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Top Monthly Tune Recap – March 2020

Hi All!

What a month this has been. While most of it has been a boon (I want to get out just like you!), it’s actually been this music fan’s blessing in disguise hah. As a result of this quarantine period, I find myself with more time to discover a tune or two, and coolest of all, I’ve had unprecedented access to all these DJ/Musician livestreams. So there’s my little glimmer of hope for you all. And don’t worry, still got a track recap for you.

<3 Sam

Part One

1. Matt Fax – Light On

Genre: House

Matt Fax is definitely no stranger to my countdowns. Because we’re under lockdown, this tune is perfect because it’s one of those tunes that make you feel like you’re flying far away at hyperspeed.

 

2. Young Pinch – Beach Ballin’ (feat. blackbear)

Genre: Hip Hop

Like the summer vibe of this tune. I really enjoy how it really walks through the mind – one minute you’re riding around enjoying your time to think, and then the next, you hit some real introspective talk.

 

3. Rootkit – Only Knew (ft. Nevve)

Genre: Dance

I love Nevve’s vocals in this tune.

 

4. Dustycloud – Never Stop

Genre: House

Dustycloud always has these neat background industrial / futuristic sounds incorporated in his tunes. If you’re looking for a harder hitting house track, this is it.

 

5. Tsunami – Fly Butta (Original Mix) (Insomniac/Discovery Project)

Genre: House

Oh how this tune makes me long for a drink by the beach, preferably in the Mediterranean. All kinds of chill vibes.

Tune Part Two

6. Ekali & Illenium – Hard To Say Goodbye Ft. Chloe Angelides (Win And Woo Remix)

Genre: Dance

So Win and Woo are definitely becoming one of my newest favorite musical groups. I loved watching them during the recent Digital Mirage festival stream. Get your dance on to this remix.

 

7. Aethon, Freddy Fat Cats – Enlil (Original Mix)

Genre: Techno

A tune on the dreamier or melodic side.

 

8. Big Gigantic featuring Felly – St. Lucia

Genre: Electronic

I’m such a sucker for Cali Vibes and guitar riffs. This tune has both!!

 

9. Ellie Goulding, blackbear – Worry About Me

Genre: Pop

I feel like it’s been a minute since I heard anything new from Ellie. I was sold from the minute I saw Blackbear on the track.

 

10. NGHTMRE & SLANDER – FEELING GUD FT. MATTHEW SANTOS

Genre: Dance

This is a cool re-do of a Nina Simone staple.

As usual, don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Stay safe and social distance y’all!!!

_Sam

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – August 2019

Hi All! Back at it again with your August tune recap. Enjoy:

Part One

1. Jaymes Young – Happiest Year

Genre: Indie / Alternative

Jaymes’ voice gives me chills all the time. The lyrics to this tune are quite beautiful. Instead of going down a negative path, the song chooses to convey gratefulness for relationships since gone.

 

2. Sebastian Paul – So Done (ft. Phoebe Ryan)

Genre: Electronic

This tune is my break-repeat-button winner for the month. Contrasting my first pick which was all about choosing to be grateful and fondly looking back, this tune is about cutting the cord! The catchy beat and hook will keep you coming back.

 

3. THIEVES – Starting Over ft. Anthony Starble

Genre: Dubstep

I was hooked on this tune within the first 30 seconds. Love the vocals layered over the bass kicks.

 

4. Vincent – I’m No Magician (feat. Love, Alexa)

Genre: Electronic

This month’s tunes are heavy around vocals. Alexa’s soft, air-y qualities are beautiful. My favorite parts of this tune are around the choppiness first introduced around the 1:10 marker.

 

5. Popeska – I’ll Be Here

Genre: Electronic

With a minimal hook and a variety of sounds like wind chimes, this tunes rounds out the top 5.

 

Part Two

6. Benny Mayne – afraid of luv

Genre: R&B / Soul

The tagline of this tune got me right away, “inspired by a generation that’s fallen out of love…”. Benny’s vocals are perfectly designed for long drives when you want to contemplate life’s relationships.

 

7. Dosem – All Locations

Genre: Melodic House

Dosem can do no wrong. This melodic house tune is the background to your next dark basement party.

 

7. Ed Sheeran (feat. Skrillex) – Way To Break My Heart (Adam Pearce Remix)

Genre: Dance

Great dance remix of this Ed Sheeran tune.

