THE EMO-FICATION OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC
With few exceptions and the trend to a happier Disco sound as discussed in Volume 1 of this year’s recap — the overall feel in electronic and club music is generally fairly dark. A lot of the music has been emo fied even when its original format is aimed at the dance floor. In fact, the biggest artist of the year Post Malone has made an entire career out of it. With one of Malone’s biggest hits “Circles” capping off the end of this set — it pretty much sums up the entire genre.
There’s nothing wrong with that and the moodiness of much of the music squares well with the current generation that’s growing up in a tumultuous time. That’s not to say any of these songs are political — because they aren’t. The very issues that affect the mood and mindset of the current generation like gun control, global warming, student debt, ongoing wars, racism and on and on are sadly missing in today’s music. From the Boomer rebellion of the 60s to the GenX political activism of Punk Rock, New Wave and Alternative Rock from the 80s and 90s — the very issues that stress the current generation of Millennials and GenZ are sorely missing. Instead, everything is about feelings and relationships.
This isn’t meant to be interpreted as criticism but merely an observation. We know you guys give a shit about these things – so bare your soul in the music and frankly open it up to true Rock ‘N’ Roll again. More than anything, it’s the big corporate labels that need to get with the program because I’m banking there’s a massive underground market somewhere waiting to be exploited.
Granted, there’s always room for all types of genres and styles from silly love songs, personal testimonies to fun carefree disco and political discourse in our music. They just haven’t figured out how to make it work because the music industry as a whole, is run by a bunch of mindless clone machines. I digress.
IT’S ALL ABOUT DANCE MUSIC
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Party Favorz (more specifically me writing in the 3rd person), is a walking encyclopedia of popular music. I’ve devoured it ever since I was a kid. As you well know — Party Favorz is about escapism and having a good time. It’s about perking you up during those long commutes to and from work, it fuels your workouts, it’s the soundtrack to your pool parties and gatherings with friends and it’s likely the thing that gets you pumped while getting ready to go out for a night on the town. If you’ve found other creative ways to make use of these mixes — I’d love to hear them.
For better or worse, the songs included in this year-end retrospective of the dance club music scene represents the best and worst (but still hugely popular) dance songs of the year. Unlike the rigidity of the charts — Party Favorz attempts to pull all dance club music of relevance that is released throughout the year. Always remember to store these mini-time capsules in a safe place in the cloud. 10 or 20 years from now you’ll be glad you did.
I’ll be back on Saturday with the annual Blow Your Own Horn series, which will help everyone bring in the New Year in one giant roof-raising party mix. Until then…Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakua, Happy Kwanza and Happy Holidays. ENJOY!
Album: Year in Dance 2019 Volume 3
Genre: EDM, House, Dance, Club
Total Time: 02:27:58
1. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (Gryffin Remix)
2. Gryffin feat. ZOHARA – Remember (Extended Mix)
3. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (Kokiri Club Remix)
4. The Chainsmokers feat. Bebe Rexha – Call You Mine (Keanu Silva Extended Remix)
5. Post Malone – Wow. (James Scott & Luke Hepworth Remix)
6. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (AZ2A & Keepin It Heale Remix)
7. Jonas Blue – I Wanna Dance (Extended Mix)
8. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (Dave Aude Extended)
9. Bleona – I Don’t Need Your Love (StoneBridge Epic Extended Mix)
10. Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower (Jacked Remix)
11. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Senorita (Amice Remix)
12. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (Chris Cox Anthem Club Remix)
13. VASSY – Concrete Heart (Colin Jay Remix)
14. Lizzo – Truth Hurts (Barry Harris Club Mix)
15. Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Dave Aude Extended Remix)
16. P!nk – Secrets (Until Dawn Club Mix)
17. Gorgon City & MK – There For You (Extended Version)
18. David Guetta feat. RAYE – Stay (Don’t Go Away) (Don’t Go Away) (Charlie Lane Remix)
19. Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc – SOS (The Scene Kings Remix)
20. Gorgon City & Kaskade feat. Romeo – Go Slow (Extended Mix)
21. Marshmello & Bastille – Happier (Breathe Carolina Remix)
22. NOTD & Felix Jaehn feat. Georgia Ku & Captain Cuts – So Close (Gozzi Remix)
23. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (Don Diablo Remix)
24. Martin Garrix feat. Macklemore & Patrick Stump – Summer Days (Dirty Werk Remix)
25. Jonas Blue feat. Liam Payne & Lennon Stella – Polaroid (Zac Samuel Remix)
26. Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd – Lost In The Fire (Rakurs vs. Cox Remix)
27. KLAAS & Londonbeat – I’ve Been Thinking About You (StoneBridge & Damien Hall Anthem Club Remix)
28. Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Division 4 & Matt Consola Remix)
29. IYES & Ryan Riback – This Feeling (Cristian Poow Club Remix)
30. Jade Starling – Fired Up (Block & Crown KTU-NYC Remix)
31. FISHER – Losing It (Extended Mix)
32. Lizzo – Juice (Barry Harris Club Mix)
33. Jennifer Lopez & French Montana – Medicine (MetroMix John Hohman Club Remix)
34. Billie Eilish – Bad Guy (Amice Remix)
35. Dido – Give You Up (Kue Club Remix)
36. Post Malone – Circles (Disco Fries Bootleg)