Sandro Silva released his latest effort, “Libra,” yesterday via Ultra Records. Following remix duties on “Forever Young” and “She Wolf,” the young Dutch producer is back with his first original production since “Pull The Trigger (Gladiator).” Diverting away from the electro sound we’ve heard from Sandro in the past, “Libra” features melodic synth rolls and a reverberating bassline that gives the track a harmonious, feel-good vibe. Check out the snippet below and head over to Beatport to pick up the full-length version.
Awson & Ily provide a fresh take on the anthemic progressive sound with their brand new single “Signs.” While signposts of the standard big-room sound are certainly present, Awson & Ily change it up with an 80′s sounding vocal sample and differing elements which gives the track a sort of Alesso meets Wolfgang Gartner meets Lenno feel. We’re really enjoying the creativity of this release, but have a listen for yourself below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Awson & Ily – Signs (Original Mix)
Back in January, we named Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman our number 3 top emerging rookie for 2012, and so far they have lived up to that tag. This year they have released a string of productions including “Roll The Dice” and “Russia” that have shown off a harder style and seen them pick up huge support from Swanky Tunes, Hard Rock Sofa and others. Vangelis & Wyman have given EDX & Nadia Ali’s “This Is Your Life” the full remix treatment with their hard progressive sound and turned it into a true big room track. Have a listen below and then head over to Beatport to grab the download. We spoke with Vangelis & Wyman recently and they have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more from them soon!
EDX feat. Nadia Ali – This Is Your Life (Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman Remix)
One thing you can certainly say about Deadmau5 is that he is a man who sticks to his guns and refuses to compromise. Luckily for us, that attitude has seemed to have translated over into his Mau5trap Label, as he certainly has not compromised on the quality of artists he has signed to it. ”We Are Friends,” an upcoming EP from Mau5trap Records, showcases an incredibly diverse range of new talents and styles. Featuring artists from Tom Staar, to Buddygirl, to Heat Maxwell, “We Are Friends” spans the genres from Deadmau5-esque electro house to melodic progressive, to dubstep and glitchy productions that hit much harder. This EP is a must listen if you want a glimpse at some rising stars of electronic music. Check out the preview after the break and then head over to Beatport to grab the full EP on July 30th.
From the preview of their upcoming single, it looks as though Hard Rock Sofa is bringing the big room heat yet again. “Starlight” has a huge energy about it that is very reminiscent of Dirty South’s “Walking Alone.” It has already garnered strong support from Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and Nicky Romero among others, and as with most Hard Rock Sofa tracks, we expect to see that support grow. While definitely not on the same level as, “Here We Go,” ”Starlight” is another solid effort from two of Russia’s most exciting young producers. Look for this to drop early next week on Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records.
In my view, there is no reason to get wound up over the DJ Mag Top 100. In all likelihood, nothing will change. Twenty million people, who, for some bizarre reason, still like David Guetta, will probably ensure he takes the top spot. Hundreds of people who are really into the “underground scene” will be outraged that a) Carl Cox isn’t ranked number one, and b) their favorite minimal producer from Toronto (who incidentally no one else has ever heard of) didn’t make the list. Oh and Tiesto will be ranked in the top five for the 47th year in a row.
With that in mind, I’m not going to justify my choices with an elaborate algorithm of DJ skill + production ability / sellout-ness. Here are five DJs/Producers that I like and am going to vote for:
British house maestro Stuart Price has more aliases than we care to name. However, regardless of which moniker he releases under, the production quality is second to none. He made a name for himself in the late 90s with his Les Rythmes Digitales album and followed that up with huge remixes of Felix Da Housecat’s “Silver Screen Shower Scene” and Royksopp’s “What Else Is There.” After that Stuart took a break from the DJ circuit to win three Grammys producing for Madonna and The Killers. Yeah, he’s pretty talented.
Well, the Thin White Duke shows that he still has what it takes. His remix of Coldplay’s “Charlie Brown” is absolutely massive. From the melodic build to the surprisingly heavy electro bassline to the addictive flute riff, everything about the remix works in perfect harmony. Incredibly Coldplay chose to reject Jacques’ remix but we predict them changing that decision after they see the public reception. This is a track you do not want to miss!
As a follow-up to largely successful tracks including “True Story” and “Best Friend,” Russian producer Eitro is back with his latest effort called “Love 2.0.” This track is in the same progressive vein as his previous releases, offering a building bassline that culminates with a melodic synth drop layered over pounding kick drums. Check out the preview video and stay tuned for the August 6th release on Spinnin’ Records.
DJ Mag‘s Top 100 ranking has been the most reputable and trusted ranking system for DJs – but what does that mean? Year after year, dance music fans are asked to support their favorite DJs and producers with a vote on DJ Mag‘s poll, which makes the Top 100 a popularity contest rather than an accurate ranking. As the scene has boomed, fans have caught on and have been particularly critical about what the famed list ultimately represents. Arguments have been made on all facets, especially the debate of producers and DJs being ranked under the same terms. DA editors return to the roundtable to break down the heated subjects of DJ Mag‘s Top 100 in the midst of the 2012 voting.
Picking up right where they left off with “No More Serious Faces,” German brothers Inpetto released their follow-up production, “Yuccasin,” today on Sander van Doorn’s record label. Inpetto’s latest effort is in the same progressive house vein as their previous releases, layering soaring builds and melodic big room synths to create a uniquely euphoric sound. While we don’t know whether this track will generate the same regard as “No More Serious Faces,” it will surely get its fair share of airplay this summer. Check out the clip below and head over to Beatport for the full-length download.