While we patiently await Pink is Punk’s monster known as “Koala,” Andrea and Nico join forces with fellow Italian Benny Benassi to hold us over with a collaborative effort. “Perfect Storm” takes electro to another level and belittles the term ‘party starter’ with the duo’s signature grunge and Benny’s crafty contribution. Become familiar with Pink is Punk and purchase their Benassi-assisted hit “Perfect Storm” from Beatport via Ultra Records.
Pink is Punk & Benny Benassi – Perfect Storm (Original Mix)
In conjunction with Skrillex and Atlantic Records, Swedish producer Blende has been commissioned to offer his own rendition to “Drop Dead.” Premiered last night on Sirius XM and offered up today as a free download, Blende’s signature cross of hard-hitting electro and funky disco groove is seen throughout the release. Blende has been filling a gap amidst the over saturated electronic music world — transforming Skrillex’s relentless dubstep sound into a relaxed melodic progression. The end result gives it a modern day Daft Punk feel — palatable on all fronts. One thing is abundantly clear: Blende is quickly becoming a standout act amongst his Swedish peers as he continues to champion his eccentric nu-disco sound.
Industry darling, Eats Everything, has released a brand new two track EP on Dirtybird Records. “Vertigo,” a reeling and intense piece of tech house, moves quickly between rough basslines, classic acid house squelches, and knotty rhythms. The track has everything us tech house fans look for; melding minimal elements with house grooves. It goes without saying this one will tear up a dance floor or two around the world, but I’m also loving this as a purely headphone experience. In Claude VonStroke’s words, “Trubble” is the “filthy cousin who didn’t brush her teeth or change her pants for a week.” On this B-side, Eats Everything delivers one of the most gritty basslines I’ve ever heard. Check out these tracks in their entirety after the break.
This time last year, AN21 and Max Vangeli began touring the world for their People of the Night campaign while the album itself was still in its earliest stages. I had the chance to see Size Records’ prized duo spin Long Island’s Glo and was immediately won over by their track selection, DJ skills, and unmatched energy. A few weeks later AN21 and Max had the honor of taking on their own Essential Mix, and executed properly, further proving the club rocking talent that I had witnessed so recently.
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!
Figure is back with his Monsters Vol. 3 LP just in time for Halloween. Drawing inspiration from some of horror cinema’s most prolific killers and other gruesome-in-general scare tactics, Figure’s latest compilation is a monster-mash of drumstep, dubstep, drum and bass, and whatever else you want to call his unique blend of fast paced drum rolls and wobbly bass. Volume 3 is a cacophony of fifteen hard-hitting tracks, including original mixes and collaborations with the likes of Bare and Tommy Lee, as well as remixes of older tracks from J.Rabbit, Oscillator Z, Alex Sin, Dr. Ozi, and Phrenik. Give each track a listen after the break and head over to Beatport to pick up your copy via DOOM Records.
Rusko gives fans a preview of his upcoming Kapow EP with “Like This,” a single from the album. The track has an electro, glitch-hop feel and employs the “wow” vocal popularized by Crookers in their 2008 remix of “The Salmon Dance.” “Like This” has some typical Rusko flavor but is, as a whole, a departure from his signature wobbles. This might not be our favorite Rusko song but we do appreciate him coloring outside the lines.
Anyone in the mood for another pair of teenage Dutch producers? Julian Jordan, who first stormed onto the scene by collaborating with Sander van Doorn on “Kangaroo,” has teamed up with Martin Garrix to preview the progressive-meets-electro house bomb, “BFAM (Brothers From Another Mother).” The finished product offers progressive synth leads, a whiny bassline, and a stuttering, down-winding sidechain drop. The official video features footage of the underage duo destroying dancefloors at Privilege Ibiza and raging harder than your average seventeen-year-olds. Check it out and stay tuned for the November 12th release via Spinnin’ Records.
Together with Justin Martin, Dirtybird label head Claude VonStroke has been championing a unique, bass-heavy version of tech house for the electronic music world to bask in. Teaming up with the respected Crosstown Rebels imprint, VonStroke’s take on Infinity Ink’s “Infinity” has reached “Essential New Tune” status on Pete Tong’s famed Radio 1 show not once, but twice. The track — which is centered around a punchy bassline and retro-like vocals — meets in the middle of gloom and groove, giving it the proper dose of weirdness that we’ve come to expect from Claude. The track is set for release on October 29th, along with a rework from Richy Ahmed.
With all the talk of future techno these days, Dutch minimal legend Koen Groeneveld continues to prove he’s anything but the past. “Stesstjopper” is a multifaceted production that builds from bitcrushed organ chords into a dark after-hours groove, replete with stuttering synths and off-kilter industrial samples. It’s a groovy techno piece with slabs of electro blended flawlessly from first bar to last. With the infectious pull of the electro-heavy breakdown and the incessant chord play to follow the drop, this song will make for a great peak-time banger. Unless you’ve got a flight to his native Netherlands for Amsterdam Dance Event, catch it on his Abzolut imprint’s Terminal 4 release today.