Dillon Francis‘s full length debut Money Sucks, Friends Rule is just around the corner, yet the closer we get, the more music the the Mad Decent heavyweight seems to have up his sleeve. Releasing a handful of tracks in the last few weeks leading up to his long-awaited album, Francis is serving out another tune to quell cravings until the record’s official release on October 28th. This time, it’s his crowd-favorite collaboration with Martin Garrix, “Set Me Free.” “Set Me Free” has been galvanizing crowds all summer long, from EDC to Mad Decent Block Parties all across the country, and now it is available to fans for free instantly when they pre-order Money Sucks, Friends Rule. The track is quintessential Francis material, introducing itself with recognizable moombahton elements but quickly revealing itself to be a throbbing electro-house cut. Complete with precise sample work and a melodic build, the track comes to a stomping break matched with a festival-primed synth arrangement. With Martin Garrix lending stylistic additions and his knack for producing main stage staples, “Set Me Free” sweetens the album’s upcoming that much more.
When Oliver Heldens and Sander Van Doorn first hinted at a collaborative debut, heads turned. When they later suggested it would fall in the form of a crossover techno offering, the understandable skepticism kicked in. Alongside so-called ‘future house’ Youngblood Heldens, Doorn’s latest namesake label offering had a lot of speculation to live up to, but continues a positive ascent from such u-turn offerings as “Get Enough” that spoke in favor of this versatile streak. “This” sits somewhere in-between the remits of Helden’s own bassline favoring getup and the techno infused sound that hallmarked Doorn’s inauguration into the upper echelon of electronic dance music some eight years ago. The heathens aren’t going to like hearing those two names associated with the staple underground genre, but what the Dutch duo does is bridge a gap between the popular house market and that of a functional and timeless sound still essential to this generation.
Small pieces of information regarding Avicii’s next album have been trickling out over the past few months. “The Nights,” an original mix which landed on FIFA 15′s heavily-electronic soundtrack, provided a small taste of the Swedish star’s impending studio release, despite no information on where that single would end up in Avicii’s discography.Now returning courtesy of “The Days,” the countdown to Tim Bergling’s next album has officially begun. Fanfare surrounding the original mix is far less conspicuous than when “Wake Me Up” arrived last year, however, “The Days” delivers on a multitude of fronts. Beginning with catchy acoustic guitar riffs, uncredited vocals build momentum before a swift kick gets thrown into the fray towards the end of the track. The cross-genre originals heard on True marked a new direction for Avicii and new single “The Days” looks to continue his crossover appeal.
Following Chocolate Puma’s remix of ‘Arms Around Me’, DubVision and Feenixpawl step up to the plate and deliver one of the most anticipated releases on the label in 2014. Two sets of producers whose previous appearances on the label left an eternal footprint in the history of Axtone, combine to further solidify their status in the Axtone hall of fame. Their previous appearances on Axtone being Feenixpawl’s collaboration with Ivan Gough and Georgi Kay for the anthemic ‘In My Mind’ and DubVision’s haunting remix of 'Falling (Committed to Sparkle Motion)' from Scottish Indie band Discopolis. DubVision are red‐hot following their Beatport No.1 ‘Backlash’ & their Michael Brun collaboration ‘Sun In Your Eyes’. Feenixpawl have not been slouching either in 2014, releasing “I Won’t Break” alongside Trevor Simpson and reuniting with Ivan Gough for “Hear Me, Ft. Christine Hoberg a signature record in Axwell’s sets this summer, ‘Destination’ has been the source of much speculation online since fan footage started to appear online of Ax playing the track at Fabrik, Madrid.
Since hitting it big with “Outlines,” Amsterdam’s Mike Mago has sailed with unstoppable force through the European shores. As the deep house genre continues to bow to the predisposition that the modern sound needs to be engulfed in low-end action and knocked-down vocals, “Dirty Love” reminds us that upfront melodies and dominant grooves can still hold their corner on the market. These are the sort of epiphanies that the BMKLTSCH master is becoming something of an ambassador too, ushering in yet another reason to believe that Mike Mago’s vision for house music is one of the more profound to emerge from Holland in a very long time.
With his recent dazzling debut at Australia’s Listen Out festival, ZHU signaled that his global tour was underway. The question remained: when would he reach the States? HARD Events’ recent social media updates seems to suggest that the LA festival may have secured the coveted appearance. With a simple white streak, the takeover looks cryptically similar to ZHU’s trademark logo superimposed over all his singles cover art. Without an official announce, we cannot be sure, but our best guess says ‘Yes.’ Guess we know where we will be this Halloween.