 

9. Eli & Fur – Parfume (Dosem Remix)

Genre: Deep House

While this is an older tune, I recently discovered it through listening to Cycles Radio. Something about this remix reminds me of early house tracks I used to listen to.

 

10. Lizzo – Tempo (Ft. Missy Elliott)

Genre: Pop

This is the year of Lizzo. Also, Missy. Damn. Elliott. That is all.

As usual, don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Peace!

_Sam

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – February 2019

You patiently waited. Music is on the way! Here it is:

Part One

1. Matt Fax – To The Ground

Genre: House

I’ve been a fan of Matt forever, and by forever, he’s extremely young so maybe not that long. Over the last few years, he’s developed a great ability to evoke emotions through his tracks. His later tracks feel much smoother and impactful.

 

2. Me & My Toothbrush – Just Release Me

Genre: House

I love the vocal intro to this solid house tune. Get ready to hit the repeat button.

 

3. Niko The Kid – Sorry Not Sorry Feat. Brayton Bowman

Genre: Nu-Disco

The type of tune when you’re feeling yourself and want a little extra pep in that step. As a result, I dare you not to walk with a little more swagger.

 

4. Sammy Deuce & Sebb Junior – Elevate The Groove

Genre: Indie Dance / Nu-Disco

In anticipation of summer (it’s been a long winter for NYers folks!), I’ve been tuning into feel good tunes. Another dance-worthy tune right here.

 

5. ilan Bluestone feat. EL Waves – Mama Africa (Extended Mix)

Genre: Trance

It’s been a while since I’ve heard a proper Trance tune I’d want to listen to over and over again. Ilan was able to masterfully weave in a global feel and solid lyrics.

 

Part Two

6. Crooked Colours – Do It Like You (Mickey Kojak Remix)

Genre: Electronic

Solid remix of the original tune.

 

7. MERCER – Your Love (Original Mix)

Genre: Nu-Disco

As mentioned, in anticipation of Summer’s arrival, another kickin’ disco tune.

 

8. Serious (with Matthew Koma) (TWO LANES Remix)

Genre: Dance

Everything about this tune screams young love. If you’re longing to go down memory lane or just a young kid in love, here ya go.

 

9. Just Kiddin – Come Together (Club Mix – Extended)

Genre: House

I love the minimal vocal hook for this tune.

 

10. Win & Woo – Right In Front of Me Ft. Kaleena Zanders

Genre: Dance

Solid club tune with deeper vocals.

As usual, don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Peace!

_Sam

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – September 2018

Hi Everybody! Welcome to the tune recap for September 2018.

Part One

1. George Kwali – Dream Enough

Genre: House

Repeat in full effect! Love Aplin’s vocals over Kwali’s synths and house beats.

 

2. Caio Monteiro & Wizzi – Undertow

Genre: Deep House

Love the simple chorus on this tune.

 

3. Callum McBride & Oliver Jack – Everywhere (feat. Sander Nijbroek)

Genre: Deep House

This month’s tune recap is strong on vocals. Sander’s voice is quite beautiful. Perfect for that mid-point in a late night set.

 

4. owl city – fireflies (it’s different cover)

Genre: Trap

It’s hard to believe Owl City’s original version came out 11 years ago! The cover by it’s different is a fresh spin featuring a new trap background.

 

5. Robert Delong & K.Flay – Favorite Color Is Blue (Win And Woo Remix)

Genre: Electronic

The original tune was already catchy but this remix amps up that factor even more.

 

Part Two

6. Kyle Watson – Sides [OUT NOW]

Genre: Tech House

This tune is part of a larger body of work called Into The Morning. While we don’t have the entire album to go on a musical journey with, this was one of my favorite tunes to vibe to.

 

7. CVBZ – 2 Gone

Genre: Pop

It’s hard to classify this style of tune since it drifts around multiple genres. Is it dance, is it pop, is it r&b, is it trap?? Who cares. It’a awesome and you should give it a listen.

 

8. Ontonic & Jetique – Far Away

Genre: Deep House

Would love to blast this dancing tune on a dark dancefloor.

 

9. Loud Luxury – Body (Tim Gunter Edit)

Genre: Dance

I’m glad Tim Gunter released this catchy remix to the masses.

