Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Vaughn Oliver and Oliver Goldstein (or just Oliver to most) have just released their latest work, Mechanical EP. Man, you are in for quite the treat. In the last several years, Los Angeles has gained recognition as the unofficial capital of a certain nu-disco and tropical sound championed by artists like Oliver, Goldroom, Zimmer, Plastic Plates, Penguin Prison, The Magician, Aeroplane, Flight Facilities — the list goes on. As this diverse and accessible sound continues to grow, we believe these artists will really start to get the recognition they’ve deserved. This starts with Mechanical EP.
Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence began their first American tour as Disclosure a few weeks ago. At only 17 and 20-years old respectively, they have been making music together over the last few years, releasing singles and short compilations along the way. Disclosure‘s production roots are in an updated version of two-step UK garage and funky house but have more recently offered bouncy synthesized outputs wrapped with poppy undertones.
San Francisco’s Independent was one of the first stops on their tour and the brothers were greeted by a packed venue of fans desperate to hear their unique blend of pop and UK garage. Stepping out just after 11:30pm, Guy and Howard played face-to-face rather than towards the crowd. With a dizzying array of laptops, drum machines, and keyboards the two gave listeners almost an hour and half taste of their sweet synth-heavy British tunes.
Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard is the latest artist to try his hand at remixing Disclosure. He adds his touches to “Control” and gives it a really chill /deep house feel. We’ve been hearing so much big room progressive house lately that Goddard’s remix makes for a lovely change of pace. Have a listen to the track on the soundcloud embed below and if you’re feeling it, head over to Beatport to grab yourselves a copy.
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Steve Aoki has revealed the official music video for his new single “Control Freak” off his latest full-length album, Wonderland. Featuring producer Blaqstarr and vocalist My Name is Kay, it’s more of an indie nu-disco track, filled with tons of funk guitar. The new single strays away from Aoki’s typical rowdy sound, allowing the cake-smashing DJ to showcase his versatile producing capabilities.
The video transports us back in time to a 1980’s dance party hosted by Steve himself. The clip also includes cameos from Holly Madison, and Samm Levine of Freaks and Geeks. “Control Freak” was filmed in VHS quality, giving it that old-school feel — and like most Aoki shows, it’s nothing but a fabulous time. Check back for a remix package including reworks by Dillon Francis and James Frew to be released June 26.Posted by
We’re just going to be honest and ask the first question that springs to mind when listening to “Control” – is this the next “Cinema?” Gary Go’s vocals are as lush and catchy as ever, and it has endless remix potential. Case in point: while the original version is a typical Benassi production, with the hi-hat and kickdrum we all know so well, the Gigi Barocco mix is a rollicking, wild track with perfectly-placed claps, and the Jacob Plant’s provides the perfect dubstep twist. We haven’t been this excited and moved by a track in quite some time.
Have a listen to all three after the jump and let us know which is your favorite… and if you see big things happening for this track like we do. MMW 2012 anthem, anyone?
Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Control (Extended Mix)
Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Control (Gigi Barocco Remix)
Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Control (Jacob Plant Remix)
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2010. Man, what a huge year for house.
This past year was clearly monumental for EDM as a genre. Artists, DJs, and everyone else involved were busy year-round as the market for the music we all love grew larger and larger. Outside of its traditional grounds in foreign clubs, EDM was granted big exposure in the United States in 2010. Songs like We No Speak Americano, Stereo Love, Take Over Control, and Bulletproof all found major airtime on the largest radio stations. Swedish House Mafia performed at the American Music Awards. Deadmau5 was nominated for a Grammy and played at MTV’s VMAs, while David Guetta won his own Grammy. It’s safe to say that 2010 was the year where house officially made its way across the pond – in huge, panty-dropping fashion.