Returning to LA’s Historic Park for the second edition of HARD Day of the Dead, Gary Richard’s versatile Halloween festival brandished one of the most enchanting lineups in recent memory. After some stunning performances on Saturday from Nero, Skrillex, and Maya Jane Coles, HARD Day of the Dead finished strong with standout sets from Amtrac, Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, and more. Ultimately, however, it was the masked mouse himself, Joel Zimmerman, who would incite the most intrigue, premiering countless unreleased originals for the packed main stage crowd.
Close on the heels of our Day of the Dead preview, two of the featured artists are showcased on the same track. AMTRAC, the up-and-coming Kentucky native opening for Kaskade, releases a new remix of the massive Duke Dumont track “Need U (100%).” Looping the same catchy sample over a more uptempo beat, AMTRAC preserves the bouncy mood Dumont is a master of, but perfects the last third of the song with chopped vocals layered over the main melody. In the end, this song is a perfect synthesis of the Brit’s trademark poppy house with his counterpart’s keen ear for subtle melodies.Posted by
This weekend marked the final round of shows for Kaskade’s Atmosphere Tour, named after his recently released, hit-packed album. Before bringing Atmosphere’s 14 tracks to his first stop in Miami, the Grammy-nominated DJ hyped his “big room, small tour” by hinting that he would be sporting premier and never-before-seen production.
Los Angeles attendees were stunned when not one, but two stages lined the floor area and acts switched back and forth between sets. Fans swarmed back and forth as Late Night Alumni finished with “Empty Streets” and Amtrac appeared at the back stage for a tech house style set.
Yes, Halloween is here. Which means that the biggest event west of the Mississippi, HARD Event’s Day of the Dead, touches down in Los Angeles. This is no ordinary festival though with a lineup that many are hailing to be the best ever. Yes, the usual suspects of Prydz, Boys Noize, Pretty Lights, and more will all be participating, but we want to use this chance to get you costumed music lovers to go see something new and special. We tried our best picking five acts you shouldn’t miss, check them out after the break.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week’s edition of SMM features plenty of delectable jazz-oriented productions. Electro swing kings Bakermatt and Parov Stelar lead off the selections, while new tracks by Star Slinger and Free n Losh keep up with the jazz theme. Finally, we couldn’t resist squeezing in some new Amtrac.
1. Bakermat is well-known for his jazzy house productions. “Intro” is a track exclusively reserved for his the beginning of his live sets. With its uplifting sample and killer sax solos, it’s easy to see why.
On November 2nd and 3rd, HARD Day of the Dead will invade LA’s Historic Park with 60 artists in tow, one of whom, Kentucky’s Amtrac, has quickly risen to prominence since joining up with the OWSLA family earlier this year. On the 4th edition of the Day of the Dead mixtape series, Amtrac sticks to his signature style and delivers a deep and echo-driven hour of heady electronica. Opening with Leon Vynehall’s remix of Kevin Griffiths’ “Acid Splash,” the mix blends house and techno underneath a hazy cloud of pads and filter cuts. Outputs from Brodinski, Armand Van Helden, YACHT, Breach, Shadow Child and more all make appearances before the tripped-out hour is through. Purchase tickets to HARD Day of the Dead today to catch Amtrac live.
Amtrac never fails to impress with his versatile brand of feel good music. Whether deep, pop, or nu-disco tinged his productions have a way of crawling under the listener’s skin and leaving unforgettable memories in their wake. His remix of “Saturn” has us yearning for a day of bouncy castles and sun, a place where inhibitions go to die and smiles are abundant. The native Kentuckian is on the come up and on his way to beating out Colonel Sanders and his juicy fried goodness as our favorite state product.Posted by
Amtrac is at it again with the release of “Walkin’,” which he’s giving away for free on his SoundCloud. His style, although difficult to pinpoint, tends toward the deeper end of the spectrum and “Walkin’” fits neatly within that realm. The track oozes groovy, soulful, old school vibes giving it a timeless feel. Amtrac seems to have mastered top down feel good music and “Walkin’” is a perfect way to kick off one of summer’s final weekends.
While artists such as GTA and Hook n Sling have taken their stab at remixing Kaskade‘s massive single, “Atmosphere,” the official remixes have been released today on Ultra Music. The first remix comes from Amsterdam duo Chocolate Puma, whose winding house remix will have your head spinning. The second remix comes from versatile deep house producer Amtrac, who mixes a heavy bassline with spacey pads and precise vocal chopping.
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Amtrac is building his reputation with a slow but steady stream of quality productions, and his next release seems likely to fit the bill. Amtrac’s too-short teaser for his remix of “Atmosphere” reveals only enough to let listeners know that on the other side of the 1:09 mark is a track worth waiting for. Kaskade’s mellow acapella vocals seem to build into a deep bouncy drop, but with a preview this short we can’t be sure.
The remix is due out this Friday via Ultra Records as part of the official remix package.Posted by