Anjunabeats talent Norin & Rad have been steadily making a name for themselves with feisty originals like “Bird is the Word” and stadium-sized remixes to tracks like Armin van Buuren’s “Suddenly Summer.” Taking over Axis radio for the first time, the California duo showcase their thirst for diversity, integrating every genre from electro house to trance to dubstep and midtempo. With tracks from Skrillex, Boys Noize, Mat Zo, Audien and more, the mix is an intriguing blend of harder hitting dance records and lighter trance and progressive house pieces.
Returning to LA’s Historic Park for the second edition of HARD Day of the Dead, Gary Richard’s versatile Halloween festival brandished one of the most enchanting lineups in recent memory. After some stunning performances on Saturday from Nero, Skrillex, and Maya Jane Coles, HARD Day of the Dead finished strong with standout sets from Amtrac, Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, and more. Ultimately, however, it was the masked mouse himself, Joel Zimmerman, who would incite the most intrigue, premiering countless unreleased originals for the packed main stage crowd.
After unveiling his stunning, 70-track Essential Mix back in February, it became clear that Mat Zo was no ordinary artist, but rather, a visionary of sorts — someone who not only saw hope in the nooks and crannies of dance music, but inspired promise through his own creativity and belief. Today marks a special day for Matan Zohar: his debut LP, Damage Control, has finally been released. It’s an album that’s been brewing, shifting, and materializing for four years now. Having journeyed through Damage Control at least ten times, it’s safe to say that all the hope, the hype, the rampant enthusiasm surrounding Mat Zo’s debut album… all of it has been justified. This is one for the ages.
We caught up with Mat for some insight into his astonishing new LP, released today on Astralwerks. Through an extensive interview, Mat elucidated the inspirations behind the album as well as the personal significance of the release.
When HARD released their Day of the Dead lineup a few months ago, we knew it was going to be something special. Though most festivals these days boast enough names to have the average dance music fan salivating, this year’s HARD Day of the Dead lineup seemed particularly exceptional. While sets from Boys Noize, Zeds Dead, Maya Jane Coles, and The Blood Beetroots would have been more than enough for a satisfactory Saturday, HARD Day 1 also boasted three extraordinary festival anomalies: a solo set from Skrillex, a live set from Nero, and a headlining set from Eric Prydz’s techno alterego, Cirez D.
Andrew Bayer has established himself as one of Anjunabeats’ finest assets. After captivating the electronic world with his avant-garde sophomore album If It Were You , We’d Never Leave, Andrew Bayer has gone on to showcase a plethora of high intensity, club-ready productions. His newest release comes in the form of a two-track EP, slated for official release on November 11th. The A-side to the EP, “Perth,” has received no shortage of attention thus far for its radiant sound design and uplifting progression. The B-side to the release, “Mirth Mobile,” has finally been previewed by Bayer. In contrast to “Perth,” “Mirth Mobile” rides on a thunderous sawtooth bassline and feels more akin to the fusion of electro and progressive house popularized by such artists as Zedd and Clockwork (among many more).
Andrew Bayer’s newest work may be a far cry from the eclectic downtempo and midtempo productions of his album, but if anything, it further supports the claim that Bayer is one of the most versatile artists in the dance music sphere.
It’s no secret: anything Maya Jane Coles touches turns into pure deep house bliss. Her latest work is an absorbing take on Rudimental’s recent single “Free,” which features vocals from the lovely Emeli Sandé. In typical MJC fashion, her kick and bass are mixed to a tee, while her percussion is both unique and evolving throughout. Maya makes brilliant work of Sandé’s vocals, looping, chopping, and inserting them at just the right moments. There’s an unparalleled clarity to Maya’s work; it breathes like no other. Her remix of Rudimental’s “Free” will be released on November 18th on the official remix EP.Posted by
Philadephia’s Joe Torre, or MitiS, has been turning heads with his elegant and clean approach to dance music. Like all classically trained pianists-turned-producers (see Andrew Bayer, Zedd), MitiS’s dexterous musicianship is keenly evident in all his productions. A master of many genres, Torre is just as likely to produce an engrossing progressive house tune as he is a splendid drum ‘n’ bass track, as is this case with his latest remix of Kicks ‘n’ Licks’ “Own The Night.” Maneuvering through deft drum ‘n’ bass and drumstep sequences, MitiS crafts a remix both sweetly soothing and vigorously upbeat.
Mitis’s “Own The Night” remix will be the first release on Born Records, Torre’s newly announced artist-centric label. Stream the remix exclusively below before its official release tomorrow.Posted by
If KOAN Sound weren’t on your music radar before, they should be now. The Bristol bass music duo are known for some of the most creative drum programming and processing in the business, and their latest work is no exception. With the help of fellow Bristol producer Asa, KOAN Sound have crafted a five-track EP of orchestral midtempo and breaks.
While we’ve seen the softer side of KOAN Sound and Asa before, Sanctuary strives towards something greater. Somewhere between the organic atmospheres and beatific dream sequences rests an aura of spirituality. The combination of the pristine piano and string work, fluid drum fills, and flawless layering is nothing short of divine.
If we’ve learned anything about Jon Gooch over the past week, it’s that his real life persona is just as mischievous and cunning as his famed alter ego, Feed Me. While Jon provided no shortage of jest in our own interview with him, he went on to display his practiced wit by reviewing five tracks from the Beatport Top 100. Now, participating in a feature with Clash Music, we see another side of Jon altogether: a whimsical craftiness marked by brazen (typically alcohol-induced) spontaneity.
In the candid feature, Feed Me shares no less than six idiosyncratic anecdotes from his tour life over the past few years. Highlights include spraying Datsik with chemical powder, drunkenly cavorting with Joe Ray of Nero, and making a Hotel ceiling sandwich with Flux Pavilion. Check out the full story at ClashMusic.com.
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For the latest edition of Axis Radio, we hand over the reigns to Sick Individuals for an hour long onslaught of electro and progressive house. Squeezing in a total of 22 tracks into their Axis debut, the rising duo move through countless of their own remixes, originals, and bootlegs in a torrential fashion. With no shortage of compelling mashups and edits, the mix will constantly take you by surprise. Quite appropriately, the mix wraps up with Sick Individuals’ recent Beatport-topping Axwell collaboration “I AM.”