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As their massive tour alongside the Bingo Players and MAKJ comes to a close, the Bassjackers take on Adrian Lux and Marcus Schossow’s “Wild Child.” The duo amps up the Swede’s progressions and leaves JJ’s vocals front and center, all while replacing the melodic climax with an onslaught of electro. With ”Gamer“ on Doorn Records and “Zing“ on Protocol Recordings both making their mark over the past few months, the Bassjackers have laid the groundwork for bigger and better next year.
The inaugural European edition of Ultra Music Festival proved to be a huge success — over 103,000 fans representing upwards of 75 countries gathered for the three day celebration in Croatia. Between Split on the mainland and the beautiful island of Hvar, both locations of Ultra Europe boasted a hefty lineup that included Avicii, Carl Cox, Adventure Club, Bingo Players and dozens of other impressive acts in electronic music.
Three freebies down and showing no signs of easing the creative stamina, North American trailblazer and Slash collaborator Betatraxx follows-up last month’s “Dehydration” with his fourth and final free download of his recent studio clear out. Matching the melodic stability of progressive house with gritty peak time undertones, “Flight of the Hornet” goes above and beyond the amalgamative nature of Tim Nelson’s eclectic output to date. With whisper of his impending Ultra material hitting our radar very soon, the concluding chapter of this four-track installment shows Betatraxx at his most versatile and concentrated heights for the final quarter of 2013. (more…)
Few have blazed the trail with such sparing yet succinct productions as Stockholm’s Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. Off the heels of their recent remix for AN21 & Max Vangeli’s “People of the Night,” the duo return their first original release in almost a year. As the official anthem to their hometown’s own Lights Festival, “Silver Sun” sees the duo leave the remix trail for an early insight into their impending studio artillery. Accompanied by a harrowing topline from New York’s Anna Yvette, the track fuses festival fundamentals and strong melodic composure, forging a track that speaks wonders of the quality still found among the new generation of European trailblazers. Setting the precedent with considerable force for their impending work alongside Size Records, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman enter the final quarter as one of their nation’s brightest prospects of the time. (more…)
North American electro advocate Betatraxx continues his stint of free material with an experimental new offering from his studio vaults. As the follow-up to “Body Kit,” his latest instalment “Moon Tan” continues the left of field footsteps of the series so far. A glitchy canvas of progressive melodies, rich instrumentation and scattered electronic beats, the tracks shows Tim Nelson at a new high in his compositional scope, opting for soundtrack-worthy composure over run-of-the-mill electro house antics. As we edge closer to his debut stint for Ultra Records, all signs point to Betatraxx being out to stun the system if the second of four freebies is anything to go by.
Labor Day Weekend has come to a close, and technically so has festival season. Reliving what is hailed as the start to dance music’s greatest months, Ultra Music Festival has released the official aftermovie for their 2013 affair from this March. Clocking in at just under 20 minutes, the film instills great nostalgia while following artists and fans through the three-day experience. Similarly, the video comes backed by a soundtrack that embodies some of the festival’s greatest moments with tracks from Alesso, Hardwell, Krewella, and more.
When two Swedes join forces, the electronic world listens, especially when both of those Swedes are already on a hot streak. Recent collaboration “Wild Child” showcases the best of an Adrian Lux riding high off the success of rock-edged “Damaged” and the sharpened chops of a Marcus Schossow celebrating a summer of hits. The forthcoming Ultra Records release kicks of with an edited strummed guitar backing the vocals of JJ before a bouncy synth melody takes over and swings things officially into progressive territory. Poised to gain serious airplay during fall touring season, the track will be released on Beatport on September 16th.
The preview we shared for Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, and Tujamo‘s collaboration back in mid-July is finally surfacing on Beatport, allowing fans of this dark and dancey number to grab a full version. Tujamo’s touch is inevitable on “Boneless,” but with its low-end electro firepower and marching drum beats it is a song that could easily fit into any one of the three producers’ wild DJ sets.
Part two of the remix package for Kaskade‘s uber popular “Atmosphere” is out, and on top of remixes from Cave Kings and East & Young lies a stomping rendition of the original from some of dance music’s favorite Aussies, Hook N Sling. If “Atmosphere” is an emotional and uplifting song in your mind, this remix revs up the energy for a better festival or mega-club fit.