The almighty Maceo Plex has used his revered abilities to revive a dance music relic: “Polynomial-C” from Aphex Twin’s 1992 Xylem Tube EP. The deep house wizard is known for some of the most hypnotizing dance music around, and thus it’s only fitting that he pays tribute to one of the most cerebral electronic producers of all time, Aphex Twin. Maintaining the original’s signature warping arpeggios, Maceo Plex puts a spellbinding spin on the mind-bending classic, swapping the breakbeat for a steady house groove. Download the edit for free from SoundCloud.
Fehrplay and Jeremy Olander have become the face of Eric Prydz’s burgeoning Pryda Friends label. Having toured together for more than two months now, it was inevitable that the two would collaborate on a track. To our collective delight, Jonas and Jeremy have released their much-anticipated collaboration, “Balboa,” for free. Beautifully fusing the talents of the two producers, the track incorporates the atmosphere and drive of Jeremy Olander’s absorbing techno with the pull and grandeur of Fehrplay’s cinematic production. Simply put, “Balboa” is stupendous.
With his first Pryda record since this summer’s two-track feature of “Layers” and “Rotonda,” Eric Prydz dawns his famed progressive house alter ego for a marvelous new production by the name of “Lycka.” The new track, which is Swedish for ‘happiness,’ contains the irresistible bliss for which Eric is known. Appropriately dubbed Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record of the Week,’ “Lycka” is a return to the classic progressive house vibes from Eric’s seminal 2012 album, Pryda. Upon premiering the latest Pryda production, Zane Lowe takes the opportunity to catch up with Prydz on the new single. While there is no word on the official release date yet, Eric has confirmed that the new Pryda release will contain two tracks, this being the first.Posted by
Though the legendary nights of Eric Prydz’s EPIC 2.0 NYC and Los Angeles have passed, the memories of the historic performances remain fresh in our minds. Adding to our nostalgic pleasure, THUMP has released Fehrplay and Jeremy Olander’s highly coveted back-to-back set from EPIC 2.0 NYC. Opening with plenty of flawless techno from Jeremy Olander, the set picks up considerably when Fehrplay introduces such tracks as “Phantom” and “Indigo,” not to mention his and Olander’s new collaboration, “Balboa.” The hour and a half opening set is just what we needed in the wake of the spectacular Roseland Ballroom and Hollywood Palladium shows, and a splendid way to start your day.Posted by
Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions, has created a reputation for colossal bass music with a blissful backbone, yet today he brings us something different. Four months ago, in an interview with OWSLA’s The Nest, the Santa Barbara native alluded to a new project: “I’m working on a really dark satanic occult themed single right now and I want it to be a reoccurring thing. We’re gonna call it ‘Gathering Darkness.’” It is appears “Serpent of Old” is the single to which he was referring and the first in his new Gathering Darkness series.
With its hellish bass and terrifying shrieks (courtesy of Ciscandra Nostalghia), “Serpent of Old” is rooted in the fiendish mysticism of metal — the gothic midtempo track is easily the darkest work we’ve heard from the producer thus far. While it may not be the Seven Lions we’ve grown to know and love, you certainly can’t disparage Montalvo for indulging in his deeper (and darker) interests.
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It’s not every day that you get to sit down with a dance music pioneer like Giorgio Moroder. It’s safe to say I was struck by a reverential awe as I approached the acclaimed Italian producer at HARD Day of the Dead. Sitting silently in his dark, clean suit jacket, Moroder had an aura of authenticity about him. Whether it was the signature brazen mustache or the curious look in his eyes, Moroder exuded a worldly sophistication: there were years behind those eyes — experiences of immeasurable depth and significance. It was evident in his voice, from his stuttered hesitations to intermittent bursts of laughter. This was no ordinary musician, but a legend.
We first got a glimpse of Maor Levi’s rework of Boys Noize’s “Starwin” back in July, and now the versatile Israeli producer has released his bootleg mix as a free download. When “Starwin” first came out, it showcased a lighter, friendlier disposition to Boys Noize’s production. Maor Levi’s take on the acid-infused disco tune is closer to what we would have expected from the original: a torrential peaktime tune with electro pistons firing at full blast. Maor’s free bootleg mix is the first in a four part series of tracks that will be released every Friday.Posted by
What do we know about Botnek? Aside from being a dance music duo from Montreal, they’re responsible for some of the heaviest electro house edits around to tracks like “Easy” and “Animals.” For the 82nd episode of Axis Radio, we hand over the reigns to the Canadian duo for an all-out electro assault. With 31 tracks packed into their hour long mix, Botnek show off plenty of earth-shattering mashups and edits to artists like The Chemical Brothers, Fedde Le Grand and more. Perhaps even more intriguing are their various cover of tracks like “Block Rockin’ Beats” and “Dear New York.”
Two and a half years ago, Eric Prydz took over London’s O2 Academy Brixton for the inaugural EPIC, or ‘Eric Prydz in Concert.’ The storied London nights reverberated through the dance music community, paving the way for an all out hysteria at the announcement of EPIC 2.0, the North American edition. With an emphatic two night NYC run in the books, Eric Prydz returned to his new hometown of Los Angeles for the only West Coast installment of the groundbreaking tour. As expected, what went down this past Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium was something quite spectacular — a feast not only for the eyes and ears but for the mind and soul.
Andrew Bayer has become a name synonymous with quality. Over the course of the past year, the Anjunabeats talent has proven something of a virtuoso. While his avant-garde sophomore album If It Were You, We’d Never Leave showcased his refined classical training, Bayer followed with stunning club-oriented pieces like “England” and “Need Your Love (Club Mix).”
Today, Andrew Bayer adds two more tracks to his landmark year and growing Anjunabeats catalog. The first track, “Perth,” is a gorgeous progressive house production: a track we’ve been waiting to get our hands on for quite some time. With its cascading melody and emphatic progression, “Perth” is one of Bayer’s finest productions to date. The B-side to the release, “Mirth Mobile,” is something a bit different from Bayer: gritty electro house. Clearly designed for the peak time of his sets, “Mirth Mobile” is near-relentless, save its delicate, trance-like breakdown.