French DJ/producer Agoria has released his much anticipated Scala EP for Dixon & Âme’s Innervisions – his first original work in two years. The title track, “Scala,” has been in constant rotation from the likes of DJ Tennis, Damian Lazarus, Tale of Us, among others. This timeless piece has all the qualities of a stripped down, melodic gem. The track is rich with an emotional melody and features flawless rhythmic progression. The collaboration with Francesco Tristano on “Kick The Peace” is a bit more downtempo, using brooding chords and spacey synths to make a quirky yet mesmerizing release. Original works from Agoria are few and far between, but this EP shows why it’s always well worth the wait.
If you weren’t plugged into your laptop, desktop, or any mobile device that would’ve allowed you access to Pete Tong’s global airwaves this past Saturday evening, you missed Dixon‘s latest Essential Mix. And just because you missed the mix live, doesn’t mean you missed the outpour of positive reception from your social media feeds. Well pout no longer and wake up with the remedy to your weekend FOMO, Dixon’s Essential Mix has been recorded in full for your listening pleasure throughout the week, month, and perhaps the year.
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For those New Yorkers more inclined to visit Randall’s Island for the Sunday School Groove side of things, Dixon is inevitably a name on everyone’s tongue this Electric Zoo. Storied in his international DJ sets but a rarity with his US appearances, the Innervisions label head, producer, remixer, and highly reputable DJ (number three on last year’s Resident Advisor poll) will make his mark right before hometown hero Danny Tenaglia on the first evening of the Zoo.
In his DJ sets, his draw is in the perfect balance he strikes between driving leads and thoughtful melodies and rhythms — curating a dance floor that has the potential to make its patrons both waggish and contemplative. If you scan the Internet for any hint of Dixon’s biography, you’ll be left with a simple phrase in the DJ’s native tongue — “Es muss nicht immer so weiter gehen,” or rather, “It does not go on forever” — a understated nod to the ethos of the DJ’s earthly mindfulness, a mindfulness which he confronts behind the decks.
Sometimes in times of change, we look for signals from higher powers that the path we tread is the correct one. Barely one week into a major cross-country move to Los Angeles, it hadn’t taken too long for my omens to arrive, be it in the form of eye-opening festivals on the shores of Lake Skinner or Animal Style fries at In-N-Out. But it was the discovery that Dixon would be gracing my first Friday night in the city that told me I had arrived where I belonged.
With over 400 artists on 15 stages throughout Tomorrowland’s three days, the task of planning who to see and who to snub is overwhelmingly daunting. At most festivals showing up when the gates open is an overzealous endeavor, but with Tomorrowland’s impressive lineup, those who arrive early will be treated to some of dance music’s most exciting talents both new and old.
Although the identity of Ten Walls is still unknown to many, his first contribution under said moniker for Dixon and Âme’s Innervisions is the Gotham EP, and it’s arresting. Hints of this producer’s work has been surfacing since late March and early April, and over the last few months the lead track from the EP “Gotham” has really taken to the international dance music scene (I, for one, felt as if it was played nonstop during Movement in Detroit). The thing I probably most appreciate about the work he’s done on Gotham is the degree to which he’s flexed an unapologetic diversity in sounds and styles. Of the three tracks on the EP, none of them sound even close to similar and although they’re all quite polished and mature, I’d never assume the same brain was behind them all.
We’ve gone over the biggest artists, albums, and tracks of 2012, but our end of the year roundup really wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about our own favorites from this year. These are the songs that made us feel, gave us chills, made us party, and made us cry. You’d probably find these tracks with high play counts in our music libraries and dripping with nostalgia if you make us talk about them further.
The underground has weighed in on 2012. Resident Advisor‘s annual poll came out today and, per usual, its overlaps with DJ Mag Top 100 are few and far between.
This year saw American techno transplant Seth Troxler ascend to the poll’s coveted pinnacle, while Richie Hawtin‘s unprecedented CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour and eye-opening ENTER Ibiza debut buoyed the M-nus boss into the number-two slot. Eclectic Berlin producer Dixon, Crosstown Rebels darling Maceo Plex, and Klockworks owner Ben Klock round up the rest of the top-five, respectively, while Hot Creations boss and last year’s number-one Jamie Jones clocks in at the sixth spot. Hawtin’s CNTRL comrade Loco Dice, Chilean-German sensation Ricardo Villalobos, Tale of Us, and London deep house hot-shot Maya Jane Coles fill out the rest of the top ten.
For the full list of rankings and rationales, check out the poll results here.