Riding on a high after reaching 30,000 Facebook likes and releasing collaboration “NaNaNa” with fellow Dutchman Moti, Alvaro feverishly thanks his fans by giving away free download “Most Wanted.” Already raking in support from the all-mighty Tiësto during his Ultra set, the track boasts ground-shaking bass reminiscent previous productions “World in Our Hands“ and “Rock Music.” Stay tuned for his much anticipated release “Welcome to the Jungle,” while in the mean time Google image search “Alvaro Most Wanted” for some truly terrifying mug shots.
Highly acclaimed Helvetic Nerds duo Leventina are back on track to follow-up their City Lights EP with their latest accomplished studio offering for Unreleased Digital. As a delicate fusion of uplifting melodic developments and coordinated peak time digressions, “Hear Me” proves perhaps one of the most durable assets to Leventina’s studio exploits to date. Grab it on Beatport from May 27.
Battle of the Beats is a new feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on who’s rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Kanye West closed Saturday Night Live’s season finale with the debut of two new tracks off his forthcoming album, Yeezus. One, “New Slaves,” was projected on buildings across the globe a night earlier, the other “Black Skinheads,” made its mark on national television with stampeding drums, screeching lyrics, and an energy that blurred hip-hop with rock, with electronic elements.
The morning after Kanye’s latest spectacle, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone shared a quote from his newest Daft Punk interview that has Bangalter revealing details behind their collaboration, indicative of work on “Black Skinhead.”
Fear not the fixation on two robots and their overemphasized record, for DJ DLG is back to follow-up last month’s “The One” with another boundary-breaking installment of disco-tinted electro house. The warped mechanical stylings of “Get Down” act as the perfect digression to the genres overextended comfort zone, as well as the blatant vintage appeal that DLG consistently brings to the equation. With the Lazor Disco Mix adding uplifting instrumental values to the equation, DJ DLG asserts himself as one of the more understated breakthroughs in American dance music. Out now on Beatport. (more…)
Overcast skies and an early afternoon rain made Electric Daisy Carnival New York’s second day a much different experience than the first but that didn’t stop 50,000 dance music fans from descending on Citi Field for a second day of thunderous bass. Once again we found ourselves tucked away in the Neon Garden tent to seek refuge from the weather, an area that developed into a mainstage-sized crowd by the end of the night for Carl Cox and Loco Dice’s grand finale.
Nicky Romero’s orchestral hit “Symphonica” is set to take center stage once again with the release of its official remix package. The strings and synths of the original were given fresh spins by Bare, Suede and Cash Cash, all of whom took the tune from trap to dubstep to electro and back. Truly embracing the creative aspect of remixing, each artist made the track their own, together presenting three very different sounds. Dig one or love them all, the package is due out May 20th on Protocol Recordings.
With immeasurable amounts of hype finally drawing to a peak this week after Random Access Memories became available to stream on iTunes, Daft Punk continue to leak secrets and stories including Part 2 of their Pete Tong interview during Coachella. In endearing French accents, the pair give a background look into the inspiration of praised single “Giorgio By Moroder,” their rooted love for classic disco and rock music, how they ultimately picked their collaborators and why they’ve chosen an anonymous lifestyle. Read what Dancing Astronaut editors thought of the album here and don’t forget to join in on the discussion.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
While there aren’t any strict definitions as to what constitutes downtempo, it’s generally known as slower, ambient-driven electronic music. This week features an assortment of downtempo productions with two impeccable originals from Andrew Bayer, a rework of “Move For Me,” X3SR’s remix of “Breathe,” and an original from Kastle.
If you missed any of last week’s lighter selections, check out Mat Zo’s blissful remix of “Alive,” Jonas Rathman’s forthcoming remix of “Another Love, “ and Moon Boots’ new original “Love Strong.” For Sunday mornings, it doesn’t get much better than lush synth pads over an absorbing, sub-100 bpm broken beat. Click past the break for five downtempo tracks.
Pete Tong rounds up this week in dance music with Essential New Tune ‘Centre of the Universe,’ ‘Atmosphere’ premiere, Daft Punk interview
Presenting us with the hottest in new music from around the globe, Pete Tong showered us in delicacies last night during his weekly BBC Radio 1 dance music marathon. Kicking the show off with the world premiere of Kaskade’s autonomously sung and produced new single “Atmosphere,” moving on into Sander van Doorn’s electrifying “Neon,” and the bouncy, big room Hardwell remix of Krewella’s “Alive,” followed by other progressive anthems.
Pete’s coveted “Essential New Tune” went to none other than ex-SHM member Axwell for the remode his new single “Centre of The Universe,” replacing Francesco Rossi’s enigmatic tune “Paper Aeroplane” from last week. Daft Punk continued the discussion with Tong in Part 2 of their Coachella interview while immersing in new tracks off RAM “Giorgio By Moroder,” “Loose Yourself to Dance” and “Instant Crush.”
London-based techno producer Scuba ran through his picks for week’s “Goodie Goodies” including Locked Groove’s “Do It Anyway” and favorite tune of the year Dusky’s “Vanishing Point,” while house legend Kerri Chandler was knighted into Tong’s “Hall of Fame” while explaining the compelling story behind “Bar A Thym.” Tong pins Blond:ish as his future star, ending of with a hot mix from Israeli tech-house sensation Guy Gerber.
Listen via BBC Radio 1 here.