Officially kicking off his born-again solo career this month, Axwell is finally making way for a production that has been in the works since 2009. Premiered by Pete Tong on last night’s Essential Selection, the remode of “Center of the Universe” remains constructed by the paralleled piano and vocals of the original while offering an all new groove with the percussion. Modernizing his longtime secret weapon, Axwell produces his forthcoming single with stylings similar to his recent remix of Discopolis’ “Falling,” finding a vintage dance vibe through a balance of easygoing and hypnotic rhythm. Due for an Axtone release, the remode of “Center of the Universe” has yet to receive an official release date.Posted by
Pete Tong premieres new Pryda record, catches up with Sebastian Ingrosso in this week’s Essential Selection
In a special Miami edition of Essential Selection, Pete Tong showcased the best in dance music while catching up with Jamie XX, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Flashmob. Hand picking his Essential New Tune of the week, he turns to Armin van Burren’s sultry lead single, “This Is What It Feels Like,” coming off his upcoming artist album.
Would it be an Essential Selection without homage to Eric Prydz? Pete provides us with a world exclusive of the new Pryda single, “Powerdrive,” which made waves as an ID on Epic Radio 007 and in his popular Essential Mix last month. The track has been “driving the blogs crazy,” according to Tong – we concur.
Pete Tong is back this week with another Essential Selection featuring a flurry of the best in house music across the dance music spectrum. English producer Michael Woods, known best for work with Deadmau5 and Chris Lake, showcases his favorite tunes at the moment, including his newest release, “Platinum Chains,” and Vince Moogin’s “Love Me Right.”
Last week’s Essential New Tune, Hot Natured & Anabel Englund’s “Reverse Skydiving,” was succeeded by Footprintz “Fear of Numbers,” a Montreal-based synth-pop duo signed to Visionquest Records. Progressive lovers were treated to Tiesto’s new remix of “Clarity” as well as Lazy Rich’s “Insomnia,” Jeremy Olander’s “Let Me Feel,” among others.
Deep house connoisseur Hot Since 82 takes on techno/house producer Thomas Schumacher and Caitlin Devlin’s “Every Little Piece” – manipulating the same deep and groovy basslines that we saw on his recent remixes to Yousef’s “Beg” and Shadow Child’s “So High.” Premiered last Friday on Pete Tong’s acclaimed Essential Selection, Hot Since 82′s signature beat work transforms the pop-heavy progressive cut into an innovative piece of electronic music. The track is set to release on Feburary 25th on Electric Ballroom.Posted by
Pete Tong is back this week with another Essential Selection, highlighting the best in all genres of dance music around the globe. Earning a premiere was Nom De Strip’s remix of Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Garter’s “Channel 42,” set to be released on Mau5trap on February 12th. Last week’s Essential New Tune, Disclosure’s “White Noise,” was succeeded by Calrian & Guy Gerber’s remix of “Claire,” combing techno with beautiful electronic melodies fitted perfectly for Ibiza sunsets. Progressive lovers were treated to Syn Cole’s new Le7els release, “April,” as well as Nicky Romero & Nilson & John Christian’s “Still the Same Man,” among others.
Deep house extraordinaire Hot Since 82 stole his 15 minutes of fame, where he took the time to discuss the impact of “EDM” and featured an exclusive new track, “Mr.Drive.” To top it all off, Marc Romboy played a techno driven Weekend Hot Mix and Simian Mobile showcased the best in disco in this week’s Goodie Goodies. Full tracklist after the break.
We first heard Goldroom‘s latest remix of Charli XCX‘s “You (Ha Ha Ha)” on last week’s Essential Selection on Radio 1, but after a week of Googling weird radio rips to relisten, we can finally get the full track. Goldroom is the pied piper of the Los Angeles nu-disco sound, but he’s never made heartbreak and disappointment feel so fun. Charli XCX’s original is already a light and airy indie pop tune, but Goldroom’s refix infuses in that celebrated deep disco bass, plenty of atmospheric synth work, and a great top line of tropical percussion to boot. This one’s getting the full release on Asylum Records on February 10th, but stream the whole song below.
It goes without saying that over the past few years Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird imprint has brought to light some of the most original artists we’re seeing today. Last Friday night, VonStroke and Martin took to the decks of Pete Tong’s weekly Essential Selection, and just as we’ve seen done by the Swedes and more recently Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler, embarked on a two-hour journey showcasing their favorite tracks of the moment and featuring mini-mixes from labelmates Eats Everything and Catz ‘n Dogz.
A highlight and exclusive preview to keep an eye on is Justin Martin and Eats Everything’s collaboration on “Feather Fight” — a track that stopped us in our tracks and forced a re-listen or two. Enjoy your Christmas morning to some exclusive productions and custom edits from the Dirtybird crew. Happy Holidays, everybody! (more…)Posted by
Maceo Plex gave us a first listen to “Stimulation” on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection about a month back, but this week we’re seeing the full release of the two track Space Junk EP on his own Ellum Audio. We’re about to rave about this EP — no one is surprised.
Maceo opens with “Filthy Mama” and continues along a highly licentious theme we see in most of his productions. His synths are so deeply compressed it’s hard to even tell what is going on (in a good way) and we are just loving the erratic spiraling reverbs, strong bass line, and Maceo’s own vocals. “Stimulation” is an all-out musical journey that effectively pairs bizarre high-pitched tones with capricious claps and a dizzying melody that builds and breaks over and over again. His productions, as ever, are totally original — making us both scratch our heads and move our feet. Stream the full tracks below.
Even though Eric Prydz only just recently previewed his two new Pryda tracks “Bergen” and “Recomondos” on Pete Tong‘s Essential Selection, the man notoriously known to stall official releases is out with full length versions of his new material on his own Pryda Recordings. ”Bergen” and “Recomondos” are both identifiably within the catalogue of the mystic, intricate, and mesmerizing Pryda sound and will only continue to please hungry fans around the globe.
This week, Pete Tong invited his front-running rookies to invade his weekly Essential Selection for a special ‘Young Stars Takeover’ broadcast. Guests included Madeon, Otto Knows, Disclosure, and Porter Robinson — each whom dropped a minimix followed by their own essential new tune. Madeon played some of his own material like “Pop Culture” and “Finale,” Otto Knows dropped Alesso’s “Clash” as his essential new tune while revealing a December release date, Disclosure played their remix of Jessie Ware’s “Running,” and Porter Robinson chose his upcoming Mat Zo collaboration, “Easy,” as his essential new tune.
Pete Tong described these artists as the ‘youngest and most exciting young stars on the planet,’ so see for yourself and listen to this week’s Essential Selection – tracklist below the break.