After setting the tone with ‘Rules’ (feat. Chenai) at the end of 2019, Tensnake aptly followed suit today to show exactly why the coming year has his name written all over it. With a brand-new single called ‘Automatic’ (feat. Fiora), the German electronic music phenomenon not only delivers a single infused with bags of pop appeal, but also offers a sneak preview of his forthcoming artist album ‘L.A.’
Stealing the show with groovy bass swirls and striding vocals before the colorful lift-off, ‘Automatic’ adds radiance and spirit to the global nightlife scene. From its playful attitude to its club-tailored vibe, this track will prove a perfect prelude to an exciting year of releases ahead for Tensnake.
Talking about his upcoming artist album and its lead single, Tensnake said: "I have been impatiently waiting for this day to finally officially announce that a new Tensnake album is on the way. ‘Automatic’ is the first single and I couldn’t be happier to have it out now. The origins of this song go way back. It is a cover of one of my all-time favorite ‘80s songs, and Fiora and I recorded the vocals while we were working together on my debut album ‘Glow’ in 2013. I've always loved it, even though it did not make it onto my first album. So seven years later, I gave it a new treatment, reproduced the music, and now it’s finally coming out. I hope you like it as much as I do.”
After getting his first taste of critical acclaim with his ‘In The End (I Want You To Cry)’ EP in 2009, Tensnake has been cementing his status as a dance music pioneer every step along the way. The Hamburg-born DJ, producer and label boss secured U.K. chart success with 2010 single ‘Coma Cat’, officially remixed songs from the likes of Aloe Blacc (‘I Need A Dollar’, 2010), Lana Del Rey (‘National Anthem’, 2012), London Grammar (‘Hey Now’, 2014) and Duke Dumont (‘I Got You’, 2014), collaborated with Nile Rodgers, three-time Grammy-winner Stuart Price, Jamie Lidell, MNEK, Fiora and more for his debut album ‘Glow’ in 2014, and snatched up over 70 million streams on Spotify to date. And now with a brand-new artist album in the pipeline, Tensnake is taking all the right steps to ensure that this year will be his best one yet.
It’s been almost three months since Armin van Buuren unleashed his seventh artist album, and ‘Balance’ is still lighting up the electronic dance music realm. After unveiling the ‘Balance’-themed murals in New York, Mexico City and Amsterdam, launching a full-fledged ‘Balance’ escape room in the Dutch capital, seeing the album gain the certified gold status in the Netherlands within five days and evoking a truckload of magical moments through album track features in live shows across the globe, Armin van Buuren is adding even more fireworks into the mix by launching the first batch of ‘Balance’ remixes.
For the remixes, Armin van Buuren called upon the specific remix skills of several of dance music’s finest. Offering up imaginative new directions of respectively ‘Mr. Navigator’, ‘It Could Be’ and ‘Runaway’, i_o, Genix and Erly Tepshi adopt a more club-suited approach.
Between Genix’s dark Techno-tinged version of ‘It Could Be’ and Erly Tepshi’s atmospheric take on ‘Runaway’, i_o delivers a ferocious remix of Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto’s ‘Mr. Navigator’. Driven by bulldozing kick-bass combos, crude hi-hats and the raw vocals of the original, this edit brings with it a natural aptitude for dance floor domination due to its extreme amounts of energy and power. All combined, this first batch of remixes ensures bags of mainstage appeal and fist-pumping crowds as far as the eye can see.
Armin van Buuren
After closing the year in style with one of his most empowering singles to date, ARTY has called upon his gifted peers to pick up where the sonic wonder of 2019 left off. Now with fresh reimaginations from Sultan + Shepard, Felon and RetroVision, the electronic music phenomenon’s ‘Daydreams’ single with Cimo Fränkel returns to the spotlight to both get the year off to a great start and warm up the crowd for more ARTY music to come soon.
Listen to ARTY feat. Cimo Fränkel – Daydreams (Remixes)
As fans have already gotten a taste of the renditions of Sultan + Shepard and Felon, the ‘Daydreams’ remix pack conjures up a wave of recognizability whilst ensuring full-scope dance music madness. With all artists adding their own distinct color to the single’s canvas – and Sultan + Shepard even injecting the unique sound of their recently released ‘Echoes Of Life’ album into the remix – the single comes alive once more in shapes and forms that’ll make the song flourish in every corner of the dance music realm.
As explained by ARTY when ‘Daydreams’ was first released, the original songs revolves around the fact that we all go through hard times in our lives, the times when we lose the desire to live and stop enjoying all of the little things that made us happy before. But then one day, a person shows up in your life that changes everything, showing you the right path, that there's still a light and that you should never stop dreaming. To help the song reflect this hidden message, ARTY joined forces with singer-songwriter Cimo Fränkel, who co-wrote Cheat Codes and Kriss Kross Amsterdam’s ‘Sex’ (certified gold in the U.S., over 650 million streams worldwide). And now with Sultan + Shepard, Felon and RetroVision on remix duty, the song is set to reach even more people with its empowering message.
Sultan + Shepard
Drawing inspiration from the numerous musical influences he indulged in growing up in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Brando is releasing his first single of 2020, ‘Look Into My Eyes’. The record was produced by the Amsterdam born DJ/Producer Avedon with input from guitarist Camden Bench. ‘Look Into My Eyes’ started off with the idea of flipping the ‘90s record ‘Would I Lie To You Baby’ by the UK duo Charles & Eddie. The end result is a range of cool vibes that dictate the groove with an innate catchiness that makes the track itself stand apart from the original and is perfect for the global dance music scene.
For those unaware, Brando was the voice behind Canadian duo Loud Luxury's multi-million-streaming hit ‘Body’ (well over 600 million streams on Spotify) and Don Diablo’s ‘Congratulations’, the latter of which is currently climbing the U.S. Mediabase Dance Chart through a surge of radio plays.
Listen to Brando – Look Into My Eyes
After making waves on an international scale with ‘Body’ and more recently ‘Congratulations’, Brando is also a prolific songwriter and was part of the team that penned the Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine smash ‘I’m Not Alright’ which is a top 10 record on US Dance charts. Amplifying the momentum generated through his earlier collaborations, Brando’s return to Armada Music means the birth of another sure-fire dance anthem.
Brando: “I wanted to write a song that conveyed the current lifestyle that I’ve stumbled into, one in which I’m often performing at clubs late at nightand I observe guys who have a girlfriend back at home worried about whether their boyfriend out cheating. I wanted to capture that tension in a relationship where you really have to trust your partner will do the right thing.”
While his immediate pipeline is stacked full of more amazing collabs with artists such as Matoma and BRKLYN, he’s also in the studio finishing up an EP for release later this year. Fans will be excited to know Brando is working on tour dates that will be announced soon, as he’s ready for the world to discover what he’s all about, starting with his first single of 2020: ‘Look Into My Eyes’.
As the year of 2019 is entering into its final stages, it seems that Ferry Corsten and Armada Music saved one of the year’s best announcements for last. Today, the Dutch Trance phenomenon and the Amsterdam, New York and London-based record label inked an exclusive agreement, putting their trust in each other for the (future) representation of Ferry Corsten’s Flashover Recordings as well as most of the imprint’s past releases, which includes a trove of beloved classics produced by Ferry Corsten under his System F and Gouryella aliases plus many more well established artists.
Maykel Piron, CEO Armada Music: “Over twenty years ago, Ferry and I started working together at an independent label. I was involved in releasing some of his biggest hits, such as ‘Out Of The Blue’ and Gouryella’s ‘Gouryella’. Continuing our working relationship after all those years feels like coming home, and I can’t wait to create future hits together in this new partnership. It’s a dream to be able to work on new Ferry Corsten material and it’ll be a blast reworking the classics that inspired me and helped me grow to where I am as a person today.”
Joeri Lodders, CEO Flashover Recordings: “We feel that partnering up with Armada will bring us the reach our artists need for future releases while working on our catalogue in a new and creative way. It’s exciting to see that Maykel’s past work with Ferry and myself finally comes together to reach new heights.”
Ferry Corsten: “I have been working on so many diverse music projects lately, and I strongly feel that through this new partnership we will maximize the creativity and capability of these plans moving forward. I always try to have new and established talent benefit from releasing their music on Flashover, so with Armada now as our partner, I believe this will open up new and exciting opportunities for these artists to develop their careers.”
Ferry Corsten’s lustrous career truly started with the release of ‘Out Of The Blue’, the sophomore artist album under his System F moniker. The eponymous single became a worldwide hit, charted in the Top 20 of the U.K. Singles chart and graced the Top 10 of Japan’s singles chart for three consecutive years, paving the way for a steady flow of releases (including ‘Gouryella’ with Tiësto) and remix work for U2, Moby, Faithless, The Killers, William Orbit, Duran Duran, Public Enemy, Nelly Furtado, and many others.
Fast-forward to today and it’s clear that there isn’t a lot Ferry Corsten hasn’t already achieved in the twenty years since. A regular in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, the Dutchman has eight full-length studio albums to his name, runs a globally syndicated radio show (Corsten’s Countdown) and continues to send fans into raptures through both his stadium-quivering DJ sets and System F live show, wherever in the world he ventures. Now entering into a new chapter with his label alongside Armada Music, Ferry Corsten once again proves that the possibilities are boundless.
