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.
Having spent last weekend at Electric Zoo, it came as no surprise to hear Firebeatz and Schella’s brand new “Dear New York” played during numerous sets. Following their last Spinnin’ effort, Reckless, Firebeatz delivers frenetic electric with grunge driven synths and a hip-hop style vocal that gives the track a retro vibe. Find the seizure inducing sounds of Firebeatz and Schella on Beatport and claim “Dear New York” for yourself today.
Fedde Le Grand and Deniz Koyu team up to deliver a stellar remix of an absolute classic electro house track. “Zdarlight” made major waves when it was originally released during 2005 and is poised to do so again. A huge progressive build comprises the first two minutes of the track before the familiar electro stabs of the melody come in. This is soon complemented by an outrageously heavy bassline that has Deniz Koyu written all over it. We think Deniz is one of the most under appreciated producers out there at the moment and believe that this remix could finally push him into the realmes of Fedde’s stardom. Have a listen below, you’re going to be hearing this track a lot in the next few months.
Digitalism – Zdarlight (Fedde Le Grand & Deniz Koyu Remix)
Steve Angello’s track “Yeah” has been in the works for quite a while now, and according to him, “it’s finally time to let it go, and put it out there.” After receiving a world debut on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, we’ve learned that it will be released on September 29th as the 92nd release on Steve’s own Size Records. The song is pure anthemic house, using big synths, powerful drums, and an infectious hook that you will inevitably be fist-pumping to very soon. It actually has a similar vibe to a Nari and Milani offering, and if you ask us, it sounds like the perfect replacement for “Atom.” Stay tuned for the full release in just a few weeks, but listen to the preview for yourself in the comments.
As I had started to notice on day 1, Electric Zoo was not your average festival. It was my first time on Randall’s Island and I knew I couldn’t miss Hardwell’s set. Not soon after Nicky Romero finished on the main stage, a long majestic beat started emanating from the speakers. The regal-sounding track sped up, and suddenly Hardwell emerged from behind the decks saluting the crowd. The track was “Spaceman” — and Hardwell was letting the crowd know that he was ready to go.
Meet Kid Sample, the pseudonym of Oliver Fleming – a Sydney, Australia based producer - whose bumping garage and drum and bass productions have been leaving their mark on the Australian underground. His latest remix of “Sleepless” by Flume is an electronic cocktaill: 1 part lively drum and bass with 2 parts ambient garage. Vocals stutter and clap over the driving bass line as the signature drum patterns of drum and bass pump in the background. Give this a listen and check out some more Kid Sample tracks after the break.
Arty is back with his weekly installment of Together We Are, which aired last night on SiriusXM. This episode is actually his set from Dublin, Ireland and starts off with a mashup of “Kate” and “Otherside” before getting into bigger tracks like “Punk” vs “Loosing My Religion,” “Years,” and “Kangaroo.” This is definitely another solid mix from Arty — but if you’re looking for more, don’t forget to check out the episode of Axis he mixed for us as well.
Instead of attending EZoo after-parties, some of us decided to head to a Gramatik show at Webster Hall. We sat down with Denis before he took the stage to hear more about his backstory, which we suspected was an interesting one. As if we were familiar old friends, he gave us the low down of how he ended up in Brooklyn, NY. Read more after the break.