If 2014 was the transitional year as new forms of house began to bubble up from the underground and took hold of popular music, then 2015 was the year artists and producers rested on their laurels and frankly settled for sameness as opposed to innovating their sound.
That's not to say there weren't any epic gems from the year and certainly the most original of them was released late last year (Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk"), which sounded like the Prince protegé's The Time riffing off of James Brown, which had the kind of staying power no one would have EVER predicted. It does go to show that, artists don't have to rely on the house flavor of the moment to be relevant but should be willing to gamble on something they believe in. When it works, the massive payoff cannot be underestimated.
This final set leans heavily on the best of the house-side of dance from the year, with bits and pieces of everything else. If you feel some of your favorites might be missing from these five sets, never fear as they may very well make an appearance on the upcoming New Year's Dance Party mix Blow Your Own Horn. I started this one-off year-end party mix a couple of years ago and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, last year's release is currently sitting at the top of the Party Favorz charts as I write this.
Song selection has already been pulled together for the mix and I'll be starting on it shortly with a possible release date sometime mid-week; certainly, before your New Year's festivities begin.
Until then ...ENJOY!
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers - I'll Be There (Peter Brown Club Mix)
Emin feat. Nile Rogers - Boomerang (Morlando Remix)
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (Seamus Haji Remix)
Dave Aude feat. Jessica Sutta - I'm Gonna Get You (Rich B & Phil Marriott Club Remix)
Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter - Holding On (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Mary J. Blige - Right Now (Manufactured Superstars Remix)
Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love (Extended)
Katy Tiz - Whistle (Dave Aude Extended Mix)
Martin Solveig & GTA - Intoxicated (Original Mix)
The Score - Oh My Love (Kat Krazy Remix)
DASCO feat. Justina Maria - What I Need (Right Here-Right Now) (Club Mix)
Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There (Extended Mix)
Dave Aude feat. Jessica Sutta - I'm Gonna Get You (Original Extended)
Gorgan City feat. Jennifer Hudson - Go All Night (Freemasons Club Mix)
Five Knives - Sugar (StoneBridge Block Party Mix
Audien feat. Lady Antebellum - Something Better (Shemce Extended Remix)
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand (Division 4 & Matt Consola Club Mix)