(pictured above, from left to right: Xander van der Aa, Jesse Hummen, Harry Fowler, Jeroen te Rehorst, Ferry Corsten, Maykel Piron, Joeri Lodders, Rob van Dongen)
Some songs take ages to perfect, to get to the point where it reflects the artist’s musical direction and delivers the vibe and feel that its creator envisioned. Such is the case with Zack Martino and singer-songwriter Lenii’s ‘Crave U’, which had been in the making for a whopping seven years until Zack Martino saw the record take shape during his live masterclass for Armada University, Armada Music’s online producer platform. And today, that single has finally come to see its release on Armada Music, coinciding with the start of the pre-order window for Zack Martino’s music production masterclass for Armada University.
Listen to Zack Martino feat. Lenii – Crave U
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Featuring the disarming vocals of Lenii on a backdrop of addictive harmonies and catchy organ stabs, ‘Crave U’ is about being obsessed with the idea of someone and wanting what you can’t have. Zack Martino used the song’s framework as a starting point for his masterclass for Armada University, which was shot live in one of the two production studios in Armada Music’s HQ in Amsterdam. That studio session proved key into shaping the song into its current form, a grade A song that has all it takes to make music lovers go wild.
Zack Martino: “Making this record was a really unique process. After producing four different versions, I feel like this one represents my direction as an artist the most. The dark ambience of the record worked so well with Lenii’s storyline, which really brought the vision to life.”
Lenii: “I wrote the first verse of ‘Crave U’ in Ireland when I was 15. A few years later, when I moved to New York, a mutual friend sent over Zack’s instrumental and his dark production just fit the lyrics perfectly. This was a very unique process because even though we both live in New York, the final version was made in Amsterdam over facetime. I'm very excited that it's finally out.”
Having enjoyed great success on the airwaves, young NYC native Zack Martino truly is a star on the rise. With his unique and recognizable sound, he has gained over one million monthly listeners on Spotify and racked up a total of over 50 million streams, all the while dropping head-turning remixes of Armin van Buuren’s ‘Lonely For You’, Galantis’ ‘Rich Boy’ and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Paris’. His track ‘Hold On To Me’ was considered for a Grammy for “Best Dance Recording” and reached #1 on U.S. Dance Radio and #3 in Billboard’s Dance chart, while his recent collaboration with VASSY, ‘Doomsday’, hit #1 in Billboard’s Dance/Club Songs chart in October 2018 and was also considered for a 2019 Grammy award.
Lenii (Ellen Murphy) is a singer-songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork, Ireland. After indulging in classical violin lessons at age 4 and piano and guitar later on, Lenii first left home at age 15, moving to New York City to learn music production and DJing whilst subsequently spending years in the electronic music scene featuring as a singer and producer on multiple dance records. She spent the past year writing and producing for many developing and established acts, and with successful past releases of her own (incl. becoming the runner-up in the International Songwriting Competition), 2019 marks the beginning of a new chapter for her artist project.
DJ and producer duo Mambo Brothers have unveiled their stirring new single ‘LIFE’, via Armada Subjekt. The brothers will also headline Wall Miami on NYE.
Listen to Mambo Brothers – LIFE
A seven-minute journey that harnesses an unmistakably Balearic vibe, ‘LIFE’ pairs rhythmic drums with tribe-like chanting and emotive electronic elements to masterful effect. The release comes ahead of a set at Wall Miami on NYE, with the brothers performing alongside Italian DJ and producer Chicco Secci. It concludes what has been a landmark year, with the brothers playing at some of the world’s most revered festivals, such as Glastonbury, Tomorrowland and We Are FSTVL.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Pete Tong, Masters at Work and Jamie Jones, Mambo Brothers have released music on some of the biggest labels in the underground, taking their jackin’ house sound to the likes of Armada Music, Toolroom Records, Abode and Defected. No strangers to touring, the brothers are continually spreading their Mambo sound worldwide, playing over 60 different cities across the globe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dubai, Doha, London, Miami, Monaco, Moscow, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Tokyo. They have also hosted their own Mambo stage at some of the world’s biggest dance music festivals.
With 2020 just around the corner, the Mambo Brothers are showing no signs of taking their foot off the gas.
Hot on the heels of securing the coveted #6 spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll of 2019, Future House phenomenon Don Diablo is back with a track that dots the I’s and crosses the T’s of a year already touted as his best one yet. ‘Congratulations’ sees him draft up a top-tier record in collaboration with California native Brando, known for his work on Loud Luxury’s global smash hit ‘Body’.
Listen to Don Diablo – Congratulations (feat. Brando)
Don Diablo: “I wrote ‘Congratulations’ in a moment of reflection while I was recording parts of my upcoming ‘FOREVER’ album in Los Angeles. Most of my life, I have been working every single day towards an invisible goal that sometimes seems unreachable. There are days when nothing you do seems good enough and the weight on your shoulders gets heavier and heavier. Sometimes you need to look at your life from a helicopter view so you can see all the amazing things that have happened in your past. It will make you enjoy your future even more. This song is about congratulating yourself, which, in essence, in something you should be doing as often as you can. I am super excited I got to work on the song with the supremely talented Brando, whose vocals are the perfect fit for the story I wanted to tell.”
Don Diablo is one of dance music’s perennially pioneering forces, regularly averaging upwards of 8.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Avowed by his peers, he’s been sought out by superstars such as Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers & Coldoplay, Panic! At The Disco, Kygo, Martin Garrix & Khalid, DJ Snake & Justin Bieber, Madonna, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta & Martin Solveig and more for his high-profile remixes, and collaborated with the likes of Gucci Mane, Diplo, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, Calum Scott, Ansel Elgort, Kelis, Alex Clare, Dragonette, A R I Z O N A and Tiësto. Last year the producer released his second full-length album ‘FUTURE’, which has amassed over 250 million streams.Additionally, Don Diablo is the founder and driving force behind the HEXAGON empire, which encompasses a record label, a radio show, a clothing line, an event brand and even a comic book series.
Drawing inspiration from the numerous musical influences he indulged in throughout his formative years, L.A. singer-songwriter Brando was a major force behind Canadian duo Loud Luxury's multi-million-stream hit ‘Body’. With his own life experiences as valuable input, his songs tend to be more gritty and down-to-earth than your average pop song, and he’s currently focused on getting more music out. His immediate pipeline is stacked full of amazing collabs with artists such as Matoma and BRKLYN, and he’s excited for the world to discover what he’s all about, starting with this brilliant link-up with Don Diablo.
After seeing Mark Sixma deliver a rad remix of his track ‘When In Rome’, GATTÜSO returns the favor on remix duty for ‘Million Miles’. Taking the original track on a colorful spin, this remix seems destined to send fans into summer-tinged raptures whilst securing playlist support and consistent airplay across the electronic music realm.
Listen to Mark Sixma – Million Miles (GATTÜSO Remix)
Driven by the Israel-born, U.S.-based DJ/producer signature sound palette, this remix of ‘Million Miles’ is poised to hook fans far and wide. From the soul sparks that bring the track to life to the amazing vocals that take center stage alongside the melodic drop, this brilliant take on Mark Sixma’s recent single is bound to remain a crowd favorite for a long time to come.
Mark Sixma: “Earlier this year, I got to remix GATTÜSO's stellar collaboration with Damon Sharpe, ‘When In Rome’. It was such a great team effort that it was only natural that I invited him to put his summer touch to ‘Million Miles’ and I am absolutely loving the result. With winter approaching, this one will surely keep the summer vibe alive!”
GATTÜSO: “‘Million Miles’ caught my ear right away – a beautiful vocal hook that sets up Mark’s original melodic progressive drop perfectly. It sounded like a classic to me. I had a feeling we could do some really awesome stuff together and I’m excited to see that our first remix collaborations are getting a warm reception. Mark and his team are amazing to work with and we are already talking about what’s coming next. Stay tuned.”
GATTÜSO has come a long way since he scored his breakthrough in the summer of 2018 with ‘Who We Are’. In just under a year, he has charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Dance Radio chart, and saw his music rack up over 40 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music combined. ‘When In Rome’, his summer-scented single that welcomed remixes from the likes of Mark Sixma, Steve Brian and Chuckie & Debris, rapidly became one of his most celebrated singles of 2019, reaching into the Top 20 of U.S. Dance radio.
Debuting as the lead single off his fourth studio album, Norwegian DJ and producer Ørjan Nilsen enlists Damon Sharpe for a blissful crossover track ‘Ghost Ship’, available everywhere for streaming.
Listen to Orjan Nilsen & Damon Sharpe – Ghost Ship
Showcasing his diverse musical taste, Ørjan Nilsen pairs with American singer and recording artist Damon Sharpe for a beautifully lyrical love ballad. Featuring crisp male vocals and heartfelt lyrics, the track is backed up by a clean and bouncy beat produced by Ørjan making it highly-listenable and one of the most powerful singles on his album.
Admirably known as the Norwegian Dance Viking, Ørjan Nilsen has had one of the biggest years of his career. Between dropping a slew of singles leading up to the debut of his fourth studio album The Devil Is In The Detail, hosting an album release party during ADE, teaching an array of master production classes and setting off on his North American tour, Ørjan Nilsen is on the cusp of a career high.
