It’s that time of year again; the polls for the DJ Mag‘s 2013 edition of their Top 100 DJs ranking have opened. Hailed often as a popularity contest, the chart is indirectly correlated with talent but aligned with the mindset of dance music’s fan base. While my ballot (which I will reveal later in this piece) is still unfinished, I’ve found it a priority led by intuition to predict the fate of the 2013 DJ Mag rankings.
I’ve observed the prestigious top 10 spots, artists who have yet to break the top 100, DJ Mag sophomores, projected winners and losers, and even how the former Swedish House Mafia will affect the polls. Each day, week, and moment of the past twelve months have carried weight in the dance music community; here is how I foresee a changing of the guard amongst the industries revered Top 100 DJ rankings.
Ultra Music Festival took its beloved brand and famed Miami event across the pond last weekend, settling in Croatia for its inaugural Ultra Europe. Nearing the halfway point of summer 2013, what we’ve heard at Ultra Europe was indicative of anthems that will carry out through the year. Some vocals couldn’t be escaped, some remixes were played at an alarming rate, and some tracks that were only dropped once were done so with enough significance that we couldn’t help but acknowledge them here. Check out our official playlist for Ultra Europe 2013…
Despite less than stunning initial reactions when Avicii debuted his new album at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the young Swede has once again delivered a instant chart-topping success. “Wake Me Up,” the lead single off of Avicii’s forthcoming album True, featuring Michael Einziger and Aloe Blacc, scaled the UK charts in nearly record time, achieving number 1 status in under two hours. With the release of his full length album scheduled for this September, “Wake Me Up’s” cult-like success proves that producers can, and should, be taking greater risks with their future releases.
Over 5,000 miles from home, Ultra Music Festival planted its roots in Split, Croatia last night kicking off its inaugural European event. Making way towards the sunny peninsula, we noticed much of the original Ultra allure intact. The event was properly marketed as a “destination festival” — flags of all nations were waving throughout the crowd from the main stage to the Carl Cox tent. As Miami’s annual affair brings some of the year’s biggest surprises and debuts, Ultra Europe did just the same on Day 1.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in June and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up June for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. June’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, Kaskade, Avicii, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Pelari, Martin Garrix, and Disclosure. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of June!
One of the most heavily documented and highly anticipated albums of the year is finally on the way, as Avicii is set to release TRUE this coming September. Much of the album had been debuted at Ultra Music Festival, then reinforced with an official mix, but the lead single has finally been unveiled with its official released. As premiered by Pete Tong, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” serves as a sui generis production among the dance music landscape as a harmonization of electronica, soul, bluegrass, and its own unique flare in between. Featuring vocals from Aloe Blacc, folk guitar riffs, and a subtle dose of familiar chord stylings, Avicii is setting the precedent with his new single even months ahead of his debut album.
In less than 24 hours, Avicii will have released, “Wake Me Up,” the lead single from his forthcoming studio album. Expectations of his new project have been set in aimed in the directions of various genres tastes, but before fans get their first official, mastered and packaged taste of TRUE, there is another flavorful record that deserves stateside recognition.
In April, it had been reported that Avicii was spending studio time with legendary Swedish musicians, ABBA, and their collaboration served as the theme of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest last month. Encompassing European nations, North America missed the track’s debut, but the final cut, which comes from Avicii, ex-ABBA members Björn and Benny (B&B), and a full-blown choir, has been released as “We Write The Story” and is available via iTunes
With Pete Tong holding the fort in Las Vegas for the annual EDMBiz conference, Danny Howard took the reigns for this week’s Essential Selection radio show for BBC Radio One. Between crowning Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” his first Essential New Tune and getting the cream of the crop from Dutch duo Bingo Players, Howard held the fort with cutting edge tunes from start to finish.
Kicking off with Don Diablo & Matt Nash’s “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)” and recently unveiled Revealed Recordings vocal anthem “Escape” from 3Lau & Paris & Simo, Howard lead a festival-proof overhaul from start to finish. With brand new material coming from Dannic, Duck Sauce and Eric Prydz, Marcus Schossow & Sebjak’s latest single “Kemi” added to a future-focused installment on all counts.
Bingo Players were in the seats with their Goody Goodies, with Dancing Astronaut’s own One To Watch MAKJ and youngest Beatport chart topper Martin Garrix all along for the ride. After celebrating the country-esque wrath of “Wake Me Up” and inaugurating Axwell’s “I Found U” into the Pete Tong Hall of Fame, Howard topped a successful first stint with his own Weekend Hot Mix from across the global dance spectrum.
Listen: BBC Radio One
There may be an awful lot of talk surrounding Avicii and his debut album TRUE, but his LE7ELS imprint has not gone unnoticed for 2013. Back with a vengeance to follow-up Ashley Walbridges “Crush,” the spotlight falls on young Aussie duo New Found Sound for their label debut “AYE.” True to Australia’s penchant from quirky club cuts, the track takes a far grungier approach to that of the label’s well-groomed discography. Led with rigid guitar riffs and stiff beat work, the duos first strike for LE7ELS already sounds primed for summer festival action and the electro house charts alike. Bounce after the break to see the teaser and grab the track on Monday from Beatport. (more…)
Avicii brought new material to Ultra Music Festival and an exclusive promo mix earlier this year, but his debut album will be delivered in full this coming September. Entitled TRUE, Avicii’s forthcoming studio album has been one of the most highly-anticipated efforts in dance music post-RAM. Collaborators include, as previously reported, Nile Rodgers, Mac Davis, Mike Einziger, and Aloe Blacc, who is featured on the lead single due June 25th, “Wake Me Up.” TRUE will be released via Ash Pournouri’s PRMD Music and Island Records; here is what Avicii had to say about the album:
“This is about me being true to my sound but also to my own influences and musical preferences. This album consists 100% of songs I personally love. It’s true to me, true to my brand, true to Avicii.” – Avicii
There’s no hashtag in the @Avicii album title. However, we will hashtag the shit out of it. #TRUE – @AshPunani