Following Calvin Harris’ anthemic remix of Florence and the Machine’s “Spectrum,” the British compatriots have teamed up again to preview their latest production, “Sweet Nothing.” Featured yesterday on BBC Radio 1 on the Chris Moyles show, “Sweet Nothing” carries an infectious melody and catchy vocal sample that once again bridge the gap between the pop and dance genres. Florence joins the likes of Kelis, Rihanna, and Ne-Yo as vocalists on Calvin Harris’ upcoming collaboration-filled album, 18 Months, set to release October 29th. Give the track a listen below and stay tuned for the release and accompanying music video.
At Electric Zoo 2010, Martin Buttrich, Matthias Tanzmann, and Davide Squillace came together to put on an exclusive back-to-back set in the Sunday School Grove. Before we knew it, a fun project between friends gave way to Better Lost Than Stupid. The three curate some of the biggest labels on the underground scene and maintain residencies at some of the world’s most famous clubs. In terms of house and techno, where one lacks, the other flourishes. They all bring a unique attribute to the table; and talks of the trio producing tracks together have us on edge for their return to New York.
Wolfgang Gartner has had a monster year thus far by most standards, and the calendar still reads “August.” Last month, he released a monster EP Casual Encounters of a Third Kind to good reviews, adding to the smash hits “Flexx” and “Redline”.
As if a collaboration with Tiesto was not enough, he is now relaunching his own Kindergarten Records, with the first release to drop in the upcoming weeks by the young producer, Popeska, titled Karmameter EP. To celebrate the occasion, a record label launch party will be held at New York’s own Work in Progress (WIP), located in Soho.
Scheduled after Electric Zoo on Saturday, the party promises some big names to appear, with Popeska himself opening the festivities up for a big special promised guest. Space will be limited, so we advise you to arrive close to the 11 pm start time.
Just when it seemed like Dyro’s style of production was entirely one dimensional, the Dutchman has made us believe otherwise. Recently releasing his newest original “Sky High” featuring Amba Shepherd, Dyro has proved that he can incorporate different sounds into his adrenaline-infused electro house. Dyro’s preview to “Night Like This” includes some wobbly dubstep, which builds into a euphoric drop with the perfect combination of electro and progressive house. “Night Like This” will be released September 6th on Mixmash records.
Tech house duo Pleasurekraft offers its rendition to Eric Sneo’s “Shut Up and Dance.” The track — which was previewed on Governors Island earlier this month — is full of graceful melodies and bouncy chord play. Fresh off their remix to Nervo’s “You’re Gonna Love Again,” Pleasurekraft is making a habit of reworking vocal tracks around their funky tech house guise. Having produced monumental tech tracks like “Tarantula” and ”Carny,” any Pleasurekraft release is one to be excited about.
Just a little over a month since the release of “Finale,” Madeon is back with his newest single, “The City”: a perfect example of Madeon’s style of French electropop. Zak Waters and Cass Lowe provide the vocals, which are featured prominently throughout the entire track. This kind of music is different from the standard four beat electro fare and definitely makes for a playful track. The radio edit is now available on iTunes and the extended cut will be on Beatport October 8th.
Last week you saw behind-the-scenes footage of Deadmau5′s new “Professional Griefers” video, and today the full five-and-a-half minute cut has hit YouTube. The “most expensive electronic video ever” features Joel Zimmerman “fighting” Gerard Way in a good old game of robo-mouse wrestling, with thousands of screaming fans and onlookers watching from outside a giant metal dome.
If you look carefully, you can see both Deadmau5′s new headphone line for SOL Republic as well as a hat from his new clothing line with Neff Headware. The computer-generated elements are rather impressive, even if the video gets slightly repetitive after a few minutes. Still, this is a Deadmau5 affair, so nothing ends up exactly as you would expect it to. Watch the full video above all the way to the end to see what we mean.
Hopefully you remember Fabio Lendrum from our latest Stargazers feature, but if not, here’s a quick refresher: he’s a 21 year old English producer / DJ who co-produced Example’s “Won’t Go Quietly” and is currently working with Big Beat Records. The Mikkas and Husman remix to his track, “Out Of The Water,” has already received support from Porter Robinson, who dropped it in his set at Tomorrowland. The track starts out with gentle electro vibes before a building piano interlude. Eventually there’s a drop that seems very Porter Robinson-inspired, perhaps revealing why he was drawn to the track initially. It will be released on Beatport September 3rd, but check out the preview in the meantime.
Derek Vincent Smith, the man behind Pretty Lights, has been able to build a successful career with no formal training and a free distribution model. Although he is now a headliner at countless festivals and solo tours, it wasn’t always this way. Smith’s journey began in high school where he used music as a creative outlet. Throughout his journey he played a variety of musical roles including bass guitar player in a garage rock band, lyricist in a hip hop/funk band, beat maker, and electronic music fan. These experiences played a major part in the development of his current sound, which is as diverse as his background.
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!