There is no denying the hold French wunderkind Madeon has on Electronic Dance Music. But with an acclaimed performance at Electric Daisy Carnival New York under his belt, Hugo Leclercq returns to production duties for his second installment on his own Popcultur imprint. Where label debut ‘Icarus‘ raised a high-end mixture of sound melodic pop that beckons the positive vibes of an early 80s dance floor, his follow-up ‘Finale’ sees the young Frenchman depart from his potent signature take on French house for a notable step away from his comfort zone.
Driven by the urge to push something different for his latest studio endeavour, ‘Finale’s’ more down-tempo approach still teems with the same ambitious sounds and intricate melodic styling’s that have carried his reputation from the outset of his premature explosion. Armed with the stirring vocal styling’s of homeland peer Nicholas Petricca, the young and aspiring producer gains yet further momentum with an unexpected yet emotively refined follow-up to prove that the hysteria surrounding his spritely talents remain wholeheartedly earned.
‘Finale’ is out July 22nd his own Popcultur label.
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Between the affirmative noise alongside Fedde Le Grand’s Flamingo Recordings imprint and his impending appearance at this year’s Mysteryland festival, German fast-riser Deniz Koyu has remained a valiantly poised contender amid the European cohorts. But following a sneak preview courtesy of FLG’s popular radio show and support from both Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, the young producer takes the reins for Refune Records with the highly anticipated ‘Bong’.
While Koyu’s blend of European big room is aptly energised throughout, the stamina to which his well ornamented leads and sturdy beat works play-out reigns highly above the majority of his hopeful new school peers. Despite the significant quality that Refune’s fresh-faced entourage of talents have mustered throughout 2012, the familiar yet fertile ‘Bong’ sets straight the notion that Koyu remains a formative and fresh leader on the European circuit.
‘Bong’ is released on June 8.
Words by Dan Carter
As officially premiered on Tiesto’s well-acclaimed weekly radio show ”Club Life,” rising American Ken Loi follows on from a blissful debut on the Dutchman’s Musical Freedom imprint to lay down his take on Adrian Lux’s album single ‘Angels’. Building further on the catchy melodies of the original, Ken Loi replaces Adrian Lux’s vintage sound with stadium-esque synths and chugging bass lines but lets the distinguishing vocal remain intact for a production considerably more reminiscent of the sound currently doing the rounds. But in a bid to further fortify his spot on the American club circuit, Ken Loi brings his A-game to the halls of Ultra Records yet again following his 2011 remix of ‘Only You‘ for a remix that is certain to go down as his most potent contender for the festival season.
More info on the release as we get it.
While France can be charged with producing a fair selection of Electronic legends over the years, few are showing as much enthusiasm for the nations floor-filling future as Tristan Garner and his Xtra Life imprint. Welcoming Lyon’s own Tony Romera and fresh-faced Russian talent Duher to their extended European stronghold of finely crafted Electro cuts, both artists relish in their successful conquest of the imprints recent production competition with prize-fighting juggernauts ‘Mad’ and ‘Millenium’.
Diving from heavy-set lead play to a succinct stab of high-end synth work, ‘Mad’ apexes with that inherently popular blend of stern beats and grinding low-end chords to prove that a little fresh blood can stir even the most familiar sub-genres into a state of recovering enthusiasm. Cloaked in euphoric lead work and ardently blending the realms of both Electro and Progressive House, Duher’s ‘Millenium’ emerges as a suitable amalgamation of the two genres to top a successful investment into the future for Xtra Life.
The first volume of Xtra Life’s New Talent EP series will be released on August 7.
Tony Romero – Mad
Duher – Millenium
Words by Dan Carter
Outside of his affiliations with La Riots, Jon Peganto’s Hot Mouth moniker has continued to strike waves in the dotted Electro House. Handed the reins for Sebastien Drums latest vocal offering for Roger Sanchez’s Stealth Records, however, the LA native and longstanding stateside stomper gives the House orientated groover ‘French Rules’ a typically American facelift right in time for the impending summer festival season.
Still inherently led by a formative top line courtesy of soulful homeland peer Niles Mason, Peganto uses his Electro persuasion to craftily weave a subtle undertone of grinding floor-fuel into the more straight-laced original with maximal energy. Mixing up the more-predictable Electro sound scope with dotted lead play and inherently discordant interludes, Hot Mouth beckons a far stronger backbone to this otherwise traditionally European offering from Sanchez’s esteemed imprint.
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As far as Beatport topping assets by pairs go, Australia’s Stu Tyson, better known as Bass Kleph and unique British Tech monger Filthy Rich remain a collaborative force to be reckoned with. Returning to the familiar realms of Toolroom Records, their latest joint venture for volume one of the imprint’s annual Ibiza compilation deals the same enigmatic quality that we have come to associated with this multi-cultural studio get-up.
