Some artists don’t seem to fit in just one style of dance music and have the innate ability to break barriers and craft a sound into something they truly own. Ummet Ozcan is one break-out producer within the last couple years that has mastered mixing up distinct styles like trance and electro into his pieces. Ummet takes Sander van Doorn’s originally gentle and harmonious progressive tune “Neon” and hits it with a big room facelift. While keeping the track’s main progression intact, the Turkish/Dutch hybrid blends the melody into an intense electro buildup. The powerful drop is consistent to Ummet’s sound with saturated, hard-style leads that pick up the track’s festival-appropriate intensity. Out now on Doorn Records, Ummet’s interpretation of “Neon” gives fans a dynamically heavy alternative to Sander’s.
Initial reports hinted at a possible Woodstock 1994 location for Pasquale Rotella’s iconic festival brand but after the owners of the farm felt uncomfortable hosting the event, Electric Daisy Carnival New York found its home back where it began — New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium.
As the newest release from Steve Angello‘s Size Records, long time friends Marcus Schössow, Mike Hawkins and Pablo Oliveros join forces to officially release their big progressive house production, “Ulysses.” As a blend of all things fast and slow, the track combines piano driven melodies with an energetic drum beat and explosive synths. “Ulysses” grows from its humble beginnings into a huge house landmark, telling a story like a well-crafted dance anthem should. After giving this one a listen, it’s no wonder why the Swedish and Danish trio’s collaboration became a permanent fixture in Angello’s legendary sets this year.
Adventure Club, the zany melodic dubstep duo, is currently in the middle of their national Superheroes Anonymous tour, an endeavor that promises a wild full production. They have a few legs left on this tour, and they want you to add to the fun. Disco Donnie Presents, Dancing Astronaut, and Adventure Club are offering a chance for you (AND YOUR MOM) to win a date with the hilarious pair plus free tickets to a show. Entrants will be judged by none other than Disco Donnie himself.
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Swedish duo and Dancing Astronaut’s own Artists to Watch for 2013 short-listers Wayne & Woods strike back this month with their debut offering for Cr2 Records entitled “Favela.” Having hit it big with “Jumangee” alongside Henrix back in the summer for Size Records, the Stockholm-based duo drop perhaps their most diverse solo asset to date. With exotic percussion and big room hallmarks in full-effect, “Favela” offers a dominant mark on the duo’s discography with potential that far exceeds the peak time festival circuit. If this is to be precedent setter from here onwards, Wayne & Woods are a force to watch with considerable attention for the year ahead.
Release date: December 23
British house antagonist Jason Chance has long been a welcome face to the European house circuit and its unrivaled pool of talent. On the run up to the festive season, the label-hopping producer keeps things fluid and feel-good with a house mix to warm December’s colder remit. A who’s who of upfront advocates strung together by one of the UK’s most outspoken genre trailblazers, the mix combines the likes of Prok & Fitch VS The Cube Guy’s “Don’t Go” and Sonny Wharton’s recent X debut “Take A Look” with a choice handful of the British producer’s own recent cuts. The finished product is an hour of power for house heads and newcomers alike without so much as an obnoxious drop or sawn-off synth in earshot.
When the calendar flips over to 2014, the Bay Area will have a new night in sight to find a dance haven. Beginning on January 19th, Sidney Samson will kick off a new monthly series at San Francisco’s Confession for an 18+ (21+ to drink) event that will take Sundays through the morning hours. Look forward to Party Favor joining as a supporting act, as Samson Sundays roll through the Bay next month; more information.
On Avicii‘s latest album, True, Tim Bergling and Ash Pournouri brought the acoustic and electric worlds together to bring live instrumental work to the dancefloor. While the commercial audience admires the album’s playability, the producing community has certainly not held back in their remixing of the Le7els boss’ work. While Avicii took a authenticity-inclined approach on the track, Throttle gave “You Make Me” the PRMD touch with a playful synth that sends listeners back to Tim’s older melody-driven productions. The Australian has been given remix duties of the vocal mix, and while he leaves us with just a short teaser until the unannounced release date — Throttle’s preview only leaves fans craving the full remix.
Will Eastman is a man of many sounds. Perhaps better known as one-third of nu disco powerhouse Volta Bureau and owner of the best basement club on the East Coast, Eastman has also explored a bevy of different sounds in his solo projects. After teasing his trio’s return with some new remixes this fall, the Washington veteran has returned with “Nikkei,” a multifaceted deep dance tune featuring lush analog synth stylings and a well-executed host of eccentric rhythms. The track is sculpted around a simultaneously menacing and alluring vocal sample, which gets pitched up during the break to tremendous tension-building effect. Eastman has made the track available as a free download in advance of its release on Main Course’s forthcoming SNACKS compilation in January, so catch it while its complimentary.
Duke Dumont is currently experiencing a much-deserved wave of success. To the dance music community’s collective delight, Dumont’s January single “Need U (100%) has received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Dance Recording’ of the year. Following the announcement, Annie Mac has had the pleasure of premiering Dumont’s next big single, “I Got U.” Flooded with tropical vibes courtesy of its steel drums and some silky smooth vocals thanks to Jax Jones, “I Got U” is pleasantly endearing.