Historically, sticking a radio-friendly topline on a successful club cut has most often ended in a mixed surge of excitement and vocal disappointment. In the wake of Beatport domination, DVBBS & Borgeous unveil a daring restoration of Doorn Records original “Tsunami” alongside British soft rap star Tinnie Tempa. As the man who gave Swedish House Mafia’s “Miami 2 Ibiza” it’s chart-friendly lick of paint, Tinnie Tempa returns of the heels of Diplo produced offering with further dance floor aspirations on the mind. In light of Martin Garrix’s recent UK chart success, it’s hard to fault the method behind the impending remodel and its relevance to the current popular climate. Past his chanting lyrics and a few minor tweaks to the mix and with the trio’s recent offering “Stampede” alongside Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, the Ministry of Sound hosted “Tsunami (Jump)” does not look so far altered as to cause a tyrannical uproar from the global dance community. But as dance music’s barriers continue to waver under mainstream influences, this is a move that is sure to test the stamina of both club-focussed breakouts and a fan base that could go either way.
Release date: TBC
For over 20 years Ministry of Sound has been compiling the biggest and most influential tracks of the year on the iconic The Annual compilation. A veritable who’s who of international DJ talents including Avicii, Knife Party, Krewella, Zedd, Tiësto, Afrojack, Diplo and more, this year’s The Annual reflects the MainStage focused EDM of 2013. A 28-track journey through the most recognizable cuts from the 2013, The Annual 2014 features not only the track’s you expect but also upfront smash hits from London Grammar, Storm Queen and Armand Van Helden, rounding out the collection to create a definitive snapshot of the year in dance music.
Dancing Astronaut also has the splendid opportunity of providing one special reader a chance to win ‘The Annual 2014 and a year’s worth of compilation albums from Ministry of Sound including but not restricted to The Sound Of Trap, Clubber’s Guide, The Sound Of Deep House, and Ibiza Annual. We wish you luck!
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Just two weeks ahead of a housing development hearing that could seal the fate of Ministry of Sound, the club has made an emotional plea for Boris Johnson to honor his word and protect its Gaunt Street location from the threat of closure. Through an open letter to the mayor featured in today’s edition of the London Evening Standard, the club asked Johnson to consider its 200 staff and 300,000 annual visitors whilst considering whether to allow property developers Oakmayne to proceed and threaten the existence 22-year-old nightspot. Having gained a huge amount of support through their ongoing Save Our Club petition, the club is now seeking a legally binding guarantee from the lord mayor to safeguard the renowned London club and its proven value to the city’s tourism.
With DJ Mag’s Top 100 officially announced at ADE, Ministry of Sound is celebrating the poll itself with a 20th anniversary compilation. The album features a multitude of this year’s winners including the #1 Hardwell and his mentor, Tiësto as well as iconic cuts from best-voted DJs from two decades gone by with The Chemical Brothers and more.
Dancing Astronaut has the pleasure of bringing one lucky reader a signed physical copy of the album from Hardwell himself as well as Ministry of Sound branded headphones, so enter for your chance to win below!
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For British producer Alex Drury, variety has been an essential spice of life. Now formally found under the revered guise of Alex Metric, his leaps between the mainstream and underground dance spectrum have continued to assert that for an industry thought to be made up of opposing sides, concentrated eclecticism can still be a key driver of success. From the Ammunition EP series for OWSLA, to production duties alongside Steve Angello and Ian Brown, his genre-hopping approach has kept loyal fans and newfound advocates in constant rotation, all to the avail of an early inauguration to North American club land and a proven ability to hold his corner whatever crowd, club or nation. With a discography scattered with French touch, breaks, big bass and stirring pop crossover records, it is easy to see why Alex Metric has held his corner consistently across dance music’s proven tendency to leap and bow to modern cultural influences.
This month, however, all eyes turned to much anticipated collaborative duties alongside British peer and national treasure Jacques Lu Cont, alongside whom commercial crossover anthem “Safe With You” found a comfortable nest amid Ministry of Sound’s burgeoning output of club offerings. Dancing Astronaut took the opportunity to grill Alex on crossing over to the ‘dark-side’, juggling eclecticism with consistent popularity and whether this long fabled album will ever see the light of day amid his industrious reckoning. (more…)
Now into their 22nd year of fuelling the London club circuit, the iconic Ministry of Sound has a lot of reasons to be celebrating throughout the month of September. With a spree of killer line-ups already set to see-out this very special anniversary, North American house pioneer Armand Van Helden is set to the bless the main room for a rare UK headline slot on September 28th. Rarely found outside of his sparing festival appearances, Helden is joined by British talents Sonny Wharton and disco house trailblazer Louis La Roche, both of whom have experience unprecedented success throughout the year. For an upfront house spectacle that is unlikely to end in a birthday cake to the face, tickets can now be purchase via Ministry of Sound’s official website. (more…)
Three-piece beat fiends Keys N Krates have found considerable stamina in their live dance shenanigans for 2013. Already relishing in the support of Annie Mac and donning their remix duties to the likes of Chris Lake and Steve Aoki’s “Boneless,” Alex Metric’s impending Ministry of Sound crossover “Safe With You” is the next vital piece of the puzzle for their prompt overhaul of the remix platform. At a time when trap and its likeminded sub-handles appears to have dimmed down on the European circuit, Keys N Krates refine the sound to a persuasive new medium. Fierce beats in motion and swinging in and out of the original’s infectious topline, the Canadian trio emerges with yet another notion that this is one hard-hitting outfit set to outrun the vast majority of their peers for the trail ahead. (more…)
Ministry of Sound has leveraged a lawsuit against Spotify citing repeated instances of copyright infringement. The record label is displeased with playlists posted on the popular streaming service that mirror the tracklistings of their many compilation albums — some of which include “Ministry of Sound” in the title. Ministry of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer claims they’ve been attempting to remedy the situation with removal of the playlists since 2012, but to no avail. “It’s been incredibly frustrating: we think it’s been very clear what we’re arguing, but there has been a brick wall from Spotify,” he said.
The issue at hand is not the legality of streaming the individual tracks as Spotify has the rights to them. The courts will instead be faced with having to decide whether the selection and arrangement of compilation albums tracklists is subject copyright infringement. “What we do is a lot more than putting playlists together: a lot of research goes into creating our compilation albums, and the intellectual property involved in that. It’s not appropriate for someone to just cut and paste them,” said Presencer. For Ministry of Sound, whose business model relies on compilation album sales — up 30% this year — this is particularly problematic.
Presencer further explains, “There are other services that have playlists, and when we have seen this happening – playlists using Ministry of Sound’s name – when we have notified them, they have willingly taken them down. It’s only against Spotify that we’ve hit this brick wall.”
Via: The Guardian
Ministry of Sound returns with its latest Ibiza Annual Compilation featuring this year’s biggest dancefloor destroying cuts from Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, Calvin Harris, Nicky Romero, Avicii and more. Not content to only feature the main stage heavyweights, Ministry has compiled an eclectic array of tracks from the White Isle, placing Jessie Ware, Disclosure and The Brookes Brothers alongside some of this year’s most heavy handed festival favorites.
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Last month Arty treated fans to his A-game with the release of “Take Me Away,” also known as “Grand Finale.” Featuring the ideal production output with blissful melodies, polished strings, and mastered chords, the July release was all one could wish for from the Russian maestro. For the track’s remix package comes Arston, the newcomer who had seemingly been following in Arty’s footsteps with his breakthrough record, “Zodiac.” Distancing himself from his initial offering and first impression, Arston offers a surprising twist to the familiar sound with a full-on big room gem constructed by some unprecedented electro tweaks.