Fusing Tyson’s more instrumentally refined House stylings with the deep groove orientated play that has excelled Rich’s reputation across Europe, ‘Damage at the Disco’ stays true to its name and warps the fine disco leads with one of the finer specimens of exotic beat work to emerge for 2012. Staying true to the sun kissed mindset that takes Toolroom by storm about this time of year, Kleph and Rich are relentless in their extension of the ongoing belief that while too many chefs can spoil the broth, excessive talents can work wonders where the impending soundtrack to the Ibizan summer is concerned.
‘Damage At The Disco’ will be released on June 3 via Toolroom Records.
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In a significant nod of respect to Sweden’s Summerburst Festival one day ahead of this year’s Gothenburg edition, where they themselves will be helming one of the official after parties, hometown duo Don Palm release episode eight of their somewhat monthly series of one hour mixes. Emulating a bit of a journey if you will, Karl Palmblad and Daniel Tervaniemi showcase numerous personal edits and mashups along with a solid selection of tracks from the festival’s star-studded line-up to round off the month of May with utmost ease. It features the likes of Tommy Trash’s remix of ‘The Veldt‘, the Alesso remix of ‘Silenced By The Night‘, Deadmau5 ‘Maths‘ and more.
01. Franz Novotny – Crunch [Vicious] w/ Adrian Lux feat. Dante – Burning [Ultra] (Don Palm Mash)
02. Kaskade feat. Rebecca & Fiona – Turn It Down (Nause Remix) [Ultra] w/ Deadmau5 – Maths [Mau5trap] (Don Palm Mash)
03. Digitalism – Zdarlight (Thomas Gold Rework) [Axtone]
04. Deadmau5 feat. Chris James – The Veldt (Original vs. Tommy Trash Remix) [Mau5trap] (Don Palm Edit)
05. David Guetta & Nicky Romero – Metropolis [Jack Back] w/ Calvin Harris – Flashback (Acappella) (Don Palm Mash)
06. Keane – Silenced By The Night (Alesso Remix) [Refune]
07. Miike Snow – The Wave (Thomas Gold Remix) [Axtone]
08. Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa – The Edge [Wall] w/ Sharam – Fun (Sebjak Remix) [Yoshitoshi] (Don Palm Mash)
09. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix) [Axtone]
10. Avicii vs. Lenny Kravitz – Superlove [Big Beat]
11. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Roll The Dice [Virgin]
12. Dada Life – Rolling Stones T-Shirt [So Much Dada]
13. Charles Gudagåfva, Darwin & Backwall – Summerburst Theme
With a successful inclusion in a recent Coca Cola commercial under their belt, Montreal duo Adventure Club continue their studio output of heavyset productions with yet another free original to their name. But straying away from the realms of dubstep, the Canadian pair plunges deep into the fierce Electro House vibes that is currently on heavy rotation amongst aspiring producers across the globe. Where the ambiguous top line and easy-going instrumentals make up the smoother section of the production, the addition of grinding chord play, ferocious bass, and even a section of soothing dubstep makes for further testament to the versatile style that has established the duo as firm favorites for the more open-minded fans of EDM.
Swedish Dance icon Avicii is celebrating hitting the 2 million fans mark on Facebook with a generous pledge to his fans. To celebrate his accession to the ranks of stadium filling live spectacle and chart raking producer, Tim Bergling is giving fans an exclusive free download of his previously unreleased track ‘Two Million.’
While considerable time separated Avicii’s breakthrough single ‘Levels’ and recent release ‘Silhouettes’, the summer is already looking to be a big one for the young producer as he just unleashed his remix of Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Superlove’ in anticipation of his exclusive free giveaway ‘Two Million.’ Playing the role as a considerably heavier counterpart to his usual enigmatic melodic stylings and ardent energy of his increasingly popular studio output, the Alcoholic-sampled ‘Two Million’ that has been a staple in his sets lately is sure to gain Bergling a few new fans while posing a significant nod of respect to the loyal fan base that has championed his name on a universal level.
Words by Dan Carter
For all the excitement surrounding the European festival season, the second leg of Sweden’s Summerburst festival in Stockholm looks set to steal the show for the renowned nation of enigmatic House music. While headline action from Tiësto and Axwell on the Friday is sure to muster some formidable crowds, SVT2 will show close to four hours of the festivals high-profile line-up, including the sets of David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso, live on Swedish television, starting Saturday June 16th 20:45 CET. Luckily, for those of you residing abroad, the telecast will simultaneously also be available at svt.se/psl, with a 30 day access to replay coming to you courtesy of svtplay.se after the telecast.
Modern technology may have taken the art of DJing to new levels, but the involvement of a live telecast through national television makes for a notable first for Electronic Dance Music.
Update: SVT2 will be airing Swedish House Mafia’s ”Take One” documentary just before the live telecast from Summerburst at 20:00 CET.
A reminder of how it went down last year (make sure you watch it in 720p):
Photo courtesy of Stureplan.se
Words by Dan Carter