Almost a full year after Alesso previewed what would become one of the biggest tunes of 2012, “Years” has been revived this week with a remix from Hard Rock Sofa. The Russian remix masters swapped synths for scales, building a completely new progressive house sound before inserting the original’s piano nearly three minutes in. Matthew Koma’s emotive vocals take on a new color when layered over the amped up melody, resulting in a sound a little less pretty but far more peppy than the original. Solving the problem of how to drop the track without dropping the energy, Hard Rock Sofa’s remix is sure to get festival play come spring.
Just yesterday the Hard Rock Sofa boys delivered a gritty remix of Ludacris, Usher, and David Guetta’s “Rest of My Life,” but they’re already back and teasing us with an upcoming remix of “Years.” When Alesso’s original version was released in early August it was heralded as one of the biggest tracks of year. Although the track was released months ago, we imagine fans will be happy to have another way to enjoy “Years.” Hard Rock Sofa works to take the focus away from Matthew Koma’s stellar vocals with the addition of big drums, distorted bass, and grinding synths.
The track is set for release on February 12th via Refune.
2012 has been an incredible year for Refune‘s shining star, Alesso. Rather than resting on his laurels the young Swede is finishing out the year strong. First with his release of “Clash” and now with his glowing mix of Arty’s “When I See You,” Alesso has shown no signs of slowing down even as the year is about to wrap up. Expansive and inviting, Alesso‘s spin leaves much of the original untouched, utilizing lush pads and subtly layered synthwork to create a powerful progressive statement without jeopardizing Arty’s elegant composition.
Arty – When I See You (Alesso Remix)
Just this week Alesso released his original production “Clash,” but he’s already gifting fans with a preview of another tune. This time it’s his remix of Arty’s euphoric “When I See You.” Alesso’s version of the track sports minimal changes, mostly maintaining the melodies of the original. The bass seems to have been removed, however, we imagine the official release will reintegrate this essential element. Although there aren’t any major additions, his remix of “When I See You” marks the finale of a very good year for Ingrosso’s protégé. The track is set for release on December 21st via Refune.
Get ready for a trip down memory lane with the video for Alesso and Matthew Koma’s “Years.” Starting off in the present day studio with Alesso, we’re quickly transmitted back in time when Alesso was just getting started, including when he would burn CDs to bring to gigs and bang out beats on his Moog keyboard. We see his dreams get shattered after getting kicked out of a club, and he even sells his motorbike for cash to buy a non-Apple laptop to get producing for real.
Soon enough, Alessandro is burning copies of “Dynamite” — one of his first big singles — and dropping discs on Sebastian Ingrosso’s windshield with the simple title “Alesso Demo.” Before you know it, Alesso is at the EDC New York main stage, chronicling his incredible rise over the course of a few very short, um, years. It’s a really great video whether you’re a fan of Alesso or not, so be sure to check it out below.
Along with selling out shows around the world in record time, Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia has a new track out today with Tommy Trash. “Reload” has been a long time coming, and we’ve known that it would be a bomb since Tommy mistakenly revealed it a few months back (and then told us more in our Behind The Booth video). The melody is made for humming along, and we fully expect this to become a staple in DJ sets for the coming winter festival season. Everything about this track just works: the progression, the effects, the little things added here and there that help justify why it took so long to be released…
It seems fitting that Deniz Koyu is releasing the followup tune to his mega-hit “Tung” on the day of EDC Vegas. “Bong” is the kind of track that you don’t expect coming, and the Koyu style horns are simply intoxicating. Deniz’s tracks are exquisitely and intricately crafted, and when you listen closely you can hear all the different sounds and layers that compose the track.
You can definitely hear some of the Fedde Le Grand influence as well. As we prepare ourselves for three nights of madness in the middle of the desert, we are also preparing ourselves for “Bong.” It is a banger made for festival speakers, and the bass will overtake your entire body. We can’t wait.
Sebastian Ingrosso has another episode of Refune Radio available on iTunes, and he kick
s things off by throwing us right back into the Miami grind. He opens with a snippet from his Refune party at Amnesia with Dyro & Jacob Van Hage’s “EMP,” before a relatively tame track selection of songs you’re all likely familiar with (“Calling,” “In My Mind,” etc.). The upcoming Thomas Gold remix of Miike Snow’s “The Wave,” as well as David Guetta & Nicky Romero’s “Metropolis” (bootlegged with “Where’s Your Head At,” natch) are also thrown into the mix. Seb also drops some other tidbits about Miami, from meeting up with Avicii’s manager Ash Pournouri to getting Afrojack’s new phone number — which is “harder to get than a private jet.” Be sure to subscribe on Facebook to stay in the loop on future episodes.
Via: iTunes – Refune Radio
Seb is back… and he means business! Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso hit number one on iTunes in countless countries with the first episode of his Refune Radio podcast, and he’s gone even bigger on the mix’s second iteration. Ingrosso drops current bombs like “Troll,” plays his and Axwell’s “Quasar” bootleg, and gets a visit from labelmate Alesso. And Ingrosso makes an off-handed mention of what will surely be a huge collaboration: he tells listeners that he recently hit the studio with Tommy Trash! Download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and have a listen below. Tracklist after the break.
When we ranked the 50 biggest tracks of 2011, “Calling” came in at a very respectable 11th place. The Ingrosso-Alesso track, with its stadium-sized synths and euphoric drop, triggers so many 2011 memories for the Astronauts – from Electric Zoo to SHM at MSG to countless club nights in between. Now, the vocal version of “Calling” is finally out on Ingrosso’s Refune Records, and we have no doubt it will end up on our 2012 list as well. We weren’t initially convinced that the track needed a vocal – and we still may not be – but it sounds damn good either way. Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic belts out soaring, sing-a-long lyrics that are just simple enough to stay stuck in our heads for days. Have a listen below and let us know what you think!
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