Swedish trifecta John Dahlback, Lucas Nord and Urban Cone have unleashed a video for their new single, “We Were Gods,” via Ultra Records. The video whirls us through a dreamlike adventure of fuzzy creatures from the depths of the EDM world — perhaps an accurate depiction of how neon-clad ravers look to other members of society? The emotional side to the track and sullen vocals drift through the eerie story with ease, despite whatever strange interpretations the video may inspire. If you like the sound of this soft Swedish style, also check out Lucas Nord’s new single “We Lost Ourselves.”
Lunde Bros have hit their stride with their third release on Mutant Records. As the label continues to develop its roster and sound, label head John Dahlback recognizes the brothers from Stockholm’s talent and consistency as key factors in advancing Mutants further into the scene. “I Wanna Rock It” takes us to the tribal side of electro, incorporating deep triplet drum hits as the backbone of this dancefloor killer. Following the melodic breakdown accompanied by a series of steel drums, the build up loops the title vocal sample up until the cadence and return of the beat. Carefully crafting their sound for practicality on the dancefloor, Lunde Bros add another unique original to their repertoire to help set them apart from the rest.
Now in its 25th year and still drawing thousands of artists, industry professionals and fans from across the globe, Amsterdam Dance Event remains crucial to the industry calendar. With a considerably more ‘work’ focused agenda than its American cousins, the play-hard factor of ADE remains a huge pull to labels, artists and even fans looking to get stuck in amongst this professional dance mecca. For 2013, however, the festival agenda has flown into positive overdrive. With a record number of parties from across the industry spectrum set to keep heads from pillows throughout the conference, our editors banded together to scope the events you should be hitting across the five-day event. (more…)
It’s difficult to forget the majestic butterfly that hosted Tomorrowland’s Laidback Luke’s Super You & Me stage this past July in Belgium. Serving as the second largest stage at the festival, the powerful sound system and dazzling effects flickered above the crowd for a truly memorable experience. DJs dressed up as your favorite superheroes rocked the decks throwing the crowd into disarray. Luckily for American fans, the stage will make its way across the Atlantic and will support a plethora of talent spread across different genres.
Long serving Swedish house legend John Dahlback is back this month with official remix duties for The Aston Shuffle’s “Comfortable.” Off the heels of a stellar year for the Aussie indie dance outfit, the Mutants Records ringleader steps in to give their latest single a worthy peak time re-imagining. Said to be the first taste of the Aston’s impending debut album, Dahlback does not ignore the original’s firm melodic core. In a brew of sturdy beats and relentless electro lead work, his remix opts for subtle energy over mindless festival fodder. True to the tough yet eclectic form that has kept him in such high esteem, John Dahlback brings together two contrasting musical worlds to the utmost avail, marking yet another accomplished notch in his dotted studio artillery. (more…)
John Dahlback enlists the help of pop quintet Urban Cone and up-and-coming producer Lucas Nord for his latest original production ”We Were Gods.” Originally previewed direct to fans earlier this month, Dahlback shies away from his usual electro for a refreshingly light production defined by flighty pianowork and sincere vocal cuts. Not without a bit of grit, the tune incorporates a driven thump and chunky wobbles amidst its uplifting overtone; making it an ideal interlude in the last days of festival season.
Battle of the Beats is a 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 whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
To all the loyal John Dahlback fans, he sees you. To unveil his latest single, the Swedish producer took to social media to proclaim “Exclusive preview for you, my fans. You are my gods,” before sending them to check out the preview for the aptly titled “We Were Gods.” Treading a much lighter path than electro, the track nods to the non-house side of Swedish music by calling on the skills and vocals of Stockholm’s indie pop quintet Urban Cone and their young producer pal Lucas Nord. With twinkling piano, earnest vocals, and of course a gritty thunk or two, the tune carries the uplifting feel that is meant to fill the biggest room of all: the festival grounds. Though summer will have shuttered its doors by the time the track hits Beatport on September 13th, we can only hope the TomorrowWorld stage proves up to the task.
The stateside edition of the world-famous Tomorrowland is right around the corner, with Georgia’s Chattahoochee Hills to host the inaugural TomorrowWorld from September 27th to the 29th. Supplying unprecedented services to the festival will be Wynn Las Vegas’ XS and Encore Beach Club with comfort zone VIP amenities; something previously unheard of on this side of the Atlantic. Gearing up for the big weekend, the hospitality titans and TomorrowWorld are delivering an artist video series that began with Afrojack last week and continues with John Dahlback today.
To call John Dahlbäck prolific is an understatement. The long-locked Swedish scene stalwart has amassed an eye-popping discography that runs the gamut from subterranean tech cuts to big-room ready progressive house floor pounders. On his new 18-track mix album Mutant Presents, released on Dahlbäck’s Mutants Records imprint, the versatile producer showcases a cohesive array of electro-infused progressive house tracks by himself and other Mutants artists that well embody the artist’s own stylistic approach, evolving to embrace new musical trends without compromising production finesse and attention to detail.
The hour-long album kicks off with a contemplative introduction courtesy of the label boss himself that settles quickly into the progressive electro stylings of Faustix‘s “Inner Freak.” Lucky Date‘s chugging electro bass drives a muscular remix of John Dahlbäck & Greg Cerrone’s “Every Breath,” an early standout track that serves to set the tone for the electro-infused fare to follow. Further notable tracks include the soaring synth driven Feenix Pawl remix of Dahlbäck’s ”Diamonds” and Astro’s “Bomba,” which sports crushing electro elements in a progressive-minded arrangement.