With releases on 50-odd labels under their belts, Chocolate Puma’s Zki and Dobre made their debut on Mixmash Records this week, pouncing on a a party hit with “2000 People.” The Dutch duo took to the horns section for the tune, creating a bouncy and brassy house sound with pumped up reggae vocals and an electro-fied drop. A fitting groove for the Mixmash roster, “2000 People” marks the scene veterans’ 200th-something success.
Two of the finest Dutch talents in the industry, Hardwell and Laidback Luke have welded their big room-savvy abilities to craft “Dynamo,” a riot-inducing electro production complete with a palatable melody, marching drum percussion, and a fire alarm. With its semi-innocuous chord-laden buildup, the real fun in “Dynamo” starts with its teetering, brassy drop — a boisterous festival-pleaser brimming with Dutch house influence. Anyone who has seen Laidback Luke or Hardwell recently can attest, the live appeal of “Dynamo” is undeniable. The track is out today on LBL’s Mixmash Records.
“Dynamo” is certainly a clash of dance music titans — when Hardwell and Laidback Luke put their heads together, there’s no way the result could be anything short of destructive. Mixmash previewed the track a few weeks back, but now only days before its release (April 22nd), they’ve also released the official music video. As the forceful electro beats stab on and trancey synth pads take control, watch a full display of machinery and mechanisms — it’s almost like reading a copy of The Way Things Work.
When two of the biggest producers in electro join forces the resulting mayhem is nothing short of apocalyptic. On Laidback Luke and Hardwell‘s latest collaboration the combination of Luke‘s punchy Dutch percussion and Hardwell‘s blaring electro create a cacophony of raucous synthwork that thrashes and bounces with incredible ease. Set to be released on MixMash on April 22nd, “Dynamo” is dynamite, destined to explode onto the Beatport charts, propelled forward by Laidback Luke and Hardwell‘s impeccable talent for creating amphetamine-fueled electro outputs.
Laidback Luke’sMixmash label has proven a reliable go-to for electronic dance music of varying sonic persuasions. Its played host to myriad artists including power players like Tiësto, Steve Angello, Afrojack, A-Trak, and of course the label head himself. Mixmash is expanding its offerings with the addition of a new divison, Ones to Watch. Although it’s not exactly uncharted territory for Mixmash, having a platform devoted to nurturing new talent is exciting. Luke explains,
“We’ve got so many amazing tracks by a lot of new and incredible talent that’s out there. OTW offers a stepping stone to Mixmash for those talented producers out there. My focus for Mixmash, and now OTW as well, is to have a proper platform for them. We started with OTW to make way for new and upcoming artists and to give them the push they need to accelerate. With OTW we can focus on each individual release and offer each artist a great start of their career.”
Ones to Watch is set to launch tomorrow with Koala, the premier EP from Blasterjaxx. This won’t be the duos first tango with LBL, having had their remix of Tom Staar’s “Kingdom” released on Mixmash earlier this year.
Laidback Luke is known to experiment as the label head of MixMash Records, often gambling on young talent with his The Ones To Watch series. Furthermore, Luke rolls the dice on yet another growing phenomenon, the genre of trap that has taken the dance music world by storm with a recent slew of provocative remixes.
The extended play — simply titled, MixMash Trap EP – begins with Oh Snap’s spin of the infamous “Turbulence” collaboration, and continues with a brand new original production from Oliver Twizt dubbed “3Chainz.” Next comes the brand new Saint Liz remix of Luke’s “Break The House Down,” and newcomer Twinz Beats is introduced with his own “Bass Gone Drop.” Jump below the break to listen to the breakthrough offerings in full.
We at Dancing Astronaut have realized that our readership is teeming with talent that has yet to be discovered. We’re also incredibly enthusiastic that so many of you have begun to contribute to the EDM community with your own tracks and musical styles — and the incredible amount of promos we get on a daily basis can attest to that. Stargazers is a column that will showcase members of the DA community and recognize their talents as original EDM producers! We encourage all of you to support your fellow DA fanatics- any of you could be headlining Ultra’s Main Stage someday.
Not many 19-year -old DJ/producers can say they’ve played back-to-back with Tiesto in Ibiza during their first professional appearance.Moska can. Dancing Astronaut‘s latest Stargazers showcases Colombia-born Daniel Amezquita – otherwise known as Moska. Apparently, the South American country not only exports coffee, emeralds, and cut flowers, but also Dutch house. How did Daniel catch his big break? Find out and listen to his unique productions after the break.
Laidback Luke is easing listeners into the vocal mix of his upcoming tune “Pogo” by sharing a snippet of the dub mix first. The tune features Majestic on the vocals, a drop that reminds us of Afrojack, and, as the title implies — pogo sound effects. While “Pogo” may be too much for some during their morning commute, it will likely gain some traction on dance floors and at upcoming festivals. Some fans have been questioning the quality of LBL’s productions lately, but we have faith that he’ll hit his stride. Are you guys feeling Luke’s evolving style? Check on the preview from his own Mixmash below. We’re told we’ll hear more in February about the full release.
It’s been a big year for dance music and an even bigger year for Laidback Luke’sMixmash records, whose 2012 barrage of releases was nothing to squawk at. From Gregor Salto’s “Azumba” to the Laidback Luke & Angger Dimas collab “Night Like This,” there was no shortage of bounce-friendly Dutch house being manufactured by the iconic imprint. In this hour long mix, the label head himself, Laidback Luke, takes you through the entire year of Mixmash releases. Still championing the adrenaline-laced production style that made him famous and fostering talents that share a similar love for electro stabs and concussive percussion, Laidback Luke has recruited an army of party-starting producers.
ANSOL, comprised of talented artists Aki Nair and Sebastian Sollerman, are teaming up with Canadian duo Dzeko &Torres to deliver their latest electro offering. “Y3ah!” is a follow up to their massive single with Dyro, “Top of the World,” and it is equally as giant as the two duos try to make a name for themselves. The synth laden beat builds while an electro bassline pushes the track forward, culminating with a big room drop. “Y3AH!” only gets bigger as it plays out, and it will certainly become a staple in big room sets, but for now, it’s available from MixMash Records on Beatport.