Currently, the Norwegian producer is on his North American The Devil Is In The Detail tour hitting massive cities including New York, Seattle, Montreal and Orange County. With big goals ahead and a larger-than-life personality, we can expect nothing but success from Ørjan Nilsen.
After touching down on Amsterdam Dance Event with a three-day marathon spectacle of its livestream concept in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Armada Music is back to spice up this year’s edition of the world’s biggest dance music conference as well. From Thursday, October 17 till Saturday, October 19, the Amsterdam-based record label is hosting three exclusive ‘Armada Invites’ events with equally phenomenal line-ups, geared toward respectively Trance (Thursday), House/Melodic Techno (Friday) and all-round dance music (Saturday).
On Thursday, October 18, Armin van Buuren will kick-start the ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ marathon with a special broadcast of his world-famous radio show, A State Of Trance. From 14.00 till 22.00 (CEST), a legion of Trance’s finest artists will invade both the radio studio and Armada Music’s own in-office club for a host of high-energy live sets.
A mere day later, on Friday, October 19, a host of House/Melodic Techno tastemakers – including household names such as Joe Smooth, Mambo Brothers, Maxim Lany, Mistajam and Phil Fuldner – will turn the Armada Music HQ into groove paradise. From 17.00 to 23.30 (CEST), they’ll be handing out dashing rhythms left and right for some peak-time floor thrilling.
And last but not least, the third day of this year’s ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ marathon offers up the best of dance music from 17.00 to 22.00 (CEST). The star-studded line-up includes hotshots such as ARTY, Bob Sinclar, Dave Winnel, Sultan + Shepard, Zonderling and more.
Want to be there during one of these exclusive events? Head on over to this page on the Armada Music website, press on the RSVP link(s) listed there and fill in your details and extra info for a chance to attend. Additionally, all live sets will be livestreamed on a custom-made landing page (ade.armadamusic.com) and on Armada Music’s Facebook page.
Full line-up on Thursday, October 18:
Full line-up on Friday, October 19 (in alphabetical order):
Full line-up on Saturday, October 20 (in alphabetical order):
'Armada Invites' is Armada Music's main event brand, hosting events (and stages) all around the globe as well as the recurring livestream events in Armada Music’s own in-office club in Amsterdam. World-renowned artists such as Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, Borgore, Cedric Gervais, Eelke Kleijn, Erick Morillo, Gareth Emery, Kevin Saunderson, Lost Frequencies and NERVO have already headed up editions of ‘Armada Invites’, which continues to reach a worldwide audience through the ‘Armada Invites’ livestreams on various platforms.
A nod to his 2012 hit single “Molly,” which was sampled by hip-hop mainstay Tyga, industry icon Cedric Gervais is releasing his newest club banger, “Get That Bag.” Embracing a darker, deeper side to his roots in house music this time around, the Grammy Award-winning producer masterfully highlights his ability to diversify his style and sound, cranking out a club-ready tune perfect for the dance floor. “Get That Bag” and its accompanying animated music video are out via Gervais’ very own Delecta Records on September 27th.
Listen to Cedric Gervais – Get That Bag
Stepping away from his usual progressive house sound, Cedric Gervais has cunningly crafted a grittier house tune that’s primed to inject some rhythm and groove into DJ sets around the world. Carefully placed and meticulously crafted synths fill both massive drops with scintillating moments that’ll keep listeners light on their toes and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Pre-drop, a heavily animated vocal sample reminds listeners to stay on their grind while Cedric continues to show fans and listeners how he’s staying on his. Akin to irresistible G-house tunes currently trending on the scene, Cedric Gervais has once again whipped up a track that fans won’t be able to stop rinsing, complete with his quality, golden touch.
Dance music mainstay Cedric Gervais remains atop the game as he consistently impresses both fans and critics alike. In 2013, Cedric won a Grammy for his remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness.” Since, he’s amassed over 3,800,000 monthly listeners, placing him in the top 200 listened to artists in the world. Alongside his top tier ranking, Cedric Gervais has released a handful of multi-platinum singles, including collaborations with ODESZA, David Guetta, Miley Cyrus, and Sigala & Juanes. His talents don’t stop there, however, as he’s also made his way to the silver screen, most recently acting in Peter Berg’s Mile 22, Patriots Day, and Deepwater Horizon.
Surely a highlight of 2019’s release calendar for trance - and music - fans around the world, ‘Sound Advice: Chapter Two’ is the stunning new long player from UK producer Ben Gold, out for worldwide release today on Armada Music.
Listen to Ben Gold – Sound Advice: Chapter Two
Beautifully produced, thoughtfully compiled and breathtakingly daring in its ability to roar from instant anthems through to sublime orchestral pieces, ‘Sound Advice: Chapter 2’ is the work of an artist utterly confident in the studio and completely in tune with the dance floor.
‘Sound Advice: Chapter 2’ is the follow on from the 2018 first edition of Gold’s ‘Sound Advice’ series and marks his return to the club and festival sound he is revered for.
“‘Chapter 1’ of ‘Sound Advice’ was based around the concept of live instruments,” Gold said from his home base in Amsterdam. “Every record had a live instrument in it. For ‘Chapter 2’ I’ve gone back to the dance floor with some incredible new talent featuring across the new tracks. It’s a format that works really well for me and really gives me creative freedom to produce and evolve and explore sound without being restricted. I’ve been road testing the music out on tour and the reactions have been beyond anything I anticipated so it’s looking good, for sure.”
Opening up the album is Gold’s current, critically acclaimed single ‘The City Sleeps Tonight’. Dynamic, driving and at times ethereal, this is classic vocal trance at its finest, setting the tone for what’s to come. Carrying on the melodic vibe is HVNNAH collaboration ‘Come Home’, a beautifully positive, upbeat track infused with celebratory pianos, bouncing synths and the kind of breakdowns that produce a sea of hands in the air.
If ‘Come Home’ is light and airy, ‘Why You EI’ is the kind of electronic destroyer that DJs the world over will be dropping. Undulating instrumentals, rivers of synths and huge fluctuations between light and dark sections are masterfully tied together by one relentless rhythm that acts as a spine to the track. The energy continues with Gold’s second single to be released from the album earlier this year, ‘Sapphire (Recut)’. An instant hit on Garuda Music back in 2010, Gold breathed new life into the cut for 2019, “radiating power and brilliance”.
The mark of any album that raises the bar is the artist’s willingness to throw a curveball into the mix and with the Ruben De Ronde and Louise Rademaker single ‘Ghost’, Gold does exactly that. Rademaker’s sultry vocal is teased by the duo across sublime strings and elegant percussion. De Ronde and Gold show a real understanding of just how emotively powerful trance can be when in the hands of two masters of the genre - the world can surely look forward to one hell of a remix package in the not too distant future.
Working with Sheridan Grout and Fahjah with Julia Ross on vocals, ‘Take Me To Heaven’ is Gold back in clubbing territory once again. The echoing top line lifts the track up to the rafters, rolling arpeggios thundering towards an almighty drop that propels the track over the edge. Teaming up with After Midnight’, the album’s penultimate track ‘Step Inside’ is a true powerhouse track, layer upon layer of synths and percussion creating a riot of dance floor energy.
Finally, Gold teams up with fellow icon Richard Durand for what must be the most spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing track from the entire album. From the second it drops, ‘A Thousand Times’ is proper, euphoric, flawless trance that harks back to the genre’s heighday. Two producers at the height of their powers, this is absolute pure gold and leaves the listener begging for more.
‘Sound Advice: Chapter 2’ is nothing short of a classic artist album that will cement Ben Gold’s status as one of the real legends of trance music. Fans who fall in love with the LP will be able to catch him live across the remainder of 2019 and through into 2020, where singles from the album are sure to take pride of place in his electrifying shows.
After an unforgettable audiovisual exploration of the album at the Peter Harrison Planetarium, London-based Kidnap has finally released his debut album, ‘Grow’. Comprising brand-new compositions that tread the line between organic and electronic music, the album focusses on the concept of change whilst offering sonic snapshots of the moments that matter.
Listen to Kidnap - Grow
Kidnap: “The album was written during a time of change in my life and so unwittingly became a recording of that process. Each track stands as a snapshot of moments passed, from confusion to clarity and storms to fair weather. Played together, they tell a story of growth.”
The album draws from both classical and electronic music, but finds the sweet spot in between. Kidnap’s unique compositional process is what sets him apart from any other artist. New productions are often written almost entirely as a piano composition before they’re rerecorded with different instrumentation, samplers, synths and vocals. The album comes alive in a very natural way, portrayed perfectly by songs such as ‘Grow’, ‘Start Again’ and ‘Sea Breeze’ as they each tell a part of the story.
Originally from Sheffield, Kidnap has enjoyed a momentous year in the lead up to the release of his first album, ‘Grow’. Its title song saw the return of Leo Stannard, a tried-and-tested formula that gained the pair huge success with 2015 hit track ‘Moments’. Picking up from where they left off, ‘Grow’ soon became #1 on satellite radio and entered the Top 100 U.S. Dance chart. Following on was ‘Start Again’, securing radio play from Pete Tong, and third single ‘Sea Breeze’, a club-ready anthem with support from heavy hitters such as Eelke Kleijn, Mambo Brothers, Don Diablo and Moguai.
