Anjunabeats has a lot to be proud of!
London record label Anjunabeats is well represented at the 61st Grammy Awards. In addition to that of the label's founders, Above & Beyond, signees Gabriel & Dresden and Cosmic Gate have collectively been nominated to receive one of the honors.
Above & Beyond is eligible to receive the award for Best Dance Recording for their track featuring Richard Bedford, “Northern Soul.” In 2016 Above & Beyond earned a nomination in the same category for their track “We’re All We Need” featuring Zoë Johnston. Despite the impressive nomination, “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya by The Chainsmokers would ultimately go on to win that award.
In addition to Above & Beyond, another of Anjunabeats’ finest, Gabriel & Dresden, is nominated for the Best Remixed Recording award for the Cosmic Gate remix of Gabriel & Dresden’s track “Only Road” featuring Sub Teal.
This nomination is the first for Gabriel & Dresden as well as Cosmic Gate. Find the full list of nominees for the 61th Grammy Awards here.Follow Anjunabeats:
Take a break from gaming and check this one out!
In honor of the release of the newest Super Smash Bros. game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we decided to have some fun and imagine some of the characters as EDM artists. Below are some of our favorite pairings.7. Mario - Diplo
Since the 1980s, everyone’s favorite Italian plumber has been participating in a variety of fun activities like saving princesses, racing go-karts, and beating the shit out of the childhood characters you hold near and dear to your heart. Mario’s constant shift in style and form is quite similar to Diplo’s career.
Like Mario, you never really know what the Mad Decent boss is going to do next. We’re not sure if Diplo has ever saved any kingdoms. He is, however, a member of some of EDM’s biggest groups like Major Lazer, Jack Ü, Silk City, and LSD (although, Mario prefers mushrooms).6. Samus - Rezz
When listening to Rezz it’s not uncommon to feel like you’re barrelling through space and time. The one they call “Space Mom” has left her mark on dance music with her dark, futuristic sound that perfectly accompanies Samus’ alien slaying.
Now this isn’t a perfect comparison as Samus’ Metroid series hasn’t delved into satanic rituals and soul stealing, but dark reboots are trendy right now so who knows what the future may hold.5. Bowser - Excision
If you’re familiar with Excision’s Lost Lands Festival, you know that he loves giant dinosaurs. It just so happens that Bowser is a giant dinosaur... See where we’re going with this one?
The overwhelming power of the king of the koopas resembles Excision’s aggressive take on dubstep. His bone-crushing sound would lead you to believe that he can breathe fire, although we’ve reached out to his management to confirm this and have not heard back.4. Pikachu - Skrillex
One of the most beloved and well-known figures in gaming deserves a worthy dance music counterpart. Similar to how many grew up on Pokémon cartoons and games, many of the current generation of dance music fans grew up on Skrillex, who would become one of the figureheads in modern-day dance music.
That being said, we’re not sure Pikachu dances like this:3. Kirby - Porter Robinson
Porter Robinson’s debut album Worlds took listeners on a journey to a far away land of dreams and underlying darkness. Kirby’s Dream Land mirrors this with it’s pink clouds and monsters that our family-friendly protagonist kills then swallows whole.
Plus, listening to “Shelter” definitely makes us feel soft and pink inside.2. Link - Armin Van Buuren
The hero of time needs a dance music counterpart who’s stood the test of time. Unlike most of the artists on this list, Armin van Buuren has been one of the biggest dance music artists in the world for almost two decades.
Like the dozens of games in The Legend of Zelda series, Armin van Buuren’s discography has enough entries that old school fans (see: trance snobs) can flex on new fans by name dropping songs that came out before they were born.1. Yoshi - Any Riddim Producer
Is Yoshi a dinosaur or a lizard? Is riddim just heavier dubstep? Is that red thing on his back a spot or a saddle? All of these things are the cause of too many arguments on the internet.
Big game, big theme song!
In the latest trailer for the upcoming video game Kingdom Hearts III, the English Version of Skrillex and Hikaru Utada's highly anticipated theme song was finally revealed.
In the trailer, a one-minute snippet of the track is played over footage from the game. Titled "Face My Fears," this track sees eight-time Grammy Award winner Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) layer his signature future bass sound over vocals from one of Japan's all-time-top-selling artists.
Fans have been waiting eleven years for the next core installment in the Kingdom Hearts series. The critically acclaimed series is a fan favorite in both Japan and the United States.
