After weeks of speculation surrounding Musical Freedom’s anonymously tailored big room departure, Dutch newcomer Oliver Heldens emerges as the man behind impending offering “Gecko.” With a sparing run of releases behind him, “Gecko” sees the young Dutch producer lead a house-orientated side step for the label – a move well-aligned with Tiësto’s more recent outreach to the deep house community via the Club Life After Hours concept. In spite of Heldens’ relative new school stripes, the track matches immediately infectious qualities with upfront production values, offering up one of Musical Freedom’s most exciting musical curve balls of 2013 by a long stretch.
Release date: December 30
Canadian breakouts Dzeko & Torres have long been in the favor of Dutch heavyweight Tiësto. This month, the young duo makes a formal debut on his Musical Freedom imprint, following-up on remix duties for Imagine Dragons with a notable landmark for the fast ascending newcomers. From day one, their melodic stamina and highly charged backbone has made the duo a consistent source of festival-primed club fuel. Traditionally tailored and fully functional for the larger crowds they have pulled more recently, “Highline” is testament to a duo whose agenda is as consistent as it is cunningly poised to the pulse of modern club land. For a label whose recent curve balls have included such big room departures as “Gecko,” the late rising “Highline” is enough assert that Tiësto is still keeping a watchful eye on the next generation of peak time hopefuls.
With the launch of his new moniker, TST, Tiësto re-integrates himself into the dance music community with his latest effort, “Out Of Control.” A collaboration with fellow Dutchman Alvaro, the high-powered record blurs the line between Dutch and electro house, marrying the genres effortlessly. The track is structured around a rush of stabbing chords that swell to a full-bodied and dramatic peak before being swept out with a flood of synths. Once again gaining momentum after a brief lull in originals, the two execute “Out Of Control” in commanding form.
If you’re wondering why Tiësto has created a new alter-ego, his tweet from several days prior should provide the answer:
Whilst his rise to fame has been far from a paint-by-numbers affair, Bosnian native turned recurring Musical Freedom asset Baggi Begovic has shown little signs of slackening his musical aptitude to date. Back alongside outspoken Dutch peer Team Bastian to follow-up his emotional Tiësto collaboration “Love and Run,” a further instalment of euphoric vocal big room is employed to form an essential insight into his ever expanding sound scope. Now a proven master of the melodic big room sound, “Till I Come Home” deals in the overt synth work and deep melodic textures that have characterized his globally approved output. Though landing a long way from the upfront house sounds that first championed his name as a European kingpin, Baggi Begovic keeps with the trend of outright quality and emotive substance for one of his most accomplished moments for Musical Freedom to date.
Heads turned when Tiësto announced a deep house extension of his Club Life radio concept. Some were intrigued, others unapologetically skeptical. But having successfully inaugurated the ‘After Hours’ concept, his Musical Freedom imprint departs from its big room getup with the unveiling of an anonymous new house offering. With no formal artist or release date attached, “Gecko” grooves and bops with the hallmarks of a fine underground anthem, all whilst maintaining the premium production quality of the label’s peak time primed discography. With all signs pointing to an industry-wide deep house gold rush, skepticism towards such maneuvers was inevitable. But if the quality and relevant coherence of “Gecko” is to remain, however, this could be the start of an exciting new turn for camp Musical Freedom and the iconic Dutch trailblazer behind it.
Release date: TBC
Between setting the president for branded superstar DJs and epitomising the image of a globetrotting dance icon, Tiësto has never been one to exclude fans from the ins-and-outs of his whirlwind career. During this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, the man lesser known as Tijs Michiel Verwest sat down with hometown protege Hardwell for a rare and intimate Q&A session. Having inaugurated young Robbert Van De Corput into the limelight with “Zero76″ back in 2011, the impending DJ Mag top 100 victor was a solid choice of moderator for this in-depth exploration of the pivotal Dutch icon and multi-faceted career. Scaling everything from the origins of his logo and his departure from the world of trance, right through to plans for a long-overdue follow-up to 2009′s Kaleidoscope album, this intimate panel is not to be missed for fans new and old after an insight into the man behind the brand.
Michael Brun will be capping the end of the month with a brand new remix. For his latest effort, the Haitian producer has infused Tiësto’s summer hit with his own healthy dose of house. Brun’s take is a more mild approach than his recently released Gravity EP, but it’s still permeated with enough big room to stay true to his soothing yet high-powered style. The Dirty South protege manages to give the tune an update, successfully using the original track as a blueprint without losing those echoing vocals. To fall in love with summer all over again, Brun’s “Take Me” remix will be out on October 26th via Musical Freedom Records.
If you remember a time when Tiësto was DJ Tiësto, chances are you also remember “Flight 643.” First released on In My Memory back in 2001, the tune has been re-released, reworked and referenced dozens of times. Now being brushed off again by fellow Dutchman John Christian on Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom, the track seems to have been declared sufficiently different enough to not warrant the term “remix.” Built on its predecessor’s hard trance beat but more easily identified as progressive house, the overhaul has already been approved by crowds at TomorrowWorld and Beyond Wonderland, who’ve thrashed to its edge but beamed to its builds. A bold take on old meets new, “Flight 643″ provides the best sort of music history lesson.
If Zedd’s latest radio-friendly collaboration with Paramore’s Hayley Williams didn’t have enough big room kick to satisfy your appetite, Tiësto serves up just what your looking for on his rendition of “Stay the Night.” Approaching the pop dance hit with the peak time club punch that Musical Freedom is known for, the dance music kingpin allows Williams’ gorgeous vocals to share the stage with his propulsive electro house. Mix in Zedd’s silky smooth piano sections and melodic undertones and you’ve got another guaranteed dancefloor sensation from one of dance music’s most iconic frontmen.
Danny Avila only released his first single last fall, but has since become a staple performer as one of the highest demanded neophytes in dance music. Surprisingly, throughout his own tours and festival appearances around the globe, Avila has only recently dropped his second single and brings forth his third today with help from Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint. With bouncy chords and a hard hitting back bone, Danny presents “Tronco” as an electro house translatable track favorable on dance floors and festival grounds alike.