Long serving Swedish producer Henrik B makes a long-overdue return to the digital market, this time alongside national peers Niklas Gustavsson and Peter Johansson for Avicii’s LE7ELS imprint with “Echoes.” As premiered on Avicii’s Levels podcast last year, the Swedish trio employs the familiar sample work of The Police’s “Voices Inside My Head” with the utmost effect. An uplifting and radio friendly offering built on extensive melodic stamina and unprecedented production quality, the extended silence of Henrik B is more made amends for in light of this inoffensive tip to the potential for quality peak time dance music and his nations extensive reign upon the craft. Pick up “Echoes” now on Beatport. (more…)Posted by
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 Claude VonStroke, Dirty South, Chuckie, and more.
The weather is getting warm and the calendar will soon flip may; some call it summer, others call its festival season. As the most cherished outdoor venues begin to announce their first events for the 2013 season, it’s never to late to visit via memory lane. This morning Dancing Astronaut brings you to Governors Island in New York City — and you don’t even need to ride the ferry. Take listen to one of Avicii‘s biggest sets of 2011 from the party paradise, one that lasts over two and a half hours — lovable Tim Berg from start to finish that requires not one, but two SoundCloud links — tracklist below.
While Tim Bergling has been heavily associated with his more melody-friendly productions as Avicii, some of his best work has come under the guise of Tim Berg. “Alcoholic” is one such track, dating all the way to 2009. Despite its antiquated nature, its dark and hedonistic sample still pervades dance music to this day. Working off the notorious sample and sinister melody, Cazzette have transformed “Alcoholic” into a delightful, thumping trap remix — undoubtedly a laudable effort for their first stab at the genre (their remix of “Harlem Shake” being dubstep, not trap).
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The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual event where each European member country submit a song for competition. Having been one of the longest running television broadcasts since 1959, Sweden’s own ABBA won the contest in 1974 with “Waterloo,” and they are back this year — but for another reason. Abba members Benny and Bjorn won’t be entering the contest, they’ll be composing the theme song, and they’ll be doing so alongside fellow Swedish musician Avicii. The collaboration has been titled “We Will Write The Story” and is set for a live debut on May 18th, the contest’s finale.
“The idea of an ‘Eurovision Anthem’ for Malmo 2013 was there from the beginning of the planning of this year’s contest. From the start, Benny, Bjorn and Avicii were on the very top of the list of musicians that SVT wished to collaborate with.” – Executive Producer, Martin Osterdahl
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For the second year in a row, young Swedish producer Avicii pulled out all the stops during his Ultra set. In 2012, he brought the queen of pop on stage with him and in 2013, he shocked many previewing tracks from his new album that contained *gasp* a bit of country twang and fewer of those immediately recognizable big dance melodies. Now, the Avicii camp is out with a new promotional mix for 2013 and although it’s not exactly the same as his Ultra set or his Diplo & Friends guest mix from earlier in March, it plays the same cards. He combines his hits with new IDs from the album and yes, those country sounds are in this mix too. No tracklist on this, but listen below to hear what Avicii’s future will sound like.Posted by
Remember the first time you heard “Levels?” Well, Avicii remembers too. Not only does he remember the first time he played “Levels,” but the first time one of his records was featured as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, and the first time he heard one of his original productions played by another DJ. Avicii has taken to Twitter to share his nostalgia and recalls those memories and more — taking fans on a trip down memory lane. Jump below break to look back on Avicii’s major career firsts.
Before Avicii was Avicii, he was producing beats under his Tim Berg moniker, and the song that made its mark on the dance music world was “Alcoholic.” The eerie vocal caught on instantly and slowly began his rise to his present day superstardom. Labelmates Cazzette take on the track with an official remix slated to release on April 19th on Avicii’s Le7els imprint, maintaining its core elements around a steady downbeat to make one tasteful of a trap outing. Without altering the vocal, the duo have injected new life into a track that worked wonders at Ultra Music Festival and will surely become a dance floor destroyer this summer.Posted by
Avicii made a splash at Ultra Music Festival last weekend when he brought a slew of live musicians to the main stage to perform music from his forthcoming album. Of those artists were country legend Mac Davis, Incubus members Mike Einziger, Ben Kenney, and Jose Pasillis II. This was no a random festival charade — these were the artists (among Nile Rodgers and Mike Shinoda) that have contributed to the album’s production. In a recent interview with KROQ, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger opens up about his experience working with Avicii in the studio, joining him at Ultra last weekend, and the negative feedback from their performance
Avicii has the type of relationship with Miami Music Week that most artists dream of, outdoing himself year after year, spectacle by spectacle. On South Beach, he’s had shuttle buses in 2011, ice cream trucks in 2012, and his own hotel in 2013. In Downtown Miami, however, Tim’s legacy has taken on a life of its own. Madonna joined him on Ultra’s main stage last spring for a scene that would be nearly impossible to top, so the pressure was on to once again roll the dice on Ultra’s largest platform. After nearly an hour of quick mixing through an eclectic selection, he brought another set of talented musicians to his stage — only this time, he stirred the controversy without The Queen of Pop.
With less than 30 minutes of his time slot remaining, there was an sudden, silent pause before a live band took the stage to join Avicii in premiering his debut artist album. Without a “Levels” or a “Bromance” to entice his crowd, he took a risk — one worth taking when you’ve been the poster boy for innovating electronic music since your breakthrough single brought new life to its genre. Feedback has since been exchanged between fans, artists, and everyone in between — but was this year’s on-stage extravaganza revolutionary, or did the risk come without the reward? (more…)Posted by