While “EDM” may have peaked in the last several years, today one of the scene’s most venerated labels is providing a history lesson for its birthday. Originally founded by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis in 2003, Armada Music now hosts 27 sublabels, showcasing talent from across the dance spectrum. After launching careers of trance mainstays and progressive and tech house names alike, the Dutch imprint is giving listeners a 69-track sampler platter of 10 years of Armada. From the early days of Motorcycle and Gabriel & Dresden to the present reign of the likes of Nervo, Arty and Avicii, the three-CD compilation touches on dozens of artists in between, each name as commanding as the last. The compilation also celebrates Armada’s fifth straight year of “Best Global Dance Label” status as awarded by the IDMAs. Check the tracklisting below to see what an all-star roster truly looks like.
From Armada TV, Audien brings “Leaving You” to life through his latest photo series-turned-music video. In stop-action flip book style, viewers fly through a cityscape and delve into the meaning behind Michael S’ wrenching lyrics through the stories of several characters. Soon, the tale begins to unravel as we watch relationships develop and escalate with the thundering rise and falls of the February hit. With a final crescendo and dramatic twist, the mini-movie plays into the song title and comes to a surprising end.Posted by
In the midst of his “Intense” world tour and shortly after releasing a plethora of remixes from his latest studio album, Armin van Buuren returns to the practice of the remix. Much like his version of Mark Knight, D. Ramirez, and Underworld’s “Downpipe” the trance titan and former number one DJ in the world infuses Kat Krazy’s “Siren” with his trademark melodies and bassline. The outcome is a vocal-laden trance production that showcases Armin’s remixing capabilities and it will continue to be a highlight of the upcoming dates on his “Intense” world tour.
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With a debut remix for Axtone, a prompt relocation to New York and tour duties alongside Calvin Harris in tow, CLMD have emerged as two of Norway’s hottest exports of standard-setting stamina. At the turning of 2013, the duo are ready to drop a debut offering for Armada-offshoot Trice Recordings, further strengthening their grasp on the melodically refined walks of modern dance music. For the most part, forthcoming tune “Fader” proves one part progressive and one part nostalgic in the wake of their otherwise diverse studio output. Ascending through a walk of uplifting leads and subtle instrumental builds, the track favors subtle drops to the avail of an 80s-flavored A-side that still sounds completely relevant to modern club land. For an act whose discography has often leaned to commercial crossovers, “Fader” acts as a warning shot to those who assume we have seen it all from this finely tuned Norwegian outfit: Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, it seems, are just warming up.
With their names firmly established as one of Holland’s hottest breakouts of the year, Vicetone return this with next original single for Armada offshoot Trice Recordings. At the tail end of a year that saw them remix the likes of Nicky Romero and Krewella ,whilst building their own arsenal of original releases, “Chasing Time” emerges as one of their most focused offerings to date. Accompanied by Swedish songwriter Daniel Gidlund, the duo embarks on a stirring melodic set-piece, opening the floodgates of radio-friendly dance music with the utmost focus on quality. Evidently in their element with a well-oiled topline at ready, “Chasing Time” marks a dignified solidification of the elements collected to make Vicetone one of Europe’s more deserving suitors to the high end of modern dance music.
Anyone who has invested their time into making electronic music will know that even with the best quality music, sometimes getting it into the right hands is a struggle. Amsterdam Dance Event has caught wind of this factor, offering aspiring artists the chance to pitch their productions to some of the industry’s leading A&R’s and artists amid this year’s annual conference. Hosted at Felix Mertis on Saturday October 19, A&R professionals from the likes of Axtone, Armada, Spinnin Records and Defected Records will be on hand to offer one-on-one advice to artists looking to make a greater and more coordinated impact with their music. For more information and tickets visit Amsterdam Dance Event’s official website.Posted by
Though Paul van Dyk needs no introduction in the world of electronic music, for his latest release he tapped Australia’s youngest export to remix the PvD name to the forefront for some of the genre’s newer fans. Walden has proved no stranger to the Armada sound, having already taken on Michael S.’s “Broke,” but takes his skills one step further with his remix of Christian Burns & Paul van Dyk’s “We Are Tonight.” Keeping the sound in his bright and melodic vein, Walden does the opposite of what most progressive house producers would do when faced with a trance track: He strips it down instead of building it up. Still uplifting but more muted, Walden keeps Christian Burns’ iconic vocals but builds a new synth-laced storyline melody to back them. Released along with the original and a radio edit of both, the entire package is available now on Beatport.
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Just three weeks after announcing the birth of new label Who’s Afraid of 138?!, Armin van Buuren has kick started the imprint with a self-titled bang. The trance king had previously announced that the Photographer remix of his own “Who’s Afraid of 138?!” track would be the first release on the uplifting-only label, but revealed over the weekend that it would be joined by Jordan Suckley’s spin as well. Outshining the original and giving the Photographer mix a run for its money, the young UK producer’s work gives just a taste of what is to come from the newest member of the Armada family. Though no word on what WAO138 002 will be, with full mixes and radio edits of both remixes released as WAO138 001, there’s enough 138 euphoria to last until the predecessor is revealed.
Between his upfront technological advocacy and the sheer survival of his various musical exploits, BT has remained an artist whose industry stripes continue to fascinate. With his ninth studio album primed for release next month, American studio wizard follows up initial album teaser “Skylarking” with perhaps his most intriguing vocal anthem to date. United with Aqualung lead singer Matt Hales, “Surrounded” unites Transeau’s own penchant for emotive club music with a euphoric backbone and the relentless sound of peak time electro house. Far from a 21st century compromise, the track indicates towards the compositional stamina fans can expect from A Song Across Wires.
Now that the trance family has had time to fully digest Armin van Buuren’s Intense artist album, the official remixes have started to roll in. Armada’s own Protoculture proved up to the task, taking on Cindy Alma’s uplifting vocals in “Beautiful Life.” The South African producer stripped down the tune, letting the lyrics shine against a more progressive bridge as opposed to the original’s extended melody. Labeled as a sneak peak there’s no word yet on the release date, but what is certain is that there are more Intense remixes where that came from.Posted by