By: DJ Lettrón
Get your 2014 started out right with a brand-spanking new batch of Electro and Progressive House that will take you straight into a wild new year of ground-breaking EDM. Get ready to feel a wide range of vibes as you're going down the list. You'll relax, admire, groove, shuffle, jump, and get turned on and turned up!
1. "Favela" Wayne & Woods, Cr2 Records
This track brings some sweet Brazilian-inspired melodies to the table. When I dropped it at my last show at the Delancey, the crowd was shuffling hard. Out now.
2. "All These Roads (FIXYN Remix)" Sultan + Ned Shepard feat. Zella Day and Sam Martin, Parametric Records This is a much lighter track than Sultan and Ned Shephard's last track "No Good," and seems to follow the recent trend of Electro DJs experimenting with this style, like Afrojack's "Spark" and Tiesto's "Red Lights." FIXYN's remix maintains the original's tone while adding pleasant electro synths to the chorus. Free download via Soundcloud below.
3. "Energy" JL Garcia With Motiv 2U vs. 4Noize feat. Peedie, Niamotik Recordings
This electro track gives off a deep, sexy club vibe, and I'm a big fan of the hollow-sounding bass drum. Out now.
4. "Funked Up" Landis & Crespo, Cr2 Records
This track will get you grooving with its vocal drop declaring, "Now it's time to get funky!" Out now.
5. "Now Or Never (Grand And Warren & Damien Anthony Remix)" Tritonal feat. Phoebe Ryan
Hailing from New Jersey, DJ duo Grand and Warren have done an amazing job giving Tritonal's original a hyper-charged upgrade. This track starts strong, building with a jabbing drumbeat and accelerating straight into the driving Progressive melody. I felt a sudden plunge when the breakdown hit, and was pleasantly brought back to life by some piano and Phoebe Ryan's vocals, which capture the trance essence of the original track. Free download available via Soundcloud below.
6. "Game Over" Starkillers vs. Inpetto, Spinnin' Records
This one is sure to stun dance floors everywhere, with its 8-bit video game melody in the verse and sudden surge in volume for the powerful chorus. Out now.
7. "GTFO" Dave Winnel, Vicious Recordings
The crowd was very pleased when Tyler Sherritt dropped this epic orchestral melody into his set at Pacha NYC this past weekend. I like the smooth beats in the chorus, punctuated by quirky samples. I look forward to what Dave Winnel comes up with next. Out now.
8. "King Cobra" Shelco Garcia & Teenwolf vs. Wallstreet, Ones to Watch Records
I first heard this track on Laidback Luke's Mixmash Radio and searched desperately for the release date to no avail. Thankfully, I recently found out that this funky banger is out now on Ones To Watch.
9. "Golem" Rudy Zensky, Ensis Records
A driving electro banger with a killer drum roll in the buildup and midway through the chorus. Keep 'em coming Rudy. Free download via Soundcloud below.
10. "Yes" FTampa & Vandalism, Vicious Recordings
Here's a really diverse collab: FTampa hails from Brazil and Vandalism is an Aussie producer that I'll be paying close attention to in 2014. I can see this being the next big festival banger. Out now.