Who doesn’t enjoy driving music? What if you could create music while you drove as well? You may be able to soon, thanks to Underworld and Volkswagen’s innovative “Play the Road” project. The eye-opening app derives RPM and speed data from a Golf GTI’s onboard computer, combines it with accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS data from the iPhone and uses musical programming language Pure Data to compose real-time music and effects based upon the movements of the car. Check out the video above showing the app in action, and forget you ever heard the term “satellite radio.” More details and additional videos are available here.Posted by
When Toolroom Records announced its retrospective Anniversary Remixes series, it seemed inevitable that “Downpipe” would be given the full treatment. The track is simply iconic in its sound and sustained relevance, representing one of the most successful releases that Mark Knight‘s label has delivered over the past decade.
Indeed, “Downpipe” has been given about as much attention as any track can garner, with a three-track remix package crowned by a rework from trance titan Armin van Buuren himself. Infusing the tech house original with muscular lead synthesizers and melodic trance breakdowns, van Buuren reinterprets “Downpipe” through the prism of the hybrid house and trance movement that his more recent fare has drifted towards. The end result is a powerful and driving remix that seems just as capable of living up to its signature sample and making fans’ hands shake as the original.
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Released in 2009, Toolroom Records’ “Downpipe” has become one of the label’s most iconic tracks. A collaboration between labelhead Mark Knight, electro house producer D.Ramirez and the legendary Underworld, the track has held its own over the years, getting airtime at the world’s largest festivals, radio shows, and even the London Olympics. Now given a rebirth as a part of Toolroom’s Anniversary Remixes campaign, the label invited Adrian Hour, Bontan, and Armin van Buuren to put their own spin on the classic. Armin’s remix doesn’t quite transform tech house into trance, but rather keeps the essentials of the original while emphasizing the synth melody, downplaying the vocal and smoothing out the beat into a more progressive sound. With three new artists bringing their own genres to the classic, the entire remix package will be released August 19th.
Few tracks in recent months have received as much buzz as Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight, and Underworld‘s legendary collaboration — and rightfully so. “Ten” is out today on Toolroom Records, and the combination of Karl Hyde’s spoken lyricism, the energy of a Sander van Doorn track, and the classic tech house vibes everyone has come to know and love out of Mark Knight makes for a titanic March release.
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Official video and more details drop about legendary collaboration between Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight, and Underworld
The landmark collaboration between legendary acts Mark Knight, Sander van Doorn, and Underworld dubbed “Ten,” fittingly represents the ten-year anniversary the Toolroom imprint has arrived at this year. The coming together of these iconic names is an occasion worth noticing. If you look back on the 2009 conjoint between Mark Knight, D.Ramirez and Underworld on “Downpipe” — a song that is fastened into the abyss of dance music history — then you can understand the value of adding Sander van Doorn’s production prowess to this milestone release. The track is set to release exclusively on Beatport on April 3rd. Jump past the break to catch the official video. (more…)Posted by
One legend remixes another: bass music juggernaut Bassnectar has taken on UK pioneers Underworld, reworking their seminal track “Rez” from back in 1993. First premiered by Bassnectar on a 360-degree rotating stage in Nashville on New Years’ Eve, Lorin chose this remix out of his entire catalogue of bodacious bass music for the culmination of the midnight countdown. If that doesn’t immediately solidify your opinion of this track, then you clearly haven’t seen Bassnectar live. Effortlessly integrating the famous “Rez” melody, the remix employs impeccable percussion work and a gargantuan dubstep drop. Pick it up from iTunes and Bandcamp today.
Bassnectar closed out 2012 by playing a sold out headlining show in Nashville on a 360-degree rotating stage. As the NYE countdown entranced what we can only imagine to be crowd of frolicking, frenetic, all-around outrageous bass heads, Bassnectar dropped this massive remix of Underworld’s famed 1993 hit “Rez.”
Remixing one of dance music’s biggest pioneers is a daunting task, but Bassnectar’s abilities live up to the challenge. His remix of “Rez” is everything we love about the bass music virtuoso: titanic bass that aptly balances melody with sheer mass. The fact that Lorin chose this as his song to usher in the new year speaks volumes for the credentials of this remix, but if you need any more proof, listen to the track for yourself below. Bassnectar’s remix of “Rez” will officially be released by Om Records on February 12th.Posted by
Nothing brings people together like dance music. If was fitting, therefore, that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle chose legendary British electronic duo Underworld to score the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. Underworld isn’t the first dance act to perform at the Olympics — that honor belongs to Tiesto — but Karl Hyde and Rick Smith certainly know how create a delicious vibe.
The ceremony told the story of the United Kingdom’s economic and cultural development, and it was was heartening to see dance music feature so prominently in the soundtrack. Watching athletes parade around the track to 90s-era rave classics like ”Born Slippy,” “Dark & Long” and “Always Loved A Film” was a slightly surreal but thoroughly enjoyable experience — if there weren’t already enough reasons to be jealous of Olympic athletes, we now know that they get free Underworld concerts as well. Some people have all the fun. (more…)Posted by
“The First Note Is Silent” allows us to bask in the glory of Tiesto’s older style. This is vastly different from his more recent productions of “Zero 76,” “Don’t Ditch,” and “Maximal Crazy.” Trance used to be Tiesto’s staple genre and “The First Note Is Silent” definitely takes us back a few years (maybe a decade?) to his light hearted progressive trance tunes. Question for everyone: is it a little weird that some of Tiesto’s productions fall under the radar? Is this normal for an artist with such a large following? Example – Steve Aoki and Tiesto’s new track has been well publicized, however, this track snuck up on us.
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