Though Barrett Richards has been releasing forward-thinking music under the moniker of Kastle for over three years now, Tuesday marked the release of his self-titled debut album Kastle – a 15-track odyssey of warping, vocal-driven bass music. With countless tempos represented, Kastle oscillates between slower 2-step jams and more upbeat, garage-centric productions. The culmination is an awe-inspiring first album playing off the sonic signatures of the past with a futuristic vision in mind.
It feels as though we’re following a trail of bread crumbs left by two of the music world’s greatest engineers. Every few weeks more informatio
While he eluded to it in a recent interview with his own A State of Trance radio show, Armin van Buuren‘s fifth studio album, Intense, has officially been confirmed for release on May 3rd. Intense will be Armin’s first album since 2010′s successful output Mirage, and is shaping up to be his most diverse work yet. In regards to the album, Armin says:
“It’s been an intense 2 years in the making. Being a perfectionist, some of these tracks have taken me months to finish. I’ve tried to incorporate as many real instruments as possible, including a live orchestra and the rock band of my brother Eller, Bagga Bownz. It’s been an honour to work with such talented artists, singers and songwriters.”
Live orchestra and a rock band? I know I’m intrigued. Having recently released such massive collaborative efforts as “Nehalennia” with Arty and “D# Fat” with W&W, you can expect plenty more monumental collaborations on Intense – which, along with the tracklist, will be announced shortly by Armada Music.
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If French electro enigma Kavinsky’s bombastic backstory is to be believed, then fans should probably keep their distance. After all, a reincarnated zombie in an Italian sports car may be more interested in eating brains than expanding them. But if the eccentric producer’s first artist album Outrun is any indication, his steady stream of exceptional output is going to make staying away a near impossibility.
Since bursting into the collective consciousness with “Nightcall,” the brooding single produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and featured in 2011 blockbuster Drive‘s opening scene, Kavinsky (AKA Vincent Belorgey) has built both his musical resume and alternate undead persona with gusto. The culmination of these efforts, Kavinsky’s inaugural album is a 13-track odyssey that showcases the versatility and virtuosity of his menacing brand of electro-disco. Featuring the production talents of fellow French luminary SebastiAn, this sprawling LP represents a singular bar-setting achievement in a genre that has been too-often diluted in the post-Daft Punk dance music paradigm.
With the first ever album to be released exclusively via Spotify, Cazzette have completed the unveiling of their debut LP, Eject. While part one brought their charting single “Beam Me Up” and multi-BPM original “The Rat,” part two saw the release of the melody-driven originals “Weapon” and “I Surrender.” Part three, however, is arguably the most coveted installment of them all. Click past the break to listen to Eject on Spotify, as well as hear our thoughts on the album as a whole.
On his second artist album, Andrea Bertolini delivers music that could simultaneously make Eric Prydz smile and progressive house pretenders wilt. The prolific Italian producer has quietly built a transnational following on the merits of his complex progressive tracks, such as last year’s stellar “Blue Ocean,” and sonic versatility, exemplified by electro-inspired collaborations with Boosta and an upcoming album with Turin band Motel Connection.
Ready for Another Night is no exception. The twelve-track album, which Bertolini told Dancing Astronaut was inspired by his travels to such locales as Brazil and India, showcases the diversity of his compositional talents in full force. Standouts include the big-room-ready “Pride” and “Bounce of Future Sound,” a groove-driven departure from his common chords and melodies. Fear not, the latter are well-represented on the lovely “On a Cloud” and “On a Low Moment,” as well as his bombastic closing remix of Riktam & Bansi’s “Now is Here.” Catch the track previews after the break and head to Beatport to snag a copy for yourself.
For those of you impatiently awaiting the October 30th release date of Calvin Harris’ 18 Months album, the producer has a welcomed treat. Every single track from the album is available for streaming via his website starting today! 18 Months follows Calvin’s 2009 Ready for the Weekend album and features classic cuts like “Feel So Close” and “Bounce,” his crooning collaboration with Florence Welch ”Sweet Nothing,” and bass-driven club anthem “Iron” with Nicky Romero. What we’re most excited to hear are his less-publicized works, though. Click on over and have a listen for yourself, then let us know what your favorite track from the album is.
Kaskade’s Freaks of Nature tour was a massive success, and despite
walking limping away from the tour with a broken foot, Ryan Raddon shows no signs of slowing down. He’s already taken some time to jot down his thoughts on a new Tumblr page, and now Billboard reports that he’s already working on his next album. “I’m hoping to have it out early next year — by March or April,” he says, hopeful that he’ll be able to get it done before 2012 is up. Billboard says that it will have “some noteworthy collaborations” but doesn’t give any hints as to which artists will be brought in.
Deadmau5 is one of the most controversial figures in dance music, but despite his often polarizing views, his music most always transcends his public relations faux pas. The mau5 masked crusader — or nemesis, depending on where you stand — isn’t susceptible to public opinion, and because of this, his productions are generally a reflection of himself — rather than a reflection of the current musical climate. While some might find his attitude entitled or unappreciative, I find it refreshing. Too many artists have lost their identity in the process of finding success, and too often their art suffers as a result — but not for Joel Zimmerman.
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Dada Life’s highly anticipated album has been locked away in their infamous studio and kept confidential for some time now. The Swedish duo has finally announced that their studio album will be dubbed The Rules of Dada and will see its North American release on October 16th. Instant classics like “Happy Violence” and “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” will be present along with “Rolling Stone T-Shirt” and “Feed The Dada.” The Rules of Dada will also include several brand new original productions, all of which will be a reflection of Dada’s relentless energy and electro mastery. Find the tracklist below the break and pre-order your copy of The Rules of Dada on iTunes ahead of its October release.