Kidnap’s unique sound has certainly traveled a long way since he gained recognition winning the iTunes Best Electronic Track in 2012 with his release ‘Vehl’, not to mention his Electronic Music Award nomination for his and Lane 8’s track ‘Aba’. He’s also found time this year to maintain a busy touring schedule after he became an ambassador for Corona Sunset Sessions with performances taking him to extraordinary locations, from rocky beaches in Southern Italy to mountain summits in Canada. But now with his feet firmly back on British soil, Kidnap is proud to present his first album to the world. ‘Grow’ is a manifestation of his personal journey from ‘then’ to ‘now’, meandering through change and constantly evolving throughout his seven-year career. This album is the story of how Kidnap has grown into the artist he is today.
As the signature sounds of both Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro have already reached far within the electronic music realm, it’s no wonder their first-ever collab is looking to rapidly lock in airplay and playlisting across the globe. Today, the Australia-based tastemakers officially released their new single, ‘Forever Young’, and it’s everything fans could’ve hoped for.
Listen to Feenixpawl & Marcus Santoro – Forever Young
A superb Progressive House track able to seal the deal at any stage, ‘Forever Young’ once again spotlights the insane production skill of the Aussie Grammy nominees and their equally talented fellow-countryman. Armed with a supercharged melody, far-reaching vocals and a surge of energy and emotion that never falters, this song is set to be a crowd favorite till the end of time itself.
Feenixpawl: “We've been friends with Marcus for many years and have closely followed his career! We even signed one of his tracks to our label, Eclypse. We had discussed doing a track together for so long, but finding the right idea and timing always proved to be an issue. However, when we first heard the demo for 'Forever Young', everything just clicked. We immediately thought it was the perfect track to do with Marcus and the result showed, as it's a perfect combination of our styles.”
Marcus Santoro: “The guys from Feenixpawl and I have known each other for quite a few years now, and we always intended to write a record together. So when I developed the initial idea for ‘Forever Young’, it occurred to me that we could finish this one as a collaboration. So I hit them up, we finalized the record together, and here we are now. It’s been a long time coming.”
Grammy nominees, DJ globetrotters and remixers to the likes of Jess Glynne, Kaskade, Madison Beer and Rihanna, Feenixpawl are two of Australia’s most prominent export products. With numerous worlds tours, well over a billion streams and a truckload of awards under their belt, they have secured themselves a spot alongside electronic music’s most prominent tastemakers. Their 2012 track ‘In My Mind’ was an outright smash hit and their 2018 single ‘Neon Sky’ was nominated for an IDMA in the ‘Best Pop/Electronic Song’ category.
After seeing his career take off in 2016 when his single ‘There Is Only You’ topped the Beatport Trance chart and caught the ear of famed trio Above & Beyond, Marcus Santoro has been steadily cementing his spot amongst the scene’s finest. With nods of approval from top-tier acts such as Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, and many others, and remixes for the likes of Shapov & Trouze, Adam Lambert, Markus Schulz, Tritonal, MaRLo, Sick Individuals and Thomas Gold, there’s no denying that Marcus Santoro is one of dance music’s finest exports, both as a talented producer and exceptional performer.
Today, Armin van Buuren started sharing a very personal documentary about the early days of his musical career. The six-episode story takes viewers on a ride through the mind of the five-time #1 DJ in the world himself as he gives a unique insight into his life as an artist, from his days as a curious toddler to the struggles and insecurities he faced as an emerging artist. In the end, it all culminates in the ‘The Best Of Armin Only’ show at the Johan Cruijf ArenA in Amsterdam on May 12 and 13, his biggest show to date.
Every day of the upcoming week, Armin van Buuren will share one episode on his personal YouTube channel until all six episodes have aired.
As a thank you for all of the amazing, undying support of his fans, Armin van Buuren also uploaded the whole registration of his ‘The Best Of Armin Only show’ yesterday. It can be found on his YouTube channel as well: https://www.youtube.com/user/arminvanbuuren.
With a fresh brand identity, a clear musical vision and a unique approach to dance music as we know it, Armada Music’s Electronic Elements label is looking to distinguish itself as a credible underground label and tastemaker. And what better way to kick off such an endeavor – and its relaunch – than by securing a big all-time classic for the first release: Gerd Janson’s remix of Joe Smooth’s ‘Promised Land’.
Listen to Joe Smooth – Promised Land (Gerd Janson Remix)
Turning Joe Smooth’s 1987 House classic into a contemporary masterpiece, Gerd Janson only adds to the timeless qualities of the original. Already supported by top names such as The Black Madonna, Krystal Klear, Todd Terje, Carl Cox, Prins Thomas, Young Marco, Joe Goddard, Solardo, CamelPhat, Tom Trago and Mat.Joe, this rendition of ‘Promised Land’ bridges the gap between the past and the present to ensure a kind of dance floor vibin’ that will carry over into the future of electronic music as well.
The new direction of Electronic Elements is one of credibility and authenticity, of balancing the obscure and the mainstream. Intended to be the forerunner of indie electronica, the label sets out to find artists and music that carry over that same ethos, offering a credible platform for exposure in return. Sound-wise, this means that it doesn’t matter whether a record is geared more toward melodic techno or Indie. It’s quality over quantity, and with names such as Maxim Lany, Pablo Nouvelle, Kidnap, Tensnake and Stereoclip on the roster, that’s an easy promise to keep.
Jurrien Romeijn, label manager of Electronic Elements: “Among the many labels that churn out weekly releases, we want to be the one that still looks to build artist propositions, the one that gives the artist the attention they deserve. It’s not about the singles; it’s about the endgame and the story, about the body of work that reflects the essence of the artist. That’s what we want to carry out with the reformed and relaunched label.”
‘Deeply personal’ is a phrase often used to describe artist’s releases. In the respect of ‘Ave Maria’ though it takes on a greater meaning. Following the loss of his mother in the early spring, Markus Schulz instinctively opted to celebrate her life in the most natural manner imaginable – through music.
Listen to Markus Schulz & HALIENE – Ave Maria
While its been sung by everyone from Bocelli to Beyoncé, to the best of the Internet’s knowledge ‘Ave Maria’s never previously been placed in the electronic music frame. To carry off the vocal & lyrical complexities of the traditional prayer, Markus knew it would require an exceptional singer… Luckily one came to light. Displaying a hitherto hidden classical ability, HALIENE rose to the occasion and delivered an extraordinary rendition.
Pulsing with emotion throughout, Markus has mustered an every bit as spirited backing for it, which mixes minor key pathos with major uplift. After its premiere airing at Ultra Miami, Markus & Armin van Buuren talked together about ‘Ave’ and having handpicked it for his ‘A State Of Trance Ibiza 2019’ album, he ultimately signed it to Armind.
Scoring the track 8.5, DJ Mag said in their July issue review “delivered in Latin, ‘Ave Maria’s regularly ranged in the mezzo-soprano and contains libretti like ‘mulieribus’ & ‘peccatorbus’. When singing it, there’s nowhere to hide. With extraordinary top-note reach and perfect pitch, HALIENE sounds like she was born singing it. Produced as a final tribute to his mother, Markus’s interpretation equalises ‘Ave’s vocal lament with a positive, vivid post-break updraft. Moving without a doubt.”
Zonderling are currently powering their way to the top of the dance music domain. After making waves with ‘Crazy’ – the collab with Lost Frequencies that secured them two BUMA awards and over 135 million Spotify plays – and recent single ‘Imaginary’, the Dutchmen are back with a masterfully produced release and accompanying music video. Featuring the top-tier vocals and personal writing of respectively Josh Cumbee and Damon Sharpe, the result is undeniably evergreen: ‘Lifetime’.
Listen to Zonderling feat. Josh Cumbee & Damon Sharpe – Lifetime
Teeming with laidback vibes and vocals that float effortlessly on the instrumental backdrop, Zonderling’s brand-new collab with Josh Cumbee and co-writer Damon Sharpe packs an entire summer’s worth of love and warmth. A narrative touched by both the seemingly unbreakable bond between father and daughter and the airiness of the beats, ‘Lifetime’ is a record fans can draw power from, now and forever.
Zonderling: “’Lifetime’ is pure and simple whilst staying true to the Zonderling sound. We really loved being able to help tell this story about a father and daughter with the production and sound design. It all came together so easily it felt like cheating, but we didn’t find anything to improve. ‘Lifetime’ was just exactly as it should be!”
Josh Cumbee: “I am so thrilled to be a part of this record alongside Zonderling and Damon Sharpe. For me, this song represents those moments (and people) in life that take your breath away, for which time simultaneously stands still and yet moves all too quickly. I hope you all find as much meaning in it as we did!”
Comprising producer Martijn van Sonderen and DJ Jaap de Vries, Zonderling have been on a roll in the past few years. Since breaking into the music scene, they’ve landed remix requests from the likes of Martin Garrix, Zedd and Sam Feldt, and performed at globally acclaimed festivals and venues such as Tomorrowland, EDC Orlando, Sziget, Ushuaïa Ibiza, New City Gas in Montreal and Bootshaus in Germany. Their potential is undeniable, and ‘Imaginary’ sees turn that potential into a track that could very well dominate charts across the globe.
