When Don Diablo and Matt Nash released “Starlight,” it instantly grew as a widespread hit better known for its “You Could Be Mine” moniker due to the contagious vocal that has carried it through some of the biggest sets of late. Now this big room gem is getting a helping hand from Otto Knows, who’s lent his Refune-bred talent to Axtone as September comes to an end. The “Million Voices” producer delivers euphoric build and uplifting drops that exceeds the high expectations he’s set with previous remixes.
Axwell‘s electronic incubator better known as Axtone has been one of the most consistent anthem launchpads, still maintaining its golden standard while cranking out more releases than ever. Kicking off the year with “Wakanda,” later erupting with “Center of the Universe,” and showing no signs of slowing down after last week’s “Reverie,” Axwell continues to shoot for dance music’s hottest records — Don Diablo and Matt Nash‘s “Starlight” being his latest target. Both artists join forces, match talents, compliment strengths, and in turn have eached notched career milestones beneath their belts. More melodic and less four-on-the-floor than its predecessors, “Starlight” (aka “Could You Be Mine”) will find a niche in the dance arena when released on July 26th.
Battle of the Beats is a new 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 who’s rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Operatic vocals and thematic hyperbole have helped make Muse a remix favorite for artists as varied as Tiësto and Feed Me. However, few producers have tackled “Starlight,” the anthemic highlight of their 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations.
It was about time this track was given the treatment, and NYC progressive house duo Hyperbits have delivered. They wisely allowed Matthew Bellamy’s soaring vocal line to breathe, bolstering it with pleasant synth plucks and trance-inspired rhythms. While the track eventually builds into a seemingly inevitable electro-bass drop, it manages to retain the melodic nature of the preceding sections. In a genre too often characterized by disposable pop remixes, it’s refreshing to see artists thoughtfully tackling solid tracks that predated the American EDM boom.
Hot on the heels of “Here We Go,” Hard Rock Sofa return with a refreshing production that displays their versatility. “Starlight” reveals a new facet of the Russians’ production abilities as they have drifted away from their edgy progressive comfort zone for a melodic big room vibe. Coming from Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye imprint, this experimental new tune from Hard Rock Sofa is due to impress and is now available on Beatport.
From the preview of their upcoming single, it looks as though Hard Rock Sofa is bringing the big room heat yet again. “Starlight” has a huge energy about it that is very reminiscent of Dirty South’s “Walking Alone.” It has already garnered strong support from Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and Nicky Romero among others, and as with most Hard Rock Sofa tracks, we expect to see that support grow. While definitely not on the same level as, “Here We Go,” ”Starlight” is another solid effort from two of Russia’s most exciting young producers. Look for this to drop early next week on Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records.
Purchase: TBA (July 30th)