In what has proved to be the year of the album, the dance community has seen full-fledged studio output from both legends and newcomers alike. Released in May, Armin van Buuren’s Intense has maintained its place amongst the best-received, even holding its own against the hype of the month’s most-anticipated but now surprisingly forgotten Random Access Memories. Yet though attention spans are short the king of trance’s legacy is long, and for his latest endeavor he has invited a colorful host of characters to share in the spotlight with Intense: The More Intense Edition.
While the first release already included as unlikely a combination of collaborators as Nervo, Miri Ben-Ari and Trevor Guthrie, the official remix album features over a dozen artists on both sides of the progressive/trance divide. Ørjan Nilsen’s rework follows Michael Brun’s, Andrew Rayel segues into W&W, and on the bonus edition Dannic finds himself surrounded by the likes of Cosmic Gate, Tritonal, Aly & Fila and more. With 11 Intense tracks remixed by 18 artists and two brand new Armin tunes besides, The More Intense Edition at the very least holds up to its name: This is not your average remix package.
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While remixes of Intense tracks have steadily piled up in the months following the album’s release, the latest entry has finally revealed the collection’s release date. Starkillers’ take on Armin van Buuren & Nervo’s “Turn This Love Around” will be released on November 15th on the official remix album, presumably with efforts from Dannic, Ummet Ozcan, Audien, Tritonal and more. Like the remixers before him, LA’s Starkillers sought to insert his own voice into his rework, taking a mellow, radio-ready tune and adding a bit of spice. Though Laura V’s vocals maintain their soothing qualities, they are sliced, diced and lined up to build into a more energetic presentation. Proving to be the gift that keeps giving, Intense and its creator have three more weeks to unveil the tracklist – and maybe even another mix.
American club monger Starkillers is back on Doorn Recordings with a fresh-faced festival offering for the late summer crowds. Returning almost three-years down the line from his label debut “ODESSA” alongside Dmitry KO & SmashBox, “Ride” leads with full-bodied synth work and a boisterous peak time climax true to his ongoing form. The competition may be stiffening up, but Nick Terranova’s powerful display of melodic club fuel remains valiantly poised and certain to hold its corner for the months to come. (more…)
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
After finding a winning combination in “Let The Love,” Starkillers is returning to the same formula for his latest release, “Rampage.” The LA-based producer looked north for the tune, collaborating with Canada’s Richard Beynon and vocalist Kai, whose pipes Adventure Club fans are more than familiar with. Though “Rampage” is less aggressive than its name may suggest, the chord-based melody does escalate into pumped up progressive territory before falling back to let Kai’s slighted lover lyrics shine. Released on Spinnin’ Records, Starkillers’ latest collab is available now.
It’s no industry secret that the addition of anthemic vocals can propel a dance track from appreciated instrumental to crossover commercial bomb (see “Fade into Darkness” and “Calling (Lose My Mind)”). Michael Woods’s latest offering ”Platinum Chains” certainly qualifies as the former, and Starkillers & Dmitry KO have arrived with a soaring edit to try and achieve the latter.
By infusing Woods’ already dynamic production with Amba Shepherd’s lovely vocals from their own “Let the Love” release, the duo have successfully married two musical concepts in a decidedly Kaskade-like fashion. As a thank you token to the fans who supported them in Miami this year, Starkillers & Dmitry KO are making the custom edit available for download on the latter’s Soundcloud page below.
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All before the age of 21, Sandro Silva has co-produced long lasting anthems such as “Epic” and countless remixes, from “Forever Young” to “She Wolf.” This week, Silva revisits his December release, Let Go Tonight, with a remix package featuring takes from Starkillers, Makj, and Justin Prime. The percussive club tune is shattered by vibrant electro and dub stylings, orienting it beyond its original brand. Starkillers offers a surprise with his rendition, throwing dubstep into his trademark sound while Makj continues to impress with his increasingly popular grooves. Justin Prime wraps up the package with the melodic relief that Silva and Makj left behind. (more…)
Frequent collaborators Starkillers and Dmitry KO are back at it, this time with “Apollo” vocalist, Amba Shepherd. Their latest tag-team project, the follow up to “Keep Pushing,” has both producers unloading their arsenals with traces of progressive house and big room energy. “Let The Love” is relentless from start to finish; from the chord progression, to the abundance of synth work, to a trance-reminiscent vocal hook. The melodic backbone brings the track full circle as it defies genres — but this isn’t the first time the duo have done dance music a favor.
Starkillers returns in the new year with his new electro house mashup featuring Zedd’s massive 2012 production, “Clarity.” The bootleg rendition which Starkillers featured in his NYE performance in St. Louis, fuses the soulful vocals of “Clarity” with soaring electro synths and bumping bass. Starkiller who is known for his technical skills, fluently blends Foxes vocals around his pulsing production making for a subtle yet powerful bootleg output from the American producer. Head over to Starkillers’ Facebook page for the free download.
You can expect big things whenever Starkillers teams up with Dimitry KO. The frequent collaborators have co-produced impressive originals such as “Light it Up,” “Do You Love,” and “Keep Pushing.” For their new collaborative track “Let the Love,” Starkillers and Dimitry KO have enlisted the talented Amba Shepherd for a more melodic output on Spinnin’ Records. Shepherd’s vocals beautifully compliment Starkillers’ and Dimitry KO’s signature booming, big room production. Having worked with Porter Robinson, Lazy Rich, Dyro, and more recently Hardwell on “Apollo,” Amba Shepherd is making quite a name for herself as a reputable EDM vocalist. “Let the Love” will be released on Spinnin’ Records on January 28th.