When discussing the notion of reworking the classic Deadmau5 piece “Strobe”, the phrase that comes into mind is “Do not fix what isn’t broken”. And while this still holds true, as not many have attempted to remix the track, the electronic group Alesia have accomplished something truly magnificent and exceptional of any remix or edit to-date, bringing fresh air into the beloved progressive single. The epicosity of the classical orchestral genre combined with the present dubstep scene is equivalent of a Hans Zimmer composition with a twist. I give credit to the amazing Dancing Astronauts for the great find and look forward to what else Alesia can offer in the near future.
“Language” is arguably Porter Robinson’s most acclaimed single to this day, hitting #1 on Beatport’s Top 100 Chart in mid-April. While the young and aspiring producer’s hit differs from his usual hard-hitting Electro, there is truly something magical and mesmerizing about “Language”, which was considered during the making of its music video. Featuring creatures from the presumed Hunger Games, an Atlantis nightclub/lightshow and a cross between King Kong and a super-chameleon, the video is undoubtedly beautifully crafted with a mesmerising scenery and effects that are perfectly synced to the beat of the song (Note: Atlantis nightclub). However, the story plot fails me as the settings constantly change from swimming underwater to falling from the sky with little to no connection. Overall it’s a very well-made video with stunning shots and an underlying message of facing your fears, but is unsuccessful at telling a story. If anyone has a clue as to who the big guy is and why he dies, please leave a comment; I’m curious.
The start of the summer looks bright as Anton Zaslavski, better known as Zedd, releases his latest single “Spectrum”, featuring the unique vocals of Matthew Koma, most notable for his contribution for the yet unreleased vocal version of Alesso’s “Years”. Unlike the bass-blasting“Shave It” or the hard-hitting“Shotgun”, Anton takes on a more radio-friendly (in comparison) approach with “Spectrum”; nevertheless, the track still contains that “Zedd feel” to it, featuring funky electro house synths, signature greasy bassline, melodious build-ups and a satisfying, explosive drop. The good news don’t end here as “Spectrum” is the first single from his upcoming album! We’ll keep you updated as new information comes in; meanwhile, enjoy this anthem.
Also, an interesting observation: Ever since “Shave It”, all of Zedd’s original productions’ names start on the letter “S” (Shave it, Scorpion Move, Stars Come Out, Slam the Door, Shotgun, and now Spectrum). Now isn’t that neat
It’s that epic time of the month again; The Swedish Bass Mafia, aka Dada Life, deliver their May 2012 Mix with the most hard-hitting tracks from EDM. Featuring some known hits, such as Tiesto + Swanky Tunes collaboration “Make Some Noise” and Dada’s own “Rolling Stone’s T-shirt”, and some lesser known gems, such as Ralvero’s “Rage” and the final track of the mix “Turn The World On (Angger Dimas Dub)” (whoop whoop!). For me the most pumped-up track would probably be Laidback Luke’s simple yet extremely uplifting “1234″, as every drop overpowers the previous (Also the transition to WG’s “Redline” is a nice touch). And, as always, Dada Life treats us with one of their upcoming previews, this time being their remix of Kaskade’s smooth“Llove”, transforming it into a rough and bassy dancefloor destroyer.
[00:00] Nari and Milani – Up [03:16] Tiësto and Swanky Tunes Feat Ben McInerney – Make Some Noise [07:22] Chuckie and Gregori Klosman – The Numb3r5 [11:56] Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa – The Edge [16:28] Thomas J – Drop The Bomb (LAZRtag Remix) [19:38] Laidback Luke – 1234 feat. Chuckie and Martin Solveig [23:30] Wolfgang Gartner – Redline [27:50]Dada Life – Rolling Stones T-Shirt [31:20] Ralvero – Rage [35:33] Eva Simons – I Don’t Like You (Nicky Romero Remix) [39:25] Miike Snow – Devil’s Work (Dirty South Remix) [43:20] Kaskade – LLove (Dada Life Remix) [47:03] Static Revenger and DEV – Turn The World On (Angger Dimas Dub)
Madeon has some competition as 18 year old child prodigy Walden from Australia shines brighter and brighter on the EDM radar after every one of his releases. His latest production, a guilty pleasure of mine, is a remix of Marina and the Diamonds’“Primadonna”, turning it into an energetic house track that includes computerised vocals, catchy synths and a satisfying addition of a bassline after the drop. Walden’s remix is perfect for house parties, dance floors and radio duo to the track’s cleverly/professionally organised song structure. The young artist shows a lot of potential that I’m sure will not go unnoticed.
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Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna (Walden Remix)