It’s only been three years since David Guetta found Will.I.Am and made his way into American mainstream music, and roughly a year since Pitbull and Flo Rida started to swindle dance tracks for themselves, but the apparent ‘pop crossover’ dates back even earlier. Back in 2007, Justin Timberlake released the critically acclaimed Future Sex/LoveSounds, an album entirely produced by the hottest pop producer of its time, Timbaland. One of the lead tracks, “LoveStoned,” was released separately, as an EP packaged with remixes from Tiesto, Kaskade, and Justice.
While they hadn’t yet began their take over of commercial music, these top-tier dance music producers had found the outlet early. Tiesto’s progressive trace adaptation contains the same captivating euro sound from Elements of Life, which was released the very same year. Kaskade’s rendition offers a sense of old school house, dance music before electro took over — deep, ambient, and sexy.
Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned (Tiesto Remix)
Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned (Kaskade Remix)
Slowly but surely, Kaskade’s Fire & Ice is receiving a complete remix treatment. First came Dada Life’s rendition of “Llove,” then Above & Beyond’s take on “Room For Happiness,” and this week, Headhunterz take on “Lessons In Love.” After heavy electro and trance versions of previous Kaskade tracks, Headhunterz pick up the pace on their turn, amplifying the juxtaposition of soft melodies and hard hitting drops of “Lessons In Love.” Head to Beatport for this week’s release from Ultra Records and stay tuned for more twists from Fire & Ice.
With Kaskade back in his KMM swing, we can expect stellar mashups week in and week out. This time around, Mr. Freaks of Nature is dishing out two bootlegs — one downloadable, one streamable — both of which feature tunes from Tommy Trash. The first is Kaskade’s “Empty Streets” vocal upon Trash’s “Cascade,” which can be claimed from SoundCloud. The second, for our listening pleasures only, is Tommy’s “Reload” collaboration laced with the ever famous “Eyes.” Jump below the break and enjoy a Monday mashup on a Tuesday.
Insomniac‘s White Wonderland New Year’s Eve celebration will return for its second year at the Anaheim Convention Center on December 31st. The EDC promoter has cut the event down from two to only one night this year, but the theme and location will remain the same.
No word of a line-up yet.
Last year brought big names like Paul van Dyk, Kaskade (although weather prevented him from actually performing), Dada Life, Steve Angello, Benny Benassi, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and Thomas Gold. Tickets are now on sale for both general admission — $89 — and VIP — $175. Click past the break to get your tickets now. White attire is mandatory and the event is 21+.
Update: our observant readers pointed out Pasquale Rotella confirmed Dash Berlin, Above & Beyond, Hardwell, and Bingo Players on the line-up yesterday in a tweet:
Ryan Raddon, best known by his stage name Kaskade, has officially been announced to play a show on Sunday, December 30th at HQ at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City. This is the second big Kaskade announcement for the day, on the heels of the New Year’s Eve debut of new Miami property “Story.”
For those of you also attending Tiesto at Ovation Hall the following night, we recommend that you to make it a long weekend and watch one of America’s best perform at one of New Jersey’s newest hotspots. We have a feeling HQ has some big things in store for us this December – stay tuned here at Dancing Astronaut…
Event is 21+. Tickets now on sale! Click here to get yours now.
Story Miami, formerly Amnesia nightclub, will be celebrating the New Year with Kaskade. This event is sure to be one of the best parties in South Beach to close out 2012. With the recent renovations of Amnesia, the club will be reopening in December to reclaim its spot as one of Miami’s best and most elaborate nightclubs. This is going to be one of the very first parties for the renamed venue and an event that you will not want to miss.
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 Diry South, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dillon Francis, 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.
We’ve come to expect great things from Kaskade and his weekly mashup treats, and this week’s bootleg, while a day late, does not disappoint one bit. He took his wildly popular “Don’t Stop Dancing” — known for its dreamy vocals — and added a gritty edge by infusing it with Albin Myers’ “Hells Bells.” The juxtaposition of sounds works incredibly well as the track floats between crooning and wobbling. Take a listen for yourself after the break and make sure to grab the free download.
Editors Note: Kaskade informed us via Twitter that some of his mashups are being taken down, so stock up while you can!
With our brand new Weekend Rewind series, Dancing Astronaut’s editors share some of our favorite tracks from the past.
It might not be 4 AM where we are but there’s never a wrong time for Adam K & Soha’s effortless remix of Kaskade’s track. There are few remixes of Kaskade tunes that beat out his original production, but in this case Adam K & Soha’s version takes the top spot by leaps and bound. The feel good vibe coupled with Becky Jean’s emotionally evocative vocals never fail to send chills up my spine. “4 AM” was released in 2008 and four years later I still get the same feeling as the first time I heard it. Press play and see if you do too.
Rolling Stone has just announced its list for the Top 25 DJs in the world, and some of the selections may surprise you. For one, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy came in at number 7 — ranked ahead of Boys Noize, Skrillex, and Daft Punk (who were ranked dead last.) Carl Cox and Deadmau5 joined the French duo deep in the list, sitting comfortably at 22 and 20 respectively while underground newcomer Maya Jane Coles came in at 15 — ahead of arguably the most technically talented DJ in the world, A-Trak.
We were impressed to see underground stunners like Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, and Richie Hawtin receive proper recognition, all of whom secured strong places among the usual EDM head honchos, Tiesto, SHM, Avicii, Kaskade and David Guetta.
As with most lists that try to arbitrarily rank talent across genres of EDM, there will likely be tons of debate over Rolling Stone‘s inaugural list.
Read the full article at RollingStone.com and let us know your thoughts in the comments after the break.