Best of 2014: Electro/Big Room/Future House


Electro-House and Big Room House: pretty much two mainstays in the dance music world. But wait, what’s this Future House you speak of? Oh, it’s just another new sub-genre made up to describe a sound we had never heard before. Two key names emerged as leaders of this new Future House genre: Oliver Heldens and Tchami. Many producers tried to replicate and I’m sure we’ll see more to come in 2015 as Melbourne Bounce rotates out making room for this funky fusion of Electro drops and groovy basslines. Heldens, and even veteran Laidback Luke, describe Future House as a cross between Deep House and EDM, but I don’t quite see it that way. Regardless, you’ll notice our main stage banger category is now lumped into Electro-House, Big Room House, and Future House.

Because these sub-genres are always some of the biggest in any Dance Music category we opened up the list to 15 songs. Unlike the worlds of Deep House, Tech-House, and Techno, the Electro/Big Room/Future House tracks are most often played in the clubs, on the stages, and all over the world on respective radio stations/podcasts/mixes. These songs amp up the crowds, get bodies moving, and truly let you know what the drop sounds like. It’s great to see veterans like Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Axwell, Knife Party, and TJR make this list. I was also particularly excited when the DJ’s DJ Sander Kleinenberg dropped his Future House track “Can You Feel It”. Other notable entries, for me, include Alex Metric & Oliver’s “Hope”, Oliver Helden’s “Overdrive”, and Tchami’s “Untrue”.

In no particular order, check out our top-15 Electro/Big Room/Future House songs of 2014:

    1. Knife Party – Begin Again
    2. Wolfgang Gartner – Unholy
    3. Mutiny UK & Steve Mac – Feel The Pressure (Axwell & No_ID Remix)
    4. Nero – Satisfy
    5. Galantis – You
    6. Oliver Heldens – Overdrive
    7. Deorro – Five Hours
    8. Don Diablo – Anytime
    9. David Guetta & Showtek – Bad
    10. Ummet Ozcan – SMASH!
    11. Sander Kleinenberg – Can You Feel It
    12. Deniz Koyu – Ruby
    13. Tchami – Untrue
    14. Alex Metric & Oliver – Hope
    15. TJR – Come Back Down