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Best of 2014: Progressive House & Trance

Progressive House and Trance are two of those dance music sub-genres that aren’t going away anytime soon. While there was a time when Trance was the most popular type of music, back when guys like Tiesto and Armin Van Buuren were actually producing and spinning Trance music, it has taken a bit of a back seat to Big Room tracks. Progressive House, while having varying sounds, can be either perfect for main stages or for late night after parties. Both sub-genres are complicated in structure, contain lots of melody, and bring us driving four-on-the-floor beats. The Anjunabeats and Pryda Friends teams have been instrumental in shaping the sounds of both the Trance and Progressive worlds, respectively, and have been doing so for years. While guys like Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, and Arty have been top-tier names for years, other artists emerged in a whole new way during 2014. I’m looking at production talent in Fehrplay, Andrew Bayer, Ilan Bluestone, Pierce Fulton, Audien, and Myon & Shane 54. And some day soon I hope Richard Knott emerges as a household name, as his productions and mixes are worthy of being played on repeat.

While we don’t necessarily post a ton in the Trance & Progressive realm of things here on, I’m probably the biggest proponent of these sounds. The 10 songs we put together are a combination of popular tracks from 2014 as well as some of my favorite from the genre. Turn the volume way up and go support the artists if you like what you hear.

What did we miss from this list? Let us know!

  1. Eric Prydz – Liberate
  2. Fehrplay – Everywhere You Go
  3. Richard Knott – Mantra
  4. Andrew Bayer – Once Lydian
  5. Myon & Shane 54 – Summer of Love
  6. Audien – Hindsight
  7. Pierce Fulton – Kuaga
  8. Ilan Bluestone – Spheres
  9. Porter Robinson – Lionhearted (Arty Remix)
  10. Above & Beyond – Sticky Fingers

Lucky Date Remixes “Grand Finale” by Arty [FREE DOWNLOAD]


Who knows how to take a piece of cheese and turn it into a banger? Not many producers out there do, but one of them is Lucky Date, whose sound I’ve always loved. Don’t get me wrong folks, I respect artist like Arty, Hardwell (Lucky Date remixed his song “Apollo”), and Dirty South/Thomas Gold (Lucky Date remixed their song “Alive”) for their production skills and what they’ve done for the dance music world, but all of them have created some cheesy music on one or more occasions. To the best of my knowledge, however, Lucky Date has avoided the dairy aisle in favor of a harder and edgier sound; in keeping with parallels we’d probably be more likely to find him in the power tools section of Home Depot. If you’re looking for hard-hitting action in the Electro-House world, Lucky Date needs to be at the top of your list. As I continue to say, true Electro-House seems to be fading a bit, at least in what’s crushing the charts lately, so I highly appreciate it when a new song comes out that makes me amped up in a way that only Electro can. Back in February I posted Lucky Date’s crusher “Freak” and more recently he was featured as part of John Dahlback’s Mutants compilation – both worth checking out. While Lucky Date kept the melodies and vocals intact with his remix of “Grand Finale”, the drops are so much more fun to listen to.

2013 Colorado Global Dance Festival Review and Photo Album

After an immensely fun weekend at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, there is no doubt this was the biggest Global Dance Festival to date at Red Rocks! With Sunday almost selling out and great attendance for both Friday and Saturday there is no doubt that the weekend was a massive success. Although initially I had doubts about Global’s choice to use each night to sort of highlight a genre or audience type, but in the end I realized this was a great decision. As Friday brought out the best in live dance music acts, Saturday brought the dubstep and electro fiends, and Sunday rounded out the week nicely with about 9,000 or so bass heads in attendance!

Beats Antique stole the show for me on Friday as they flooded the stage with their usual Cirque Du Soleil type entertainment and amazing live performance leaving the crowd in awe. Saturday began with amazing bass filled sets from Basscrooks, Candyland, and Carnage that merely reaffirmed by belief in the immense talents all three posses. Arty, Sander, Emma Hewitt, and Savoy finished out the night down on the main stage leaving the crowd in an absolute frenzy. Well everybody said Sunday was the day to be there, and with amazing performances from Kill Paris and Sound Remedy to start off the night, it seemed Sunday just may have it all. With a massive back to back 2 hour set from Baauer and RL Grime followed by Griz, Gramatik, and finally Grizmatik, the crowd was stoked to say the least. Finally to close out the weekend, Mr. Tigran Mimosa smoked the place out leaving us all begging for more with his first true headlining set at Red Rocks.

All in all the weekend was a massive success and we at MMIBTY would like to thank everyone at Global Dance for all their hard work and efforts to make this amazing event happen each summer. Gorgeous weather combined with epic line ups made for the perfect storm of music, dancing, and partying that is so specific to the venue that is Red Rocks. Be sure to check out a bunch of tracks from the weekend in the set below as well as the full Photo Album from all 3 days of the gorgeous madness that was Global Dance Festival 2013 in Colorado!

