Hardwell and Amba Shepherd previewed the acoustic version of their collaboration “Apollo” less than 2 weeks ago to critical acclaim. By stripping out Hardwell’s tried-and-true big room electro signature, “Apollo’s” subdued rendition brings Amba Shepherd’s vocals to the front of the mix, giving the talented singer the attention she rightly deserves. Melancholic piano keys replace twisted synthwork here, delivering another charming acoustic rework of a dance music anthem.
Duke Dumont breaks through with nomination, Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ up for album of the year at 56th Grammys
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. Daft Punk are also in the running for Record of the Year with “Get Lucky,” putting the duo in a position to sweep three separate categories.
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.
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.
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20-year old, Bristol-born, London-raised dubstep producer DKS is here to remind us that despite rumors of its death rattle, the bass-heavy genre he calls home is still alive and well. Already receiving support from Skream and Benga, DKS teams up with Datsik for the title track of his new Deep End EP. In conjunction its release on Firepower Records, the young Brit has constructed a dubstep for dubstep’s sake hour of the punchiest bass music currently turning heads in the London club scene. From Emalkay to Filth Collins and Bar 9, DKS lets loose an hour of unrelenting bass in your face.
Grab DKS’s Deep End EP today on Beatport.
1. Datsik & DKS – Deep End
2. Mydas – Beneath the Fold
3. Carvar & Clock – Twelve
4. Emalkay – Fabrication
5. Laxx & Walsh – Draw for the Heat
6. Genetix – Industry Bruiser
7. Filth Collins – Blow Ya Speakers
8. MSD – Never Let Me Down
9. DKS – Be Your World
10. Archie Cane – Anarchy
11. True Tiger – Baracuda (Instrumental)
12. Laxx – You Turn Me VIP
13. DKS & Buchan – Round Two
14. Beatacue – Aeropolis (The Others Remix)
15. Konec – Ritual
16. Laxx – Chicago Sweep
17. Plastik Funk & Tujamo – Who (Victor Niglio Remix)
18. Eptic – Gun Finga
19. Datsik – Scum
20. Bar 9 – Virus
21. Laxx & Megalodon – Bone Fracture
22. DKS – Can’t Get Enough VIP
23. Mydas – The Wait
24. Trolley Snatcha & Subscape – Give & Take
25. Emalkay – Bring it Down (DKS Remix)
26. Twofold – Skyfire
27. DKS – Blame
28. Djemba Djemba & London Future – Look at me Now ft. Ifa Sayo
Back in July, Zedd’s breakthrough hit “Clarity” achieved platinum status in the US before reaching the #1 spot on US radio in September. Now less than 6 months later, the talented producer who recently contributed to Lady Gaga’s Artpop, see his penultimate hit cross over into double platinum territory. In order to reach this milestone, the anthemic radio-crossover sold over 2 million copies — an achievement held by very few of his peers.
It’s a known fact that anything coming out of Wolfgang Gartner’s studio is always guaranteed to assume a minimal level of excellence. The “Illmerica” producer has made it quite clear that rather than playing the game and producing uninspired, boiler plate festival fodder, he prefers to stick to his roots, approaching every production with a meticulous, nearly obsessive compulsive, attention to detail. Following up his collaboration alongside electro-peer Tommy Trash on “Hounds of Hell,” Gartner primes his next solo output “Piranha” for global release. Clocking in at just 38 seconds, this preview is less of a teaser and more akin to waking up from a dream just as the best part starts, but, for what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in budding anticipation.
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There’s electronic music and then there’s Flying Lotus. Opening up with his Great Aunt, Alice Coltrane’s, “Galaxy in Turiya” the Los Angeles born, experimental producer showcases his pragmatic approach to sound design throughout his allotted 2 hours on Radio 1′s iconic show. Dubbbed California’s answer to Aphex Twin by Pete Tong himself, Flying Lotus’s 2008 outing has long been heralded as one of the best Essential Mixes of all time, a sterling example of electronic music’s deep roots in jazz and blues and its potential to be much more than a few sawtooth synthesizers and gut wrenching drops. Taking the lead as that of a composer rather than a simple DJ, FlyLo moves through countless classics including “Robertaflack, “Dissecto” and “Breathe” as well as cuts from Burial, Hudson Mohawke, Daedalus, Portishead and Zomby — rounding out the 2 hour mix with 70 tracks across a broad swath of electronic soundscapes. If you’re looking for something a bit more cerebral for your morning consumption then look no further, this is electronic music with a brain.
French Express stand out, Isaac Tichauer, rounds out 2013 with his final mix of the year. Staying true to the style of his past outings, Tichauer takes a pragmatic approach to his December mixtape, merging classic percussion and guitar elements with soulful 90s R&B and deep throaty bass lines. A mellow start to your morning, your week, and your month, Tichauer’s December 2013 mix wraps up his stand out year with his finest work to date.Posted by
The livestream of Australia’s premiere festival, Stereosonic, begins today/tonight at 7PM Australian EST — or 12pm PST/3am EST for those of us in the States. Tune in live for 6 hours to catch sets from David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, Empire of the Sun, Tommy Trash, Kaz James, Feexnipawl and DJ Falcon.Posted by
Mixmash up-and-comers Wiwek & Cesqeaux lay the groundwork for another sonic statement with the cryptically ambient “Ritual.” Invoking a tribal percussion section and howling incantations, the pair’s first collaboration makes incredible use of festival-driven synthwork placed inside an ancient ruin. A much more sinister version of “Wakanda,” the Dutch duo may take a page from a familiar book, but they color the pages in black here, bringing the tribal elements to the front of the frantic snares.
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