Top Tropical House / Chill Chart 1.30.15

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Tropical House / Chill Chart 1.30.15

Oh hey, weekend. If you were a tropical fruit, you’d be a fine-apple. This weekend sure is looking like something special with the big game on Sunday and I’m more than 110% positive we’ll have a head full of great decisions come Monday morning. Let’s have some fun, enjoy some grub and make wonderful life choices. This week’s top tropical house and chill music chart is an absolute powerhouse. Its spirit animal is an electronic eel and it’s gonna charge you up to have some daytime fun. I hope these sunshine sounds warm up those chilly bones out east and get you guys all in a great mood for the weekend. Be safe, call an Uber if you drink and smile like it’s going out of style. Let’s get tropy…

QUICK NOTE: The full playlist can be found at the bottom of this article if you just wanna jam all the way through! Enjoy

1. “The Woods (Ghosts Remix)” Holllow Coves
When I hear this song I’m back on the shores of Big Sur, watching the redwood trees dance upon clifftops overlooking wild turquoise water. It’s a gorgeous folk piece by Hollow Coves accentuated by the rolling melodic house remix by Austria’s Ghosts. Pressing the gas to the tempo and adding a touch of reverb goes a long way in terms of the energy of this acoustic strummer with a heart of gold.

2. “Birds Flying High” Mowe
My main karaoke song and one of the most powerfully constructed tunes of all time has been tropified and I’m feeling...GOOD. MOWE makes this oldie but a beauty pop and pulse out of the speakers with a cool, calm and collected way about handling such an iconic crowned jewel. Fifty years later from its inception the song stands the test of time and washes ashore to the sandy house scene of 2015. I’m loving the choice to use the Nina Simone version in this case. The Austrian duo seem to have a great ear for singers in their tracks, a nod to their musician and vocalist backgrounds.

3. “Roc Boys (Matoma Remix)” Jay Z
Matoma had quite the 2014, taking the scene by tropical storm with a downpour of perfect temperature trop remixes, and he looks to continue his reign through this year with a brand new remix of the party classic “Roc Boys”. This new Young Hova jammer is definitely getting me stoked to see him at the El Rey on March 7th.

4. “Swing (Win & Woo Remix)” EVVY
The collaborative spirit between producer and upcoming singer in trop and melodic house can make a remix an original. Yes, EVVY has a song called “Swing” but Win & Woo came in and swept her out from under her feet and brought her vocals to a glowing, sunset paradise. Win & Woo are a rare breed in my opinion - American trop artists. The Chicago duo was sent the vocal tracks by EVVY and added their own recipe of instrumentals including crisp bongos to a tasty wave of housey guitar. Its slick, it goes nice with a mojito and its a sure fire way to get some ferocious footwork going on the dancefloor.

5. “Face Down The Earth (Urban Contact Remix)” Olympique
The groove that comes from this remix by Urban Contact could save the world. Well, at least it could save yours. And I call that a job well done. Gentlemen, if you want to woo a woman, unleash the best you got when this song drops. Spin her around, hold tight and show em what you got within those shoes. Urban Contact takes us on yet another funkified ride with a vibrant piano melody and the soulful pipes of Olympique to make our heart beat out our chest from lovin’ feelings and because hot damn we’re tired from dancing so hard to this song!

6. “Every Song” Du Tonc, Eskimo Recordings
The groove that comes from this remix by Urban Contact could save the world. Well, at least it could save yours. And I call that a job well done. Gentlemen, if you want to woo a woman, unleash the best you got when this song drops. Spin her around, hold tight and show em what you got within those shoes. Urban Contact takes us on yet another funkified ride with a vibrant piano melody and the soulful pipes of Olympique to make our heart beat out our chest from lovin’ feelings and because hot damn we’re tired from dancing so hard to this song!

7. “Take Me To Church (TEEMID & Jasmine Thompson Edit)” Hozier
An Australian power duo is always the brightest star in the sky. Empire, Flight and our guest of honor Du Tonc just to name a few. The synthpop sluggers Mighty Mouse and one of my all time favorite bands, Van She’s Matt Van Shie formed this project two years ago and it’s been sunshine disco great times ever since. Even though the releases don’t flood in like a lot of the artists on this list, Du Tonc’s tunes are everlastingly savored. The silken beats and booty shakin bassline got this boy bouncin’ while writing this. Its taking everything for me not to get up and take a five-minute groove break. Screw it...see you guys in a hot minute.

8. “Do This Together (feat. Jamila)” Kav Verhouzer & Jengie Beats
The cruising dutchman Kav Verhouzer is one of the most consistent players in the melodic house game and it shows. The man isn’t just churning out remix after remix, he is laying down original tracks with some of the best of the genre and creating a signature sound in the process. Fellow young Dutch producer, Jengie Beats joins him on this venture and the pair have put together something special. I love the deeper house influence with the perfect amount of paradise punch as a mixer. Kav’s track “Hot Skin” with Sam Feldt was one of my favorites from last year and it looks like he will have us cruise partying through the year with sunny skies as the forecast.

9. “Runaway (Mezeh Remix)” Galantis
The original went on vacation and came back tanned and wayyyy laid back. Mezeh really went in and redid the whole song, holding onto the general chord progression and of course the simmering vocals. I’m absolutely loving this refinished product. The guitar drives it home for me among a plethora of drum, jangles and sexy sax. I’ve been waiting for a solid Galantis remix to come along, I’ve seeked it out even and given up hope. But like all good things in life the best comes when you’re not expecting it.

10. “Inside Your Mind feat. Carmody” Nick Leng
I first heard Carmody on her collaborations with my boy Tom Misch and been making sure to keep up with her work since. Well this glimmering lo-fi beauty just showed up featuring her soul melting vocals and I couldn’t be happier. Today Nick Leng just dropped his scintillating new EP Tunnels and Planes after an impressive last year of equally matched floating, ambient chillers. The inclusion of Carmody really adds a lot to his work that before really only used vocal pieces as background effect. The San Diego native certainly captures the native sounds and vibes of the North County coastline that I can imagine driving along when listening to his glowing chords and natural percussive elements.

11. “Salt Water” Zero 7
Don’t believe the title of the track. When a song sounds like fresh squeezed jamberry juice you know its gonna be a thirst quenching good time. Zero 7 just update their Soundcloud page with a bunch of classics like this shoegaze shiner and somewhat new content like their funkified refreshing remix of London Grammar’s “Hey Now”. Take a gander at some of the diamonds they air dropped for us from the clouds.

Full chart with a few extras. Groove on…

Photography by: Ben Houston