While the iconic festivals and heaving Ibiza summer shows are by in large on hold, the tunes that would be blasting out of their sound systems are most certainly not. So today we take a look at the current Heroes Of House, a collection of infectiously catchy releases getting spun around all corners of the globe, bringing the party to the living room. Our second edition features releases from tastemaker and major label imprints such as Blackbook/Astralwerks, RCA, Island Records, Ultra and Ministry Of Sound with heaving Tech through to cross-over house.
The list is compiled by our editorial team while looking at key indicators of success such as radio play, charts, playlist additions on Spotify and Apple Music and DJ support plays. Sourced from around the globe, some of these club tunes have been bubbling for the past few weeks while others are fresh of the press, so without further ado here are the past month’s heroes of house.
CamelPhat & ARTBAT feat Rhodes – For A Feeling
Camelphat and ARTBAT are two of the most respectable duos in the underground right now, both pumping out monumental tunes while collecting huge accolades. For CamelPhat, their breakthrough 2017 single ‘Cola’ saw them land a Grammy Nomination and rise to all-star status with their follow-ups such as ‘Breathe’, ‘Be Someone’ and ‘Rabbit Hole’.
Meanwhile rising Ukrainian duo ARTBAT are currently Beatport’s #1 best selling artist, and moreover won ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the Ibiza DJ Awards and featured in Mixmag’s ‘Breakthrough DJs of the Year’ roundup. Together they have unleashed ‘For A Feeling’, one of the most hyped tracks in the dance world to wide appraise recently.
Teased late last year by titans such as Tale Of Us creating huge intrigue, it was released at the start of May on streaming platforms following a Beatport only release, it has continued on to be one of the big performers over the past month. It arrives as the first single off CamelPhat’s forthcoming album – set to feature collaborations with the likes of Noel Gallagher and Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis.
It’s been shown love on BBC via Annie Nightingale, Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Mista Jam including being awarded as “The Essential New Tune”. Moreover, it has landed at the top spot of 1001Tracklists monthly Chart, #1 On Beatport and received playlisting in the likes of Spotify’s ‘Dance Rising’ as well as upload to Selected on YouTube. Could this be a contender for biggest track of the year? Without a doubt.
PS1 – Fake Friends feat Alex Hosking
Esteemed New York DJ PS1 has been a legend of the decks for over 15 years, he knows how to read a room and choose the right tune for the moment. Now the DJ who currently holds residencies at Tao, Marquee and Lavo in New York and Hakkasan in Las Vegas has got the tune of the moment himself. He released ‘Fake Friends’ back in March it’s an energetic piano house anthem which features an addictive vocal by talented Australian singer/songwriter Alex Hosking.
Over the past few weeks its steadily been popping off, ‘Fake Friends’ kicks off with a tantalising piano melody before Hosking begins with her take on the topic – the often misconceived perception that from the outside life is all gold, but suddenly the track erupts with a heaving bassline and fires off its infectious chorus…“Maybe we can be like the others.. they know how to have fun” .
The track was released via Columbia Records and British based Perfect Havoc almost two months ago but in May has gone on to pick up heavy radio support from BBC and SiriusXM’s BPM. It’s been rising steadily on iTunes charts, and reaching #1 on the Music Week Club Chart and meanwhile clocking up millions of plays on Spotify and additions to playlist such as Mint, and the two artists grace the cover of Spotify’s “Massive Dance Hits”.
Disclosure – Energy
The Disclosure brothers from the UK are without doubt one of the biggest DJ duo’s to land on the dance scene in the last decade, they consistently reveal their prowess in creating house bangers that set the dance floors alight. This past month they revealed the first single off their forthcoming album of the same name ‘ENERGY’.
It features the signature sound of a preacher, Eric Thomas – who many may recognise as the vocalist from their iconic hit ‘When The Fire Starts To Burn’ and it induces nothing but it’s namesake with a jacking beat, tribal drums and a chanting chorus which echo’s “Where your focus goes, your energy flows“. The forthcoming album follows 2015’s ‘Caracal’ and will feature an array of artists from across the spectrum including, Mick Jenkins, ChannelTres, Aminé and slowthai, Common, Kelis, Fatoumata Diawara, Kehlani and Syd.
Since it’s release just a short time ago ‘ENERGY’ has collected an influx of radio spins from the likes of BBC Radio 1 heavyweights Pete Tong, Annie Mac, and Mistajam as well as support on Australia’s Triple J. On streaming platforms meanwhile it’s been getting its rinsing via the Housewerk and Mint Playlists on Spotify and has quickly clocked up almost 2 million streams.
Sofi Tukker & Gorgon City – House Arrest
Sofi Tukker have built a steady name in recent years producing infectiously catchy hits such as ‘Purple Hat’, ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Drinkee’. Recently they teamed up with UK house legends Gorgon City, known for their dancefloor weapons ‘There For You’, ‘Baggage’ and ‘Real Life’.
During the quarantine, artists have found new creative inspiration from their new living conditions that many of us can relate to. Sofi Tukker has been among the most prolific live streaming artists putting on an array of energy inducing shows, with them they make us long for the dance floor. However while ‘House Arrest’ might seem like it was inspired by the current times it was revealed that the track was made due to “a happy accident” when 1/2 of Sofi Tukker broke her foot in on stage accident at Groovin The Moo festival in Australia, as result, she was confined for two months in order to heal.
The track has picked up steam collecting near 3 million streams on Spotify while gaining nods of support from BBC’s Annie Nightingdale, Mista Jam, Pete Tong, Diplo & Friends and more. Meanwhile, it’s featured steady rotation in some of the biggest streaming playlist such as Housewerk, Beast Mode, 360 Dance and Mint on Spotify, as well as real estate on Apple Music playlists such as Today’s Top Hits, danceXL and Breaking Dance.
Chris Lake – I Remember
Chris Lake is one of the modern pioneers of house music so it should be no surprise to see him land in this list. The GRAMMY®-nominated, chart-topping producer has gained steady momentum on singles such as ‘Operator’, ‘I Want You’ and ‘Stay With Me’ and remixes for Calvin Harris, MK, Disciples and Missy Elliot.
Now he adds new flames to the fire with ‘I Remember‘, his first release under a new partnership with Astralwerks and his own imprint Blackbook Records. It’s a soulful house record that re-imagines the indelible vocal line from the Ralphi Rosario-penned 1987 house classic ‘You Used to Hold Me’.
‘I Remember’ is a funky, jacking tech house weapon which lathers bass and blends soulful vocal chops with perfection. Having moved up to the #1 most played on 1001Tracklists, receiving spins from industry tastemakers such as MK, Hayden James, Mista Jam, Wax Motif and Claptone. Meanwhile, it has landed spots in Housewerk, Dance Rising on Spotify and Dance Workout, Future Dance Hits, Breaking Dance on Apple Music.