Hot Dance Tracks, July 2014
by Philip Sherburne | July 23, 2014
Baauer is back! And while you may feel like you never need to hear "Harlem Shake" again, given its sudden, smothering ubiquity last year, new single "Clang" may have more staying power. It's woozier, weirder, and less likely to be wrung dry by an Internet meme.
As far as happy returns go, we also greet Grimes, who returns with the surprisingly aggro "Go," which she recorded herself after Rihanna turned it down. Normally, you wouldn't expect to find Grimes alongside EDM's main-stage players, but she's clearly making a bid for the big room with her new single. (Come to think of it, there's actually a hint of "Harlem Shake" in its trap hi-hats and stuttering vocal samples.)
Beyond that, the summer of 2014 continues to yield big tunes from the usual suspects — Skrillex, Bassnectar, Hardwell, David Guetta, Clockwork, Arty — as well as upstarts like the deep-diving Gorgon City, who confirm their rise into the big leagues with a remix from the rambunctious Bingo Players, of all people. Everywhere you look in EDM these days, worlds are colliding.