As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
With his “Nothing Toulouse” tour over and the hype from his collaboration alongside Krewella having died down, Nicky Romero teases his next release on his own Protocol Recordings. Adding his own unique spin to R3hab and Lucky Date’s ”Rip It Up,” the Dutch superstar adds a ground shaking climax alongside the big room chords and melody. It’s already been a landmark year for the 24-year-old Dutch superstar with appearances across the globe and a number of chart topping productions and it’s obvious that he wants to end 2013 with a bang.
Release Date: December 9th
Back in 2010, when not everyone on the planet had realized they needed R3hab, the Moroccan/Dutch DJ released a production with Ferruccio Salvo by the name of “Pump The Party.” Now that the world has caught on, the producer is releasing a rework of the tune as a free download to celebrate. Dubbed “1 Million” to mark his break into the seven figures of Facebook fans, the track is labeled trap but only briefly lands on the hi-hats. Relying instead on a slithering melody that snakes its way around the familiar vocal sample, “1 Million” effectively introduces new fans to old R3hab.
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Meet the contenders
Over the weekend Electric Daisy Carnival invaded Orlando, invading the hometown of Mickey Mouse with thousands of neon clad ravers and a nearly endless barrage of fiery synthwork and festival-ready productions. One of the stand out sets of the weekend came at the hands of the pioneer of chainsaw synthesis, R3hab, whose hour long set brought back memories of the 2010 electro house heyday. Known for his energetic presence behind the decks, R3hab’s EDC Orlando performance is the perfect jolt to change up your dreary Monday morning. Whether you’re shaking off a weekend long bender or jumping back into your nightmarish Nine-to-Five, let Fadil’s frenetic mixing skills and breakneck beats score the first moments of your morning.
Full tracklist here.
If the red grit of the album art provides no indication, “Revolution” is a track that’s supposed to get your attention, and in that sense it does its job quite well. R3hab and Ummet Ozcan’s imprimaturs abound, and while NERVO’s role may seem to some opaque at first blush, it’s clear that the general aura of the track draws in no small part from their involvement (see the musical stylings of “Hold On”). The trio of musicians delivers, and “Revolution” proves to be much more than the sum of its parts. And while festival season might be over, with the sound still going strong, expect to hear the familiar big room sounds ringing through the clubs for the next few months. Release: November 11, Spinnin’ Records.
Listen to the track here.
With Halloween barely over and Thanksgiving not exactly conducive to dancing, venues across the country are announcing their New Year’s lineups to jumpstart the holiday party season. New York’s Pier 36 is the latest to reveal its all-star cast for 2013′s final curtain, outdoing their previous efforts 5 to 1. Cedric Gervais, R3hab, Sander van Doorn, Showtek, and Tommy Trash will be ringing in the New York New Year, bringing a scheduled eight hours of music to the Lower East Side. The 21+ event is shaping up to be the in-city show to beat on New Year’s Eve: Tickets will be released here on November 7th at 12 pm EST.
With a year of festival appearances and suitably tailored club cuts behind them, Dutch chainsaw master R3HAB and Aussie sister-act Nervo unveil an impending collaboration with Dutch up-and-comer Ummet Ozcan. Last found touting his Spinnin Records debut “The Cube,” this highly-anticipated release sees three essential forces unite for a suitably hard-hitting venture. Far from the u-turn in Nervo’s previous collaboration with Marco Lys, “Revolution” returns to the raspy and festival-primed get-up that both R3HAB and new found peer Ozcan have become closely associated with. In a firm nod to that universal peak time equation that all three artists have perfected throughout the year, “Revolution” is a landmark suitably geared towards global domination for the final and potentially most exciting musical quarter of 2013.
Release date: November 11th
Who doesn’t enjoy listening to some blood-pumping R3hab? #INeedR3hab 056 is here, and Fadil didn’t go lightly on this one. Beginning with one of his latest collaborations with Nervo and Ummet Ozcan, “Revolution,” he makes a steady transition into Alesso & Calvin Harris ft. Hurts’ “Under Control.” This podcast is jam-packed with the latest and greatest of electro house, including artists such as Jetfire, Dada Life, Michael Calfan, and Promise Land. If you’re looking for some pre-game tunes or something to take with you to the gym, behold.
Now that the dance community has had time to fully digest Kaskade’s Atmosphere, the producer is back to the mashups. If you caught him on his Summer Lovin’ tour his latest release will be a familiar one, but for both those who missed out and those who simply couldn’t get enough, “Chasing How It Is” is now available for a free download. Combining Tiësto, R3hab & Quintino’s classic “Chasing Summers” with Atmosphere’s final track “How It Is,” the mashup layers Debra Fotheringham’s vocals over the festival framework of the collab, resulting in a sound that seesaws between hard and soft. The perfect tune to whet appetites for the remainder of his Atmosphere tour, grab your copy here.