Premiered by Sander van Doorn at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and supported by Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and W&W when it was still an unknown ID, Audien’s newest original “Elysium” has finally been previewed by Spinnin’ Records. Only three days after releasing “Circles” alongside Ruby Prophet, the young American forgoes vocals in favor of a pure instrumental production with a progressive kick. Although the brief snippet may borrow some of its characteristics from recent hits, “Elysium” builds on Nate Rathbun’s discography and proves him to be one of the most diverse young producers in the scene today.
Release Date: January 3rd
12-months ago, Martin Garrix was just another promising young contender amongst the masses of Dutch hopefuls. Having since shed his new-school stripes with considerable style, a trail of live global landmarks, chart topping maneuvers and bold professional advances, the 17-year old trailblazer has quickly become one of electronic dance music’s most hotly discussed assets of 2013. Rather than becoming the poster boy of young EDM fandom, his journey from early Spinnin outbreak “Keygen” to influential offering “Animals“ made both Beatport and UK chart domination a precedent seldom set even in the hands of Holland’s elite national players. Add ongoing duties for Spinnin’ Records, a spot on Scooter Braun Projects and the prospect of extended festival domination for 2014, and it’s fair to say where many have dreamed of underdog domination, Garrix has aligned the pieces seamlessly. With his “Wizard“ track ready to pop and a whirlwind global tour to see through before 2014 is out, Dancing Astronaut took a rare opportunity to sit with the young trailblazer in London before the pace picked back up for Europe’s youngest and hungriest force on the beat. (more…)
Russian trio Swanky Tunes is back with their first solo effort of 2013 following a number of collaborations. Staying away from their own Showland imprint after September’s work alongside Hard Rock Sofa, “Stop In My Mind,” Swanky Tunes deliver another electro infused production. Already supported by a massive list of dance music’s heavy hitters including Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Thomas Gold, “Scratch” sees the trio utilize an acid house tinge among the group’s always sky high level of energy.
Fresh off releasing his latest track, “Flashback,” on Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats, Russian sensation Arty wastes no time previewing another release. Once again alongside Matisse & Sadko, the three producers craft another big room masterpiece that comes equipped with a devastating bassline and big room chords. Following up on their 2012 collaboration, “Trio,” which received support from just about everyone across the dance music spectrum, the three producers have once again crafted a club hit that will undoubtedly make the same rounds across global club land.
Release date: December 16th
For brothers Victor and Stephan Leicher, the moniker of DubVision has been more than an overnight success story of stubborn euphony and quality club cuts. Between consecutive signings to Spinnin Records, a high-profile first for Axtone, an unprecedented peak on the global live circuit and recent Doorn Records return “Rifler” , that determination has been an all empowering tool for the melodic Dutch powerhouse and their upwards spiral of quality releases to date. Euphoric without the trance throwbacks, emotive without the cheesy toplines and infectious without the obnoxious drops, DubVision have proven the precedent setting family affair European dance music was praying for. The Leicher clan, it seems, are that melodic sense of reason in an often rigid peak in the sound of big room dance music.
Brotherly Dutch duo Dubvision have been a vital benchmark for quality to the melodic ranks of electronic dance music. Off the heels of accomplished remix duties for Afrojack’s “The Spark” and their Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano collaboration, “Triton,” the duo returns to Sander Van Doorn’s label to show that obnoxious drops need not rule the global sound scope. Whilst there is little denying that “Rifler” beckons a far harder sound from the duo than that of their graceful shot into the limelight, “All By Myself,” their intense compositional core and striking melodic instrumentation still remain paramount to their sound. Balancing the adrenaline fueled with the outright beautiful, the duo refuses to let go of their proven melodic tendencies and, even under the umbrella of Doorn’s peak time favoring imprint, DubVison remains a force intertwined with quality at the forefront of European dance music. (more…)
More than one month after previewing his rendition of Armin van Buuren’s “Pulsar,” Ummet Ozcan once again showcases his remixing pedigree with a preview of his take on Sander van Doorn’s “Neon.” Sander’s familiar chords and whistles remain largely intact, but the melodic climax present in the original is replaced by Ummet’s patented big room assault. With ‘Revolution‘ alongside Nervo and R3hab due out November 11th, his version of “Pulsar” out November 15th, and this pending remix to one of the summer’s biggest tracks, Ummet Ozcan is closing out 2013 in style.
Release date: TBA
Hailing from the Dutch province of Utrecht, Spinnin’ Records‘ very own Tony Junior has linked up with the Belgian-born DJ Ghost to release a track with stunning bass. Receiving support from R3hab and W&W, “Blow Up The Speakers (Boom)” introduces a softer lead and draws the listener in closely through an appealing, yet appropriately tone-setting acapella before sending out a shockwave of powerful bass at the track’s climax. The musicians beautifully craft the drums during each drop to create a multifaceted track that leads the listener on a hard-hitting journey from electro house to trap. Naturally, Tony Junior brings the track back to a Dutch feel for the finale of this thrilling release.
Sharing a home both musically and physically, the Bassjackers and GRX are a match made in heaven. The three Dutch talents who also call Spinnin’ Records home show much more age in their respective skill sets than in their appearances. With an adrenaline lead that only the likes of the Bassjackers can craft, and a Martin Garrix signature catchy chord pattern, the grittiness in the Hardwell-supported track shines through perfectly. With a clear allusion to gaming throughout, “Gamer” captures the intensity of even the most hardcore of video games and brings that energy to the dance floor. At only 17 years old, Martin Garrix has decided to try his hand at an alternate alias, and although the future of GRX is untold, the world waits eagerly to see what the Netherlands’ youngest star has in store. Meanwhile, the Bassjackers, who have joined the Bingo Players on their latest tour, have big plans lined up for fans, with an Australian tour coming early 2014, and even more to be announced.
Australian duo New World Sound and Dutch newcomer Thomas Newson unite this month with debut collaborative stint “Flute” for Doorn Recordings. Initially previewed as an anonymous 50-second ID and rumored to be a collaboration between W&W Blasterjaxx, the union of these new-age contenders forges something of a bohemian take on the big room sound that has pummelled the market throughout the year. Keeping with the heavy footed yet melodic guise that Sander Van Doorn’s beloved Spinnin offshoot has continued to encompass since its inception, “Flute” matches a striking melodic standpoint with coherent festival mechanics to the utmost effect. Forging a track somewhere between that of Martin Garrix’s “Animals” and early Steve Angello anthem “Gypsy,” this final quarter leap for camp Doorn is a powerful peak time contender by all accounts.
Release date: November 11