The sixth installment of Mixmash Records’ The Ones To Watch offers a hidden electro gem from rookies Sam O Neall and C6, whom together have previously remixed Laidback Luke’s “Trilogy ”. “Face Like Thunder” boasts a rocking bassline, melodic synths, and a drop that ties together an electro offering in complete fashion. While the amateur showcase often features tracks to skip over, but few to hold on to, this latest offering is one for the books. Claim “Face Like Thunder” from Beatport and remember these names: Sam O Neall and C6.
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! (more…)
The Defected imprint has been busy pumping out some of the biggest house tracks of the year. When we saw Pirupa’s “Party Non Stop” get the rework treatment from one of tech house’s finest exports, Riva Starr, we knew the final product was going to be an excellent one. As expected, Riva puts his upbeat and bouncy touch on one of the hottest tracks of the summer — and with it, the often played original now has a fresh look. Where one could argue the original lacks in tempo, Riva’s cut makes it a sure dance floor pleaser.
Jordy Dazz and Dannic released the teaser for “Fuego” while many dance music animals were roaming around at Electric Zoo — so it’s possible many of us missed it. The track, however, was released today and it’s not something you should miss twice. “Fuego” has a melodic bass line, grinding synths, and massive drop that will likely get some big name play — so check it out now to avoid the painful ID process later. You can pick up your copy of the fiery track on Beatport now.
The poster child of the American ‘mainstream’ dance music movement is back with a new album — or rather, an update to his last album. Nothing But The Beat 2.0 is David Guetta’s latest take on the current music landscape. Rather than call it an ‘update,’ it’s actually more of a revamp, selecting the most popular songs from last year’s release and adding in a selection of newer dance tracks. To balance out the pop influences from the likes of Akon, Sia, and Usher, Guetta brings in more dance-heavy talents, including Alesso, Daddy’s Groove, and the Nervo twins.
Following up on a string of largely successful productions including his collaboration with Grant Smillie and a remix of “In My Mind,” Walden is back with a Dancing Astronaut exclusive preview of his upcoming release, “Warmonger.” The rising Australian DJ/producer starts off with a pounding electro bassline and masterfully transitions into his signature combination of big room synth melodies and heavy kick drums. Check out the preview below and stay tuned for the full length release on September 18th via Big Beat Records.
In the meantime, be sure to keep up on Walden’s monthly Brightness Sessions mixes to familiarize yourself with the youngster’s unique blend of progressive house and electro.
Following his Nervo-assisted “Reason,” Hook N Sling has returned to remix Michael Calfan’s big room hit “Mozaik.” Melodic undertones and Calfan’s bouncy chords that follow are made edgier by Hook, who twists and distorts all that was clean of the original production. Crafted for the main stage and remixed for the dance floor, Hook N Sling’s take on “Mozaik” is sure to be spread along DJ sets everywhere this fall. Pick up his rendition along with the rest of the “Mozaik” remix package on Beatport today.
Back in 2010, post-hardcore rockstar, Sonny Moore, released a 5 track EP under the moniker Skrillex — then he gave it away for free to the world — sparking a sonic revolution that created a rift in the EDM landscape. There was no corporate entity behind him — just a kid on his laptop, making music that he liked, experimenting with new sounds. He successfully created a new subgenre, by himself, alone in his bedroom.
I don’t remember how I found Skrillex’s first EP, it was likely on one of the countless electro blogs that have come and gone since then, but from the moment I pressed play on “My Name is Skrillex” I knew that what I was hearing wasn’t going to go away. It was too robust and too unique to not explode into the forefront of the next generation of electronic dance music. The American dubstep revolution had begun, launched into the public consciousness by the most unlikely of spokesmen.
After being wildly impressed with last year’s recap video, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the 2012 Tomorrowland aftermovie — and now we finally have it. The festival boasts an unparalleled roster, fantastical production, and a crowd of over 180,000 lucky guests from all over the world. The aftermovie puts all of these elements on display in spellbinding fashion.
The content of the video is mostly the same — confetti, bubbles, fireworks, DJs, and crowd shots – but we are given a more intimate view of the camping grounds. There’s also footage of a makeshift pool, which we assume is a new addition. Even though not much has changed from last year’s movie, we still got chills watching it.
Like Martin Solveig said, “you deserve all the fuss around this festival,” so press play and take a voyeuristic journey through Tomorrowland. If this video isn’t enough, you can start preparing for next year’s event, which will take place on the 26th-28th of July. Tickets aren’t on sale yet but when they are, act quickly as 2012 sold out in one second. Full tracklist after the jump. (more…)
Nicky Romero is back with his latest electro offering, featuring vocals from Calvin Harris. Nicky dropped this last weekend at Electric Zoo and it had the crowd going wild. The wobbling bass and quick build drops into a nice bassline that has a similar tone to “Metropolis.” Some readers have also pointed out similarities to Alesso’s “Clash,” but we’ll leave that one up to you to decide. Producers are always working on many projects concurrently, and both tracks are pretty awesome either way. One thing is for sure though: you can buy “Iron” on Beatport now on Protocol Recordings.