Hot Dance Tracks, August 2014
One cliché of main-stage EDM is that all the DJs are playing the same dozen tracks in their sets. (Sometimes, sadly, that seems to be the truth, too.) But electronic dance music in the U.S. is gradually getting more diverse, even at the most mainstream levels. You've probably noticed it yourself; heck, even the Wall Street Journal picked up on it last week, noting the way that EDM powerhouse Ultra — home to high-energy acts like Deadmau5, Axwell and The Bloody Beetroots — is branching out into more dulcet sounds with songs like Klingande's "Jubel" and Bakermat's "One Day" (both included on the label's recent Ultra Deep House compilation). I don't know if I'd call it deep house, exactly, but it's clear that EDM's pyrotechnic bombast is giving way to warmer, cuddlier vibes.
Many of this month's big releases, in fact, skew toward the deep end, and that includes the output of the normally aggressive Spinnin' label, which puts out garage-influenced tracks from Oliver Heldens and Kraak & Smaak. GotSome's remix of "Never Say Never" explores similar 2-step influences, Charli XCX's "Boom Clap (Aeroplane Remix)" delves into mid-tempo nu-disco, and Duke Dumont's ["Won't Look Back"] is a loving tribute to diva-fueled piano house. Even the fist-pumping Flosstradamus take a chill pill with "Rebound," a take on trap that's unusually weightless.