Josh Cumbee is a Los Angeles-based recording artist, songwriter, engineer and record producer. In addition to multiple international Gold & Platinum record award recognitions for his work, Josh’s accolades include Grammy & Latin Grammy nominations (Best Reggae Album for Sean Paul, and Album of the Year for Natalia Jimenez), a World Dance Music Radio Award nomination as an artist alongside the legendary Armin Van Buuren and recognition from key industry societies such as BUMA NL. His debut single, a collaboration with Armin Van Buuren called ‘Sunny Days’, was awarded double platinum in the Netherlands after achieving a coveted #1 slot on radio and a record-breaking streak on the Dutch charts.
Based in Los Angeles, Damon Sharpe is an American Grammy and ASCAP award-winning record producer, singwriter and artist. He has contributed many recognizable songs to pop culture and has been involved with the production of various popular albums that have cumulatively sold over 40 million copies. He has worked with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Alesso and Kelly Rowland, stepped into the world of dance music through powerhouse collabs with artists such as Thomas Gold, DVBBS, Morgan Page, Zack Martino and now Zonderling, and saw his songs featured in a range of films, television shows and commercials across the globe.
House music folklore suggests that love can’t turn around, but Cedric Gervais thinks differently. In collaboration with Chris Willis, the Miami-based, Grammy-winning dance music icon proudly presents a huge disco anthem called ‘Turn your Love Around’. The song is inspired by George Benson’s disco classic of the same name, and follows in the footsteps of their previous collaborative smash hit with David Guetta: ‘Would I Lie To You’.
Making clubbers across the globe leave marks on the dance floor simply because they can’t stop moving, ‘Turn Your Love Around’ features none other than Chris Willis, David Guetta’s go-to guy for a club smash able to wreck the airwaves simultaneously. After his dramatic vocal entrance prepares an ominously keyed standoff, the instrumental invites everyone to get themselves worked up to the massive disco flourishes that end up cushioning the blows by simply being too damn funky. Heavy rotation awaits.
Chris Willis: “I loved the collaboration with Cedric and David on the cover of “Would I Lie To You” so much that I was really excited when Cedric called about “Turn Your Love Around”! The chance to cover a song by one of my favorite artists in the world, George Benson was a no brainer for me! I couldn’t be happier with the result! I hope the world loves it as much as I do.
Cedric Gervais: “I’m a huge fan of George Benson, when I grew up in Marseille funk and soul was playing everywhere and I remember falling in love with the original. I’ve always wanted to make a new version to play in my sets and after I was lucky enough to collaborate with Chris and David Guetta on a previous single ‘Would I Lie to You’, I discussed my idea with Chris. I love working with Chris and he breathes another life into this record and I’m so pleased we were able to do this together. For me the record just has that good vibe feel and I’ve been enjoying dropping it in my sets this summer.”
With over fifteen years of club-rocking, airwave-conquering and chart-breaking under his belt, Cedric Gervais is right to be called one of dance music’s foremost luminaries. He scored a Grammy in 2013 with his remix of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’, sold multi-platinum with a host of singles and is a frequent fixture in the Top 10s of acclaimed charts in the U.S. (Billboard), the U.K. (U.K. Singles chart) and Australia (ARIA). His before-mentioned remix of ‘Summertime Sadness’ racked up over 350 million streams on Spotify alone and ‘Would I Lie To You’, one of his spectacular collaborations with David Guetta and Chris Willis, is good for over 125 million streams on the popular streaming service. Judging by the sheer catchiness of this new single, there’s a good chance for ‘Turn Your Love Around’ to become at least as much as a scene staple.
Rousing. Uplifting. Exuberant. The music of electronic dance music DJ and producer Andrew Rayel evokes love and positive emotions wherever it's played. The latest release from Andrew Rayel is the song, "Take All Of Me," featuring the vocals of Haliene. Andrew Rayel & Haliene's "Take All Of Me" (inHarmony Music) is out now.
Listen to Andrew Rayel & HALIENE – Take All Of Me
Andrew Rayel is a producer impeccably skilled at conjuring joy and unabashed optimism with his music. If silence is deafening, it's only because the airwaves ache for the soaring strings and harmonic synths of Andrew Rayel, which, when married with his unique style of marching percussion, result in tracks that are at once exquisite and moving.
The prettiest of melodic riffs greet the top of the Original Mix, followed quickly by a rich 4/4 beat that will grab the attention of trance music-lovers everywhere. A parading, soldier-like percussion gives way to an impossibly beautiful melody played by Andrew Rayel on keyboards. It's this balance of hard-hitting percussion with achingly gorgeous refrains that create an irresistible contrast, drawing everyone to their feet to dance with abandon. Haliene's vocals are pristine and supremely human, the altruism of the lyrics conveyed perfectly by her vocal delivery. "Take All Of Me" is a trance music song that fans will be singing at the top of their lungs when heard at peaktime in nightclub mainrooms and festival mainstages around the world. In fact, Andrew Rayel has helped define the sound of modern-day trance music, and "Take All Of Me" positively takes flight.
Hailed by Armin van Buuren as "the future of trance music," Andrew Rayel (real name: Andrei Rata) is a classically trained electronic dance music DJ and producer from Moldova often referred to as the "modern-day Mozart." As a DJ, Rayel exudes an unbridled enthusiasm for the music he plays and his onstage performances are electric and filled with physical energy. Drenched in a well-earned sweat after every set, Rayel earns his position as a bandleader, stirring up his crowds' passion as much with his music selection as with his bodily vigor. He has DJ'd the world's biggest festivals, including: Ultra Music Festival in Miami, TomorrowLand in Belgium and TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, Stereosonic in Australia, Global Gathering in the UK and other countries, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Electric Zoo in New York, Transmission Festival in various countries, Ministry of Sound in the UK, Dreamstate in San Bernardino, Electronic Family in Amsterdam, Zoukout in Singapore and Together Festival in Thailand. Rayel is a regular on the lineup at various ASOT stages around the world. Nightclub performances include: Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas; Marquee, LAVO and Schimanski in New York City; Academy in Los Angeles; Ushuaïa Beach Club in Ibiza; Zouk in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; Escape in Amsterdam, New City Gas in Montreal; Ministry of Sound in London, and numerous others.
Dutch power producer Fedde Le Grand has spent over a decade building up his reputation as one of the slickest producers in the game. With his latest offering, Fedde Le Grand turns up the heat by delivering an explosive single in the shape of ‘Skank’ – out now via Darklight Recordings.
Listen to Fedde Le Grand - Skank
Kicking off the track, Fedde Le Grand enlists original vocalist Jah Screechy to set the scene with his soulful reggae-tinged vocal piece paired with a down-tempo instrumental arrangement. Picking up the pace, Fedde fuses uplifting Caribbean synths and takes the listener on an enthralling ride on a turbulent bassline. The track chops and changes, keeping the listener captivated across its duration. Arriving just in time for his performances at some of the world’s most sensational summer parties, Fedde Le Grand’s ‘Skank’ is set to bring the energy to his upcoming performances at the likes of Parookaville, Untold, Tomorrowland and many more.
With his larger than life production style and bold live performances, Fedde Le Grand manages to stay on top of his game, delivering fresh offerings time and time again. Teaming up with Tomorrowland and Pepsi MAX, Fedde Le Grand has been on the search for ‘The Sound Of Tomorrow’ in a worldwide DJ competition. Following a bootcamp in Ibiza, the three finalists have put their own spin on the competition’s theme song, Fedde’s own ‘Like We Do’. With the finalists gearing up to perform a DJ set at Tomorrowland 2019, the winner will be selected by an online public vote and will have their remix released by Fedde’s Darklight Recordings after the festival.
Keep up to date with the competition and all things Fedde via his socials (https://feddelegrand.lnk.to/findme).
Fedde Le Grand live
Throughout the two albums and countless singles he’s released since burst onto the scene, Rodg has been spotlighting an artistic versatility you can’t easily find elsewhere. The Dutch DJ and producer has shown that he doesn’t shy away from experimenting with new sounds and styles, and that’s exactly how he managed to come up with this new, genre-defying track: ‘Fading’, made in collaboration with Sarah de Warren.
Listen to Rodg x Sarah de Warren - Fading
Threading through his second artist album (‘Fate’) with a darker shade of his signature sound, ‘Fading’ is another sterling example of the Dutchman’s broad-spectrum skill set. Featuring a breathtaking breakdown, Sarah de Warren’s lush vocals and a main theme that sets the mood just right, this record’s sure to become a staple track in many live sets across the globe.
Rodg: “I wanted to create a progressive record with rolling grooves and vocals that might not be the ‘standard’ go-to vocals for trancy records. Sarah did an amazing job with building tension in the vocal and the outcome was just magical. I’ve been testing it out in shows and it never fails to go off, so I just had to include it on the album!”
As a supremely passionate dance music aficionado, you know you can’t afford to miss out on the most thrilling tracks of the moment, and Ørjan Nilsen makes sure that you won’t by releasing a new, aptly titled track on his In My Opinion label. Led by that highly esteemed signature sound the Norwegian DJ and producer is known for, ‘FOMO’ drops listeners off in the thick of it all for some all-out, no-holds-barred clubbing.
