On Avicii‘s latest album, True, Tim Bergling and Ash Pournouri brought the acoustic and electric worlds together to bring live instrumental work to the dancefloor. While the commercial audience admires the album’s playability, the producing community has certainly not held back in their remixing of the Le7els boss’ work. While Avicii took a authenticity-inclined approach on the track, Throttle gave “You Make Me” the PRMD touch with a playful synth that sends listeners back to Tim’s older melody-driven productions. The Australian has been given remix duties of the vocal mix, and while he leaves us with just a short teaser until the unannounced release date — Throttle’s preview only leaves fans craving the full remix.
Everyone’s favorite Twitter handle jokester and twerk-enabler has taken dance music by storm over the last few years. From cementing the “Express Yourself” culture into the mainstream to producing a track for the latest Hunger Games movie, Diplo shows that his path to music-world domination will leave no stone unturned. In an exceptionally surprising yet exciting remix of Avicii’s ”You Make Me,” Diplo has teamed up with Ookay to make the track a bit more trap-oriented. While the preview holds true to Diplo’s signature and distinguishable sound, Ookay’s drum work and urban music experience adds authenticity to the remix.
Release Date: TBA
Rolling Stone let loose its first end of the year ranking with the ‘50 Best Albums of 2013,’ and Daft Punk took a top-three spot with Disclosure and Avicii also making the cut. For the ’100 Best Songs of 2013,’ the robots make way to the top honor as the collaborative single with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky,” is named Rolling Stone’s number one song of the year. Daft Punk presence doesn’t end there; Random Access Memories‘ “Instant Crush” falls to number 58 and productions for Kanye West “Black Skinhead” and “I Am A God” coming in at 3 and 65, respectively.
Disclosure’s high-ranking Settle receives another accolade with “When A Fire Starts To Burn” ranked as the fifth best song of 2013 and lead single ”White Noise” hitting the 63 hole. Also honored on Rolling Stone‘s annual list, James Blake’s “Retrograde” takes the top 10 at number 8, Avicii’s smash “Wake Me Up” reaches a 26 slot, and Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” charts at 76.
With 2014 only weeks away, Rolling Stone visits this concluding year in music with the ranking of the 50 Best Albums of 2013. It’s been a strong year for electronic music, in terms of albums, as the genre as spawned more full-length records, while also raising the bar on quality, than in previous years.
Perhaps the most hyped release in all of music this year, Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories is the standout electronic album on the list, ranking third only behind Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City and Kanye West’s Yeezus (which has the duo credited twice in the top three due to their production on a bulk of the record.)
Next in line is another not-so-surprising list occupation. Disclosure‘s Settle ranks high amongst the year’s top offerings at number 13, coming ahead of top 20 commercial successes such as Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold imprint also gets a nod, with rapper Danny Brown slotting in at 17.
Deeper in the shuffle, Avicii finds his debut album, True, toward the bank end ranking at 45. The positioning of his indisputable top-50 selection gives Avicii his fair shake, beating out albums from Franz Ferdinand and M.I.A.
Earlier this week, Avicii took on Syn Cole‘s “Miami 82″ for Le7els‘ latest release. Now, the Estonian producer has returned the favor. While you may love the authentic strings in the original riff of “Hey Brother,” Syn Cole’s work on the hit track brings forth the energetic feel signature to the PRMD camp. The remix maintains the beloved vocals from the original while transforming the radio smash to a big room-worthy anthem. The track drops into a trap-house mixture that sends heads bobbing before returning to blissful melody, all intermingling to create a sound unique to the DJ.
“Ash, Avicii’s manager, pitched me this project and I instantly felt that this was an opportunity to create a more Syn Cole style of sound.”
Via: Rolling Stone
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
Although multiple versions of Syn Cole‘s “Miami 82″ have been teased in sets for nearly a year, the Estonian producer has finally let loose Avicii‘s edit of his groovy tune on Le7els, Tim’s home imprint. Being just the 14th official release on the label, the collaborative work between the melody-driven progressive house mainstays gave birth to a joyous brainchild that successfully creates an enchanting Miami Vice-inspired atmosphere. Setting the mood for a sunset cruise down the coastal strip, the latest release from Ash Pournouri‘s camp serves to bring listeners far away from the cold winter months, providing a summer feel when the world needs it most. Syn Cole’s productions continue to show vast improvements made from a technical standpoint, and with the backing of the Le7els camp, the young DJ shows a lot of promise in the upcoming year.
Last night’s American Music Awards show was dominated by the likes of Justin Timberlake, One Direction, and Miley Cyrus. Following fellow award shows, the AMAs inaugurated a poll-driven prize for electronic music with the first ever Favorite Artist EDM category. (Not to be confused, last year’s awards featured a broader ‘Favorite Electronic Dance Music’ category).
Nominees are determined by record sales, activity of airplay and social media, along with other public-influenced factors — measured from December 2012 through September 2013. The criteria had Favorite Artist nominees for EDM including Zedd with the long lasting success of Clarity, Calvin Harris and his midas production touch, as well as Daft Punk following a ‘Random Access’ reunion.
Emerging as the victor, however, was Avicii. The win at the hands of the fan base comes as no surprise on the public stage, but speaks volumes about the competition considering his debut album was released in mid-September, making album sales a non-factor. Removing True from the equation, it’s a safe bet that the win spurned from skyrocketing airplay of “Wake Me Up,” an edging success in the video streaming arena, along with support of electronic fans via social media.
Watch Avicii accept the award below.
Only a week after debuting Avicii’s edit of Syn Cole’s “Miami 82,” Pete Tong was at it again and premiered Syn Cole’s remix of Avicii’s “Hey Brother.” The uncredited lyrics from Dan Tyminski remain at the forefront of the production, which is bolstered by a rhythmic and almost Madeon-esque climax that isn’t too overbearing. Although it’s been almost a year since the world first heard songs from True, it seems like the debut album from one of dance music’s biggest stars will continue its momentum in 2014 with an ever-growing number of official remixes.
Following the chart-topping Dance (RED) Save Lives Compilation album, the cancer-fighting (RED) organization has once again put together an astounding lineup of features and tracks for the second part of their compilation series. As standouts from the track list, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and Deadmau5 will all own spots on the charitable project, and the yet unheard “Infinite Daps” from Baauer and RL Grime also makes an appearance to heighten expectations and increase the pain of anticipation even further. Dance (RED) Save Lives 2 is already available for preorder, and is expected to debut November 25th.
While the well-known festival circuit keeps electronic fans in Europe and North America busy during the summer months, it isn’t until winter that Australia sees its biggest celebrations of music, and Stereosonic Festival is amongst the few favorites in the land down under. This year, Thump, a Vice Network channel, has allied with (RED) to stream Stereosonic as a celebration of World AIDS Day on November 30th. Although specifics of who exactly will be streamed are so far unconfirmed, event headliners include dance music greats Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, and Sebastian Ingrosso on top of many more.