Whether stirred by the Daft Punk hysteria or his own spontaneity, Deadmau5 has created a hype machine of his own in the past two weeks, unleashing a total of four track previews. While “Suite 03″ was a nod to his Random Album Title days, the remaining newly previewed productions have showcased an unbarred creative drive to differentiate his sound. In a rather unlikely scenario, Zimmerman’s latest preview “Killthemau5″ features clamorous OWSLA talent Kill the Noise. While the track begins innocently enough with sweeping, orchestral chords, the mood shifts a bit suddenly with a sporadic, variegated dubstep drop.
Deadmau5 said of the track: “‘I’ve bastardized it a bit. But I’ll pass it back to Jake and see what’s up.” Hence, “Killthemau5″ is still a work in progress, and judging by Zimmerman’s words, the half time drop has yet to be properly manipulated by the diabolical hands of Kill the Noise. Regardless, “Killthemau5″ is undeniably one of the more intriguing collaborations we’ve seen from the mau5.
Back in March, Seven Lions spoke to Dancing Astronaut about some upcoming collaborations, one of which has now been revealed as “Fevers” alongside fellow melodic dubstep champion Minnesota and vocalist Mimi Page. To no surprise, the newly released collaboration is just as entrancing and otherworldly as the trifecta of talent behind it would imply. Page’s voice feels right at home slowly careening over the enveloping, trancelike pads, while Seven Lions and Minnesota culminate the track with a titanic, emotional dubstep drop. In the realm of sonorous, amicable dubstep, Seven Lions has proved virtually untouchable.
After their highly lauded collaboration “D# Fat” alongside Armin van Buuren and potent remix to his “This Is What It Feels Like,” W&W have solidified their reputation as a top tier production outfit in the big room sphere of EDM. The Dutch duo are aiming to continue their momentum with release of “Thunder,” a fusion of progressive house, trance, and hardstyle in a similar manner to “The Code.” While it’s an all-too-familiar formula of a momentous, chord-laden build up and booming, hardstyle-kick driven drop, the live appeal of “Thunder” is undeniable: this is raucous, festival house.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
While there aren’t any strict definitions as to what constitutes downtempo, it’s generally known as slower, ambient-driven electronic music. This week features an assortment of downtempo productions with two impeccable originals from Andrew Bayer, a rework of “Move For Me,” X3SR’s remix of “Breathe,” and an original from Kastle.
If you missed any of last week’s lighter selections, check out Mat Zo’s blissful remix of “Alive,” Jonas Rathman’s forthcoming remix of “Another Love, “ and Moon Boots’ new original “Love Strong.” For Sunday mornings, it doesn’t get much better than lush synth pads over an absorbing, sub-100 bpm broken beat. Click past the break for five downtempo tracks.
Singularity released his multi-genre Horizon EP earlier this week, and with it came this brilliant remix of “The Tide” from TheFatRat. Though he’s recently dabbled in dubstep with “Splinter” and moombahton with his remix of “Set It Off,” he originally gained notoriety through catchy and accommodating electro house and disco. His remix of “The Tide” is a revival of this signature, carefree style, aptly complimenting Steffi Nguyen’s vocals with a light melody while infusing a gritty sawtooth bassline.
While the majority of Butch Clancy’s original production has hence aired in the form of his full-length trap LP, A Beautiful Mind, Clancy has returned to what he knows best: powerfully churning, heavily melodic dubstep. “Far Away From Me” is his newest original, and it’s unquestionably one of his most versatile productions to date. Alternating between daunting broken beat drops and deft four-on-the-floor patterns, “Far Away From Me” is an infatuating addition to Clancy’s diverse catalogue of bass music. Bolstered by the delicate voice of Amy K , “Far Away From Me” makes for a worthy first release on Dim Mak.
Premiered back in March on the main stage of Ultra Music Festival, Kaskade’s newest single “Atmosphere” has been officially previewed by the man himself via SoundCloud. While Kaskade’s productions are well known for featuring the vocals of Haley Gibby and similarly enchanting singers, in a change of pace, Raddon has lent his own voice to “Atmosphere.” With light piano chords and celestial subject matter, “Atmosphere” is sure to win over the hearts of the progressive house world. Stay tuned for its official release on June 10th.
Jeremy Olander is primed to have a big 2013. If that wasn’t clear to you from the pervasive success of “Let Me Feel,” then last week’s release of his enthralling techno odyssey “Factures” should have solidified the conjecture. Recently aired by Above & Beyond on Group Therapy, Jeremy Olander’s forthcoming remix to 16 Bit Lolita’s “Chant a Tune” off Warung Brazil 2012 has been officially previewed by Armada. With scintillating, arpeggiating melodies, Olander’s remix is just as dreamlike as his previous productions. The track is due out on Beatport May 20th alongside a groovy remix of “Deep Space Girls” from DAVI which can also be heard below.
Knife Party returned with their third EP, Haunted House, on Monday, and for whatever reason, “LRAD” is the track that has hence received the most attention from fellow producers. While Candyland first debuted their signature ‘OG Trap Remix,’ now Walden has taken a stab at reworking Knife Party’s big room original. Keeping the drop’s minimal flavor alive, Walden layers distorted synths over the original’s powerful kick drum for a solid electro house bootleg.
Sander van Doorn has been keeping busy lately. With both the legendary collaboration alongside Mark Knight and Underworld and recent track with DubVision and Mako under his belt, Doorn could seemingly do anything at this point. His next move appears to be a solo output tentatively labeled “Neon Project,” which he recently uploaded to SoundCloud and is being particularly quiet about. Fusing catchy string work and whistling synths into a momentous progression, Doorn’s newest project takes an absorbing instrumental approach that will undoubtedly leave fans harkening for more.