Since its Ultra Music Festival debut, “Jumper” has been on the clock as one of the most anticipated releases of the year. A crossbreed between two of the genre’s hottest production hands, Hardwell and W&W‘s mega collaboration has finally hit the release circuit, bringing a best-of-both-worlds formula to Beatport. Drawing crisp percussion and chord work from Hardwell’s anthemic arsenal, and a distinct progressive sound from W&W that is rapidly defining their genre-defiant style, “Jumper” offers a sound that embodies all that is popular amongst on the festival circuit in 2013.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Tommy Trash, Diplo, and Carl Cox.
It’s been a landmark year for Hardwell and his new-bred talents at Revealed Recordings, but the momentum doesn’t look to stop past the summer. With landmark festival sets and Beatport chart-topping endeavors to hand, the Robbert Van De Corput and the finest of his label roster will return to the nation in which it all began for their biggest ADE showcase to date. Having sold-out Escape Nightclub for last year’s annual conference event, Amsterdam’s Passenger Terminal will this year play host to Hardwell, Dannic & Dyro, offering a far bigger arena to utilize the momentous energy now surrounding this young Dutch powerhouse. With more artists still to be announced and a few very obvious candidates and special guests in mind, Revealed’s third conference appearance is unlikely to pass unnoticed for what looks to be their most triumphant year to date. (more…)
This is what happens when two of dance music’s biggest talents get together in the studio. With a slew of huge releases under both their belts, it’s no secret that Hardwell and W&W are the two most in demand assets in dance music today. After making waves at this year’s Ultra Music Festival, the then unnamed collaboration sprung up across the internet in low quality rips and shoddy bootlegs. Since then fans have been catching glimpses of the track in Hardwell’s sets throughout the festival circuit, all waiting for an official release date of the mind-numbingly massive ouput. Stamped with the final title “Jumper” (it had been referred to as “Jump” for the last few months) the collaboration will finally see the light of day on August 5th via Revealed Recordings.
Like many other festivals in his wake, Hardwell‘s late afternoon set on the first day of this year’s Tomorrowland 2013 wowed crowds and took no prisoners. He opens with his new tune “Jumper” with W&W, and runs through a treasure trove of new IDs, private bootlegs and edits — driving the the international Tomorrowland crowd into a full on frenzy of big room electro fun.
It’s that time of year again; the polls for the DJ Mag‘s 2013 edition of their Top 100 DJs ranking have opened. Hailed often as a popularity contest, the chart is indirectly correlated with talent but aligned with the mindset of dance music’s fan base. While my ballot (which I will reveal later in this piece) is still unfinished, I’ve found it a priority led by intuition to predict the fate of the 2013 DJ Mag rankings.
I’ve observed the prestigious top 10 spots, artists who have yet to break the top 100, DJ Mag sophomores, projected winners and losers, and even how the former Swedish House Mafia will affect the polls. Each day, week, and moment of the past twelve months have carried weight in the dance music community; here is how I foresee a changing of the guard amongst the industries revered Top 100 DJ rankings.
Ultra Music Festival took its beloved brand and famed Miami event across the pond last weekend, settling in Croatia for its inaugural Ultra Europe. Nearing the halfway point of summer 2013, what we’ve heard at Ultra Europe was indicative of anthems that will carry out through the year. Some vocals couldn’t be escaped, some remixes were played at an alarming rate, and some tracks that were only dropped once were done so with enough significance that we couldn’t help but acknowledge them here. Check out our official playlist for Ultra Europe 2013…
Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings have seen out a landmark year of late, but are evidently not resting on their laurels just yet. Off the back of Alvaro & Mystique’s Lil Jon-flavored collaboration “Welcome To The Jungle,” Dutch forbearer Marco V is joined by Italy’s Alex Guesta and Stefano Pain to see out the label’s next summer offering. A multi-national product from three considerably varied industry forces, ‘Quake” steps just far away from the industry comfort zone to keep us believing that there is hope for the peak time skyline yet. Whilst carrying the lions share of Marco’s gritty electro house properties, the track once again balances Revealed’s affliction for tough yet transient anthems to seal a track as primed for festival action as it is sure to hold its corner on club floors for the months to come. (more…)
This Friday, for the first time in Ultra Music Festival’s history, the iconic brand will be touching down on European soil. The first official destination festival in its repertoire, Ultra Europe’s first two days will take place at Poljud stadium in the city of Split. For its third and final day, the festival migrates to the Amfora resort on the island of Hvar for a festival-sized pool party that will dwarf anything Vegas has to offer. Heading out there to experience the inaugural event first hand, these are our tops picks for day two of Ultra Europe.
In honor of reaching the one million like mark on Facebook, Hardwell has, like many a DJ before him, decided to offer up a coveted recording. “Thank you” tracks have begun commonplace in the dance music arena, but Hardwell takes it up a notch by giving away the first two hours of his set from the I AM HARDWELL world tour. Hardwell’s live sets repeatedly receive massive stream numbers making this an ideal giveaway for his fans. Although the set isn’t available for download, fans can stream it via YouTube.