Dance music is definitely enjoying a renaissance of strong male vocal records featuring the likes of Chris James, John Martin, and Jonny Rose. Add to that list Phillip LaRue who brings a Chris Martin (Coldplay) vibe to the “Young Forever,” the new single from Justin Michael. You probably know Justin from his singles with Kemal “Trouble” (sung by Heather Bright) and “Her World Goes On” (sung by Bruno Mars), or his releases on Armada. On “Young Forever,” Justin sets the tone with a rock-influenced dance feel and a Hi-NRG baseline that sounds like a cross between Motiv8 and Arty. The pretty intro makes it perfect for dance radio (and even commercial radio). With an extended club mix, it would make a great hands-in-the-air track to end any big room night.
Mooncut – Don’t Leave (Extended)
Martin Solveig & The Cataracs ft Kyle – Hey Now (Original)
Robbie Rivera and Federico Scavo – Jump (Original)
Ivan Mastermix – Shakti (Menini & Viani Remix)
Steve Aoki ft Miss Palmer & Dan Sena – Omega
Burn the Disco – Dreams
Lazy Rich & Hirshee ft Amba Shepherd – Damage Control (Jerry Rekonius Remix) Sebastian Ingrosso and John Martin – Reload (Main Mix)
Starkillers and Kai ft Richard Beynon – Rampage
Subfocus ft Alex Clare – Endorphins (Tommy Trash)
Above and Beyond – Walter White Mobin Master vs Tate Strauss ft Polina – Dreams (Safari Mix)
With Swedish House Mafia disbanding after their massively successful odyssey as a trio, it kind of makes you wonder what the single heir apparent to their global hit “Don’t You Worry Child” will be. First out of gate is “Reload” from Sebastian Ingrosso. Teaming up with Australian Tommy Trash, they enlisted the help of DYWC vocalist John Martin to add a topline over their Beatport chart topping “Reload.” As an instrumental, “Reload” was a summer festival favorite with its dynamic mood changes and emotional dropout. It could easily be lumped in with the countless progressive/electro/stadium house tracks out there, yet something about the chord structures make it stand out. John Martin’s lyrics and vocal performance elevate the track to a universal song about the uplifting nature of love and music, yet some of the lyrics (“Sending you far away,” “don’t have to be afraid”) make you wonder if it’s also meant as consolation to Sebastian about the breakup.