After hitting #5 on Beatport with “Ah Yeah,” Australian producer Will Sparks continues on his quest for a breakout year with his latest Dutch-inspired electro outing. “The Viking” starts off with a melodic piano roll, but dives feet first into a cavalcade of bouncy synthwork. Similar to his previous productions, Sparks brings the kick to the forefront of the mix, surrounding it with electro chirps and throaty groan samples. Destined to conquer dance floors like any dancing viking would, Sparks’s latest is a double dose of peak time adrenaline and marks another sound outing from Australia’s latest export.
Coachella is now live from Indio, California. Although we can’t all be there for the festival’s first weekend, we can still relish in some high definition live sets from many of the festival’s top acts, courtesy of Coachella’s YouTube stream. Make sure to join the chat with us below, we love to hear your thoughts. Jump past the break for the other channels, live chat, and Day 3 schedule.
Brooklyn native dBerrie is back and has begun breathing energizing life into old tracks. “Angel on My Shoulder,” featuring rhythmic piano melodies to complement the soft female vocals, was originally released by Kaskade in early 2010. dBerrie, however, takes this track to the next level — adding a dance-inducing breakdown while still retaining the original’s melody. While Kaskade has also mashed it himself, it is always nice to see other artists bringing back old tracks.
Denmark legend Morten Breum has been a long time favorite here at Dancing Astronaut. After mixing the 19th episode of Axis and releasing a track for Space Food Vol. 1, Breum is back with two more mashups to keep fans satisfied. “Look Up Universe” combines the soulful lyrics of Carli’s “Look Up” with the slow rolling drum breakdown from David Tort’s remix of Feenixpawl’s “Universe.” “Yes vs Bucky Done Gun” is more of a straightforward mash-up but the two tracks from Deorro and M.I.A really work well together, creating a fun bouncy tune – as Breum calls it, a “hill billy” mash-up. You can listen and download the tracks for free below.
Carli, David Tort, Feenixpawl feat. Quilla – “Look Up Universe” (Morten Breum RocketMash)
Deorro, M.I.A – “Yes vs Bucky Done Gun” (Morten Breum Hill Billy Mash Up)
Festival season is in full swing and with it comes Electric Zoo‘s announcement of the headliners for the 2013 festival. Now celebrating its 5th year, the festival has upgraded to 5 stages, including a Main Stage East and a Main Stage West, a dynamic that is new for its 5th anniversary. With some of the biggest presences in dance music already on the lineup including Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta, Hardwell and more, it’s no wonder that the festival needed to make the unorthodox move to two main stages – the talent already on board is too large to contain.
Scheduled to be held Labor Day Weekend, August 30, 31st and September 1st, Electric Zoo 2013 has been changed to a strictly 18 and over event. Anyone who has purchased tickets and are under age will receive a full refund – apply here.
Just like DJ Earworm’s yearly pop mix, Dzeko & Torres are taking the same approach with dance music. In a ten minute mix, the Canadian duo packs in top 40 big room songs, mixed flawlessly. The compilation flows as well as a single track and paints a great picture of the songs of 2012. They are giving it away as a little New Year’s present, so download it below before heading to tonight’s pregame and make sure to checkout the tracklist after the break.
As the release date for the long awaited “Nictim” nears, Avicii and Nicky Romero have released the official video days before its release. “I Could Be The One” portrays a woman whose life is just not going her way, as she drifts into a dream world of an island where she she can do just about anything she wants. Her dream is quickly shattered when she realizes she is stuck in her current position, triggering a rampage at work. The ending is perfect — lets just leave it at that. “I Could Be The One” will be released on December 29th.
In a late Christmas gift to fans, Afrojack released a compiled preview of tracks off of his upcoming album. Said to be released in early 2013, the album features tracks we have come to expect from Nick. Filled with his signature Dutch house style, the three and a half minute preview contains at least four upcoming tracks and is accompanied by another preview for his upcoming track, “Rocker.” It also seems that Afrojack is trying his hand at a trap with the sampled track around 2:15.
Listen to the album preview below and the preview of “Rocker” past the break. Want to hear these new tracks live? We bet he plays them in NYC on 12/30 during his show with Diplo: Buy Tickets
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
The Wynn and Encore will be losing and gaining some residents (including Knife Party, Eric Prydz and Madeon) as LIGHT’s talent manager has already signed Alesso, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Nicky Romero and possibly eight others for an early April opening. Deadmau5 will venture to Hakkasan and will play alongside Tiesto, Steve Aoki, and Calvin Harris, all of whom are making the switch. Two Hakkasan residents will be performing at this years’ Grammy’s and they will be announcing arena shows and possibly a festival at the MGM Grand around that time as well. Seems like every DJ will be in Las Vegas this year making it the place to be if you’re a dance music fan — as if it wasn’t already.