Of all the stereotypes to bless Scandinavia, extreme weather and musical aptitude are among its top hits. On this day, the sun beats down on Stockholm with welcome salutation, making for the seemingly perfect day to roam the streets with Sebjak – a talent for whom 2013 has been a manic run on every level. It unfolded with remix duties for CLMD, peaked with returning Size Records duties for ‘Liceu‘ alongside Marcus Schossow and was followed by emotive Spinnin follow-up ‘Kemi.’ Add tour duties scaling Miami, Brazil and a wealth of European hot spots and to have Sebjak on his own doorstep feels like a mean feat in itself. After many a chance encounter between fleeting visits to Stockholm and international shows, I am extended the courtesy of spending a day with the man who Ultra, Steve Angello and global club land as a whole have deemed one of Sweden’s most promising talents. With his all-star summer ID-turned-latest single ‘Feel You‘ finally on rotation, there has never been a more fitting time to test the anatomy of an artist from whom, rumor would have it, the best is yet to come. (more…)Posted by
Already one of his nation’s longest serving contenders for the peak time throne, Sebjak emerges at the final quarter of 2013 with his latest and possibly greatest solo offering of the year “Feel You” for Ultra Records. Thought to be a solid preview of the tone of his impending full-length debut for the label, “Feel You” employs the work of Starsailor frontman in his most audacious vocal offering to date. As an impactful ID from his accomplished summer itinerary and a strong follow-up to “Let’s Go,” Sebjak balances the realms of the mainstream ballad and the big room spectacle incredibly well. At a time when the radio-friendly can too often equate to a more “soft core” sound, there is little compromise on the energy we have come to expect from the man behind such accomplished feats as “Liceu” and collaboration “Kemi.” Matching quality with universal coherence, “Feel You” is an essential snapshot of the shape of things to come from Sweden’s most promising dance prospect of 2013.
Swedish heavyweight and label-hopping studio whizz Sebjak has unveiled the piece de resistance of his more recent studio spoils. With a summer of affirmative live tour duties behind him, the Swedish producer follows up Mike Hawkins’ collaboration “Let’s Go” with the next musical spoil of his recent Ultra Music signing. Calling upon the vocal assets of Starsailor’s James Walsh, “Feel You” fuses immediate sing-along factor and intimate instrumental assets into one of the most stirring crossover club tracks of the year.
Where national peer Avicii looked to set a precedent to such universally accessible offerings, the artist known less formally as Sebastian Jak seems to have an equation ready to rival his well ornamented peers. At the outset of what is sure to be a landmark signing for the young Swede, the track shows that even with a big label behind him, Sebjak is not looking to compromise on the quality of his dexterous studio output. If this is the shape of things to come, his impending album is sure to be a stunner.
Sebjak and Mike Hawkins pull out all the big room stops on their latest collaboration “Let’s Go.” Kicked into high gear from the moment the track’s namesake comes blaring out of your speakers, the duo revive big room Dutch bounce with a cavalcade of blaring horns and shifty percussion. Designed to set festival tents and dancefloors ablaze, the mix shuffles and grinds into a fervent culmination of tribal drums and punchy bass guaranteed to knock your fillings loose and piss off your neighbors. Grab it today via Ultra Records.
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Narrating in charming Swedish accents by way of Spinnin’ TV, Marcus Schossow and Sebjak offer a look inside the making of progressive hit “Kemi,” which is actually pronounced “shemi,” and meaning “chemistry.” The two speak of how their different backgrounds complement one another during studio sessions while coming up with new sounds, while they strive for tracks with “old school soul” that are still “modern and banging.” Thanking their fans for the ongoing support, the two admit its been their best year yet and are continually grateful for living their dream.Posted by
As premiered by Danny Howard during his stand-in session for Pete Tong, Swedish dream team Marcus Schossow & Sebjak are back to follow-up their Miami-searing Size Records debut “Liceu.” Having taken fans back to the turn of Size Records’ gypsy house phase, their collaborative Spinnin Records debut “Kemi” revisits N-Joi’s “The Anthem” with a 21st century twist. Where the original’s timeless top line holds as much resonance as it did back in 1990, the duo’s firm melodic builds and ferocious big room apex mark a respectful resurrection that brings uplifting energy and festival primed stamina comfortably to the equation. Given the ongoing support from such high-profile peers as Tiesto, “Kemi” looks sure to add to Schossow and Sebjak’s spotless track record as one of Sweden’s most consistent collaborative forces to date. (more…)Posted by
With Pete Tong holding the fort in Las Vegas for the annual EDMBiz conference, Danny Howard took the reigns for this week’s Essential Selection radio show for BBC Radio One. Between crowning Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” his first Essential New Tune and getting the cream of the crop from Dutch duo Bingo Players, Howard held the fort with cutting edge tunes from start to finish.
Kicking off with Don Diablo & Matt Nash’s “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)” and recently unveiled Revealed Recordings vocal anthem “Escape” from 3Lau & Paris & Simo, Howard lead a festival-proof overhaul from start to finish. With brand new material coming from Dannic, Duck Sauce and Eric Prydz, Marcus Schossow & Sebjak’s latest single “Kemi” added to a future-focused installment on all counts.
Bingo Players were in the seats with their Goody Goodies, with Dancing Astronaut’s own One To Watch MAKJ and youngest Beatport chart topper Martin Garrix all along for the ride. After celebrating the country-esque wrath of “Wake Me Up” and inaugurating Axwell’s “I Found U” into the Pete Tong Hall of Fame, Howard topped a successful first stint with his own Weekend Hot Mix from across the global dance spectrum.
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Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in April and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up April for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. April’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Daft Punk, Showtek, Pryda and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Sebjak, Marcus Schossow, Alesso, Dirty South, and more. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of April!
Well Tritonians, it’s here. The “Bullet That Saved Me” remix collection has been released. The full remix package includes an elephantine remix from Ken Loi, a heavy rave remix from Sebjak, a thunderous progressive remix from Ilan Bluestone, and Tritonal’s own highly anticipated Festival Mix of the track. Sebjak takes the track in a darker direction, giving the original some seriously fun bounce. Likewise, Ken Loi activates his chainsaws and infuses a classic dose of punchy electro. Available today, Tritonal’s “Bullet That Saved Me” remix collection has something for everyone, and is one not to be missed by Tritonians and Earthlings alike.
Premiered by Steve Angello on his March Essential Mix, Sebjak and Marcus Schossow’s collaborative effort has finally hit the release circuit. “Liceu” boasts a powerful energy lead by horns and beat-driven percussion, made infectious by the bedding of alarm-like synths that play beneath anthemic tones. Crafted for outdoor partying, the collaboration offers the summer season a taste of an Ibiza aura. Available today from Size Records, “Liceu” resembles the classic “Valodja,” recreating one of the imprint’s most unique tracks.
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