Chicago based DJs J2K and Autobot, collectively known as Flosstradamus, are celebrating 1 million followers on SoundCloud with a preview of their new single, “Mosh Pit.” The Hoodieboyz tease fans with a minute long snippet of their latest track: a hip-hop infused beat filled with hi-hats, 808s and all the workings of a great trap tune. The full song will be officially released through Ultra Records on December 14th.Posted by
Stockholm-based producer and songwriter Linus Eklöw, known in the dance music world as Style of Eye, has released a preview for new Ultra Records single “Kids” featuring Soso. Linus has had a busy year serving as a co-writer to Icona Pop’s smash hit “I Love It” as well as collaborating alongside Tom Staar in “After Dark,” proving himself as a talented force in all facets of music production. “Kids” fuses a gritty electro vibe with searing melodies, pounding drums and a pop-ish allure which perfectly captures the musicality of Swedish progressive house. The single will be released December 10th on iTunes and is available today on Spotify.Posted by
While the hype around Kaskade’s Atmosphere has slowly floated back to sea level, Ultra Records isn’t quite ready for the fanfare to end. Tasking bass bad boys Dirtyphonics with remix duties, the label scored a Pete Tong premiere of “Last Chance” on Evolution Radio. Where the original marries Project 46′s euphoric tendencies with Kaskade’s progressive prowess into a house track that resembles the Swedish variety, the Parisian quartet blasts off with a dose of dubstep before allowing snippets of the vocals to shine through. Brilliantly playing off the bass/beauty juxtaposition that has replaced the wailing wobble of 2011, Dirtyphonics’ rework of “Last Chance” give the tune another chance to shine.
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Swedish trifecta John Dahlback, Lucas Nord and Urban Cone have unleashed a video for their new single, “We Were Gods,” via Ultra Records. The video whirls us through a dreamlike adventure of fuzzy creatures from the depths of the EDM world — perhaps an accurate depiction of how neon-clad ravers look to other members of society? The emotional side to the track and sullen vocals drift through the eerie story with ease, despite whatever strange interpretations the video may inspire. If you like the sound of this soft Swedish style, also check out Lucas Nord’s new single “We Lost Ourselves.”
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Born to legendary disco producer and live drummer Marc Cerrone, it’s safe to say that music runs through Greg Cerrone’s blood. Releasing his collaboration with Koko LaRoo, “Rise Together,” on the first of this month, Ultra Records’ Cerrone now comes forth with the track’s official music video. Providing the uplifting tune with the appropriate visuals, the video for “Rise Together” matches the tone of the lyrics and record’s collective message.Posted by
Welcome to the future Astronauts, where streaming is dominant and downloading is a thing of the past. Unless you’ve been living under a space rock, you’ve heard of Swedish innovation Spotify, a subscription-based streaming platform that is slowly but surely revolutionizing the music industry. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the new way of music consumption, imagine having full access to an extensive music catalogue for free ($10/mo for premium) that allows you to support your favorite artist while you listen. The service also allows you to categorize your music into cohesive, continually updated playlists, which are being coined as the “album of the future.” Clever, right?
So why does Spotify matter? As you most likely know, most music fans in our generation learned how to pirate music at a young age. This has caused music industry profits to decline at a rapid pace leaving labels with little resources to sign new acts or promote an eclectic range of musical talent. Spotify has essentially found a way to monetize our generation’s music consumption habits and grow the industry as a result. 91% of Sweden’s digital income now comes from Spotify, growing the industry by 13.5%. This marks a return to a level last seen in 2005 leaving the Swedish music industry as one of the healthiest in the world – a big reason why we are inundated with Swedish music as of late. Worldwide growth increased by 0.2% in 2012, the first rise since 1999 which is commonly attributed to streaming.
Serious noise is coming from Ultra Records‘s newest collaboration. Powerhouse electro producers Congorock and Nom De Strip have partnered for their latest tune, “Minerals,” out on Beatport November 22nd. A one-minute preview snippet released today gives us just a hint of the explosive energy to expect from the upcoming single. After a playfully ominous synth build, a thundering bass line erupts to create a big room, electro house song. Stay tuned for more details on the “Minerals” release.Posted by
As the music industry is quickly changing direction from downloading to streaming services, Dancing Astronaut provides you with our favorite dance music Spotify playlists from labels, artists and miscellaneous sources to suit different tastes and genre.
Looking for a way to spice up your pregame? Look no further for we have found the ultimate pregram progressive list from Ultra Records, featuring only the latest and greatest from artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, Krewella and more. Best part of the playlist is, the list is frequently updated with the most influential tracks in dance music by Ultra’s talented tastemakers. Don’t forget to hit subscribe and also make sure to follow Dancing Astronaut on Spotify here.Posted by
Italy’s most famous DJ is “Back to The Pump” with his upcoming release. Benny Benassi has seen several successes in the past few years, with the likes of “Dance The Pain Away,” “Cinema,” and “Control” – not to mention his uber-popular, “Satisfaction.” With this latest track, Benassi pays homage to his original approach, leaving his most recent excursions into pop collaborations on the back-burner. “Back To The Pump” will be out on November 15th via Ultra Records.
In mid September, Marcus Schossow and Adrian Lux released their collaboration “Wild Child” on Ultra Records, riding a fine line between Lux’s smooth melodic style and Schossow’s gritty electro. Using JJ’s dreamy vocals to frame the track with an undeniable Swede-pop bounce, the pair’s first collaboration was an instant success. In the above video, Schossow tells the story behind the track, from their first introduction in NY to the inspiration behind the name and the track.Posted by