by Irina Kotik
Summer is officially over and it's time to revive those beautiful memories of the most amazing tracks we heard at festivals, clubs, warehouses, and rooftops throughout the warmer months of 2016. We've handpicked the most outstanding gems that will bring those warm summer vibes back to the dance floor for years to come. One of our residents, Gilles Wasserman put all those beautiful tracks into one perfectly blended mix for your enjoyment. If you want to enjoy all these tracks individually just scroll down.
BEST SUMMER TRACKS OF 2016 mixed by Gilles Wasserman
'2 Bad’ (Metatron’s What If Madness Is Our Only Relief)
Giegling mystery man DJ Metatron ( a.k.a.Traumprinz) has finally released the highly anticipated four-track ‘2 The Sky’ EP. He masterfully created his own stamp of a crafty productions in the wold of underground electronic music, with a strong ability to engage its listeners in the subtle melancholy of his deeply emotional awe-inspiring music. This magical EP is truly special! Loose yourself in the music!
In April the Hamburg-based producer DJ Koze and Marcus Fink’s powerhouse Pampa Records dropped their first ever compilation album. The finely crafted 19-track compilation features a new tracks by Roman Flügel, Acid Pauli, Axel Boman, Isolèe, Lawrence, Gold Panda, Jamie XX, Matthew Herber and many more, over two discs. One of the finest tracks of the compilation, Acid Pauli's breath-taking masterpiece "Nana", has a timeless feel to it with its swelling synth, thrilling groove and fascinating melody that evokes images of the sky with echoes of dreams
'Snooze 4 Love' (Dixon Remix)
Originally released in 2011 through Gerd Janson's Running Back label, Todd Terje's classic "Snooze 4 Love" (along with Ragysh) was as one of the label's pivotal moments. Five years later, this stunning tune is getting an impressive revision by a house music magician Dixon and the talented Luke Abbott. With a sheer passion and deep emotions, Gerd Janson is writing about a new and creative spin of this "still fresh as a daisy" tune:
"I write these lines with tears. Tears of joy and tears of regret. Joy, because Todd Terje's 2011 release "Ragysh" on Running Back is still one of my labels' pivotal moments – thanks to Terje of course. Regret, because its flips side "Snooze 4 Love" experiences a new dawn via Terje's own Olsen Records – and what a repetition it is. The morning dew is courtesy of Dixon and Luke Abbott, who both puts their respectively unique touch to the original's 8 minute and 8 second long lesson in blissful weightlessness – a true Terjerine dream if there ever was one. That image is precisely where Border Community mainstay Abbott adds his brush and easel to. Ambient, inventive and absorbing Abbott's remix creates something like a fourth dimension to it. So good that it is a perfect start to any day or set. On the other end of the Snooze spectrum, Dixon elbows it in the ribs. First and foremost a DJ, Dixon does what DJs do. He straightens out the thing, loses its fat and makes it fit for his specific dance floor and anyone who is keen to joy. So good that it is a perfect end to any day or set. Damn, I am jealous of this record.
All that's missing now, is a bonus beat. "
'Loving' (Oceanic Edit)
Rotterdam’s Nous’klaer Audio is a record label with a forward-thinking approach, focusing on the artistry of sound. ‘Loving/Sight To Sea’ EP includes two stunning edits by Dutch producer Oceanic. This is the first release of Nous’klaer’s new edits series. and it’s available in a laser cut sleeve, vinyl only and limited to 300 pieces. Close your eyes and embark on a beautiful dreamy journey with this superbly lush and shimmering house track - ’Loving'.
Frankey and Sandrino
Berlin-based duo Frankey & Sandrino continue to impress listeners with another utterly gorgeous ‘Hydrae’ EP released through Kompakt. Keeping with their unique sonic signature sound, the three-track package features sophisticated lush synth melodies and deep textures to cary your mind away. "Hydrae" is an impeccable tune and beautiful ode to art which describes both musical expression and elegant suspense. Without a doubt, this hypnotic bass line will rule dance floors throughout summer everywhere.
‘Higher Level' (Bicep Remix)
A powerhouse of raw music artistry, the Northern Irish duo Bicep, are back again with another imperious dancefloor gem. Slightly reminiscent of last year's stylish hit 'Just', this impressive remix was a key-track in many DJ's sets at the DGTL festival.
