New York’s already stacked December 31st lineup just got even crazier with the announcement that Sander van Doorn will be ringing in the New Year at Pacha. With all the talent scheduled in the big apple, dance music fans have a difficult choice to make, but SvD is at the top of our list. His Electric Zoo set was one of our favorite performances from the festival and we were floored the last time we saw him at Pacha.
New Years should be a time of new beginnings and exploration, so this might be the perfect night if you’ve never seen him before . Tickets go on sale today at 5PM via Pacha.
Earlier this week we told you that Stealth Records’ website had been taken down and replaced with a warrant calling for Roger Sanchez’s arrest. We’ve done some more investigating into the situation, speaking with a number of sources off the record and the woman named as the defendant in the case, Roger’s former manager and former director of Stealth Records, Olga Heijns.
Ms. Heijns tells Dancing Astronaut exclusively that she is a minority shareholder in Stealth and that she was its sole director until 2009. Her company, Unmanageable Artists, stopped representing Roger for bookings and management, and he subsequently fired her as the label’s director. We aren’t privy to why the two parted ways, but according to Ms. Heijns, it is “incorrect that I sued [Roger] to start with.” She claims that Roger and Stealth Records first sued her and her companies, forcing her to countersue, explaining the plaintiff and defendant designations on the warrant posted online.
Operatic vocals and thematic hyperbole have helped make Muse a remix favorite for artists as varied as Tiësto and Feed Me. However, few producers have tackled “Starlight,” the anthemic highlight of their 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations.
It was about time this track was given the treatment, and NYC progressive house duo Hyperbits have delivered. They wisely allowed Matthew Bellamy’s soaring vocal line to breathe, bolstering it with pleasant synth plucks and trance-inspired rhythms. While the track eventually builds into a seemingly inevitable electro-bass drop, it manages to retain the melodic nature of the preceding sections. In a genre too often characterized by disposable pop remixes, it’s refreshing to see artists thoughtfully tackling solid tracks that predated the American EDM boom.
Although UK producer Marsh first grabbed my attention with the release of “You’ll Be Fine” back in the summer, his Ethereal EP (out today on Arrival Recordings) will no doubt make a serious name for this newcomer. The EP is a gorgeous composition of three instrumental tracks, “Ethereal,” “Sleeping Now,” and “Waiting For The Mail Man” that manage to both relax the listener and evoke powerful emotion. Marsh’s style bridges the often wide gap between progressive trance and deep house, confidently following in the footsteps of contemporaries like Andrew Bayer, Jaytech, and James Grant. Throughout the EP, he melds elaborate basslines with dreamy (or shall we say, ethereal?) pad layers, and even manages to take risks with elements like a Rhodes synthesizer on “Ethereal.” If my praise isn’t enough, “Sleeping Now” has also achieved both Record Of The Week and Web Vote Winner status on Trance Around The World in the weeks preceding its release. Take a listen yourself after the break, and as a bonus you can also watch a clip of Marsh on his first day working on the EP.
Whether it’s a preview, release, or in this case, a mixtape, everything that has come from the Russ Chimes camp has gotten our attention. His “Expressway Mix” — which we wish he would out on a more consistent basis — is the perfect selection of songs to start off your day with. Featuring tracks like Sasha’s remix to Hot Chip’s “Flutes” — which was our #1 rated song for September and is currently crowned as the #1 track on the Beatport overall top 10 — and plenty of other melodically infused gems, this hour-long mix showcases the groovier and funkier side of the surging deep house genre.
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!
First premiered by Axwell during his impressive Electric Zoo 2012 set, “Committed to Sparkle Motion” is now being released on Axtone Records. The track starts out with an echoing cry until breaking into a period of fresh uplifting lyrics and a drop that has become the signature DubVision Sound. It’s becoming a pattern for label heads to drop new tracks ahead of releases to drum up buzz, and that is most certainly the case here. If you’re loving this progressive house track, make sure to grab it on Beatport.
It has happened countless times: A show gets announced, tickets go on sale and sell out in record time, and then, suddenly, there’s another date added. This, and other variations on this (admittedly genius) strategy have become commonplace over the past few months with US events, and the trend has me worried — and it has understandably pissed off many fans.
Promoters and event organizers can certainly do whatever they want — and we all know that they do — but it’s getting to the point for most high profile events that a second show is almost a guarantee. It’s all becoming too predictable. Sure this is great for the artists and promoters (if demand stays high enough for the ‘added on’ shows), but these practices hurt the most important group of people in the equation: the fans — you know, the people that actually pay money for tickets.
DJ Fresh, the production wizard behind the dubstep track “Louder,” is crossing the pond to demolish American airwaves like he has across Europe. He skyrocketed to European super-stardom after the track became the first dubstep tune to reach #1 on UK charts and now plans to unleash his production prowess on the American scene. (more…)
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time to make plans for the weekend. We’ve rounded up some of the top shows happening around the country these next few days for you to check out. Jump past the break for the full list.
If we have missed anything, please comment and let us know!