Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Thanksgiving Eve is the homely cousin of New Year’s Eve, but that hasn’t stopped the city that never sleeps from stepping into bed with her once a year. Rarely one to argue with tradition, and knowing that a 7-hour back-to-back set meant I wouldn’t be leaving Pacha until the sun came up, I spent most of Wednesday evening napping in preparation for the early morning ahead of me.
Legendary DJ/producer Erick Morillo has certainly seen his fair share of Thanksgiving Eves, having shared last year’s affair with Danny Tenaglia. With a career spanning over two decades, Morillo has racked up a series of chart-topping singles, a piece of the Pacha NYC ownership pie, and an eponymously titled street sign, “Erick Morillo Way,” in his hometown. Although Morillo’s successes are being obscured — as is the case for many legends — by the new “electronic pop music” climate, his set with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano reminded me of the emerging failures of a system that privileges serial producers over quality DJs.
Erick Morillo and Harry Romero — two thirds of Sympho Nympho – are welcoming Alex Kenji into the mix for Subliminal’s next energy-packed production. “Flamenco” builds with a cultural combination of mystical latin strings and a soulful Spanish vocal, which drops into firing synths, relentless snare, and an intricate bassline. Between outdoorsy Miami vibes and late night club appeal, the latest offering from Morillo’s squad delivers the dance chaos we’ve come to expect. Kenji’s contribution only diversifies “Flamenco,” making for a unique Subliminal release available on Beatport.
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Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Hardwell, Diplo, Nervo, and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week. Click past the break to see this week’s #astrogram contest winner.
Ain’t no party like a Subliminal party? Label head Erick Morillo and Harry Romero‘s remix of T3ktone and Harry Choo Choo Romero’s “Beat Of The Drum,” out a few days ago on Subliminal Records is one hot dance floor track. Imagine yourself posted up in front of the DJ booth when this one hits and immerse into the fat bass lines, drums, and snares. Add in a dash of acid house 303 and we’ve got ourselves a bonafide deviants’ anthem. Listen to the preview and purchase on Beatport after the break.
As we announced earlier this week, Pacha NYC is hosting an event tonight from 5pm to 5am EST showcasing the talents of fifty different DJs in order to raise money for the affected by Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. 100% of proceeds from this event are going to Greater New York Red Cross and a variety of local charities. We’re especially excited to see live sets from Afrojack, Danny Tenaglia, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Erick Morillo –just to name a few. Check out set times after the break.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Pacha NYC and 50 DJs, including Afrojack, Erick Morillo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Danny Tenaglia and more have put together a once-in-a-lifetime night of music. This Wednesday, from 5pm to 5am, “Help Heal New York” will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Greater New York Red Cross and other local charities. Pacha co-owner and international legend Erick Morillo had this to say;
“I have so much love for New York and New Jersey and it was devastating to see the effect the storm had on our local communities” Morillo says. “I jumped at the chance to get involved in such a good cause and would like to thank the international dance community for coming together to help get our area back on their feet.”
In addition to donating all profits, the staff of Pacha and all artists are offering their services free of charge. From coat check tips to DJ fees, everyone in the building will be there for the sole purpose of supporting the tri-state area, and getting it back on its feet again.
Anyone interested in volunteering should reach out to email@example.com.
In 2005, Pete Tong invited Erick Morillo onto the airwaves of his famed Radio 1 show to close out the summer season in Ibiza on the Terrace at Space. It was the ten year celebration of dance music on the White Isle, and from the sound of Pete Tong’s enthralled voice and the powerful chants from the feverish crowd, you knew this party was more than an average Ibiza night out. Notable tracks like Red Carpet’s “Alright” — which incited a crowd-wide roar — and classics like Herd & Fitz’s “I Just Can’t Get Enough,” make this one of the more monumental Essential Mixes we’ve ever come across.
Following the release of “Love In Me,” we are presented with a remix of an older Subliminal club hit, “Stronger.” This week, Cazzette has given new and unexpected life to the track with their ‘Silky Remix.’ Waves of melodic synths and pungent chords build around the hook, and without Cazzette’s standard distortion-packed sound, this latest rendition of “Stronger” is refreshing and up-to-date. Ahead of their debut album Eject, find this remix on Cazzette’s Strictly compilation, available on Beatport today.
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The Subliminal forces behind “Stronger” and “Live Your Life” have returned for another club anthem. “Love In Me” comes with production from Denis The Menace, Sandro Monte, and Erick Morillo, and none other than Shawnee Taylor has graced the track with her trademark soulful vocal. The progressive synths combined with euphoric singing embodies the ability of Morillo’s squad to produce for the dance floor. If you’ve enjoyed Shawnee’s previous efforts, “Love In Me” is sure to be a favorite, so head to Beatport for the official release.
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