The Fourth of July has come and gone, and festival season – in all its flash-tattooed glory – is in full swing. From dusty camping festivals to remote events in the forest to your local city’s sampling of artists, you’ve slowly been preparing yourself to don this season’s shorts, tank tops, and sweatbands. Here are three tracks to keep you partying in the heat this summer.
1. “She Got That Fire (Wolf + Lamb Heating Up Mix)” – Nick Monaco
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What better way to start off a list than a mix that promises you’ll be heating up? Crew Love staples Wolf + Lamb take Nick Monaco’s chilled-out dub number and lighten it up in this dance edit. Layer after layer of effects create a complex and rich sound that listeners of almost any genre can cling to, and lyrics anybody who’s been in love, or simply seen a beautiful woman move in a way they can’t forget, will understand. Nick Monaco’s airy vocals co-star with a funky bass that will definitely keep you moving in this track.
2. “I’m Hot” – Vanilla Ace
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Some staples should never go out of style. This 2014 house track should be your best friend from the time the first daylight hits your tent at Coachella to the final sunset over the Space Needle at Bumbershoot. London house/disco/new jack DJ Vanilla Ace turns up the six hottest words from Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” in the name of G-house. Longtime Kygo listeners might roll their eyes at another remix of the same old track, but fear not – Vanilla Ace takes this far from daytime vibes, and straight to a dance track befitting any nightclub.
3. “Daylight (FDVM) Remix)” – Mikeyz (Ft. Hi-Ly)
Speaking of Kygo, fans will easily shake their hips to this tropical-influenced house track. While this song might not elicit the feeling that you’re drinking a blended beverage topped off with a colorful umbrella, I enjoy that it focuses on the part of the day not often exalted in electronic music … the part of the day where the sun is up. It’s not hard to imagine yourself rocking to this one on a boat party, backyard porch, or in your car. However, I sincerely hope some cheeky European DJ throws on this track just as the sun is rising on a weekend-long party, the moment the shades are drawn to protect party warriors from, well, the daylight.