While Size Records has dominated this year with a plethora of big room hits, Steve Angello‘s five-month old X imprint has done more than get off to a good start. Teaming up for the first time since “Prototype” landed on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings, Don Diablo and CID‘s “Got Me Thinkin” utilizes a glitchy snare drum alongside a massive topline. Although X has a long way to go before it reaches the level of its big brother, the constant stream of both new and veteran artists who are releasing outstanding material prove that the label will become a force to be reckoned with in 2014.
Release Date: December 16th
It isn’t every day that an electronic artist tackles the task of writing the lead track for a blockbuster video game. When Don Diablo debuted his highly anticipated track for the latest Batman installment, the world was not disappointed. The Dutch Spinnin’ star used the spotlight to simultaneously prove his electro prowess while using subtle video game musical allusions to satisfy even the most critical of gaming fans. After already earning over 1.4 million Youtube views prior to the track’s release, the world can now relish in the full release.
Dominating this summer with “Starlight” and “Prototype,” Don Diablo has announced a full United States tour for all of his state-side fans to get a piece of the progressive action. The tour happens to start today, October 23rd, in Orlando, and will make a trip across the states to Los Angeles, hitting the usual stops on the way, before traveling back to the east coast to finish the compact run. On certain dates, the Batman Arkham “Origins” producer will be supporting the likes of Nicky Romero. The Origins US Tour comes appropriately on the heels of an impressive performance from Don Diablo at the Amsterdam Dance Event. Follow the jump to watch the official ADE recap video of the young Dutch star’s performance, which features brand new production, designed by the same masterminds behind Skrillex’s “Cell” and Krewella’s “Volcano.”
After scoring a nature documentary with “Edge of the Earth,” Don Diablo takes his shot at video games with the title track to Batman Arkham Origins. Released on Spinnin’ Records, “Origins” is the sort of masterfully crafted electro house you’d expect from one of dance music’s most versatile producers. Even the now-cliched minimal drop he employs is touched up with groaning synthwork and vo-coded samples, taking a familiar yet exciting approach to the upcoming video game’s soundtrack.
“Origins” will be released on November 25th via Spinnin’ Records.
Now in its 25th year and still drawing thousands of artists, industry professionals and fans from across the globe, Amsterdam Dance Event remains crucial to the industry calendar. With a considerably more ‘work’ focused agenda than its American cousins, the play-hard factor of ADE remains a huge pull to labels, artists and even fans looking to get stuck in amongst this professional dance mecca. For 2013, however, the festival agenda has flown into positive overdrive. With a record number of parties from across the industry spectrum set to keep heads from pillows throughout the conference, our editors banded together to scope the events you should be hitting across the five-day event. (more…)
When Don Diablo and Matt Nash released “Starlight,” it instantly grew as a widespread hit better known for its “You Could Be Mine” moniker due to the contagious vocal that has carried it through some of the biggest sets of late. Now this big room gem is getting a helping hand from Otto Knows, who’s lent his Refune-bred talent to Axtone as September comes to an end. The “Million Voices” producer delivers euphoric build and uplifting drops that exceeds the high expectations he’s set with previous remixes.
Don Diablo’s latest original release “Edge of the Earth,” sees the eclectic producer bridging the gap between electronic dance music and documentary film making. The title track for a new Dutch documentary film, The New Wilderness, Diablo’s latest billows and bursts with pop progressive elements and the producer’s crisp production style and ear for impeccable top lines. Not only is he credited with the wildlife documentary’s title track, the one-man production genius contributed to the score of the movie as well. Listen below and watch the official video after the break.
After teaming up to remix Don Diablo’s own “Give It All” with Alex Clare and Kelis, the Don and NYC’s CID have once again joined forces on a Protocol Recordings release. “Prototype” sits nicely within the label’s catalog, harnessing progressive house energy into a sound that blurs the confines of the genre. Coming on strong before evening out to a thumping break, the tune is a balancing act in layers, with each sonic level designed to outdo its predecessor. As Protocol’s 10th release, the track aims to keep the chart-topping legacy of the label: It’s up to you to get it there.
Expanding their reach beyond the massive festival scene that they’ve conquered (beginning with their Ultra Music Festival debuts), Nicky Romero and Krewella spark their “Legacy” collaboration with new flare on each of the four remixes that make up its re-release. While the hottest commodities in both electro house and vocals combined for one of the year’s hottest record, the squad enlist producers of various genres to make their prized production translatable across new territory. What happens when Candyland, Don Diablo, Vicetone, and Wildstylez are introduced to such an anthem?
Nicky Romero and Krewella’s smash hit “Legacy” has received its fair share of remixes since its mid July release but few have been as ambitious as Don Diablo’s latest trapped-out rendition. In typical fashion, Don challenges the EDM status quo and transforms the original into a hip hop infused remix worthy of the title “thundertrap.” Enlisting the help of UK rap sensation Sway on his downtempo rendition of the electro house anthem, Don Diablo incorporates the grime rapper’s effortless flow over a sea of rolling snare drums and chirpy synth stabs, taking the power collaboration into brand new territory. Don Diablo’s ThunderTrap remix alongside Vicetone, Wildstylez and Candyland on the Legacy Remixes EP will be available tomorrow on Beatport.