Although complications with the label have stalled the immediate release, The Chainsmokers have previewed their newest remix, “Fix This.” After lending a progressive touch to Mikky Ekko’s “Kids,” the duo once again perfectly utilize a stunning vocal on top of their instrumental take on The Colourist’s tune. The result is an indie-progressive hybrid which, despite all of their outstanding productions, is one of the duo’s most interesting remixes to date. The dance music landscape is stockpiled with young and up-and-coming big room talent, but The Chainsmokers continue to demonstrate that they have much more in store and that 2014 will be a colossal year for the American duo.
Release date: TBA
Italian up-and-comers Lush & Simon released another club-worthy single called “City of Lights” with Trice Recordings (a sublabel of Armada). The progressive house duo has established a name for themselves with bootlegs of songs ranging from Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash‘s well known house-anthem “Reload,” to a pumped up cross-genre adaptation of One Republic‘s “If I Lose Myself.” But now, with “City of Lights” as their second original release in one month, the Italian sensations are gaining popularity. Supported by Tiësto, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, and Bingo Players among others, Lush & Simon continue to impress the electronic music community with their ability to create a multifaceted melody DJs can weave into a variety of sets. “City of Lights” proves to be a contagious, high energy track that embodies what electronic music is all about.
After lending their talents to Icona Pop’s “Girlfriend” and Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” The Chainsmokers have quickly returned to their roots and stayed away from Beatport with another free download. Turning their attention to Nashville’s Mikky Ekko who has collaborated with both Rihanna and David Guetta, the duo forgo their indie approach heard on recent releases in favor of a melodic and extremely catchy big room assault. Always providing fans with interesting renditions of songs that are unique in their own right, the New York pair continue to impress with “Kids” as 2013 comes to a close. The newest remix from two of dance music’s burgeoning stars is yours in exchange for a simple ‘like’ on Facebook.
With stops in Seattle, Vancouver, San Jose, and San Francisco among many more cities on the west coast still remaining, Morgan Page has returned to the release circuit towards the end of his Morgan Page Presents 3D Tour. Following a flash of nostalgia on his last release and with Chicago’s Michael S on vocal duties, the two-time Grammy nominated producer delivers another vocal anthem which combines stunning songwriting and the American’s production prowess.
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’s debut 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.