Alongside "Face My Fears," The Japan Times' most influential artist of the decade, Utada, has wrote three other theme songs for the Kingdom Hearts series. Originally, Moore asked if he could remix Utada's song "Don't Think Twice," but that idea evolved into "Face My Fears."
The full version of "Face My Fears" will release on January 18 2019 in the form of a Single CD. Kingdom Hearts III will launch worldwide January 29, 2019 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.FOLLOW SKRILLEX:
Marshmello took a dip in the hip-hop pool with his latest release.
EDM superstar Marshmello is known for killing it in both the EDM and the pop world. Today, he's making moves to take on the hip-hop game.
The anonymous DJ/producer hinted at the release of his latest track back in November and now he's here to deliver on that promise. The single sees him collaborate with up-and-coming rapper Roddy Ricch and goes by the title "Project Dreams." Typically, the masked legend has always incorporated some EDM aspects into his tracks, but with this new single, he takes a traditional approach to the genre.
The song features a melodic loop laced with Ricch's catchy verses. Marshmello layers his 808 drums, clean snares, and complex hat patterns like a seasoned hip-hop producer. The vibe is undeniably smooth, so it looks like the masked man really can do it all.
Marshmello has had a meteoric rise over the past few years. With mega hits "Alone," "Silence" and most recently "Happier," there's no sign this man is slowing down anytime soon. In the past two years, he has reportedly earned $44 million - and his manager, Moe Shalizi, expects him to rival the income of Calvin Harris in 2019.
According to XXL, Roddy Rich's music career gained momentum with the breakout success of "Die Young," a single he released in July of 2018. Prior to that, he had delivered a mixtape titled Feed Tha Streets in late 2017 followed by a four-track EP called Be 4 Tha Fame in early 2017. Most recently he's garnered a mass of new fans after being featured on Meek Mill's new album.FOLLOW MARSHMELLO:
PvD links up with young Toronto trance producer on latest album
Following the release of "Trust You, Trust Me," up-and-coming Toronto trance producer Saad Ayub has partnered up with trance legend Paul van Dyk's VANDIT Records once more - this time in the form of a collaboration with the trance legend himself. Together, van Dyk and Ayub created "Future Memories" which will appear on van Dyk's ninth artist album, Music Rescues Me. "Future Memories" is a dynamic record that embodies all of the stunning qualities of trance music.
"Future Memories" is a hypnotic, high-energy track. The rolling kick drums and surging synth stabs create an atmospheric energy that soothes the soul. van Dyk and Ayub transition us with a white noise riser that bellows in to ease the pattern. They then slowly build us back up to deliver the final notes of the track. Trance fans will rejoice in hearing the iconic sounds of van Dyk layered with the young producer's undeniable flair
Speaking on the track, Ayub had this to say:
"While the outfits have changed, colours evolved and there are decidedly more lasers, dance music connects people today the same way it always has. We make new memories, while reminiscing about the past. That’s what "Future Memories" is all about!"
German music producer Paul van Dyk is one of the world's most renowned names in trance music. He's played an integral role in developing the genre throughout the decades. Music Rescues Me is his next project to debut to the world. The 15-track album features artists Lostly, Alan Wyse, Sue McLaren, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Jack Cottle, Chris Bekker, Plumb, Steve Dekay, Rafael Osmo, Delta One, Jordan Suckley, Project 8, and the aforementioned Saad Ayub.
On the topic of Music Rescues Me, van Dyk said in a statement:
"This new album is not about music bringing one person back from the brink. Its theme reaches beyond that. This is about music’s ability to open us up, to stimulate mental imagery, to unlock or bring back memories. It’s about its often hard-to-fathom capacity to support us, to get us through our tougher or more challenging times, as well as soundtracking the good ones, and making them even better."
Ayub is the newcomer ready to take trance by storm. He was an influencer in the dance music scene in his home country of Bangladesh. Ayub worked with event organizers, promoters, and other DJs to build a dance music following where one had never existed. Known for his eight-hour shows, he has helped build the groundwork for what is now a thriving dance music scene in Bangladesh. His distinctive, pulsating progressive sound landed him headlining gigs and opened the door for him to be the resident DJ for Ministry of Sound UK’s World Tours in Bangladesh.FOLLOW PAUL VAN DYK:
MUST DIE! fired back at fans who complained about a DJ with whom he shared the stage.
