Summer 2014 Playlist: 10 Hot Imports You Should Be Listening To, From Gorgon City To Mr. Probz

Robbie Daw | July 28, 2014 5:30 am

If you checked out our spring playlist featuring the hottest imports from around the world, then you know that deep house is alive and well in the club and on the radio in 2014. In the months since then, a few of the cuts we featured in the previous roundup, such as “Hideaway” by Canadian singer Kiesza and “Rather Be” by Brits Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, have gone on to be hits here in the States.

Now, deep into the summer months, we bring you even more tracks to crank up and dance to. From England to Sweden to Norway to France to Jamaica, it’s clear that the worldwide theme of the year is Get Your Ass On The Floor.

10. Lilly Wood & The Prick — “Prayer In C (Robin Shulz Remix)” This French duo first rose to prominence in their home country in the late ’00s thanks to both their cover of Santigold’s “L.E.S. Artistes” and their own catchy alt-pop tunes. German producer Robin Shulz recently reworked the pair’s 2010 lament “Prayer In C” into a breezy dance track, leading the song to top the charts in no less than nine countries across Europe.

And speaking of Robin Shulz…

9. Mr. Probz “Waves (Robin Shulz Remix)” Dutch rapper Mr. Probz was looking to expand his horizons, and the first song he recorded after teaching himself to play the guitar was the ballad “Waves.” As he explained to Idolator recently, “There were like all these remixes and bootlegs out there. At first, I didn’t know what to do with it. Of course, it felt like a compliment for people to make something that is inspired by something that you made, so for me that’s like a pay it forward type of thing. The Robin Schulz version caught our eye when a UK label hit us up asking, ‘Can we please release a house remix?’ We were talking, and we were like, ‘Okay, if we’re going to do a move like this, that version makes the most sense.’ So, we contacted Robin’s people and decided to put it out officially.”

The result: A chart-topping single across Europe this past spring.

8. Jess Glynne — “Right Here” You know British singer Jess Glynne from her featured vocals on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love,” two of the year’s biggest house smashes. Her first breakout single as a solo artist is the Gorgon City-produced “Right Here,” currently a Top 10 hit in the UK.

And speaking of Gorgon City…

7. Gorgon City feat. Zak Abel — “Unmissable” This UK dance duo hit the mainstream in their home country this year with the hits “Ready For You Love” and “Here For You,” featuring MNEK and Laura Welsh, respectively. Their debut LP arrives in September, and ahead of that, they’ve unleashed their catchiest house anthem to date: “Unmissable.”

6. Royksopp & Robyn — “Do It Again” There’s probably no need to intro Norwegian duo Royskopp and the princess of Swede pop, Robyn, right? They’re currently on tour together in support of their joint EP Do It Again. Give a rebel yell while watching the epic video for the release’s title track.

5. Clean Bandit featuring Stylo G — “Come Over” Jamaican reggae singer Stylo G appears on “Come Over,” the latest single off British quartet Clean Bandit’s debut New Eyes. With its pop gloss and slick production, the sunny jam comes off a bit more Ace Of Base than Bob Marley, and the video, shot in Morocco and containing a hint of religious references, has garnered some controversy. In other words, it’s got people talking, and that’s never a bad thing.

4. Kiesza — “Giant In My Heart” While “Hideaway” is just now beginning to climb the American charts, flame-haired Canadian songbird Kiesza is following up her #1 hit with the ’90s house throwback “Giant In My Heart” in Europe. (Both singles are available on the four-track Hideaway EP, by the way.) The video for the song is a total drag…and we mean that in the most fabulous way possible.

3. SecondCity featuring Ali Love — “What Can I Do” We’re going to give Rowan Harrington (better known as DJ/producer SecondCity) a pass here. Yes, he was technically born in Chicago, but his family emigrated to England when Rowan was a young kid. He recently topped the UK chart with his Toni Braxton-sampling “I Wanna Feel,” and his brand new single is this irresistible disco-house cut.

2. Sigma featuring Paloma Faith — “Changing” Paloma Faith is of English-Spanish heritage, and her voice is pure-soul dynamite. She paired up with British drum and bass duo Sigma for their latest cut, “Changing,” and wound up taking a glitter ball to church in the process.

1. Duke Dumont — “Wont’ Look Back” Whoever that is doing the powerhouse vocals on Duke Dumont’s “Won’t Look Back,” she deserves the Loleatta Holloway Diva Badge Of Approval. And by the way, young house fans, if you have not yet educated yourself with the music of Italo-house legends Black Box — particularly their classic “Ride On Time” (which Dumont’s song tips a hat to) — you’ve now got some homework to do.

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