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Already boasting instalments on Axtone Records and Size Records, Hard Rock Sofa ticks off yet another of the acclaimed Swedish imprint with a strong label debut on Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records in the form of a remix for Alesso’s ‘Years‘.

Building around the original’s instantly recognizable piano play and Matthew Koma’s familiar vocals, the Russian duo brings the burly Electro House vibes that have sealed their name to the big-time with notable success. Croaking bass and swift chord work take a u-turn on the original track’s relatively consumer-safe aura, packing a well-deserved punch into this popular radio- and club anthem.

Out today on Beatport.

Already boasting instalments on Axtone Records and Size Records, Hard Rock Sofa ticks off yet another of the acclaimed Swedish imprint with a strong label debut on Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records in the form of a remix for Alesso’s ‘Years‘.

Building around the original’s instantly recognizable piano play and Matthew Koma’s familiar vocal stylings, the Russian duo brings the burly Electro House vibes that have sealed their name to the big-time with notable success. Croaking bass and swift chord work take a u-turn on the original track’s relatively consumer-safe aura, packing a well-deserved punch into this popular radio- and club anthem.

Out February 12th.

Amid the untimely coupling of Trance and ‘House’ music, many have found their demise. At the victorious sector of this union stands Progressive Trance visionary Jochen Miller, a Dutch asset whom has proven undeniably conversant in refuelling the Netherlands Trance legacy.

But away from his Trance roots and towards the ‘Housier’ side of affairs, Miller is back to take on official remix duties for Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero and Matthew Koma’s ‘Sparks (Turn Off Your Mind)’, creating a heavier-set version that borrows quite heavily from the original.

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On the heels of the release of the instrumental version, October 8th sees 21-year-old Swede Alesso unleash the official music video to his widely renowned single ‘Years‘ alongside Interscope vocalist Matthew Koma.

Based upon his journey from young piano enthusiast to highly acclaimed DJ and producer, the video sheds light on the true meaning behind the production itself and traces the story of his successful music career in a brutally honest way. Additionally, the visual accompaniment to ‘Years’ also features a cameo of fellow mentor Sebastian Ingrosso and pays tribute to close friend Riccardo Campogiani, who tragically passed away back in 2007 the day before his 17th birthday after being severely assaulted on the streets of Stockholm by five boys of the same age.

Update: A video upload available for the US has now been added.

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Having sat comfortably at #1 on Beatport for two weeks straight, Alesso’s second vocal single of 2012, ‘Years‘, returns for round two with the long overdue release of the instrumental version.

Never so much of an outright club stomper as it has proven an expertly tailored piece of modern Dance music, the instrumentation of ‘Years’ flows as seamlessly on its own as it does alongside the sinewy vocal work of Matthew Koma. But having already done the rounds on dancefloors and charts alike, ‘Years’ looks set to now also take on the global airwaves with the Pete Tong-premiered radio edit, bringing more of Koma’s penetrating voice into the equation with the addition of a new vocal segment.

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Having both successfully touched the clubs and charts alike with their uplifting studio cuts, Dutch House heavyweight Fedde Le Grand and his distinguished homeland peer Nicky Romero make a radio-friendly nod to their instrumental single ‘Sparks’ with a late summer vocal extension for Flamingo Recordings.

While Matthew Koma may risk becoming the next Max C in terms of oversubscription, the addition of his distinct topline works in perfect unison with the tracks pervasive synth work and dynamic peak time energy. But balancing the festival proof substance with a strong radio-friendly appeal, this tough yet melodic gem looks to add yet further weight to the Dutch duos already impressive reign on the genre for 2012, suggesting yet another potential chart-outing for Fedde and Romero alike.

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Words by Dan Carter

Often mistaken for Sebastian Ingrosso’s son, Alessandro Lindblad has been initiated into the big league on merits outside of his associations with his Swedish peers. But having made such affirmative surges forward for 2012, August sees Alesso’s most audacious solo production turned premature summer gem ‘Years’ receive a long overdue official release.

First premiered on Swedish House Mafia’s Essential Selection takeover back in Febuary, ‘Years’ extends the Swede’s versatile synth stylings and key driven chord progressions towards the vocal work of Interscope’s Matthew Koma. Bridging the gap between electronic pop and the festival proof Progressive House without compromising on production values, this uplifting single proves itself a solid mark of musical maturity from Alesso.

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Door slamming and shotgun firing in mind, the ascent of German Electro mogul Zedd has been anything but quiet. But in the wake of his essential vocal outing alongside Mathew Koma, ‘Spectrum’ receives a high profile remix package from the assorted cream of the modern Dance music crop.

While Armin Van Buuren’s paint by numbers approach to Trance leads to a positive leading remix from unfathomable Dutch club icon, Anjunabeats favorite Arty fuses the euphoria of Trance alongside the potent synth-led energy of Progressive House for a strong and original take on the Zedd original.

More commercially associated with his collaborative Duck Sauce side-project alongside Armand Van Helden, Montreal’s A-Trak unites with Dim Mak Favorite Clockwork for a score of distorted chord play and dissected remnants of Koma’s outstanding top line for by far the most inventive remix of the package.

Still hot off the wings of his debut single for Refune ‘Bong’, Germany’s Deniz Koyu offers a dark and heavyset take on the original, leaving room for Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner and Congorock turn to the festival proof realms of Electro House for their own melodic yet piercing takes on Zedd’s handy work.

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While his Refune Records debut ‘Bong’ remains a crucial summer selector amid the summer clubbing season, the MTV approved German Deniz Koyu breaks the silence with a remix for the Electro stylings of his homeland peer Zedd’s ‘Spectrum’ to join an already accomplished collection of official remodels.  Preserving the poignant vocal work of Matthew Koma alongside a selection of hallmarks from Anton Zaslavski’s original offering, the dark and heavyset studio stylings of Koyu reign ultimately satisfying in yet another firm extension of this chart-raking Electro outing. With forthcoming remix duties for Miike Snow and a new original alongside Wynter Gordon set to drop in August, Koyu’s reign upon universal Dance music looks set to extend throughout the months to come.

Zedd – Spectrum (Deniz Koyu Remix)

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Inspired Parisian Electro protagonists Gregori Klosman and Tristan Garner unite to turn their rampant studio dialect to the more melodic realms of Zedd’s ‘Spectrum‘. Breaking the ice with a heartrending string ensemble, the duos coarse and heavy-set lead work sees the tracks otherwise melodic backdrop turned to a cataclysmic front line of festival proof energy from the familiar rule book of 21st century Electro House. Perhaps not the most forward-thinking extension of the genre to touch the summer season thus far, but the significant force of these two French club crusaders marks that amid the copycat maneuvers of modern Dance music, Klosman and Garner have got the ardent energy of Electro House well sussed.

The Spectrum EP is set to be released on July 31.

Zedd feat. Matthew Koma – Spectrum (Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner ‘Knight’ Remix)

Words by Dan Carter

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