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.
German club baron Moguai adds to a stellar year that has already seen him return to Size Records and rekindle his Punx imprint with a daring take on the realms of emotive pop. Uniting Dido’s unmistakable top line with a signature lick of peak time aptitude, this melodic remix retains all the electro hallmarks of a well-oiled Moguai original. Say what you will about the unprecedented crossover opportunities now facing electronic music, but the European heavyweight delivers a rigorous remodel timed perfectly to the lead up of the summer festival season. Hit more to catch the blackbird soar. (more…)
Steve Angello has linked up with MiO Energy Liquid Water and since revealing said partnership during this year’s Miami Music Week, he’s been working on a song for fans in celebration of this announcement. Over the course of the past month, fans have been unlocking the track piece by piece, but the production is finally available in full as a free download. Co-produced with Size Records family members Wayne & Woods, “I/O” offers the guidance from the Size head honcho while showcasing his developing artists for the first time since “Pyramid.”
On his latest Essential Mix, Steve Angello teased 10 unreleased tracks between Size Records and sister label X. Since then, “Boom” has been released, Norman Doray’s “Troublemaker” has seen its official preview, and Trent Cantrelle’s Nice & Close has been announced as X’s inaugural EP. Next comes a preview of “Liceu,” the latest club-rocker from Sebjak and Marcus Schossow. Fitting for the summer setting with sexy horns and infectious percussion, “Liceu” resembles a modern day “Valodja” and is expected to replicate its success when released on April 29th.
Size Records enters its second decade with an anthemic effort from Ivan Gough, Stevie Mink, and Steve Bleas originally debuted by Steve Angello for his Essential Mix. “Boom” follows in the big room footsteps of offerings such as “Champs” and “Swoon,” only with an extra boost of percussive flare. The track’s drumline chugs in sync with the intricate synth layers through builds and drops, and the bass digs deep enough to pay testament to the title.
Having recently unveiled the blueprints for his French-themed label debut for Avicii’s Le7els imprint, Parisian big roomer Norman Doray returns to long serving cohorts Size Records to relish in the aftermath of their 10th anniversary celebrations with “Troublemaker.” Premiered by Steve Angelloduring last month’s Essential Mix, the follow-up to “Celsius” asserts the globetrotting producer’s unchallenged dominance over hard-hitting yet versatile house music. Balancing an eager canvas of heavyset synths and uplifting melodic digressions has never sounded more seamless, as once again the French producer runs circles around his European peers with a true big room bomb. In spite of his claim that 2013 would see him focus on vocal offerings, “Troublemaker” employs conservative sample work to assert that for all the waters tested, Doray remains an essential house cohort through-and-through.
It’s nearing 8pm, the sun is setting on the Fontainebleau just like any other warm, spring Thursday evening in South Beach. Steve Angello steps out of Arkadia’s poolside entrance, hurries to a nearby cabana, and responds with one rushed yet firm “I’m multitasking” to the few trying to earn his attention. He takes a seat and flips open his laptop simultaneously, wasting no time before jabbing at his keyboard. Blocking out the chatters of his team and the bass of Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano’s closing track that radiated from the Size Matters stage nearly fifty yards away, he puts finishing touches on a mix that he’d been preparing mere moments earlier. It’s his first time being outdoors in Miami, having spent the first three days of his stay locked in the studio, and his focus is radiating as if he never left.
This isn’t the Steve Angello of old, and the few added inches to his hair isn’t the difference maker. He’s six months without a drink, sober and clear minded, and the looming final show of Swedish House Mafia is only one of the major enterprises on the Size head honcho’s agenda. Amongst his plate of tasks, accomplishments, and family matters, the ten year anniversary of his record label is approaching, and Steve takes the time to reflect on the past decade, reveal the inner-workings of his current projects, open up about fatherhood, and to glimpse into the future.
One man who has seen house music and Size Records grow together over the past decade has been Junior Sanchez. Long time friend and collaborator with Steve Angello, Sanchez has recently teamed up with the brand to launch his own Brobot imprint to expand their collective influence. We recently had the chance to sit down with Junior on the brink of Size Records’ 10 year anniversary where he discussed everything from his friendship with Steve Angello to the impact that Size has had on dance music. Among the wise words from one of industry’s most respected veteran talents, he explains how he’s joined forces to help change the game with Brobot and looks into future of dance music as commanded by himself and Steve.
A decade down the line and nearly 100 releases strong, Size Records are still chiming with undisputable relevance to global club land. But off the back of an already affluent year for Steve Angello and his long serving imprint, yet another future label asset is given a formal right of passage, this time in the form of Australian talent Ivan Gough and national peers Steve Bleas and Stevie Mink, who take the reigns of the label’s 101st release “Boom.” As premiered on Steve’s stellar Essential Mix, the track deals an eclectic blow to the peak time skyline, using subtle grooves and minimalistic lead work to forge a track that positively ditches Gough’s typically uplifting studio get-up. With their sights now set on another decade at the forefront of modern dance music, “Boom” serves as a positive indicator of the shape of things to come from Angello’s long serving powerhouse from here onwards, and it begins with the April 8th release.
“We’re launching X. It’s going to be a lot different, it’s going to be a Size sister label. It’s going to be a lot different from the Size release — I’m going to focus on the techier stuff and the more beat driven stuff.” – Steve Angello
Commanding Size Records with monstrous hits for nearly a decade, Steve will let his Mescal Kid persona bleed through with the launch of his sister label, X. After Trent Cantrelle’s “Nice & Close” was featured as the opening track for Steve’s Essential Mix, it has been revealed as part of a two-track EP that will serve as the inaugural release from his new tech imprint. Cantrelle’s Nice & Close is the perfect outing to set the tone for the beat driven sound X will embody and is set to be released on May 6th.