At the outset of 2013, Eric Prydz promised to a year full of music releases, and to much delight, the Swedish music luminary hasn’t disappointed. From glorious Pryda tracks like “Power Drive,” “Layers,” and “Rotonda,” to darker Cirez D selections like “Drums in the Deep” and “Thunderstuck,” Eric has satisfied fans with masterful progressive house and techno releases in 2013. Ending the year on a strong note, Eric has released “Lycka” along with its B-side, “F.A.T.”
As fortune would have it, ”Lycka” is Prydz’s most polished track of the year. The melodic hook of “Lycka” grabs you immediately, holding you close as Prydz seamlessly introduces new elements, as if piecing together a complex puzzle. With his signature measured approach to song progression, Prydz patiently builds to a stupendous crescendo. Multiple layers drift in and out effortlessly, as the song carries towards its conclusion with a mirthful drive. Simply put, “Lycka” is progressive house at its best.
Despite being overshadowed by the sheer beauty of “Lycka,” “F.A.T” is no track to sleep on. In similar fashion to the live potency of “Power Drive,” “F.A.T” is a track designed to send dance floors sprawling. With a signature Prydz arpeggio as its backbone, the song snakes along, powered by its heavily distorted lead. A set staple throughout his EPIC tour, “F.A.T” is a welcome B-side to “Lycka.”
Premiered during his performance at ADE alongside a live appearance from Matthew Koma, the newly crowned #1 DJ in the world returns for his first release after being voted the best DJ on the planet. While the past few releases from Hardwell have been more aggressive electro house, “Dare You” brings a significant amount of melody to the table which is paired with Koma’s time tested vocals. The single marks another notch in the belt for the newly minted #1 DJ in the world as the 25 year old powerhouse begins his reign at the top of dance music.
Although Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have graced the top of Beatport five times this year, the Belgian duo doesn’t seem to be resting on their laurels. With an impending release alongside DVBBS and Borgeous slated to hit Beatport on November 18th, the two Belgians team up with Italian duo Boostedkids for the haunting “G.I.P.S.Y.” Originally heard in Tomorrowland’s after movie, “G.I.P.S.Y.” utilizes a flute driven breakdown and a dark, pounding climax which results in one of the Belgian duo’s most unique productions.
Although the lead single from Afrojack’s upcoming album strayed away from the Dutch superstar’s trademark brand of “Afrojack music,” the Spree Wilson assisted single has received a few peak time makeovers. First came Tiesto and twoloud’s melodic interpretation and the newest remix comes courtesy of Blasterjaxx. The up and coming Dutch duo add a barrage of festival approved synths that turns the lighter, radio-ready single into a big room showstopper.
Premiered by Hardwell at this year’s Tomorrowland, Sandro Silva‘s “Payback” had garnered support over the course of the past several months prior to today’s Revealed release. Known for his fat synths and heavy kicks, Silva offers fans with even more heavy-footed beats that are reminiscent of “Epic,” but embody more forceful energy in vein of 2013′s festival trend. The track’s simplistic yet highly developed structure creates the peak time feel that Sandro has championed in the past, inducing a rush of euphoria.
Andrew Bayer has become a name synonymous with quality. Over the course of the past year, the Anjunabeats talent has proven something of a virtuoso. While his avant-garde sophomore album If It Were You, We’d Never Leave showcased his refined classical training, Bayer followed with stunning club-oriented pieces like “England” and “Need Your Love (Club Mix).”
Today, Andrew Bayer adds two more tracks to his landmark year and growing Anjunabeats catalog. The first track, “Perth,” is a gorgeous progressive house production: a track we’ve been waiting to get our hands on for quite some time. With its cascading melody and emphatic progression, “Perth” is one of Bayer’s finest productions to date. The B-side to the release, “Mirth Mobile,” is something a bit different from Bayer: gritty electro house. Clearly designed for the peak time of his sets, “Mirth Mobile” is near-relentless, save its delicate, trance-like breakdown.
The number one voted DJ in the world, Hardwell, has announced that his newest track will be officially released tomorrow, and through an unlikely venue. His upcoming single that’s been brewing with anticipation since his recent reign of Amsterdam Dance Event will be available tomorrow with the use of Shazam. It’s not clear whether or not “I Dare You,” his collaboration with Matthew Koma, will be the first record to come from a debut Hardwell album, but it will be a continuation of his 2013 production streak. Stay tuned with Shazam handy to unlock it tomorrow at noon (GMT).
If KOAN Sound weren’t on your music radar before, they should be now. The Bristol bass music duo are known for some of the most creative drum programming and processing in the business, and their latest work is no exception. With the help of fellow Bristol producer Asa, KOAN Sound have crafted a five-track EP of orchestral midtempo and breaks.
While we’ve seen the softer side of KOAN Sound and Asa before, Sanctuary strives towards something greater. Somewhere between the organic atmospheres and beatific dream sequences rests an aura of spirituality. The combination of the pristine piano and string work, fluid drum fills, and flawless layering is nothing short of divine.
Click past the break to listen to KOAN Sound and Asa’s captivating Sanctuary EP.
Years of trial and error have culminated in Detroit musician Griz developing an unparalleled mastery over his unique niche in the dance music scene. Drawing together dexterous musicianship with a taste for rattling bass and a keen ear for sampling, Griz has taken the concept of electro soul to the next level. While last year he brought us his groundbreaking debut LP, Mad Liberation, this year he follows up with Rebel Era, an album just as innovative and compelling as his original debut. In generous fashion, Griz has released the entire album for free.
Click past the break to stream tracks from the album and hear our thoughts on the release.
Our fellow astronauts in the game, Manufactured Superstars, released a brand new EP, Prepare for Liftoff, that showcases their newest single “Like Satellites.” The Beatport guys, known for their big room house festival sets, mash melodies with thumping beats on the EP. The standout single, “Like Satellies,” evokes Zedd’s “Clarity,” with its soaring vocals and gentle yet intricate instrumentals.
Dancing Astronaut has the exclusive on the music video for the song, which captures the zany personalities of the duo as they toured this past year. Catch it after the break. (more…)