It’s been a titanic year for big room giants Size Records, but the label has shown little sign of loitering in the wake of their landmark 100th release back in August. Eleven releases down the road and still looking forward, Steve Angello employs Russian duo Hard Rock Sofa and national peer Skidka as he prepares to wrap up a year of reckoning for the label and its global roster of talent. In a year that has seen the label consistently place mechanical drops and high-end synth work at the core of their aural canvas, “Let Me Hear You Scream” manages to buck the trend without so much as a tremor of tedium. True to Angello’s enthusiasm for matching each artists’ own triumphs with his overarching peak time agenda, the track reeks of Hard Rock Sofa’s firm melodic edge whilst inviting one of its more outspoken newcomers to showcase his talent for a worldwide audience. In yet another indicator that Russia should not be written off to its more popular international peers just yet, Size is unlikely to lose any sleep en route to 2014 with club fuel of this caliber on display.
Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Mysteryland in The Netherlands, and Cream Amnesia Ibiza are only a few of the events that artists such as Steve Angello, Alesso, and Nicky Romero have teased the latest effort from Hard Rock Sofa and Skidka. Entitled “Let Me Hear You Scream,” the production provokes such demand, following suit of recent big room records from its Size Records host. Energy takes precedent over artistry, but that’s never been an issue for Hard Rock Sofa, as their Skidka collaboration will drop on November 25th.
Russian trailblazers Hard Rock Sofa and national peers Swanky Tunes unite once again this month for a stab at the latter’s conceptual Showland imprint. Whilst Hard Rock Sofa’s ongoing affiliation with Axtone has mustered considerable hype for their future offerings, the duo realigns alongside a three-piece that has continued to match their movements with mutual energy. Their frantic agenda for electro house remains undisturbed, leaving “Stop In My Mind” to revisit the more slovenly grooves and sluggish synth work that has characterized the genre and both outfit’s respective accessions to date. As the follow-up to last-year’s “Chemisty,” fans are unlikely to be disappointed by the sound of a reunited stronghold in European club talent that still pack a punch worthy universal adoration. (more…)
Frequent collaborators in years past, Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa have kept their alliance limited to a back-to-back set at Ultra Music Festival thus far in 2013. Last teaming up in the studio for “Chemistry” last year, the Russian squad finally reunites for another signature collaboration. Being their first of the year, Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa offer a new style with “Stop In My Mind,” flaunting more traditional house before building up the electro velocity they’re best known for. Due for a September 2nd release, the team is due to make a splash with their long awaited tandem effort.
Russian beat maestros Hard Rock Sofa deliver yet another gritty electro production with the release of “Collapsar.” Their collaboration with Dirty Shade, who also hail from Russia, has been floating around since late February, but was only officially made available for purchase today. “Collapsar” likely won’t be able to compete with the success of their most recent mega hit “Rasputin,” but it will certainly make waves. Its heavy build, pulsing bass line, and grinding synth work are highly palatable to the masses.
By weekend two, you’re probably looking for any excuse to hit the snooze button. The week of pool parties and late nights at Mansion are starting to catch up, but the festival isn’t stopping for anyone and there is no shortage of exciting acts during the early hours. Yesterday we filled you in on why exactly you should wipe your eyes and hop out of bed early for Ultra Weekend One, and now we present the same for Weekend Two.
Russian trio Hard Rock Sofa have become regulars for Swedish support, recently remixing Alesso’s “Years.” Dating back to the Axtone release of “Here We Go,” the boys return to Axwell’s imprint for their latest original production. With the big shoes of Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike’s hardstyle “Wakanda” to fill, Hard Rock Sofa bring forth their A-game with “Rasputin,” delivering their signature distorted progression with all new depth. Inspired by the Russian Mad Monk, Grigori Rasputin, the track makes way with a similar power and edge.
Battle of the Beats is a new feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on who’s rendition takes the proverbial cake.
February saw two remixes — “Years” and “Rest of My Life” — from the Hard Rock Sofa boys, but for March they’re delivering an original production so massive that it trumps both remixes combined. “Rasputin” — likely named for Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin — has been floating around in some of Swedish House Mafia’s recent One Last Tour sets and also received playtime from Alesso, and for good reason. The heavy electro house track is full of gritty, grinding synths tailor-made for the dance floor. Expect to hear this tune at least several times during Miami Music Week, from pool parties to festival stages.
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!