Many people are aware of Deadmau5′ 2012 and 2013 Grammy nominations, but less are acquainted with his 2009 nomination for “The Longest Road” (released in 2008). The track was considered for “Best Remixed Recording, non classical” and although it didn’t win at the awards show, it’s still one of his best offerings. Everything from Lissie’s rapturous, smoky vocals to the tinkling melody and infectious bassline are blissful and calming. With the summer months rapidly approaching keep this song in mind for your top down drives and festival road trips.
Fun fact: Deadmau5′s remix was featured in Tap Tap Revenge 3.
It seems Arty has fallen in love with the sultry vocals of Deadmau5’ “The Veldt,” for he’s scooped up singer Chris James for his latest offering, “Together We Are.” The powerful vocal flows effortlessly over Arty’s signature bliss, reminiscent of previous releases “When I See You” and “Kate.” The young Russian earned an ample amount of respect from both trance and progressive worlds, proven by the support that his newest effort has garnered since its premiere last month. Armin van Buuren, Pete Tong, Above & Beyond and Tiesto, to name a few, have featured the track on their respective radio shows, an early indicator that this will become one of 2013’s most memorable tunes.
In this month’s cover story for Vibe, Deadmau5 gives his take on everything from Swedish House Mafia and Avicii to Ultra and his respect for Jay-Z. The conversation is typical filterless Mau5, right down to the self-deprecation and shameless honesty. But while the content itself is entertaining what’s most interesting are the reactions. Since the story was posted, numerous media outlets have written articles sensationalizing his comments and fans have been generally angered — or at least rubbed the wrong way. But for anyone who is even slightly familiar with dance music’s morbid Mickey Mouse, this behavior and even many of his bold remarks come as no surprise.
Always a couple fit for public displays of affection, Kat von D and Deadmau5 have shared a bit of their Valentine’s Day celebration to the Internet. Deadmau5 uploaded to his Soundcloud a track his fiancée and friend Danny Lohner sang and produced for him yesterday saying it was “truly the best gift [he's] ever received.” The song, entitled “LUVnSTUFF,” is a bit of a mashup of Joel’s own “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” — plus lots of strings and a beautiful dark vocal performance from Kat. Check it out below.
While we anxiously await the next new originals from both Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner, the duo is back, in a way, this week with their remix package of last fall’s “Channel 42.” Though Pete Tong premiered Nom De Strip’s dance floor version of the tune on last week’s Essential Selection, mau5trap opted to eschew the more recognizable tune, officially releasing remixes from GTA and Eeekko alongside a reissue of the original.
While the original is a perfect blend of Deadmau5′s chord play and Wolfgang’s technicality, the remixes seem to look to the original more for inspiration than for actual parts, resulting in a package of three completely different songs. To hear electronic’s favorite animals like you’ve never heard them before, listen below.
The Grammy Awards are set to take place tomorrow and dance music aficionados are left only pondering which heavyweights will bring home the gold. Skrillex was the big winner last year, taking home three wins of his five nominations. With three more nominations this season, will Skrillex be seeing triple again? Or will Deadmau5 take home a pair of trophies? How about Avicii? Swedish House Mafia? Or dare we ask, Al Walser?
Dance artists represent four categories this year; Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the categories, nominees, and predicts which stars will walk away with Grammy awards.
Pete Tong is back this week with another Essential Selection, highlighting the best in all genres of dance music around the globe. Earning a premiere was Nom De Strip’s remix of Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Garter’s “Channel 42,” set to be released on Mau5trap on February 12th. Last week’s Essential New Tune, Disclosure’s “White Noise,” was succeeded by Calrian & Guy Gerber’s remix of “Claire,” combing techno with beautiful electronic melodies fitted perfectly for Ibiza sunsets. Progressive lovers were treated to Syn Cole’s new Le7els release, “April,” as well as Nicky Romero & Nilson & John Christian’s “Still the Same Man,” among others.
Deep house extraordinaire Hot Since 82 stole his 15 minutes of fame, where he took the time to discuss the impact of “EDM” and featured an exclusive new track, “Mr.Drive.” To top it all off, Marc Romboy played a techno driven Weekend Hot Mix and Simian Mobile showcased the best in disco in this week’s Goodie Goodies. Full tracklist after the break.
Above & Beyond sent shockwaves across the globe last November after announcing an end to their beloved weekly running radio show, Trance Around the World. Luckily, all this meant was a re-branding effort to create new advent Group Therapy Radio – phewf! To mark the occasion, A&B brought us all the way to Jayamahal Palace in Bangalore, India, and featured six hours of the best in trance concluding with this set from Anjunabeats prodigy, Mat Zo.
A mastermind at joining the elegance of trance with the hard-hitting rifts of progressive, Zo’s sound cuts across genres and showcases an unmatched talent for mixing. From mashing in rarely heard, always-loved deadmau5 tracks, to an electronic rendition of the sounds of Bollywood to premiering his recent collaboration with Porter Robinson, “Easy”, it’s clear to see why he was chosen for such a colossal event. If you love sets that are fast-moving, unpredictable and beautifully mixed, have a listen and find the tracklist after the break.
Today’s Good Morning Mix requires your full and undivided attention. Trance pioneer Markus Schulz has graciously uploaded an outrageous two-hour segment of his twelve-hour marathon set from New Year’s Eve at Avalon in Los Angeles. He dubs this section the “rabbit hole” — and as you make it through the tracklist, you’ll see why.
Be prepared to hear everything from dark, minimal techno from Dubfire to tasteful progressive house from Thomas Gold to a classic house anthem from Mark Knight & Funkagenda. More bewildering tracks include a legendary Deadmau5 original, a thumping Sander van Doorn remix, and plenty of Markus Schulz big-room reconstructions. No matter your taste, there’s a track in this mix for you. Brace yourselves for the rabbit hole. (more…)
Over the past year, Arty has gained power through his uplifting progressive house and trance productions. The Russian producer has given fans subtle style with production substance, unleashing the sprawling “When I See You” and “Must Be The Love” in 2012. Now ready to carry his production chops into 2013, Arty has unveiled is latest piece of work, “Together We Are,” featuring vocals from Chris James. Listeners first heard James on Deadmau5‘s “The Veldt,” and his smooth vocals easily transfer onto “Together We Are.”
Arty’s blissfully enhanced tune will be released on February 18 via Big Beat Records, but click below the break for sneak peak.