First endorsed in a downpour at Ultra Music Festival by Above & Beyond, “Tension” has finally landed on Beatport. Marking ilan Bluestone and Jerome Isma-Ae‘s second collaboration following last year’s “Under my Skin,” the duo have crafted yet another anthem of epic proportions. An orchestral interval provides a drawn out break from the original mix’s high-octane characteristics, before the track once again releases with a flurry of pads and a relentless bassline. Already touted as an Above & Beyond favorite, “Tension” has proven itself to be one of the most powerful productions to be played by the English trio all summer long.
2014 was the year that Pierce Fulton went global. Past the dotted international live landmarks and that marker remix for Above & Beyond’s “Sticky Fingers,” the young upstart lands back at Cr2 Records this month for the next two-strong installment from North America’s quirkiest big room contender. The lead-heavy and uplifting strife of “Kuaga” is that playful yet poignant panache that has separated Fulton from the heard and set welcome markers in the identity still available to the crowded genre. Leaning further on the middle grounds of progressive composure and fleet footed electro, “Noon Gun” bridges the boxes of coherent and creative that Fulton’s short-playing output has consistently ticked to date. Listening to this double-track offering is like listening to the future unfold in front of you whilst simultaneously having your faith in the industry’s next generation restored. It marks a perfectly rounded return from North America’s next undeniable electronic dance virtuoso.
British pop songstress is back with a follow up single to “Somebody,” and it’s the perfect track to say goodbye to Summer, and hello Fall. Reminiscent of old school Madonna, and a bass that can’t help but bring me back to the days of watching 90′s detective/police TV series, “If You Let Me Go” is by far the coolest track you’ll hear all today, and if Salt Ashes keeps it up, she has the potential to be a superstar, ranging from her vocals, to her songwriting, she has it all! This is for sure a must listen and a must download!
I was just sent over Justin Faust’s latest track “Spellbound” which also serves as the name of his album, which will be released via the Portuguese indie rising label Discotexas, and will serve as a collective of all things Justin Faust. Don’t let the palm tree fool you, this is not tropical house, this is disco goes to Ibiza, so sexy people, get your grooves on, and feel the energy from Mr Faust. I left my platform shoes at home, and I’ll admit I haven’t up kept my fro, but one can always close his eyes and imagine, the power of music! This is a must listen!
With two late night TV appearances, an MTV Video Award nomination, and a collaboration with hip-hop legend Q-Tip on their resume, Disclosure have certainly crossed over into the mainstream consciousness. Now courtesy of an interview with Blige in The Guardian, it appears that the pair have once again expanded their credentials in a big way.
Guy and Howard recount their first encounter with nine time Grammy Award winner Mary J Blige and shortly after the pair spill details on their next colossal collaborative effort. Landing in November courtesy of Capitol Records, “Mary J Blige: The London Sessions” features collaborative work with both Disclosure and vocalist Sam Smith.
Vivid Swedish producer and composer Johan Wedel has remained a versatile yet sparing force on the national front. Having set the precedent considerably high with his recent ‘Legotrap’ EP as WDL, the aforementioned sound is given a striking second wind courtesy of official remix duties for Mø this month.
Under the guise of his shorter and more experimentally tailored moniker the Danish pop songstress is fully embraced by the smooth melodic progressions and tempered beat work, the culmination of which has made the ‘Lego trap’ concept far more than just a quirky namesake in his capable hands. There really isn’t anyone pushing the creative buttons like Johan Wedel right now, making him a considerable focus point for Sweden’s ongoing contributions to the industry in the wake of its big room overhaul.
The UK scene has been exploding with talent these past years, and Blonde is def part of that pot of gold that you shouldn’t be sleeping on, unless you want to be that dude who heard Disclosure’s “Latch” for the first time once it hit radio in the US ( don’t be that guy! ). Blending deep house with that crossover pop sound, which at no means should be taken as an insult, you’re going to find yourself addicted to this jam, with an infectious hook, and 90′s UK R&B vibe that I can’t get enough of, and you won’t either! This is going to be on repeat for me all day, it’s a must listen!
Sam Feldt is that dude, and his remix of Syn Cole’s “Bright Lights” is my second favorite remix of his, right behind Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait For You,” but it could be your favorite, and I hope it is! Come to think of it, it might be my favorite, having followed his latest releases, it’s certain that he’s taking his deep house/ chill house / tropical house / “whatever you want to call it” house signature style to a new a level, that bass that kicks in at 1:58 , layered in with the violin straight warms my hearts and ears. Have yourself your own little dance party, this is a must listen and a must download!
The homies from Miami, Mack & Jet Set Vega, hit us with a stellar progressive house remix of Heffron Drive’s “Parallel,” and if Zedd can drop a “Magic” remix and everyone goes gaga, so can Mack and Jet Set, and I’m pretty sure the crowd would go crazy if this was dropped at a festival, speaking out of experience, after hearing what I heard at Ezoo this week, anthemic progressive house still bangs! With an epic melodic buildup, to an “everybody jump” drop without the cheesy tag line, this remix will leave you inspired. This is a must listen!
For those that weren’t able to catch the EDC documentary from Insomniac, ‘Under the Electric Sky,’ can now own it on DVD. Experience the life, love, community, and passion of festival-goers on the road to Electric Daisy Carnival. This groundbreaking film goes behind-the-scenes of North America’s largest music festival and introduces you to the people inspired by its vision of peace, love, unity and respect. Meet founder Pasquale Rotella, who re-envisions this unique three-day festival every year and a few of the devoted fans who follow vastly different roads to get there. Featuring pulsating live performance footage of Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Hardwell, Tiësto and many more, it’s an unforgettable journey to the most electrifying show on earth.