Eighteen year old wunderkind Madeon teams up with one of EDM’s favorite voices Ellie Goulding to bring us a poppy outing dubbed “Stay Awake.” The track has all the qualities of a radio hit, featuring upbeat tempo with surging synth work and melodic house undertones. The track was meant for Ellie’s Halcyon album, but wasn’t delivered in time. Nevertheless, it was released yesterday as a single and can now be purchased on Beatport.
The young and gifted, blazer-sporting sophmore of dance music has given away a 30-minute mix that reflects his musical mind as of March 2013. The mix’s brevity holds no weight against its track selection, as Madeon delivers refreshing tunes with velocity. Recorded in Australia for Nina Las Vegas’s Triple J radioshow, Madeon opens with a captivating live rendition of “The City” that grows into The M Machine’s version. The mix proceeds with progressive trance, dubstep, and everything in between — tracklist below the break.
The floor of the New York Stock Exchange was transformed last night by the unlikeliest of sponsors, a 18-year-old French prodigy known to most as the launchpad-wielding Madeon. For just over an hour, the heart of the world economy pulsed, not with stock tickers and screaming traders, but with a barrage of pad-triggered clips, arranged to create a symphony of electro-pop that shook the foundation of Wall Street’s trading floor.
When Madeon first burst onto the scene with his remix of Deadmau5‘s “Raise Your Weapon” in 2011, we knew the young producer was destined for greatness. Since then, he’s performed at some of the world’s biggest festivals, earned the number 54 spot on DJ Mag’s 2012 Top 100 list, and joined Lady Gaga as support on the North American leg of her tour. On February 23rd Madeon is set to add to his list of accomplishments when he becomes the first ever dance music artist to perform at the New York Stock Exchange. The performance is a part of The Kairos 50, a fitting event for the 18-year-old talent since it honors cutting-edge companies created by college students worldwide. Madeon might not be a college student but he is certainly a young mover and shaker.
The festival season in Australia is just picking up, and Avicii has snatched up the headlining spot at the EDM Stage at the touring Future Music Festival, set to kick off Saturday, March 2nd in Brisbane. The festival, hitting all major Australian cities throughout March, already has a large and diverse lineup but Avicii’s announcement is considered to be another cherry on top of this Aussie sundae for fan’s of his catchy and danceable productions from over the last several years. The full lineup includes heavy hitters like The Prodigy, The Stone Roses, Richie Hawtin, Boys Noize, Hardwell,Sven Väth, Cosmic Gate, and Madeon to name a few. For full lineup, tickets, dates, and more announcements head here.
Ok so it’s not quite as impressive as Madeon‘s 95 track minimix, but we were nonetheless very pleased to discover Russ Chimes released a free download of his 29 track, five-minute minimix he crafted for Annie Mac last week. Chimes highlights his penchant for the classic — throwing in more than enough soul, lusty piano riffs, and dirty groove-based samples for the adoring vintage house fan. Dare we call this…perfect? Download below and tracklist after the break.
2012 has been an exciting year for dance music, the scene has grown beyond any of our comprehensions, supplanting itself in popular culture, fueling the soundtrack of commercials, sitcoms, and even a Disney movie, and shaking the foundation popular culture by establishing a new wave of music consumer. At the forefront of everything have been the artists, the true pioneers of the electronic dance music wave. With a scene as large and expansive as EDM, it was hard to honor only 50 – for every David Guetta or Calvin Harris there are droves of aspiring bedroom producers all doing their fair share of pushing the movement — simply by creating and sharing their art. With the EDM explosion officially in full swing in 2012, we saw countless new artists emerge, seasoned producers experiment with new sounds, and massive collaborations form that made crowning the “best” artist a nearly impossible task.
We have run through the Biggest Tracks of 2012 and now we are ready to unveil our picks for the most influential artists of the year. We’ve already covered 50-41 and today we bring you our picks for 40-31. Hop past the break to see who made the cut.
Well, as predicated by the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Unfortunately, only one of us is John Cusack, so the rest of us have no choice but to party into oblivion. At least we can thank the Mayans for conceding doomsday to a Friday. To accompany Armageddon, we have provided a list of tunes that will add appropriate theme music to the backdrop of imminent annihilation. Hopefully, you can find consolation in their uplifting message. Godspeed.
It’s been a couple of months since Madeon unleashed “The City” onto the world and now American group, The M Machine is adding their own style. The vocals remain the same besides a glitched segment creating a very different feel from the original. By removing the pop sound and adding a lot more progressive elements, The M Machine has managed to keep “The City” fresh and current. You can grab The M Machine’s remix now on Beatport from Popcultur.
If you did not believe in the possibility of live DJing, think again. M4SONIC, a young producer out of Australia ups the ante on the Launchpad game with his original composition “Virus” using not just one pad but TWO. M4SONIC’s motivation is a direct result of Deadmau5‘s famed ”We All Hit Play” article from back in June. Refusing to accept this as fact, he bought a Novation Launchpad the day after the article came out — or so the story goes. Regardless, this latest showing of his talent (there are a few other examples on his YouTube page) made all of our jaws drop. Check it out for yourself.