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.
Experimental house heavyweights Bixel Boys have come to stand for an experimental peak in New York’s burgeoning talent pool for 2014. Past the execution of such fine moments as “Empire” and remix duties for Golden Features, the duo’s Dim Mak debut sees them turn a fresh hand to Botnek and 3lau’s post-Miami stint “Viking” for an early Autumn shake-up of the sound’s comfort zones. Reassuringly minimalistic and evidently catering to a significant swell in attention for the chunkier remits of modern house music, Rob May and Ian Macpherson really hit home on their mission statement of underground tunes fit for the bigger rooms with this one. Without pushing too much additional collateral upon their sharp beats and expertly woven leads, their take on “Viking” seamlessly caters for a generation that has clearly seen a gap in the market where subtle composure can be used to maximal impact on club floors. This is just that polished getup that Bixel Boys have crafted a considerable legacy through over the past couple of years, making the remainder of the year all for the taking were North America’s next big house heretics are concerned.
News has started to circulate that Avicii will be canceling all of his remaining performances for the foreseeable future due to growing concerns for his health and well-being.
After wrapping up his summer residency at Ibiza’s Ushuaia, the “Wake Me Up” producer will be taking a step back from his incessant touring. In March, a gall bladder issue forced the producer to cancel all of his Miami Music Week gigs and it would appear that this summer’s rigorous schedule provided him little opportunity to fully recover. Sources close to the festival have confirmed his performance at TomorrowWorld this year has been canceled. Avicii’s camp has confirmed our initial reports to Billboard. All Avicii performances are canceled indefinitely.
Official press release from At Night:
"At Night Management has tabled all touring and promotional activities for Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, until further notice so that he can fully recuperate from lingering health issues related to surgeries that removed his gall bladder and appendix earlier this year. The international superstar, who is the #1 Most Influential Artist Under 25 according to Spotify, is taking a break at home in Stockholm so he can regain his strength and physical well-being before the release of a new album project next year."
Drop the Game's title track has now received the remix treatment from Brooklyn beatmaker Sweater Beats, who will be releasing his own Cloud City EP this fall on HW&W. Sweater Beats toured with Flume and Faker this past year and has received endorsements from Toddla T and Diplo, both of whom have played his sultry extended mixes on their BBC shows.
A unique mix of sounds old and new have long proven to deliver innovative results. Such is the case when one of dance music’s hottest young producers, Oliver Heldens gets his hands dirty on Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salto’s funky 2005 single “Can’t Stop Playing.” This Spinnin’ Records pick-up flexes the young Dutchman’s techy-deep house hybrid style on the contagious dancefloor killer, supported by the finishing touches of Gregor Salto himself. The remix pays a suitable homage to the classic, utilizing the catchy melody and funky guitar strums in a modern Heldens house spin with clubby Salto flavor.
Ripping through the United States on board with the Mad Decent Block Party and preparing for their yearly celebration “Rowdytown,” Big Gigantic have taken the electronic scene by storm with intricate saxophone lines and kicking live drums. Dom and Jeremy, manning the sax and percussion respectively, have been commended on their ever evolving production skills and delicate sound, both of which are certainly present on their makeover of Zhu‘s “Faded.” Championed as one of the hottest deep songs of the summer, “Faded” needs no fixing – instead, it has been redone; a gentle melody plays behind the dark vocal before the musical duo steps in to deliver a world-class saxophone-based chord progression and a reinvented deep bass line. Zhu’s music has attracted many of electronic music’s finest for remix duty, but few have taken to the task with the style and success as Big Gigantic.
Afrojack and Martin Garrix were as attached at the hip as any two (non-duo) artists this past Miami Music Week, appearing together all over South Beach, from LIV to SiriusXM’s W Hotel showcasing to Ultra Music Festival’s main stage where they also linked up to join Tiesto during his headlining slot to debut their impending collaboration. Then known as, now confirmed as “Turn Up The Speakers,” the Dutch pair bring a best-of-both worlds aura to the table with their collective effort. Sounding a lot like Afrojack’s up-to-date stylings and Garrix’s post-Animals persona, “Turn Up The Speakers” transcends each artists’ audiences and leaves little to be desired despite any expectations set by the two heavyweights sharing one bill.
Get ready to groove with Sam Feldt’s latest horn-infused house output. Joined by Bloombox for their take on I Am Oak’s “On Trees and Birds and Fire,” the duo match folk rock with a steady kick to bridge the gap between Thijs Kuijken’s evocative vocals and their own ankle grabbing rhythms. If this is where house is heading, we couldn’t be happier.
Originally premiered yesterday on BBC Radio 1 by Annie Mac, here is Jesse Rose's remix of Oliver $ & Jimi Jules' track "Pushing On". If there’s one urban club scene worth cutting your teeth on as a DJ, it's Berlin’s. And city native Oliver $ has come through the ranks to become a regular fixture in the line-ups of legendary Berlin clubs. This spring, the producer also collaborated with Jimi Jules to release hit dance track "Pushing On" which certainly hit the Beatport charts hard. He’s teamed up with LA based house DJ Jesse Rose to put together this exclusive mix.
Australian electronic duo, The Aston Shuffle return to Axtone for the 2nd appearance on the label, the 1st being their collaboration with Tommy Trash, ‘Won’t Get Lost’ that achieved true anthem status, reaching the Beatport summit. NEW_ID continue their production purple patch, swiftly following up on their remix of Kraak & Smaak’s ‘How We Gonna Stop The Time’ that garnered support from the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and manny more. ‘Tear It Down’ was written and recorded in the depths of the London winter earlier this year with longtime collaborator Styalz Fuego (Won’t Get Lost, Thomas Gold ‘Remember’) and Ivor Novello awardwinning, Golden Globe and Grammynominated Amanda Ghost (Florence & The Machine, Beyoncé, Scissor Sisters).
On this remix, NEW_ID have taken 'Tear It Down' from a feelgood house jam, into a sublime slice of peak time house music. Retaining the soulful vocals in their entirety, ‘Tear It Down’ has a magic that’s been in short supply on the mainstages of late but this will be welcomed with open arms.
Nineteen-year-old, rising dutch talent Oliver Heldens has had quite a year so far. "Gecko” might be one of 2014′s hottest instrumentals, and it’s vocal version “Overdrive” is of equal status in regards to complete records, but Heldens is only getting started. Bringing the deep house sounds to a mainstream level of acclaim, the rookie with a veteran stature is one of the leaders in production as dance preferences see a vast shift. Listener’s of his aptly titled Heldeep radio show know this first hand (and have been treated to a premiere of his upcoming Coldplay remix), and it now comes as a treat to have his newest solo production released. Following his aforementioned hit, Heldens primes “Koala,” a disply of plunging deep house sounds padded by easy-listen rhythm, enhancing his own genre to greater audiences.