Returning to his Revealed stomping grounds, Dannic finds himself atop this week’s list of premier electronic releases. This time on remix duties, he makes way for Mako, a young producer who’s been buzzing as an independent artist all year long. Together, they’re hitting fans with a high-spirited big room effort dubbed “Beam.” Vocals grace a subtle lead in a manner not indicative of its imminent magnification — or simply put, these two manage a main stage track without spoilers.
In what has proved to be the year of the album, the dance community has seen full-fledged studio output from both legends and newcomers alike. Released in May, Armin van Buuren’s Intense has maintained its place amongst the best-received, even holding its own against the hype of the month’s most-anticipated but now surprisingly forgotten Random Access Memories. Yet though attention spans are short the king of trance’s legacy is long, and for his latest endeavor he has invited a colorful host of characters to share in the spotlight with Intense: The More Intense Edition.
While the first release already included as unlikely a combination of collaborators as Nervo, Miri Ben-Ari and Trevor Guthrie, the official remix album features over a dozen artists on both sides of the progressive/trance divide. Ørjan Nilsen’s rework follows Michael Brun’s, Andrew Rayel segues into W&W, and on the bonus edition Dannic finds himself surrounded by the likes of Cosmic Gate, Tritonal, Aly & Fila and more. With 11 Intense tracks remixed by 18 artists and two brand new Armin tunes besides, The More Intense Edition at the very least holds up to its name: This is not your average remix package.
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The day has finally come for the official release of Dannic
and Sick Individuals
‘ collaboration, “Blueprint.” Two of The Netherlands’ talented and rising electronic producers (who coincidentally live less than an hour apart), join forces to bring us a high-octane track with Hardwell
‘s support as the latest release for Revealed Recordings
. The Dutch DJs’ contrasting production styles really come together on this track; Dannic’s stylistic, progressive-house melodies intertwine nicely with Sick Individuals’ intense, big chord breakdowns. Combine Dannic’s “Ignite
” and Sick Individuals’ “Spear,” and you get a similar sound to the beauty that is “Blueprint.”
Now in its 25th year, Amsterdam Dance Event continues to draw artists, professionals and fans from across the globe to celebrate the electronic dance music industry. To commemorate 25-years of dance music in the Netherlands and the ongoing relevance of the annual conference, DA turned to some of the nation’s finest musical assets to tell the unique story of Dutch dance music from the mouths of the artists that have kept in such high esteem. At the tail-end of his most prolific year to date, Hardwell tops off our series with his take on the global overhaul of Dutch dance music.
As Armada fans worldwide gear up for ASOT650, the label’s front man has just given us something else to look forward to. This week Armin van Buuren posted a preview of Dannic’s rework of his own “Intense,” giving no release details but setting off arguments about genre superiority across the twittersphere. In this instance of house vs. trance, Dannic’s big room tendencies picked up where the already progressive tune left off, making the builds bigger and seemingly minimizing Miri Ben-Ari’s literal violin while preserving its melody. A solid rework from the young Dutch producer, those within the trance family who are raising a fuss seem to be forgetting their history: the Revealed rockstar has already proved his stripes with remixes of Sem Thomasson and BT, Nadia Ali & Arty.
In line with his recent inauguration to Toolroom Records renowned Toolroom Knights compilation series, fast-ascending Dutch talent DANNIC unveils a brand new original to ornament this considerable career landmark. Having balanced ongoing affairs with Revealed Recordings for “Rocker” and more recently turned his hand to The Wanted’s “We Own The Night,” Dan Romers hold on the peak time skyline was unlikely to be disputed at the final quarter of 2013. “Bring The Funk,” however, is enough to bruise any misconceptions that this young Dutch trailblazer has rested upon creative laurels in the face of global admiration. In an amalgamation of sharp lead work and strong melodic progressions, DANNIC adds eclecticism to an otherwise seamless track record at the tail end of his most independent and accomplished year on record.
Revealed posterboy Dannic has just taken on another pop music production. The young producer and Hardwell protege completely dismantles The Wanted radio-pop smash “We Own The Night” and reconstructs it into a hulking mass of melody-driven electro. With Dannic in the driver’s seat, it’s all systems go on his latest remix – an unstoppable cacophony of shifty electro stabs punctuated by a persistent kick and chirping piano rolls with the original’s oh-so-contagious hook.
It was the final hours of Tomorrowland in Belgium and, presumably, attendees flocked the the Main Stage to wrap up the weekend as they would do at most festivals. But Tomorrowland wasn’t most festivals; the real party was taking place at Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, and Chuckie’s imprint-clashing blowout — an over-the-top finale that featured special guests, champagne showers, and crowd surfacing to accompany the last mashups of the weekend. Similarly, America’s version of the Boom fairytale won’t be like most festivals either. TomorrowWorld will too have Belgium’s hometown heroes and the Dirty Dutch madman setting up shop on day three. With top-tier talent scheduled to take the decks from start to finish, and a celebratory finale that will replicate one of Tomorrowland’s greatest moments; there’s much to desire from the Smash The House vs Dirty Dutch stage later this month in Chattahoochee Hills.
Taking back to his Revealed Recordings home base for the first time since dropping “Viper” this spring, Dannic‘s late summer outing is one for the books. Drawing influence from his Toolroom stint that included the one-two punch of “Clobber” and “Ignite,” the latest from Hardwell’s understudy is another big room gem with an added flare humbled by a beat driven backbone. “Rocker” is appropriately labeled and serves as a gritty electro offering with progressive percussion providing for a balance between arenas of small and large.
Leaving fans on the edge, teasing his forthcoming single with a snippet that clocks in at just over a minute, Dannic is sending the message that his next massive hit is just around the corner. Due for an August 19th release from his Revealed headquarters, “Rocker” deploys energy and emotion with a juxtaposition of crisp chord builds and enough grunge to shoot listeners with shock. Coming off “Clobber” and its “Ignite” sequel, Dannic makes his mark upon returning to Hardwell’s imprint and ups the ante from April’s “Viper.”