Lazy Rich received the Pete Tong treatment this past weekend when his latest offering, “Insomnia,” was played among the best on this week’s Essential Selections. The Vancouver native shows off his versatile talent by bending his usual electro-heavy style to a slightly more progressive feel. Its top ranking status will become apparent when listening to a sultry vocal and addictive hook delivered by Chris Lake’s wife, Gita Lake.
John Dahlback brings back the grinding electro-bass in his take on the single, adding a rush of energy to the piano-latent melody. The two producers complement each other nicely for Lazy Rich was featured on Dahlback’s “Life (Diamond’s in the Dark)” remix package last week.
Pete Tong is back this week with another Essential Selection featuring a flurry of the best in house music across the dance music spectrum. English producer Michael Woods, known best for work with Deadmau5 and Chris Lake, showcases his favorite tunes at the moment, including his newest release, “Platinum Chains,” and Vince Moogin’s “Love Me Right.”
Last week’s Essential New Tune, Hot Natured & Anabel Englund’s “Reverse Skydiving,” was succeeded by Footprintz “Fear of Numbers,” a Montreal-based synth-pop duo signed to Visionquest Records. Progressive lovers were treated to Tiesto’s new remix of “Clarity” as well as Lazy Rich’s “Insomnia,” Jeremy Olander’s “Let Me Feel,” among others.
A year after “Life” was first introduced to via Tiësto’s Club Life Volume 2, Dahlback provides us with his revamped vocal version, “Diamonds in the Dark,” which spins new energy into the already blissful track. The Swede shows off his home country’s never-ending pool of talent by asking one of Sweden’s biggest pop stars, Agnes Carlsson, to deliver the lush lyrics. The original instrumental was declared Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, which naturally made it an easily recognizable set favorite across the board, and was even included in our Top 50 Tracks of 2012.
The Big Beat Records release comes with three remixes from the likes of Australian newcomers Feenixpawl, Canadian electro-stars Lazy Rich and fellow Swede’s Lunde Bros. Feenixpawl brings the glitchy rendition, Lazy Rich offers the big room electro house, and Lunde Bros switch things minimal. Dahlback wanted to showcase up-and-coming talent rather than go with the most well-known artists – a fantastic decision on his part judging by the depth of the remixes below.
Last year Wideboys brought fans their Addicted 2 The Bass remix compilation, featuring reworks from winners of their competition of the same name. The British duo’s original track, a big room progressive production, received a complete renovation with renditions categorized from drum & bass to electro. Now the Wideboys are ready to give “Addicted 2 The Bass” another round of revisions with their Addicted 2 The Bass – The Refix slated for a March release.
The second remix compilation will feature Lazy Rich, Sunship Tantrum and Australian-hailing Nick Thayer. Thayer, who was recently signed to Skrillex‘s OWSLA, revealed a teaser of his version and it looks like the Wideboys can add moombahton to the list of genres that make the cut. The short snippet reveals a slowed BPM before the rising producer works in a thick two-step bassline with soaring synths delivering listeners a moobah-laced translation of “Addicted 2 The Bass.”
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John Dahlback’s ”Life” was one of our favorite tracks from 2012. In fact, it even made our ‘Top 50 Biggest Tracks of 2012′ list. Like many standout singles before it, months have passed and a vocal version has finally surfaced. Catalyzed by the likes of Swedish singer Agnes, “Life” has been revamped by into a more club-oriented cut and subtitled “Diamonds in the Dark.”
Accompanying the release of Dahlback’s vocal-enhanced original will be three diverse remixes from Feenixpawl, Lazy Rich, and Lunde Bros. While Australians Feenixpawl provide a glitchy rendition, Lazy Rich instills his characteristic brand of spastic electro house. Lunde Bros round out the remix contingent with a bouncy minimal take on the euphoric original. The entire “Life (Diamonds in the Dark)” package is set to be released on Big Beat Records on February 25th. Click past the break to hear the vocal version of “Life” and its three forthcoming remixes.
While Canadian electro standout Lazy Rich originally made his name on hard-hitting remixes, he has increasingly sought to solidify his standing with original material. He’s off to a great start this year with “Brainfreeze,” a dynamic electro house production out this week on Doorn Records.
Sound design separates the electro wheat from the chaff, and Lazy Rich confidently showcases his skills therein with a smorgasbord of varied chainsaw and video game synths bolstered by well-executed rhythms. What the drop’s squealing maelstrom may lack in subtlety, it more than makes up for in energy. This one is poised for significant WMC airplay, so head to Beatport to pick up a copy today.
After magnifying Avicii’s “Silhouettes,” Lazy Rich returns with original material for Sander van Doorn’s respected Doorn imprint. Teased with a snippet that clocks in a under two minutes, we can sense A-game from the young producer as he pulls out all the tricks in the book to satisfy a large, engaging electro tune. Directing his production talent away from remixes and towards solo material, Rich stimulates “Brainfreeze” with an edge. The track is slated for a January 21st, 2013 release, so look forward to starting off the new year with fresh Lazy Rich sounds.
Avicii’s most recent Beatport chart-topper has received a much needed remix package. The original mix of “Silhouettes” was undeniably a beautiful production, but to be respected in any realm beyond listening pleasure it needed new life. That is where Tim and the LE7ELS team called upon electrifying producers EDX, Syn Cole, and Lazy Rich. All three remixes bring forth fresh sounds that refuse to be labeled predictable. Stream all three beefed up versions of “Silhouettes” below the break and head to Beatport for the official release.
Lazy Rich takes Avicii’s “Silhouettes” and beats it into submission with his massive electro house style. By starting off with the original’s big room, progressive synths, Rich allows the track to build naturally before putting the pedal to the floor and launching into a wildly aggressive breakdown with synths reminiscent of Zedd’s infamous “Shave It” and a slight touch of Knife Party. While still only a preview with no set release date, we felt that we needed to share this one with you regardless - there is no doubt that it’s going to be massive.
This track, and 2 other remixes from Syn Cole and EDX are scheduled to be released sometime soon via the LE7ELS imprint – watch the preview of all 3 tracks after the break.
There’s “spring break” and then there’s Electro Beach PV. For months we’ve been telling you about Electro Beach, the spring break music festival that’s bringing huge DJs like Avicii, Chuckie, Steve Aoki, and Dada Life to Puerto Vallarta for six weeks of college partying madness. We were lucky enough to take a week off from reality to party south of the border, and were given unfettered access at the clubs and events. We went to crazy venues, saw amazing lighting and sound productions, got to hang out with some awesome DJs — and of course we kept a record of the whole thing. Hopefully you were following us on Twitter or Facebook and got some sneak peeks of some of our Mexican antics, but if not, we are proud to present to you: The Electro Beach diaries.