 

10. Tinlicker – Dream With Somebody (Extended Mix)

Genre: Progressive House

A great tune to end my September recap. Enjoy this one straight from Armada.

As usual, don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Peace!

_Sam

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – January 2018

Hello fellow music fans!

Welcome to 2018! I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus. I hope to bring you some fresh tunes this year and keep the music love flowing. Do you like what you hear on this countdown? Hit me up on twitter (where you can also see what I’m listening to at the moment), or check out thistune.rocks for all kinds of musical selections.

Much love and here’s to a new year,
_Sam

 

1. Lookas & Able Heart – On My Own


Genre: Trap

What makes this tune is the stellar vocals from Able Heart.

 

2. DROELOE – Backbone ft Nevve


Genre: Electronic

A tune with another set of awesome vocals from Nevve. Love the message this tune relays to its’ listeners – get up and go do something.

 

3. Lost Frequencies – Send Her My Love (R.O Remix)


Genre: Dance

This tune is dedicated to all those who got away. I was in love with the original, but this remix is fantastic. Get ready to be both in deep thought, and head bob simultaneously.

 

4. Lauv – I Like Me Better (Hälder Remix)


Genre: Trap

I love this tune because I can visualize a complete story when I listen to it. Enjoy this awesome remix.

 

5. ZHU – Hometown Girl (Khamsin Remix)


Genre: Dance

ZHU’s tracks are amazing enough, so remixes are no easy task. Khamsin puts a beautifully chill spin on ‘Hometown Girl’. Get ready for some summer vibes.

 

6. Taska Black – Sandpaper (ft. Ayelle)


Genre: Electronic

This month is all about the vocals. Ayelle provides soothing vocals set up against an emotional backdrop.

 

7. Autograf – Smells Like Teen Spirit (ft. Queen Sessi)


Genre: Electronic

As a huge Nirvana fan, I was a bit hesitant to check this tune out. I’m glad I did. It’s a lovely (and much more subdued) take on the original. Kudos Autograf.

 

8. Marc Goone – rewind (prod. judge)


Genre: Hip-Hop

Continuing with the vocal theme this month, enter Marc Goone. Rewind is a solid musical introspection on the past.

 

9. A Different Way (Noizu Remix) [feat. Lauv]


Genre: Dance

Heading to the end of this month’s countdown, I wanted to add something a little less heavy. This is a great remix of one of the biggest tunes of last year.

 

10. Tchami – World To Me (feat. Luke James)(MK Remix)


Genre: House

With all the 90s nostaglia floating around, I get that kind of vibe with this track.

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – September 2017

It’s been a while music fans but I’m back at it. Please enjoy September’s recap:

 

1. Kill Paris – Red Lights (Feat. Dotter)


Genre: Dance

This month’s recipient of the broken repeat button goes to Kill Paris and this tune. Listeners who enjoy disco vibes will love this one.

 

2. Drm Prty – Body Talk (Simon Field Remix)


Genre: House

Basement grooves in full effect for this tune.

 

3. DJ Wady & Patrick M – Hulk – CamelPhat Re-Fix


Genre: Tech House

Great CamelPhat spin on the Hulk tune, full of dance grooves.

 

4. Norwood & Hills – Together


Genre: House

You’ll enjoy this tune for the deep feel and house vocals.

 

5. Aevion – The Journey (Oliver Heldens Edit)


Genre: Deep House

Definitely a tune you’ll want to dance to. I’m also a sucker for a good horn effect.

 

6. Redondo, UnoMas & Teo Mandrelli – I Want U


Genre: Dance

Yes summer may be officially over but that doesn’t mean summer tunes can’t still be released. This tune will put you in a feel-good, dance mood.

 

7. Dustycloud – Lifted


Genre: Future House

If you’ve been to this site before the name Dustycloud should be no stranger. Dustycloud releases another banger with his signature style.

 

8. Thook – Menace to Society


Genre: Trap

I’m so glad I came across Thook. His production style is phenomenal. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the different sounds that drop in and out of this trap tune.

 

9. Enschway – Over U (feat. Yeah Boy)


Genre: Electronic

My first listen into the world of Enschway came with the tune ‘I’ll Wait’. While that was a hard tune to follow, ‘Over U’ contains the same head bobbing feels.

 

10. Tim Engelhardt – Maks


Genre: House

If you’re into progressive sounds, you’ll enjoy this tune.