Listen to Ørjan Nilsen – FOMO
From the call-and-response melodies in the breakdown to the soaring synths and rumbling bassline, ‘FOMO’ is exactly what the mainstage crowd just had to get their hands on. Add to that a fierce drop that supercharges the moment and you know no electronic music enthusiast can knowingly miss out on this one without feeling insanely bummed out.
Ørjan Nilsen: “The key point of this track is the bassline, as it reminds me a lot of the old times. Back when this style was booming, I was way too young to be partying, yet all I wanted to do was rave. That’s where the name ‘FOMO’ comes from, and I’m glad I could do that era justice with an old-school bassline and a contemporary, melodic drop that doesn’t hold back.”
The king of American progressive house, Morgan Page returns with a massive heavy-hitter on Armada Music. Teaming up with Asia-based producer VIVID, songwriter Damon Sharpe and singer Allé, Page’s beautiful new single ‘Fire & Gold’ drops today for worldwide release.
Listen to Morgan Page & VIVID feat. Allé & Damon Sharpe – Fire & Gold
As exquisitely crafted as you’d expect from a Morgan Page production, ‘Fire & Gold’ also brings into play VIVID, renowned for his residencies across Japan and South Korea at T2 Shibuya, ELE, ColoR, Octagon, The A and GRID, and US lyricist Damon Sharpe, who gifts Allé an infectious topline. Brimming with club energy thanks to boisterous synths and driving percussion, the track also allows for moments of quality pop bliss, underpinned by warm piano and the gentle husk of Allé’s vocal.
The single continues Morgan’s run of releases with iconic imprint Armada Music and comes at the same time the revered producer announces his new Quick Tips project with OWC. Launched the same day as ‘Fire & Gold,’ fans can get their hands on limited edition decks of reference cards featuring some of Morgan’s most popular production tips when they purchase one of OWC’s high-end data storage solutions.
Coming to the aid of an arena near you, 'Rescue Me' offers a lifeline in the form of Nino Lucarelli partnering with the Dutch DubVision brothers and Russia's Vigel. An EDM love song targeting that individual someone as well as inspiring a rousing group hug, the partnership produces an energetic feel-good factor that doesn't forget the importance of seeking salvation. 'Rescue Me' reunites Lucarelli and DubVision from their prior track 'Yesterday'.
Listen to DubVision vs Vigel featuring Nino Lucarelli – 'Rescue Me'
A classic quiet-loud-quiet structure allows Lucarelli to express his thoughts on a personal level before being given the all clear to holler his cry for help, his message transported by a bouncing bomb of synths from Vigel and the brothers Leicher as the hushed solitude surrenders to a neon-coloured boost. All three are in agreement as to where the track's motivating qualities lie.
Vigel: "I'm such a big lover of DubVision's productions & melodies, so it was definitely a lot of fun working together on this record. After we finished the instrumental, Nino did a really great job on the vocal to finish our song and I'm really happy with the end result. This tune could definitely be your anthem for this summer season"
Nino Lucarelli: ''I've had a blast bringing 'Rescue Me' to life with Dubvision and Vigil. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to present a dynamic and nostalgic anthem alongside such talented producers. I hope our song lives on in your summer playlists!''
DubVision: "We'd never collaborated with the very talented Vigel before, but when he sent us the first draft of the track around ADE in 2018, we immediately thought it was dope and started working on it right away. For the vocals, we reached out to our friend Nino Lucarelli, and after some final tweaks we were more than happy with the result - we're sure this one is ready for the summer!"
The career of DubVision's Victor and Stephan Leicher continues in the ascendancy, awash with Beatport #1s and seven figure streams. Working within the cream of dance and EDM circles, Afrojack & David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix and Sander van Doorn are admirers and conspirators that few can match. Well recognized as international crowd pleasers, Tomorrowland, Ultra, Dance Valley, Amnesia Ibiza, Marquee Las Vegas and Pacha NYC have all profited from the DubVision magic touch.
Coming from the left of the desert rock scene, Nino Lucarelli forged a winning link with DubVision when the duo passed through the Southwest's Maya nightclub. With 20 million streams to his name across all the platforms that matter, Lucarelli continues to climb most-wanted lists: off the back of working with Kaaze on 'I Should Have Walked Away', the Arizona singer-songwriter is sure to be a bankable hired gun for time to come.
Vigel began making waves on Nicky Romero's Protocol Recordings with the sound of the Bobina-paired 'Crunch', and really announced himself to the Armada empire with the track 'SQRT', a favourite sought after by Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, and Martin Garrix. The Russian producer has consistently brought the goods to Armada Trice since 2015, and is fast becoming the choice of the fist pumper in the front row.
When Super8 & Tab met KhoMha for the first time on a cruise from Singapore to Thailand, musical sparks flew in every direction. A deep-rooted connection was made, and when Super8 & Tab went through their demos later on and asked KhoMha if he was interested in working with them, a new, powerful Trance record was born: ‘Stardust’.
Listen to Super8 & Tab x KhoMha - Stardust
A collab as smashing as the track’s raw bassline, this brand-new link-up between the Finnish duo and Colombian power trancer has the potential to wreck stadiums across the globe. From the mighty kick drums to the epic melody to tempestuous drop, ‘Stardust’ is meant to cause mass euphoria among the world’s legions of trance fans.
Super8 & Tab: “It’s always great to work with other producers to see how they do things. We think KhoMha’s choice of sounds is spot on, making it very easy for us to make the track sound as big as it does.”
KhoMha: “I've always been a fan of Super8 & Tab, and ever since we got to meet each other, the vibes were just great. If you listen to the main melody of the track, it takes you out to space. It has a very deep emotional feeling, but at the same time a lot of euphoria, just like the stars when you look up at them at night. We wanted the name of the track to represent that sentiment, and that’s how we ended up with ‘Stardust’.”
Though they have both been mainstays in the Trance scene for a very long time, Ben Gold and Richard Durand have never joined forces on the productional front together. Until now. Today, the U.K. melody master and Dutch Trance titan teamed up to indulge fans worldwide with a special slice of collaborative magic: ‘A Thousand Times’.
Listen to Ben Gold & Richard Durand – A Thousand Times
Taken from the upcoming second part of Ben Gold’s ‘Sound Advice’ album series, Ben Gold and Richard Durand’s gorgeous new single brings back the beloved classic Trance sound for a wonderful journey fans will want to dive in wholeheartedly. With a soaring melody, a spine-tingling breakdown and harmonies that warm the heart and soothe the soul, this magnificent offering will make listeners hit the repeat button ‘A Thousand Times’ or more, which is exactly why Ben Gold and Richard Durand chose this title to begin with.
Ben Gold: “We bumped into each other in the ASOT studio during the 2018 TOTY countdown. We were celebrating our tracks making the Top 20 and started talking about what we liked and what we didn't like in Trance music today. It just clicked and we arranged a studio session to make the most of that connection. It perhaps isn’t the most obvious collaboration, but it’s a real 50/50 match-up that takes the best of both our sounds and fuses them into one production.”
Richard Durand: “We met in Australia on tour in 2011. It’s always good to see Ben on the road; we get on well and have respect for each other’s music. As we now live 10 minutes away from each other, it was super easy to set up some studio sessions. We started with a beautiful melody that we said we could listen to ‘A Thousand Times’ and that’s where the title came from. This record has been such a huge highlight in my sets for the past few months; I can’t imagine a set without it!”
Want to turn the entire Trance scene on its head? Better let one of its main figures team up with one of the genre’s hottest talents then. Played extensively at and around the A State Of Trance 900 shows to unite fans from all over the world, Armin van Buuren and Luke Bond’s brand-new track with KARRA called ‘Revolution’ is exactly what the crowd has been asking for: a massive track that will shape the next generations of Trance music.
A superbly energetic track from the flag-bearer of Trance and the U.K. rising star, ‘Revolution’ is a true crowd thriller in every way. From the tremor-like drums to the killer melody and KARRA's futuristic vocals, this speaker-busting production will leave its mark on dance floors worldwide.
Armin van Buuren: “I think Luke Bond is one of the most exciting talents of Trance music today. I’ve been playing his tracks in my live sets for a long time now, and he’s been doing such an amazing job lately I just had to team up with him. Collaborating with him was very inspiring, and I think we managed to create something we can be very proud of.”
Luke Bond: “’Revolution’ started out as a rough idea that I pitched to Armin as a potential collaboration. He was on board right away, which got me very excited. Everything felt really organic throughout the collaborative process with both of us adding new ideas as we progressed. It was incredibly inspiring to work with both Armin van Buuren and KARRA, and I’m really proud of what we’ve all created.”
KARRA: “My goal as an artist is to always create something bigger than myself, and ‘Revolution’ is exactly that. When they sent me the instrumental, I was blown away by its power and knew that this record was going to make waves across the globe. This made it easy for me to tie it all together with the uplifting and empowering message behind the vocal. The entire process with Luke and Armin was effortless, and that’s when the real magic happens.”
Sometimes, a chance meeting is all it takes for magic to happen. In Los Angeles, at the start of a new school year, Bob Sinclar was invited to a charity event organized by the French high school his children go to. Among the parents participating was a certain Robbie Williams, and during this atypical meeting far from studios, clubs and gigantic concert halls, all the elements were there for an artistic collaboration between an electronic music star and world-renowned pop icon: ‘Electrico Romantico’.
