Heard during Group Therapy 050 at Alexandra Palace, Artificial’s “Prototype” has finally landed on Beatport. Bringing together the talents of both Andrew Bayer and Norin & Rad, the track is the first of an upcoming series of singles for the three producers. When two massive names in dance music unite, it’s impossible not to expect something special, but “Prototype” certainly delivers on the hype. Highlighted by a deep piano breakdown, the collaboration utilizes an array of influences from across the dance music spectrum with results only Anjunabeats could deliver.
Though ABGT 050 may seem like ages ago, with the number of brand new gems revealed in the six-hour broadcast, the Anjuna family can relive the magic each time a tune gears up for official release. “Prototype,” a track debuted during Andrew Bayer’s set, was recently slated and announced as ABGT 053′s ‘Record of the Week.’ The new production marks the first single for new project Artificial: the official collaboration between Bayer and Norin & Rad. The three envelope pushers have toured together, remixed for each other, and now have married their talents in holy progressive union. Their debut tune infuses the label’s emotive touch into a club-ready structure, backing builds with bliss and synths with strings. Due out on December 9th, this is one prototype we’d like to see built out.
Anjunabeats talent Norin & Rad have been steadily making a name for themselves with feisty originals like “Bird is the Word” and stadium-sized remixes to tracks like Armin van Buuren’s “Suddenly Summer.” Taking over Axis radio for the first time, the California duo showcase their thirst for diversity, integrating every genre from electro house to trance to dubstep and midtempo. With tracks from Skrillex, Boys Noize, Mat Zo, Audien and more, the mix is an intriguing blend of harder hitting dance records and lighter trance and progressive house pieces.
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With a stellar lineup featuring festival newbies and veterans alike, the Trance Addict stage at TomorrowWorld is sure to be a popular destination. A favorite spot at Tomorrowland each year across the pond, its debut on American soil is not to be missed. They’ve brought in some major players in the game, including Orjan Nilsen, tyDi, and Simon Patterson. They’ll be heating up the Chattahoochee festival grounds come Sunday, September 29th, the last day of TomorrowWorld. Don’t end the weekend without catching at least one of the artists on this stage.
North American duo Norin & Rad take on the biggest collaboration of 2013 for their rendition of Porter Robinson and Mat Zo’s “Easy.” Maintaining the original’s infectious chorus, the pair rework the mix into a high energy electro stutter-fest, chopping and screwing Robinson and Zo’s lofty melodies and airy synthwork into an output that fires on all cylinders. The remix comes hot on the heels of their latest release “Bird Is The Word” and stays true to Norin & Rad‘s hard hitting electro house aesthetic, leaving in its wake another sound outing from two of dance music’s most promising upstarts.
Norin & Rad return to the Anjunabeats imprint for their latest release “Bird is the Word.” Ever-expanding the Anjuna catalog, Norin & Rad’s follow up to “Aldo” buzzes and hums with an unfaltering electro bass line and drippy synthwork. Airy melodies and robotic vocal cues call for more than just peak time appeal, crafting an entrancing and whole-heartedly energetic output from the California duo.
Eclectic North Americans Norin & Rad are back on the trail with Anjunabeats to follow-up “Aldo” with another cut from outside of the industry comfort zone. As featured on Mat Zo’s Essential Mix back in February, “Bird Is The Word” fuses euphoric progressions and astounding electro house elements to forge their most audacious yet wholeheartedly tailored installment for the label. At a time of endless musings over genre-boundaries and the global peak time overhaul, this Californian duo simply delivers an eclectic club asset indicative of the initiative that has sent them into overdrive for 2013.
Just in case you haven’t had a spare moment to check out the full Anjunabeats Volume 10 compilation released last week, another one of the tracks from the finely curated mix is available for individual release today on Anjunabeats. Bruce Karlsson and Nick Sember, or Norin & Rad, are repping California with their newest track, “Aldo.” As usual, the track has a larger-than-life air to it; heavy synthesized breaks and the now well-known groove-based trance sound attached to Norin & Rad’s production style.
Ultra Music Festival stands alone, distant from the EDCs of the world, as the landmark event for every DJ that graces the decks of its stages. Much like how football fans have the instinctual ability to recall the stars and game changing plays of Superbowls past, electronic fans will, naturally, always remember their favorite artists, the corresponding set list and major moments from any given year at Ultra.
Headliners of the annual festival share the same glory as Superbowl MVPs, but it’s also the opportunity for dance music rookies to find their breakthrough with one everlasting set, to be remembered in the same vein as the Superbowl rookie who becomes immortalized with one historic catch. With hundreds of DJs slated to perform at Ultra this year, we take a narrow look at the members of the freshman class who are due to establish themselves under the South Beach sun this March.
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Above & Beyond attract a cult-like following, one that I’m not sure I fully understood until last Saturday. I’m not a member of the “trance family,” it isn’t my favorite subgenre of electronic music, and I’ve only seen Above & Beyond twice before — neither time from start to finish — but I recognize their legacy. When I was offered a one way ticket to Trancelandia I eagerly accepted. Although the controversy currently surrounding dance music events didn’t effect my experience, it did give me the opportunity to critically examine why I was there.
With the popularity of “raves” growing, their value, safety, and purpose have come under scrutiny causing debate amongst dance music’s most vocal critics and supporters. A recent article published by The LA Times reduced festivals and similar events to nothing more than cash-fueled death traps. Anyone who has spent time squished between strangers just to hear a DJ play for three hours knows that’s simply not the case.