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.
Although Avicii’s debut artist album “True” is only two months old, the Swedish juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down his release schedule. Debuted by Pete Tong on Friday, Syn Cole’s Miami 82 receives the Avicii treatment and Tim Bergling transforms the original mix into something all his own. The edit is more aggressive than most of Avicii’s productions and completely devoid of the melodic climaxes we’ve all come to know and love from the 24-year-old Swede, but it still showcases Avicii’s production prowess and his penchant for creating music that immediately gets stuck in your head.
Release: November 25th
Avicii calls it his “reggae remix,” and we call it another piece of true genius. Teaming up with Formula 1 and Burn, an official F1 energy drink, the internationally renowned powerhouse offered fans the opportunity to direct the music video for “Speed,” a track inspired by the adrenaline rush of racing.
And contest winner Pavel Kim accomplished just that; capturing the essence of “Speed,” the aspiring Russian filmmaker’s creation beat entries from over 29 countries across the globe. Kim’s rendition preserves the simplicity of Avicii’s track, while still maintaining the song’s integrity as a thrilling, yet unique electronic sound.
Set in 2077, the futuristic “Speed” video portrays racing as a fast-paced, albeit soothing, experience that surpasses boundaries of time and space. The simplistic, streamlined nature of the race cars and the robots, constantly looping around and around a windy track, gets viewers to really focus on the music. Avicii’s “Speed” incorporates guitar chords and piano sounds not atypical of his folk-inspired True album, and its fan-produced video offers us just another way to appreciate his creative spin on dance music.
Curious to see the rest of the entries? Head on over to Talenthouse to check out the other submissions for the Sweedish DJ’s latest collaborative effort.
The folk-fueled hit “Hey Brother” from Avicii’s critically acclaimed debut studio album True has received the lyric video treatment in hand with an interesting set of visuals. The track compliments its melodic leads with some incredibly catchy vocals, that, as Tim insists, seem to be missing from the “EDM” being produced as of late. With a packed end-of-the-year schedule, including a highly-anticipated show at the Hollywood Bowl and a series of massive headlining shows in Europe at the start of 2014, the Le7els star looks to continue asserting his dominance over the mainstream electronic world. Under the guidance and assistance of Ash Pournouri, Avicii has revamped the 4th and Broadway Record Label on Island Def Jam/Universal Records, so expect some large-scale releases with professional distribution from the PRMD camp soon.
Previously taking Kaskade’s “Atmosphere” for a wild electro ride, Modern Machines are back to put their touches on Avicii’s sophomore single from True, “Addicted To You.” The record has been tested and proven as one of Avicii’s better offerings of late — one that fits both with his revered debut album as well as his pop-art enhanced, production-savvy live shows. Now Modern Machines give the tune a broader venue with their refix, making for a well-rounded version that may appeal to all stages or settings.
After the GQ publicity fiasco, Avicii has been taking a break from the limelight leaving interviews few and far between. Breaking his silence, Tim sat down with British publication The Guardian to answer questions on his recent success, as well as the state of dance music. The excerpt stating, “[...] but he’s the fastest selling artist of the year. So, it is time he cheered up a little?” sets the stage for the interview which sheds light on Avicii’s dissatisfaction with EDM as a whole.
“Originality is definitely missing from EDM,” he complains at one point. “There are people looking for it and exploring but I feel it’s so big now it is just getting milked. House music is losing all its melody as it becomes more about how dirty the drop is and how energetic it is. It loses touch with what music really is. It’s gotten to a point where everything sounds the same. There is no longevity in what’s happening at the moment.”
Having barely hit the floor since unleashing his LE7ELS debut “Crush” back in June, UK up-and-comer Ashley Wallbridge is back with a brand new cut for Avicii’s esteemed imprint. As the follow-up to French-tinted single “Filtre,” Wallbridge’s aural persuasion of “Africa” opts for firm melodic aptitude over tribal percussion and ethnic samples to once again spearhead the sharp shooting peak time persuasion that has catapulted his name throughout 2013. Forget the connotations of its continental title, for back under the guise of Bergling and Pournori’s electronic dance stronghold Ashley Wallbridge remains a force to reckoned with from the European shores.
Release date: October 8th
With over 300 artists and 38 hours of overlapping music this weekend, the number of tracks heard at TomorrowWorld is somewhere in the thousands. While not even almighty Internet can spit out a list of every tune that received play time in the Chattahoochee Hills, a few tracks were heard again and again, earning anthem status and a firm spot in the memory of the Main Stage attendees. While some older tracks like “In My Mind,” “Wakanda” and “Reload” still frequently made their way into sets, we’ve compiled the ten tunes that defined the most recent chapter in the Book Of Wisdom.
Already tackling historic arenas such as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Avicii continues to aim higher following the release of his debut album, True. With a treat in store for the west coast, he plans on putting on a massive show at Los Angeles’s Hollywood Bowl on November 9th. The iconic amphitheater has been around since the early 1920s and has hosted the likes of The Beatles and Elton John, but will soon have its first electronic act.
On Friday March 22nd, 2013, dance music heavyweight Avicii embarked upon Ultra Music Festival’s Main Stage (the same stage that had controversially united him with Madonna one year earlier), with a start-to-finish final product of what would become his debut studio album. Coming after “Levels,” his inarguable magnum opus that remarkably shed a new light on electronic production in 2010, would be considered one of the most anticipated dance records not named Random Access Memories of the decade.