Flashing back on this year’s Miami Music Week, Pete Tong is back on BBC Radio 1 to present us a new Essential Selection. Kicking things off, David Guetta and Nicky Romero’s Miami contender ‘Metropolis‘ makes its third appearance ahead of its Monday release while the soon-to-be-released Madeon remix of ‘The Night Out‘ and the Dirty South remix of ‘Devil’s Work‘ both make their respective second appearances on the show. Fresh off a noteworthy performance at Ultra Music Festival, Avicii joins Pete Tong on the phone to talk UMF, Madonna’s introduction, his Summer residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza as well as the upcoming Levels tour before playing his forthcoming collaboration with Nicky Romero called ‘Nicktim‘ and his version of Madonna’s ‘Girl Gone Wild‘.
Also, Cedric Gervais’ ‘Molly’ was chosen this week’s Essential New Tune, Maya Jane Coles delivers a soulful guest mix, Nina Kraviz talks us through her inception as a producer in 15 minutes of fame and much more.
David Guetta & Nicky Romero – Metropolis [Jackback]
Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Remix) [Mixture]
Afrojack – Fatility [Wall]
Miike Snow – Devil’s Work (Dirty South Remix) [Sony]
Sub Focus feat. Alice Gold – Out The Blue (Laidback Luke Remix) [RAM]
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix) [Axtone]
Daddy’s Groove feat. Little Nancy – It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay [Strictly Rhythm]
AVICII ON THE PHONE
Avicii vs. Nicky Romero – Nicktim [White]
Madonna vs. Avicii – Girl Gone Wild [Interscope]
Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix) [Decon]
ESSENTIAL CONTENDER 1
Mark Knight – Together [Toolroom]
ESSENTIAL CONTENDER 2
Osunlade – Envision (Argy Vocal Remix) [Defected]
ESSENTIAL NEW TUNE
Cedric Gervais – Molly [Spinnin]
MAYA JANE COLES IN THE MIX
Mosca – Murderous [Hypercolour]
Sid Le Rock – Temptress (Alex Jones Remix) [My Favourite Robot]
Kleio – Losing My Mind [Kote]
Sarp Yilmaz – My Baby Got To Go [Apparel]
Maya Jane Coles – Not Listening [DJ Kicks]
Jamie Jones feat. Art Department – Our Time In Liberty [Crosstown Rebels]
15 MINUTES OF FAME WITH NINA KRAVIZ
Nina Kraviz – Ghetto Kraviz [Rekids]
Okain – Scream (Nina Kraviz Remix) [Tsuba]
Armando Gallop & Steve Poindexter – Blackholes [High Fashion]
WONDERMENTS WITH DJ B TRAITS
Groove Armada – Superstylin’ [Zomba]
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (Soulwax Remix) [White]
Bombay Bicycle Club – How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep (Voyeur Remix) [Universal]
Dan Ghenacia & Shonky – Close To The Edge [Apollonia]
Dusky – Flo Jam [Dogmatik]
Blond:ish – Lonely Days (Hunter_Game Remix) [Noir Music 2]
Pirupa – Party Non Stop [Desolat]
ONE MORE TUNE!
Laurent Garnier – Jacques In The Box [Ed Banger]
Arguably one of his hottest remixes to date, last year’s R3hab remix of LMFAO’s ‘Champagne Showers’ returns to the forefront as Fadil hands out free copies of the unreleased instrumental version in celebration of him hitting 120 000 fans on his Facebook fan page. Having become one of clubland’s most sought-after remixers as far as radio-friendly music goes, R3hab has managed to preserve his club-esque signature sound now known as the ”Chainsaw Madness” for a cause that has led to his meteoric rise as of late. With a 2012 follow-up to ‘Prutataaa‘ alongside Afrojack in the pipeline, the Dutchman takes us back to last Summer to shed light on the long-awaited instrumental of a vigorous remix that has been an essential piece in his ascent over the past year.
There isn’t a fan this side of the world that hasn’t slightly resented Eric Prydz for making us wait so patiently for his debut album. But having shed some light on this highly anticipated studio endeavour for 2012, his first Pryda compilation album has certainly reigned in as a suitable distraction. Amid the array of gems collected by the Swedish heavyweights melodically refined Progressive House alter ego, blazing new bullet ‘SW4’ adds an element of surprise to the equation ahead of its May release.
Carrying the distinct hallmarks more closely associated with his Cirez D moniker, the tough exterior and predominantly Electro persuasions of this track make for a gritty yet notably melodic endeavour of alternative weight for the multi-faceted producer. Premiered at the South West Four in London a few years back, ‘SW4′ adds yet even more hysteria to the build up of what promises to be a gargantuan year for this Swedish legend.
‘SW4′ is released on May 7 ahead of his Pryda compilation album.
Update: Long, high-quality sample added
Words by Dan Carter
While they may have boasted themselves as Norway’s most anonymous production duo in the past, the support of Sony behind their brand new label endeavour Up North is enough to suggest that Carl Louis and Martin Danielle are no longer as sheltered as they might think. For their CLMD debut, the promising Scandinavian producers attribute their finest melodic intellect to a landmark offering of peacefully charged melodics and keen industrious footsteps. What it lacks in overall production values, ‘Black Eyes & Blue’ retains a solid vibe alongside its impressive emotively charged top line from Norwegian Indie enthusiast Ingrid Håvik. Drawing on the euphoric realms of earlier Progressive House and expanding its melodic canvas with impressive vigour, this may not be their definitive anthem, but Louis and Danielle assemble for a promising nod to the future for their collaborative stylings under this fresh-faced moniker.
