Robin Wilms, Global Dance, Electronic & Alternative Editor at Deezer
Biggest Dance Song: Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, "One Kiss"
It’s safe to say that we live in an age of nostalgia, which is not a bad thing, especially when Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa knew exactly what all of us wanted, without us even knowing it. The re-introduction of a classic sounding bassline mixed with more recent ones, the ease the song-progression and perfected vocals resulted in arguably the most addictive track of the year, that continues to be enjoyed by a huge variety of music fans.
Personal Favorite: Hodge, "Beneath Two Moons"
Hodge was never the kind of producer that would produce straightforward 4x4 club tracks, but when he released his ‘Beneath Two Moons’ EP in February, I knew I would play its leading track for the rest of the year. Within a framework of minimalistic yet effective percussion and a powerful kick spread over the track, Hodge experiments with echoing screams and an incredible haunting, tension building, synth-driven climax. The result is a track that keeps you moving for almost six minutes straight. Play this one evening with some friends in a living room and you’ll see.
The One That Got Away: Peggy Gou, "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)"
Peggy Gou’s vocal debut had success in some markets and was quickly adopted by a specific audience. The highly addictive and subtle acid synth-line, the groove of percussions, the vocals (all in Korean) and the overall progression of the song makes this an instant classic. Try and close your eyes while listening and you’ll soon find yourself laying next to a pool in some dreamy and exotic retreat, at least for a couple of minutes.