While Le Youth is still in the midst of making a name for himself among the dance music community, his latest rendition of Disclosure‘s “Voices” may be the extra push needed. Wes James’ describes his own style as “90s sounds refracted through a thoroughly modern aesthetic…Breezy California vibes touched by a twist of European flair and an air of mystery.” James’ execution of “Voices” is precisely as construed. 90′s house meets garage as the the two genres fuse together so organically that it’s difficult to decide which of the two versions is better. While the original consists of the signature Disclosure sound with mellow, down to earth, and funky garage elements, Le Youth exhibits a more energetic, chic twist with the perfect ratio of rapid piano keys and poppy percussion.
Originally premiered at Tomorrowland this summer, Audien’s newest original production has finally landed on Beatport. Alongside vocals from Ruby Prophet, who also graced “These Are The Days,” Connecticut’s Nate Rathbun combines harmonious melodies with the singer’s vocal touch. Topping off an already stellar 2013 which saw the young producer grace stages around the world and consistently release highly-supported productions on some of the biggest labels in dance music, “Circles” is another terrific addition to the young star’s growing discography.
It may be shocking, after glancing over Martin Garrix‘s incredibly impressive resume, to find out that he’s racked up those accolades in such a brief tenure. In the last month alone, the Dutch talent has had the number one single in the UK and inked a deal with Scooter Braun. In between receiving awards and making worldwide headlining appearances, though, Garrix has returned to the studio with fellow newcomer Jay Hardway to recreate the magic that did them so well on “Error 404.” The pair’s newest collaboration, “Wizard,” has been the center of attention for big room fans in anticipation of its release. Returning to the “Animals“-inspired style, a minimalist bassline kicks in, making for a record Tiësto‘s used to show off his take on The Finger Piano Player. With much of the music world’s attention, the two world-class DJs have taken all expectations and exceeded them. While Martin continues to thrive in the spotlight and reach untold milestones for someone of his age, Jay Hardway gains even more certainly deserved recognition from the dance music community with a surely chart-topping release on Spinnin’.
With well over 15 million Facebook fans, campaigns with internationally renowned brands like Guess and Acer and iconic standing as one of electronic music’s superstars, Tiësto has become more than just a producer and has fully embraced his role as a pop culture legend with a voice in the new and next. The Dutch DJ never stays idle for long and recently announced his latest collaboration with dance platform Club Judge. Tijs act as strategic advisor to the website that aims to nourish an online community to connect friends and like-minded individuals interested in sharing experiences and opinions on clubs, events, music and DJs. Described as a global platform made “for clubbers, by clubbers,” Club Judge offers users the chance to interact with international ‘judges’ like Tiesto and nab coveted guest list spots for events by following their favorite DJs.
The dance music platform is aimed to land in over 1,000 cities and available in 25 languages. Club Judge is currently available in Belgium and Ibiza and will continue to improve and develop throughout their 2014 roll-out release.
Jono, Tony and Paavo are at it again with their brand new original, “Mariana Trench.” A song fittingly named after the deepest part of the ocean, Above & Beyond‘s latest release was revealed exclusively during ABGT050 at Alexandra Palace. Starting off slowly and peacefully, the British producers methodically layer pulsing synths to build the track until the two minute mark. At the drop, A&B’s deep rhythm picks up a notch or two, molding into a dance-worthy hybrid of trance and electro bliss. Grab the trance trio’s original Anjunabeats release through Beatport today.
After a series of remakes from the likes of Henry Fong and Hayden James, one of 2013′s favorite electronic songs, “Without You,” gets yet another makeover, though this time it’s from the original creator himself, Dillon Francis. Gearing up for the full “Without You” Remix EP set for release on December 10th, the Los Angeles producer reworks his slower, angsty break up tune into a big room melody. The Mad Decent funny man dubs this one “a big fucking cryo blast in your face.” The full EP is expected to include versions of the fan favorite from Flux Pavillion & Doctor P, Torro Torro, Treasure Fingers and Low Steppa. As Dillon says, “cue the fireworks.”
Release: December 10
España’s youngest DJ/producer, Danny Avila, wows the dance community once again with his newest big room hit, “Poseidon.” The 18-year-old Tiësto protégé brings fans a high energy, dance floor anthem that features bouncing percussion, sharp crescendos, stabbing synths and an intense bass line of the harder house variety. Beginning 2013 as one of dance music’s up and coming artists to watch out for, Avila dominated the year with festival showcases from Ultra‘s main stage to EDC and Coachella, as well as global performances from the UK to South Africa and plenty of countries in-between. “Poseidon,” released through Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom, cements Avila as a proven force to be reckoned with and we can only wait to see what Madrid’s young producer has up his sleeve for 2014.
French Express stand out, Isaac Tichauer, rounds out 2013 with his final mix of the year. Staying true to the style of his past outings, Tichauer takes a pragmatic approach to his December mixtape, merging classic percussion and guitar elements with soulful 90s R&B and deep throaty bass lines. A mellow start to your morning, your week, and your month, Tichauer’s December 2013 mix wraps up his stand out year with his finest work to date.
Calvin Harris and Alesso have topped the UK charts upon entry to December with collaborative offering “Under Control” for Sony Music. Having steadily ascended both the UK and iTunes charts throughout the final moments of November, the duo’s collaboration with Manchester indie pop outfit Hurts entered at number one, beating British pop singer Gary Barlow to the top stop along the way. While Harris first saw chart-topping success with 2009’s “I’m Not Alone’ and subsequently returned with tracks “We Found Love” and “Sweet Nothing” in 2011 and 2012 respectively, the track gives Refune Records protégé Alesso his highest chart position since 2012’s “Calling (Lose My Mind).” In the same year that put MK’s “Look Right Through” and Martin Garrix’s “Animals” alike in pole position, “Under Control” is yet another awakening landmark to the universal acceptance that has now become commonplace for dance music and the fuller extent of its mainstream crossover appeal.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in November and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up November for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. November’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Hardwell, Avicii, Mat Zo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Andrew Bayer, Sandro Silva, and Dubvision. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of November!