Avicii is officially one week away from releasing his debut studio album TRUE, which has been thus far headed by the globally acclaimed “Wake Me Up.” While the lead single has opened new horizons and has captured new fans, it seems that its folk influence won’t be the album’s dominating theme. More prevalent is Tim’s use of chords, which more illustrated darker than brighter throughout the 12-tracks, and are best intertwined with Nile Rodgers’ bassline and Adam Lambert’s vocals. As a groovy play on disco “Lay Me Down” is due to be one of the standout tracks on True, and thanks to iTunes, its preview is available now.
Remember when electronic albums were few and far between? Not anymore. This year’s new buzzword is album. “Working on my new album” could be the most persistent expression dance artists share across social channels and in due course. DJ/producers and labels now have the widespread audience to follow suit with more commercially-driven music marketing. Step one? Cryptic announcement. Step two – single. Step three – album bulletin with tracklist and pre-order intel. The formula is tried and true. Fans flocking from album-centric genres expect to be indulged with packaged and organized content. That’s what we want to pay for.
As many as 14 full-length albums will hit the digital shelves over the next two months, running the gamut from veterans Kaskade, The Bloody Beetroots and Claude VonStroke to newcomers Krewella and Angger Dimas. This fall’s unprecedented streak of electronic album releases coalesced with EDM’s advancing digital sales should kindle mainstream headway, the right way. Just ask Disclosure what happens when a fire starts to burn… Here are the most anticipated albums of the fall.
After accompanying the robots on their public emergence at the VMAs following the video premiere of “Lose Yourself To Dance,” their second collaboration that follows “Get Lucky,” Nile Rodgers says that Daft Punk isn’t the only electronic act he’s working with. While his collaborations with Avicii are well documented with “Lay Me Down” from True being one of six completed records, it’s being confirmed that the disco legend has been in the studio with David Guetta and that they’ve already cut two tracks. Rodgers claims “it’s a good year for me and dance music,” before going on to reveals that he’s been working on some underground focused music with Tensnake and Chase & Status.
“The guy I’m working with mostly right now is Avicii. We’ve cut like six records together and we’ve got the new record with Adam Lambert. We just cut three records last week. My God, David Guetta! I’ve already done two tracks with [him]. And some more underground stuff with Tensnake, Chase & Status.”
When asked about performing with Daft Punk in a live setting, Nile attempted to keep his lips sealed but simply left it at: “Something might happen.”
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from A-Trak, Nic Fanciulli, Brodinski, and more.
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Mr. 305 has got his hands on yet another dance record. Pitbull’s transition into electronic music began smoothly with the Afrojack-produced “Give Me Everything,” but soon was lost in mixing mode after getting hands on TJR’s “Funky Vodka” and eventually Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Back to steal another commercial success, the Billboard boy extends his hooting and hollering to Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” following its global acclaim. In case you missed it, the introductory lyrics read “I’ve been around the world, and I can’t stop hearing this song.” This, Pitbull, is true.
Equestrians, Ralph Lauren models, blue grass electro. In an old country setting with modern life and a family-driven story line, the visuals for Avicii‘s number one hit “Wake Me Up” are unconventional. However, that’s what people said about the song itself before it dominated charts around the world. In this newest video, take a look behind the scenes of the “Wake Me Up” music video shoot with the cast, crew, some horses… but no Avicii.
About to enter the fourth quarter of 2013 on a high note, EDX continues his production hot streak with a big room edit of Avicii’s smash hit “Wake Me Up.” Layering charming big room chord progressions under Aloe Blacc’s bluesy crooning, EDX edits his way into a powerful drop that flips the original on its head, igniting a spark that turns “Wake Me Up” from radio friendly to riot-inducing.
In another jam-packed episode of the latest and greatest dance music from around the globe, Pete Tong whips us through his favorite picks in all genres of dance music in this week’s Essential Selections. He starts off the show with progressive picks including the world premiere of Avicii’s new True single “You Make Me,” as well as DVBBS & Borgeous’ big room electro track “Tsunami,” and Arston’s remix of Arty’s “Grand Finale.”
His Essential Tune of the Week is none other than Chris Malinchak’s smooth sailing single “If U Got It,” taking the spot from Calvin Harris’ remix of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” last week. London’s deep house producer Ray Foxx showcases his Goody-Goodies, while Parisian DJ W!ld is chosen as Pete’s Future Star. Felix da Housecat is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame, while Chris Malinchak closes out the show with a snippet from his set during Radio 1’s live show in Ibiza at Ushuaia.
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In an article on Huffington Post Canada, Deadmau5 shares his thoughts on the current state and future of EDM. Despite having spoken about the subject on numerous occasions, his comments have yet to grow stale.
Zimmerman focuses on the cyclical nature of music in relation to dance music and predicts EDM will die out just like all popular music before it — likening it in particular to rap-rock. “I’m not just applying this to EDM, I’m applying this to popular culture. Things come and go, wax and wane, ebb and flow,” says Zimmerman. Although he’s not writing it off just yet, giving its expiration a few more years.
As for the the current state of EDM he complains — as many others have — about its stagnancy and lack of innovation:
“I think a big problem with EDM right now – and I mean right now, I don’t mean fucking last year or two years ago, I mean right fucking now – is that there’s a lot of safe betters and they all want to do this safe bet thing. And that’s [what] will kill it off before anything. And it’s not the listener’s fault and it’s not the producers’ fault. You guys can go back and forth all you want about how ‘We always have to make the same music because it’s popular, it’s what the kids want.’ The kids are like ‘Can you stop making the same fucking shit over and over again?’ You’re never going to win that argument. The responsibility is the risk-taking to start pushing it.”
He does, however, give credit to the usual suspects and also an unlikely one. Zimmerman cites Avicii and Skrillex as artists engaging in the innovation he finds lacking within EDM as a whole. “Avicii’s taking risks. That’s actually admirable. I’m not going to fucking shut the kid down for making something completely fucking different because that’s actually what you need to do with music right now,” he says.
via Huffington Post (Canada)
Stemming from the album’s ‘#truereveal’ comes new details surrounding Avicii‘s debut album. Confirmed by Tim himself via Facebook, the second single from TRUE will be “You Make Me,” the track originally debuted at Ultra Music Festival featuring “Silhouettes” vocalist Salem Al Fakir. Now available for pre-order, get Avicii’s sophomore single ahead of the album’s September 30th release date. Listen to “You Make Me” as streamed from the exclusive April promo mix below.