After debuting his Spencer Brown alias at Avicii‘s Hollywood Bowl show just a few weeks ago, the Dallas native has made a splash in the progressive community with the backing of Ash Pournouri and the Le7els camp. Using the pseudonym “Spenca” to produce bass music for six years, Spencer has found his passion in the progressive genre and has his sights set on transforming the main stage with cultivated yet spirited productions. While the commercial electronic community moves towards louder and compression-based music, Spencer Brown serves to defy the norm, bringing melodic audio bliss back to the masses. The DJ had his first official release on PRMD just last month, and Spencer’s creative tenacity showed itself as he previewed two masterful releases on Avicii’s podcast earlier this week.
“Ascension” holds true to its name with a climbing lead and a summit that is certainly worth the musical trek. The track brings the previously dimmed synth to the forefront with energy before dipping into a soft melodic bridge. Beginning to build once again, the track’s dominance is established with a sound that builds in electricity before absorbing the listener in its power.
“Lockout,” on the other hand, shows Spencer’s work with more relaxed production techniques. While avoiding aggressiveness, the track manages to create a groove worthy backbone for any atmosphere. Avoiding the symmetry so often found in progressive house music, added lead elements during the bridge and second build steers the production clear of repetition and shows the newcomer’s eclectic style.
On Avicii‘s latest album, True, Tim Bergling and Ash Pournouri brought the acoustic and electric worlds together to bring live instrumental work to the dancefloor. While the commercial audience admires the album’s playability, the producing community has certainly not held back in their remixing of the Le7els boss’ work. While Avicii took a authenticity-inclined approach on the track, Throttle gave “You Make Me” the PRMD touch with a playful synth that sends listeners back to Tim’s older melody-driven productions. The Australian has been given remix duties of the vocal mix, and while he leaves us with just a short teaser until the unannounced release date — Throttle’s preview only leaves fans craving the full remix.
Earlier this week, Avicii took on Syn Cole‘s “Miami 82″ for Le7els‘ latest release. Now, the Estonian producer has returned the favor. While you may love the authentic strings in the original riff of “Hey Brother,” Syn Cole’s work on the hit track brings forth the energetic feel signature to the PRMD camp. The remix maintains the beloved vocals from the original while transforming the radio smash to a big room-worthy anthem. The track drops into a trap-house mixture that sends heads bobbing before returning to blissful melody, all intermingling to create a sound unique to the DJ.
“Ash, Avicii’s manager, pitched me this project and I instantly felt that this was an opportunity to create a more Syn Cole style of sound.”
Via: Rolling Stone
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
Although multiple versions of Syn Cole‘s “Miami 82″ have been teased in sets for nearly a year, the Estonian producer has finally let loose Avicii‘s edit of his groovy tune on Le7els, Tim’s home imprint. Being just the 14th official release on the label, the collaborative work between the melody-driven progressive house mainstays gave birth to a joyous brainchild that successfully creates an enchanting Miami Vice-inspired atmosphere. Setting the mood for a sunset cruise down the coastal strip, the latest release from Ash Pournouri‘s camp serves to bring listeners far away from the cold winter months, providing a summer feel when the world needs it most. Syn Cole’s productions continue to show vast improvements made from a technical standpoint, and with the backing of the Le7els camp, the young DJ shows a lot of promise in the upcoming year.
Although Avicii’s debut artist album “True” is only two months old, the Swedish juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down his release schedule. Debuted by Pete Tong on Friday, Syn Cole’s Miami 82 receives the Avicii treatment and Tim Bergling transforms the original mix into something all his own. The edit is more aggressive than most of Avicii’s productions and completely devoid of the melodic climaxes we’ve all come to know and love from the 24-year-old Swede, but it still showcases Avicii’s production prowess and his penchant for creating music that immediately gets stuck in your head.
Release: November 25th
The folk-fueled hit “Hey Brother” from Avicii’s critically acclaimed debut studio album True has received the lyric video treatment in hand with an interesting set of visuals. The track compliments its melodic leads with some incredibly catchy vocals, that, as Tim insists, seem to be missing from the “EDM” being produced as of late. With a packed end-of-the-year schedule, including a highly-anticipated show at the Hollywood Bowl and a series of massive headlining shows in Europe at the start of 2014, the Le7els star looks to continue asserting his dominance over the mainstream electronic world. Under the guidance and assistance of Ash Pournouri, Avicii has revamped the 4th and Broadway Record Label on Island Def Jam/Universal Records, so expect some large-scale releases with professional distribution from the PRMD camp soon.
Having barely hit the floor since unleashing his LE7ELS debut “Crush” back in June, UK up-and-comer Ashley Wallbridge is back with a brand new cut for Avicii’s esteemed imprint. As the follow-up to French-tinted single “Filtre,” Wallbridge’s aural persuasion of “Africa” opts for firm melodic aptitude over tribal percussion and ethnic samples to once again spearhead the sharp shooting peak time persuasion that has catapulted his name throughout 2013. Forget the connotations of its continental title, for back under the guise of Bergling and Pournori’s electronic dance stronghold Ashley Wallbridge remains a force to reckoned with from the European shores.
Release date: October 8th
This past August, Henrik B, Niklas Gustavsson and Peter Johansson joined forces for the powerhouse collaboration “Echoes.” Released on Avicii’s LE7ELS, “Echoes” resonated with the label head’s own impeccable melodic focus, driven forward by a soaring top line and euphoric chord progressions. This time around Italian newcomers Merk & Kremont take their shot at the track, installing a gritty electro backbone into the original’s catchy hooks. Twisting the melody into a funk-fueled acid break, the duo push the track into overdrive – leaving only its punctual vocals intact.
Marking one dozen releases on his LE7ELS imprint, Avicii makes way for newcomer Audrio this week with “Dreaming Wide Awake.” Another fresh name and unique talent, Audrio brings unprecedented sound to the label in the vein of recent outings like New World Sound’s “Aye” and Ashley Wallbridge’s “Crush.” Melodic groundwork build upon chords and enchanting vocals transcends with a juxtaposing grunge and progressive distortion that give “Dreaming Wide Awake” its dance floor flare.