DA’s own progressive house upholder and consistent label hopper Andre Sobota returns to the spotlight with two new cuts for Anjunadeep this month. Last found at the label remixing Jody Wisternoff’s vocal single “Out Of Reach”, his debut solo offering forms a solid continuation of the fluid instrumental studio work that has held his name in such high esteem to-date. Where A-side “Tokyo Dawn” deals in deep and dreamy melodic progressions and lightly formed grooves throughout, “Move” summons more subtle and hypnotic underground hallmarks from this Brazilian all-rounder. On the approach to the third-quarter of 2013, Sobota is looking more dexterously placed on the industry skyline than ever before. If his debut Anjunadeep two-track is to be believed, this alternative alias to drum & bass kingpin Bungle looks only fall into higher demand with such integral and intuitive cuts at his mercy. (more…)Posted by
You’ve heard the arguments, seen the disgruntled tweets – perhaps even pondered the Beatport chart in your own time. Whichever way you look at it, few genre handles have been as widely discussed and challenged as that of progressive house. Be it the historic workings of such British pioneers as John Digweed and Sasha or such vocal genre advocates as Eric Prydz, its reign upon the modern dance floor has often been misunderstood, but never truly shaken in spite of the commercial overhaul.
A melodically refined concoction of upfront euphoria and strong melodic composure, the sound has often been referenced as a bastard child of both trance and underground techno, but has continued to sail on the merits of providing an aural canvas as powerful as it is provocative. Perhaps one of the most subtle and artistic sub-handles to evolve from days of more uplifting focus, its pioneers have continued to adapt a “less-is-more” mantra that firmly separates it from the pounding kicks and two-tone synths now dominating the digital market. The waters may have muddied where the coinage of this genre is concerned, but a select handful of artists have remained true to its overarching values, offering enough encouragement to the fact that despite the abundance of commercial electro house being falsely attributed to it, progressive house still has its share of well-versed disciples. Dancing Astronaut digs deep to showcase the artists keeping this often-misconstrued genre alive for 2013. (more…)Posted by
Brazilian producer Andre Sobota earned the honor of becoming one of Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch in 2013. After earning support and a handful of releases on the Pryda Friends imprint, Sobota’s latest EP Lost Chances sees a release on Monster Deep instead of under Prydz’s wing but maintains the same quality and style he showcased in previous outings. “Lost” is intricately layered with a ghostly atmosphere and haunting vocal melodies ensnared in tightly wound percussion. “Chances” is much snappier, using a barrage of spaced-out pads and mechanical groans to establish its groove.
Andre Sobota – Lost (Original Mix)
Andre Sobota – Chances (Original Mix)
Brazilian producer Andre Sobota is following up a very strong 2012 with the first contribution in the remix package for New Zealand studio trio Antix & Tim Richards’s “Another Day” on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital. Just like his work on Rihanna and Coldplay’s “Princess of China” and his own originals on Pryda Friends, Sobota alters the tight foundation of the track into a free-flowing heartfelt progressive groove. This young talent, along with others like Jeremy Olander, Fehrplay, and Richard Knott, lead the charge in the noveau Prydzian camp of inspiring progressive ingenuity, and this remix proves just that.
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With the new year comes new talent, new sounds and new mind-blowing tracks. We’ve already got our sights set on Miami Music Week and the slew of huge releases and up-and-coming talent that will define 2013. We’ve been watching these artists over the past year, their outputs have been impressive but their full potential still untapped.
Jump past the break to check out who we are most excited about in 2013.
Andre Sobota has been a Dancing Astronaut favorite ever since he released his stellar remix of “Princess of China” back in June. In the five months since, he’s released Eric Prydz approved tracks and three quality EPs. Sobota is back to start the new year off right with Futura, his fourth EP since he first entered our radar. Futura features two tunes, “Paulista” and the title track. While he offers no back story for “Futura,” he does explain that “Paulista” was “influenced by Niemeyer architecture at ‘Parque do Ibirapuera’ & ‘Memorial da America Latina’ as well as some aspects of life in São Paulo.” Both tracks feature typical Sobota melodies but of the two “Paulista” is an easy favorite. Click below the break to check them out.
We’ve gone over the biggest artists, albums, and tracks of 2012, but our end of the year roundup really wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about our own favorites from this year. These are the songs that made us feel, gave us chills, made us party, and made us cry. You’d probably find these tracks with high play counts in our music libraries and dripping with nostalgia if you make us talk about them further.
From our first encounter with his remix to Coldplay and Rihanna’s ”Princess of China,” to his debut release on Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends, Andre Sobota has made name for himself as a stand-out act to follow. This week he continues his onslaught with a two-track EP released on Toolroom Records, featuring brand new tracks, “Saviour” and “Technicolour.” The package comes with warm uplifting melodies and smooth progressive chord play — rounding out the year with a set of graceful tracks easily enjoyed on the dance floor or with a good set of headphones. Jump past the break for the stream and purchase link. (more…)Posted by
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!
Bristolian progressive/deep house veteran Jody Wisternoff releases a remix package for “Out of Reach” today, the lastest single off his debut Trails We Blaze artist album released on Anjunadeep back in May. This collection includes extended, radio, and dub edits of the track as well as remixes from Dusky’s Alfred Taylor and Brazilian newcomer Andre Sobota. While much of the original track focuses on Johnathan Mendelsohn’s soulful vocals, the radio edit cranks up the BPM to something more suitable for nightlife. In traditional Dusky fashion, Alfred Taylor’s remix slows down the tempo, stutters the vocals, and elevates the bass. Andre Sobota, on the other hand, shows us his promise once again with his dark, tribal, and totally creative take on Jody’s original. Listen to and purchase the tunes after the break.