There is one phrase to live by in Dada Land – no rules but the rules of Dada. This is the credo that Stefan and Olle live by everyday under their producer/DJ moniker Dada Life. This fall, the duo will be hitting the road and reaching every corner of North America, delivering a massive continent-wide tour full of reckless energy and electro beats. From Canada to the United States, Dada Life will be showering fans in champagne and bananas with supporting sets from Tiesto and 12th Planet. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, August 14th at 1pm EST, so don’t miss your chance to see one of dance music liveliest performers and jump below the break for the dates and cities.
Chris Reece, EDX, and Stan Kolev throw a big room wrench into progressive house with the release of “Miami Device.” The energetic track features punchy chords that build for a contagious dance tune. Melody ensues, lifting the track to big room proportions before breaking into top-notch progression. What you would expect from a crowd-pleaser, “Miami Device” is sure to provoke the party, so grab the track for yourself at Beatport via Spinnin Records.
Since solidifying their name and reputation as electro producers with “Mush Mush,” Bassjackers have been packing their signature sound into quality releases and remixes. The duo is back at it with a collaboration with Yves V named after a New York City borough. “Bronx” is a bass-heavy electro track with a melodic undertone and distortion at its foundation. Coming from Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike’s Smash The House imprint, the duo’s fresh outing is fit for the big room and open air. Expect to hear this drop at your next festival and find the official release at Beatport today.
After hearing Michael Woods’ update to his classic tune “No Access,” we were worried he might be headed down the radio-friendly pop route so many of his colleagues are taking — thankfully this was not the case. The preview for his edit of “Diamond Rings” successfully quelled our fears, combining his usual electro grunginess with a melodic build.
In conjunction with the song’s release we’ve teamed up with Provoke to give away a one-of-a-kind commemorative skateboard. One winner will receive the deck as well as wall mounts provided by Toronto skate shop, So Hip It Hurts. All you have to do to enter is submit your information on Punchtab. The winner will be announced and contacted via email sometime next week. Good luck!
Swanky Tunes are collaborating with Spinnin Records to form a label of their own. The Russian producers will launch Showland on September 3rd with the release of their own “Blood Rush.” The latest outing from the world of Swanky Tunes features the hard-hitting progression and hypnotizing synths, similar to previous efforts like “The Edge.” With a new label comes new music, so get ready for the duo to shell out some supported tunes when Showland debuts with “Blood Rush” next month.
In consistent form this summer, John Dahlback is following his seasonal releases “Living A Lie,” “I Saw This Before,” and “Embrace Me” with yet another progressive hit. “Comet” comes with a frenetic drum line and synths that range from electro to grunge — a formula we have seen Dahlback use time and time again. Another weapon for the dance floor, “Comet” is sure to be played for the club audiences and beyond as we prepare to end our summer nights. Find “Comet” on Beatport courtesy of Joia Records and let us know how you think it matches up to Dahlback’s previous releases.
In tandem with Eric Turner, Avicii has released his highly anticipated set-staple “Dancing In My Head.” While awaiting the release of his “Exclusive Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply Mix” of “Silhouettes,” Tim Berg brigs us the “Been Cursed Mix” of his latest effort. Bouncy chords open the track, rising out of a lingering, low bass — an anticipating sound that breaks into the uplifting vocal, drum line, and melody that reveal Avicii’s influence in full form. Head to Beatport for the release of “Dancing In My Head” a day ahead of the Monday music madness.
A few days ago we were teased with a short YouTube clip of an enigmatic production by none other than Skrillex and Boys Noize. In the world of incredible collaborations, this pairing is on par with Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner’s “Animal Rights.” Alex Ridha’s techno-god status combined with Skrillex’s impeccable sound production and genre-defining signature style have come together to create “Middle Finger” and “Next Order,” two ferociously unique and deeply layered techno monsters. Both artists influences are readily apparent, with Boys Noize driving basslines and Skrillex’s wobbles working together to create a harmony of aggressive techno and dubstep elements. A collaboration of this caliber should be made illegal, somebody might get hurt.
Both tracks are now available on Beatport via Boysnoize Records.
This is a guest post by Eric Coomes, a copywriter at Mixed in Key and Kansas City, MO-based DJ.
Harmonic mixing is a DJ technique with roots in music theory used by some of the world’s most popular DJs: Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Kaskade, Markus Schulz, Sasha, Swedish House Mafia, and many more rely on the technique. Whether you are an aspiring or experienced DJ, harmonic mixing helps ensure that your song transitions won’t clash, and that your mixes sound musically seamless.
It seems that the Swedish House Mafia members aren’t the only superstar DJs that know how to create a buzz. Avicii has released this funny yet suspenseful video, warning you not to miss out on the “epic” announcement coming Tuesday. The video has been highlighted on Insomniac and Pacha NYC’s Facebook with the caption “XX and XX get ready. #DONTMISSIT.” The Le7els tour has hit every major city except NY and LA, and with the areas’ biggest companies promoting the video, it is possible that Avicii will be adding two more dates.
Based on an event page that no longer exists, and information from our sources, we believe Tim will play Radio City Music Hall on September 27th. We hear he will be bringing his enormous head production with him, and expect a true spectacle of Madison Square Garden proportions. We have yet to confirm any solid plans outside of New York, but as soon as we can verify information, you will know about it.