With the music world on its toes awaiting tidbits of Disclosure’s recently announced Settle remix album, Canada’s Kaytranada, has taken the first stab with a rework of “January.” Known for his unique hip-hop, R&B and dance pieces, the versatile producer puts a funky spin on the mellow track featuring singer Jamie Woon. While completely stripping the original’s instrumental, Kaytranada’s edition compliments the sweet vocals with a groovy bassline and deep xylophone-like melody. Between vocal parts, the song displays some bright percussion and rich piano-synth chords to keep this rework smooth and danceable. Slated for a December 17th release, “January” sets the tone for its still unannounced remix mates.
Most people party on New Years’ before the sun rises, but we are teaming with Nicole Moudaber to bring an experience for the truly ambitious fans who have no qualms about seeing the sun rise. Opening their doors at 4 AM, Nicole will take center stage in Pacha’s main room, and if the last show we were at of hers was any indication, the talented DJ/Producer will deliver the perfect set to start 2014. The extravaganza at Pacha NYC promises welcome grooves after the insanity of Manhattan NYE.
Click after the break to see full details of the contest.
Hard-hitting New Jersey native, Mike Gazzo, gives Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” a brand new face. What was once 2006′s slow, alternative rock radio hit, the familiar tune has taken a complete 180 with Gazzo’s touch. Only recognizable by Lightbody’s vocals, this “Chasing Cars” rework rides on a steady rhythm that grows from light prog house synths into a crunchy, snare infused dance anthem. In an era where talking about the drop has become routinely overdone, with a remix like Gazzo’s we can’t help but notice not one, but two huge drops of bass-heavy, festival caliber funk. See what Gazzo’s cooked up for yourself, and grab the track for free download on his SoundCloud.
Launched this August, AN21‘s bi-weekly Size Radio podcast has continuously served up the best in big room while reminding us which nationality dominates the field. This week featuring Seb and Sebjak, DubVision and Dirty South, the 11th episode spans from current favorites to bootlegged insta-classics. Repping everyone from Astralwerks to Armada, the mix floats through feel-good tunes, dusting off a remix of Juan Kidd & Mr Pedros for its Size Classic selection and showcasing a few of AN21′s and Max Vangeli‘s exclusive People Of The Night edits on the way. Available as a free download or iTunes subscription, Size Radio proves a perfect fit for those ready to start their day off right.
In a parting word to 2013, Jamie Jones has created a nostalgic, minimalistic rendition of Phoenix’s “Chloroform,” from the French band’s Bankrupt! album. Jones tones down “Chloroform” with airy synth-pop layers to create a vast soundscape of soothing, chillwave tones. Jamie Jones explains first falling in love with Phoenix’s tune during their Coachella performance this summer, explaining the hint of sunshine that peeks through the deep house influenced track. Perfect for readers and listeners diving into finals or for the holiday wind-down, download the Jamie Jones edit of “Chloroform” for free.
Ready to round out a year at the forefront of European tech house, Umek’s 1605 label employs Hungarian beat smith Belocca for perhaps the most persuasive A-side in the label’s 2013 arsenal. In terms of peak time tech house, “Tear The House Down” ticks all the right boxes, bringing the producer’s familiar groove work to an aural playground otherwise dominated by murky bass lines and upbeat sample work. At a time when it is easy to paint all tech advocates with the same creative brush, Belocca’s latest triumph reminds us that despite the musings of Mixmag, there is a certain sect of Europe keeping this high-octane sound on a steady upward tick.
For all the icons and pioneers to fall out of the industry limelight, John Digweed has remained an ever-fixed focal point. Far from a dinosaur to the ‘yesterday’ of electronic dance evolution, his relevance to both the digital market and the live dance sphere has not stumbled with time. If anything, it has expanded. Epitomized in the on-going festival presence and the wealth of artists found flourishing under his Bedrock Records imprint, Digweed is the industry’s most outspoken survivor. The history books tell of John ushering his diverse aural journeys through makeshift sound systems found fuelling the early field raves that signalled the birth of British rave culture. Past the legendary collaboration duties alongside Sasha and Nick Muir, the latter of whom he collaborated with for the recent Bedrock album Versus, John’s two-decades of hit-making establish him an essential spokesperson to the underground and personable DJ etiquette. Dancing Astronaut was afforded a chat with John to scope the nerves and professional nuances of a dance icon apparently invulnerable to the modern electronic revolution. (more…)
XS Las Vegas is set to launch a new video technology from Immersive Media which will give viewers a 360-degree vantage point from one of the world’s best nightclubs. The debut video (featured after the break) allows you to take a look from Kaskade’s Halloween set at XS earlier this year. Jesse Waits, the managing partner of XS and Tryst Nightclubs states; “Our relationship with Immersive Media will allow us to push the envelope, This ground-breaking technology delivers the ‘wow’ factor to EDM fans and nightclub enthusiasts worldwide.”
This technology will be available shortly to all Wynn Las Vegas venues and live streaming will be hosted on Wynn Social.
Check out the demo after the break.
Remaining a live set exclusive from the Colorado duo for quite some time, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, better known as Big Gigantic, have finally let loose their original mix, “Touch The Sky.” Featuring a signature vocal chop from the midtempo pair, the live drum work and saxophone melodies clash beautifully with rough yet spacey synths. Holding back, the live instrumental work gives way to heavier electronic-focused energy as the song comes to a close. However, Dom and Jeremy step in to display their incredible musicianship as the instrumental work is once again isolated to bring the listener to an electrojazz abyss through the final minute of the song. While “Touch The Sky” has seen its fair share of live spins already, the track can now be heard in the glorious high quality it deserves. Still not quite ready for release, the tune has been chosen as the first single off Big Gigantic’s upcoming studio album, The Night Is Young, which is slated to drop in February 2014.
When Alma, Sound Remedy and Kill Paris unite for a collaboration, the result is an explosive melody synthesized with ethereal vocals. Alma’s talent was first discovered when she was featured in Kill Paris’ single “Falling In Love,” which was released on OWSLA earlier this year. Since then, Corey Baker, the mastermind behind Kill Paris, has created his own label appropriately named Sexy Electric. “Avalanches” is the first track from the label, and although it unravels with a trance-like essence, listeners are aware that this is merely a guise. Shortly past the minute and a half mark, a gritty, bass-filled drop infiltrates speakers with a burst of euphoria. The trio’s collaborative effort showcases cutting edge sounds from each edge of the musical spectrum: Alma’s mesmerizing vocals merge with Kill Paris’ electro glitch qualities while Sound Remedy’s flawless dubstep harmonies carry the tune home.