When the calendar flips over to 2014, the Bay Area will have a new night in sight to find a dance haven. Beginning on January 19th, Sidney Samson will kick off a new monthly series at San Francisco’s Confession for an 18+ (21+ to drink) event that will take Sundays through the morning hours. Look forward to Party Favor joining as a supporting act, as Samson Sundays roll through the Bay next month; more information.
On Avicii‘s latest album, True, Tim Bergling and Ash Pournouri brought the acoustic and electric worlds together to bring live instrumental work to the dancefloor. While the commercial audience admires the album’s playability, the producing community has certainly not held back in their remixing of the Le7els boss’ work. While Avicii took a authenticity-inclined approach on the track, Throttle gave “You Make Me” the PRMD touch with a playful synth that sends listeners back to Tim’s older melody-driven productions. The Australian has been given remix duties of the vocal mix, and while he leaves us with just a short teaser until the unannounced release date — Throttle’s preview only leaves fans craving the full remix.
Will Eastman is a man of many sounds. Perhaps better known as one-third of nu disco powerhouse Volta Bureau and owner of the best basement club on the East Coast, Eastman has also explored a bevy of different sounds in his solo projects. After teasing his trio’s return with some new remixes this fall, the Washington veteran has returned with “Nikkei,” a multifaceted deep dance tune featuring lush analog synth stylings and a well-executed host of eccentric rhythms. The track is sculpted around a simultaneously menacing and alluring vocal sample, which gets pitched up during the break to tremendous tension-building effect. Eastman has made the track available as a free download in advance of its release on Main Course’s forthcoming SNACKS compilation in January, so catch it while its complimentary.
Duke Dumont is currently experiencing a much-deserved wave of success. To the dance music community’s collective delight, Dumont’s January single “Need U (100%) has received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Dance Recording’ of the year. Following the announcement, Annie Mac has had the pleasure of premiering Dumont’s next big single, “I Got U.” Flooded with tropical vibes courtesy of its steel drums and some silky smooth vocals thanks to Jax Jones, “I Got U” is pleasantly endearing.
As the music industry is quickly changing direction from downloading to streaming services, Dancing Astronaut provides you with our favorite dance music Spotify playlists from labels, artists and miscellaneous sources to suit different tastes and genre.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
As usual, this week’s SMM features a wide range of genres for all of our music connoisseurs — chillstep, trance, deep house, and even trap. We begin your Sunday morning with Spada’s remix of “Boy,” followed by Germany’s very own Zwette. We then transition our playlist into the realm of chillstep and trap with DNTST’s rework of “Leave the Lights On” and DJ Slink’s take on “Wicked Games.” Finally, we close out with a 2003 classic: Gabriel & Dresden’s remix of “Beautiful Things.”
Until recently, fans were unsure as to what would come of Steve Aoki and R3hab’s collaborative effort, “Flight,” which premiered at Ultra Music Festival back in March. Nine months later, the two are finally ready to set their production free. What works well about the record is its high-powered stamina, piercing electro synths, and colossal beat conducive to dancing – the ideal festival production. The jump happy duo pair up nicely; R3hab’s contributions frame the intro and Steve takes the reins on “Flight’s” glitchy drop.
Release Date: December 13th via Ultra Music
German born Feras Kabbara, known in the electronic music world by his stage name Talul, is a newcomer who dares to break genre molds. And he accomplishes just that with his rework of “Boy,” a soulful track from Emma Louise’s debut album. Talul maintains the Aussie singer/songwriter’s silky vocals, while also layering in a series of synths and chilled-out baselines. Molding a slow, acoustic ballad into a low end growling remix, he adds some vibrancy to the otherwise peaceful, slow melody.
It’s often difficult to pinpoint exactly when you’ve started to acquire a taste for something. The early 2000s were a crucial trial period for pop and dance music that set the stage for dance music’s eventual explosion. Some time between 2002 and 2003, a radio hit that won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording also became synonymous with a certain Mitsubishi commercial.
Dirty Vegas’s “Days Go By” was one of the very early discoveries that led to my dance music fandom. This was a time when there was essentially no verbal differentiation between style, and everything was naively labeled “techno” by the ill-informed. “Days Go By” builds on a groovy bassline and hypnotic, love-stricken vocals that can only be overshadowed by it’s iconic music video. The video features an older man in a suit b-boying outside a sandwich shop in California. A group of observers narrate the legend behind the man’s display, and learn that he had lost the love of his life because he couldn’t stop dancing. He dances in the same spot, during the same time every year, from sunrise to sunset in hopes of finding her again. A simple yet touching story appropriately conjures nostalgic feelings, reminding us why this song was so successful in so many dimensions.
Who doesn’t enjoy driving music? What if you could create music while you drove as well? You may be able to soon, thanks to Underworld and Volkswagen’s innovative “Play the Road” project. The eye-opening app derives RPM and speed data from a Golf GTI’s onboard computer, combines it with accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS data from the iPhone and uses musical programming language Pure Data to compose real-time music and effects based upon the movements of the car. Check out the video above showing the app in action, and forget you ever heard the term “satellite radio.” More details and additional videos are available here.