This year’s Grammy Nominations have just wrapped up and dance music has once again established itself as a real presence in the constantly evolving music landscape. Daft Punk and Pharrell landed a nomination in the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance category for “Get Lucky,” rubbing elbows with Pink, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke. The robotic duo are also in the running for the coveted Album of the Year, with Random Access Memories up against Sara Bareilles, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Taylor Swift. Electronic music also broke into the Best New Artist category with James Blake representing the genre against Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But the real stand out nomination this year lies with Duke Dumont, whose hit “Need U 100%” earns a place in the Best Dance Recording category alongside “Sweet Nothing,” “Atmosphere,” “This Is What It Feels Like” and “Clarity.”
In the Best Dance/Electronica Album category, UK’s star duo Disclosure stands with Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Pretty Lights and dance icons Daft Punk but Producer of the Year credits fall on the shoulders of the robot’s collaborator, Pharrell, who represents only a sliver of electronic influence in the category. We’re shocked to see that Avicii’s TRUE isn’t included here but competition was extremely steep this year.
Up for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical are Alesso, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Photek and Cedric Gervais as well as Andy Caldwell – who has earned two Grammy nominations in the past but whose remix you might not recognize; Listen to it here.
Last year’s dance music Grammy nominations called the entire nomination process into question when Al Walser manipulated his way into the awards alongside Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia. Thankfully, the Grammys list of nominations this year — with Duke Dumont and Pretty Lights earning well-deserved recognition — are a clear step in the right direction for not only dance music, but the Grammys themselves.
You’ve heard it time and time again – “2013 was the
year of dance music.” The end of the year results are rolling in, and to no surprise, several beloved electronic names have climbed the charts for ‘Best of 2013′ lists: Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” ranked as one of the most Shazam’d songs of the year and Daft Punk and Disclosure have received multiple nods for best albums and tracks of the rapidly concluding 2013. As a fun and final ode to the massive electronic successes of the past 365 days, producer Daniel Kim continues an annual YouTube viral video tradition by compiling an unthinkable number of 2013 radio hit tunes into short, but sweet mashups. Kim has assembled the 2013 ‘Pop Danthology’ in a shockingly short five minutes and forty seconds that features 68 chart topping hits, 15 of which include Krewella, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Bingo Players, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren and more.
Take a listen, reminisce and see if you can spot the rest of the dance music spotlights.
Following their 40 date Metamorphic tour over the summer and a number of releases, American duo Tritonal is preparing to release their fist Tritonia compilation series. Alongside favorites from the past year and two more unreleased productions, the first Tritonia compilation will be graced by “Satellite”. Originally heard alongside vocals from Aruna on their remix of Armin van Buuren’s “Won’t Let You Go,” the instrumental mix leaves the vocals behind and places the duo’s melodic progressions in the spotlight. If you missed the duo perform live this year, Tritonia Chapter 001 will serve as the perfect way to hold you over until they visit your city again.
Release Date: December 17th
Pacha NYC’s resident DJ duo serve up another free download just in time to celebrate the iconic club’s 8th anniversary. Another punchy and driven electro output from the pair, “Take Em Up” stutter steps through a gauntlet of dark synthwork and blaring sirens. Crafting the perfect score for Pacha’s main room, SikDuo incorporates classic progressive melodies and a throwback hip hop sample — all designed for the club they call home.
Catch the guys live tonight at Pacha NYC.
Everyone’s favorite Twitter handle jokester and twerk-enabler has taken dance music by storm over the last few years. From cementing the “Express Yourself” culture into the mainstream to producing a track for the latest Hunger Games movie, Diplo shows that his path to music-world domination will leave no stone unturned. In an exceptionally surprising yet exciting remix of Avicii’s ”You Make Me,” Diplo has teamed up with Ookay to make the track a bit more trap-oriented. While the preview holds true to Diplo’s signature and distinguishable sound, Ookay’s drum work and urban music experience adds authenticity to the remix.
Release Date: TBA
Although complications with the label have stalled the immediate release, The Chainsmokers have previewed their newest remix, “Fix This.” After lending a progressive touch to Mikky Ekko’s “Kids,” the duo once again perfectly utilize a stunning vocal on top of their instrumental take on The Colourist’s tune. The result is an indie-progressive hybrid which, despite all of their outstanding productions, is one of the duo’s most interesting remixes to date. The dance music landscape is stockpiled with young and up-and-coming big room talent, but The Chainsmokers continue to demonstrate that they have much more in store and that 2014 will be a colossal year for the American duo.
Release date: TBA
Brooklyn’s Chordashian started flying the indie dance flag long before its more recent popular renaissance. At the tail end of 2013, their latest cut “Keep On” offers a snapshot of just why their traditional yet perky dance etiquette has continued to rack some serious attention throughout the year. With well-oiled keys and infectious samples at the center of this groovy offering, the duo summons the spirit of heyday house music without the dated production values. Past the garage throwbacks and murky low-end undertones recent times have thrown at us, Chordashian strikes a nostalgic note worth holding that, if kept to such a consistent high for 2014, could make them one of New York’s most valuable dance assets by a mile.
A slow but steady build up of announcements regarding the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival documentary has created a strong buzz of anticipation for the public release. “Under the Electric Sky” is set to be a full-length feature film following the adventures of several attendees, or “headliners,” as they congregate for the three-day festival in Las Vegas.
Following up on the announcement that Kaskade would score the film, today Pasquale Rotella shared more optimistic news: “Under the Sky” has been chosen as one of the 118 films selected to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival held in January 2014. Rotella took to his Facebook page to extend his success with the rest of the EDC family: “I am humbled by such a prestigious honor and cannot wait to show the whole world how incredible our community is! Headliners, these are YOUR stories, this film is a celebration of you!”
With an arsenal of original and ghost productions under their belt, it was only a matter of time before Showtek created a label of their own. Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen’s new brainchild, Skink, is named after a species of lizards belonging to the diverse Scinsicidae family. Today, the Dutch duo have kicked off their new label by lightly teasing their latest effort, “We Like To Party.” Containing a dramatic opening with their characteristic full-bodied chord play, the brothers bestow yet another hard-hitting electro track on fans. Though the track has been nearly finished since September, after high-powered synth tinkering and label detail planning, the official version is slated for an end of year release.
Release Date: December 30th
Tomorrowworld landed in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia this September for the first time ever in the United States. OWSLA
‘s very own bass heavy record label, claimed a stage entirely to themselves at the three-day festival. Revisit some of OWSLA’s outstanding talents including Sluggers, David Heartbreak, Koan Sound
, Alvin Risk
, The M Machine
, Jack Beats
, Kill Paris
, Seven Lions
and Kill the Noise
and relive the event from the comfort of your desk at work.