Listen to Bob Sinclar feat. Robbie Williams – Electrico Romantico
Confirming the musical shift of Bob Sinclar after dominating European radio airplay for almost fifteen weeks with summer single ‘I Believe’, ‘Electrico Romantico’ offers a combination of explosive grooves and disco-esque vibes to really get the crowd going. Add to that Robbie Williams’ alluring, impeccably poppy vocals and you know that this meeting of two staple artists shows why both artists are unanimously touted as 21st century hit machines.
Legendary French artist Bob Sinclar has been one of the longest standing figures of the international electronic music scene, and produced some of its most iconic house hits across a career spanning almost 20 years. With eight full-length albums under his belt, a glittering discography that includes #1 hits and gold and platinum records, and a constant tour diary that features annual slots at Carnaval de Rio and Tomorrowland as well as an annual residency at Pacha Ibiza with his ‘Paris By Night’ concept, his influence can be felt throughout all levels of dance music.
There’s no denying that Robbie Williams is among the biggest music stars of this era. As a solo artist, he has sold over 77 million albums worldwide, has six of the top 100 best-selling albums in British history, and has had fourteen #1 singles. He is also one of the most in-demand live performers in music, who continues to play stadiums around the world, and has won a record number of eighteen BRIT Awards – more than any other artist in music history.
Hot on the heels of a particularly popular contest with Norwegian dance music icon Ørjan Nilsen, none other than Statement! regular and Progressive Trance trailblazer Rodg takes over the reins to launch a similar contest on Armada University, the new producer platform operating under the wing of Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music.
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Exclusively available to the almost 4000 producers who signed up to Armada University for free since the launch of the platform less than two months ago, Rodg’s new course-driven contest offers a unique look into the Dutch DJ/producer’s production process whilst also nudging budding producers to put their skill to the test and finish up what Rodg started in his course. The winning submission gets a collaboration with Rodg as a full-fledged release on Armada Music. For more information, please visit the course page: 'Rodg – Finish My Record'.
In conjunction with the release of his course and contest on Armada University, Rodg also launched his own Armada University sample pack on music creation platform Splice. In total, his sample pack contains 201 custom-made, Progressive Trance-flavored samples, all of which will prove invaluable for anyone wanting to learn from his course and/or compete in his ‘Finish My Record’ contest on Armada University.
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Advertised as THE platform for music producers who want to learn, improve and become the best, Armada University was founded in collaboration with FaderPro and specializes in unique music production courses from an increasing number of established artists, including Sultan + Shepard, Harry Romero, Thomas Gold, ATFC & David Penn, Ørjan Nilsen, GoldFish and more. Upon subscribing to Armada University for free, students not only get an exclusive 20% discount on all artist courses, but also get access to GUARANTEED feedback on their demo after purchasing a course, remix contests, free producer tips, music production blogs and other forms of exclusive content
Today global online search giant Google has announced its annual year in search list that unveils the most popular names and events searched in 2018. In the category of electronic dance music Armin van Buuren, the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, has been ranked one of the top 5 artists that people searched on Google this year. The entire list consist (in chronologic order) Swedisch House Mafia, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Fatboy Slim, Benny Benassi, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Laidback Luke, Steve Angello and Marshmello.
With more than 41 million listeners tuning in each week to his radio show “A State of Trance”, Armin van Buuren is considered one of the top DJs and music producers in the world, having been voted as the #1 DJ worldwide five times. Further highlighting his popularity, Armin recently sold out his show in London’s Wembley stadium in less than three hours after tickets went on sale.
Armin van Buuren said, “Wow! This is so cool and such great news to hear; what an honor to make it in Google’s search list of 2018. Behind every search is someone looking for my shows or music. Connecting my music to my fans is the most important thing for me. My thanks go out to Google and even more so to my fans for their amazing support. I wouldn’t be on this list without you!”
This coming Friday, December 14, Armin will release his own annual year in review, his end-of-year compilation of his personal picks from the trance and electronic music releases this year. Armin will unveil his “A State of Trance Year Mix 2018” this coming Friday, December 14th.
For further information on Google’s “Year in Search” 2018 list, please click g.co/2018 to see all of the top searches of the year in different categories. You can find the official artwork Google has created for Armin van Buuren for this announcement below. You can also follow this announcement on social media using #YearinSearch. Collectively, Armin van Buuren has over 14 million social media followers and can be found at Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @arminvanbuuren.
Off the back of recent hits such as ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Orinoco’ (feat. Corey James), Thomas Gold returns to Armada Music with ‘Real Love’, a single that blends the best of pop and dance into a delicious crossover cut meant for greatness. Introducing New Zealand-born, Germany-based singer-songwriter Graham Candy on vocals, ‘Real Love’ builds on Thomas Gold’s knack for creating intoxicating tracks and emerges as a perfect, light-hearted love anthem sure to strike a chord in fans from all over the world.
Listen to Thomas Gold feat. Graham Candy – Real Love
“I had heard a lot about Graham Candy and I knew that he is based in the same city as me, Berlin in Germany. When we were looking for new songs back in summer this year, I received a rough demo of 'Real Love' from Graham and I instantly thought - this HAS to be the next Thomas Gold single! So I started working on the production and went back and forth with Graham and his team for some tweaks, after which we got to the final version pretty quickly. I love the vibe of his voice and I wanted to go for a bit of a crossover sound with a bit of a housey vibe and there we are! Graham and I are both really excited for this one to come out!”, Gold says.
Thomas Gold has had a very successful 2018. Having recently shown the masses at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Coachella and EDC Las Vegas who’s boss, the pop-dance Svengali accumulated over 50 million streams on Spotify alone with global smash hit “Magic”, strengthened his presence on the airwaves (in the U.S. as well as in the rest of the world) with many infectious singles, and turned heads on tour by bringing his energetic live performance to staple clubs and festival throughout the U.S. and Asia.
It’s been a while since Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay struck gold with their single ‘In My Mind’ and Axwell’s super popular edit, but the trail of the Grammy-nominated, award-winning single hasn’t gone cold at all. Now over 70 million streams later, the Australian duo and L.A.-based singer-songwriter have linked up again, adding Mexican DJ/producer talent Sheco to the team for the song’s successor: ‘Dreams’.
Listen to Feenixpawl & Sheco feat. Georgi Kay – Dreams
A flawless follow-up to hit record ‘In My Mind’, ‘Dreams’ sees the Aussie dance music stars knock another one out of the ballpark in tandem with Sheco and Georgi Kay. With a strong focus on the sincere beauty of the mesmerizing chords and heavenly vocals, ‘Dreams’ is one of those songs that has fans closing their eyes and reaching for the sky to take in every inch of the Progressive House-scented wonder.
Feenixpawl: “We’ve been looking for something to work on with Georgi ever since ‘In My Mind’, but of course there is pressure to recreate the magic of that song. We first met Sheco at a gig we played in Mexico, where we instantly hit it off. He’s a young, super-talented producer and we had already discussed doing a collab. Once we got rolling on the track with him and felt the energy in the studio, we immediately knew this tune would be perfect for Georgi’s voice. So we arranged a session with her in L.A. and ‘Dreams’ was born! We are super excited for this tune and we really feel it does the reuniting of Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay justice, almost 7 years after we first collaborated!”
Georgi Kay: “It’s crazy to think that ‘In My Mind’ was the first dance song I ever wrote. Working with Josh and Aden was an absolute dream back then, and working with them now, nearly 7 years later – is nothing short of magical. I think there is a reason we work together when we do. It’s not just to collaborate and pump out song after song, but rather to reunite when the stars align and the timing is right, when all the pieces seem to fit together. After countless collaborations over the years, I have learnt that the songs Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay create together aren’t just timeless anthems. They’re living, breathing entities that not only effect our own lives, but change and impact the world. And to be able to join forces with Sheco just goes to show that Josh and Aden are more than ready to give fresh talent a chance at making magic, just like they did with me back in 2011.”
Sheco: “When I heard 'In My Mind’ for the first time, I felt something unique, something that made me want to make music with that same feeling and emotion. It made me want to produce progressive house at 15 years old. I was finally able to meet Feenixpawl at a gig in my city (Monterrey, Mexico), where I had the pleasure of warming up for them. Years later, we started to discuss a collaboration with the same feeling and impact as 'In My Mind'. As we were working on the tune, we discussed sending it to Georgi Kay, who’s a super-talented singer with such an impressive voice. And that’s when 'Dreams' was born, a fitting title because that’s exactly what the song is to me. It is simply a dream come true for an unknown boy from Mexico. 'Dreams' is a song made with a lot of love and a great message. I hope we can all share that love with ‘Dreams’.”
Grammy nominees, DJ globetrotters and remixers to the likes of Jess Glynne, Kaskade, NERVO, Nicky Romero and Rihanna, Feenixpawl are two of Australia’s most prominent export products. With numerous worlds tours, hundreds of millions of streams and a truckload of awards under their belt, they have secured themselves a spot alongside electronic music’s most prominent tastemakers and show that they have what it takes to keep delivering the very best on every occasion. They did so with ‘In My Mind’ in 2012 and with buzzing singles such as ‘Find A Way’ and ‘Neon Sky’ more recently, and they’ve obviously done so now in collaboration with Sheco and Georgi Kay.
