As the music industry is quickly changing direction from downloading to streaming services, Dancing Astronaut provides you with our favorite dance music Spotify playlists from labels, artists and miscellaneous sources to suit different tastes and genre.
After the successful release of new single “Remember,” Axtone’s prominent signee Thomas Gold has taken the reigns on Dancing Astronaut’s Spotify account and indulged us with his Top 10 picks at the moment. The hour-long mix features a range of artists from Mat Zo to Tom Staar to Dyro, giving us a taste of Gold’s must-have tunes. Don’t forget to hit subscribe and check out more playlists here.
With the tragic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in sight, some artists are going above and beyond to do what they can to support the relief effort and restore life in the Philippines. Axwell plans to donate the proceeds of his November 21st performance in Manila to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which even inspired the promoters of the show to follow his lead.
In light of Axwell’s generosity, we revisit his 2005 classic “Watch The Sunrise” featuring singer Steve Edwards. This record’s success holds special significance, playing a role in the startup of Axtone Records. “Watch The Sunrise” has a distinct sound that anyone familiar with this tune can immediately identify within the first moment of playback. The rhythmic strumming of the genuine guitar chords accompanied by bright percussion elicits a vibe unlike anything today. Steve Edwards of course gets some credit by lending his warm voice and a memorable hook to the hit. Since this record’s release, Axwell has become one of the most recognizable names in house and dance music. The once one-third of Swedish House Mafia continues to use his talent and influence to support today’s aspiring artists as well as humanity in need.
Thomas Gold has kept quiet on the release front through 2013, dishing out a few remixes but keeping his original productions on lock. Last we heard from a solo Gold, the producer/DJ unleashed “Miao” via Fly Eye as 2012 came to a close. Taking to the fourth quarter once again, he’s back on Axtone with his long awaited return to original studio work. Offering “Remember,” Thomas exceeds hype with orchestral builds around a vocal from Kaelyn Behr before continuing to whirl synths and embed punchy percussion. The Goldlegger is back.
Remixing a Beatport #1 can be a tricky business: Why mess with purchase-certified perfection? Luckily for the dance world, Poland’s Blinders took a risk and did just that, taking Axwell’s “Center of the Universe” from big to massive. The latest Axtone release maintains the heft of Magnus Carlsson’s vocals but pumps up the progressive sound. No stranger to amplifying anthems, the young producer trimmed down the piano and cranked up the synth, sending heart rates spinning in the process. Though Mateusz Owsiak may not yet be a household name, the now one-man Blinders show is showing that from Dirty South to DVBBS, Alesso to Axwell, he’s got the remix thing down – perhaps the dance community can now better appreciate his originals.
When Don Diablo and Matt Nash released “Starlight,” it instantly grew as a widespread hit better known for its “You Could Be Mine” moniker due to the contagious vocal that has carried it through some of the biggest sets of late. Now this big room gem is getting a helping hand from Otto Knows, who’s lent his Refune-bred talent to Axtone as September comes to an end. The “Million Voices” producer delivers euphoric build and uplifting drops that exceeds the high expectations he’s set with previous remixes.
Anyone who has invested their time into making electronic music will know that even with the best quality music, sometimes getting it into the right hands is a struggle. Amsterdam Dance Event has caught wind of this factor, offering aspiring artists the chance to pitch their productions to some of the industry’s leading A&R’s and artists amid this year’s annual conference. Hosted at Felix Mertis on Saturday October 19, A&R professionals from the likes of Axtone, Armada, Spinnin Records and Defected Records will be on hand to offer one-on-one advice to artists looking to make a greater and more coordinated impact with their music. For more information and tickets visit Amsterdam Dance Event’s official website.
Since releasing “Center of the Universe” to international acclaim, Axwell has been on a tear with genre dominating hits off his Axtone imprint. Returning with another homegrown production, his collaboration alongside Sick Individuals, the head honcho presents “I Am.” After being used as a festival circuit weapon for much of the summer, the mastered version hits Beatport as a track to marvel at. With the frenetic energy expected from Sick Individuals and the groovy flavor that Ax has recently stamped as his own, “I Am” comes as a top-tier anthemic production with a vocal from Taylr Renee that brings its melody full circle.
Axtone’s progressive house aesthetic is alive and well in the form of Kryder’s ”Aphrodite,” the latest big room anthem to hit the shelves from Axwell’s frontrunning imprint. Driven by it’s punchy bass line and high octane chord progressions, Kryder’s latest establishes it’s main stage identity early on. Designed for big crowds, big stages, and even bigger production, “Aphrodite” is pure progressive bliss from start to finish, one that is demanding of a main stage presence despite seeing an official release late in the festival season.
Next up for the Axtone front man; a collaboration with one of electro house’s most unarguably best rising talents. Back on the production front after resurrecting “Center of the Universe,” Axwell enlists Sick Individuals and Taylr Renee to bring their insignia and currently snowballing success to his label. On “I Am,” the duo inject the energy they brought to the X on their recent Drum Machine / Chase EP while Ax continues to push a newfound enlightening sound into the dance music sphere; release date to be announced soon.
Axwell and his Axtone imprint have been offering dance music with a colossal streak through the latter half of 2013, the release of “Center of the Universe” being the potential catalyst. Next week, the label will offer a rare release from Kryder, who allows the aforementioned Axwell original to live through his production with groovy chord progressions while following suit in vein of Marcus Schossow’s “Reverie” via masterful percussion. Due out on September 2nd, Kryder’s “Aphrodite” will represent the culmination of progressive energy from Axtone as a bonafide anthem.