Since making his highly anticipated return to the United States last summer, Eric Prydz is looking at a near-full “How To Take Over America” checklist. In less than a year, Pryda has reunited with the states while helming Identity Festival, sold out New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, launched a Las Vegas residency, delivered what could be the uncontested Essential Mix of the year, and has been announced as a main attraction of Ultra Music Festival. Tonight, his fate as an American dance music superstar will come full circle at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
Prydz has earned a nomination for his remix of M83′s “Midnight City,” which will compete with Axwell, Photek, Skrillex & Nero, and Tommy Trash for the title of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. In a recent interview with Vibe, Eric opens up about his Grammy weekend; touching upon how he will prepare for the ceremony, his thoughts on the nomination, and the details behind his now prestigious remix.
An interesting thing happened in the electronic world on Friday night: A little British radio station called Radio 1 was hosting a little show called Essential Mix, and a little Swedish DJ was the guest. His two hour appearance resulted in the mix that launched a thousand tweets, and soon — on both sides of the pond — a #PrydaEssentialMix was trending, with tweets that seemed to literally gush adoration down thousands of news feeds. The love was for Eric Prydz’s Essential Mix, and I was among the guilty gushers.
Before I get into this, let me state that I wasn’t what you’d call a devout Eric Prydz fan. I tuned into the mix at the recommendation of a fellow Dancing Astronaut editor looking for nothing but new background music to make my Friday night dinner to. Fifteen minutes later I had abandoned my panini and was dancing alone in my kitchen.
Astronauts, it’s finally here. The Essential Mix that will launch you straight out of this universe into the heavens of the Prydasphere. We haven’t heard an Essential Mix from our #1 artist of 2012 since a live recording of his 2011 Creamfields set. On the first of February, 2013, however, Eric Prydz has returned to Pete Tong’s weekly airing with an extra special two-hour selection that set the dance music community into a frenzy (and even started a nationwide trend on Twitter).
With 14 unreleased Pryda records, exclusive material from understudy Jeremy Olander, and even darker Cirez D tracks, Prydz has made his case for Essential Mix of the year only one month into 2013. Since there are no words in the English language that can describe the magic which unfolds before us, we must describe it in Swedish – Pryda – to beautify. Enjoy.
For those of us who came up listening to the mellow electronica of Ben Gibbard and DNTEL’s side project The Postal Service – you’ll be happy to see that they are re-uniting for the first time since their hit album as well.
Editor’s Note: The last time that Daft Punk performed live was to close out Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show in 2010 – could there still be a chance that the duo may make a surprise appearance at Coachella? Probably not, but I’m still holding out hope.
Our recently crowned #1 artist of 2012, Eric Prydz, has just announced his new dual residency at Surrender and XS in Steve Wynn’s Wynn and Encore Las Vegas hotels, respectively. He’s calling it “Black Dice,” and attributes choosing the name of the residency as both an homage to Las Vegas (and the “thrill of the gamble”) and trying something a bit different in the American club scene.
It’s quite evident that Pryda-protégé Fehrplay is gearing up for a big year. After the successful release of “I Can’t Stop It,” the Norwegian-born producer is already teasing his next big release. Premiered yesterday on Fehrplay’s guest mix for Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 011, “Phantom” is a charming progressive house production more than a year in the making. Raining chord stabs are immediately reminiscent of Pryda, as the masterful Swede’s influence is present throughout the production. “Phantom” has potential to be Fehrplay’s best work yet, but we’ll wait for the final, mastered version to make that call. No info on the release date yet.
After the releases of “Incognito” and “Nightride,” it’s safe to say we’ve become quite enamored with Fehrplay. The Norwegian recently made his American debut by opening up for none other than Eric Prydz at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom — and Dancing Astronaut was there to capture that magic. While his remix of “Everyday” made waves, Fehrplay has returned with a new original entitled “I Can’t Stop It,” released today on Pryda Friends. Boasting haunting chords and a hypnotic vocal sample, “I Can’t Stop It” is blissful progressive house with conspicuous Prydz influence. With a mentor like Pryda, you can be sure that big things are on the horizon for Fehrplay.
We’re big fans of Eric Prydz; you know this. So naturally, Eric’s serial Epic Radio podcast is always a treat. Aside from witnessing a Pryda live set firsthand, Epic Radio is the best way to catch a glimpse of unreleased Pryda material with a bit of Prydz commentary thrown in on top. Epic Radio is also the medium for Eric to debut upcoming Pryda Friends’ releases, with this episode putting the spotlight on Eric’s forthcoming remix of Jeremy Olander’s “Let Me Feel” and his upcoming original “Power Drive.” More than anything though, Epic Radio is a glimpse into the musical mind of one of Sweden’s greatest talents.
We’re really enjoying the seventh installment of Epic Radio, and we think you will too. Click past the break for a full tracklist, and download the podcast for free from iTunes.
Eric Prydz is already starting off 2013 strong, lending a remixing hand to Jeremy Olander‘s “Let Me Feel” — the newcomer’s impending fourth release on Pryda Friends. Prydz’s dub mix is a darker, more driving take on Olander’s lighthearted original but still positively reeking of that melodic Prydz sound. Preview the radio rip from Epic Radio 007 after the break, and look for a release in early February.
Our newly crowned #1 artist of 2012 has had a career worth looking back on. His discography features everything within the world of techno, house, and even trance. Today’s Weekend Rewind features Eric Prydz’s re-edit to techno legend Sven Väth’s “The Beauty and the Beast.” The 2008 release is a minimal progressive techno track with a dark and menacing build, accompanied by a gloomy set of vocals. Looking back at our favorite artist’s old work puts things into perspective from where things were and where they are going. You can see over the years that Prydz has favored a certain level of rhythmic progression, more recently favoring the big-room sound that we saw off his 2012 Pryda album.