With a lush grooves, mesmerizing melody woven together with hypnotic vocals it's sure to be a massive success.
The Hivern Discs Edit Series continues to impress the electronic music world with the fourth installment by Lost Scripts, a collaboration between John Talabot and Pional. The A-side “S.O.P” revives the theme of a 2014 TV show, “The Knick”. Here is how the label describe's this beast of a summer tune: “On the A side,”S.O.P” revamps the theme of a popular TV series with krautish rhythms and woozy percussive details to transform it into kosmische monster ready for the club”. In simple words,“S.O.P” is a high magnitude dance floor destroyer.
'Let Your Body Control The Beat' (The Drifter Remix)
Extremely talented and charismatic Irish producer The Drifter is rolling hot through 2016 with an utterly gorgeous, anthemic remix of ZK Bucket 's "Let Your Body Control the Beat" to be released on Zaun Records. The melodic progression unfurls delicately and is wrought with minimalistic suspense adding psychedelic dimensions to the sounds until leading into an unexpected sensation of peaceful tranquilly where your soul will let your body control the beat.
'O Superman' (Marcello Giordani Disco Spacer mix)
Cult song ‘O Superman’ by American avant-garde visual artist and musician Laurie Anderson which was topping UK music charts in early ’80 gets another breath of life. Originally inspired by the hostage crisis in Iran in 1979, failure of technology in that case and 19th-century aria Massenet, this song has been remixed dozens of times by many different producers in different music genres. The Italian producer, DJ and one of the key figures of the flourishing Italo Disco scene, Marcelo Giordani has done an amazing job bringing ‘O Superman’ back to life. Being a founder of ‘Italo Deviance’ music blog and label, and a devoted collector of rare italo-disco vinyls, Marcelo spent more than 25 years exploring and playing disco music. In his phenomenal remix, Marcelo gave a new ‘space-disco’ spin on the sonically timeless 'O Superman’ and gained support from names such as John Talabot, Dixon, Tennis, to just name a few. This striking version masterfully blends the musical elegance with cutting edge innovation and a mighty groove. Powerful and hypnotic, it never looses the bewitched essence of the original and aims straight for the heart.
'ProtoRhyt' (Black Version)
Lossless, the boundary-pushing label of Mathias Shober continues to impress the electronic music scene with its consistently outstanding releases. The label’s next stunning offering, the ‘International’ EP is from Portuguese-born London-based producer Trikk, who is familiar to most as ‘Photo Rhyt’ (Black Version). This bombastic masterpiece was a key track in many DJ sets destroying dance-floors around the world this summer. This is what Kristian from Åme said about this stunning tune “What an amazing journey this whole EP is… Trikk who is still new to us will make a dent with this new Lossless release!! One for the special dancefloor moments…”
Bavaria's infamous producer Recondite returns to Innervisions with a long awaited 'Osa' EP, following the 'Phalanx/Warg' single released yearly this year via Hotflush. The powerful title track ‘Osa’ has been a constant hit in the sets from Innervisions and Life & Death artists. It carries a deeply emotive big-room sound infused with dark and spacious atmospheric vibes.
Hot on the heels of his successful “Connoisseur” release with Olderic on the label that shares the same name, Peter Pardeike's is back with his solo debut. “Love Supreme“ is a beautifully crafted big room anthem that marries silky arpeggiated melodies, hypnotic vocals, and a powerful groove. This gorgeous tune has become a staple for many high-profile artists like Dixon, Àme, Sandrino and many others.
With an outstanding portfolio of an incredible releases, the multitalented Berlin-based producer and Keinemusik co-founder Rampa continues to impress his listeners with another brooding, hypnotically groovy voyage. The title track "Trust"
takes a twisted ride through the deeper, meditative spaces and emotionally intense melodic experiences.
Incredibly talented Berlin-based producer Ralf Schmidt a.k.a. Aera stepped into the spotlight for a debut release on the highly regarded Innervisions label, with the mighty ‘Running Hot’ EP. The six track offering features four original tracks, along with two versions of the “Keeping the Book” from Dutch techno producer Steve Rachmad. The title track, ‘Running Hot’, is an extremely powerful fusion of a deeply emotional cosmic melody, arpeggiated acid riff, and elegant euphoric builds coming together to form an incredibly effective track that will leave dance floors in a state of awe.