Arriving on Beatport with as much anticipation as any Size Records release, Still Young have finally released their debut single. Being touted by Steve Angello for more than nine months, “Midnight” continues the label’s run of melodic material past Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman’s “ID2.” Employing the big room credentials to attract festival audiences around the globe, the original mix is unique enough to stand out among the daily flooding of new materiel. Once again aligning himself with talent that arrives into the spotlight courtesy of an accomplished, yet short resume, Steve Angello has ushered in a new era of artists for Size Records and it seems that Still Young will be along for the ride.
The oft-overlooked tradeoff of constant touring is the inability to properly record and promote new music. DJs, in the constant frenzy of international stardom, can miss out on opportunities to work their studio magic. Avicii, who recently made his way back home to fully recover from his March Winter Music Conference surgery, has not forgotten about the fresh music; TIm Bergling has declared that he already has over 80 tracks in line for his forthcoming album. The followup to Avicii’s platinum selling True will be entitled Stories, as has been hinted by both Tim and his manager for months, and will release in 2015. “The Days,” a single from the album previewed on a recent Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply campaign, will be released October 3rd.
The Swedish star has amassed a massive fan base over the last few years following major success that boomed first in within the electronic music scene, but spread quickly across fans of folk, pop, and country alike. Smashes “Wake Me Up” and “Addicted To You” dominated airwaves for months. While not much is known as to what direction Tim Bergling will take in his late project, he has previewed a number of songs through live performances on his recent show stops. “The Nights,” Avicii’s latest track to surface, was featured on the FIFA 15 soundtrack and it is unknown as to whether the track will appear on the album, but if confirmation of “The Days” is any indication it seems likely the production will find its way onto the tracklist.
About a year ago, LA-based production duo Mako unveiled "Our Story." Their story is indeed one of our favorites, a reminder of the way professionally trained musicians and those who love the stage can pair up to do great things. "Our Story" was an uplifting progessive track, originally released as free download, that is, until Ultra Records got a hold of it. Prior to the days where record labels partnered with artists on free downloads, Logan and Alex saw their track re-released, with a matching impressive music video. The track has just been given the Michael Brun treatment and it's a masterpiece. Fresh off the launch of his Caribbean-influenced record label Fuze Recordings, Brun has taken the track and given it some big room qualities, expanding the intricacies in the feel of the details of it.
Two weeks after releasing Deniz Koyu’s latest masterpiece to the public, Axtone is back with another highly regarded electronic music staple. Making their debut on Axwell’s critically acclaimed label, Chocolate Puma has returned to remix the Russian-bred “Arms Around Me.” Following a stuttering sample from the original mix, the reinvention delves into a bevy of acid house characteristics. Premiered by Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1, Chocolate Puma have struck gold again on a label that has a knack for releasing incredible productions.
At just 19 years old, Oliver Heldens has epitomized a love for back-to-basics house fundamentals now shared across the industry. Back on Spinnin Deep for the first time since transforming Robin Thicke’s “Feel Good” into a modern club weapon, the young Dutchman lends his hand to Utrecht’s own The Voyagers to continue the momentum for his year of dance floor reckoning. The back-and-forth of Haris’ catchy topline and those familiar full-bodied leads beckon another welcome installment of Helden’s fresh faced take on the sound mainstream media and new-found fans alike have taken to calling deep house. What the man behind “Koala” brings to the party isn’t by any means new, but the confidence and quality that his productions muster remain evidence enough that somewhere along the lines, this young chart-topper has found an elixir for taking credible house music to the masses without any unnecessary gimmicks. With whisper of his latest collaboration alongside Sander Van Doorn on the horizon, the Helden’s edit of “A Lot Like Love” sounds a lot like a next generation kingpin on an unprecedented spike.
Swedish DJ and Producer Otto Jettman, better known as Otto Knows, is back at it again. After his massive 2012-hit "Million Voices", his remix to Burns' "Lies" and his latest original "Parachute" he returns to Refune to present his newest rework of Bebe Rexha's song "Can't Stop Drinking About You". The track was premiered by the man himself at Bravalla Festival in June and was played throughout the summer at Ushuaïa in Ibiza. Here's his latest master piece.