GDF 2013 Photo Album – Friday 7/19

GDF 2013 Photo Album – Saturday 7/20

GDF 2013 Photo Album  -Sunday 7/21

Global Dance Festival | Global Dance on Facebook | Red Rocks Online

Anjunabeats Responds to Will.i.Am’s Theft of “Rebound”

Well it’s about time. Anjunabeats, the record label that released and holds the rights to Arty & Mat Zo‘s masterpiece “Rebound”, released a statement today in regards to the Will.i.Am song “Let’s Go” featuring Chris Brown. Over the past couple weeks there has been a swirl around “Let’s Go” because it features a large portion of “Rebound”, which was sampled without the permission of Anjunabeats. Supporters of Arty, Mat Zo, and original music have slammed Will.i.Am and Chris Brown via social media, although Chris Brown was only featured as a vocalist and not a producer on the track.

Here’s the statement by Anjunabeats, from their Facebook page:

Anjunabeats is the record label behind Arty and Mat Zo and owns the master recording rights to their collaboration “Rebound.” Mat Zo and Arty have been important members of the Anjunabeats family for a number of years and “Rebound” was one of the label’s most popular releases in 2011.
As has been widely reported, a large section of “Rebound” was sampled on’s track “Let’s Go featuring Chris Brown” and this took place without the permission of Anjunabeats or Arty & Mat Zo. 

Although Arty (but not Mat Zo) was credited in the sleeve notes, this is not the same as obtaining permission. To present someone else’s work as your own, you need to seek permission, agree terms and file paperwork, which has not happened in this case. 

We’ve remained silent on this issue until now but as a record label it is our obligation to protect our artists’ interests and we felt it was necessary to respond to some of the inaccuracies that have been reported following’s recent comments to Associated Press.

Personally speaking, the tiny amount of respect I had for Will.i.Am (mostly for his early Hip Hop work with the Black Eyed Peas, before they became a Pop group) is pretty much gone. At least when guys like Pitbull use dance music samples, more often than not the original artists are credited (TJR on “Don’t Stop the Party”). I’m curious to see how the dust settles with this one, but the whole thing is pretty outrageous.

The Spring Chicken Mix!

Recorded April 2013 | Album art created by Glenn Rachlin:

It’s been a long Winter up here in Boston. My last mix, “Finding Nemo”, was recorded during one of the biggest blizzards New England has ever seen. Now the weather is getting warmer and I’m feeling like a Spring Chicken so I thought it was the perfect time to make a brand new mix, featuring tracks both old and new, that I’m really in to right now. Many of the songs I have featured here on MMIBTY.

I ask that you give the entire 90 minutes a listen, as it goes through different sounds – starting off Deep and Techy, moving through some upbeat House and Electro-House, and finishing off with a couple Trance tracks.

I’m listing the songs so you can go out and support the artists if you like what you hear. As always your feedback is much appreciated in my pursuits to make your head bob. Tracklist after the jump!

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Ferry Corsten’s Rock Your Body Rock: The 2013 Editions

Typically when you think of an Arty Rock-N-Rolla Remix, you think of his widely popular and truly massive Rock-N-Rolla Remix of Ferry Corsten‘s “Punk“. Personally speaking, I think Arty’s “Punk” remix is one of his finest productions – whether we’re talking originals or remixes. It has such a drive, yet allows for a significant progressive build-up.

Enter Arty’s 2013 Rock-N-Rolla remix of the 2003 Ferry Corsten hit “Rock Your Body, Rock”. Having heard it on a recent Group Therapy Radio podcast (episode #021), I knew this was one to write about. I became an Arty fan when he was writing Trance music and I had long held on to my high regards for his music. Recently, however, I thought he was becoming too mainstream and too cheesy in both his live sets and his productions. Well guess what: Arty’s take on “Rock Your Body Rock” has me standing corrected. The sounds in this track (which, by the way, spans over seven minutes) are so unique, yet catchy enough to remember thanks to the elements of the original mix by Corsten. The first words that come to mind on Arty’s remix are “fart bass” and that’s completely fine with me, as I love me some good fart bass.

And let’s not sleep on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike‘s Mainstage Remix of “Rock Your Body Rock”, either. Ferry Corsten, at this point in his career, is pretty much a legend – so you know any official remix he puts out has to be legit. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have really made a name for themselves over the past couple years and around the 2:00 mark of their take on RYBR you can see why – that shit GOES HARD. While I may like Arty’s version better, there is no reason Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s version wouldn’t absolutely pummel a dance floor… or a mainstage crowd… because it really gets cranked up.

Regardless of which version you favor, make sure to grab all three and to show these guys some love, because this is truly dance music at the top of the pyramid.

Ferry Corsten – Rock Your Body Rock Original Extended Mix | Purchase on Beatport
Ferry Corsten – Rock Your Body Rock (Arty Rock-N-Rolla Mix) | Purchase on Beatport
Ferry Corsten – Rock Your Body Rock (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Mainstage Remix) | Purchase on Beatport