Not having released an album in three years, Alex Ridha — better known as electro extraodinaire, Boys Noize — makes his highly anticipated full-length return. In 2007, Ridha broke ground with his unique blend of sounds on his 2007 debut album Oi Oi Oi, and after taking a step forward with Power in 2009, he confidently returns to the basics that put him in the leagues of Justice and Daft punk for his brand new 2012 release Out of the Black.
The 12-track effort combines sounds from all ends from the electronica spectrum, including, but not limited to, techno, acid-house, break, indie-dance, and orchestral electro. Rather than forcing a new sound, Ridha stands by what he knows best, and confidently applies them to modern music. Out of the Black reflects a theme of good versus evil as the album hits back and forth with darker and lighter tracks.
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!
We never thought we’d say this, but this is a Justin Bieber track that you really need to hear. Louis La Roche completely reworks Bieber’s mega hit “As Long As You Love Me” into something completely unrecognizable from the original. La Roche demonstrates his serious production skills as he chops up and warps vocal samples and layers them over an incredibly infectious deep house groove. Whether you are a Bieber fan or the furthest possible thing from it, you should take a minute to listen to this. Oh, and also the album artwork is pretty hilarious.
It has been almost a year since we first heard the Bingo Players drop “Out of My Mind” at Ultra Music Festival 2012, and we had started getting sick of calling it an “ID.” The track starts off with huge radiant synths that cause a massive build before culminating in a drop that would bring any dance floor to its feet. While the preview does not feature the vocals, after hearing them again at Electric Zoo we can tell you they complement the melody quite nicely. “Out of My Mind” drops November 12th on Hysteria Records.
The September sun had just come down behind the hills of Morgantown, and our ears were ringing after one of Krewella’s bass-crazed sets. Thousands of adrenaline-fueled college kids filled a venue on the West Virginia University leg of the GLOWfest college tour. Sweating from a high-energy performance that centered around their recently released Play Hard EP, Chicago’s newest upstart group rolls into the back area looking to continue their night.
“We’re drinking this bottle of champagne together tonight,” Jahan of Krewella pointed to us and said. As she smiled before darting for the cooler, Krewella’s fans lined up outside the artist area, hoping to just get a glimpse or even a picture with their idols.
OWSLA artist Jeff Montalvo, better known as Seven Lions, is back with another free track after giving away “Isis” earlier this year. “She Was” features Birds of Paradise, a very calm electronic duo, creating a track categorized as “dreamstep.” It has elements that remind us of Pretty Lights, as the glitchy melody fits well with the wobbles of the bass. If you like what you are hearing make sure to grab the track below and catch Seven Lions on the OWSLA tour this fall.
Canadian duo Paris & Simo have rapidly climbed the dance music ranks in the past year, and their ascent to EDM stardom only seems to be accelerating. Since they burst on the scene in 2011, they’ve received support from top-tier artists including Tiesto, Bob Sinclar, and Max Vangeli, and have had releases on Musical Freedom as well as Hardwell’s imprint Revealed Recordings. With such an impressive resume at just 21 years old, we thought that these two Montreal natives would be perfect for an episode of Dancing Astronaut Radio’s Axis, and we were right. Click past the break for more.
’96 Bulls produced a remix of “Stop Playing With My Mind” for Wax Motif & Neoteric’s Strictly Rhythm Vol. 9, which is due out next week. Luckily fans don’t have to wait until the October 14th release date to hear the track in full since the duo has already uploaded it to their SoundCloud page. Like Armstrong & Jackson’s pseudonym, “Stop Playing With My Mind” is a winner with vintage vibes. The feel good groove and funky rhythm are infectious, reminding us why we love nu-disco.
Axwell’s Electric Zoo set was one of our favorites this year, and one of the previously unknown tracks is finally available today. Tommy Trash hasn’t ‘remixed’ The Aston Shuffle’s “Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost),” but instead gives us his very own version of the track — complete with his signature croaking synths and growing melodies in the background. The song is an absolute banger made for festival-sized speakers, and you’ll want to turn up the volume all the way the first time you listen just to pick up on all the subtleties. Tommy Trash has been impressing us with his awesome releases all year, and we’re excited to continue to watch his growth into 2013 and the future.
Tiesto, quite possibly the biggest name in electronic music, will be ringing in the New Year on December 31st at Atlantic City resort, Revel. He is scheduled to perform at Ovation Hall. We haven’t seen an EDM act at Ovation Hall since Avicii, who set the standard for big things to come from the extravagant beachfront resort by selling out the enormous concert hall that comfortably fits over 6,000 people. We expect that Tiesto will throw an even bigger party to ring in the new year.