We kick off our list with two living house legends, and the results, as expected, are glorious. Blending together elements of house, UK garage, and pop, Shadow Child (pictured, left) and Doorly (pictured, right) deliver an irresistibly infectious groove and sing-song vocals that you will have to fight to get out of your head. Pick it up on iTunes here.
LA-based trio Bring The Noise live up to their name with a fantastic rework of Tinashe’s gorgeous 2014 single, 2 On. There have been a plethora of stellar remixes of 2 On–a testament to the original track’s brilliance–but this club-ready remix stands heads and shoulder above the rest. Grab your free download here.
We have been Thinking About It ever since this song first popped onto our radar in July. Effortlessly smooth and timeless, UK duo Just Kiddin merges stunning R&B sensibilities with a pop-friendly vibe and a hint of something more–words simply don’t do it justice, you have to just listen to it again, and again, and again. Pick it up on Beatport here.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least one track from Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight (pictured)–the dude is just that good. In this instance, he puts his own unmistakable spin on Chris Malinchak’s sultry summer single, injecting a banging bassline and pulsing percussion to create a more club-driven tune. Grab it on Beatport here.
We’re pretty confident that this hit single from Cazzette led to many sleepless nights this year. Best known for their electro house offerings, the Swedish duo take this one off the deep end with Daft Punk-esque vocoders, tight production, and a groovy bassline, resulting in a dreamy dance tune to drift away to. Pick it up on Beatport here.
What can we say about Tchami (pictured) that hasn’t already been said? For all 12 months of the year he has been leading the charge with a series of deep, catchy house tunes, and none were more incredible than his complete 180 on Mercer’s peak-time electro banger. We hesitate to call it “future" house, but his highly sophisticated productions definitely sound like they came from a time machine. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Oliver Dollar (pictured) and Jimi Jules are pure cash in this bouncy collaboration. The vocals are super funky, the groovy vibes are palpable, and that piano… good lord! It’s a great song to just kick back to, or jam out to with friends–the epitome of stellar house music. Grab it on Beatport now.
We were hard-pressed to pick one track off Gorgon City’s incredible debut album, Sirens, because truth be told every single tune was incredible, but in the end the sexy piano-laden beat and Jennifer Hudson’s heart-pumping vocals won out. Need more reasons to love this feel-good, nostalgic club tune? Just check out the music video here, and pick up the single on iTunes here.
Your heart may weigh a ton, but your body will feel as light as a feather as you jam out to this soaring, sing-song smash from OWSLA favorite Alex Metric. Known for his genre-bending productions, this time around AM combines a dash of the big room with a smidgen of indie house to create a dazzling tune with incredible mainstream appeal. Need another reason to jam out to Metric’s stunning single? Just watch 60-year-old widower Glenn Bruno follow his dream of being a dancer in the official video. If this doesn’t pull on your heartstrings, you might not have a pulse. Grab the track on Beatport here.
Our team was hit with a collective audial bullet when we first came across this stunning single in April. Warm, inviting, and undeniably nostalgic, Bullit on many a late night summer playlist and at many a poolside party. Blaring chords and a heavenly flute are but a few of the intoxicating sounds you will come across on this deep, progressive journey. Grab it on Beatport here.
Belgian producer The Magician may just be a modern-day Houdini, because his summer anthem Sunlight is nothing short of succulent sorcery. Featuring shimmering vocals from Olly Alexander of UK indie group Years & Years, the track is a (nearly) seven-minute journey through happy-as-hell synths, popping percussion, and a dash of disco. We dare you to listen to this without smiling. Grab it today on Beatport.
At this point, it’s probably easier to find someone who hasn’t listened to and loved Duke Dumont’s vocal-driven classic house single Won’t Look Back. There’s just so much to love in this song, from the pop piano riff and sultry vocals, to the sexy synths and foot-clicking bassline, that we could wax poetic on it for days. Forget the heavy-handed words and listen to it now, and pick it up on Beatport.
What can we say about Gecko that hasn’t been said a thousand times? It not only helped to usher in the “future house" craze, leading to a horde of imitators, it also launched the career of Oliver Heldens, who put the whole dance world on notice in 2014 with his infectious, bass-heavy productions. Throw in an official video featuring sparkling vocals from Becky Hill, and you have the #1 house song of 2014. You can pick the track up on Beatport here.