Deadmau5 performs at the 54th Grammy Awards. (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles…)
With Coachella and Electric Daisy in the rear-view and Hard Summer coming this weekend, it's easier to pinpoint the Songs of Summer in L.A. clubs. Dancers vote with their feet, and DJs love to get the crowd flying, so if you're hitting a late-night dance floor any time between now and Labor Day, you can expect these singles to be in almost any DJ's quiver. Hands up, kids.
1. Afrojack, "Rock the House"
The Dutch DJ Nick van de Wall scores a traditionalist hit after pop collaborations with Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Beyoncé. It's atop the Beatport chart, where DJs mark their preferences, and for clear reasons — its soda-fizzy breakdown builds to a caveman trance hook, and it works every time.
2. Porter Robinson, "Language"
The rising star of Skrillex's OWSLA label dials back his harsher quick-cuts for a melancholy nightcap with ethereal vocals. It's not quite a rager, not quite a comedown — more like a single for a long, giddy drive home.
3. Tiësto, Max Vangeli, AN21, "People of the Night"
For well over a decade, the Dutch cosmic-trance OG Tiesto has barely had a misfire in slaying his core raver demographic. This latest cut gets a major hook from Lover Lover, and even though it doesn't break any new ground, it's a short putt that this collaborating trio sinks easily.
4. Deadmau5, "The Veldt"
Toronto's finest is in a new, exquisitely restrained mood on this Ray Bradbury-influenced track. With a whispered hook and no obvious crescendo, it's the most delicate — yet immersive and populist — single Joel Zimmerman's cut.
5. Florence & the Machine, "Spectrum (Maya Jane Coles Remix)"
One of the moodier edits of the Florence & the Machine hit, this spooky and sexy take from the rising U.K. house producer could be the soundtrack to a crime of passion. But it's catchy enough to take a night's vibe to strange and enticing places.