American producer Morgan Page today denied colluding with three Russians who are reportedly members of Swanky Tunes. "This is fake news", insisted a statement put out by Page's team.
Listen to the leaked copy of Morgan Page & Swankey Tunes - Collusion
Leaked versions of the track, according to sources familiar with knowledge of the production, are described as a high energy progressive house instrumental with a Russian twist. "It’s a banger!" remarked one of the investigators, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
When reached for comment, Page said "I've never met these Swanky Tunes characters or even produced a single note of music with them. Sad! I don’t know any Russians, I've never met with any Russians, no one I know has ever talked to any Russians. Great guys though - they do tremendous work"!
Polls currently indicate the track will be very well received by the voting public, with its perfect blend of Page's progressive melodies and Swanky Tunes' trademark stadium-busting basslines.
Swanky Tunes refused to comment when reached by reporters, but immediately following that unleashed a barrage of tweets that pointed to the Chinese and referenced various theories about Hillary's emails.
Fans will be able to cast their vote when the alleged 'Collusion' drops November 2nd worldwide on Armada Music. What still remains unclear in our reporting is, what on earth does covfefe mean?!
It’s official, according to the gfk, Lost Frequencies is the most successful Belgian artist in the German charts! Six singles, two number one hits and a total of 177 weeks in the charts mean that he has overtaken Milow, Kate Ryan and Technotronic.
His debut single “Are You With Me” not only earned Lost Frequencies - real name Felix da Leat - two prestigious Echo awards, it also saw him triumph over Adele and her uber hit “Hello”. The single has gone on to sell over 1 million copies, earning a Diamond award in the process.
Lost Frequencies has dominated the charts with his music to such an extent, he’s clearly here to stay. German radios, meanwhile, never miss a chance to play his tunes, every single day. He has topped the airplay charts with two different songs and was also #1 in the airplay chart of the year. The 24-year-old Belgian has scored an incredible quarter of a million plays on radio, that adds up to 625,575 minutes on the German airwaves.
2019 promises to be just as exciting. Felix da Laet aka Lost Frequencies plans to release his second artist album and new singles! The success story continues …
Listen to Lost Frequencies feat. The NGHBRS – Like I Love You
Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me
Awards: gold – platinum – triple gold – double platinum - diamond
Chart position: #1 I Weeks: #64
Airplay peak position: #2
Weeks in airplay top 10: 22
Overall airplay position 2015: #1
Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy – Reality
Awards: gold – platinum – triple gold
Chart position: #1 I Weeks: #41
Airplay peak position: #1
Weeks in Top 10: 30
Overall airplay position 2015: #5
Lost Frequencies feat. Sandro Cavazza – Beautiful Life:
Chart position: #50 I Weeks: #14
Airplay peak position: #74
Lost Frequencies – What Is Love 2016
Chart position: #17 I Weeks: #24
Airplay peak position: #2
Weeks in Top 10: 4
Overall airplay position 2016: #78
Lost Frequencies & Zonderling – Crazy
Chart position: #17 I Weeks: #22
Airplay peak position: #1
Weeks in Top 10: 13
Overall airplay position 2018: #9
Lost Frequencies feat. James Blunt – Melody
Chart position: #26 I Weeks: #19
Airplay peak position: #2
Weeks in Top 10: 8
Overall airplay position 2018: #22
ARMADA UNIVERSITY EXPANDS INTO FULL-SCALE MUSIC PRODUCTION COMMUNITY AND GIVES STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO WIN A RELEASE ON ARMADA MUSIC
ORJAN NILSEN’S COURSE-DRIVEN ‘FINISH MY RECORD’ CONTEST IS UP AND RUNNING
Not even a year has passed since Armada University first popped up on the radar with its in-depth productions courses in partnership with FaderPro, but it has already expanded into something even more valuable to all those budding producers. Today, Armada University has supercharged its operation by adding in additional tools for all those aspiring dance music stars, ranging from even more courses and free studio tips from esteemed dance music producers to exciting contests, music production blogs, exclusive discounts and guaranteed demo feedback for Armada University students after each course purchase. Anyone who wishes to learn more about music production can subscribe for free at university.armadamusic.com.
In tandem with this expansion, Armada University also launched a brand-new course from Norwegian electronic music star Ørjan Nilsen. His ‘Finish My Record’ course is directly tied to Armada University’s new contest, which not only gives the talents of today invaluable information via the course itself, but also gives them the chance to put their skill to the test and potentially see their edit released on Armada Music in collaboration with Ørjan Nilsen. Pre-save the new Ørjan Nilsens - Savour This Moment here.
At this time, Armada University offers courses from big artists such as Canadian Grammy nominees Sultan + Shepard, House icon Harry Romero, dance music phenomenon Thomas Gold and ‘Hipcats’ producers ATFC & David Penn, all in partnership with FaderPro. Additionally, courses with the likes of GoldFish, Estiva, Rodg, Dave Winnel and more are currently under development. In only two weeks since its expansion, over two thousand producers have joined Armada University, seizing the opportunity to learn, improve and become the best.
Following on from an incredibly busy summer which saw Eelke Kleijn sell out his DAYS like NIGHTS event series debut in North America as well as make his first ever Burning Man appearance playing from the iconic Mayan Warrior art car, now the talented Dutch producer has released his ‘Maschine’ EP. Out now via his own imprint, the two tracks “Maschine 1.0” and “Maschine 2.0” mark the final two singles off his highly anticipated ‘Moments Of Clarity’ album due for release via his own imprint on November 16.
Listen to Eelke Kleijn – Maschine
“Maschine 1.0” opens with his signature percussive melody, setting the scene for the stunning two-part EP. Showcasing what Eelke Kleijn does best, the opening track intertwines beautiful orchestral strings with synths to create an uplifting and ethereal progressive soundscape. Taking things up a notch, “Maschine 2.0” which has enjoyed regular rotation in Solomun’s sets over the past year, begins with a strong hi-hat that immediately takes on a darker tonality. Dissident and jabbing ascending synths build to a dramatic drop with a pulsing bassline, forming a significantly different take from the first track yet still with echoes of the same melody, proving once again his ability to invoke a wide spectrum of emotions through his music.
As Kleijn gears up to drop his third album from his 15 year career, the variety of music that has already been released borrow from his background as a progressive deep house DJ as well as his work scoring Hollywood blockbusters such as “Rush,” “Parker,” and “This Means War.” From dancefloor anthems like “Punta Cana” and “The Calling” to the synth-pop inspired “Drive,” Kleijn also acknowledges the need for balance by including downtempo and ambient tunes such as the LP’s title track, “Moments Of Clarity,” drawing on his training as a classical pianist.
After returning to his home turf on October 20, Kleijn’s DAYS like NIGHTS teamed up with All Day I Dream guru Lee Burridge at Amsterdam Dance Event in The Netherlands as the two highly-respected labels and event series joined forces for the second time. Looking ahead, Kleijn heading to Istanbul in Turkey on November 22 to play at Zorlu Studio followed by a ten hour open-to-close set at Amsterdam’s legendary Thuishaven on December 1.
BURAK YETER TURNS HEADS WITH AMAZING DEBUT SINGLE ON ARMADA MUSIC: 'WANNA KNOW U'
If the name Burak Yeter doesn't ring a bell, you've obviously been oblivious to the fact that he just came knocking on the dance music door with a sledgehammer. Off the back of scoring almost 300 million streams on Spotify alone with 'Tuesday', the Dutch-Turkish DJ and producer follows up on the mega smash with 'Wanna Know U', his debut single on Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music.
As far as label debuts are concerned, chances are you won't find any better than this one. A stellar productions from the hand of Amsterdam-born talent Burak Yeter, 'Wanna Know U' combines scintillating piano chords with amazing vocals and rapid-fire synth shots that hook a listener from start to finish. If this doesn’t get you to slide into party mode, nothing will.
Burak Yeter: "With the help and the connections of my publisher, I flew to Sweden for a studio session and met the writers, Alexander Tidebrink and Caroline Ljungström, there. When we began working on the song, we made the lyrics first. The first track ID was 'Don't Wanna Know You', but we changed it to 'Wanna Know U', matched the lyrics to the new title and gave the entire track a make-over. The sound really matches with Armada Music, so when we met Jeroen, Armada Music's head of A&R, at Tomorrowland, we told him about the song. We sent the demo and the rest is history. I played this song at some big festivals last summer and the reactions of the crowd were amazing, so I'm really hoping everyone will dig this song as much as I do."
An all-around, Amsterdam-born musician who's been rocking the classical piano and guitar since a very young age, Burak Yeter is a pure-bred artist currently riding the waves of his own success. After winning the Burn & MTV Dance Heat DJ Contest in 2004 at age 22, he pushed himself further each time he delved into the music scene, gaining more and more of a foothold at an alarming rate. Now, after winning tons of awards and accolades throughout the years, playing at major festivals and scoring a global smash hit with 'Tuesday', Burak Yeter is name to be reckoned with within the dance music scene and beyond, and he proves it by coming up with another song meant for international stardom: 'Wanna Know U'.