The train of official “Clarity” remixes began two days ago with the unveiling of Tiësto’s “Clarity” remix to a lukewarm response. It continued yesterday with a trap remix from Brillz, a menacing house spin from Torro Torro, and a progressive/electro house remix from Felix Cartal. And now, it’s reached its potentially most awesome point yet: a heavy progressive house rendition from the masterful hands of Funkagenda.
The first minute consists of a budding, anxious energy, but when that dark, pulsating beat drops, you’ll understand why Funkagenda is one of the most well-respected house producers in the industry. The preview ends all too quickly with a grandiose halftime section, which presumably (and hopefully) leads to another sinister, thumping drop. In regards to the track, Funkagenda writes: “Probably one of the best remixes I have ever done.” Funkagenda’s remix will be released on February 12th as part of the official “Clarity” remix package.
Now that you’ve heard the entirety of the official remixes, which one is your favorite?
A few months ago we spoke about the Cirque Du Soleil themed night club, Light at Mandalay Bay – the one that aims to redefine the nightlife experience by incorporating live performance art and dance music into a completely immersive experience. The ground-breaking club has just released details on its roster – one that may surprise the average clubgoer. Dubstep-heavyweight Skrillex, electro wunderkind Zedd, trap pioneer Baauer and Sebastian Ingrosso – for his American residency debut - all plan to call the new night club home when it opens on April 26th.
The choices here continue to impress us; the four artists announced so far all have unique sounds and styles. It will be interesting to see how Cirque Du Soleil and the Light group use the various artist’s personalities when designing the “experience.” Trap and gymnasts? Someone call Diplo.
After Zedd released the “Clarity” acapella as a free download, it was only a matter of time before the flood gates opened on the full stream of remixes. While yesterday Zedd revealed Tiësto’s official “Clarity” remix, today he’s shown the spotlight on two comparatively diverse remixes. The first is an enveloping trap remix by LA’s Brillz, for which Zedd enthusiastically praised on Twitter as “One of my favorite remixes anyone’s ever done for me!” The second is a thumping electro house remix from Canada’s Torro Torro, which Zedd has been playing out in his sets.
Though overshadowed by yesterday’s hype around Tiësto’s rendition, Felix Cartal also previewed his progressive house rework of “Clarity,” and it’s shaping up to be quite a release. Rounding out the official remix series will be a final, yet-to-be-previewed edition from Funkagenda. All five remixes are due out on February 12th, as part of the official “Clarity” remix package on Interscope Records. Click past the break to hear Brillz’s, Torro Torro’s, and Felix Cartal’s forthcoming remixes.
While dance music continues to ascend into popular culture, there have been some very odd pairings that have taken the world by storm. On television alone we’ve seen gerbils dance to “In My Mind,” Avicii throw a Bud Lite Super Bowl party, and A-Trak eloquently serve up glasses of Grey Goose. Some of the most unexpected collaborations, however, have taken place within the music itself. Dancing Astronaut presents: 10 collaborations that shocked dance music.
In anticipation of his Clarity remix compilation due out Feb 12, Zedd teased Tiesto‘s rendition of the powerful production today. Last year his concept album by the same name became a defining release in the young producer’s career. “Spectrum” — the first single off the album — reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart and a remix EP featuring reworks from artists like A-Trak & Clockwork, Arty, and Armin Van Buuren to name a few. Zedd is ready to give “Clarity” the same treatment with another extended play via Interscope Records.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Diplo, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tiesto, and more.
Earlier this month Zedd broke new ground when he performed his hit “Clarity” on David Letterman, and last night another big name DJ followed suit. Hip hop star ASAP Rocky, who officially released his long awaited debut album LONG.LIVE.A$AP and has a history of performing with A-Trak, brought the Fool’s Gold label head, Araabmuzik, and DJ Clark Kent along with him for his Letterman appearance. Further bridging the hip hop/dance music gap Rocky chose to perform his Skrillex produced track “Wild For The Night,” as well as the album’s title track. Check out the performance above.
Last week Zedd captivated audiences with his acoustic performance of “Clarity” alongside Foxes and Alvin Risk on the David Letterman Show. The young producer continues to gain recognition and fans through his evident musical talents, securing himself a permanent position in the dance music elite. This week Zedd released an official video for the acclaimed tune, which heavily features vocalist Foxes in an on-screen love affair. Zedd, who only appears occasionally throughout the video, allows the visuals and Foxes to charm watchers, while his precise production tickles our ears.
Starkillers returns in the new year with his new electro house mashup featuring Zedd’s massive 2012 production, “Clarity.” The bootleg rendition which Starkillers featured in his NYE performance in St. Louis, fuses the soulful vocals of “Clarity” with soaring electro synths and bumping bass. Starkiller who is known for his technical skills, fluently blends Foxes vocals around his pulsing production making for a subtle yet powerful bootleg output from the American producer. Head over to Starkillers’ Facebook page for the free download.
Another day, another milestone for Zedd who, alongisde vocalist Foxes, performed their hit “Clarity” on David Letterman last night. Zedd once again proves that he is more than just a DJ — it’s refreshing to see an electronic music artist transcend the genre with his art and abilities. Check out Alvin Risk performing back up vocals!