Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two remixes against one another to determine which production made better use of the original. With remix packages growing in length and increasing in frequency, the number of reworked tracks has skyrocketed. After wading through the archives, we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Since the rise of ‘big room’ progressive house, artists have been searching for ways to effectively entertain, and, more importantly, electrify the growing crowds. From incorporating folk music into career-defining sets to creating saturated synth stabs for a “festival” feel, DJs have a stronger drive than ever to outdo the competition and keep fans on the edge of their seats. Appropriately enough, MAKJ and Henry Fong’s ”Encore” teases fans with an extremely pleasing and uplifting chord progression before continuing on to hit your speakers with a blistering lead, following a genre-changing phenomenon that has become popular amongst fellow American producers. “Encore” will be released on Bingo Players’ Hysteria Records on December 2nd.Posted by
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in October and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up October for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. October’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Alesso with Calvin Harris, Hardwell with MAKJ, Diplo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Junior Sanchez, Chromeo with Oliver, and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of October!
The Bingo Players, Bassjackers, and MAKJ have embarked on their Rattle & Roll bus tour which started on October 10th and will stop at 33 cities over the next 36 days.Tonight, they are set to perform at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, only a day after the venue announced that it would be closing its doors come spring. In order to kick off their highlight event (arguably their biggest of the entire tour), they have streamed the entire show live via THUMP (watch above) so that those who could not attend can see all the festivities from the confines of their home.Posted by
Hardwell‘s dominance of 2013 has been impossible to ignore since claiming the year as his own at Ultra Music Festival this March. The then-unidentified hits that filled his landmark set have been slowly revealing themselves over the past seven months, with their impact strengthening exponentially with each subsequent release. Through the summer months particularly, his Dyro collaboration “Never Say Goodbye,” work with W&W on “Jumper,” and remixes for the likes of Krewella and Mark Knight have put chart-topping aspirations of electronic contemporaries out of reach as the young producer has run full steam ahead.
Adding another anthem to his catalogue of hits, Hardwell has finally released his collaboration with MAKJ, “Countdown,” which has been on the clock since the aforementioned Ultra appearance. Many of the recent big room records that have taken dance floors by storm pale in comparison to the festival-ready elements of “Countdown,” as Hardwell and MAKJ deliver provocatively on all ends. One listen through answers any question of hype and even sends a reminder of what a proper main stage staple should sound like.
With over 300 artists and 38 hours of overlapping music this weekend, the number of tracks heard at TomorrowWorld is somewhere in the thousands. While not even almighty Internet can spit out a list of every tune that received play time in the Chattahoochee Hills, a few tracks were heard again and again, earning anthem status and a firm spot in the memory of the Main Stage attendees. While some older tracks like “In My Mind,” “Wakanda” and “Reload” still frequently made their way into sets, we’ve compiled the ten tunes that defined the most recent chapter in the Book Of Wisdom.
Budding production star MAKJ has teamed up with M35 for “Revolution.” Out now through Sander van Doorn’s own imprint, the collaboration hits the release circuit as the festival season that it has dominated comes to a close. Progressive electro builds and melodic hooks serve as a backbone to the outrageous bells and whistles, making for a provocative big room pleaser. Nothing short of the excellence that Doorn has outed thus far in 2013, “Revolution” comes as one of the label’s premier tracks.
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With new material flying left right and centre, MAKJ has made considerably potent footprints on the digital market of late. Off the heels of tenacious Diffused offering “Hakaka,” the North American breakout unites with national peer M35 to debut on Sander Van Doorn’s Doorn Records imprint. A spree of full-bodied synths and arpeggiated melodic elements, “Revolution” sees both budding talents assert of firm understanding of the modern peak time formula and their dynamic grasp over it. Say what you will about the influx of electro counterparts, but this formal Doorn debut paints the duo with considerable stead for the future and their promising industrious footwork.
LA’s MAKJ has another progressive destroyer under his belt. The DJ AM-trained producer has ventured outside his home label to release “Hakaka” on Michael Woods’ Diffused Music, joining the ranks of GTA, R3hab and Starkillers. Wasting no time in getting to the first build, the tune is marked by a thumping beat, dramatic string and synth break and trouble-making vocal that fits right into the theme – “Hakaka” is Hawaiian for “fight.” Though the track likely won’t induce violence, side effects do include higher heart rate and a tendency to fist pump. Grab your copy at Beatport.
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