The no-holds-barred Saints Row video game series is back, August 20th, with another installment. Besides being known for gratuitous violence, crude humor, and unpredictable plot turns, the franchise’s first-rate music licensing, especially in dance music, adds another quintessential element. In years past, Kanye West, Deadmau5, My Chemical Romance, Rusko and Benny Benassi have soundtracked the mayhem. For Saints Row IV, audio designers like Brandon Bray had the challenging task of licensing tracks eight months ahead of release. Bray comments:
“We’re trying to figure out, ‘Well, what’s going to be popular? What’s going to be good eight months from now?’ It’s an interesting process because one, we’re privy to songs that may or may not have been released yet, and two, we need to make sure that what we’re going to be licensing will be relevant by the time our game comes out.”
Between Mad Decent 106.9 and K12 97.6′s tracklists, I think they hit the nail on the head. Diplo, Dillon Francis, GTA, Datsik, Flux Pavilion and many more will take over the airwaves of Steelport – the game’s retro-futuristic dystopia. That’s not all, folks. SR IV techs are also thrilled to introduce their signature weapon – the dubstep gun.
Proving Western Canada is on par with its Eastern counterparts, festivals continue to pop up and flourish with increasingly impressive lineups. From the team that brought you the wildly successful Badlands Stampede festival this past weekend, Aqua Audio & Connected Entertainment have now announced SummersEnd Music Festival to take place Labour Day weekend in Calgary, Alberta. With a line-up including Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, Bloody Beetroots, Destroid and more, the 15,000 capacity festival will close out Alberta’s short summer by raving sunrise to sunset.
Presale tickets available Friday July 12th at 10am with general onsale starting Saturday July 13th here. Stay up to date with festival information on the Facebook page here.
It seems there’s no style too daunting for Dyro. After releasing his remix of Rihanna & David Guetta’s “Right Now” and Axwell’s “Center of the Universe,” the young Dutch producer has returned with an edit of The Bloody Beetroots’ latest, “Spank.” Keeping the bounce but cranking up the glitter, the edit is more of a tweak than a full remix but proves to be a little tweak with big results. With a higher pitch and slightly less intense breakdown, the original is left to shine in its jaw-dropping glory while Dyro’s star power makes the edit accessible to those outside Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo’s realm. Released on Ultra Records by way of Dim Mak, the track is available now on Beatport.
Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo has returned to the studio for another original production, this time bringing along the legendary, former Beatle Paul McCartney to lend his touch on the track “Out of Sight.” Walking a fine line between electronica and full blown punk rock, The Bloody Beetroots have developed into electronic music’s most respected live performers and it appears that McCartney shares a similar respect for Rifo’s visionary productions. Always pushing the envelope, Rifo enlisted McCartney for the vocals of his latest punk-rocktronica output. It may seem like an unorthodox move for the aging rock star, but Paul has always been in tune with the brightest and best in music – citing MGMT as one of his favorite bands back when they released Oracular Spectacular.
The short preview is just a taste of the track’s official debut stream set to be revealed on June 14th via RollingStone.com. Listen after the break.
When EDC NY’s lineup was initially released, there was an outcry that the lineup didn’t stack up to its Las Vegas cousin. What it may lack in big names (although there are still quite a few) it more than makes up for by providing an experience that is curated for diversity. Bass music is heavily represented this year with Figure and others finding refuge in the Basspod, a hardstyle closing set by Headhunterz is destined to be one of the most talked about experiences of the festival; second only to Saturday’s grand finale – a Carl Cox and Loco Dice b2b set. For something experimental, Art Department’s Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow will be curating a strangely emotive dance experience before The Bloody Beetroots Live unleash a wall of distortion to close the Circuit Grounds. Steve Angello steps up to the plate with a newfound creative freedom, following the launch of his new label and Essential Mix while Maceo Plex, who emerged out of the shadows as a ghost producer to powerful deep house presence, converts a new army of faithfuls. There is no lack of big room presence either, with Eric Prydz, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Thomas Gold and more bringing the the mainstage action EDC is known for.
Bloody Beetroots unleashed “Chronicles Of A Fallen Love” last October with help from “Raise Your Weapon” vocalist Greta Svabo Bech. The tune made for Beetroots bliss with a drum-heavy backbone and electro-rock elements to compliment the breathtaking singing, and has been revisited for its remix package this week. Leading the pack of musical shape-shifters is Tom Swoon – the man formerly known as Pixel Cheese — with the exclusive progressive rendition. Swoon’s praised chord progression and delicate, melodic touch is a match made in heaven for the original production, and his latest outing is one worth attention.
Well, as predicated by the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Unfortunately, only one of us is John Cusack, so the rest of us have no choice but to party into oblivion. At least we can thank the Mayans for conceding doomsday to a Friday. To accompany Armageddon, we have provided a list of tunes that will add appropriate theme music to the backdrop of imminent annihilation. Hopefully, you can find consolation in their uplifting message. Godspeed.
The Blood Beetroots have ended their interval of dormancy by following up on their June release of “Rocksteady” with “Chronicles of a Fallen Love,” an emphatic, vocally driven original. Greta Svabo Bech, of “Raise Your Weapon” and “Fire Inside” fame, offers a sensational vocal performance as usual, breathing life into the thunderous production. The Bloody Beetroots compliment Bech’s evocative vocals with a subtle piano melody and a soft, thumping kick drum, before turning up the energy with a metallic, electric guitar riff, in the same vein as “Rocksteady.” The track, along with an instrumental version, is available on Beatport today.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Hardwell, Pasquale Rotella, Diplo, and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week.
Italian producer Gigi Barocco takes The Bloody Beetroots latest screamer “Rocksteady” and injects it full of adrenaline. Like freebasing monstrous bass, this remix makes your heart jump out of your chest while it kicks you in the head with steel-toed boots. Heavy dubstep wobbles and huge percussion turn the energy up to 11 – it’s not easy to go harder than Sir Cornelius Rifo but Gigi Barocco has risen to the challenge – with impressive results.