We have something pretty cool for you from French dubstep/electro group, Alesia. Some of you might remember when Nero conducted a “Dubstep Symphony.” Well, we found Alesia’s latest production to be very reminiscent of that. Alesia bring us their orchestral dubstep take on a track you will all have heard a thousand times – Deadmau5′s “Strobe.” If you’re up for something that is a little different, have a listen below and grab the free download!
Look for their single “Nox” to drop later this month!
Earlier this year we, like others, noted how Las Vegas has started to morph into an American Ibiza — a mecca for DJs to be treated like kings and play in megaclubs on the scale only Las Vegas can provide. Even David Guetta said that “there is a new energy here that I really, really love.” With single clubs boasting 20 or 30 resident DJs, it is hard to disappoint almost any electronic fan.
This footage from the Wynn Resorts is a testament to how much the scene has grown and features video from Encore Beach Club, Tryst, XS, and Surrender over the crowd-flooded Memorial Day Weekend holiday. The video features the biggest names in dance music like Steve Angello, Deadmau5, Skrillex, David Guetta, Tiesto, and Avicii and shows their time behind the scenes as well as on stage. There are few videos that get us excited these days, but the Wynn just has so much talent it constantly reminds us that moving to Vegas wouldn’t be that bad.
Today was a usual jam-packed Music Monday, but there’s still so much more we didn’t get around to posting. Keep reading for DA’s Best of the Rest, for Monday July 30th, 2012.
As an artist who has established his reputation based on principles, you can trust Deadmau5 to steer the direction of electronic music, and therefore trust the rising talent that he supports on his imprint. Mau5trap reverts to the fundamentals of why we all love electronic music with the release of its EP, We Are Friends. Spanning all genres, the boundaryless compilation includes music from Tom Staar, Heat Maxwell, Henry Gould, Buddygirrl and more. Get a sense of what the future holds and check out tracks from up-and-coming producers on We Are Friends, available on Beatport today.
There’s just no stopping Deadmau5 when he hits the studio, and there is really no stopping him when he brings his work to SoundCloud. Known to treat fans to productions fresh from his hard drive, the mau5 offers up his latest effort “There Might Be Coffee.” Claiming the track still needs work, and has yet to be mastered, the man himself is confident enough to give away his work in progress. Enjoy the latest Deadmau5 track and expect it to return even bigger once complete — after all, this is also how “The Veldt” was born.
Update: Deadmau5 has uploaded a new mix to his SoundCloud page, this time sans free download functions. As he Tweeted, “Coffee’s Ready!”
What defines the criteria for the DJ Mag Top 100? While this is a hotly debated issue, it really boils down to opinion. We can sit around all day talking about how David Guetta is a supposed sell-out who doesn’t deserve to top the list, or how Avicii should/shouldn’t be number one, or even how many of the originators like Richie Hawtin and Paul Van Dyk get snubbed because they are not “mainstream.”
While many people might feel that they are “right” this isn’t a “right vs wrong” debate, it is merely a list of DJs that campaign their fans to vote for them. Being higher or lower on the list doesn’t make them a better or worse DJ, it simply shows the world where their career is at. My five choices are DJs that I feel are currently dominating or should be dominating the market. Check out my five picks past the break and feel free to debate them in the comments.
One thing you can certainly say about Deadmau5 is that he is a man who sticks to his guns and refuses to compromise. Luckily for us, that attitude has seemed to have translated over into his Mau5trap Label, as he certainly has not compromised on the quality of artists he has signed to it. ”We Are Friends,” an upcoming EP from Mau5trap Records, showcases an incredibly diverse range of new talents and styles. Featuring artists from Tom Staar, to Buddygirl, to Heat Maxwell, “We Are Friends” spans the genres from Deadmau5-esque electro house to melodic progressive, to dubstep and glitchy productions that hit much harder. This EP is a must listen if you want a glimpse at some rising stars of electronic music. Check out the preview after the break and then head over to Beatport to grab the full EP on July 30th.
We honestly wish that Mondays were a little more mellow because we have a hard time fitting in all the news. There was a TON of music released today from Digitalism & Tommy Trash, 4 strings, Eva Simons, Stefan Dabruck & Tocadisco, and even remixes of an Usher track. SHM discussed their new single with MTV, Arty released a video from Alesso’s 21st birthday party and even more. If you’re having a hard time keeping up, don’t worry because there is even more past the break.
Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of 2012, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the best and worst moments of the year so far. This week we’re bringing you five of the highlights, while next week we’ll be bringing you some of the lowlights.
Telling the truth is difficult in any situation but particularly in those dictated by public relations and political correctness. The music industry is one of the more complicated ones. Saying the wrong thing about the wrong person — no matter the accuracy of the statement — has the potential for detrimental, career-altering effects. Dance music, however, is beginning to shed these weights in favor of honesty and constructive criticism. We couldn’t be more proud to be helping lead this trend.
Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of 2012, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the best and worst moments of the year so far. This week we’re bringing you five of the highlights, while next week we’ll be bringing you some of the lowlights. Let us know what you think in the comments — we’re nothing without you.
Ever since dance music exploded out of the “underground” and onto the global stage, it’s become increasingly difficult to ignore. Magazine covers are generally good indicators of who and what is popular at the time of their release and as such are typically reserved for the hottest models, actors, and musicians of the moment. In 1967 John Lennon was a cover boy for Rolling Stone, in 1981 – Bruce Springsteen, in 1999 – Britney Spears, in 2006 – Kanye West, and in 2012 — Deadmau5. Skrillex, A-Trak, and Diplo also landed the magazine cover of Billboard’s EDM issue. When these four dance music figureheads landed the covers of two of the most widely respected music magazines in the world, it was symbolic of our genre’s place in pop culture.
Like Skrillex’s Grammy awards, these covers are a double edged sword in that they put us on display while simultaneously opening the door for criticism and conjecture. However, no matter what the skeptics say, we are simply too big, too relevant, and too important to be ignored.
Best: 5, 4, 3.