Since teasing us with “A Matter Of,” a five-snippet taste of recent productions that had been later confirmed as non-debut album offerings, Afrojack has continued his studio-spree and is now sharing three of his most prized pieces. Making their debut at festivals such as Ultra and leaving their mark at live shows ever since, Nick’s latest tunes embody each facet of his artistic abilities.
“Yubaba” comes with the grinding bassline that has driven previous records through the roof, while “Raybomb” — an undisputed future anthem — reflects the Afrojack of old through signature bleeps. Last but not least comes “Griever,” a song that combines his anthemia with his darker side. Stay tuned, as the man himself has promised that these bombs are coming next week in the form of his forthcoming EP, It’s A Matter Of…
It took three years in the making, but this week, Afrojack‘s “Take Over Control” received platinum status after surpassing over one million sales. This landmark feat calls for a look back to 2010, when his most popular single to date was only beginning to skyrocket, and tracks like “Pon De Floor” and “Bangduck” were still shaping his career. Nearly three years to date, Afrojack last took to BBC Radio 1 to deliver Pete Tong an Essential Mix that, in retrospect, paved the way for the self-titled phenomenon of “Afrojack Music.”
There are two things likely to stir a conversation about Stratford-Upon-Avon, but at this time of year, you can be certain it isn’t Shakespeare. Now eleven years into their annual midland overhaul, Global Gathering returns to Long Marston Airfield July 26th and 27th to unleash another cutting edge line-up from across the dance music spectrum. With day one favoring the likes of British assets Plan B, Disclosure and Rudimental on the main stage, the additions of Ferry Corsten, Nicky Romero, Seth Troxler and James Zabiela open the floodgates to a line-up that collects mainstream favorites and underground legends alike to the unsuspecting airfield.
Led by Example, Afrojack and Steve Aoki on the Saturday, European young-guns Hardwell, Madeon, Arty and Porter Robinson share the day with specially tailored stages from Carl Cox, Toolroom Records, and Jamie Jones’s Paradise concept alike. Boasting enough assorted flavors to whet any self-respecting dance fans appetite for 48-hours, Global looks to bring an Ibiza-worthy line-up that lacks only the guaranteed sunshine. For tickets and the full line-up of artists visit Global Gathering’s official website.
After “Take Over Control” — a song that has been regarded the most commercial record of his career — has received platinum status with seven-figure sales, Afrojack has taken to SoundCloud to reveal a completely original sound from his arsenal. “Making music for the heck of it,” Nick ignores EDM boundaries for the production of “Robot City,” a smooth, steady beat that carries his insignia while remaining without a genre.
“Robot City” is the first track to kick off “Far Far Away,” a sub-category of Afrojack’s SoundCloud where he will be sharing tunes that stray beyond the realms of “Afrojack Music.”
“Even though its not what most of you are used to, its still my biggest passion to share these kind of things with you, so welcome to the kingdom of Far Far Away, everything under this extra title is gonna be my weird stuff.”
Only 24 hours after Zedd’s acclaimed “Clarity” received its gold status with over 500,000 copies sold, Afrojack has reached platinum status with his career-launching hit, “Take Over Control.” With vocals from Eva Simmons, released in 2010, “Take Over Control” has dominated charts and airwaves for nearly three years. Finally, in the United States, the single has sold over one million records, placing Afrojack in the ranks with some of music’s greatest icons.
If you’re looking to dance, party, and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend like a rockstar — or better yet, EDM star — there’s no better destination than Las Vegas. While brand new nightlife venues opened for their inaugural seasons, Vegas’ mainstay and hottest electronic commodity, XS, opened doors like it was business as usual. Between weekend bookend sets from Avicii and Steve Angello, David Guetta and his once-upon-a-time understudy, Afrojack, both took the decks of XS last Saturday to deliver their sets as they gear up for the summer. Listen to both and follow along with the tracklists below the break.
Before Afrojack tackled the big room, his sound had a more minimal tinge, and his 2009 “Esther” was a pulsing eight-minute monster. Reawakened by Buenos Aires’ HIIO, the tune received a few new layers, going from slithering to swinging with the help of an enhanced drum line. The duo wove gripping builds and a melodic break into the tech house sound, crafting a clean remix with an aptly titled 2013 spin. Definitely not the last we’ll hear from the South American pair, the track is available now on Beatport from Spinnin Star Music.
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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.