In what has proved to be the year of the album, the dance community has seen full-fledged studio output from both legends and newcomers alike. Released in May, Armin van Buuren’s Intense has maintained its place amongst the best-received, even holding its own against the hype of the month’s most-anticipated but now surprisingly forgotten Random Access Memories. Yet though attention spans are short the king of trance’s legacy is long, and for his latest endeavor he has invited a colorful host of characters to share in the spotlight with Intense: The More Intense Edition.
While the first release already included as unlikely a combination of collaborators as Nervo, Miri Ben-Ari and Trevor Guthrie, the official remix album features over a dozen artists on both sides of the progressive/trance divide. Ørjan Nilsen’s rework follows Michael Brun’s, Andrew Rayel segues into W&W, and on the bonus edition Dannic finds himself surrounded by the likes of Cosmic Gate, Tritonal, Aly & Fila and more. With 11 Intense tracks remixed by 18 artists and two brand new Armin tunes besides, The More Intense Edition at the very least holds up to its name: This is not your average remix package.
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After a triumphant takeover of Governors Island alongside Phazing labelmates Dirty South and Maarcos, Michael Brun is returning to the Big Apple tomorrow night. Now equipped with even more successful releases following the drop of his Gravity EP, Brun has a special night in store for New York’s Pacha dance haven.
Dancing Astronaut, Pacha NYC, and the man of the night himself are giving 10 lucky fans the chance to experience this Friday night affair. Tickets are still available here, but to win a pair to Michael Brun’s NYC reunion as he’ll be joined by Matisse & Sadko, all you have to do is:
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House takes on progressive house, or at least that’s the case with Michael Brun‘s remix of Tiësto’s summer hit, “Take Me.” Brun told Rolling Stone, ”I wanted my remix to to be groovy and sexy but still energetic, while also emphasizing the great vocals from Kyler England.” The Haitain DJ and producer’s approach comprises a smooth and consistent beat that still maintains the integrity of Tiësto’s big-room sound. While there is a steady chord progression throughout, Brun’s approach simultaneously tones down the frame of the track to give it a more sultry feel.
Injecting a breath of fresh air and new flavor into his still brief tenure at Phazing Records, Michael Brun has released three of his best productions last month in the form of his Gravity EP. But the gem of an extended play is expected to be nothing less than a launching pad for the Dirty South understudy as remixes for Alicia Keys and Calvin Harris bolster a reputation and style that’s only skyrocketing. Taking to DA’s weekly Axis podcast, Brun masters mixing duties for episode 77, and the hour-long outing includes some of the aforementioned smashes, exclusive edits and remixes, along with some of the hottest records across progressive house.
After receiving support from the likes of Armin van Buuren, Carnage and Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin & Alexander Popov’s “Steal You Away” is ready for a second round of recognition. Released on Aropa Records was a remix package of the tune with takes from Michael Brun and Giuseppe Ottaviani. Featuring a rework and radio cut from each, the package stretches the boundaries of the track, only consistently keeping Jonathan Mendelsohn’s emotive vocals and an undeniable energy. Though Ottaviani’s remixes layer in piano and a more cinematic trance sound, Brun’s takes the already uplifting tune even higher, straight out of trance and into progressive house. With the package bringing the official version count up to six, expect to hear a lot more of this tune in the coming weeks.
Bursting through the dance music production circuit after a slew of successful remixes, Michael Brun is releasing three of his biggest tracks together as his Gravity EP. Fresh off of Phazing Records, Gravity offers a title track with a dark chord progression, his first ever vocal track and perhaps his most anthemic production to date with “Halfway,” and a groove-based club record that Brun has called his most proud to have produced.
The EP was definitely the most comprehensive project I’ve ever worked on. I’ve been testing them out at every show this year and tweaking each track pretty much nonstop.
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Before TomorrowWorld officially kicks off its three day reign of Chattahoochee Hills, the festival will commence at DreamVille with its opening party known as The Gathering. The ceremony draws from Tomorrowland and will similarly have Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike headlining with artists such as TJR and Walden in support. Celebrating the American inauguration in true Phazing style, Michael Brun will take to The Gathering fresh off the release of his Gravity EP, three of the most anticipated tracks of his young career. Get to know Michael Brun before “Halfway” blows minds at TomorrowWorld in just over one week.
Originally beneath the wing of Dirty South, Michael Brun has exploded in his own respect to hold down Phazing Records and its brand of progressive house. Recently shooting through the stratosphere spinning mega-hits from the likes of Calvin Harris and Alicia Keys, Brun returns with all new original material in the form of his forthcoming Gravity EP. Featuring three brand new tracks, the September 23rd release will come packed with his highly anticipated “Halfway,” the energetic yet edgy title track of “Gravity,” and an all new frenetic record dubbed “Antares.”
Rising to prominence with Dirty South’s Phazing, Michael Brun has surpassed all expectations set upon a young dance music producer. Fresh off remixes for Calvin Harris and his latest single “Thinking About You” Brun has been called upon by another star, this time R&B legend Alicia Keys. Taking on with the third single from her chart-topping, platinum album of 2012, Girl On Fire, the Haitian producer works wonder around vocals from Keys and collaborator Maxwell. For his version of the neo soul “Fire We Make,” Brun implements his signature progression where it fits best; in compliment of warm-hearted serenade for a larger-than-life sound.
Next off the Speed of Life album trail, Dirty South has offered his Joe Gil-assisted “Until The End” in various forms; from the original that donned his debut to the eloquent music video. Bringing the record full circle, Dragan is now releasing its remix package with efforts from understudy Michael Brun, progressive wiz Tom Staar, and even a rework of his own.
First taking a second shot at “Until The End,” Dirty South injects larger, more live-set fulfilling chords contrary to the elements originally bound to the theme of Speed of Life. Joe Gil’s enchanting vocal still holds weight, but Tom Staar first delivers an onslaught of layered synths and rolling drums, building anticipation for the serenade before providing the package’s depth. With a rendition in the vein of Phazing Michael Brun proves that his mentor has influenced him, balancing well-polished synth stylings with a drop that draws from the vocal peak.