 

Don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Happy Listening!

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – March 2017

Spring is here, which means Summer is on its’ way! In the meantime, enjoy this tune recap:

 

1. BLU J – Safe Ft. Matthew Chaim


Genre: Future House

This tune features a great combination of house and hip-hop influences. This tune will get you dancing in no time.

 

2. Enschway & sumthin sumthin – I’ll Wait


Genre: Future Bass

Turn the volume up on this tune. The beat and vocals are awesome.

 

3. Eat More Cake – Heat Of The Night (Original Mix)


Genre: House

This is the type of tune I’d expect to hear on the dancefloor. Perfect bassline + vocals. Love this:

In the heat of the night
It seems so clear
To follow my heart
And my heart lets me be

 

4. Sébastien Léger – Clouds


Genre: Progressive House

This tune a brand new release from the Clouds EP. I love the blend of dreamy sounds.

 

5. Snakehips & MØ – Don’t Leave (Ekali Remix)


Genre: Dance

Ekali is still one of my top producers. Another solid remix right here.

 

6. Cat Dealers & Evokings – Gravity (Original Mix)


Genre: Deep House

Head bounce in full effect.

 

7. TJANI – Pad Thai (feat. Gracie)


Genre: Deep House

Lovely vocals with catchy kicks. The perfect tune for getting ready for summer.

 

8. Cristoph – Prisoner


Genre: Electronic

This tune is all about dark basement grooves.

 

9. BlackSwan (Sabb Afterdark Mix)


Genre: Tech House

Late night house grooves.

 

10. Croatia Squad – We Don’t Need No Sleep (eSQUIRE Big Bass Remix)


Genre: House

I’m not used to listening to remixes of Croatia Squad tunes, but this is a worthy entry. Enjoy this cool house remix.

 

Don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Happy Listening!

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – January 2017

Welcome to the first recap of 2017! Thanks for taking the time to check out my post and hope to see you all year long. This year hasn’t started off on an amazing note, but I’ve come across so many inspiring tracks featuring a variety of vocals and music elements. I hope you enjoy these tunes as much as I do.

 

1. IHF – Departure


Genre: Electronic

I may have broke the repeat button on this tune. Departure is comprised of so many interesting musical components, but my favorite has to be the Erhu-sounding (Chinese violin) samples.

 

2. Grandson – Bury Me Face Down


Genre: Alternative

Whether you’re suffering from internal turmoil due to national events, or even a personal crisis, this is a great ‘F U’ anthem. Have a listen. Here’s just a sample set of lyrics:

When I go into the ground
I won’t go quietly
I’m bringin’ my crown

 

3. Jorgen Odegard – Save Me (feat. Audrey English)


Genre: Electronic

January’s recap definitely features tunes with more emotionally heavy undertones. I am absolutely in love with Audrey’s soulful voice and I can relate to a lot of this tune. Another set of gripping lyrics:

Who’s gonna save me now?
How many drinks until I can’t stand?
Will I wake up on his side of the bed
Who’s gonna save me now
Where will I be at 40
and when will it feel normal again?

 

4. Golden Features – Funeral


Genre: Electronic

Creepy bass. Bass. Creepy. More bass. This may be the most accurate review ever. Carry on.

 

5. Kodak Black – Too Many Years ft. PnB Rock (Baauer Rewind)


Genre: Hip Hop

I love Baauer’s UK garage take on this Kodak Black tune. I wish this one were a bit longer.

 

6. Alon Mor – Presudeos


Genre: Good question

Is there a genre called Mindf**k? If so, this tune fits the bill. Part raw, part cinematic, part scary, this is a tune that will play all kinds of tricks with your mind.

 

7. The Odds x Bronze Whale – Mercy


Genre: Electronic

The Odds soulful voice plus the stellar production style of Bronze Whale land this tune in my top recap of the month.

 

8. Tough Love – Dopamine


Genre: House

This is one of those house tunes I want to hear on the dance floor, as loud as possible. “…that’s just dope I mean”

 

9. Luca Debonaire – Walking On Clouds (Croatia Squad Remix)


Genre: House

Another solid house gem from Croatia Squad.

 

10. Throttle x Michael Bublé – My Kind Of Girl


Genre: House

I feel like I needed to end this countdown with something fun amidst all the heavy tracks this month. Throttle does a fantastic house re-work on this Michael Bublé tune. Get your dance on.

