Yesterday, Jochen Miller took to all of his various social media accounts to announce the premiere of his newest single, “Damnit,” available exclusively via Beatport. A progressive house killer at its very core, this effervescent track is five minutes and 31 seconds of pure genius infused with some uncontrollably wild synth and downright nasty riffs. Although we’re used to hearing fairly similar sounds from the Big & Dirty recording artist at this point in his career, “Damnit” is still an all around stellar track that, without question, lives up to its big room name.
Better known for their tracks that typically feature some pretty killer bass, Culture Code recently decided to switch things up a bit and take a stab at their first progressive house mix with a little help from vocalist Brenton Mattheus. An impressive start for the English duo’s initial venture into the realm of progressive house, “On My Own” is a highly emotional single characterized by a series of intense highs with nearly inaudible lows that will undoubtedly hook listeners from beginning to end. With its beautiful vocals, sensational buildups, and expertly crafted melody, “On My Own” has all the makings of a potential club hit and a pivotal release for all three young artists involved. Grab the free download after the break.
The title track off Zedd’sdebut album is a microcosm of the perfect storm of qualities that made Clarity so memorable. At 23, the German wunderkind has already mastered the delicate balancing act between technicality and musicality in his production, infusing “Clarity” with both the structural handicraft to move dance floors and the melodic sensibility to induce chills. Foxes’ gorgeous vocals are as accessible as they are emotive, soaring over the more hackneyed lyrics of Zedd’s proglectro contemporaries. About the only thing this track was missing was a DJ-friendly extended mix. Expect to hear plenty more of this track now, and head to Beatport to grab your copy today.
Zedd ft. Foxes – Clarity (Extended Mix)
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week features a brand new remix of Zedd’s “Follow You Down” from the talented trio Keys N Krates, as well as older productions from Monitor 66, Amtrac, Quiet Entertainer, and Jacques Greene. If you missed any of DA‘s more mellow posts from the week, make sure to check out the fifth installment of Eric Prydz’s Epic Radio, Above & Beyond’s free giveaway of “Tokyo,” Jelly for the Babies’ deep house gem “Tomorrow Never Comes,” and Griz’s free remix of “Du Du Doo.” Click past the break for five chilled-out tracks to remedy your weekend hangover.
Fresh off multiple collaborations with fellow Breda export Hardwell, Dutch DJ/producer Dannic is back with a solo release on his co-conspirator’s Revealed Recordings. On “Flare,” Dannic dresses a throwback acid bass line in all the trappings of mainstream progressive house, employing riser synths and stuttered snares to guide the listener through resonant builds and chord-driven breakdowns. While the track errs on the side of formulaic, it showcases Dannic’s technical acumen in a production tailored for dance floor traction. Expect to hear this one again on the festival circuit, and head to Beatport to grab your own copy.
Operatic vocals and thematic hyperbole have helped make Muse a remix favorite for artists as varied as Tiësto and Feed Me. However, few producers have tackled “Starlight,” the anthemic highlight of their 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations.
It was about time this track was given the treatment, and NYC progressive house duo Hyperbits have delivered. They wisely allowed Matthew Bellamy’s soaring vocal line to breathe, bolstering it with pleasant synth plucks and trance-inspired rhythms. While the track eventually builds into a seemingly inevitable electro-bass drop, it manages to retain the melodic nature of the preceding sections. In a genre too often characterized by disposable pop remixes, it’s refreshing to see artists thoughtfully tackling solid tracks that predated the American EDM boom.
Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman have been on a hot streak this year after gaining huge support from the likes of Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Soda for their singles “Roll The Dice” and “Russia.” The Swedish duo show no signs of letting up as they are almost ready to released their latest single, “Pieces Of Light.” The track features the sublime vocals of New York’s very own Jonny Rose and treads a delicate line between the duo’s original sound and the harder one they have been working on more recently. We think this track has major potential and anticipate hearing it a lot in the coming months. Have a listen below and let us know what you think in the comments.
P.S. Stay tuned for a very exciting upcoming Vangelis & Wyman remix that we know you all are going to love.
Our all-time favorite Australian twins, Mim and Liv, have teamed up with Hook N Sling to deliver what will definitely be one of the biggest tracks of August. While the preview is extremely short, we’re really loving all 57 seconds of it. “Reason” is a very impressive effort from the three Australian producers and sounds to be the perfect feel-good summer anthem. Nervo’s killer vocals float over a gorgeous build up that is followed up by an energetic drop that hits just hard enough. We see “Reason” as the ideal follow up track to “You’re Gonna Love Again” and see very bright things in Nervo’s near future. “Reason” is out on Spinnin’ Records August 13th so make sure to mark you calendars!
Gum Me isn’t a name that’s on most listeners’ minds, but that may soon change. With a meager Discogs listing and a Youtube history that can be counted on two hands, “Sweaty Shirts” makes us rest easy that there’s still a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Sweaty Shirts isn’t the typical peak-hour sweeper. It probably won’t cause shirts to become sweaty, in and of itself, at least. Instead, it’s a pulsing progressive beat that promises to not throw any curveballs your way. To all DJs looking for something to pad the middle of their set – this track will get you where you want to go.
EDX’s brand new single is named “Sunset Miracles” for a reason. The progressive house track features light and bouncy chords that create the feeling that EDX was looking for when he named it. Previous feel-good EDX tracks like “Give It Up For Love” and “This Is Your Life” used vocals from John Williams and Nadia Ali to achieve bliss, but “Sunset Miracles” surpassed that feeling solely relying on production. Check out the summer house hit for yourselves – “Sunset Miracles” is now available on Beatport via Spinnin Records.