MUST DIE! has gone to profane lengths to defend an artist who opened for him at Stereo Live in Houston, Texas last night. Although his remarks may alienate some of the less sonically open-minded members of his fan base, they'll likely earn the favor of dance music's more tenured following.
In an impassioned Twitter rant, MUST DIE! (real name Lee Bates) addressed comments made about the artist who played before him, Albert Fix. "People were complaining to me, thinking that I’d think it’s cool to only like dubstep," he wrote. "Here’s the thing... you’re a pussy if you don’t like house music."
In a reply tweet, Ray Volpe echoed Bates' sentiments. "I think I know who you're talking about and he throws down some great house sets," he wrote. "I was loving it before mine the other week." Party Favor also showed support in one of the threads.
Bates is himself a Houston native, although he is currently based in Seattle, Washington. His stage name is derived from the film title John Tucker Must Die, and he has released studio-length albums since 2012.
MUST DIE!'s Twitter tirade has not elicited significant backlash from fans or fellow artists at the time of writing.Follow MUST DIE!:
Ninja continues to bring the talent together.
Following closely on contributions from NERO, Alesso, Tycho, and 3LAU to the Ninjawerks compilation, Kaskade and Dillon Fransis each add a new single to the already incredible talent pool.
Both Kaskade and Dillon Francis have been on a steady release push throughout the year. Francis' latest offering, "LFGD" is a manic moombahton influenced single featuring Twitch streamer Chris Melberger. On the opposite end of the sonic spectrum, Kaskade's contribution is an ethereal single "On Your Mind" incorporating downtempo rhythms and future house influences.
If you're just getting up to speed, Ninjawerks is a collaboration between Twitch streamer and e-sports star Ninja and legendary electronic label Astralwerks. The compilation is a first of its kind further strengthening the already tangible link between electronic music and the greater gaming and tech communities.
Throughout its 25 years in business, Astralwerks has continued to be an innovative force within the electronic music space. As a label they've helped break some of electronic music's biggest names such as Illenium, Alison Wonderland, and many more. This partnership embracing the rapidly bourgeoning e-sports arena, and its most influential personality Ninja, represents yet another groundbreaking bet that appears to be paying off.
If you haven't already, check out the full NINJAWERKS playlist with all the compilation releases to date. Stay tuned for more next week when the entire compilation drops with new music December 14th.FOLLOW Dillon Fransis:
In an email mixup, the promoter sent out the Insomniac Passport to a wider audience than intended.
The Insomniac headquarters faced minor technical difficulties recently. Fans of the iconic event company were emailed yesterday an early invitation to purchase the new Insomniac Passport, allowing festival lovers to pay a flat price and gain access to all Insomniac events.
Sadly, this email was not meant for everyone. Due to a mixup on the platform, the email was sent to the masses versus the select few for which it was meant. Fans are not pleased with the exclusivity of the passes. Reddit is swarming with people trying to find out the password to gain access to purchasing.
Those lucky enough to have received the password will be getting a substantial discount on all of the company's major festivals. Included with the pass are HARD Summer + Day of the Dead, both EDC Las Vegas and Orlando, Electric Forest, Escape, Countdown, Factory 93 and the concert series at the NOS Events (Crush, We Are NRG, Project Z, Bassrush Massive, Wasteland, etc). To top it off, Insomniac events at the Hollywood Palladium & The Belasco will also be on the list.
The three options for purchase are as follows:
In addition to the monthly cost, you pay $20 per event and get benefits such as priority access, a dedicated entrance, and other perks.
Insomniac is following Live Nation's lead with the idea of a festival passport. Two years ago they launched their version which gave concert lovers the option pay a flat price and gain access to over 100 festivals worldwide. Next year, they’re launching a Lawn Pass for 2019, giving people access to concerts at an amphitheater of their choice for a flat price for the year.
Two flavors of bass music collide on "Like That"
Following his highly anticipated release with The Chainsmokers, NGHTMRE returns with funk electronic aficionados Big Gigantic for a genre-bending new single. Their new offering "Like That" infuses the sonic roots of both artists into a track that's both soulful and heavy.
Dark horns and trumpet fanfare transpire into a heavy hitting bass break. Coming from such contrasting yet complementary backgrounds, both acts found a pathway to standing out on this release without compromising their sound.
In the worlds of trap and dubstep, few producers have proven as versatile as NGHTMRE. Since his big break in 2016, the Mad Decent signee has had great success working alongside numerous high profile electronic artists from very diverse spheres of influence while continuing to maintain a sonic identity.
