On Avicii‘s latest album, True, Tim Bergling and Ash Pournouri brought the acoustic and electric worlds together to bring live instrumental work to the dancefloor. While the commercial audience admires the album’s playability, the producing community has certainly not held back in their remixing of the Le7els boss’ work. While Avicii took a authenticity-inclined approach on the track, Throttle gave “You Make Me” the PRMD touch with a playful synth that sends listeners back to Tim’s older melody-driven productions. The Australian has been given remix duties of the vocal mix, and while he leaves us with just a short teaser until the unannounced release date — Throttle’s preview only leaves fans craving the full remix.
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
With 2014 only weeks away, Rolling Stone visits this concluding year in music with the ranking of the 50 Best Albums of 2013. It’s been a strong year for electronic music, in terms of albums, as the genre as spawned more full-length records, while also raising the bar on quality, than in previous years.
Perhaps the most hyped release in all of music this year, Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories is the standout electronic album on the list, ranking third only behind Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City and Kanye West’s Yeezus (which has the duo credited twice in the top three due to their production on a bulk of the record.)
Next in line is another not-so-surprising list occupation. Disclosure‘s Settle ranks high amongst the year’s top offerings at number 13, coming ahead of top 20 commercial successes such as Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold imprint also gets a nod, with rapper Danny Brown slotting in at 17.
Deeper in the shuffle, Avicii finds his debut album, True, toward the bank end ranking at 45. The positioning of his indisputable top-50 selection gives Avicii his fair shake, beating out albums from Franz Ferdinand and M.I.A.
Earlier this week, Avicii took on Syn Cole‘s “Miami 82″ for Le7els‘ latest release. Now, the Estonian producer has returned the favor. While you may love the authentic strings in the original riff of “Hey Brother,” Syn Cole’s work on the hit track brings forth the energetic feel signature to the PRMD camp. The remix maintains the beloved vocals from the original while transforming the radio smash to a big room-worthy anthem. The track drops into a trap-house mixture that sends heads bobbing before returning to blissful melody, all intermingling to create a sound unique to the DJ.
“Ash, Avicii’s manager, pitched me this project and I instantly felt that this was an opportunity to create a more Syn Cole style of sound.”
Via: Rolling Stone
Although multiple versions of Syn Cole‘s “Miami 82″ have been teased in sets for nearly a year, the Estonian producer has finally let loose Avicii‘s edit of his groovy tune on Le7els, Tim’s home imprint. Being just the 14th official release on the label, the collaborative work between the melody-driven progressive house mainstays gave birth to a joyous brainchild that successfully creates an enchanting Miami Vice-inspired atmosphere. Setting the mood for a sunset cruise down the coastal strip, the latest release from Ash Pournouri‘s camp serves to bring listeners far away from the cold winter months, providing a summer feel when the world needs it most. Syn Cole’s productions continue to show vast improvements made from a technical standpoint, and with the backing of the Le7els camp, the young DJ shows a lot of promise in the upcoming year.
Last night’s American Music Awards show was dominated by the likes of Justin Timberlake, One Direction, and Miley Cyrus. Following fellow award shows, the AMAs inaugurated a poll-driven prize for electronic music with the first ever Favorite Artist EDM category. (Not to be confused, last year’s awards featured a broader ‘Favorite Electronic Dance Music’ category).
Nominees are determined by record sales, activity of airplay and social media, along with other public-influenced factors — measured from December 2012 through September 2013. The criteria had Favorite Artist nominees for EDM including Zedd with the long lasting success of Clarity, Calvin Harris and his midas production touch, as well as Daft Punk following a ‘Random Access’ reunion.
Emerging as the victor, however, was Avicii. The win at the hands of the fan base comes as no surprise on the public stage, but speaks volumes about the competition considering his debut album was released in mid-September, making album sales a non-factor. Removing True from the equation, it’s a safe bet that the win spurned from skyrocketing airplay of “Wake Me Up,” an edging success in the video streaming arena, along with support of electronic fans via social media.
Only a week after debuting Avicii’s edit of Syn Cole’s “Miami 82,” Pete Tong was at it again and premiered Syn Cole’s remix of Avicii’s “Hey Brother.” The uncredited lyrics from Dan Tyminski remain at the forefront of the production, which is bolstered by a rhythmic and almost Madeon-esque climax that isn’t too overbearing. Although it’s been almost a year since the world first heard songs from True, it seems like the debut album from one of dance music’s biggest stars will continue its momentum in 2014 with an ever-growing number of official remixes.
Although Avicii’s debut artist album “True” is only two months old, the Swedish juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down his release schedule. Debuted by Pete Tong on Friday, Syn Cole’s Miami 82 receives the Avicii treatment and Tim Bergling transforms the original mix into something all his own. The edit is more aggressive than most of Avicii’s productions and completely devoid of the melodic climaxes we’ve all come to know and love from the 24-year-old Swede, but it still showcases Avicii’s production prowess and his penchant for creating music that immediately gets stuck in your head.
Release: November 25th
Avicii calls it his “reggae remix,” and we call it another piece of true genius. Teaming up with Formula 1 and Burn, an official F1 energy drink, the internationally renowned powerhouse offered fans the opportunity to direct the music video for “Speed,” a track inspired by the adrenaline rush of racing.
And contest winner Pavel Kim accomplished just that; capturing the essence of “Speed,” the aspiring Russian filmmaker’s creation beat entries from over 29 countries across the globe. Kim’s rendition preserves the simplicity of Avicii’s track, while still maintaining the song’s integrity as a thrilling, yet unique electronic sound.
Set in 2077, the futuristic “Speed” video portrays racing as a fast-paced, albeit soothing, experience that surpasses boundaries of time and space. The simplistic, streamlined nature of the race cars and the robots, constantly looping around and around a windy track, gets viewers to really focus on the music. Avicii’s “Speed” incorporates guitar chords and piano sounds not atypical of his folk-inspired True album, and its fan-produced video offers us just another way to appreciate his creative spin on dance music.
Curious to see the rest of the entries? Head on over to Talenthouse to check out the other submissions for the Sweedish DJ’s latest collaborative effort.
The folk-fueled hit “Hey Brother” from Avicii’s critically acclaimed debut studio album True has received the lyric video treatment in hand with an interesting set of visuals. The track compliments its melodic leads with some incredibly catchy vocals, that, as Tim insists, seem to be missing from the “EDM” being produced as of late. With a packed end-of-the-year schedule, including a highly-anticipated show at the Hollywood Bowl and a series of massive headlining shows in Europe at the start of 2014, the Le7els star looks to continue asserting his dominance over the mainstream electronic world. Under the guidance and assistance of Ash Pournouri, Avicii has revamped the 4th and Broadway Record Label on Island Def Jam/Universal Records, so expect some large-scale releases with professional distribution from the PRMD camp soon.