Though ASOT 600 feels like ages ago, every new release of a track premiered on The Expedition brings the memories right back. One such tune is KhoMha’s remix of Cosmic Gate’s “Storm Chaser,” which ASOT 600 NYC attendees heard played out for the first time by none other than Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten in their first stadium appearance as New World Punx. KhoMha played up the bassline on his remix, stripping out layers of the melody and leaving only a well-crafted teched-out intensity in its place. Proving KhoMha as one to watch, his remix can be purchased as part of “Storm Chasers” remix EP on Beatport.
At 12:45 Sunday afternoon, a voice cut across an edit of Hard Rock Sofa & Dirty Shade’s “Collapsar,” causing a still-filling Ultra Mega Structure to turn toward the sound.
“Good morning Miami!” the voice rang out. “Are you ready for The Expedition?” Heads started nodding. “Are you ready for 11 hours of A State of Trance?” A yes-shaped roar emerged.
The voice was Armin van Buuren’s, the set was Tritonal‘s, and the effect was pandemonium. Projected on screen from the on-site ASOT studio, the patriarch of the trance family beamed down at the crowd, encouraging them to give it up for their fellow Americans, the trance team from Texas that kicked off the live ASOT 600 experience and played the first of the day’s ten sets.
Yacht parties and Miami Music Week were made for each other and on Wednesday, dead center of the conference, the crystal blue water, 80 degree weather and smooth trance came together to create a five hour voyage defined by the sounds of Cosmic Gate and friends. Aboard the Musette, three floors of music delighted attendees with airy progressions that matched the clear blue skies. Fans lounged on day beds, sipping cocktails, as Miami’s skyline created the perfect backdrop for what would be a relaxing and beautifully delivered trance-capade from Claus and Stefan. Despite a minor hiccup with a generator, the day could not have embodied the Miami Music Week vibe any better as the trance gods performed an intimate set to the small group of attendees aboard the Musette. Hop past the break for five tracks that defined the day.
The festival season in Australia is just picking up, and Avicii has snatched up the headlining spot at the EDM Stage at the touring Future Music Festival, set to kick off Saturday, March 2nd in Brisbane. The festival, hitting all major Australian cities throughout March, already has a large and diverse lineup but Avicii’s announcement is considered to be another cherry on top of this Aussie sundae for fan’s of his catchy and danceable productions from over the last several years. The full lineup includes heavy hitters like The Prodigy, The Stone Roses, Richie Hawtin, Boys Noize, Hardwell,Sven Väth, Cosmic Gate, and Madeon to name a few. For full lineup, tickets, dates, and more announcements head here.
Bradley Roulier and Shawn Sabo – known in the dance arena as Manufactured Superstars – are back with a big room production featuring a vocal enchantment from Luciana. “Calling All The Lovers” builds with chords and feel good strings, and peaks with euphoria when Luciana’s singing takes hold. Along with the original mix, comes remixes of all genres, proving ultimate translatability. Most notably, Cosmic Gate lifts the track to new heights with a trance spin, and Wippenberg bestows dance appeal with a newfound progressive edge. Jump beyond the break to listen to “Calling All The Lovers” in all forms and head to Beatport for its remix package.
Cosmic Gate are behind some of the most emotionally evocative productions to date and the recently released, “Over The Rainbow,” possesses that same quality. The German duo’s trance beats combine with J’Something’s vocals to tell a relatable and powerful love story — an element many tracks seem to lack lately. We hope that more producers take note and apply emotional journeys and story-telling to their future productions and sets.
Insomniac Events is borrowing the MetLife stadium this weekend for a little music festival called the Electric Daisy Carnival. For a few glorious hours, some of the world’s biggest DJs have descended upon the New York Giants’ stadium and surrounding parking lots, which have been spectacularly transformed. We’ve brought you photos and video, and now, thanks to our friends at House4DJ, we have live sets.
It’s summer, folks. The American EDM festival circuit is now in full swing, and the big-room heavyweights are adjusting nicely to the change in scale. Enjoy yourselves — and let us know your favorites in the comments.
Update: R3hab, Chuckie, Shermanology, and Alesso have gone ahead and uploaded their sets to SoundCloud. Grab the free downloads below. Similarly, TheFuture.FM has all the sets available to stream without any of the Zippyshare nastiness — but sadly you can’t download.
Day one of Electric Daisy Carnival New York is a wrap, but thankfully there are still two more whole days of fun to be had at MetLife Stadium. With some help from our friends at Pacha NYC and Insomniac, we’ve put together the video above, highlighting some of the best moments from day one. Catch Madeon tearing up the Kinetic Field (and barely seeing over the decks), Cosmic Gate, and footage from the performers and the grounds. We’ll be on the ground at EDC again today and tomorrow, so be sure to hit us up on Twitter if you’re there too!
Cosmic Gate makes some of the most emotionally evocative songs in the EDM game. Something about their productions is simply fraught with an unavoidable feeling that is powerfully moving. The German duo have taken on the prestigious Trance Nation series and created a 2CD release featuring artists like Tiesto, Mat Zo, Sander van Doorn and Arty. The 30-track album is mostly comprised of their older stuff but Cosmic Gate has produced a special tune, “Crushed,” just for the album. The dreamy song features typical CG-synths and a melodious bass line. The duo has hit yet another emotional chord and we imagine the album will be structured similarly.
Gate’s “Be Your Sound.” Emma Hewitt’s voice really resonates throughout the tune and Tristan’s deep bassline meshes perfectly with it. This is a relatively new type of sound for Tristan to be diving into, most of the time his productions revolve around the jungle or big room sounds, however, the this trouse rendition is fantastic. If you can’t get enough Tristan give “What’s The Point” a try – we still don’t understand how this tune didn’t blow up.