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Believe it or not, there was a time when Tropical House was a difficult sound to track down. Before its vibes invaded the bona fide mainstream, those keen on the sound were forced into the unenviable task of wading through the annuls of SoundCloud in search of stray house tracks with a bongo or acoustic guitar.
For those who arrived early on the hype, Thomas Jack‘s SoundCloud page was a beacon of light. Though the producer has since branched out into fresher territory, his mix tape series featured a range of eclectic “tropical” artists—then, still fleshing out a sound that would come to dominate commercial dance music for several years.
At the time, production duo Klingande (that moniker now belongs to producer Cédric Steinmyller’s solo creations) were just drumming up traction for their infectiously sunny originals and their efforts for the series created a mix that stood apart at the time for its totally coherent tropical vibes.
Every second of this hour long mix is drenched in the sunny instrumentation embodied by the genre’s best tracks. More than a few lush selects crop up along the way. Kungs‘ “To Describe You,” Robin Schulz & Lilly Wood’s “Prayer In C,” and Mozambo’s utterly infectious edit of Disclosure‘s “Latch” all make noteworthy appearances alongside, of course, the producer’s own genre defining track “Jubel.”
Though Jack and company have since made household names of themselves with their once unique sounds, this mix brings back memories of the early days when Tropical House was an exciting new brand of music.
1. Filous – Summer (Cover)
2. Noah – It Breaks Your Heart (Marv Edit)
3. Kungs & Mozambo ft. Molly – To Describe You
4. Klingande – Jubel (Nora En Pure Remix)
5. Lilly Wood & the Prick & Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)
6. Granville – Le Slow (Les Filles Et Les Garçons Remix)
7. Clean Bandit – Extra (KG Remix)
8. Disclosure – Latch (Mozambo Remix)
9. The Chancellors – Cut Soul (Kungs Remix)
10. Lexer – My Princess (Vocal Version feat Philippe Heithier)
11. La Roux – Bulletproof (GAMPER & DADONI Remix)
12. The Weeknd – Devil May Cry (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Edit)
Alan Walker – Tired (Kygo Remix)
Launchpad: relive summer with these tropical house tracks