Just a couple years ago, the Swedish power duo, Qulinez, sent a demo track called “Troll” to Size Records label-master, Steve Angello, who instantly saw the incredible potential the pair had. Now a well-respected name in Swedish dance music, Qulinez gives us “Archangel” off Wall Recordings that oozes with their signature, heavy-handed style. Having a knack for memorable melodies, the song builds on a spacey progression of thick chords. The drop, comprised of heavy, pitched bleeps could only be complimented by the harder-hitting thump of the mix’s heavily layered and festival-ready kick.
Swedish breakouts Qulinez have not let a sparing discography stop their reign of the burgeoning global dance circuit. Last found debuting on Dim Mak with powerful single “Drop It,” the collaborative guise of Alexander Lager and Johannes Gustafsson is blown wide open with an inaugural offering for Spinnin Records. At a time when the peak time skyline has come under considerable scrutiny, the duos latest A-side unites piercing leads, off-tempo digressions and mechanical precision to forge a coherent and adrenaline-fuelled alcove in their studio output to date. For those who speculated the duo’s reign would be limited to sparing Size Records releases, this latest festival-primed single strikes yet further strength to their standing as one of their nation’s most powerful peak time prospects of late.
Recently premiered by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, Qulinez’s newest original “Noise” packs a decimating punch. The Swedish producers’ tendency for electro mayhem has never before been so keenly displayed. The duo begin their track with a high-pitched lead synth, building the foundation for some sporadic electro house. Midway through, however, “Noise” turns up the intensity with a powerful halftime section, leading once more into Qulinez’s devastating drop. The track is due out on Spinnin’ Records on October 7th.
With its infamous summer clubbing season now well underway, you would struggle to find a European destination more hotly discussed among clubbers than Ibiza. An island famed for its past hedonistic attributes, unparalleled clubbing experiences and more surprisingly, some damn good sushi, the White Isle sees more DJs per square foot than any other European hotspot in the world. Though its club circuit saw a lot of chops and changes on the approach to 2013, there has never been a better time to experience the island for its lesser known attributes. Dancing Astronaut tapped a host of the island’s frequent flyers to scope the secrets and spoils of Balearic clubbing straight from the DJ’s mouth. Hit more to learn the ropes from our all-star panel of guests.
The Five Boroughs have been buzzing since Steve Angello announced the Central Park edition of the famed Size Matters movement would return for its sophomore affair. Following last year’s rain-resilient affair, Size In The Park will return in 2013 for not one, but two nights this fall. Set for Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th, Central Park’s summerstage will be once again headlined by Angello, and his supporting cast will include AN21 & Max Vangeli, Third Party, and Arno Cost on the first day and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tim Mason, and Trent Cantrelle on the latter.
Taking to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak this month comes Swedish duo Qulinez. Absent from the release circuit thus far this year, Alex and Johannes pick up where they left off with their aptly labeled Bamf & Dynamic EP of 2012. The “Troll” producers recreate their sonic insignia on “Drop It,” a high octane effort to mark their studio return. Keep an eye out for the latest from Qulinez via Dim Mak and “Drop It” on August 27th.
Size Matters is turning ten years old, and with a new decade comes new faces, new music, and even a new sister label. Some Size artists, however, have been an integral part of today’s label and will be sticking around for the next chapter. AN21 and Max Vangeli have already released a full length album, People of the Night, on the imprint and have used the POTN brand as a Size side project. Third Party bursted on the scene with massive remixes, originals, and collaborations, and one of their claims to fame, “Otherside,” is weeks away from an official release. Qulinez are a bit younger to the label, but are in deep after making a splash with “Troll,” their recent double-header of an EP, and forthcoming efforts.
Dancing Astronaut took to Miami to talk to the Size Records residents at the Fontainebleau pool’s annual Size Matters affair. See what life is like as a seasoned member of Steve Angello’s progressive army with interviews from AN21, Max Vangeli, Jonnie and Harry of Third Party, and Alex and Johannes of Qulinez.
Miami Music Week is finally upon us, so it was only fitting that Dancing Astronaut up the ante with this week’s episode of Axis to match the South Beach heat. Taking the Size Matters motto to heart, we’ve acquired not one, but two of the labels young progressive duos in a special “VS” edition of Axis. That’s right, London duo Third Party and Swedish twosome Qulinez duke it out in one of our most dynamic episodes to date. The Size Matters label mates offer up some their latest and greatest, as well as a bevy of exclusive mash ups that are sure to get fired up all week long. Check out the one of a kind mix below and click past the break for a complete track listing.
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Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week we decided to include a bonus edition featuring twelve Christmas snaps from Carl Cox, Diplo, Tiesto, and more.
Almost a year after unleashing their infectiously bi-polar track “Troll,” Qulinez are at it again. This time, the Swedish duo is putting forth a pair offerings in their “Bamf & Dynamic” EP, due out on December 3rd on Steve Angello’s Size Records label. Both tracks carry Qulinez’ signature electro sound, with “Bamf” mimicking the synths of their previous release, while “Dynamic” takes takes a slightly more cosmic and progressive approach to things. The tracks complement each other nicely and you can expect to hear more of them as the EP approaches its release date. Give it a listen below.