While the world is recovering from the amazing Ultra Music Festival this weekend, we weren’t expecting to see much activity for at least three days… but then Aviciisurprised us with the release of his sixth “LE7ELS” Podcast on iTunes this Monday. Known for topping the iTunes charts worldwide, Avicii is back after a 3 month silence since his previous Podcast episode. In the sixth edition of “LE7ELS”, Avicii, with his manager Mr. Ash, feature Mafia’s own Sebastian Ingrosso in the Guest Mix as they play some of the best house tracks EDM has to offer. The Swedes are definitely dominating the EDM House scene at the moment (Avicii: Takin Ova!); Ash explains it the best: “Every track has a Swedish ‘something’ in it” (Avicii: Reppin up that blue and yellow, bro!) as the featured songs are either made by a Swede or released by a Swedish Label. Avicii teases us with the unreleased “Nicktim” by Nicky Romero and himself and plays the old but gold “Feel the Vibe” by Axwell. Ingrosso, meanwhile, includes 3 of his own productions, an amazing double anthem mash-up and newcomer Michael Brun’s “Rise” in his Guest Mix.
In my opinion, Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes are as good as you can get to know an artist without actually seeing him perform live. Essential Mixes are the best way one can discover the new and unreleased, rediscover the old and forgotten, test the artist’s transition and mash-up abilities and learn more about their unique taste and music choice. Im surprised it took me this long to finally review one of these on EBT (that will change, I promise) since they, as the name indicates, are an essential listen for any true EDM fanatic.
With all that said and done, allow me to present one of the freshest and hottest producers to rise to the EDM stars in a period of less than a year, Alesso! Taken under Sebastian Ingrosso’s wing, he made his breakthrough debut with his remix of Nadia Ali’s “Pressure” and, in collaboration with “father” Ingrosso, exploded last summer with the release of the magnificent “Calling”. Alesso is on EBT’s “Upcoming and promising” list (alongside Zedd, Cazzette, Porter Robinson and others) as we expect nothing but the greatest from his work, and, rest assured, his Essential Mix does not disappoint. Get comfortable and enjoy 2 hours of nonstop Alesso goodness!
While for me every included track is an essential, here are some moments that stood out from the mix.
[8:42] First thing that grasped my attention is Alesso’s recently released “Greyhound” from the Swedish Mafia mashed with the sensational “Antidote”. The track is still new and fresh, so including it was a smart move.
[24:35] While I’ve had enough of Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close” ever since it hit every radio station in August, its inclusion brought balance to the pure house mayhem with some smooth piano progressions and Harris’ own soothing vocals.
[27:38] Yes! Probably my favourite parts of any Essential Mix are the featured exclusive previews for upcoming hits. With still no news of the release of the instrumental version of “Years”, Alesso already debuts the Vocal Mix. Thoughts?
[35:12] Now something that I’ve never heard of before, “Jonas Törn – Boss”. Original and a catchy Rock melody that has been pumped with electro-dub synths.
[52:15] Strobe. Enough said <3
[61:42] The track that started it all! It wouldn’t be the same Alesso without “Pressure” (Personally my #1 track of the summer & in the top 3 of 2011).
[71:19] Alesso surprises us with an unidentified preview. Release date- now!
[85:45] Kudos to Alesso for the mashing choice of Pendulum’s “Island” remix with the amazing “Sending My Love” + “Awooga”!
[108:59] I forgot to add one more aspect about Essential Mixes: it’s the opportunity to give tracks a second chance. And now, given the change of scenery and my elevated mood, Michael Brun’s “Rise (Dirty South Edit)” sounds better second time around.
[116:52] Alesso finishes with a bang: a first ever preview of his upcoming “Silenced By The Night” remix. What a great way to end the Essential Mix! So uplifting, so Alesso!
01. Dúné – Heiress Of Valentina (Alesso Remix) [Nero]
02. Deniz Koyu – Hertz [Flamingo] w/ Alesso – Nillionaire [Refune] w/ Porter Robinson – Unison [Owsla]
03. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound [EMI] w/ Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – Antidote [EMI]
04. Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Eclipse (Why Am I Doing This) [White]
05. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix) [Axtone]
06. Alesso – Raise Your Head [Refune] w/ Calvin Harris – Feel So Close [Sony]
07. Alesso – Years (Vocal Mix) [Refune]
08. Nero – Me And You (Dirty South Remix) [MTA]
09. Jonas Törn – Boss [White]
10. David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium (Alesso Remix) [F*** Me I'm Famous]
11. Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio [Axtone]
12. Deadmau5 – Strobe [Mau5trap] w/ Qulinez – Troll [Size]
13. Otto Knows – Million Voices [Refune]
14. Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Remix) [Spinnin]
15. Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar [Axtone] w/ Pryda – Muranyi [Pryda]
16. Alesso – ID
17. Alesso – Dynamite [Refune] w/ Sebastian Ingrosso – Laktos [Refune] w/ Avicii – Levels [Le7els / Universal]
18. Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix) [Size / One More Tune] w/ R3hab & Swanky Tunes feat. Max C – Sending My Love [Wall] w/ Calvin Harris – Awooga [Fly Eye]
19. Autoerotique – Turn Up The Volume [Dim Mak] w/ Coldplay – Clocks [Virgin] w/ Matt Caseli & Danny Freakazoid – Raise Your Hands [Axtone]
20. Avicii feat. Salem Al Fakir – Silhouettes [Le7els]
21. DEVolution feat. Amy Pearson – Good Love (Alesso Remix) [One More Tune]
22. Avicii – Fade Into Darkness (Instrumental Mix) [Le7els] w/ Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix) [Toolroom]
23. Michael Brun – Rise (Dirty South Edit) [Phazing] w/ Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone (Acappella) [Phazing]
24. Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso feat. Ryan Tedder – Calling (Lose My Mind) [Refune / Universal]
25. Keane – Silenced By The Night (Alesso Remix) [White]
Even with the holidays long gone, the party doesn’t stop! Dada Life once again released their monthly mix, featuring nostalgic summer tunes and undiscovered gems. Dada Life knows how to get your blood pumping with hard-hitting electro, huge bass drops and, to top it off, a sneak-peak of Dada Life’s next remix at 21:33! So plug your headphones in and start head-banging to Dada Life’s September 2011 Mix!… just make sure you don’t slam the keyboard with your forehead or get caught by your professor/boss.
