With a stellar lineup featuring festival newbies and veterans alike, the Trance Addict stage at TomorrowWorld is sure to be a popular destination. A favorite spot at Tomorrowland each year across the pond, its debut on American soil is not to be missed. They’ve brought in some major players in the game, including Orjan Nilsen, tyDi, and Simon Patterson. They’ll be heating up the Chattahoochee festival grounds come Sunday, September 29th, the last day of TomorrowWorld. Don’t end the weekend without catching at least one of the artists on this stage.
BT’s ninth studio album, A Song Across Wires was released on August 16th and reaffirmed the Grammy-nominated producer as one of electronic music’s most diversely talented artists. The album is a 13-track odyssey that establishes its presence from the opening piano rolls of “Skylarking” and does not let up until the closing chord of the final track “Lifeline.” Throughout the album, BT maintains a robustly-produced aesthetic, dabbling in dubstep and electro house on “Letting Go” alongside JES and Fractal and “City Life” with Fractal and Bada. Incredible collaborations are interspersed throughout; Nadia Ali, Arty, TyDI, Emma Hewitt and Tritonal all join BT in the studio to touch on nearly every nuance of the trance sound. Stand out tracks include; “Tonight” alongisde TyDI and JES, “Must Be the Love” with Nadia Ali and Arty, and “Surrounded” in tandem with Aqualung. If you missed this album last month, do yourself a favor and make it part of your September soundtrack.
Purchase: BeatportPosted by
Between his upfront technological advocacy and the sheer survival of his various musical exploits, BT has remained an artist whose industry stripes continue to fascinate. With his ninth studio album primed for release next month, American studio wizard follows up initial album teaser “Skylarking” with perhaps his most intriguing vocal anthem to date. United with Aqualung lead singer Matt Hales, “Surrounded” unites Transeau’s own penchant for emotive club music with a euphoric backbone and the relentless sound of peak time electro house. Far from a 21st century compromise, the track indicates towards the compositional stamina fans can expect from A Song Across Wires.
Heading to your Fourth of July celebrations with food, drinks, and fireworks? Don’t forget to load up on the music to accompany the Independence Day festivities. In July 4th fashion, take live sets from your favorite patriot technicians on the go — and what better way than to revisit some of our favorites from the homeland.
Armada are just about ready to kick off their weekly summer at Privilege Ibiza, made all the more apparent with a rigorous run of remixes for label mainstay BT’s latest melodic masterpiece. As the first taste of Transeau’s forthcoming artist album for the label, the track’s remix package could only be of the highest caliber. Kicked off by Anjunabeats breakout Ilan Bluestone, the quality is upheld through a rigorous yet melodic remodel aimed at the progressive peak time skyline. Israeli trance crossover Maor Levi is second to bat, building delicately and throwing the track into a low-end apex of electro-savvy lead work. Showing significant aptitude in the face of a high-profile remix, both renditions suggest that Armada still knows a thing or two about cutting edge talent and bringing it alongside its more prestigious assets.
After appearing on loads of live sets, radio broadcasts, and podcasts, Super8 & Tab‘s “L.A.” is now getting two official remixes from two major players in the trance game. BT, making his Anjunabeats debut, and Juventa, returning from a three-year hiatus, have taken their remix tactics to the fan favorite from Anjunabeats Volume 10. BT takes the classic elements of the original and puts a definitive BT stamp on it, creating a high-energy symphony of white noise, soaring synths, and massive electro riffs. Juventa brings out the big guns and adds a gritty, heart-stopping drop, all while maintaining a fantastic atmosphere using the original airy vocals and melody-driven chordplay. The high-flying remix package is out today on Anjunabeats.
BT’s latest release, “Skylarking,” comes from the trance album of all trance albums — Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance 2013. Unlike the compilation’s other notable singles, “Nehalennia” and “D# Fat,” BT’s production slows down the heavy-hitters with a delicate, soothing harmony. Delivering old-fashion bliss for an album that has accelerated in sound, BT takes ASOT fans directly to cloud nine. “Skylarking” has been made available on Beatport and will hit remaining portals on March 4th courtesy of Armada.
Purchase: BeatportPosted by
Canada’s very own Afterhours.FM online streaming radio has been celebrating the end of 2012 in quite impressive form. The station, mostly geared towards trance fans, has been welcoming over 20 trance DJs per day to share a one or two hour set over the airwaves. We’ve collected a number of these sets (seventeen to be exact) for your listening and downloading pleasure. We’re only on Day 5, so keep checking back for more sets if you’re aching for a little more high energy trance in your life. Check out sets from Armin, Gabriel and Dresden, BT, Rank 1, Ronski Speed, and more after the break.
It’s inevitable that countdowns will always spark controversy, that’s just the nature of the beast. Some tracks will be snubbed, some overlooked, and some ranked higher than you may have expected. We’ve already gone over our ranking criteria at length but despite our own self-imposed guidelines, 2012 proved to be more difficult to rank than years past. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing throughout the year, the sheer number of releases was mind numbing, and — consequently — nearly impossible to rank. There has been no greater challenge for the editors at Dancing Astronaut than creating the list of the Biggest Tracks of 2012.
Love them or hate them, overplayed or under-appreciated, here are the songs that defined the 2012 EDM explosion, numbers 50-41.
After watching Pixar’s “Partysaurus Rex” I was left wondering what it would be like to party with inanimate objects in a bathtub. Although I doubt my toys will ever rage with me, I can at least recreate the scene with the video’s official theme song, “Partysaurus Overflow.” BT & Au5′s track starts off progressive but eventually morphs into something much grungier. Listening to it in full I almost forget that it has Disney’s stamp of approval. Does it have yours?
Purchase: iTunesPosted by