As we get ready to knock on the door of 2016, we asked some of our favorite DJs to give us their top five tracks of the year. Dive into Jason Ross’ essential selections below
There’s a reason why we earmarked Jason Ross in our Essential Artists series earlier this year, and we’re still grinning from that decision. The Los Angeles-based producer has been fitting right in with the top-tier talents from his Anjuna fam after having been recruited to join the close-knit crew of trendsetters. With a take on progressive trance that’s equal parts emotive and energetic, it’s not like we didn’t see his explosive rise coming from the very beginning. Earning a cosign from Above & Beyond is one thing, but getting people to start saying you’re the next in line to be carrying the scene on your shoulders is something Ross reached purely from the leveling-up heard in his own productions.
The year has been extra kind to Ross, with tracks like “Atlas” and “Solaris” taking control of the charts. Now, he’s showing some respect to the five tunes from 2015 he felt are worthy of a “best of” mention.
Boom Jinx, Thomas Bergersen ft. Meredith Call “Ahead of the Storm”
This is one of the standout tracks for me in 2015. Boom Jinx combined the EDM sound with a film score feel, while Meredith Call’s vocals glue it all together just brilliantly.
Andrew Bayer “Do Androids Dream Part 2”
I first heard this in Madison Square Garden during Above & Beyond’s set. It blew me away; it’s everything I love about progressive/trance music.
Röyksopp “Sordid Affair” (Fehrplay Remix)
Fehrplay has been putting out some great tracks lately. Something about the melody and vocals really just takes me to another place; it’s euphoric.
Above & Beyond “Fly to New York” (Above & Beyond vs. Jason Ross Club Mix)
To collaborate with Above & Beyond on their Club Mix was easily one of the highlights of my year. New York also holds a special place in my heart, as I attended Group Therapy 150 in Madison Square Garden when the guys premiered three of my tracks—which essentially kick-started my career.
Grum “Something About You”
Grum has really paved his own way in the dance music scene with his rich, melodic textures and progressive groove. This one really takes the cake for me.