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.
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.
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.
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If the red grit of the album art provides no indication, “Revolution” is a track that’s supposed to get your attention, and in that sense it does its job quite well. R3hab and Ummet Ozcan’s imprimaturs abound, and while NERVO’s role may seem to some opaque at first blush, it’s clear that the general aura of the track draws in no small part from their involvement (see the musical stylings of “Hold On”). The trio of musicians delivers, and “Revolution” proves to be much more than the sum of its parts. And while festival season might be over, with the sound still going strong, expect to hear the familiar big room sounds ringing through the clubs for the next few months. Release: November 11, Spinnin’ Records.
With a year of festival appearances and suitably tailored club cuts behind them, Dutch chainsaw master R3HAB and Aussie sister-act Nervo unveil an impending collaboration with Dutch up-and-comer Ummet Ozcan. Last found touting his Spinnin Records debut “The Cube,” this highly-anticipated release sees three essential forces unite for a suitably hard-hitting venture. Far from the u-turn in Nervo’s previous collaboration with Marco Lys, “Revolution” returns to the raspy and festival-primed get-up that both R3HAB and new found peer Ozcan have become closely associated with. In a firm nod to that universal peak time equation that all three artists have perfected throughout the year, “Revolution” is a landmark suitably geared towards global domination for the final and potentially most exciting musical quarter of 2013.
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If there is one thing Ummet Ozcan knows, its how to deliver in-your-face, spine-tingling electro house. He’s done it before on “The Code,” and “The Cube,” playing with gritty electro house elements before retuning his mixes into a blitz of big room synthwork. Armin van Buuren’s original output “Pulsar” embodied the energetic trance aesthetic to a tee, but Ummet’s remix strips out the melody, filters out the euphoria, and injects “Pulsar” with the same sort of savage, take-no-prisoners style that put him on the map in the first place.Posted by
A year ago, Ummet Ozcan brought us ”The Box,” an enticing fusion of trance, progressive house and electro. In 2013, the Dutch producer’s sound has gained an additional dimension with his latest offering, “The Cube.” While Ummet gained notoriety through his massive W&W collaboration “The Code,” his solo projects have proven just as exceptional. “Here and Now” made waves in March, and now “The Cube” is looking to light up the summer festival season. With a lengthy mid-section designed to incite mass hysteria and some corresponding horns to direct the chaos, “The Cube” is an ominous dutch house treat released today on Spinnin’ Records.
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For Ummet Ozcan it was first “The Box,” then “The Code,” and now “The Cube.” The Dutch producer seems to have a knack for ominously-titled tracks, and his latest single keeps up the suspense. Constructed around a drawn-out heart-thumping build broken by his signature stabbing synths, the track is a little electro, a little industrial, and leaves us wanting a lot more. With just the Radio Edit currently available, the full cut will be released July 22nd on Spinnin’ Records. For more suspense, you can check out the official teaser videos here.Posted by
After establishing himself alongside W&W on “The Code” – a track that defined this year’s Ultra Music Festival – Ummet Ozcan teams up with another hopeful up-and-comer, DJ Ghost, for “Airport.” In line with his recent solo outings and the track that established his name, “Airport” is littered with powerful synthwork and a bevvy of mini-breaks that stutter and groan throughout the 6-minute production. Poised for big room recognition, Ozcan’s latest is takes off at a breakneck pace and doesn’t slow down until it breaks the sound barrier in a flurry of super saws and momentous kicks.
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One half of the driving force of the wildly popular “The Code,” Ummet Ozcan is back with another heat-packing tune. The trance producer teamed up with DJ Ghost for “Airport,” a track that wastes no time in taking the club to to 30,000 ft. With trilling builds and bossy electro wobbles, the track starts hard and ends harder, taking off into the progressive unknown. Adding to an already stacked summer release schedule, “Airport” will be available June 10th through Spinnin’ Records.Posted by