WARNING: Dada Life and EBT do not hold responsibility for any broken keyboards, laptops & computers, detention of students nor firings of employees during the process of head-banging to Dada Life Mixes. Head-bang responsibly (preferably in an empty sound-proof room surrounded by gigantic speakers. Thank you for your comprehension)
Tracklist (+ Cheat sheet)
0:00 – Wolfgang Gartner – Menage a Trois
4:21 – Andy Harding – Adagio Without Strings (Original Mix)
7:26 – Chuckie feat. Gregor Salto – What Happens In Vegas (Club Mix)
10:38 – Hardwell – The World
13:38 – Jan Driver – Raveyard (Original Mix)
15:22 – Dada Life – Happy Violence
18:42 – Congorock – Sirius
21:33 – Afrojack and R3hab – Prutataaa (Dada Life Remix)
24:22 – R3hab and Swanky Tunes – Sending My Love
27:20 – Dirty South and Thomas Gold feat. Kate Elsworth – Alive
30:57 – Audionite – Kling Klong
33:00 – Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling
36:33 – Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki – Cotton Eye Turbulence (Dada Life Guerilla Fart #12)
40:04 – Dem Slackers – Global Grind (Original Mix)
Introducing DJ Wurktime, Canada’s Official DJ of “Spring Break Cancun 2011″! DJ Wurktime loves his tequila and women, and he sure knows how to get the party started. On April 30th the Canadian DJ released his mix “Do Wurk Son!”, offering some of the most energetic, dirtiest dutch house I’ve ever heard. With a pinch of hip/hop vocals and electro synths, DJ Wurktime will definitely have you partying all night long.
23:24- At this point DJ Wurktime lets you take a break with some smooth progressive house…but not for long as Wurktime’s signature beats kick in!
32:25- Wow! Perfect roundup for the remix with Lil Jon and some good ol’ electro house from Sydney Samson
1. It’s Fucking Wurktime Intro 2. Ron Carroll – Just Do It (Oliver Twizt Remix) 3. R3hab – Rock This Place (WURKTIME Edit) 4. Kelis- Milkshake 5. Oliver Twizt, Casablanca Connect – Double D vs A Milli (WURKTIME) 6. Ian Carey feat. Snoop Dogg & Bobby Anthony – Last Night (R3hab Remix) (WURKTIME) 7. Ralvaro – Over Supersound (WURKTIME) 8. Samir’s Theme 2011 (Original 2011 Mix)* 9. TAI – Paradise Poltergeist vs Party & Bullshit(Feat. Steve Aoki)(LA Riots Remix)(WURKTIME) 10. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Freak (Bassjackers Remix) 11. Havana Funk ft. Samy P, El Conde & Zelma Davis – Move Your Hips (Sidney Samson Remix) 12. Afrojack – Pon de Floor / I’ll be there (WURKTIME Remix) 13. Ludachrist – Pon De Foley 14. Hollaback Girl 2011 15. Seductive – Let’s Get Started (Kid Kaio Remix) 16. Beautiful, Juicy, Miami (WURKTIME Break) 17. Chris Brown Feat. Benny Benassi – Beautiful People (Felix Cartal Club Remix) 18. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Waiting For (Allan Guterres Dutch Bootleg) 19. Spencer & Hill – Beatrocka vs Warp 1.9 (Club Mix) (WURKTIME) 20. ACDC – TNT (Reepr Bootleg) 21. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand (Afrojack Remix) 22. Fat And Ugly – Indian Giants (Clockwork Remix)(WURKTIME) 23. FNA – Take Me Home Tonight (Bassjackers Remix) 24. DEV – Bass Down Low ft. The Cataracs (Loopers Remix) 25. R3hab – The Bottle Song 26. 62.FM Audio – Whoomp Killer (Afrojack Remix)(WURKTIME Remix) 27. Bassjackers – Mush Mush (WURKTIME Hustlin) 28. Lock n’ Load – Blow Ya Mind / Drop It Like It’s Hot (WURKTIME Break) 29. Lock n’ Load – Blow Ya Mind 30. Rene Rodrigezz – House Rider (Club Mix)(WURKTIME) 31. Showrocker (WURKTIME) 32. LMFAO Ft Lil JON – SHOTS vs Sidney Samson & Max C – Panorama (Don’t Mean A Thing)(WURKTIME) 33. Drake – Miss Me (Syko Bmore Remix)(WURKTIME) .
BONUS: Check out the crazy mixtape promo video (featuring LMFAO!)