"Like That" marks NGHTMRE's debut foray into the colorful world of funk electronic. As figureheads of the space, who better to team up with than Big Gigantic. After a quiet first half of the year, the duo has made a strong end of year push. They recently appeared on Louis the Child's Kids At Play EP and on the Westwood Recordings 100th Release Compilation.
For a unique infusion of all things bass, check out NGHTMRE & Big Gigantic's collaboration "Like That" - out now on Mad Decent.FOLLOW NGHTMRE:
After releasing tons of music, Duskus closes out the year with a bang.
This year has been an especially good year for 21 year-old Simon White, better known as one of bitbird's rising stars, Duskus. Back in May he released his debut EP, cute, featuring three amazing tracks - one of those being the popular San Holo collaboration, "Take Me Home." Since then the album has amassed over two million streams, but the success of his EP isn't the only thing that's made 2018 great for the young DJ.
White has garnered much attention for his single and collaboration releases too. His first single of the year, "Easy," saw him work with bass DJ graves. Currently one of both artists' most popular songs, the track is the perfect combination of graves' bass sound with White’s characteristic resonating ones.
In September, San Holo released his own debut album, album1, and it came to no surprise that White popped up on the track list. Their second collaboration together, "forever free," is one of the album's most popular tracks and, after hearing "Take Me Home," it comes as little surprise.
Not too long after that, White released his single, "Longtime," in which he experimentated with using his own vocals. Showcasing more of his skill at inducing emotions, he told us in an interview that it’s the "second more 'housey' track" he's released and that it "reflects the future sound."
And as promised, his most recent and this year's last release, "Where To Go," is a testament to that. The uplifting track has that same house vibe as "Longtime" with its simple palette of sounds and choppy vocals, yet it's also something entirely different -and in a good way.
With its blend of infectious groovy drops spaced between captivating and breathtaking lulls, "Where To Go" retains everything that makes up Duskus while being minimal. Inspired to challenge himself, White explains, "Most of the music I make is normally very full on; I wanted to see If I could make something different but still keep it Duskus. I think this worked."
As with the end of every year, we ask ourselves something similar to "where to go." For White, it's continuing to move upwards in his career and, most recently, embarking on his first tour ever as an opener for San Holo's album1 North American tour.Follow Duskus:
"Control" kickstarts this fresh, new artist's promising career.
Maison Ware has released his debut single "Control," which encapsulates a dense bass house style. With its deleterious four-on-the-floor rhythm, "Control" also derives influence Japanese culture and secret societies.
Maison Ware draws inspiration from a number of places, but specifically from the dark back streets of Shibuya District in Tokyo - and rightfully so. Shibuya is an area within the city that breeds trends, innovation, and future for nightlife and Japanese fashion.
This debut new single is written around when light and darkness go head-to-head and fight for the spotlight. The thunderous basses, wailing synths, and eerie vocals weave together for a sinister dance floor track.
Maison Ware has come out strong with this debut single. If this pace keeps up, the mysterious producer will surely control the electronic music scene and the radio waves in the coming months.Follow Maison Ware:
Hardwell saves his best for last as we close out 2018.
Hardwell is aiming to close out 2018 on a high note. The Dutch producer has enlisted an unlikely combination of features for a radio-ready single. Breakout vocalist Conor Maynard and hip hop icon Snoop Dogg join forces with "How You Love Me," a light and uplifting tune that is perhaps Hardwell's most pop-focused track of the year.
Hardwell made headlines recently having announced a sudden indefinite touring hiatus. "How You Love Me" marks his first single release since his last scheduled show in mid October. While Hardwell's early 2018 singles demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his signature big room house sound, "How You Love Me" sees the Revealed Recordings head honcho exploring the pop/electronic realm.
While they come from very different hemispheres, both Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg are showing an increased involvement within the dance music space. Maynard achieved global visibility following his collaboration with R3HAB this summer. Snoop Dogg wrapped a gritty collaboration with Yultron titled "Bow Down" earlier this year.
It seems Hardwell is using his time off from touring to shake things up creatively. Stream or download Hardwell, Conor Maynard, and Snoop Dogg's new collaboration via Spinnin' Records across platforms here.FOLLOW HARDWELL:
SNBRN's euphoric remix of 'One Reason' maintains the original subtle Hotel Garuda vibe and overall tone.
