Browsing all articles from december, 2012

More than one year in the waiting, Avicii and Nicky Romero have finally released the finished version of their long-awaited single ‘I Could Be The One,’ formerly ‘Nicktim,’ complete with vocals from Swedish singer Noonie Bao.

Pledging the Dutch producers robust sound alongside Tim Bergling’s melodic play and incorporating a radio-friendly vocal, ‘I Could Be The One’ is a simple yet infectious track of modern, full-throttle Progressive House throughout. In spite of the vocals not quite hitting in on the epic properties one would expect from a vocal mix of this calibre, ‘I Could Be The One’ is certain to make for a wildly successful release for Avicii and Nicky Romero alike.

Update (7/1): ‘I Could Be The One’ just hit the #1 spot on Beatport.

Vocal and Instrumental versions are out now on Beatport along with remixes from Audrio and Didrick.

Fast approaching the end of a year that has given rise to the production dexterity of Phunk Investigation, the Italian duo return to Olav Basoski’s Spinnin’ offshoot Work Records alongside Dino Lenny for the release of ‘Relax.’ Borrowing the lyrics from Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 1983 hit with the same name and showcasing deep grooves and churning bass manoeuvres throughout, Phunk Investigation provide yet another prime example of why traditional House is still worth pursuing amid the somewhat stateside biased 21st century Electronic music explosion.

Out now on Beatport.

Off the back of a positive year of touring for one of Britain’s most sought after Progressive assets to date, Maidstone’s Funkagenda dons his skills to the handy work of experimental London three-piece The xx for a quality bootleg of their track ‘Fiction’.

Originally intended for his spree of dates for Toolroom Knights in Ibiza this summer, Funk Farm and it’s fellow label head honcho respond to the popular demand with a free release for the Christmas holidays. Mirroring the emotional resonance of the original with delicate melodic builds, Funkagenda’s take ascends into a tightly woven apex of upfront synth work and Progressive grooves, persuasively showcasing his diverse studio talents and blatant dance floor dialect in the process.


At the tail end of a year that has spelt globetrotting, an Essential Mix debut and an Axtone compilation, Thomas Gold makes his Fly Eye Records debut with his fifth and final single of the year, ‘MIAO’.

A staple in his sets over the past year, ‘MIAO’ combines growling low-end riffage and piercing leads with melodic breakdown segments and scattered vocal chants. Comfortably setting the tone ahead of his upcoming official remix of OneRepublic’s ‘Feel Again‘, Gold adds yet another strong original track to his back catalogue en route to 2013.

Out today on Beatport.

Well-traveled and creatively oiled for the most part of 2012, long serving Belgian Tech and Techno advocates Filterheadz refine their name for quality club grooves with their latest release, ‘The Game,’ for Umek’s 1605 label. Driving a considerably more melodic undertone into the Techno concept, the heavy-set grooves and poignant synth work that make up ‘The Game’ show Filterheadz in a modern light while still showcasing the sharp quality that their productions continue to spiral towards.

Out today on Beatport.

Responding to the popular demand, Jeremy Olander treats us with two eagerly-awaited original tracks for the Christmas holidays. Though initially not set for release when unveiled as the soundtrack to an artistic short movie last month, the Christmas spirit has evidently caused Olander to change his mind as ‘Pusher’ takes the lead of the EP with the melodic progressions that he has become something of a beacon to over the past couple of year. In a turn for the darker terrains of energetic House music, ‘Put Out’ closes out the release with the distinct hallmarks more closely associated with his Dhillon moniker.

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In times of universal generosity, French club-to-pop conjurer Martin Solveig gives away the eagerly-awaited acapella of ‘The Night Out’ as a free download. Celebrating the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ better known as Christmas, the release of this strong and uplifting topline is sure to inspire a slew of remodels just in time for the New Year’s Eve celebrations for one of the many triumphs to emerge from this European landmark in Electronic Dance Music.


While the focus may currently be on his ranking as the 8th highest earning DJ in Electronic Dance Music, American club force more intimately known as Ryan Raddon can boast of a numerous landmark moments for 2012 that exceed financial speculation. Joined by Axtone approved Russian outfit Swanky Tunes and the angelic voice of Toronto songstress Lights, Kaskade extends his melodic legacy with the ironically titled ‘No One Knows Who We Are.’

Providing the perfect middle-ground between the Russian trio’s tough Electro beats and Raddon’s knack for uplifting melodies, this collaborative effort builds upon two more commonly detatched hallmarks in a bid to unify the adrenaline of Electro House with the divine vocal moments that Raddon’s Kaskade moniker has grown to master.

Out today on Beatport.

Words by Dan Carter

In an age where the pop/club crossover sparks more rigorous online debate than record sales, the chart topping Dutchman best known as Afrojack returns to high-end remix duties for an official take of Keane.

Turning his head for the synth-laden terrains of Dance music, Nick van de Wall’s re-interpretation of ‘Sovereign Light Café’ sees him go in a similar vein as Alesso’s remix of ‘Silenced By The Night.’ Pitting Keane’s angelic top line against blissful leads and the high-octane Afrojack drops, the Wall label head avoids offence as much as one could’ve hoped for with this euphoric pop-to-club crossover.

Out today on Beatport.

Off the back of a string of collaborations alongside the likes of Deniz Koyu, Nicky Romero and Johan Wedel, Holland’s Fedde Le Grand is back to celebrate Christmas with his first solo original release since last year’s ‘So Much Love.’

In a tough yet melodic production of chugging lead work and festival-friendly Electro, ‘RAW’ finds itself well in its element with a blistering take on a sound that Le Grand has not only mastered, but set the standard to an all-time-high for. As infectious as you would expect from the Sensation resident and soaked in that familiar Fedde Le Grand charm, the Dutch heavyweight would struggle to find a more promising return to solo original productions.

Out today on Beatport.