Well, folks, I did it! I’ve been running a marathon since November trying to stay on track in whipping out these dance music time capsules. We have reached the end with part 3 of the Year In Dance 2018.
I have to say that at the very least, 2018 has been a good year for Legacy artists. Think about it, Toni Braxton, Barbara Tucker, Crystal Waters, Donna Summer, and even Diana Ross all had number one dance club hits this year. Diana actually had two. While I couldn’t work in Barbara nor Crystal, everyone else made the cut, though I only went with Diana’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to close out this set and skipped the “I’m Coming Out/Upside Down” medley. On paper, it may have sounded like a good idea, but the execution was awkward, to say the least.
We had a few breakout artists from last year that continued to have great success (i.e., Dua Lipa, Cardi B, and Camila Cabello) but there weren’t really any BIG new names to speak of. Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato had a great year with their offerings but as a collective — the year was just okay if not underwhelming.
More than anything, 2018 was the year of the DJ. Legends like Eric Kupper, MK, StoneBridge, Barry Harris, and Dave Aude continue to generate big hits. In fact, David Guetta (who now falls into the legend category) has been busier than ever with a slew of releases this year — with more hits than misses. Tiesto’s music machine continues to churn as well.
However, the up and comers are beginning to dominate. No doubt you were dancing to one of the many Jonas Blue tracks this year along with Marshmello and Zedd (who can claim the song of the year with “The Middle”). Of course, the DJ/producer Party Favorz has his eye on is Purple Disco Machine. While he can be a little formulaic, we’re starting to see him branch out and I fully expect bigger things from him to come. Nevertheless, his star continued to rise in 2018 with releases like “Dished (Male Stripper)” and his reworking of the Fat Boy Slim classic “Praise You.” At the very least, he appears to be our only hope for a modern-day disco revival. Time will tell.
“EDM has been sad, slow songs for years now, Doesn’t have anything in common with the music I love to make. 2010-2014 EDM was more house-influenced to me. Anyway now I’m out the bubble and making big records with amazing singers that sound like house music to me.”
One of my favorite quotes of the year comes from the very talented and prolific Calvin Harris. In response to a tweet from a fan who asked: “Will you be going back to EDM at some point?” Harris replied “EDM has been sad, slow songs for years now, doesn’t have anything in common with the music I love to make. 2010-2014 EDM was more house-influenced to me. Anyway now I’m out the bubble and making big records with amazing singers that sound like house music to me.”
His response was dead-on. To expand on his assertion, electronic dance music is nothing more than a label. With the advent of keyboards and synthesizers, it started in the late ’70s. By the time the ’80s rolled around, the overwhelming amount of music being produced was electronic. The technology continued to improve through the ’90s and is now so common that up and coming DJ/producers start creating at a young age in their bedroom with software on their computer. At the end of the day, it’s all still house music.
Harris’ response that it’s “sad, slow songs” is referenced in my first post. The Reggaeton, Moonbatan, and Trap have become so bogged down in monotony, that the tracks are almost undecipherable. The kind of music Calvin likes to make is what I and many others want to hear. Something that lifts you up and makes you want to dance!
Party Favorz is almost done for the year — save for our year-end blow-out party set “Blow Your Own Horn 2019,” which will be dropping this coming Friday. I hope everyone has a great holiday.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album: Year in Dance 2018 pt. 3
Genre: EDM, House, Dance, Club
Total Time: 02:40:45
1. Netta – Toy (Amice Remix)
2. DJ Snake – Magenta Riddim (Lumberjack Remix)
3. Tony Moran feat. Kimberly Davis – You’re Good For Me (Barry Harris Ultra Mix)
4. Vassy & Lodato – Doomsday (Lodato Extended Remix)
5. Alan Walker feat. Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals – All Falls Down (Kue Remix)
6. Sabrina Carpenter & Jonas Blue – Alien (M-22 Remix)
7. Ariana Grande – Breathin’ (Division 4 & Matt Consola Remix)
8. Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (Apollo Remix)
9. R3Hab & Conor Maynard – Hold On Tight (Midnight Kids Remix)
10. Joe Bermudez feat. Louise Carver – Crazy Enough (eSQUIRE Remix)
11. MK – 17 (Dark Intensity Remix)
12. Post Malone – Better Now (Jacked Remix)
13. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (Jason Reilly & Alphalove Remix)
14. David Guetta & Sia – Flames (Pink Panda Extended Mix)
15. Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – Finesse (Pink Panda Remix)
16. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood (PeteDown Club Mix)
17. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (Dave Aude Club Remix)
18. VASSY & Afrojack feat. Oliver Rosa – Lost (Extended Mix)
19. NF – Let You Down (HBz Bounce Remix)
20. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love (Country Club Martini Crew Extended)
21. Zedd feat. Alessia Cara – Stay (Jonas Blue Remix)
22. Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & Watt – Let Me Go (DJ Mexx & DJ Karimov Remix)
23. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (Blu-Rey & Tone Terra Remix)
24. Halsey – Bad At Love (Generik Extended)
25. The Chainsmokers feat. Emily Warren – Side Effects (Fedde Le Grand Remix)
26. Martin Garrix feat. Khalid – Ocean (Dubvision Remix)
27. Toni Braxton – Coping (Stadiumx Remix)
28. Dirty Werk, Steve Smooth & DJ Bam Bam – Stand Up (Scotty Boy & Luca Debonaire Extended Remix)
29. Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It (Kue Remix)
30. Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels – I Miss You (Cahill Remix)
31. Post Malone feat. 21 Savage – Rockstar (Jolyon Petch’s Proper Club Mix)
32. Cheat Codes & Little Mix – Only You (Wideboys Club Mix)
33. Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – Solo (Wideboys Remix)
34. Jonas Blue feat. Liam Payne & Lennon Stella – Polaroid (Zac Samuel Remix)
35. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (Kokiri Remix)
36. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me (Ray Rhodes Remix)
37. StoneBridge feat. Haley Joelle – Meet In The Middle (Stonebridge Extended Mix)
38. Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Eric Kupper Epic Mix)