If you’re a frequent visitor of Dancing Astronaut, then you know Gesaffelstein is one of my favorite rising talents. The Parisian native — whose real name is Mike Levy — has been creating quite the buzz on the dance music scene this year. Taken under the wing of Brodinski and his newly founded Bromance label, Gesaffelstein has been busy pumping out inventive remixes and unique original productions. With the sudden news that Brodinski wasn’t going to be able to make the festival because of Visa issues, our hopes were placed in Gesaffelstein to bring his brooding French techno sound to New York. Read past the break for our run down on Gesaffelstein’s Electric Zoo debut.
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We’re back with another installment of our top 10 tracks, this time hot on the heels of the massive Electric Zoo Festival. This month we have some absolutely brilliant tracks for you from the likes of Sander Van Doorn, Jack Beats, Benga, Deniz Koyu, and Nervo. Click past the break to see which tracks you can’t afford to have missed!
Electric Zoo 2012 was bigger than it appeared from the 103rd street Bridge; the underlying message of the weekend came from the lineup found in the festival’s handheld booklet. In previous years progressive house acts were prominent all around, but this time, the genre took a back seat to the increasingly popular sounds of electro, dub, techno, and moombah.
Kicking off the weekend, the animals anxious enough to trek to Randalls Island early Friday immediately made A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Clubhouse their afternoon residence. Without progressive options, this was my opportunity to spread my wings and experiment with brand new sounds, and the inescapable hype around Dillon Francis brought me to the Riverside tent.
The Crookers duo return to the production front on A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label for the first time in two years with the Bowser EP. The three track installment features everything from acid house to techno, and a fusion of hip-hop and house. Crookers have built their reputation on not conforming to a certain sound and always testing their boundaries. This release is no different. Whether it be rocking out at festivals worldwide, or creating their own unique style of electronic music, Crookers always leaves us wanting more. Check out the new EP below.
My musical journey began with hip hop, and no matter where it takes me, I will always feel a deep connection to the genre that first made me truly feel music — as opposed to just hearing it. It makes sense that out of all the DJs on the Electric Zoo bill, the one I was most excited for was Pretty Lights, whose set would inevitably include his own hip hop-infused productions.
By straying outside the boundaries of the genre, Derek Vincent Smith, the man behind the moniker, has made himself a misfit in the electronic dance music world. However, he’s not the “uncool,” outcast sort-of misfit, but the kind who is shrouded in unpredictable, idiosyncratic mystery. When he stepped on stage to take his place behind the glowing rainbow throne that awaited his arrival, he proved that being an outcast is not so bad after all.
Daleri, a relatively unknown Swedish trio, is offering a new electro house release on Trice recordings. Whoever said the Swedes are only good for progressive house was very mistaken.”Touche” offers a variety of sequences, which are all composed of moving lead play, beautiful harmonies, and wobbly break downs that are reminiscent of a Wolfgang track. This trio may not come close to the success of Swedish House Mafia but Daleri’s “Touche” is a sign that they are capable of great productions.
The remix package of Joachim Garraud and Alesia‘s most recent production, “Atrium,” was released yesterday via Dim Mak Records along with a massive remix package. While versions from Designer Drugs, Cold Blank, and Tony Romera & Bartosz Brenes each offer unique variations of stuttering electro and dancefloor-shattering bass, the remix from Angger Dimas is the standout of the pack. The Indonesian producer transforms an electro house monster into a pulsing tribal production with his signature Dutch-influenced sound that is nicely complimented by progressive chord play. Check the previews out below and head over to Beatport to purchase your favorite.
The Finnish youngster Lenno is back with a free remix of Atlas Genius’ “Trojans.” His previous remix of Above & Beyond’s “On My Way To Heaven” caught everyone’s attention this summer and “Trojans” is a solid follow up. With its contagious piano chords and groovy disco feel the track is perfect for a chilled out atmosphere. Releasing his remix to “Trojans” for free is definitely a good move on Lenno’s part and will only help him gain a larger fan base.
Download: Trojans (Lenno Remix)
Avicii’s most recent Beatport chart-topper has received a much needed remix package. The original mix of “Silhouettes” was undeniably a beautiful production, but to be respected in any realm beyond listening pleasure it needed new life. That is where Tim and the LE7ELS team called upon electrifying producers EDX, Syn Cole, and Lazy Rich. All three remixes bring forth fresh sounds that refuse to be labeled predictable. Stream all three beefed up versions of “Silhouettes” below the break and head to Beatport for the official release.
David Guetta at Electric Zoo 2012: Mr. EDM finally delivers an unusually risky set to mixed reactions
David Guetta is probably one of the most interesting artists still heavily involved in the music scene today. On one hand, he’s one of the most prominent, longest-standing DJs in the game, getting his start as a seventeen-year-old jockey in Parisian nightclubs. On the other hand, he’s the man who brought the world such anthems as “I Gotta Feeling” and “Sexy Bitch,” which have become positively ingrained in American pop culture.
There’s no denying that Guetta’s mainstream appeal has led to his exponential rise in popularity for the past number of years, and his ability to attract long-time dance music fans and new-to-the-scene teenie-boppers is both a blessing and a curse. Never was this more apparent to me than after watching his set at this year’s Electric Zoo.