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!
While DJ Times‘ ranking for America’s Best DJ might not have as much hype as DJ Mag’sinfamous Top 100 DJs list, it still says something about skills.As the title implies, this competition is only open to DJs that hold American citi
zenships, narrowing the playing field significantly. Nonetheless, Markus Schulz has won this year’s honor succeeding Kaskade’s win from last year. If you have never seen the trance legend, you should probably make sure to check out a stop on his Scream tour, because it has been known to blow minds. If you want to know who rounds out the top 10, you’re gonna have to jump past the break.
Jeremy Orlander makes his debut on MYNC’s Cr2 Records with the release of the Rorschach / The Rose Law EP. Hotly named as Eric Prydz’s protege, Olander has been a standout act to follow with both his progressive house offerings and techno outputs under his Dhillon moniker. Both tracks are dreamy, synth-laden cuts — featuring hypnotizing leads and strong break downs. As Olander leaves his mark on the progressive house world, its captivating to watch him grow and further develop his sound.
Jeremy Olander – Rorschach (Original Mix)
Jeremy Olander – The Rose Law (Original Mix)
Approaching the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” the king of pop’s estate is putting out new remixes of the track, including one from Afrojack, who keeps the classic’s integrity in tact while injecting his signature sound. Without coming at “Bad” in an intrusive manner, the Dutch mega-producer turns up the dial and modernizes a hit that once ruled the music world. For Afrojack’s latest endeavor, and a fresh take on Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” head over to iTunes for the official release.
Arty is back with his weekly Together We Are mix via Sirius XM. This time around, the Russian producer compiles a tracklist that encompasses new and old songs ranging from traditional house grooves to uplifting trance. Timeless productions like Dirty South’s vocal mix of Tracey Thorn’s “Grand Canyon” and Sebastian Ingrosso’s “Laktos” blend seamlessly with recent efforts — like Arty’s upcoming “Grand Final” release and fan-favorite “Don’t You Worry Child” from Swedish House Mafia. Most notably left off the mix is his collaboration with Nadia Ali and BT, “Must Be The Love,” which was just released today. Check after the break for the complete track list and be sure to check out the episode of Axis he mixed for us.
Laidback Luke is seemingly returning to old form, most evident on his latest remix of Austin Leeds’ “Close Your Eyes.” Hitting hard with the signature Dutch elements that have paved his career, Luke injects big room potential into Leeds’ MixMash release. The vocal from Jason Caesar remains between popular sound and club appeal while contributing to track’s bouncy electro energy. Listen to Luke’s return to Dutch mayhem and find his remix of “Close Your Eyes” on Beatport.
You may know Matisse & Sadko for their amazing remix of “Beating of My Heart,” but now they are back with another remix. “Unity” was originally by the rockband Shinedown, but by removing the vocals and guitar riffs, the Russian brothers have crafted an blissful and uplifting house track that was recently featured in Tiesto’s Club Life. You can grab the euphoric version of “Unity” for free below.
Coming off releases like “Voodoo People” and “Wataah,” Alvaro is in a position to launch himself further into the production spotlight — and his next release does just that. Coming off Spinnin Records, “Make The Crowd Go” introduces itself with hypnotic chords and growing anticipation coming from the synths and chanting vocal. Alvaro’s latest tune drops into a rage provoking electro bounce that keeps even the biggest of festival audiences on their feets — as seen when both Sander van Doorn and Tiesto played the track in their Electric Zoo sets. You can “Make The Crowd GO” today — all it takes is a visit to Beatport.
Lavo’s famed Thursday night parties invariably attract big names, long lines, and an impressive girl to guy ratio — but once you get inside it’s almost always worth the wait. The musical maestro for last Thursday’s event was the venerable Kaskade, and though his set time wasn’t until 1 AM, hopeful fans were lining up by 10 — an hour before the doors even opened. The turnout was a testament to both the exclusivity of the venue and Kaskade’s celebrity status. The same man who once shut down Hollywood Boulevard was now the reason for a 58th Street takeover.
Coming off a relentless summer, and most recently his Casual Encounters of the 3rd Kind EP, Wolfgang Gartner returns with another two-track offering. Sharing the same name as his fall tour, the Love & War EP includes “Love & War” and “Nuke,” which Wolfgang himself has referred to as the favorite songs that he’s ever made.
Wolfgang sticks to his frenetic electro formula, but as usual, manages to shake things up enough for a refreshing sound. The intricacy in the productions and the signature Wolfgang elements combine for a seizure inducing sound on both tracks. Take a listen to both “Love & War” and “Nuke” and let us know which is your favorite — and per usual, the EP can be found on Beatport.
Wolfgang Gartner – Love & War (Original Mix)
Wolfgang Gartner – Nuke (Original Mix)