Among the the infectious back catalogue of Chris Lake’s Rising Music imprint, few have come close to emulating the consistent streak of North American trailblazer TJR. Past the heat of Beatport chart-topper “What’s Up Suckaz” and a 120-bpm reimagining of Drake’s recent album assets, Crookers and Will Sparks revisit 2012’s “Ode To Oi” to further its extensive shelf life amid the labels shinning roster. Crooker’s scatty lead emphasis fits the bill with seamless and welcomingly ungroomed style, leaving Will Sparks to thicken the plot with a fuzzy yet mechanically tuned electro rendition of TJR’s infectious original. The West Coast bounce may not have needed much in the way of fine tuning, but between the seams of this European / Australian intervention lies a welcome reawakening of one of the earlier warning signs of TJR’s industrious rise.
Release date: October 6th
The bounce is back. Melbourne bounce, that is. Holding the flag for the reemergence of the subgenre, Will Sparks
finds himself on a tear after his animated spin on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” ousted the dance-pop stratosphere. His creativity and knack for the bouncier side of dance music lands him on TomorrowWorld’s stellar inaugural lineup where he is set to man Laidback Luke’s Super You & Me stage on day one. Dancing Astronaut
spoke to the rising star on the brink of his super-heroic festival appearance and got to know the man behind one of the most flavorful sounds rocking the season.
Breaking out as Australia’s latest rising star, Will Sparks has landed his Aussie-bounce sound a home in the United States. Following the success of his “Blurred Lines” remix, a record which embodies his contagious appeal, Sparks is ready to bring the energy across the states with his live act upon his Melbourne Meets America tour. Sweeping the United States and touching down in Canada, the young producer/DJ will hit some of the continents hottest venues, so jump below the break and see when he’ll be in your neck of the woods.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in July and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up July for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. July’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Nicky Romero & Krewella, Sander van Doorn, Tommy Trash, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from The Aston Shuffle, Sick Individuals, and Will Sparks. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of July!
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” went from radio hit to chart-topper in no time, stripped down to its skivvies for an unrated music video soon after, and has now been remixed following release of Thicke’s album. Will Sparks was first to tease his version but, this week, the Pharrell and T.I. collaboration is being offered as a packaged headlined by Laidback Luke. Luke’s rendition of “Blurred Lines” unravels the commercial nature of the original, swapping bleeps for lyrics and repaving the rhythm with deep Dutch drums.
Robin Thicke reentered pop-music alongside Pharrell and T.I. with his unavoidable hit, “Blurred Lines.” Reaching the top of the charts in the US and nearly 15 other countries worldwide, Thicke’s lead single has been destined for a remix package. Bringing “Blurred Lines” into the dance sphere comes Will Sparks, the Australian producer amidst his breakout year with a handful of originals and reworks for the like of Laidback Luke and Hardwell under his belt. Shapeshifting the R&B-hip-hop fusion, Sparks injects a bouncy rhythm following the chorus, ditching the original production wholeheartedly for his signature contagion.
This spring, two Dutch heavyweights joined forces to release “Dynamo.” On one hand, there’s Laidback Luke‘s bouncy chords and a subtle taste of his signature bleep stylings, on the other there’s Hardwell‘s thunderous presence. Two months later, Laidback Luke brings “Dynamo” back to life on his Mixmash imprint and hands it over to some of his rising artists for remix duties.
Will Sparks injects an all new rhythm with tooting horns while Oliver Twizt returns with yet another trap mix. Ansol stretches the track’s melody but takes a gritty turn on the drop, and Sven Kirchhof offers the package’s most progressive tune. Listen to the remixes of Laidback Luke and Hardwell’s “Dynamo” below the break.
After hitting #5 on Beatport with “Ah Yeah,” Australian producer Will Sparks continues on his quest for a breakout year with his latest Dutch-inspired electro outing. “The Viking” starts off with a melodic piano roll, but dives feet first into a cavalcade of bouncy synthwork. Similar to his previous productions, Sparks brings the kick to the forefront of the mix, surrounding it with electro chirps and throaty groan samples. Destined to conquer dance floors like any dancing viking would, Sparks’s latest is a double dose of peak time adrenaline and marks another sound outing from Australia’s latest export.
Known mostly for that bouncing bass, TJR has racked up success through remixes and mashups as well as original productions like his dizzying “Ode to Oi.” The track stole listeners ears, even making Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of November, and now TJR returns with something a little different.