Wrapping up a hugely successful run supporting artists like Gorgon City, Giraffage, and Ryan Hemsworth, SNBRN has dropped a memorable remix of Hotel Garuda's "One Reason" on Mom+Pop Music.
SNBRN's euphoric remix maintains the original, subtle Hotel Garuda vibe and overall tone. A pounding four-on-the-floor rhythm gives this remix more than one reason to get out on the dance floor. Additionally, SNBRN has strategically placed amazing synths throughout that slide around as the vocals take hold and flourish.
Earlier this year, Hotel Garuda announced their breakup as Chris Gavino (A.K.A. Manilla Killa) left the group. Since then, Aseem Mangaoka has focused on promoting mental health and wellness through music. Mangaoka struggles with epilepsy and shared an incredibly tug-at-the-heartstrings story on his Facebook page.
What's more is that Hotel Garuda will be heading on the One Reason U.S. Tour, with stops in cities like Tampa, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles. Stream or download the SNBRN remix of "One Reason" via Mom+Pop Music across platforms here, and find the full list of dates below.Follow Hotel Garuda:
Are you jamming to FANGS yet?
FANGS is back in action with a brand new dance floor heater. While he first started releasing music in 2017, he's aimed to take over in 2018. In just this year alone he's released a handful of hits such as "This Is How We Do It," "Bones," and "Venom." With his latest work, he's prepared to impress once again.
"Waiting All My Life" is a tech house weapon designed to get everyone on the floor moving. Featuring the vocals of Megan Gage, FANGS has once again shown us why he's one to watch in 2019.
If this wasn't enough FANGS for you don't worry, there's more in store next year. If you need something a bit sooner, you'll be able to catch his live debut at OMFG NYE in New York alongside premier talents such as Kaskade, ILLENIUM, Porter Robinson, and many more. Find tickets here.Follow FANGS:
Tchami's mixes are a blend of all kinds of house music, so expect an hour of everything from funky melodies to deep basslines.
Parisian producer Tchami makes his debut on Beats 1’s weekly radio show One Mix this weekend. If you’re familiar with Tchami, you can bet it’ll be an hour of house music of all kinds - funky, soulful, deep and melodic. Expect tunes from A-Trak, Mark Knight, Bellecour, Malaa and Kyle Watson.
Tune in here.
Air Date: Friday 7th December 2018 - 21:00 LA / 00:00 NY / 05:00 UK
Tchami (real name Martin Joseph Léonard Bresso) popped up five years ago with his hit remix of Janet Jackson’s “Go Deep.” With the remix, Bresso was quick to establish his deep spiritual take on house music, which has progressed considerably over the years.
Songs like “Adieu” and “After Life” embody his spiritual take on house, though he often expresses a grittier sound, as heard on releases like “SIAW” and “My Place.”
The Frenchman also stands out for his distinct look, always dressed in a priest outfit for performances, an ode to his sound. Sometimes he even invites choirs to sing on stage, bringing the church to the dance floor - another nod to the spirituality of his style.
Many attribute Bresso as the pioneer of the “future house” genre: a mix of the slow-poised feel of deep house with the bouncy energy and fast-paced drops of modern electronic music. Though Dutch DJ/producer Oliver Heldens and his fan base thought otherwise when the term was coined, leading to a little Twitter squabble between Heldens and Bresso back in 2014. While it was a harmless exchange and the pair are on good terms, oddly enough, just this week Heldens revealed there was a little more to the controversy than we originally thought, with a certain French superstar DJ involved.
Twitter drama aside, Bresso has had a great career. Within five years, he has established a distinct sound for himself, toured the world, and started his own label, Confession, which has ballooned into one of the most popular modern house music labels.
While we interviewed him just last month in New York, ahead of his Beats 1 One Mix, we got to know a little bit more about Bresso. Diving into what drives his musical tastes, he shared his musical inspirations, go-to places for new music, and perfect sunset tracks with us, among other things. Read on to see what he had to say.
EDM.com: First show experience?
Tchami: La Loco. A club in Paris that is named now La Machine I believe.
First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?
Olympia in Paris.
The artist who inspired you to become a musician?
My first piano teacher, Mr. Luga. He was 80 years old or so. I was told he went to one of the best music school in Paris in the ’40s and he had a real talent at teaching. My parents, too, inspired me to make music as there was always my father playing piano or my mother singing at home. Seeing things like that at a young age had a huge impact on me.
