Despite what I may have declared about the state of dance music in my last post, 2017 was not without some fantastic gems. Many of the songs fall into the electronic dance music category but aren’t really dance, rather sweet concoctions that have been remixed to give the originals an added boost and extend their playability. Excellent examples are Dua Lipa’s “Be the One,” Rihanna’s “Love On the Brain,” Flume and Tove Lo’s masterful “Say It,” and a personal favorite “Issues” by Julia Michaels to name a few. The original versions (and many others included in these three sets) of these songs stood strong by themselves but the remixes that accompanied them removed the tone of the original production and gave them an entirely new feeling. In these instances, it’s the DJ’s featured in this series that are equal stars to the artists themselves.
2017 had several noteworthy new artists and time will tell if they’re one-trick pony’s or are truly worthy of their current stature of new-found fame. Leading the pack and certainly the most promising is Dua Lipa who came out of seemingly nowhere after being plucked by Warner Brothers from semi-YouTube fame. She has the full package with the looks, the vocals and, the lyrics to back it all up. She’s got “IT,” and a string of hit singles to back IT up.
Another promising artist that I’ll lay my cards down on is Julia Michaels. While not as massively successful as Miss Lipa, Julia put out one of my favorite songs this year with “Issues.” She also has the full package (a quality severely lacking in many of her contemporaries) and could very well be a slow-burn to the top giving a certain Miss Goulding a run for the money if she doesn’t drop some new material in 2018 [clears throat].
Both Niall Horan (“This Town,” “Slow Hands”) and Camila Cabello (“Crying in the Club,” “Havana”) proved there is life outside of their respective multi-platinum bands and should have pretty strong staying power. However, it’s newcomer’s Cardi B. (“Bodak Yellow”) and Luis Fonsi (“Despacito”) whose first singles were so massive that living up to their success much less maintaining it will prove difficult to overcome. I’m not counting them out, rather routing for their continued success but only time will tell.
Speaking of cheering on an artist; Party Favorz wants to give a shout-out to Kesha who with the release of her first album (“Rainbow”) apart from Dr. Luke has proven several things: 1) She can sing 2) She can write 3) The “Woman” has a great deal of talent beyond spoiled-brat anthems. Just don’t touch her
fucking weed. Congratulations on your Grammy nominations for Best Pop Solo Album and Best Pop Solo Performance! “Woman” is sitting at number two on Billboards Dance Club Chart as I write this and will likely finish the year atop that chart. The song has also been included as one of the year’s best.
There is so much to cover in dance music for 2017 but I can’t lay it all down lest you folks get bored. I’ll have my final thoughts and part three of the Year in Dance 2017 out on Friday. Until then…ENJOY!
Album: Year in Dance 2017 pt. 2
Genre: EDM, House, Dance
Total Time: 01:47:56
1. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road (Mr. ColliPark Remix)
2. Bruno Mars feat. Gucci Mane – Thats What I Like (BLVK JVCK Remix)
3. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (The Him Extended)
4. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (Jack Wins Remix)
5. Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj – Swish Swish (Ralphi Rosario Mix)
6. Kesha – Woman (Dave Aude Pride Extended Remix)
7. Rihanna – Desperado (Country Club Martini Crew Remix)
8. Zedd feat. Alessia Cara – Stay (Jonas Blue Remix)
9. DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m The One (Remix)
10. Imagine Dragons – Thunder (Full Tilt Remix)
11. Julie Michaels – Issues (Riddler Extended)
12. Tove Lo – Disco Tits (Oliver Remix)
13. Maroon 5 feat. SZA – What Lovers Do (Pink Panda Remix)
14. Afrojack & David Guetta – Another Life (The Him Remix)
15. Cheat Codes feat. Demi Lovato – No Promises (Country Club Martini Crew Vocal Mix)
16. Alan Walker – Alone (Extended Mix)
17. Cash Cash & ROZES – Matches (Original)
18. DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Dave Aude Club Mix)
19. Krewella – Team (Dave Aude Remix Extended)
20. Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Kue Remix)
21. Clean Bandit feat. Anne-Marie & Sean Paul – Rockabye (Jack Wins Remix)
22. Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious – You’re Not Alone (Lizzie Curious Remix)
23. Robin Schulz feat. James Blunt – OK (Extended Mix)
24. Major Lazer feat. Camila Cabello, Travis Scott & Quavo – Know No Better (Laibert Remix)
25. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me (Ray Rhodes Remix)
26. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (Galantis Remix)