 

Don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Happy Listening!

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Top Monthly Tune Recap – February 2016

Welcome to February’s top ten recap. Check out who made the cut:

 

1. Louis The Child – It’s Strange (SoySauce Remix)


Genre: Trap/Dance

There is an enormous remix pack of It’s Strange out there. This has the be my favorite remix and my pick for favorite tune of the month.

 

2. Dustycloud – Run


Genre: House

Equal parts anxiety, fright, and love while listening to this tune. I’ve never been more afraid of head bobbing to a track.

 

3. Illenium – With You ft. Quinn XCII


Genre: Dance

The vocals and combination of calming beats make this a beautiful tune.

 

4. Sohn – Lights (Gab Rhome (Feat. Demetrius) Rework)


Genre: House

If you’ve been following my recaps for a while, you know I’m a sucker for songs with profound lyrics or lyrics that make you think. Here’s a snippet from Lights, “We weave in and out of consciousness alone/
Til our bodies collide and keep us from getting cold”. Deep. I love it.

 

5. CamelPhat & The Alexsander – The Switch (Original Mix)


Genre: Tech House

I may have listened to this tune about a hundred times in a row. I love the small builds in intensity and releases.

 

6. BLU J – I RMMBR


Genre: Deep House

I like the current spin on the classic Kaskade tune, ‘I Remember’.

 

7. Stulp Fiction & Abedz – Nothing To Lose


Genre: Deep House

I want to pull out all my house moves on the dancefloor to this.

 

8. Gathier – If You Don’t Want Me


Genre: Deep House

Simple lyrics full of feeling and a intro building into serious deep house vibes.

 

9. Jonas Rathman – Cobalt


Genre: Tech House

I am in love with the 80s-esque synths/vibe in this tune.

 

10. Junktion – Breakfast At Midnight (Brame & Hamo Remix)


Genre: Deep House

The perfect after hours tune. Filled with jazz bits, and a feeling of an era long gone, this tune transports the listener to a different time and place.

 

Don’t forget to visit thistune.rocks where I post all the tunes I’m listening to. Happy Listening!

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Top Tune Recap – January 2015

So I’ve decided to do something a bit different this year. At the end of each month, I’d like to recap my top ten tracks. I’m starting off with January.

This was a hard feat given all the amazing tracks I’ve come across. I’ll list each track and a one-liner about the track. I hope you like them as much as I do.

In no particular order, here we go:

1. Cruisr – Don’t Go Alone
Genre: Alternative
Imagine a day, driving down the highway, under the California sun, with the wind breezing through your hair. This track feels like that kind of day. If you can’t imagine that, well that stinks. By the way, this song has a catchy hook.

2. Poupon – So Long
Genre: House
Of course my recap would contain a house track. That’s how I roll. ‘So long’ features a fantastic bassline. Get down to this dancefloor-worthy track.

3. Max Cue – Mindfulness (Teho Remix)
Genre: Electronica – sure let’s go with that
I came across Teho and loved his remix style. This was one of my favorite remixes from him.

4. Matt Cardle – When You Were My Girl (Tontario Remix)
Genre: Deep House
Wait for the beat change around 1:20. It’s worth it.

5. ODESZA – Bloom (Lane 8 Remix)
Genre: Deep House
You may have guessed by now I love remixes. This is my absolute favorite one for January – maybe even in the top billing for the rest of the year. Lane 8 is tremendous.

6. Peebs The Prophet – “Dead Calm” (Prod. Phoniks)
Genre: Hip Hop
So, I’m not a huge hip hop enthusiast, but I couldn’t pass this track up. It has a classic beat and love the lyrical flow.

7. Aquilo – Human
Genre: Electro-Pop
Loved Aquilo so much I purchased items off their bandcamp page. Piano + Ambient Electronic Background + Lovely Vocals = Win!

8. Little By Little – ‘Bang The Box EP’
Genre: House
Hard hitting bassline. Enough said. Go listen, like right now.

9. L’Tric – This Feeling
Genre: House
Another fresh house tune. Definitely more of a dance vibe from this one.

10. Aytac Kart – Phobias and Fears
Genre: Deep House
Aytac Kart, you’ve just made the cut. Lovely vocals set against a lush deep house background.

Follow my blog for daily tracks and see you next month for February’s recap!

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