Words by Dan Carter
To say that the realms of Electro House have become somewhat predictable within its universal explosion is no overstatement. But emerging out of nowhere with a ferocious taste for eccentric club cuts, Italian underdog Fatblock sets the tone to an all time high with daring Houserecordings cut ‘Heroic’. While his familiar grinding chords and low-end orientated soundscope make for nothing out the ordinary, it is within the intimate structure of this well-oiled outing that the magic really unfolds. Pacing through the semi-Dub Step realms and launching into an epic array of haunting vocal leads, Fatblock lives up to his sturdy accolade with a track that ticks all the boxes of a promising Electro House contender. In an age where familiar names are the comfort food of international club land, ‘Heroic’ conquers the norm with considerable strength.
Words by Dan Carter
Visionary Yoruba Records president and recently inaugurated House Master Osunlade certainly hit a spiritually tuned high with the enigmatic ‘Envision’ for Defected Records in 2011. Back with a fresh breath of air for 2012, Envision is given a very American makeover by formidable vintage enthusiast Argy. Donning the slick remodel an intrinsically traditional 90’s House backbone, its well-oiled bass lines and stabbing brass leads make for fully competent revisit to one of last years standout Defected outings. Set to join the ranks with a long-overdue House Masters compilation for the label next month, Argy’s remix makes for an exciting build up to this profound celebration of spiritualistic club cuts.
Words by Dan Carter
Hailing from Down Under, the country responsible for an increasingly popular Electronic Dance Music export, including the likes of Dirty South and Tommy Trash among others, Jack Sword comes out with the third episode of his somewhat newly launched mixtape series called ‘MixMode’. Weaving a string of hotly tipped offerings with well-executed transitions, this mix is nothing short of solid. Track wise, Sword’s 3rd MixMode mix features Madeon’s long-awaited ‘Icarus‘, the underrated Felguk remix of ‘Eyes Wide Open‘, John Dahlback’s Pete Tong-approved ‘Life‘ and many others.
01. Madeon – Icarus [Popcultur]
02. DubVision – All By Myself [Spinnin]
03. EDX feat. Nadia Ali – This Is Your Life [PinkStar]
04. Dirty South & Thomas Gold feat. Kate Elsworth – Eyes Wide Open (Felguk Remix) [Phazing]
05. Starkillers & Dmitry KO – Light It Up (Michael Woods Re-Edit) [Diffused]
06. Qulinez – Troll [Size]
07. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Roll the Dice [EMI]
08. Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio [Axtone]
09. Tommy Trash – Cascade [PinkStar]
10. Yves V – Mandala [Smash The House]
11. Skrillex feat. The Doors – Breakn’ A Sweat (Zedd Remix) [Big Beat]
12. Kill The Noise & Datsik – Lightspeed [Owsla]
13. John Dahlback – Life [Big Beat]
/Jesper & Anton
Reigning in the liberating sound of their now thriving music scene, Russian trio Swanky Tunes join the formative Dutch superstar Tiësto for their vocal collaboration ‘Make Some Noise’. Consistently crisp and dealing in a coarse yet melodic injection of peak time, this four-way studio ensemble pull on the heart strings of their genre to forge a truly tangible Progressive House outing.
With the addition of a refined vocal spot from Ben McInerney, this appealing club gem becomes something of a perfect amalgamation between the grinding Electro enthusiasm and increasingly prominent radio-friendly assets that have come to personify the current state of Electronic music. Proving a hit at Miami Music Week and already set to shine in Tiësto’s forthcoming second ‘Club Life’ instalment, Swanky Tunes and their heavyweight peer prove that the European movement still has a few tricks up its sleeves.
‘Make Some Noise’ will be released on April 24th as part of the second volume of Tiësto’s Club Life compilation series.
Words by Dan Carter
Where their celebrated collaboration Mutfakta set in motion a positive pairing of European House entities, Dirty Dutch founder Chuckie and renounced French Gregori Klosman are back with vengeance for 2012. In a low end outing of acidic swirls and the solid beat play to which Klosman has mastered, the more atypical Dutch sound associated with Chuckie’s usual exploits is replaced with a perfect midway between their respective national hallmarks.
Drawing upon deeper melodic Progressive influences alongside an array of grinding Electro hallmarks, ‘Numb3rs’ is no definitive anthem, but certainly a bold collection of prime European club vibes. With Chuckies debut studio album promised for the summer and a further collaboration with Qulinez on the cards for Klosman, ‘Numb3rs’ extends this well-suited studio pairing with yet another solid collaboration to their belts.
Words by Dan Carter
With the groundbreaking Size Matters Augmented Reallity App on the way, the recent launch of Size Records’ new website brought us not only further insight on the updated artist roster of Steve Angello’s rising record imprint, but a free give-away of an unreleased remix of Qulinez‘ debut single on the label – ‘Troll‘. Conjuring support from arguably the hottest trio in the game with it’s premiere play by the Swedish House Mafia at this year’s Masquerade Motel in Miami, Dutch duo Sick Individuals‘ take preserves the high-pitched synth original while replacing the unorthodox drop with a heavy dose of acid-house, providing further testament to Angello’s affinity for the Roland TB-303 synthesizer. Despite being eclipsed by the mighty original, it’s refreshing to hear a different version of one of 2012’s hottest contenders thus far.