We’re just going to be honest and ask the first question that springs to mind when listening to “Control” – is this the next “Cinema?” Gary Go’s vocals are as lush and catchy as ever, and it has endless remix potential. Case in point: while the original version is a typical Benassi production, with the hi-hat and kickdrum we all know so well, the Gigi Barocco mix is a rollicking, wild track with perfectly-placed claps, and the Jacob Plant’s provides the perfect dubstep twist. We haven’t been this excited and moved by a track in quite some time.
Have a listen to all three after the jump and let us know which is your favorite… and if you see big things happening for this track like we do. MMW 2012 anthem, anyone?
Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Control (Extended Mix)
Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Control (Gigi Barocco Remix)
Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Control (Jacob Plant Remix)
Tristan Garner created “Punx” as a tribute to Daft Punk… and what a fitting tribute it is. He perfectly fuses a melodic, progressive house beat with the robotic Daft sound we all know and love. The track’s breakdown has a space-age, rock ‘n’ roll feel reminiscent of classic Daft Punk tracks like “Aerodynamic” and “Robot Rock.” “Punx” is a perfectly produced progressive house track with major festival potential; we can already hear the “Technologic” bootleg in our heads.
One of our favorite things about Twitter is getting a peek into the friendships among our favorite DJs. Not long after Nicky Romero posted the below preview – of Tommy Trash‘s synthed-up take on “Toulouse” – Zedd and Sebastian Ingrosso instantly asked for their own copies of the track. We don’t blame them. This “Toulouse” remix perfectly blends the original’s riff with Tommy’s unique energy and grinding synths, and transforms the acid-house beat into something almost too good to categorize. Check it out below – it’ll be out next month on Spinnin’ Records.
Not long ago, there were rumors of an EDM-oriented festival hitting Chicago’s Soldier Field this summer; now, with the official launch of the fest’s lineup and ticketing site, we can confirm the event is happening. Set to take place on June 16th and 17th, the Spring Awakening Festival isn’t exactly taking place this spring… but the roster of performers is so stellar we’ll let it slide. Skrillex and Afrojack are headlining, with Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner, Moby, Flux Pavilion, and many, many more set to hit the decks. Two-day GA passes cost just $99, with VIP passes going for $199. Sadly, Daft Punk is nowhere to be found on the bill – but we think Spring Awakening will rock Chicago nonetheless.
West Coast dance fans, prepare to be jealous: the 2012 Governor’s Ball, taking place June 23rd and 24th on NYC’s Randall’s Island, is going to be two days of sun-soaked fun. The just-announced lineup will feature the New York debut of Duck Sauce, not to mention Chromeo, Passion Pit, Major Lazer, James Murphy, and many more. Get your tickets and ferry passes here – the Living Social-sponsored presale starts today.
A soulful, disco-infused house track gets a major dose of electro thanks to Muzzaik; the Hungarian DJ duo reworked David Penn’s “Join Us” into a modern anthem while keeping its jubilant energy intact. Lisa Millett’s voice has the classic feel of Crystal Waters or Max’C, and only sounds better over an addictive four-note melody that’s seriously stuck in our heads. Muzzaik’s “Join Us” remix represents the perfect bridge between the past and future of house: one part emotion and soul, one part driving bassline and aggressive synth.
This little gem of a track hit our inboxes this afternoon and started off like so many other tracks we hear – a bright, progressive piano lead atop pounding kickdrums. But then, true to its name, “Hurricane” spun out of control with a gritty, foreboding synth that left us wishing for more than just a two-minute preview. “Hurricane” is the work of 23-year-old French DJ Maxime Zarcone, the latest signee to EDX‘s Sirup/S2 records, and the track is slated to drop March 19th – perfect timing for a big splash at Miami Music Week. Take a listen to the preview below.
Loyal attendees of Miami Music Week love to keep an ear out for the biggest and best tracks to come out of the countless pool parties and club nights. With this in mind, some of our favorite dance record labels have started doing the work for us. Cr2 Records – one of the biggest EDM imprints around – just dropped its much-hyped and highly anticipated Miami 2012 compilation with some help from MYNC and Nicky Romero. The album features back-to-back mixes from the DJs, which boast some dance floor favorites and new tracks to watch. Check out our breakdown of each mix after the jump.
NYC DJ Jesse Marco is teaming up with nightlife photographer Kirill of KirllWasHere.com – master of NSFW party pics – to crash ten lucky college campuses this spring. The management team behind both of these party-starters, dGi Management, is running a first-of-its-kind contest, in which Jesse Marco and Kirill will visit ten winning campus parties to spin and shoot what is sure to be a legendary night.. for free. Not convinced? Here’s what Kirill has in mind:
IF YOUR SCHOOL HAS HOT SLUTS & DIRTY FRAT HOUSE BASEMENTS, I WANT YOU TO THROW THE WILDEST PARTY IMAGINABLE & I’LL CRASH IT, SHOOT IT & BLACKOUT WITH YOU.
All you have to do to enter is email email@example.com (or visit Jesse and Kirill‘s Facebook pages) and make a case for your party to get the VIP treatment. Entries must be received by Friday, February 24th at 5PM EST.
Among the many surprises Swedish House Mafia delivered during Friday’s BBC Radio 1 takeover was this preview of Alesso’s next single, the sweeping, emotional “Years.” The track is both classic Alesso and an interesting departure from his most recent work; the beat is as detailed and driving as anything we’ve heard from the Swedish wunderkind, yet the piano melody is uniquely delicate. It’s fair to call Alesso part producer, part composer when it comes to “Years” — this isn’t the kind of speaker-shattering sound we’ve heard on tracks like “Raise Your Head” or the upcoming “Eclipse.” No word on release date, but we’re guessing it will drop on Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records.
Update: ”Years” will finally be released on August 4th.