The holidays are here early for Koen Groeneveld fans, with a free bootleg download from the Dutch techno mainstay. Koen has completely reinvented the Dance Kings’ early 90s classic “Climb the Walls,” trading in the original’s analog bass line for a modern rolling replacement and delayed clicks and bloops. Despite being chopped up throughout, the throwback vocal refrain remains recognizable in this danceable new incarnation.
In a playful stab at the nominal wordplay of Deadmau5, Knife Party have entitled their new mix ‘Clever Title Like Deadmau5 Would Use.’ Ripe with Rage Valley EPsingles and Knife Party VIPs such as “Rage Valley VIP” and “Internet Friends VIP,” this mix is brimming with heavy original material. Aside from their own productions, Knife Party include thumping minimal selections such as Jewelz & Scott Sparks’ “Toxic Rush” and Alvaro’s“Pay Attention to the Drums.”
This mix is as technical as it is menacing. Quick, risky transitions give it a human element, conspicuously absent from most modern mixtapes. Impressive double drops such as Tom Staar’s remix of “African Drop” with Knife Party’s remix of “Save the World” will have you double-taking. Knife Party’s prowess is ever evident. Full tracklist after the break.
Australian disco duo, Yolanda Be Cool were responsible for the most infectious dance music hit of 2010 – their remix of D Cup’s “No Speak Americano,” singlehandedly spawning countless YouTube videos, and infecting sweet 16s and tacky weddings across the globe. Their latest original “Before Midnight” is a sound departure from the nonsensical track that put them on the map. The club-friendly original and accompanying video features Arama Mara’s gorgeous vocals with an infectious 4 to the floor drum signature and simple, yet tasteful, chord play.
Check out the rest of the remixes after the break. (more…)
French house producer Arno Cost takes a stylistic sojourn into electro house on “Lifetime,” an upcoming single slated for release on Spinnin Records this Monday. Cost trades in his progressive chords and melodic leads for riser synth stabs and electro bass growls on a track sculpted for big room builds. Cost took to Facebook this week to assure fans that “Lifetime” was “kinda a one shot” and did not represent a lasting stylistic change.
We caught up with Arno to set the record straight and discuss his upcoming release. Check out the interview and track preview after the break. (more…)
It’s no secret that Nick van de Wall has become one of the most prominent producers in all of dance music, but, much like their ill-conceived DJ net worth article, this is breaking news for Forbes. Catching up on the once-secret world of EDM, Forbes interviewed Afrojack — fishing for basics like production process and tour life, and digging deeper into his pop crossover. In the brief interview, Afrojack took the time to touch upon working with Pitbull, collaborations in general, his creative process, Jacked on the road, and his future.
Swedish House Mafia is breaking away from their Masquerade Motel routine this March to headline Ultra Music Festival for their last ever performance. The legacy-ending set will bring the trio full circle, closing the final chapter where the first began. The Swedes explosion is often credited to UMF and the city of Miami, where they made their first appearance in 2009, and premiered their career-shifting single “One” in 2010.” In preparation of SHM headlining Ultra Music Festival 2013, we share the iconic moment of Steve Angello introducing “One” for the very first time.
The word prolific cannot even begin to describe the rate at which Fadil El Ghoul, the trigger-happy producer known as R3hab, releases new productions. His sand-blasted synthesis and self-proclaimed “chainsaw madness” have successfully carved him a niche all his own in the dance music landscape. On his EDC Orlando 2012 Anthem version of “A Night In,” R3hab’s signature high-octane electro is accompanied by crisp big room chord play and bouncy arpeggios. In the usual R3hab fashion, the builds here are big and the drops are gritty and visceral – juxtaposed nicely by subtle melodic touches. It’s refreshing to see “The Bottle Song” producer create a new original – it’s where his style truly shines.
If you follow Dancing Astronaut closely, then you’ve definitely heard the name Walden before. Between originals like “A Million Lights” and “Mono World,” and his remix of “In My Mind,” we’ve taken quite a liking to the Aussie’s productions and we’re excited to have him on the latest episode of Axis. For more, click past the break.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Calvin Harris’s“Sweet Nothing,” led by the blissful vocal accompaniment of Florence Welch, has quickly become one of the most empowering tracks of the year. While a Tiësto remix was first unveiled, Annie Mac’s preview of Diplo and Grandtheft‘s remix quickly stole the spotlight, consuming the blogosphere in its wake. A month after its initial leak, Diplo and Grandtheft’s adept trap remix of “Sweet Nothing” has been released. Boasting the emblematic hi-hat and snare rolls of trap, Diplo and Grandtheft’s remix is, at first glance, very prototypical of the burgeoning genre. However, savvy sampling of Florence’s evocative vocals and a return to the original’s sedative melody elevate this remix to more than a standard rendition. This is trap at its finest.