Hi there! As this is my first foray into the mysterious world of internet blogging, I feel like it would be best if I start with a brief description of myself and what my motivation is for getting involved (finally)! My name is Pete Sullivan, and I’m a standard ’20-something uni student’. I’ve just been out on a year in Madrid, and as a result of that (and the constant feeling of it being Summer) I’ve become thoroughly engrossed in house music; bootlegs, remixes and stand-alone house tracks are where I’m at. So I thought I’d share some of what I consider to be the biggest tracks of the year so far, whether you like chillstep, deep house or the almighty sax house.
Postcards – James Blunt (Niklas Ibach Edit)
This first one is gaining a lot of traction in the music world at the moment, and for good reason. Ibach, a relative newcomer to the mainstage of house music, has blended his own unique style sublimely with the original song from James Blunt. It comes as no surprise to me, as Ibach’s main influences come from the classical music and jazz side of the arena; given the tone of this song it was a match made in heaven. Keep your eyes on this German youngster – he’s got bags of talent.
Hideaway – Kiesza
To be honest, this one actually came as a surprise to me because I hadn’t heard of Kiesza before this song. However, it’s deep underlying bass and ‘bouncy’ feel really captivated me upon listening. The music video is also a treat, shot in one single take and with Kiesza reportedly having a broken rib! But, given she’s a trained ballerina, it’s not that much of a surprise. Regardless, this track has a definitively Summer feel to it, and certainly ranks amongst the best so far this year.
Pumping Blood – Nonono (The Chainsmokers Remix)
This one is an absolute must for me – I’ve been an admirer of the Chainsmokers ever since their breakthrough with ‘The Rookie’ in 2013, and I imagine we’re all familiar with ‘#Selfie’. However, it seems to me that the two Americans are really starting to find their niche, and this remix of Nonono’s debut single has shown what they’re capable of. With its’ soft builds and tremolo-ing drops, and heavy focus on the originals piano work, it’s a truly enjoyable mix of electro house and trap.
Take me – Rufus
This one’s a bit of a cheat since it actually came out in 2013, but the track hasn’t really gained any notoriety until this year so it can stay. The song is more of an indie dance track than house specifically, but it’s laid back tone and drawling vocals combine to give a unique and enjoyable listening experience.
The La La La Remix – Gamper and Dadoni ft. DNKR
Gamper and Dadoni are two German DJ’s who have really been exploring the limits of Deep House and turning out some big tunes, none more so than the ‘LaLaLa Remix’. Here they’ve teamed up with fellow German DNKR to put a refreshingly new take on Naughty Boy’s original, adding a new guitar line and really transforming the song into a soulful deep house tune. Keep an eye on these two, as they could be real movers in the world of deep house remixes.
Call You Home – Kelvin Jones (MOWE bootleg)
MOWE are a Viennese duo that are arguably better known for some of their other deep house tracks such as ‘Blauer Tag’. However, this bootleg of Call you home by British student Kelvin Jones is something really special in my mind, as it marks a move away from their sax heavy past and into something with a bit more substance. The song has a distinctly soulful feel to it, and leaves me with a smile on my face every time.
Snowship – Benjamin Francis Leftwich (Thomas Jack Remix)
This remix comes courtesy of an Australian/English collaboration, with Thomas Jack putting his unique stamp of tropical house and deep house on Leftwich’s more acoustic rock style. I’m a big fan of the tropical house sub-genre, and Jack is proving more than up to the task of putting out some huge hits – another collaboration of his ‘Atlas Hands’ could easily have made this list too. With deep, heavy drops and otherwise light chilled beats, this is certainly a winner.
Circles – Passenger (Elkoe Remix)
Now, I’m not usually a fan of Passenger, and Michael Rosenberg wouldn’t usually feature on my list of top songs in any context. However, Elkoe has put an interesting elctro-chill vibe to the song, and really made it far easier to listen to. In some respects you could say that Elkoe has a ‘Kygo-esque’ vibe, which certainly isn’t a bad thing, and makes the entire song more palatable. By reducing the lyrical exposure and putting the ‘bouncy’ rhythm to the chorus, Elkoe has really put their stamp on this track.
Family Affair – Mary J Blige (KHOV Remix)
This is a great new deep house remix of Blige’s Family Affair – DJ KHOV has put a really deep, heavy twist to the song, and made it far more intense than the original. KHOV is a complete newcomer to the world of house but, hailing from London, he has really put down a marker with this one. Instantly replayable.
High Hopes – Kodaline (Filous Remix)
This song from Vienna’s ‘Filous’ is a really fun, upbeat reworking of Kodaline’s original. Whilst the original from the Irish band is somewhat slow paced, Filous transforms it into what can only really be described as Deep Pop, with a soft underscore and a light and breezy piano riff on the surface. Easy listening just got that bit easier.