Cole Plante's Top 10 Summer Anthems
At 17 years old, Cole Plante has already played with the biggest DJ’s in the world including Avicii, Skrillex, Diplo, Krewella, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Dada Life, Steve Angello, Bingo Players and Major Lazer, just to name a few. After being named one of our “30 DJs To Watch In 2014,” we’ve been keeping a close eye on Plante.
His latest mix, titled “What About Us,” features a healthy combination of exclusive edits, reworks, mash-ups and originals.
Download the “What About Us Mix” below, then check out Cole Plante’s selects for top 10 summer anthems after the jump.
1. Calvin Harris – “Summer”
To not start a list about summer hits with this song is almost more ironic than not having it on here at all. Calvin did a great job with the vocal work, and the music captures that ‘hands in the air’ vibe perfectly. I think most people can relate to the story told with his lyrics and it adds another reason to why it’s a perfect summer track.
2. Martin Garrix, Sander Van Doorn, DVBBS – “Gold Skies”
A collaboration with two of the biggest names of the summer and a veteran producer, Gold Skies is one of my favorite tracks out of the past couple months. I’m a huge fan of all of these guys’ works, and love seeing Garrix and DVBBS come out with a strong big room track. With a vocal that you can already hear being chanted at festivals and a sweet lead, this track is going to be a festival banger.
3. Echosmith - “Cool Kids”
This choice is not from an electronic artist, but one of my favorite up-and-coming alt-pop bands comprised of siblings all around my age (15-20). This song grabbed my attention the same way “Pumped Up Kicks” did a few years ago with its catchy chorus and very solid production and I love the subtle throwback to the great songwriting and production style of the ‘80s. Look out for a future collab with lead vocalist/ songwriter Sydney and myself in the next coming months.
4. Porter Robinson “Lionhearted” Ft. Urban Cone
Ever since Porter announced Worlds, his new album releasing, I’ve been stoked to hear anything that comes out of it. That being said, as soon as I heard this track on Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record I knew it was going to be huge. It’s great to see that along with fantastic works like “Sad Machine”/”Sea of Voices”, Porter still kicks ass with driving four on the floor tunes. “Lionhearted” has a vocal that has that invincible feeling that we all feel with friends in the summertime, and a memorable bridge and driving drop.
5. Lorde - “Tennis Court (Flume Remix)”
Flume has been on my radar since I heard “Sleepless” back in 2011. I love anything in the chill realm, and I think this style of music is perfect for summertime. What makes this choice even better? It’s a remix of a girl dominating the summer radios already: Lorde. Opening with a haunting atmosphere, eventually it delves into one of the best switch ups I’ve heard (first heard at Coachella back in April). The track has already garnered a massive audience of listeners after two months.
6. Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good (Fedde Le Grand Remix)”
Fedde established with his “Paradise” remix (among others) that he knows exactly what to do with a remix of a huge artist. With this Michael Jackson remix, I believe he’s doubly solidified that fact. The song already is going to be a massive summer hit, and this remix translates that feeling to the summer festival stages.Catchy vocal+ catchy lead = very very catchy tune.
7. Bastille – “Pompeii (Audien Remix)”
Speaking of huge artists, Bastille has been killing it this past year. What actually has solidified my love for “Pompeii” is Audien’s remix. It gives the song a new atmospheric and gripping feeling that really makes it an experience hearing it live. I’ve been doing these massive Grad Nite shows over at Disney California Adventures and this song is always one of my ending tunes, and seeing every single person in the crowd sing it and go off proves it’s anthem abilities. (Note: drum fill from the original not included).
8. Dawn Golden – “All I Want (Diplo Remix)”
You cannot tell me Diplo is not already one of the kings of summer vibes and party music, being featured as one of the main contributors to the 22 Jump Street soundtrack, and also the DJ getting the entire Beach party going crazy. This remix is a perfect nighttime driving tune along the coast (or mountains or wherever) and also great on any venue sound system.
9. Duck Sauce - “NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis Remix)”
Skrillex, KTN, Milo & Otis, and Duck Sauce all in one song can only be gold. And it is. NRG already has a throwback 100 percent feel good vibe, and the remix gives it that perfect hard hitting twist that creates a perfect combination of “let’s drive to the beach!” and “Let’s hit the Mothership Tour immediately.”
10. Galantis – “You (Original Mix)”
Galantis came out with their self-titled EP and I love every song on it. “You” is my favorite, and with a remix from Tiesto and Twoloud as well as Brillz and Still Young: it will be heard on any stage or any show this summer. It captures that ‘windows down’ vibe perfectly.