Remixes from the Rihanna camp have gone from a surprise to nearly expected. The “We Found Love” singer has worked with the likes of David Guetta and Nicky Romero since her Calvin Harris collaboration, with few of the tracks off her last albums becoming remixed by the likes of Dyro. With the fifth single off Unapologetic being delivered to American radio stations, it’s also landing in the laps of dance music producers. Most notably comes renditions from Firebeatz and R3hab; Firebeatz who provides an electro-house version abiding by the status quo and R3hab who ups the ante with a harder punch.Posted by
Amsterdam Dance Event has consistently offered an essential snapshot of artists fast ascending the dance music industry. Having appeared as a panelist last year and inaugurated his imprint at Jimmy Woos alongside Swanky Tunes and Daddy’s Groove, Nicky Romero is set to bring his multifaceted Protocol brand back to the conference for an opening night extravaganza at Melkweg. Off the back of confirmation of his return to production duties alongside Rihanna, not to mention a landmark year for his own studio spoils, the larger setting looks sure to play host to a whirlwind run of the global talents now found on the label’s burgeoning roster. While a formal line-up is yet to be announced, Nicky’s obvious presence is bound to be a welcome relief to fans who feared the essential Dutch talent had burned-out amid his well-deserved global overhaul. Catch Nicky Romero Presents Protocol Recordings at Melkweg on October 16 and visit Ticketmaster to purchase tickets.Posted by
It’s been a positive year for Dutch breakouts Sick Individuals, furthered by their inauguration to Steve Angello’s recently formed X imprint this month. Off the back of remix duties for Rihanna and David Guetta, their two-track label debut offers a significant change of pace both for label and artists alike. Whilst “Drum Machine” serves up a stripped back tip to the sound of European house music, “Chase” tests the electro house style guide with an array of melodic progressions and big room beats.
Dance music x hip hop collisions have been on an uptick as of late. Whether it’s Daft Punk producing Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” Pretty Lights teaming up and performing with Talib Kweli, or Chuckie’s “Makin Papers” featuring Lupe Fiasco and Too $hort, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of options.
This week’s Sunday Morning Medicine takes us further down this collaborative rabbit hole for our second edition focusing on hip-hop and R&B.
Rihanna is no stranger to electronic music, no stranger to smash hits, and has enlisted the right friends to align both concepts. Rihanna found more than just love in a hopeless place when she linked up with Calvin Harris for the airwave dominating “We Found Love,” and her single alongside David Guetta with co-production from Nicky Romero, “Right Now,” has a “Metropolis” sound infiltrating pop culture. This week, the record is taking new direction, away from the national television commercial and and directly into nightlife arena.Amongst a remix package that includes artists such as Sick Individuals and Justin Prime, Dyro continues his blazing-hot summer with the premiere rendition, his own club mix.
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When we named Miami genre-defilers GTA one of our summer breakthrough artists of 2013, it was very much on the merit of their ability to break boundaries like few others on the beat. Six months into the year and still tearing up the road alongside Rihanna and David Guetta for their European arena tour, the duo has dropped a new remix for Kylie Minogue to assert that a little pop exposure is yet to cull their devastating club sensibilities.
Accompanied by further remixes from Switch, Nom De Strip and Hot Mouth, GTA take the notably club-savvy original to new and untamed heights. Having gathered such handles as lovestep and trap over the years, their remix of “Skirt” rallies pitch-pervading electro house with their signature chimes in full effect, all to the avail of a worthy example of modern dance music’s response to the ever-popular pop-to-club crossover.
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Since Rihanna released Unapologetic last year, nearly all of her dance-pop records have seen commercial success, including her collaboration with David Guetta. “Right Now” has been her most recent record to take global airwaves by storm, lead by the production from David Guetta and Nicky Romero. On the way comes the track’s remix package, which will feature takes from Revealed star Dyro. With a club mix and radio edit complete for the package, Dyro swaps the “Metropolis” sound for his own progressive chord work, giving “Right Now” yet another facet of electronic appeal.
Seemingly overnight, versatile music producer Butch Clancy has reached nearly 100,000 Facebook fans. It’s not a testament to his social media skills, but rather evidence of his ability to appease fans of multiple genres. While he originally gained notoriety for his “downtempo dubstep” remixes to beautiful tracks like “The Funeral” and Sia’s “Breathe Me,” Clancy went on to release the full-length trap album A Beautiful Mind. Now he’s returned to his roots, providing a sentimental dubstep take on Rihanna’s “Stay.” Abounding with warm piano progression, soft kicks, and slow-rolling bass, Butch Clancy’s classy remix reasserts his prominence as a noteworthy dubstep producer.
Nicky Romero is the latest dance music producer to cross over into the pop arena after co-producing “Right Now” with David Guetta for Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic. In a recent interview with MTV News, Romero opened up about the production that he is “super proud of.” While working together in London’s Metropolis Studios, Guetta suggested crafting some beats for Rihanna, and Nicky jumped at the task.
After praising Rihanna’s appeal and attitude, Nicky told MTV News about the process, explaining, “we played a few songs that we made, a few hip-hop songs and a few dance songs and a lot of stuff… and she was like ‘Yeah, I want to have this song combined with that world. And actually I want both worlds to glue together and make it one thing.’” Check out the interview below the break to find out how Nicky Romero fused dance with pop for a production strong enough to land on Rihanna’s album.
Via: MTV News
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!