Who wants to have a fall dance party?
Philly Mixtape breaks down the latest upbeat offerings from Kaskade, dumblonde, Robin Schulz, Rudimental and Ultra Dance and explains why you should be listening to them all…right now.
For his ninth studio LP, thunderous house music trailblazer DJ Kaskade ventures away from the spaced out sounds that he served us with early in his career, opting instead for a laid back dance music affair that seemingly fits with the approaching cooler temps. While he takes a more conventional approach, Kaskade still brings the heat by bringing on fiery vocalists like Ilsey, Tess Comrie, Tamra Keenan and Estelle who shows up to lend her vocal prowess on album standout, “Day Trippin’,” a dreamy disco ditty that’s perfect for any kind of music weather.
Looking for a real dance escape this fall? Then step all the way into Sugar, the red-hot deep house soaked offering from DJ Robin Schulz. Packed with a buffet of guest stars, (Akon!), deep synths and pulsating production, Sugar goes down nice as smooth and is just that pleasant ride of dreamy dance music that you’ve been waiting to get on board on with.
Stand outs include Francesco Yates on the shiny title track, the Akon(!) assisted “Heatwave,” the throbbing “Find Me” with Hey Hey, who also link up Princess Chelsea for a fun retelling of Eagle Eye Cherry‘s ’98 hit, “Save Tonight.” Pure fall dance music bliss.
Let’s talk about dumblonde for a moment.
In what some say is a supposed attempt at a reincarnation of Danity Kane, former DK members Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day make up this futuristic dance project, but it’s certainly no reincarnation. Forgettable dance pop? Absolutely. But who doesn’t love some mindless dance music to get them through the autumn days?
Opener “White Lightning” is filled with angst-y female prowess, leading off a set that’s packed with planetary punch, especially on “eyes on horizon,” “dreamsicle” “take away” and clap-happy closer, “carry on.” By the way, all of the tracks are written in lower case because that’s how you can really differentiate between Danity Kane and dumblonde.
Check out out for yourself below.
Rudimental/We the Generation
Having a bad day? Put those headphones on and get absolutely lost in UK music dream makers Rudimental‘s latest studio offering. Packed with the solar sounds of Rudimental’s dance world that we’re all just living in, the set is locked and loaded with plenty of ebb-y, earthy dance tunes.
The overseas dance music hit makers also strike it rich with memorable music guests stars, including Ed Sheeran (who appears on the blissful “Lay It All On Me.”), Lianna La Havas, MNEK, Ella Eyre and late R&B great Bobby Womack who wistfully appears on the dreamy, “New Day.”
Various Artist/Ultra Dance16
While this shimmering set was released this past February, there’s no reason why we can’t show some music love to it while we all patiently wait to be served with its follow-up to warm us up this winter.
The sixteenth installment of the Louie Devito created Ultra Dance series pulls out all the dance music stops with the likes of Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, NERVO and many other dance music ballers who all stop by for a ride on the Ultra dance music magic carpet.
This fall, whether you’re working, working out or working it, this album or any other album on the list will absolutely hit that coveted fall dance music “G” spot.