The three headed electro-pop dub monster known as Krewella is spreading the holiday cheer with the latest edition of their Troll Mix series. Coming in with their signature, high-octane blend of dubstep, drum and bass, weaved between electro breakdowns and pop vocals, the latest installment to this mix series delivers a sharp punch. The Chicago-based trio has appropriately dedicated their seventh hour long Troll Mix to the holiday season, rounding up a booming, rowdy selection of in-your-face party music.
Full of rattling remixes and bootlegs, the hour long free download grumbles and bumps through an energetic collection of tracks. Krewella warps dance selections into head-splitting dubstep breakdowns, with bass drops and high end vocals spiraling in tandem throughout the hour long mix. From Skrillex and Knife Party, to Nicky Romero and Showtek, there is a remix for everybody spun into the festive, holiday themed mix. The troll trio gives their latest mix away as a free download too, making for the perfect stocking-stuffer this holiday season.
As the music industry is quickly changing direction from downloading to streaming services, Dancing Astronaut provides you with our favorite dance music Spotify playlists from labels, artists and miscellaneous sources to suit different tastes and genre.
You’ve heard it time and time again – “2013 was the
year of dance music.” The end of the year results are rolling in, and to no surprise, several beloved electronic names have climbed the charts for ‘Best of 2013′ lists: Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” ranked as one of the most Shazam’d songs of the year and Daft Punk and Disclosure have received multiple nods for best albums and tracks of the rapidly concluding 2013. As a fun and final ode to the massive electronic successes of the past 365 days, producer Daniel Kim continues an annual YouTube viral video tradition by compiling an unthinkable number of 2013 radio hit tunes into short, but sweet mashups. Kim has assembled the 2013 ‘Pop Danthology’ in a shockingly short five minutes and forty seconds that features 68 chart topping hits, 15 of which include Krewella, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Bingo Players, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren and more.
Take a listen, reminisce and see if you can spot the rest of the dance music spotlights.
Life in Color wants to help you celebrate the end of 2013 with glow and loads of paint. With a massive lineup including Sebastian Ingrosso, Krewella, Dyro, and TJR, the Rebirth Tour will touch down at Bader Field in Atlantic City on 12/28. Dancing Astronaut has partnered with Life in Color and Line Rocket to bring a reader and their friend an exclusive experience to remember for all of 2014 including a chance to meet Krewella. Luckily, those that aren’t old enough to attend 18+ or 21+ events to ring in the New Year will have a chance at winning as the event is 16+, so get ready to let loose and go wild.
The Life in Color End of the Year Experience:
*2 VIP Passes
*1 double queen hotel room at the Chelsea Hotel for night of the show (12/28-12/19)
*Meet & Greet with Krewella
*2 Swag bags with LIC T-shirt, wafer shades, ‘Get Wet’ Album, and Rebirth Bracelet
Purchase tickets here.
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Debuted by Danny Howard over the weekend on BBC Radio 1, the UK’s Kryder previews his take on Nicky Romero and Krewella’s “Legacy.” Although the official remix package came and went and provided four unique versions of the original, Kryder’s remix adds a whole new level of peak time sensibilities. The lyrics remain intact and are positioned over a fully revamped synth progression, which is bolstered by a unique climax that showcases Kryder’s production prowess. “Legacy” dominated the summer festival season and with continued remix efforts it seems like the collaboration’s momentum won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Release date: TBA
Young Toronto-based breakouts Dzeko & Torres are the latest to tap into the North American vocal dance explosion with remix duties for Krewella’s latest album single. As one of the more consistent big room duos to emerge from the Canada over the past couple of years, their remix duties for “We Are One” remain on point. Respectful enough to maintain the original’s striking vocal assets yet divergent enough to give the track an extended melodic peak time shelf life, this coherent yet adrenaline-fueled quality is exactly the caliber we have come to expect from a pair the world should be paying a lot of attention to in the coming year. (more…)
When the collaboration between Headhunterz and Krewella was first announced, hardstyle fanatics the world over cried out in disgust, lambasting Willem Rebergen, the hardstyle icon, for “selling out.” The accusations struck a chord with Rebergen, who drafted up a Huffington Post op-ed to squelch the haters and detail his concerns for the future and advancement of the genre he calls home. As dance music grows and evolves, it is only natural for unlikely collaborations to spring up — and what better way to solidify hardstyle’s presence in the US then for the king of the kicks to team up with one of the most popular dance acts in America. However, it’s doubtful the collaboration will appeal to Rebergen faithfuls, as the production feels less like classic Headhunterz and more like Krewella with a hardstyle kick. It’s an Americanized version of hardstyle and one that will likely be objected to by the genre’s most diehard supporters.
Is “United Kids of the World” a bad track? Definitely not. Yasmine and Jahan’s vocals are as on point as ever, framing the mix with an anti-bullying message and catchy dub-pop hooks that are only enhanced by Rebergen’s subdued presence, but, for traditional hardstyle fans, this may be too far removed from the genre’s roots for their liking.
In response to an exponentially growing Facebook fan base, Brittney Bowles, aka Brazzabelle, gave her thanks with the release of a brand-new bootleg pack. The LA native is quickly blowing up in the electronic music world, earning her most recent 10,000 followers in less than 2 months. The celebratory 30k bootleg pack features five tracks that permeate all genres; from progressive house, trance, and pop to R&B, trap and the genres in between, Brazzabelle sprinkles in a little bit of everything. From a unique spin on Krewella’s chart-topping hit “Legacy” to a rework of “Spice Up Your Life” by none other than the 90′s favorite girl-power pop stars, the Spice Girls, the 26-year-old DJ crafts a pleasant blend of both old and new. Get your free download here to tune in to this 17-minute musical adventure.
After Miley Cyrus‘ controversial performance at the VMA’s, talk about sexism shot through the roof. Jahan, one of the three members of Krewella, responded to Miley’s decisions on Tumblr to discuss the supposedly taboo subject of gender inequality. It’s also no surprise that Australian twins, Nervo, and Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona, have also spoken out numerous times about sexism, the gender gap, and the male-dominated society in which we live.
Gary Richards, founder and CEO of HARD, is stepping up to the plate and plans on approaching this issue head-on. Next year, he’d like to have a music festival that solely features a female lineup: ”I have a concept for a show that’s all girl performers…It’s not a 70,000 person event. But I do see more females coming up and…I’m definitely going to do it in 2014.” The chief obstacle Richards will face is getting all of these female artists booked simultaneously, as he admits that pay will not be at the most desirable numbers. Hopefully the artists who are invited, however, will see the potential in Richards’ idea and that this festival could be the gateway to more powerful female influence on electronic music in the future.
Krewella is marching forward with their album success alongside their latest single, releasing the “Live for the Night” Remix EP. Both before and after a monumental debut performance on Good Morning America as the first dance music performance on a morning show broadcast, the single has gained rapid attention from both pop and dance music culture. This compilation of remixes has an incredible assortment of variety, ranging from heavier dub-bass sounds from Xilent and a taste of hardstyle from Pegboard Nerds to Dash Berlin’s escalating, airy progressive house take on Jahan and Yasmine’s vocals. Finally, W&W and Danny Avila & Deniz Koyu each take on a hard-hitting house approach to “Live for the Night,” creating a five-track EP that transforms the tune into something new with every artist rendition.