As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
Fresh off releasing his latest track, “Flashback,” on Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats, Russian sensation Arty wastes no time previewing another release. Once again alongside Matisse & Sadko, the three producers craft another big room masterpiece that comes equipped with a devastating bassline and big room chords. Following up on their 2012 collaboration, “Trio,” which received support from just about everyone across the dance music spectrum, the three producers have once again crafted a club hit that will undoubtedly make the same rounds across global club land.
Release date: December 16th
Anjunabeats is your prime destination for all that is trance and progressive trance, and Arty possesses a hybrid style that listeners on both sides of the genre fence connect with. Following this year’s “Together We Are” and “Grande Finale,” the young producer is back to release his latest single, “Flashback.” The Russian standout is a master of melodies that find the perfect harmonic combinations to create an unmatched progressive sound. Utilizing his developed ear for dynamic progressions, Arty creates a dark, yet lively set of riffs for his latest tune. The melodic breakdown emerges with a bright and layered plucking that feeds right into the climax. Already a fall favorite among the likes of Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren and Steve Angello, expect to hear “Flashback” make its rounds in DJ booths worldwide.
Before the likes of universal landmarks “Together We Are” and “Grand Finale” pierced the silence for Russian breakout Arty, Anjunabeats played consistent hosts to some of his finest transcendent club moments. Returning to the release circuit after a whirlwind summer of festival action, the Anjuna team welcomes back one of its prized European discoveries for a future-focused installment of uplifting dance excellence. Piercing synths and concentrated melodic progressions make “Flashback” a titanic addition to the label’s trance-leaning discography, leaving the young progressive’s dynamic compositional values to snapshot a melodically-warped hybrid of some of the popular sounds dominating modern club land. Back on track with the label truly in tune with his musical leanings, Arty remains that essential bridge in sound between the euphoric and the big room – a balance that few other artists of his generation have shown the potential to master.
Release date: November 18
Through you’re likely hundreds of miles away from the revelry currently taking place in London, Above & Beyond are bringing the Group Therapy to you with their live broadcast of ABGT050. The milestone episode is happening now at Alexandra Palace, and with a warmup set from Jody Wisternoff already wrapped and Guy J currently manning the decks, the 6-hour broadcast is proving to be a radio experience not to be missed. Boom Jinx and Andrew Bayer have yet to spin before A&B take the decks at 7 EST, so get in on the action now and tune in here.
With a stellar lineup featuring festival newbies and veterans alike, the Trance Addict stage at TomorrowWorld is sure to be a popular destination. A favorite spot at Tomorrowland each year across the pond, its debut on American soil is not to be missed. They’ve brought in some major players in the game, including Orjan Nilsen, tyDi, and Simon Patterson. They’ll be heating up the Chattahoochee festival grounds come Sunday, September 29th, the last day of TomorrowWorld. Don’t end the weekend without catching at least one of the artists on this stage.
Last month Arty treated fans to his A-game with the release of “Take Me Away,” also known as “Grand Finale.” Featuring the ideal production output with blissful melodies, polished strings, and mastered chords, the July release was all one could wish for from the Russian maestro. For the track’s remix package comes Arston, the newcomer who had seemingly been following in Arty’s footsteps with his breakthrough record, “Zodiac.” Distancing himself from his initial offering and first impression, Arston offers a surprising twist to the familiar sound with a full-on big room gem constructed by some unprecedented electro tweaks.
Earlier this summer, a young producer named Arston arose without warning to deliver one of the season’s hottest tracks. “Zodiac” featured a well-balanced crossbreed of progressive trance and timely melodies, initially resembling the production work of a young Arty. Ironically, Arston returns to the limelight this week with a remix of Arty’s latest single, “Grand Finale.” This time, however, he distances himself from the homegrown bliss of “Zodiac” for a hard-hitting electro effort fit for dance floors and festival grounds alike.
Tiësto has Guess, Avicii has Denim & Supply, and now Arty is the next electronic artist to partner within the fashion industry. Teaming up with Original Penguin — an upscale, American-based clothing line — Arty has curated a commemorative mini-mix named after his latest production, “Grand Finale.” Hailing his thirty-minute guest mix as “progressive music for one of the most progressive brands,” the outing opens with the aforementioned single, leans toward the trance end of the spectrum with the next pair of tunes, follows with popular hits, and closes with Arty’s own remix of “Absolute Reality.”
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Dancing Astronaut wraps up July for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. July’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Nicky Romero & Krewella, Sander van Doorn, Tommy Trash, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from The Aston Shuffle, Sick Individuals, and Will Sparks. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of July!