Kick off the weekend with these top 10 dance music releases from the past week, curated by DJ, producer and vocalist Lea Luna.
1. Sydney Blu- "Motivate"
This house music scorcher speaks of a familiar nightlife creed when the vocal comes in, boldly saying: "Some of you love sleep more than you love success, and I'm here to tell you today: If you're going to be successful, you gotta be willing to give up sleep"
Prepare to surrender your slumber, as the powerhouse spinner Sydney Blu has done from year to year, flight to flight, successful record to successful record.
2. Blake Lewis- "Back To Life"
You might recognize his name from "American Idol," but he is far more than a commercial vocal competitor on TV. Blake Lewis is an extraordinary vocalist, beatboxer, songwriter, and loop artist. His new album entitled "Portrait of a Chameleon" describes his broad spectrum of talent and musicality well. His single "Back to Life" is a fusion of EDM and pop that will hook you into the danceable side of his genius, but his whole album is far more than that. Please enjoy everything he has to offer lyrically, stylistically, and emotionally, because he is truly unique and talented beyond compare.
3. Sgt Slick- "Everyday" (Maxum remix)
Ahead of the game, 16-year-old Maxum began DJing at the age of 11, with a background in guitar from age 8. He is now securing proper standing in the EDM realm at at such a tender age, claiming the 14th spot on the beatport top 100 progressive releases with his EP "Aces" in 2013. Track by track, he is earning his stripes as an EDM producer with reputable support from headlining DJs such as Laidback Luke and Thomas Gold. He works hard in the studio himself, and deserves a listen. You deserve a FREE DOWNLOAD from his soundcloud as well.
4. Klingande- "Jubel" (Nora En Pure remix)
It's time to make room for summer scorchers in your playlist. With "Jubel," Klingande welcomes the season with a warm, sexy melodic house track full of saxophone and vocal tones that will melt you. The Nora En Pure remix is a recent spin on this golden hit, just in time for Klingande's US tour.
5. R3hab ft. Eva Simons- "Unstoppable"
Eva Simons' first official release since her US platinum single "Take over control" with Afrojack is finally here. She and dutch house star R3hab just knocked the ball out of the park with this touching music video, which is a feature of Pepsi's "Beats of the Beautiful Game" compilation.
6. Justice vs Simian - "We are Your Friends" (Dani Deahl purrrnt up remix)
"We Are Your Friends" was a smash hit when it came out, and its time for a good re-rub, cat-twerk style, from Dani Deahl. Her purrnt up remix is a twerk bootleg that is a perfect twist on the original and a good shake on the dancefloor. Meow.
7. Bingo Players- "Knock You Out"
Kim Viera's powerful vocal shines on top of this track. The lyrics and video together display a hard-hitting story of struggle and domestic violence overcome by inner strength. On top of its gripping concept, this song has memorable value for Bingo Players as a duo: Maarten Hoogstraten quoted that, to him, this track is “an incredibly special song, as it was one of the songs Paul and I worked on together before he passed away.” It is a sure hit that will carry Bingo Players on as a solo project, in 2014 and beyond. Make sure you check out the latest remix by Hardwell as well.
8. My Digital Enemy- "Self Inflicted"
The Toolroom "Ibiza 2014" compilation has a smoking new track from Digital Enemy called "Self Inflicted," which is totally the classy, deep vibe that is on fire right now in the house music community. You can catch My Digital Enemy this year in Ibiza at Toolroom Knights.
9. Cherub- "Doses and Mimosas"
Full of shameless lyrical party references and cringeworthy imagery, this video is a real treat for those who don't take life too seriously. It's only a matter of time before this video will go viral.
10. Richard Grey- "Duke Groove"
Ibiza resident Richard Grey is prepared for the party ahead with this funky, filtered house track that is blissfully reminiscent of classic disco house. It's one of the many danceworthy tracks on the "Ibiza Undrgrnd" compilation from Chicago-oriented Moody Recordings.