The Disclosure boys and “Latch” vocalist Sam Smith were the most recent guests for Sara Cox’s BBC Radio 1 live show and they decided to share a cover of none other than Duke Dumont’s smasher “Need U (100%)” as a special treat to listeners. Not like Disclosure really needed any more notoriety this week (let’s not forget Settle was released only two days ago), but this is certainly just further proof of the raw talent of these three. Enjoy the video here and the stream of the radio rip below.Posted by
Summer is just beginning — Ibiza had its opening fiestas last weekend, festivals in the UK are all gearing up for their rainy fates, and Pete Tong is prepping the dance music world for some of the season’s memorable anthems. This week’s Essential Selection kicks off in usual fashion, wasting no time delving into the freshest records from commercial artists. As expected, there was Axwell’s “Center of the Universe” (a former Essential New Tune), Tiësto’s first original of 2013 “Take Me” with Kyler England, a full version of the very new Bingo Players’ remix of Dada Life’s “Boing Clash Boom,” and the world premiere of Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso’s new track “Roar” for Disney’s new Monsters University.
Debuted by Pete Tong on Radio 1, and achieving Essential New Tune status shortly thereafter, “Center of the Universe” showcases the impeccible Axwell ear for perfection we’ve all come know and love. Coming by way of his own Axtone imprint, the single serves as his first single post-Swedish House Mafia and as a remode of the original version kept tight since 2009. Featuring the vocals of Magnus Carlsson, the track takes us on a hypnotic flight of emotional synth work and intricate percussion lines, serving as a great contender to “Get Lucky” for the sole anthem of summer 2013.
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Essential Mix Review: Todd Edwards breathes own air into ‘Random Access Memories,’ celebrates new life
It’s no surprise that in lead up to the release of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories that Radio 1 would invite one of its many collaborators to take the deck for their own two hours of soulful house music. The lucky first nominee was Todd Edwards, and his very exciting Essential Mix premiered on the air last Friday. Todd Edwards is first and foremost a very legendary New Jersey garage and house DJ and sample-driven producer, but more recently he’s stepped into the limelight as one of Daft Punk’s collaborators both on Discovery for “Face to Face” and Random Access Memories’ “Fragments in Time.” He was inspired by Todd Terry, MK, and worked very closely with New York’s Nervous Records, remixing for St. Germain, Justice, Klaxons, and Dimitri from Paris.
With immeasurable amounts of hype finally drawing to a peak this week after Random Access Memories became available to stream on iTunes, Daft Punk continue to leak secrets and stories including Part 2 of their Pete Tong interview during Coachella. In endearing French accents, the pair give a background look into the inspiration of praised single “Giorgio By Moroder,” their rooted love for classic disco and rock music, how they ultimately picked their collaborators and why they’ve chosen an anonymous lifestyle. Read what Dancing Astronaut editors thought of the album here and don’t forget to join in on the discussion.Posted by
Pete Tong rounds up this week in dance music with Essential New Tune ‘Centre of the Universe,’ ‘Atmosphere’ premiere, Daft Punk interview
Presenting us with the hottest in new music from around the globe, Pete Tong showered us in delicacies last night during his weekly BBC Radio 1 dance music marathon. Kicking the show off with the world premiere of Kaskade’s autonomously sung and produced new single “Atmosphere,” moving on into Sander van Doorn’s electrifying “Neon,” and the bouncy, big room Hardwell remix of Krewella’s “Alive,” followed by other progressive anthems.
Pete’s coveted “Essential New Tune” went to none other than ex-SHM member Axwell for the remode his new single “Centre of The Universe,” replacing Francesco Rossi’s enigmatic tune “Paper Aeroplane” from last week. Daft Punk continued the discussion with Tong in Part 2 of their Coachella interview while immersing in new tracks off RAM “Giorgio By Moroder,” “Loose Yourself to Dance” and “Instant Crush.”
London-based techno producer Scuba ran through his picks for week’s “Goodie Goodies” including Locked Groove’s “Do It Anyway” and favorite tune of the year Dusky’s “Vanishing Point,” while house legend Kerri Chandler was knighted into Tong’s “Hall of Fame” while explaining the compelling story behind “Bar A Thym.” Tong pins Blond:ish as his future star, ending of with a hot mix from Israeli tech-house sensation Guy Gerber.
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Before Pete Tong dropped Axwell’s anticipated new premiere and Daft Punk’s long awaited interview on BBC Radio 1′s dance music marathon last night, Annie Mac shared the new dub mix collaboration between talented Brits Alex Metric and Jacques Lu Cont “Safe With You.” Featuring the vocals of Malin from Niki & The Dove, the track boasts pure energy with a big room flare in a perfectly mastered 80s dance feel. Jacques Lu Cont spoke of the inspiration of the release with Annie:
“What I really love is working on music where the objective isn’t about how commercially successful it has to be. Within dance music it’s totally liberating and you do what makes you feel good. The other thing that’s good with DJing is no matter what you’ve made, you know within five seconds of putting that record on in the club whether it’s any good or not, and you don’t get that anywhere else. It’s so immediate and magical like that. I’m enjoying every second of it.”
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This past Friday, Maya Jane Coles returned to the Radio 1 decks for her second appearance on the legendary show. MJC is one of my very favorite producer/DJs, so I was thrilled to learn I’d be able to digest another mix of hers less than two years after her debut in July of 2011. Her production style has that certain je ne sais quoi – quirky instrumentation, major grooves, and an undeniable sex appeal. In live sets, her DJing has always struck this perfect balance of emotional and danceable, introducing me to new material while playing the deep stuff she knows her fans want to hear. On top of her jaw-dropping number of accomplishments at the tender age of 25, she also emanates this air of effortless cool, DJing her way around the world with her stylishly cropped coiffure and docile demeanor.
There is no doubt Will Saul knows good music. He’s a producer, DJ, label owner, A&R whiz, and has worked with a staggering number of impressive artists in his almost two decades in dance music. Will got his start as nothing more than a passionate record collector (like most of us), and in the years that followed grew from a job at Sony, to his own label Simple Records, and more recently Aus Music.
With summer in sight, it’s time liven up your playlist with sizzling sounds including Two Door Cinema Club’s take on Is Tropical’s single “Dancing Anymore.” By stringing the vocal and adding a buoyant bop, TDCC unleash a sunshine-laden indie-viber first heard on BBC Radio 1. The single is the first being unveiled from the London trio Is Tropical’s upcoming album I’m Leaving, which will be released on May 20th via French electronic music label Kitsuné.Posted by