In an era dominated by singles and two-track EPs, the album often seems like an antiquated format. So many producers are caught up in a formulaic rinse and repeat methodology of singles that it’s easy to forget our origins as an LP-centric community. In an attempt to give credit to the producers who’ve put their time, heart, and soul into the extended release format, we’ve ranked our biggest albums and EPs of 2012.
The same week that the Grammys fumbled its dance music nominations, voting has opened for its far more credible counterpart, Winter Music Conference’s International Dance Music Awards. The IDMAs annually showcase each of the moving parts that make up the sprawling global automaton we call dance music, from producers and promoters to clubs and software developers. Containing nearly 60 separate categories and a consistent emphasis on innovation, the IDMAs are one of the few dance music awards that command respect from both the industry and the public. Most importantly, you won’t find Al Walser on here. Unless you choose to write him in. In which case, God help you.
The underground has weighed in on 2012. Resident Advisor‘s annual poll came out today and, per usual, its overlaps with DJ Mag Top 100 are few and far between.
This year saw American techno transplant Seth Troxler ascend to the poll’s coveted pinnacle, while Richie Hawtin‘s unprecedented CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour and eye-opening ENTER Ibiza debut buoyed the M-nus boss into the number-two slot. Eclectic Berlin producer Dixon, Crosstown Rebels darling Maceo Plex, and Klockworks owner Ben Klock round up the rest of the top-five, respectively, while Hot Creations boss and last year’s number-one Jamie Jones clocks in at the sixth spot. Hawtin’s CNTRL comrade Loco Dice, Chilean-German sensation Ricardo Villalobos, Tale of Us, and London deep house hot-shot Maya Jane Coles fill out the rest of the top ten.
For the full list of rankings and rationales, check out the poll results here.Posted by
By anyone’s measure, Toolroom Records has had a massive year. Mark Knight‘s label consistently churned out chart-topping tech house cuts in 2012, while showcasing choice selections from genres as divergent as deep house and dubstep. This sprawling 43-track retrospective contains most of the major Toolroom release from the year, ranging from the label boss’ bouncy lead-off ”Alright” to the Cube Guys’ infectious closing “Missin’” remix. Highlights include Dutch drum and bass outfit Noisia‘s twisted reinterpretation of Knight’s dark masterpiece “Nothing Matters” and DJ PP‘s groovy chart-conquering “La Luna.”
Check out the promotional video and compilation track-list after the jump and head to Beatport today to pick up a copy.
Suffering from Electric Zoo withdrawal? Well we have good news. You can listen to all of your favorite artists again in our special Electric Zoo themed episode of Axis. This fantastic three hour mix features at least one track from every artist who performed at the festival. With over seventy tracks that range from dubstep to house to trance and everything in between, the mix is a perfect demonstration of the range and scope of modern electronic music. It is the perfect way to relive the festival and recall the amazing experience you had with your friends. Click after the break for the tracklist.
Vincent Belorgey, aka Kavinsky, has been at the heart of the French-electro scene for the better half of a decade. An indisputably talented artist, we see Kavinsky as one of the real dark horses of Electric Zoo. He’s toured supporting Daft Punk and his music has been compared to that of Justice, Danger and SebastiAn. If you consider yourself a fan of any of those artists we strongly recommend you check out Kavinsky’s set at Electric Zoo. Click past the break for more on Kavinsky and to hear some gritty French electro with deeply rooted 80s vibes.
Editor’s Note: Much to our disappointment, Kavinsky is no longer on the bill for Electric Zoo but he is still an artist worth checking out – hopefully he will make an appearance in the NYC area sometime soon.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in June and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
We’re back with another installment of our monthly top 10 tracks feature. Last month’s top 10 set a very high standard as it was absolutely stacked with awesome tracks. Luckily it seems as though no one is resting on their laurels as we have some fantastic tunes for our June list. This month’s top 10 features tracks from Tiesto, Dirty South, Laidback Luke, Arty & more! Check after the break to see who made our top 10 and who managed to take this month’s number 1!
Editorial: 5 ways Made Event can improve Governors Island for Summer 2012 (Update: Made Event responds!)Photo is from Size Matters on Governors Island 2011. Notice the open tent.
This past weekend marked the opening of Governors Island for the summer, with Benny Benassi, Hardwell, Bingo Players, and Dallas K. Last year the island saw the likes of Avicii, Steve Angello, Bassnectar, and other artists who traveled to Pacha’s remote location, which proved to be a consistently awesome place to party. However, with Pacha opting to move their offerings elsewhere (or at least trying to), Made Event took over the island creating a different experience. I was upset to find that the venue wasn’t as I remembered, but it’s still very early in the summer and things can be improved. Here are is my list of 5 ways Made Event can improve Governors Island:
UPDATE: Made Event has responded to the problems and they said they are fixing everything we mentioned! Via: Facebook
John Dahlback is giving his fans eight more reasons to be excited about 2012. His latest YouTube video reveals eight brand new productions that we can expect to be released this year, giving us the indication that Dahlback will steamroll through the summer and beyond. Jump below the break for the list of future releases and let us know which you are looking forward to the most.
Fareoh has been impressing us with his happy, upbeat releases (and free bootlegs), and he’s kicking off the New Year with more of his own melodic goodness. The appropriately-titled “2012 (Twenty Twelve)” feels like something perfect for a pool party, and has an Avicii sort of feel to it. There’s only an instrumental mix for now, but we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that’ll change. Got any ideas for good acapellas that could work in the meantime? Let us know in the comments, and grab the free download below.
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