Go-to places for new music?
The internet in general and certain places like the Lighthouse and Disk Union when I have the chance to be in Tokyo.
Guilty pleasure record?
“Manha De Carnaval” by Astrud Gilberto.
Desert-island dance record?
“Think Twice” by The Detroit Experiment.
Dream B2B partner?
Piece of gear you always need on the road?
Teenage Engineering OP-1.
All-time favorite festival?
Dour in Belgium as a music lover and Coachella as an artist.
Biggest misconception about dance music?
That it’s only for clubs and festivals.
How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?
My fun is in the studio with creative people or friends in the room jamming. I don’t go out very much but I enjoy a basketball game or a jam session once in a while.
City with the most underrated dance scene?
Minneapolis. But there any so many places where house and dance music are beginning to bloom.
Industry prediction for the next year?
I don’t do forecasts but I like what is happening in house music nowadays. I feel there is a sense of freedom, artists are not afraid to experiment and put out different things.
Best piece of advice for new producers?
Find your sound but don’t make it a strict formula.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?
What is one of the unique experiences you’ve had backstage?
When I first played Red Rocks [Amphitheatre] on the Skrillex Mothership Tour and realized how massive the place looks... Gave me the chills.
Unique travel experience you’ve had?
Went to the Great Wall of China.
What's your favourite throwback track?
“Rock Your Body” by Marshall Jefferson.
What's one track that fans always lose their mind to?
Definitely my track “Adieu.”
What was the first album you ever bought?
Tical 2000 by Method Man.
Name one remix that you think is better than the original?
MK’s Dub III of “Look Right Through” by Storm Queen
What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?
“The Sound Of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, “A Song For You” by Donny Hattaway, and “Le Sud” by Nino Ferrer.
What's the perfect sunset track?
“So Good To Me” by Chris Malinchak or Snakehips’ remix of “Warm Water’ by BANKS.
What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?
Jimmy Edgar’s remix of “Whip” by Aden or “Monte Carlo” by Mercer.FOLLOW TCHAMI:
Five of the tracks are melodic, and the other five are the signature Dion Timmer heavy.
Dion Timmer's incredibly diverse, melodic and powerful Very Extra is here. Independently released, the EP is a deep dive into what Timmer's music is all about - and what it is about to be.
The effort calls on a few of Timmer's very extra friends like The Arcturians, Azuria Sky, and R E X E X. The first few tracks shimmer in the limelight with melodies that aren't necessarily like Timmer. The latter five tracks, however, are much heavier and nod to his early music.
The opening track, "Endlessly Playable Dynamic Sounds," is an impressively playful track that has angelic vocals, soft percussive elements, and wispy synths that allow you to truly relax and unwind your mind. The follow-up track, "The Best of Me" featuring The Arcturians, grabs your hand and walks you directly into the light of formidable bass. The drop features a throbbing pulse that take a very retro yet modern turn.
"Calling Me" slows it down a bit with a large ambiance, space, and vocal effects that span throughout the frequency spectrum. The drop unleashes into a riddim-driven energy. It's slow, but it gets the job done. Azuria Sky jumps in to ask if you can hear her and Timmer. Surely enough, they make their presence known. The anticipation builds as Azuria Sky's vocals glimmer in your ears. The production of the track breaks at the guardrails as Timmer fights to hold back a heavy drop. That doesn't stop him, though, as he does implement a few dubstep wobbles during the drop and choruses.
Azuria Sky and Timmer's shining partnership continues into "Beneath The Waves" with a four-on-the-floor drum pattern and deep bass counterbalanced by soft and subtle pads that effortlessly support the vocal melodies.
Timmer quickly turns Very Extra around with the transition into the heavier pieces. "Dreaming Out Loud" accomplished exactly that. From the very first bar of the track, you're introduced to a forthcoming unforgiving second half. A slamming drop gets completely in your face with an edgy synth and bass combination. The title track, "Very Extra," is a hat tip to a Snails track that vicariously lives through fast rhythms, wet synths, and reassuring chord progressions.
Pitched vocals that sporadically fill in the voids open the floor in "Because Of You." Disturbed synths dominate the riddim drop. "Barrows Ballad" jumps right into trap with a screeching synth in the drop. Heading over to a YOOKiE sound, Timmer goes all out with wavy, filtered synths. It'll surely make you think about the ensuing mayhem.
