Norwegian breakouts CLMD took centre stage last night with a debut live appearance for the P3 Gull national radio awards in Oslo. Whilst they fell just short of their nomination for ‘Newcomer of the year’ this time around, the duo compensated with a stunning live rendition of vocal offerings “Black Eyes & Blue” and “The Stockholm Syndrome,” taking their melodic club tendencies to a new and visibly well received level for this special career first on homeland channel NRK . As an award serving the wider scope of popular music, their very involvement and nomination marks a real turn for the Norwegian music industry and its growing acceptance of electronic music. Add the fact that the boys pull of their music seamlessly in the live arena and this is a moment not to be missed from one of Scandinavia’s most promising house duos to date.
If there was any question as to the far reaching success of Anjunadeep in 2013, look no further than their new compilation, ‘The Yearbook 2013.’ The annual compilation brings together the best Anjunadeep releases of the year, with the 2013 edition highlighting such marvelous tracks as Andre Sabota’s “Tokyo Dawn,” Dusky’s “Mr. Man,” Errka’s “Excommunication” and more. The Anjunabeats sub-label has proven a tremendous force in its own right, and ‘The Year Book 2013′ is convincing evidence of the truly amazing progressive and deep house artists on the label’s roster. As usual, the compilation is accompanied by a bonus DJ mix.
Earlier this year, Grandtheft united the realms of trap and big room with unprecedented stamina for his remix of Keys N Krate’s “Treat Me Right.” Now celebrating a landmark notch on the bedpost for his social media stamina, the Mad Decent-approved Canadian drops his bold remixing streak to transfrom Madeon’s “Technicolor” with the low-end tendencies we have come to expect from the young breakout. With the triplets flowing liberally and 808 kicks in full effect, the Toronto-based breakout reminds us why trap has been one of the most popular melting pots of dance-floor convergence throughout the year. His seamless incorporation of the original’s melodic signature is enough to assert that this is 50,000 fans well earned for one of the more intriguing newcomers to the genre for 2013.
Premiered yesterday as an exclusive from Pete Tong, Tiësto’s latest undertaking, “Red Lights,” comes alongside his move to Universal Music Group’s Republic Records and his announcement of an artist album for 2014. For some, the record may feel foreign in the sense that it opens with soft guitar strings overlaid with male vocals — an approach unlike many past Tiësto productions. On the other hand, listeners should find familiarity in the track’s sanguine nature and stacking, progressive synths, strongly reminiscent of Avicii‘s style. While more of a listening record than one to be played at a club or festival, he finds a stable middle ground in “Red Lights,” coalescing emotive singing with the alacrity of electronic music. Although some artists are criticized for “carelessly” slapping vocals on top of a beat, the lyrics’ high-end structure and integrity prove otherwise here.
Release: December 17th (US) February 23rd (UK)
As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
Amongst the peak in European house music and notable underground spiral, Marcus Jakes has been a sparing yet serious contender to the ranks. He hit it out the court with remix duties for Gero’s “Call Me,” returning next month for a late yet imperative solo debut for Jalapeno Records with indisputable proof of his primed house getup. At a time when sharp grooves and fluid bass stabs have become commonplace on the digital market, Jakes executes “Up To Me” with the on-point floor precision required of a genre everyone wants a piece of. As sparing melodic elements and chopped samples subtly thicken the plot, there is little denying that this is an artist whose agenda looks tipped towards some of the most honestly tailored British house music to bless the label’s outspoken discography to date. Watch out 2014 and its associated ‘ones to watch’ – Marcus Jakes is well-placed to dominate that list in the months to come.
Release date: October 2
The livestream of Australia’s premiere festival, Stereosonic, begins today/tonight at 7PM Australian EST — or 12pm PST/3am EST for those of us in the States. Tune in live for 6 hours to catch sets from David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, Empire of the Sun, Tommy Trash, Kaz James, Feexnipawl and DJ Falcon.
Benny Benassi‘s newest video will teach fans more about the acclaimed producer than any interview ever could. The legendary artist, who has been around longer than most, loves waking up early and working out (biking, specifically) and taking at least three “disco naps” a day. The video, which features Benny’s latest single, ”Back To The Pump,” begins at 7 am, the ungodly hour that he rose on the day of his Electric Zoo set.
The one-day documentary, filmed and produced by Frame Dealer, shows the Italian DJ/producer’s day unfold as he kicks off the morning with a hearty workout, does his laundry, interviews with iHeart Radio, and plays a special mix for one of NY’s more popular radio stations, 92.3 NOW. At 7 pm, he is caught taking shots at Randalls Island Park just before his set, which was only the pre game to his after party with Deniz Koyu, Sultan & Ned Shepard, and Alex English at the famed Roseland Ballroom. By the time 4 am rolls around, Benny has been running for about 21 hours and admits, “One day in New York is too much for me. Really, really too much.” Well, not everyone is fit for the city that never sleeps.
With an impending remix of Krewella’s “We Are One” waiting for its release date, Toronto’s Dzeko & Torres give away their newest remix as a free download. Much like they did to Chuckie and Promise Land’s “Breaking Up” and Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” which the duo also gave away, the breakout Canadian stars infuse “Demons” with a large dose of melody. Dan Reynolds’ haunting vocals remain intact and are still a huge part of the production, but the young duo turn the indie rock hit into a main stage approved production.