Whereas Avicii has unfortunately been reported checking into the hospital due to severe stomach aches, a new episode, the sixth in total, of the Swedish superstar’s world renowned podcast titled ”Levels” was recently released. Besides featuring a flash-back on Avicii’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the Pier 94 in New York City, this edition covers a world premiere of the soon to be released Avicii remix of Dancing In My Head, the widely acknowledged Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel remix of Dangerous, Tommy Trash’s Cascade to name a few.
Apart from a dynamic 30 minute selection from Avicii himself, two of the head honcho’s behind the success of the widely known digital store Beatport, also known as the House music DJ and production act Manufactured Superstars, join Tim Bergling for a half an hour guest mix on the sixth ”Levels” show to date, showcasing a solid mixture of the hottest records out of their own studio output over the past two years as well as tracks like Afrojack and Shermanology’s Can’t Stop Me among others.
01. Tommy Trash – Cascade [PinkStar]
02. Nicky Romero – Toulouse [Spinnin]
03. Eric Turner – Dancing In My Head (Avicii’s ‘Been Cursed’ Remix) [White Label]
04. James Blunt – Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix) [Atlantic]
05. The Dø - Too Insistent (Trentemøller Remix) [In My Room]
06. Flux Pavilion & Doctor P – Superbad [Warner]
07. Knife Party – Fire Hive [AEI]
Manufactured Superstars Guest Mix:
01. Erick Morillo feat. Jessica Eve – Dancin’ (Manufactured Superstars vs. DJ Franke 2010 Re-Edit) [Subliminal]
02. Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me [Wall]
03. Eddie Thoneick vs. Manufactured Superstars – Freak ‘N’ You [White Label]
04. Manufactured Superstars – Happy Panda [Magik Muzik]
05. Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote [EMI]
06. Manufactured Superstars & Jeziel Quintela feat. Christian Burns – Silver Splits The Blue (LA Riots Remix) [Magik Muzik]
07. Manufactured Superstars feat. Scarlett Quinn – Take Me Over (Bingo Players Remix) [Magik Muzik]
Having already established the fact that he is a producer of great measures, Joseph Youngman, professionally known as Wolfgang Gartner, continues to impress as he ups the ante for his first release in 2012. Unlike his regular, fiercely sounding electro-house progressions that have sealed him a place amongst the créme de la créme of clubland, Gartner’s newest offering represents a considerably brighter side of his studio output. Following the successful release of his debut album on Ultra Records late last year, Youngman returns to the well-renowned, America-based record imprint for the release of a record that is nothing short of spectacular. Consisting of an energetic, synth-like lead and some vibrant bottom layers, ‘There and Back’ unfolds another side of Gartner’s already limitless versatility and sets a new standard for the American that is potent enough to shortly face another Grammy nomination.
Having seen his somewhat monotone signature drops fuel his name to regularly appear in the live sets of electronic dance music aristocrats like Swedish House Mafia and Tiësto among others throughout last year, the new year has thus far shown this Aussie’s true versatility and so it seems to continue as the now London-based Thomas Olsen, professionally known as Tommy Trash, releases his new remix for Steve Aoki. With significantly more visible influences from the Progressive house scene, this top-notch take on the hard-lined original of ‘Ladi Dadi’, featuring Wynter Gordon on the vocal duty, holds a considerably more gentle appeal as opposed to his fierce predecessors yet with a tad of that robust Trash sound and some heavy-stepping kicks still in the equation.
The life and times of German House mogul Moguai have taken something of a turn for the best over the past two years. In an explosion of vintage Electro House that has dazzled Mau5trap and Size Records alike, a consistent injection of energy from the rising producer has seen him scale the globe with jaw-dropping force.
Amid the hysteria, his follow-up offering to ‘LYVE’ for Deadmau5’s distinctive musical empire has caused quite a stir from the outset and after much speculation, it is safe to report that the eclectic German producer does not disappoint. Making unpretentious movements from warming opening number ‘Smyles’ to closing Kosheen collaboration ‘Out Of Nowhere’, there is something innate in the familiar yet seamless approach of Moguai to the full-length concept. Impressively encompassing the influence of Aussie Electro fuzz master Tommy Trash for a jaunty fusion of his own ageless sound for ‘In N’ Out’, Mpire does not only honour the positive noise already made by the rising producer, but further builds on one of the most diverse musical outputs available to the industry. Not so much a collection of tracks, but a kaleidoscopic journey into an industry now somewhat in vogue, Moguai proves that a vast musical empire need not be as predictable as his European peers have made it.
Words by Dan Carter
Joining a very stellar few on the remix duties for one of hottest records off of Ryan Raddon’s quite recent, seventh studio album out, Gregori Klosman continues to show no signs of simmering down. Adding to a host of remixes for the likes of David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Avicii and Erick Morillo among others, a fierce take on the recently voted ”America’s Best DJ” and Skylar Grey is certainly no mediocre start of the new year. With vocals from the arguably most intriguing songstress of electronic music to date alongside a well-oiled instrumental from the dexterous hands of Kaskade at his mercy, this rapidly ascending Frenchman gives the original of ‘Room For Happiness’ a dash of joyful break-down chords and an enthralling electro-house progression to further validate Klosman’s firm grasp on melodic club-bangers.
The remixes of ‘Room For Happiness’ are out February 7th via Ultra Records.
