Mix Monitor is a continuous series which covers and sifts notable mixes, sets, and podcasts for highlights that you should note.
This month's Q-dance presents Hardstyle Top 40 podcast is loaded with many vocal, euphoric/uplifting, and anthem tracks. There are a few raw tracks, but nothing particularly new.
As with previous episodes, the Hardstyle Top 40 obviously gathers the top hardstyle tracks of the month, so repeats are common; unfortunately, many of the good tracks this month have been out for some time, but maybe you still haven't heard of some.
Check out this month's Mix Monitor for July's Hardstyle Top 40 and selected highlights.
Dimitri Vegas, Moguai & Like Mike – Mammoth (Coone Remix) — Solid rendition of the EDM anthem. It stays true to the original melody, but, of course, with a more aggressive tempo that's typical with any hardstyle remix — something even non-hardstylers should give a listen to.
Audiotricz ft. Miss Palmer – Never Leaving — I think there needs to be more female vocalists in hardstyle. Tracks like “Never Leaving” and the Prophet x Noisecontroller's “Let Me Stay” have so much power because of the vocal presence, which females tend to deliver better.
Bass Modulators – Let Me See You — Bass Modulators are becoming the hardstyle ambassadors to popular EDM and still manage to stay true to what makes the genre great. This song is an example of that; an overall fun song, with sounds that would appeal to mainstage attendees.
Activator – Cobra — Not new, but worth noting. Activator is a flat-out top-tier producer; one of the few producers who has a distinct style, mainly with his resonating kicks that are a work of art. This track also features an old sample that kids who watched Home Alone would know. The feels.
Outbreak – We Want Your Soul (WWYS) — Raw track with a lot of energy in the final climax provided by a relentless, whirring Synth.
Da Tweekaz ft. Popr3b3l – Your Love — This is probably the worst track I've listened to in some time, hardstyle or not; Creed-like vocals, cheesy lead melody, cringe-worthy drum samples, and overly-pitched kicks. Just skip this and appreciate their other track “#Tweekay14”, which actually sits at #1. That's their redeemer.
Dillytek – Feeling — Just a forgettable track altogether. The leading melody uninspiring and the vocal sample is, well, boring.
1. Da Tweekaz – #Tweekay14
2. Coone – Survival Of The Fittest (Defqon.1 Anthem 2014).
3. Frontliner – TBA 2 (One More Time)
4. Frontliner & Kristina Antuna – Galaxies Collide
5. Ran-D ft. E-Life – The Hunt (Intents 2014 Anthem)
6. Hard Driver – Bass Drops
7. Alpha² & Jack Of Sound – Das Weite Land
8. Noisecontrollers – Down Down
9. Adrenalize – Island Of Adventure (WiSH Outdoor Anthem 2014)
10. Psyko Punkz – Back Again (Decibel 2014 Anthem)
11. Digital Punk – Firestorm
12. Atmozfears & Energyzed – Rapture
13. Audiofreq ft. Teddy – Elevation
14. Luna & E-Force – The Game
15. Bass Modulators – Let Me See Ya
16. B-Front vs. Donkey Rollers – Vitruvius
17. Activator – Cobra
18. F8trix – Let Me Hear You
19. Outbreak – We Want Your Soul (WWYS)
20. Code Black & Atmozfears – Accelerate (Official XXlerator Anthem 2014)
21. Atmozfears & Energyzed – The Harvest
22. Psyko Punkz – Back Again (Decibel 2014 Anthem) (B-Front & Frequencerz Remix)
23. Frontliner & Mc Stretch – Wake Up
24. Audiofreq – Warcry
25. Da Tweekaz ft. Popr3b3l – Your Love
26. Toneshifterz ft. Chris Madin – Parachutes
27. Brennan Heart ft. Shanokee – Wide Awake (EOS 2013 Mix)
28. Dillytek – Feeling
29. Audiotricz ft. Miss Palmer – Never Leaving
30. Frontliner & Sway – Just Film It
31. Wildstylez & Coone ft. Cimo Fränkel – This Is Home
32. Twoloud – Big Bang (Bass Modulators Remix)
33. Dimitri Vegas, Moguai & Like Mike – Mammoth (Coone Remix)
34. Wildstylez ft. Noah Jacobs – Falling to Forever (Dance Valley Anthem 2014)
35. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. Wolfpack – Ocarina (Brennan Heart Remix)
36. Afrojack ft. Wrabel – Ten Feet Tall (Brennan Heart & Code Black Remix)
37. Audiofreq – Legend
38. Deepack & DV8 Rocks! – Spaced Out
39. Psyko Punkz feat. Dope D.O.D. – Drunken Masta
40. The Prophet & Audiotricz – Conquer The World