Any given Afrojack liveset is sure to include a number of unreleased, untitled, (and probably) unfinished tracks, and Nick Van De Wall likes keeping us in the dark on new releases until he is good and ready. Last time we went through this cycle, we ended up with “Rock The House,” a huge banger that was first debuted at Ultra, and then teased again and again until its eventual release in mid July.
Well, Afrojack has revealed another ID track, this time with the temporary name “Annie’s Theme” — fitting for Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show where the track was most recently showcased. The song, which has followed a similar debut pattern as “Rock The House,” is a standard Afrojack affair, complete with bleeps, bloops, and lots of whizzing and scratching. Nick says that “it’s a piece of music… it doesn’t need a name,” but we’re sure it’ll get something fitting when it is eventually released. Listen to the preview below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
We first heard Feed Me’s upcoming single, “Little Cat Steps,” when the London-based producer dropped it during his twenty minute mix on Annie Nightingale’s BBC Radio 1 show at the end of July. However, a longer version of the track has surfaced via Annie Mac’s own Radio 1 time slot. “Little Cat Steps” features a pounding electronic bassline complimented by a consortium of wobbles, scratches, and progressive synth play that makes this track a formidable follow-up to his Escape from Electric Mountain EP. Check out the rip below and hold tight for August 20th release via mau5trap Records.Posted by
Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ finally debuted by Pete Tong (update: US release September 18)
After weeks of listening to terrible quality rips on YouTube from Milton Keynes Bowl, the day has finally come for a proper preview of the Swedish House Mafia’s upcoming — and perhaps final — single, “Don’t You Worry Child.” The song, premiered on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, has lived up to the massive expectations set by the Swedish trio. “Don’t You Worry Child” is a gorgeous progressive house tune that features the magnificent vocals of John Martin.
With “Don’t You Worry Child,” Axwell, Steve and Sebastian have seemed to have found a happy medium in between the piano chord dominated house tunes that they made their name with, like “Leave The World Behind,” and their more recent big-room synth heavy efforts like “Greyhound.” While there is still some debate as to whether this is in fact their last single, as fans of the Swedish House Mafia from the very beginning, we really hope that it is not. There is no word yet on a release date, but you can be sure that we will let you know as soon as we do.
Update: The official release date is now set for September 14th in the Europe (except UK), Asia, and Australia, Sept 18th in the US, and October 7th in the UK. Official album artwork is up as well.Posted by
Richie Hawtin is one of underground dance music’s most seminal figures; a third-culture kid who would go on to change the face of clubbing forever. Born in Britain, raised in Canada and then reincarnated in Detroit, the enigmatic Hawtin’s influence on the minimal scene has been considerable. He’s a techno god. Consistently committed to reinvention, Richie first made a name for himself by cultivating the Plastikman legend in Detroit, then became a star all over again as Richie Hawtin in Berlin, conquering techno’s twin capitals in the process. In Loco Dice’s words: he’s a techno “messiah.”
In this fascinating one-hour profile, Radio 1‘s Heidi tells us the Plastikman story from the very beginning, tracing Richie’s career from dirty warehouses to international quasi-stardom. We get a few crazy stories, too, including a couple of politically incorrect adventures from the early days of acid house and the Detroit underground rave scene. If you’re a techno lover, you need to hear this piece, and it’s only available for another three days.
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Those of you who follow us will know that we’re big fans of Jacques Lu Cont, the so-called Thin White Duke. Yesterday we brought you the British production genius’ latest effort, his remix of Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown.” Well luckily for those of you who enjoyed that, Jacques also debuted his first Essential Mix over the weekend. It is an absolutely brilliant mix that features tracks from some of our favorite house music legends including Depeche Mode, Felix Da Housecat, Étienne de Crécy, and, of course, Jacques himself. Click after the break for the full tracklist and make sure to keep an eye out for the Dada Life/Daft Punk bootleg!
Sebastian Ingrosso has gone on record in an interview with BBC Radio 1′s Vernon Kay, discussing the rise of Swedish House Mafia and revealing some secrets about the trio. For starters, he says that the group will finally debut its newest track, reportedly titled “Don’t You Worry Child,” tonight at Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK. (You may remember that it was nearly completed around Coachella, but never came to fruition then.) He says that he’s actually working on it at the time of the interview, and that the guys will ride that out before starting to release more solo stuff.
When asked about their meteoric rise, he says that “it went big,” before adding that “we need to stop to breathe it in a little bit, ‘cuz everything went so fast… so big.” When asked about the highlights of their run, he mentions tonight’s Milton Keynes Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and the upcoming Friends Arena shows in Sweden. “I think looking back at it, every single show is a highlight.” He says it’s an “incredible feeling” to “make someone smile with something that you’ve created.”
Hear the whole interview for yourself at the link below, it starts around 1:47:30.
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Swedish House Mafia on the split: ‘We didn’t want to end up repeating ourselves’ (updated with audio)
Fans were shocked when Swedish House Mafia announced this tour would be their last, and they were even more confused by the total lack of explanation for their decision. As conjecture about their reasoning began to circulate, so too did several “false” news stories — most of which were eventually pulled. The trio is finally setting the story straight in an interview with Pete Tong set to air tonight on his Radio 1 show. BBC has released some snippets ahead of the show’s airing, and while it’s not as juicy as some of the rumors floating around, it definitely adds a new perspective.
“It’s very easy to just stay content with the machine that is Swedish House Mafia.” – Axwell
Cedric Gervais took his upcoming single to Pete Tong’s Essential Selection last night where the French DJ earned his spot on 15 Minutes of Fame. Gervais is back with a much more engaging tune, “Cedanie,” following his controversial yet successful release of “Molly.” The new single opens up in melodic fashion, an area that has lacked in his previous efforts; as the build is a moving ensemble of chords for a minute until Cedric’s signature late night synths come into effect. A perfect balance of what we loved and what was missing in “Molly,” this next single should surpass all expectations.
UPDATE: We now have a short video preview of Cedric dropping the track in front of wild crowds at festivals and clubs and a confirmed July 30th release date on Spinnin’ Records.
Nicky Romero appears on the world renowned Essential Mix, unleashes sweet new tunes to drive us wild
Pete Tong on Dutch producers: “It’s just gettin’ a bit silly now. I’m not sure what they are putting in the water over there, but they should send us some.”
Nicky Romero on himself: “I would describe my own sound as energetic.”
Dancing Astronaut on Nicky’s quote: “Biggest understatement of the century.”
Not only is it an honor to be featured on Pete Tong’s Essential Mix, but it’s even better when you absolutely crush it. Nicky Romero brings us 2 hours of pure insanity, he features Avicii’s “Superlove,” a new collaboration alongside David Guetta which has been unnamed, and his debut tune off his own imprint Protocol. We’ve got to hand it to Nicky, this guy is slowly becoming the face of the new age DJ, where it’s no longer good enough to be an expert producer in just one genre, but you need to be affluent in all forms. You want to know the scariest part of all of this? He didn’t even mention or play a snippet of his collaboration with NERVO. He has even more in his arsenal? Speechless.