Despite being a relatively young genre presently littered with disposable anthems of the moment, dance music already sports a handful of songs that are truly timeless. Trance icon Paul Oakenfold‘s 2002 mega-single “Southern Sun” certainly qualifies. More than a decade later, Carla Werner’s haunting vocals have not lost one bit of the ecstatic edge that catapulted Oakenfold’s Bunkka album to the top of the electronic charts.
The Coachella Arts and Music Festival has been host to some of the most groundbreaking talent in music throughout its 15 year history. Although relatively modest, this year’s electronic dance music presence at Coachella is the largest since its 1999 debut. Staying true to form, Goldenvoice’s bookings represent some of the most exciting artists in electronic music today – a group whose talents extend across a broad swathe of sound and styles. With the 2013 lineup heavily expanding its electronic offerings, we felt it only appropriate to share our must-see picks from the viewpoint of four fans heading out to Indio for the type of musical experience only three days in the desert could provide.
Paul Oakenfold has been helping the electronic music scene unfold for over thirty years. Over this time, he has scored movie soundtracks, compiled countless mixes, released an endless array of chart topping originals and ranked first in the DJ Mag Top 100 in 1998 and 1999. A legend in his own right, Oakenfold’s name has become nearly synonymous with dance music, an industry in which he continues to lead as a mentor and tastemaker for some of the scene’s rising talents. Now, the London-based producer lends his three decades of expertise to Episode 042 of Axis. The hour-long mix is comprised solely of Oakenfold’s originals, remixes, and even a few tracks from his supergroup side project, Planet Perfecto – which is comprised of Oakenfold, Ian Masterson and Jake Williams. Have a listen below, this is what a dance music icon sounds like.
On his 2006 full-length album, A Lively Mind, Paul Oakenfold had Ryan Tedder sing for three records — Tedder eventually went on to become one of the world’s hottest singers and songwriters and the superstar of OneRepublic. He has always been ahead of the times, having crossed mainstream in 2002 and 2006 before it had officially collided with electronic music; that’s why cutting-edge material can be expected for his upcoming album, Pop Killer.
In a recent interview with Vibe, Paul reveals the collaborations for his forthcoming album. With a tested and proven eye for upcoming talent, Oakenfold will feature Miguel on his next album — a move the former A&R has referred to as “catching them on the curve.” Additionally, artists such as Lloyd, Cee Lo Green, and Eve will make vocal contributions to his next full-length effort. Keep a look out for further details from the musical mastermind and anticipate Oakenfold’s Pop Killer to be another advanced set of tunes.
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The year is nearly 1990. Underground trance rules the beaches of Goa and the basements of Belgium. Synthesizers have the power to spawn new genres. Paul Oakenfold brings acid house to an ebullient Ibiza and launches Perfecto Records to cater to a burgeoning new scene.
Wish you had a time machine? “The Nettle” is the next best thing. Irish producer Bryan Kearney turns back the clock with a powerful production that weaves a hypnotic web of Goa synths into a potent acid trance lead. The track’s harshly uncompromising energy makes the rest of the Beatport Trance chart sound like Kidz Bop in comparison. Only fitting that this track be released on Oakenfold’s own Armada imprint Perfecto Fluoro this week.
Coachella 2013 lineup officially announced with Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Wolfgang Gartner, Luciano, and more
The Coachella 2013 lineup has officially been announced, but sadly Daft Punk is not on the bill. As it turns out those leaks were just as we suspected – more rumors. Despite our disappointment, we are still blown away by this year’s lineup. There’s Bassnectar, Infected Mushroom and Dog Blood, Nicky Romero, Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash and Thomas Gold, Luciano, Seth Troxler, and Jamie XX and more – oh yeah, that’s just Friday. Coachella’s entire electronic music lineup is all killer no filler – even the groundbreaking duo out of Britain, Disclosure, is making an appearance.
For those of us who came up listening to the mellow electronica of Ben Gibbard and DNTEL’s side project The Postal Service – you’ll be happy to see that they are re-uniting for the first time since their hit album as well.
Editor’s Note: The last time that Daft Punk performed live was to close out Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show in 2010 – could there still be a chance that the duo may make a surprise appearance at Coachella? Probably not, but I’m still holding out hope.
Bruno Mars releases remixes for ‘Locked Out Of Heaven,’ features Cazzette, Paul Oakenfold, and others
Over the past few weeks we have previewed remixes of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” from the likes of R3hab, Paul Oakenfold, and Sultan + Ned Shepard. The chart-topper has officially been released in the form of its remix package, and while R3hab’s trap mix didn’t make the cut, versions from Oakenfold, Sultan and Ned, Cazzette, and The M Machine have hit Beatport today.
Taking the radio-dominating top 40 hit by storm, Oakenfold exchanges pop for acid house grit while Sultan and Ned supply the progression. Cazzette transforms “Locked Out Of Heaven” with their quirky electro “Answering Machine” edit and The M Machine throws dubstep in the mix to bring the package full circle. Courtesy of Atlantic Records, Bruno Mars’ monster now has dance remixes from every angle — check them out for yourself below the break.
With nearly three decades of production experience under his belt, Paul Oakenfold can be considered one of the most storied veterans of dance music. However, when Paul began his craft, he never would have imagined a remix as unlikely as his latest. Taking on Bruno Mars, Oakenfold makes the chart-topping “Locked Out Of Heaven” his own. Transforming the airwave-dominating song, he crosses pop with house, supplanting with a rapid-fire acid house line while keeping the commercial chorus in tact. Atlantic Records will release Paul Oakenfold’s remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” on January 15th.Posted by
Every Saturday night at 1am in the UK, Pete Tong allows an artist of his choosing to take over the Radio 1 airwaves for two full hours. The Essential Mix is legendary and for many of these DJs and producers, the pressure feels immense. A stellar mix can shoot you to recognition, solidify a career, or facilitate a comeback. Although with the generous input of fans, Pete Tong does eventually crown an Essential Mix of the year himself (last year: Above & Beyond), we also put our heads together to decide on the ten mixes from 2012 that made us listen again, and again, and again.
Two trance veterans, the UK’s Rich Mowatt (better known as Solarstone) and Finnish dynamo Orkidea, have teamed up to bring fans a new compilation entitled Pure Trance. The makeup of these two album mixes are a quite literal interpretation of its title, delivering a breed of trance songs meant for die hard fans. Together Solarstone and Orkidea have over 30 years of experience in the industry DJing and producing along with the best.
What is possibly the most interesting aspect of this compilation is the complete interplay between veterans and relative newcomers. Titans like Giuseppe Ottaviani, Ronski Speed, and Rex Mundi seamlessly coexist on Solarstone’s Disc 1. Orkidea throws down new reworks and mixes of his own productions as well as a notably refreshing take on Paul Oakenfold‘s classic “Southern Sun” and one of our favorites from the past year, an instrumental Tom Datt mix of Steve Brian’s “Vueltas” on his Disc 2. Check out a preview from ADE after the break.