, and fans have not been disappointed yet.

CLASSIC COLLABORATION: AXWELL, TARA MCDONALD “FEEL THE VIBE (TIL THE MORNING COMES)” [VOCAL CLUB MIX] (ULTRA)

Release Date: 2005-09-01

Looking for a track that put progressive vocal house on the map? This week’s classic track “Feel The Vibe” not only put this genre prominently on the map, but established Axwell as a legitimate DJ in the industry.

A light, airy and optimistic track in all senses, “Feel The Vibe” captures passion. The instrumental itself is endlessly layered and has a dub feel, which we know find as a staple in the genre. Tara McDonald’s vocals are a perfect match, adding soul and energy.

Axwell is now a top #15 DJ in the world without a doubt; and that doesn’t even include his connection as being a prominent member in Swedish House Mafia. “Feel The Vibe” is a track that lives in the hearts of all EDM fans.

3. SAVOY, HEATHER BRIGHT “WE ARE THE SUN” [ORIGINAL MIX] (SPRINNIN RECORDS)

Release Date: 2012-05-14

Electro US DJ group Savoy has hit the scene big with their recent single “We Are The Sun” under Spinnin Records. As a decently new group, this single is complete and genre bending. Heather Bright was a perfect fit on vocals, adding contrast to the overall concept of the track.

“We Are The Sun” combines various elements; there are pieces of electro, progressive house and even a small trace of trance. The instrumental has passion and the vocals feed the dramatic side.

It is great to see American DJs making an impression in the EDM realm. Savoy has clearly shown their ability to produce a variety of sounds, which hints towards their incredible talent. It will be fun to watch this group expand and grow, with even more hits like this.

4. JOHN DAHLBACK “TAKE THIS THING BACK” [JACQUES LU CONT REMIX] (RISING MUSIC)

Release Date: 2011-05-21

Another Swede, John Dahlback, is once again back in the top #5 with his latest remixed single “Take This Thing Back”. Thanks to UK producer Jacques Lu Cont, this track has a house vibe feel with a techno slant.

This single is quick paced and brings many back to the days of classic house. A looped vocal of the chorus is continuously wrapped around energy. The quick guitar riff layers the electro synths which lead to a mind boggling build.

Dahlback is not necessarily know for this style, but he sure executed it with perfection. Once again, this is a great example of DJs going outside their comfort zone, to make something fresh, new and genuine. Watch Dahlback climb up the charts this summer.

5. STARKILLERS, NATALIE ERIS “SHUT IT DOWN” [ORIGINAL MIX] (AZULI RECORDS)

Release Date: 2011-05-21

Nick Terranova (Starkillers) has done it again. House is in the “house” with “Shut It Down”. New vocalist Natalie Peris shines, as she showcases her soulful and resounding voice on vocals.

This is classic Starkillers sound; electro house with a hard pounding bass, perfect for any big room. Peris is a bit different of a collaboration for Starkillers, as they most recently have worked with Nadia Ali, but it again adds to the uniqueness of the track.

Starkillers have destroyed the charts over the last 12 months. “Shut It Down” will surely be another track that stays in the top 10 on Beatport. If electro house is what you’re looking for, you are certainly in the right spot.

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