While Size Records has dominated this year with a plethora of big room hits, Steve Angello‘s five-month old X imprint has done more than get off to a good start. Teaming up for the first time since “Prototype” landed on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings, Don Diablo and CID‘s “Got Me Thinkin” utilizes a glitchy snare drum alongside a massive topline. Although X has a long way to go before it reaches the level of its big brother, the constant stream of both new and veteran artists who are releasing outstanding material prove that the label will become a force to be reckoned with in 2014.
Release Date: December 16th
Premiered yesterday as an exclusive from Pete Tong, Tiësto’s latest undertaking, “Red Lights,” comes alongside his move to Universal Music Group’s Republic Records and his announcement of an artist album for 2014. For some, the record may feel foreign in the sense that it opens with soft guitar strings overlaid with male vocals — an approach unlike many past Tiësto productions. On the other hand, listeners should find familiarity in the track’s sanguine nature and stacking, progressive synths, strongly reminiscent of Avicii‘s style. While more of a listening record than one to be played at a club or festival, he finds a stable middle ground in “Red Lights,” coalescing emotive singing with the alacrity of electronic music. Although some artists are criticized for “carelessly” slapping vocals on top of a beat, the lyrics’ high-end structure and integrity prove otherwise here.
Release: December 17th (US) February 23rd (UK)
Only a week after debuting Avicii’s edit of Syn Cole’s “Miami 82,” Pete Tong was at it again and premiered Syn Cole’s remix of Avicii’s “Hey Brother.” The uncredited lyrics from Dan Tyminski remain at the forefront of the production, which is bolstered by a rhythmic and almost Madeon-esque climax that isn’t too overbearing. Although it’s been almost a year since the world first heard songs from True, it seems like the debut album from one of dance music’s biggest stars will continue its momentum in 2014 with an ever-growing number of official remixes.
There are few people, if any, that have their fingers on the pulse of electronic music more than BBC Radio 1 mainstay Pete Tong. The part-radio part-headlining DJ has played a massive role in the electric scene, often shaping the sound of upcoming musical styles through his “Essential Selection” radio show. On his most recent radio show, Pete debuted a new track from Switzerland-based EDX, however you may find that “Reckless Ardor” is not so, well, reckless. Delicately flirting with the fine line between deep house and progressive house, EDX manages to seamlessly integrate the melodic aspect of the progressive with the dark drums from the deep, setting a calm landscape for the rest of your day.
Although Avicii’s debut artist album “True” is only two months old, the Swedish juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down his release schedule. Debuted by Pete Tong on Friday, Syn Cole’s Miami 82 receives the Avicii treatment and Tim Bergling transforms the original mix into something all his own. The edit is more aggressive than most of Avicii’s productions and completely devoid of the melodic climaxes we’ve all come to know and love from the 24-year-old Swede, but it still showcases Avicii’s production prowess and his penchant for creating music that immediately gets stuck in your head.
Release: November 25th
Although the lead single from Afrojack’s upcoming album strayed away from the Dutch superstar’s trademark brand of “Afrojack music,” the Spree Wilson assisted single has received a few peak time makeovers. First came Tiesto and twoloud’s melodic interpretation and the newest remix comes courtesy of Blasterjaxx. The up and coming Dutch duo add a barrage of festival approved synths that turns the lighter, radio-ready single into a big room showstopper.
Kicking off the show with Deorro’s aggressive new hit “Yes,” Pete Tong graces us with another edition of his Friday night BBC Radio 1 show to get us in the mood for the weekend. Tom Starr’s “Trident,” Thomas Gold’s “Remember,” and Mat Zo’s “Lucid Dreams” are also featured in Pete’s progressive selections of the week. Deeper selections include John Monkman’s “Now or Never” and Cut Snake’s “Face Down” amongst many more.
The Essential New Tune comes from the UK’s George Fitzgerald “Bad Aura” replacing Booka Shade’s “Love Inc” from last week. Afrojack offers his Goodies Goodies with tracks like D-Wayne’s “Gravity” and Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead.” Monkey Safari is crowed as Pete’s Future Stars, and Inner City is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame.
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Opening up the show with Calvin Harris and Alesso’s new hit “Under Control,” Pete whirls us through his favorites from this week on BBC Radio 1. “Bad DJ” by Size signed Promised Land, “Origins,” by Don Diablo and Builders remix of Axwell’s “Center of the Universe” are featured as his progressive selections. Deeper hits include Dusky’s “Careless” and the Solomun remix of Foal’s “Late Night” amongst many more.
This week’s Essential New Tune comes by way of Germany’s Booka Shade’s “Love Inc” replacing last week’s selection Ten Walls’s “Requiem.” Martin Garrix takes this week’s Goody Goodies playing selections like “Direct Disco” by Sander van Doorn and Yves V and “Gamer” by Bassjackers and GRX. The legendary Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim is knighted in Pete’s Hall of Fame while Francesca Lombardo is this week’s Future Star.
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Daley Padley, better known as Hot Since 82, is celebrating the release of his debut LP, Little Black Book, on Moda Black/Ultra Music. In mid-October, the Englishman kicked off his North American tour, beginning in New York, where he also celebrated his album release party. Being supported by the likes of Seth Troxler, Pete Tong, and Richie Hawtin is no easy feat, yet Daley has managed to gather the support of these deep and tech house pioneers. With Little Black Book, he explores his deep house roots providing listeners with an album, mix compilation, and remix package, each compacted into one LP.
Opening the show with Thomas Gold‘s new Axtone release ” I Remember,” Pete Tong is back playing his top selection of dance music hits from around the globe. Jacob Plant‘s “Can’t Hold Back,” deadmau5‘ “Suckfest 9001,” and The Chainsmokers remix of Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” help to open up the progressive section of the show. In addition Pete speaks of the festivities taking place at ADE and the abundance of new music that is about to hit the scene.
This week’s Essential Tune of the Week is Gotham’s “Requiem” replacing last week’s selection Alesso & Calvin Harris’ “Under Control.” Nic Fancuili takes this week’s Goodie Goodies showcasing his UK tech-house ear for talent while the legendary Paul Oakenfold is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame. Pete chooses Brooklyn’s deep house Walker & Royce as his Future Stars and ends the show with a Weekend Hot Mix featuring his own favorite selections from ADE.
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