Happy music for happy happening people - that is what this style is all about. There is just something about tunes that make you feel the sunshine on your face and acts as a catalyst for some adventure time. This week I tried to select songs within the genre that had a little something different to their sound and I think you'll enjoy the mix. Jam like a jellyfish and party like a pineapple, the top tropical house and chill chart starts now….
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. “Mirror Man (Alex Adair Remix)” Ella Henderson
Sexy like a chocolate strawberry, Alex Adair’s latest remix takes you by the heartstrings and even plays them. Ella Henderson’s sultry siren’s song is mesmerizing on its own but Mr. Adair manages to turn down the lights a bit and transport her and us to a night swim in the warm waters of someplace too beautiful for our own good.
2. “2 Heads” Coleman Hell, Sideways
Oh it feels great to do a little clap and stomp to this song. The banjo twanging with a smooth house beat is just a good ol time that will infect your feet and get you giggin’. I’ve had it on repeat and don’t intend on stopping anytime soon. Coleman Hell’s soulful voice is powerful like a beach bonfire with plenty of rum to go around and I am very much looking forward to his album out soon.
3. “Like A Warrior (Dusta. Remix)” Matisyahu
The jewish rasta rapper and sunshine songbird, Matisyahu has been due for a proper trop remix and Dusta comes in with a beach sound soaked jam. The words ring out, the beat lifts it up and this song just transforms you into a happy creature. The natural background noises are one of the best parts about this genre, calming and peaceful.
4. “Sunday Night” Kaarl
Once you trop the fun don’t stop. I don’t know that they have sandy shores in Brussels but wherever Kaarl draws inspiration from must be a babe of a beach. Loving the original track from this relative newcomer on the trop scene. Loving any original in general on the trop scene. I want more!
5. “I Forget Where We Were (Boehm Remix)” Ben Howard
Winter tiiiime and the livin's easy. If Boehm was a greek god he’d be Broseidon. One of the hardest working producers in the trop arsenal of heavy gunners has done it again with a real beauty we can all get sandy and wet to. This time he’s taken one of Ben Howard’s best and given it all the makings of a summer anthem with a tasty bassline and nicely balanced trop instrumentals.
6. “Heartbeat (Mas Tropical Remix)” OHLAYINDIGO
I love when artists try something new in this genre of paradise painted tracks and Mas Tropical has made this listener a fan. His kaleidoscoping intro opens up into a clutching intro vocal set from OHLAYINDIGO before a cannonball dive drop that really ignites the scene. You don’t expect it and it just grabs you and takes you along for the ride. Respect and great grooves.
7. “Yellow Brick Road (Midside Remix)” Angus & Julia Stone
One of the artist I’m most excited to see at Coachella is the Australian family band Angus & Julia Stone. I went on a search for some remixes of my favorite track by the brother/sister duo and found this hidden gem in the sand. Despite tropical house really taking off in the later part of 2014, this remix came in before the masses of artists. Midside gives it just enough of a beachy backdrop and lets the beauty of the lyrics speak for themselves. I highly recommend you listen to the original and most certainly get tropy to this older island jammer.
8. “Save Me (Marc May Remix)” LISTEENBEE & Naz Tokio
The label behind Kieza’s “Hideaway”, Lokal Legend, follows up with a sophomore hit from Listenbee and the resulting remixes are popping up left and right. The song lends to a house touch of all shapes and sizes, in this case a cruising melodic driven vibe from Marc May from Norway. I’m not sure what they’re feeding these kids in Scandinavia but I think it must have a healthy dose of pineapple.
9. “Take Control (Sweekuh Remix)” Afrojack
Sweekuh is going deep (house) undercover as a sweaty Sahara Tent-worthy bro bro with this cover and melodic redux of one of electronic music’s favorite anthems. The song was a bit exhausted but the CA/PA native has infused it with some deepish house licks to great effect.
10. “Outside feat. Lilly Ahlberg” Shoby
Calvin Harris, welcome to paradise. The biggest artist in electronic gets tropified with this cover by Shoby and his muse Lily Ahlberg and the laid back vibes take over. Its a cover at first glance but Shoby makes it a fully original track wiping the drawing surfboard clean and making it all his own.
11. “Anywhere” Tear Council
Synthpop with a soft sandy touch. Matt Van Schie has been a busy man pairing up with other great musicians lately. From Du Tonc (which we featured last week) to this new track as Tear Council alongside bassist Mikey Di Francesco, the Van She leadman is dipping our toes in the pool with some perfect temperature daytime disco delights.
Top Mix of the Week: Sweet & Sunny Vol. 4: Shaparder & LRX, The Dancing Pineapple
Tropical House curator powerhouse The Dancing Pineapple has just released their fifth installment in their Sweet & Sunny series of mixes and its got the the fire in its shoes to keep you dancing and jamming strong all weekend. Throw it on and enjoy the well balanced mix of deep, melodic and trop house with a little extra spice thrown in for good measure. Loving the Felix Jaehn “Shine” track thrown in. Check out all of The Dancing Pineapples tunes on their Soundcloud page!
Full Chart. Groove on…
Photography by: Ben Houston
Nice Butts by: CW & LE