Stockholm’s Nause have left few stones unturned amid their global overhaul. With remixes for Kaskade and Eric Turner already behind them, the Scandinavian fast-risers turn their creative yarns to Afrojack’s commercial outing “As Your Friend” to extend their melodic guise to pastures pop heavy. Whichever way you spin it, the vocal assets of Chris Brown were never an ideal asset to maintain. The sugary pop hallmarks remain, but the duo proves up to the task of driving quality peak time sensibilities into the track for yet another finely tuned and melodically refined offering to their well-ornamented trophy cabinet for 2013. This is out May 31st.
Earlier this week, Afrojack released a preview of four forthcoming productions labeled “A Matter Of.” As an avid follower of the self-proclaimed “Afrojack music,” most notably the tracks often referred to as “the new shit,” I was more than pleased to hear some of his highly anticipated tunes in their mastered form. Jumping to the conclusion that these would be coming off his debut album this September, I was befuddled when Afrojack informed us that they were not cuts from the album, but “just an in between.”
It seems there is no predicting the releases to come from Afrojack and there is still no telling what the tone of his new album will be. That unpredictability aside, this doesn’t come as too great of a surprise — this is an artist that seems to have a new record to share every time he performs. Needless to say, there are plenty of Afrojack productions floating around — in live rips, IDs, and rumors — that I’m anticipating for him to release.
Early Sunday, Afrojack took to SoundCloud to preview four original unreleased tracks. The first has been a unanimous fan favorite, sweeping the internet under the rumored “Maximal Jack” title since live streamed from Ultra Music Festival. Next comes “Rocker,” a heavy-electro track that Afrojack has been teasing for months already and is the most likely candidate for his next proper release. The two unnamed productions that follow provide insight to the album’s deeper persona with his signature grinding basslines that he’s built some of his biggest hits upon. Listen to the previews after the break.
After teaming up on “No Beef” and showcasing bottles of their drink Afroki in the accompanying music video, Afrojack and Steve Aoki hopped into the studio to bring their beverage to life. The resulting big room blitz was just finished last week and the duo unveiled it to the world at the Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam. Still untitled, the track has both producer’s signature trademarks. Big gritty synths and squealing Dutch stabs work in tandem to create yet another track destined for festival tent dominance.
Listen after the break.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Steve Angello, Afrojack, and Diplo.
While Eastern Canada boasts a wide array of festivals from Escapade to Sensation, Western Canada is quickly gaining traction and establishing itself as a premiere dance music location. After the monstrous success of Northern Lights Music Festival in EDMonton, Calgary is taking the reins by boasting the first ever Badlands: Stampede Music Festival taking place July 5th to July 8th at Canada Olympic Park. The impressive lineup includes Afrojack, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Adventure Club and more, to be powered by 200,000 watts of PK Sound, and have mainstage display modeled after Europe’s biggest festivals. Only one question remains, will you rave in your Stampede gear or leave the boots behind?
Pre-Sale April 24th & 25th at 10am, and general on-sale April 26th at 10am here. All further information on event page here.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Chuckie, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, and more.
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!
Afrojack’s “As Your Friend” has hit number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play, and now his Chris Brown-assisted radio record has broader appeal to the dance scene with its new twist. Alongside Leroy Styles, co-producer of the original, Afrojack provides an extended mix that turns down Chris Brown’s vocal mid-way to make way for building alarm-like synths. Maintaining the same backbone as the radio edit, the latest version from the duo is more revisit than remix, but is just the flare needed for live sets as tested and proven at Ultra Music Festival.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Kaskade, Skrillex, Seth Troxler, and more.