Following last year’s excellent studio output on their behalf, the new year promises to be another big one for Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten, better known as Bingo Players, as they make way for another leviathan outing for their own Hysteria Records label. Coming on the heels of such acclaimed records as Mode and Rattle, Bingo Players continue to show indications of themselves being more than capable of maintaining a top-notch standard as far as their music outlet lately goes. For their first mark on the digital market in 2012 then, ‘L’Amour’ sure would stand out from any crowd as it does not only consist of that heavy-stepping signature sound the Dutch duo have come to familiarise themselves with but a uniquely knitted down-tempo break of an acid-rock merge of sounds to further establish themselves as a household name for well-crafted and utterly unique electro-house originals.
‘L’Amour’ is released February 20th via Hysteria Records.
Originally released as part of the Icelandic band GusGus‘ eighth studio album last year, ‘Within You’ and its sophisticated appeal gets an ultimate remix treatment from Norway’s possibly most potent Progressive House duo to date. Famed by their affinity for large beats and stadium-esque synth lines, Carl Louis and Martin Danielle, fresh off their debut single on Thomas Sagstad’s newly launched Strictly Rhythm sublabel, FiveAM, give the original’s relaxing and canorous instrumentals a proper revamp á la big room House. While the original focuses on sweeping strings and a significant dose of soulfulness, the Carl Louis and Martin Danielle remix reflects on a set of heavy-stepping kicks and those signature synths of theirs to make up this Norwegian pair’s inaugural release of 2012.
Recently rebranded Italian stallion Tradelove has made impressive steps in a relatively short period of time. After setting the tone with landmark 2011 release ‘Rock The Casbah’, further formative offerings for Spinnin Records and remixes for the likes Richard Dinsdale have indicated a turn of luck for the budding producer. His follow-up to 2011’s well-received Loudbit offering ‘Pum Back’ deals in a distinctly groove-induced fusion of traditional House, propping up proceedings with skanking chords and infectious vocal samples to mark a catchy yet charismatic outing for the promising rebrand of Italy’s more interesting new school player.
Words by Dan Carter
Rising Swede hopefuls Karl Palmblad & Daniel Tervaniemi have made quite a name for themselves as studio collective turned Mixmaster-Generals Don Palm. Already brushing shoulders with the likes of David Guetta and turning up the volume at the prestigious Sensation White, their relatively short career has seen them draw some positive support from places far further than their hometown of Gotenbourg.
Further utilizing their mixing skills for the masses unable to make the big events, episode five sets out to build on the vivacious soundscape that has already proven its first four instalments instantaneously popular. Be it the mighty Axwell remix of Feenixpawl and Ivan Gough’s Progressive House single ‘In My Mind’, the Zedd remix of Skrillex and The Doors’ ‘Breakn A Sweat‘ or the heavy grind of Tommy Trash’s cut of Steve Aoki and Wynter Gordon’s ‘Ladi Dadi’, the buffer of hard-hitting tracks are padded out by a handful of seamless mash-ups that separates the boys from the crowd. In the same vein as their increasingly powerful live shows, round five of their monthly series of mixtapes screams wonders for this sincerely riveting Swedish force and what is proving to be quite the asset to their rise upwards.
01. Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Alex Metric Remix) [EMI] w/ Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa – Phantom [One More Tune]
02. Nicky Romero – Toulouse [Spinnin]
03. Dirty South & Thomas Gold feat. Kate Elsworth – Eyes Wide Open [Phazing]
04. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix) [Axtone]
05. Denzal Park – Nammos [Cr2] w/ Röyksopp – What Else Is There? [Virgin]
06. Swanky Tunes, Matisse & Sadko – The Legend [Refune]
07. Tommy Trash – Cascade [PinkStar] w/ Justice – On’n'On [Ed Banger]
08. Rafaël Frost – In The Air [Flashover]
09. Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix) [Ultra]
10. Skrillex & The Doors – Breakn’ A Sweat (Zedd Remix) [Owsla / Big Beat]
11. Quintino – We Gonna Rock [Musical Freedom]
12. M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix) [White Label]
Words by Dan Carter
Despite being somewhat eclipsed by the globe’s more elite European movements, a steady flow of talent from Melbourne has made some increasingly positive ground in the name of Australian Dance music. On the back of the extended support of Kaskade and the Swedish House Mafia following their incredibly popular remodel of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, rising hopefuls Aden Forte and Josh Soon, professionally known as Feenixpawl, have joined renowned club maestro Ivan Gough for a landmark release for the Aussie’s House legacy. Having set the standard for his country alongside Grant Similie as TV Rock, Gough has remained a crucial ambassador with a reputation for quality club etiquette stretching from Down Under to Ibiza, coining two Axtone releases and a sneaky ‘Essential Selection’ spot in the process.
But they say that three is a charm and with a subtle injection of fresh talent, this debut collective outing for Axtone could not have played out much smoother. Harbouring the same emotive resonance as Feenixpawl’s beloved Adele rework, Axwell’s own edit of ‘In My Mind’ touches on all the positive hallmarks that the globe has come to associate with his celebrated imprint. Mustering the powerfully distinct vocal talents of Aussie Indie Pop spectacle Georgi Kay along the way, ‘In My Mind’ pinpoints the modus operandi that has engulfed European House music over the past couple of years. In a predictable yet increasingly satisfying romp of stunning rises and graceful drops, the hard-hitting shell of this bold speck on the industry will be music to the ears of those who feared that Australia had been left behind amid this global explosion.
The Original Mix will be available later on.
Words by Dan Carter