‘Hyper Martino’ (Red Axes Remix)
Le Temps Perdu
Etherial Tel Aviv house duo Red Axes, bring their lavish and misty psychedelia to the newly fledged "Le Temps Perdu" imprint. Their contagious summer anthem, the remix of the Michele Mininni's title track “Hyper Martini”, is a gorgeous house cut with a pulsating, ethereal energy from the driving sci-fi electro-tech grooves, which eventually knocks the listener into a hypnotic transfixion atop its infectious melody.
Idea (Frankey & Sandrino remix)
Exceptional work has once again been delivered by the outstanding production duo Frankey & Sandrino, who have taken on remix duties for ‘The Idea’. The elegantly haunting track produced by another incredibly talented producer Hyenah is a bright example of a powerful deep house tune with a strong melodic content. It is definitely a remarkable version with a percussion-dominated beats and distinctive spoken-word vocals by South African poet and vocalist Lazarusman that takes it's listeners somewhere far and away.
'Sfire 3' (John Talabot Tribalist Rework)
Cocktail D'Amore Music & Muting The Noise
Without a doubt, John Talabot's 'Sfire3 - John Talabot Remixes' EP is the most eagerly waited release of 2016. This outstanding package of two remixes of the contemporary classic ‘ Sfire3', released via Muting The Noise in partnership with Cocktail D’Amore Music instantly sets the mood and transports the listener to another realm of magnificent electronic music. 'Sfire 3' (John Talabot Tribalist Rework) brings the future to now. The rework’s warm vocals and rich harmonies are layered on a map of powerful grooves and hypnotic synth melodies with an ambient backdrop of police sirens, evoking images of New York
Berlin-based Irish DJ/Producer Baikal returns with this new achingly gorgeous two-track ‘Pelican’s Flight’ EP, the first record to be released on his own ‘Maeve’ label in partnership with The Drifter and Mano Le Though, which has become one of the most impressive and stylish labels in the underground electronic music scene. The ’Pelican’s Flight’ has been road-tested worldwide, since its premiere at the DGTL festival and is still hitting dance floors like a comet. The title track 'Pelican's Drive', a magnificent, genre-spanning journey of simple but effective sounds, will hit you with deep and beautifully unaffected expressiveness. A swirling, sparkling synth backed by tiny melodic cells grows into a euphoric palette of glistering colors while driving kick drums knock around three notes in a pattern creating a hypnotic,motoric rhythm. As the journey takes shape, thunderous chords burst out of nowhere, riding up through a muscular, strenuous synth which swells to an almighty crescendo before dropping back into the groove. This tune will definitely work its way into your minds.
The exciting production duo Clavis is back on Freerange label with another outstanding release, ‘Alcine’ EP. Matuel Tur and Adrian Hoffmann ( a.k.a. Urban Absolutes of Paskal & Urban Absolute), impressed the electronic music scene and recived countless plays from likes Dixon, Ame, Damian Lazarus to just a name a few with their debut “Banza” EP.
The title track ‘Alcine’ is a spellbinding thrill-ride of building intensity tribal groove and gorgeous melodic flow. This tune will leave its listeners breathless and desperate for more.
Catalonian imprint Hivern Discs continues to turn out compelling releases, dropping a new breathtakingly stunning offering from Berlin-based JVII (a.k.a Jami Bassols). This incredibly talented producer takes his listeners on the sonic journey replete with pristine soundscapes, driving bassline, and catchy echoing vocals masterfully planted throughout the production.
Lost & Found
Guy J's Lost & Found label welcomes respected Tel Aviv House music scene veteran, Chicola ( a.k.a. Chico Chuella) to their ever growing discography. The beautifully poetic “Childhood” is a slow-burning deep melodic gem that carries the listener away on a goosebump-inducing emotional journey with a sheer force and remarkable musical prowess. Here is what Guy J had to say about this massive summer tune: “Besides being an outstanding musical track, I know the power of a track when you write at a special moment and you express yourself completely through your music, Chicola has achieved that with ‘Childhood’ and has created a beautifully honest track, true to his feelings, this is why it is so special”– Guy J ".
Harry Agius better known as Midland delivered one of the biggest hits this summer on his own Regraded imprint which focuses mostly on disco-sampled house music. Masterfully sampled synthy disco groove with a soulful vocal that goes throughout the tune makes it easily loveable. Being played by the majority of industry leading DJ's, this summer anthem is undoubtly one of the contenders for the track of the year.