It seems Arty has fallen in love with the sultry vocals of Deadmau5’ “The Veldt,” for he’s scooped up singer Chris James for his latest offering, “Together We Are.” The powerful vocal flows effortlessly over Arty’s signature bliss, reminiscent of previous releases “When I See You” and “Kate.” The young Russian earned an ample amount of respect from both trance and progressive worlds, proven by the support that his newest effort has garnered since its premiere last month. Armin van Buuren, Pete Tong, Above & Beyond and Tiesto, to name a few, have featured the track on their respective radio shows, an early indicator that this will become one of 2013’s most memorable tunes.
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!
Every now and then, collaborations are formed that take your breath away. When news was released that trance guru Armin van Buuren had produced a track with Russian prodigy Arty, it was almost too good to be true. Aptly titled “Nehalennia” for the ancient goddess revered in the Roman age, there is something conspicuously religious about Armin and Arty’s latest work. Whether it be the track’s lulling melody, the breakdown’s gentle chord progression, or the immaculately conceived drop, there is an air of spiritual rejuvenation to “Nehalennia.” It’s the kind of track that has the power to both forgive and inspire. Collaborations of this magnitude don’t happen often, and “Nehalennia” gets better with every listen.
In anticipation of his Clarity remix compilation due out Feb 12, Zedd teased Tiesto‘s rendition of the powerful production today. Last year his concept album by the same name became a defining release in the young producer’s career. “Spectrum” — the first single off the album — reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart and a remix EP featuring reworks from artists like A-Trak & Clockwork, Arty, and Armin Van Buuren to name a few. Zedd is ready to give “Clarity” the same treatment with another extended play via Interscope Records.
Before Eric Prydz blessed the world with his Essential Mix, Pete Tong took us through this week’s Essential New Tunes – a must-have list for all dance music enthusiasts who wish to stay on top of current releases. Beginning with Dirty South & Deniz Koyu’s, “Halo,” set to release Monday, spanning to Dimitri Vegas, Monguai & Like Mike’s massive new hit, “Mammoth,” to a cosmic new track from Jeremy Olander, “Let Me Feel.” Pete’s Essential New Tune of the Week was none other than Disclosure’s, “White Noise” – a song that reached #3 on the UK Dance iTunes Chart within a day of being released. 15 Minutes of Fame was spent with Russian prodigy Arty who chatted about life on the road, and played us Alesso’s famed mix of his song “When I See You,” in addition to his trance-induced remix of Zedd’s “Spectrum”. Full tracklist after the break.
For those of us who have finally memorized A State of Trance 2012 Year Mix’s tracklist, Armada Music has a little surprise: slated for A State of Trance 2013 is a collab between one of trance’s rising stars and its undeniable supernova. Armin van Buuren has teamed up with Anjunabeats’Arty on “Nehalennia,” a track that proves trance has continued to evolve and is 2013-ready. Combining the uplifting qualities of Armin classics with a more energized bassline and tonal vocals, “Nehalennia” has all the makings of a trance anthem. ASOT listeners will be treated to the full version on tomorrow’s ASOT598 – for everyone else the track will be available February 11 exclusively through Beatport.
Dancing Astronaut has taken you behind the booth with the likes of Dada Life, Thomas Gold, and Sebastian Ingrosso, and now Arty is under the spotlight. The Russian progressive-trance arbiter tells all at San Francisco’s Ruby Skye before one of his latest US outings. Arty touches on popular topics such as Ibiza’s unmatched dance music vibes and his plans for this year’s Miami Music Week. On a more relieving note, the youngster declares that his sound in 2013 will replicate the Arty we know and love from 2008 and 2009.
Over the past year, Arty has gained power through his uplifting progressive house and trance productions. The Russian producer has given fans subtle style with production substance, unleashing the sprawling “When I See You” and “Must Be The Love” in 2012. Now ready to carry his production chops into 2013, Arty has unveiled is latest piece of work, “Together We Are,” featuring vocals from Chris James. Listeners first heard James on Deadmau5‘s “The Veldt,” and his smooth vocals easily transfer onto “Together We Are.”
Arty’s blissfully enhanced tune will be released on February 18 via Big Beat Records, but click below the break for sneak peak.
2012 has been an exciting year for dance music, the scene has grown beyond any of our comprehensions, supplanting itself in popular culture, fueling the soundtrack of commercials, sitcoms, and even a Disney movie, and shaking the foundation popular culture by establishing a new wave of music consumer. At the forefront of everything have been the artists, the true pioneers of the electronic dance music wave. With a scene as large and expansive as EDM, it was hard to honor only 50 – for every David Guetta or Calvin Harris there are droves of aspiring bedroom producers all doing their fair share of pushing the movement — simply by creating and sharing their art. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing in 2012, we saw countless new artists emerge, seasoned producers experiment with new sounds, and massive collaborations form that made crowning the “best” artist a nearly impossible task.
We have run through the Biggest Tracks of 2012 and now we are ready to unveil our picks for the most influential artists of the year. We’ve already covered 50-41 and 40-31, and today we bring you our picks for 30-21. Hop past the break to see who made the cut.
2012 has been an incredible year for Refune‘s shining star, Alesso. Rather than resting on his laurels the young Swede is finishing out the year strong. First with his release of “Clash” and now with his glowing mix of Arty’s “When I See You,”Alesso has shown no signs of slowing down even as the year is about to wrap up. Expansive and inviting, Alesso‘s spin leaves much of the original untouched, utilizing lush pads and subtly layered synthwork to create a powerful progressive statement without jeopardizing Arty’s elegant composition.
Arty – When I See You (Alesso Remix)