Michael Woods comes out with an acidic remix of Ostbahnhof and Ugo Platana’s “Evensong.” This is much harder than what we have normally come to hear from Michael, but it should do well in a club setting. The slow build up at around 3:25 gets you primed for another great drop, which has been Michael’s go to move recently – he used a similar type of transition period in “Last Day On Earth.” We can’t wait until the UK based DJ makes another US swing so we can see his crowd engaging ways yet again.
The original mix is definitely a very chill tune when compared to Michael Woods’ crazy rendition. The progressive chords are great for lounging around and enjoying sounds rather than melodies. This is very Deadmau5-esque – slow and elegant. We are partial towards Michael’s remix, however, we can definitely see people bobbing to the original mix.
Those crazy Swedes have done it again. We anxiously waited at our computers this morning, refreshing MasqueradeMotel.com again and again, watching the clock tick down to zero… and then negative 1 minute… and then negative 5 minutes. Finally, we were greeted by the above video with a link to “Get Started!,” only to be taken to Swedish House Mafia’s Facebook page. Yes, we’re pissed too. This morning’s hype seems to be a ploy for Facebook friends, rather than the fateful sale of Masquerade Motel tickets. Actual tix will go on sale January 11th for the group’s Facebook fans, and January 13th for everyone else (but who isn’t their Facebook fan at this point?). We’ll keep you updated when we hear more – but for now, we’re pretty sure we all just got mind-fucked.
Among all the movers and shakers putting on shows this New Year’s eve in New York City, Avicii and his backers at Pacha New York and At Night delivered the flashiest. Clad in something other than his signature plaid for just one night, Tim Bergling delivered a peformance that, like his choice of wardrobe, left some things at home and brought others to the table.
Sidney Samson had a massive 2011 highlighted by releases including “Mutate,” “Music Box,” and his remix of “Turbulence.” The Dutch DJ/Producer is already off to a good start in 2012 with his latest track, “Hold Up,” released yesterday on Rock The Houze records. Featuring a hypnotizing progressive intro leading into a heavy chainsaw synth, this track is sure to destroy clubs around the world.
Looks like Avicii has all the intentions of kicking ass in 2012 as well. His latest track that is yet to be released is his remix of Eric Turner’s “Dancing In My Head.” This tune was featured in both his Pier 94 set and his Warfield set in San Francisco. Go ahead and add this to the (long) list of unreleased Avicii hits that we have been waiting for. “Silhouettes,” “Derezzed (Vocal),” his track alongside Nicky Romero, and a few others will dominate the charts soon enough. His sensitive style has won over the masses and helped bring house music to the forefront of entertainment. What else can this guy do?
Tony Junior was put on the map with his release of “Appeletroen,” he easily tops that with “Anigav” a track that reminds us of Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s “Calling.” We like to refer to these type of productions as ‘rising melody’ tracks – progressive house DJs are creating more and more stuff similar to this. “Tung,” and “Hertz” are both tunes that did really well at the box office that fall under this umbrella term. Tony Junior makes his splash on Spinnin Records and will be on DA’s radar for a long time to come.
Swanky Tunes, Matisse, and Sadko joined forces for the first 2012 release on Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records. “The Legend” has all the makings of a festival smash, with a simple progressive melody giving way to a hell-raising drop. There’s a slight 80s influence to be heard here, and we’re looking forward to checking out the full version when it drops on January 18th.
Zedd’s starting the year off right with his newest release, “Slam The Door.” The track takes the listener on one hell of a ride – from a piano build-up to an aggressive electro beat with droning synths – and includes a vocal sample to give the track a sense of humor. (The sample in question happens to belong to a YouTube classic, in case you’re curious). We love how “Slam The Door” starts off with a traditional build, and transforms into a track that’s anything but; the dirty grind of the main beat both uses and subverts the piano chords in just the right way. Given this incredibly strong start to the year, we can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for Zedd.
We promised some treats when we hit 5,000 followers on Twitter and 10,000 Facebook Likes, and we here at Dancing Astronaut always keep to our word. As a thank you for being the most awesome readers on the Internet, we’ve secured a special bootleg pack from some of our favorite artists — and we’re giving it away for free. The pack includes a couple of tracks from Cazzette, Ken Loi, Michael Brun, Fareoh, Lazy Rich, and Michael Brun. Some of these are familiar, and some of them are new, but take it as a token of our appreciation for keeping us on top of our game.
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 of December based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
2011 is finishing just as it began - exceptionally strong. Our top tracks of December list features some huge names including Dada Life, Swedish House Mafia & Chuckie. Click after the break for our full rundown on the 10 best tracks of December.