Empire of the Sun’s “Alive” is already shaping up to be one of summer’s biggest and brightest hits, but what happens, you may be asking when Mat Zo takes the reigns? Good things. This sounds like the Mat Zo of 2011 — using big room tricks in a savvy manner, sweeping builds, clean effects, and complete joy to the listener’s ear. Enjoy a listen below. The remix package will be out on May 28th. Empire of the Sun’s album will be released on June 18th, you can preorder on iTunes now.
While their rambunctious touring life is well known, Krewella’s releases have simultaneously garnered massive attention from fellow producers. Their iconic single “Alive” has impressively managed to stay relevant despite being released ten months ago. After receiving countless remixes and reaching the top of Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show airplay chart, it’s safe to say “Alive” has reached the pinnacle of success. For what is being deemed ‘the final’ remix, beloved mainstage talent Hardwell has lent his big room production abilities to the pervasive single. After a warm, sentimental build up, Hardwell introduces a booming drop with a raucous Dutch flavor.
Krewella‘s “Alive” has escalated to become one of the biggest dance tracks of 2013; from the original mix that has been featured on national television to Cash Cash and Kalkutta’s remix that has dominated the early days of festival season. As the temperature is soon to be cranked up and summer events to be full swing, the Krew’s renowned single is slated to reach new heights. Teased by Hardwell at Coachella and the inaugural I Am Hardwell show, his own remix of “Alive” has been debuted by Pete Tong for this week’s Essential Selection, a likely indicator of an imminent release. Hardwell builds an uplifting presence around the vocal but swaps the melody for a profound drum-driven beat after the hook, giving the track yet another outlet amongst the dance scene.
German wunderkind Zedd has been sitting pretty since the release of his chart-topping debut albumClarity, and who can blame him? Putting out ten tracks of that caliber must have felt like giving birth to decuplets, and the producer deserved to revel in his success with a post-partem break.
A listen to the preview of his forthcoming remix for Empire of the Sun is a swift reminder of exactly why it’s so good to have him back. No one strikes the delicate balance between lead synth noodling, stabby complextro and big room builds like the 23-year-old prodigy, and all are on display in this multifaceted remix. Zedd channels “Stars Come Out” on the high-octane electro introduction before building into Empire of the Sun’s pre-drop chorus. The lead synth line recalls Alesso a bit, but Zedd throws in enough trademark melodic flourishes to make it his own. Expect plenty of play for this remix on the summer festival circuit.
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.
A captivating cabaret of canorous cantillation and cacophony, Krewella‘s carols consummately cater to any class of composer. Abundant alliteration aside, the Play Harder EP features a diverse collection of remixes of “Alive” and “Killin’ It.” From their debut extended play, the sultry and seductive summer smashes have scintillated our senses (… sorry) for months, and, now, are revitalized across too many genres to recognize. ”Alive” sees reworks from progressive prodigy, Jakob Liedholm, and bass-heavy up and comers, Pegboard Nerds. “Killin’ It” gets its own eclectic spotlight with Killagraham’s nu-jump, glitch wallop and DnB kicks from Dirtyphonics. Throwing moombah in the mix, Mutrix’s vocal chops are so krispy, Kia Shine demanded royalties. Even Chuckie got his dirty dutch hands on the once dubstep creation, giving us another reason to yet again, kill it. Grab ‘em for free after the break.
You’ve probably heard about a million different remixes of Krewella’s most well-known track “Alive,” but now we’ve got for you a free download of the the latest version with Russian pop-house producer Archie. Archie is responsible for one of my most-loved progressive house power ballads of the last year, “Villo” and he’s done it again pairing the Krewella crew’s signature female lead vocals with aggressive big room melodies. Come for the free download, stay because it’s really, really catchy.
Coming off the release of their remix of Peter Rauhofer’s and Zander Bleck’s “The World Is Mine,” the Stafford Brothers are back with a Dancing Astronaut exclusive of their take on Krewella’s “Alive.” The brotherly duo has seen their worldwide acclaim grow over the past year, being named Australia’s best DJs by inthemix and embarking on a US tour that hit major venues including LAVO and Voyeur. Teaming up with Jealous Much to remix Krewella’s progressive anthem, the finished product maintains the key vocal elements of the original while injecting big room synth work to give the track a club-friendly sound. Give it a listen and download your free copy after the break.
The music video for Adrian Lux‘s most recent single “Alive” is out today. “Alive” is taken from his upcoming album (early January release date) and features the vocals of the UK band, The Good Natured. The music video stars Adrian Lux and Sara McIntosh in a futuristic setting. The minimal action in the music video matches up quite well with the vibe of the song which can easily put you into a zoned out trance. We look forward to hearing more from this young talent when his album comes out next year. “Alive” is out now on Beatport along with remixes from Albin Meyers, Basto, Mysto & Pizzi and Blende.
A few months back we started our “Stargazers” column through which we shine the light on upcoming talent that we feel has the potential to rise to the top of the EDM world. Our inaugural Stargazers selection, Michael Brun, wasted absolutely zero time with his ascension. The Davidson College attendee has got some great tunes coming out with major artists we can’t share quite yet with our DA fans but we can give you a clue. One of the artists goes Hard… and does it damn Well! For those of you looking for new talent in the progressive sector of EDM this kid will surely satiate your hunger. Check out his latest remix and a preview of an official mix he is whipping up.
Check out Michael Brun’s hard-hitting remix of Dirty South and Thomas Gold’s “Alive”:
BONUS: Here’s a preview of Brun’s remix of “Dancing” by Delivio Reavon and Aaron Gill