The last track on the EP, "Identity Crisis," features R E X E X and is certainly one of its heaviest tracks. The piercing high-end frequencies wobble and permeate throughout the track, but Timmer and R E X E X diversify the piece with Gramatik-reminiscent percussion.
Dion Timmer has certainly made a name for himself over the last few years with fiery releases like "Escape" and "The Right Type." Very Extra EP is a powerful and contrasting bridge that Dion Timmer has built perfectly with melodic tracks and heavy hitters for which he's known.
Stream Dion Timmer's Very Extra across platforms here.Follow Dion Timmer:
"Dreamer" got the Nicky Romero treatment to compelling effect.
Martin Garrix's collaboration with Mike Yung looks to live on longer through a series of remixes. Two days ago the former artist announced that three producers had reimagined the November single. Today, his fellow Dutchman Nicky Romero has shared the first official remix of "Dreamer."
Whereas Garrix hardly exerted his own influence on the original, Romero's version bears clear-cut hallmarks of his signature sound. Big synth melodies build up to a euphoric drop engineered to send thousands-deep festival crowds into motion.
SLVR and EAUXMAR are also slated to deliver remixes. If their recent releases serve as any indicator, the former producer's rendition will likely fall closer to the category of bass house while that of the latter will exhibit his underground SoundCloud beatmaker aesthetic.
Neither Martin Garrix nor any of the aforementioned artists have disclosed when the rest of the remixes will be available at the time of writing. In the meantime, stream or download the Nicky Romero remix of Martin Garrix's "Dreamer" featuring Mike Yung across platforms by way of STMPD RCRDS here.FOLLOW NICKY ROMERO:
Riot Shift's latest music video is hard to stop watching.
Riot Shift have clearly set their sights on standing out in the oversaturated electronic music market. Sometimes, it takes doing strange things to make yourself known, and these two adamant vegans (real names Ole Baehr and Connor Kratz) have done just that in their latest music video.
“Boundaries” features the two music producers behind the act attacking a series of vegetables with sledgehammers and baseball bats. Slow-motion shots of various pieces obliterated vegetables flying in all directions makes it hard to stop watching this bizarre video.
The track the video set to is on the very experimental side of hardstyle, and fits right alongside the video. Hate it or love it, Riot Shift are going against the grain and making a statement.
Riot Shift has been active since 2016 and has performed at top-tier festivals such as Ground Zero Festival and Intents Festival. They will also play at the 2019 edition of Rebirth. They are members of the Theracords record label, which is known for pushing the experimental boundaries of hard dance music in different directions and helping new talent get a foothold in the scene.
Stream or download "Boundaries" across platforms here.FOLLOW RIOT SHIFT:
Their Brooklyn and Los Angeles performances were no flash in the pan.
House and techno fans came from far and wide to watch Adam Beyer and Cirez D A.K.A. Eric Prydz perform back-to-back nights of back-to-back sets in Brooklyn last weekend. Afterwards, Beyer revealed that he and Prydz would play similar shows in 2019.
"Thanx [sic] for 4 incredible shows," read a tweet written by Beyer on December 2nd, the day after the second show wrapped up. "We tried to bring a different set each time and i think it worked. We will be back with more next year."
In addition to his wildly successful career as a DJ/producer, Beyer is also the label boss of Drumcode, the highest-grossing techno imprint in the world. Prydz, his fellow Swede, is iconic in his own right. Whether under his real name, his Pryda moniker, his Cirez D techno alias or his new project, Tonja Holma, his contributions to contemporary electronic music are impossible to overlook.
Neither Adam Beyer nor Eric Prydz have yet to announce a date or location for their next back-to-back performance at the time of writing.
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SoundCloud's new infographic details the platform's biggest players.
Love it or hate it, SoundCloud provides content creators the world over a platform on which they can reach an ever-growing audience. The music streaming service has compiled an infographic that breaks down which artists saw the most success over the past year.
Chicago, Illinois rapper Juice WRLD received the "Top Artist" honor for amassing more likes, reposts and streams than any other uploader. His song "Lucid Dreams" was also declared "Top Track" for racking up more plays than any other upload on the platform. Two Friends and Illenium also won "Top DJ Set" and "Top Remix," respectively - the former for "Big Bootie Mix Vol. 13," and the latter for his remix of The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down."
The SoundCloud Playback 2018 infographic also delves into the most used tags, biggest traffic spikes, and other distinctions. Look through it in its entirety below.
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