Benny Benassi is a name that flows synonymously with the uprising of commercial house throughout the 2000s. Breaking in 2002 with classic hit “Satisfaction,” Italian-born Benny has been one of the select few who has been able to create a lasting career through the ups and downs of the recent electronic wave. He has produced songs all over the map from collaboration with Public Enemy , to “Cinema” which went on to win a Grammy after Skrillex remix treatment, to “Beautiful People” with Chris Brown and his latest collaboration “Dance the Pain Away” with R&B vocalist John Legend. We sat down with Benny to find out what his secret to success has been over the years and what he thinks of dance music’s latest uprising.
Stockholm’s Nause have left few stones unturned amid their global overhaul. With remixes for Kaskade and Eric Turner already behind them, the Scandinavian fast-risers turn their creative yarns to Afrojack’s commercial outing “As Your Friend” to extend their melodic guise to pastures pop heavy. Whichever way you spin it, the vocal assets of Chris Brown were never an ideal asset to maintain. The sugary pop hallmarks remain, but the duo proves up to the task of driving quality peak time sensibilities into the track for yet another finely tuned and melodically refined offering to their well-ornamented trophy cabinet for 2013. This is out May 31st.
Afrojack’s “As Your Friend” has hit number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play, and now his Chris Brown-assisted radio record has broader appeal to the dance scene with its new twist. Alongside Leroy Styles, co-producer of the original, Afrojack provides an extended mix that turns down Chris Brown’s vocal mid-way to make way for building alarm-like synths. Maintaining the same backbone as the radio edit, the latest version from the duo is more revisit than remix, but is just the flare needed for live sets as tested and proven at Ultra Music Festival.
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Coming off three Ultra performances, his own pool party and nightclub showcase, and appearances all around South Beach, Afrojack turns his focus towards his forthcoming artist album after wrapping up a busy Miami Music Week. Just as “As Your Friend” has hit number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, his lead single with Chris Brown has received its official music video. Afrojack sits high on a throne of LEDs that resembles his live stage set up, summons an eagle, and co-producer Leroy Styles makes a motorcycle donut-burning cameo with the absence of Chris Brown.Posted by
Forget about “Gangnam Style.” Afrojack has finally unleashed the lead single off his debut album, featuring not Psy, but Chris Brown. While pop-savvy, “As Your Friend” reveals only one of many styles to expect from Nick’s full length release. Whether or not you choose to sing-a-long or bop your head to the big room-radio record, Afrojack’s edgier persona is on the horizon with tracks like “Rocker” already making way into sets and mixes around the globe. In the meantime, enjoy “As Your Friend” and keep it in rotation — this afro-gem is going to stick around through Miami Music Week and beyond.
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Playing a sold out Pier 94 this New Years Eve and remixing Keane’s “Sovereign Light Cafe,” Afrojack is closing out 2012 with a bang — but he will be heading into 2013 even stronger. Following the future release of his “Gangnam Style” remix, we will be graced with “As Your Friend,” the first official single from his debut artist album. “As Your Friend” has been floating around as an upcoming Chris Brown song, but it has now been established that the track will serve as Afrojack’s lead record for his upcoming project.
“As Your Friend” is one of the few pop crossovers that will appear on Afrojack’s upcoming album, while the rest is expected be the less-commercial side we anticipate. We also wouldn’t be surprised if a club-friendly remix made the album as well. Take a listen to his Chris Brown collaboration and let us know what you think in the comments section.Posted by
Showtek makes pop crossover, produces Chris Brown’s ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ (Update: Showtek only co-produced)
Showtek made their official crossover into mainstream pop music by producing Chris Brown’s forthcoming Top 40 hit, “Nobody’s Perfect.” Following in the footsteps of producers including David Guetta, Diplo, and Swedish House Mafia, the Dutch duo lay down their progressive house flavor under a major singer’s vocals to create a radio-friendly track. Chris Brown is no stranger to working with some of dance music’s biggest names, having already collaborated with the likes of David Guetta and Benny Benassi. Showtek, who also wrote the song, combine powerful leads and giant rolling synths layered over hard-hitting kick drums in a similar vein as previous releases including “Cannonball” and “How We Do.” Listen to the radio rip below and let us know how you feel about the latest dance act to make the pop crossover in the comments section below.
Update: We’ve been informed that Showtek is only the co-producer behind Chris Brown’s “Nobody’s Perfect.” The song’s producer is Lukas Hilbert.Posted by
R3hab is back with another new remix, this time taking on David Guetta, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne’s “I Can Only Imagine.” The young producer takes the pop-influenced original and injects a funky electro-synth breakdown while preserving the easily recognized lyrics. After mastering the dirty Dutch bl33p and the chainsaw synth – along with a progressive house stint – R3hab gives us a refreshingly unique new sound that again shows his versatility as a producer. Turn this one up and head over to Beatport to purchase along with the David Guetta & Daddy’s Groove remix.
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David Guetta feat. Chris Brown and Lil Wayne – I Can Only Imagine (David Guetta & Daddy’s Groove Remix)
David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat album is full of radio gems, and one that instantly took to the airwaves was the Chris Brown and Lil’ Wayne assisted “I Can Only Imagine.” Not only did the three superstars unite to produce the track, but they came together again to perform it live at the Grammy Awards. While the single has Top 40 listeners singing along in their cars, it has not had the same effect on Guetta’s house-favoring fans — yet, at least.
Following in the footsteps of Calvin Harris (who just remixed his own pop collaboration with Ne-Yo, “Let’s Go”), the tremendous producer/DJ has also remixed his own track in collaboration with Daddy’s Groove, the Italian trio that also remixed “Where Them Girls At.” The remix differs extremely from the original, removing Lil Wayne’s verse completely and swapping the uplifting piano that is beloved on the radio with high-energy electro that can be appreciated on the dance floor. The new and improved rendition of “I Can Only Imagine” is now available on Beatport via What A Music.
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