It’s not really in my nature to post such mainstream tunes as this one, mostly because I (humbly) acknowledge that most readers of this blog don’t get all their music exclusively from us. And I know every other blog in their fucking right mind is going to want to post about the release of this massive tune. But as far as epic house anthems go, this is it. I’m sure you’ve already heard it at least once or twice this summer. I know personally I’ve heard Tommy Trash play it a few times and, most recently, Steve Angello to his sold-out (and extremely wet) Size In The Park audience.
It truly in inspiring to see how far Tommy Trash has come in the past few years. It’s even more exciting for me as I pretty much followed his path to success from the start; from the time I first heard a track from him back in 2010, I knew he was going to big. It’s hard to picture what his role was on this track as the sound seems to bear much more influence from the Swede than the electro-minded Trash. Perhaps it’s him breaking out of his normal style, exploring creative boundaries. Perhaps its purpose is to make him more of a household name (after all, Seb teaming up with Alesso on “Calling” seemed to be a power play for the up-and-comer). Whatever the reason, there’s no projects I can think of that Tommy Trash shouldn’t be proud of and “Reload” is no exception.
The infamous trio that is Swedish House Mafia has been on quite a run lately. The Mafioso’s, aside from being nominated for a Grammy this year and playing the most important EDM show to ever be held in the Big Apple in December, have become synonymous with mainstream house music. Their song “Save The World” has been all over the radio. Their new partnership with Absolut, which includes a music video and an ad campaign all tied in with their latest release “Greyhound”, is being broadcast all over major television stations. Their song “One”, now at a mature two years old, is still considered by many to be THE essential house anthem of our time.
And Sebastian Ingrosso, one member of the trio, is no stranger to his own independently achieved success. Like the rest of his SHM cronies, he runs his own record label, Refune, which is the home for such names as Otto Knows, Style of Eye and his pal and now international superstar Alesso. You might remember Ingrosso’s collaboration with Mr. Alesso, which just so happened to be THE jam of 2011 – “Calling”. Now with a vocal mix, the song still gets played out as one of the must-know Swedish house tunes. When Ingrosso isn’t touring with his Mafia buddies Steve Angello and Axwell, he tours the world independently bringing his awesome Swedish house music collection with him. Making his first appearance in NYC since the iconic SHM show, he is doing back to back nights (4/6-4/7) this weekend at the legendary Roseland Ballroom. If you have ever been to a show of SHM’s or of any of the individual members, you know how much fun there is to be had. If you’ve never been, you have no idea how much you’re missing. And if the promo video above doesn’t make you want to sign up right away, I don’t know what will.
Both shows are to feature labelmates Otto Knows, Style of Eye, and NY DJ Carl Kennedy. Tickets are still available for both nights through Ticketmaster with Friday’s (4/6) tickets going for $74.50 for GA and Saturday’s (4/7) for $63. Get ’em now here and we’ll see you there!
Well, I must say, the announcement released this week for Electric Daisy Carnival to make a stop by NYC on its way to Vegas came pretty unexpected. It only makes sense that NY would finally get a piece of the action, even if they have been behind the EDM curve for quite some time, and those of you on the east coast who have yet to have a Daisy Carnival experience are in for one hell of a ride (pun intended). No details on the lineup, ticket price or venue (although speculation is it will take place in the Giant’s new home MetLife Stadium) but, with tickets going on sale Friday, there isn’t a whole lot of time to waste thinking. I have no doubt this one will sell out sooner or later and suggest anyone with the means attempt to hop on tickets immediately, lineup or not. If you’re wondering what the awesome song from the trailer is, you might remember we posted that a while back (it’s the Charles Deluxe remix of Revolr’s “The Beat Goes On”) so be sure to add it to your collection. Keep an eye on the website for more details.
But enough of that, let’s get into the regular deal. First up, French prodigy Madeon’s big single “Icarus”, which we’ve all been waiting for for a long time, finally dropped today. It’s more amazing French electro from the youngin’ and is sure to make you groove. Don’t say I didn’t tell you about Keys N Krates as their remix gives the original a real run for the money.
Next, Laidback Luke teamed up with French producers Arno Cost and Norman Doray to produce this new jam. The vocal sample is fun but I kind of expected more out of these three. Still a worthwhile jam for sure. Definitely good to see LBL putting out a steady stream of tunes but I’m still waiting on the next “Timebomb” or “Turbulence”.
Wolfgang Gartner, one of THE BEST ELECTRO PRODUCERS EVER, if you didn’t know, released an interesting remix of LMFAO’s “Sorry for Party Rocking” alongside R3hab this week. Featuring some of his strange yet and heavy electro sounds, it give a much more respectable sound to the song. Also, today Wolfgang received 200K Facebook likes (that’s IT? Are you kidding me??) so he released a bootleg/mashup pack for free on his SoundCloud. Nothing amazing but worth checking out, especially if you’re a DJ.
Finally, a lesser known producer and DJ, Bailey Smalls, released this funky, bassline-driven house track this week for free through his SoundCloud. While his name may not stand in the same vein as the others mentioned here today, this song speaks for itself. No doubt you’ll hear this one working its way into sets this summer.
BONUS: I don’t really feel like this deserved the cut for the top four but you’ll definitely be hearing this one around. Seems like it’s a bit late as this song already got played out hard over the summer but maybe they’re hoping to breathe some life back into it. Whatever, it’s still my ringtone…
This category gave us some struggles to say the least. Many have said that this year has given rise to electronic music and sub genres like dubstep, moombahton, and nu disco, however we cannot forgot who is king in EDM. House music has been around since the days of warehouse raves. For more than a generation house music has allowed scores of young adults to let loose and dance their troubles away. This year was no different with the rebirth of legends like Tiesto and the Mafia as well as the rise of stars like Avicii, Afrojack, Hardwell, and Alesso. Here are our picks for the best house songs of the year…
So, if you were in Denver last night and you didn’t go to see Pete Tong, legendary radio host and longtime DJ extraordinaire, play at Beta Nightclub, you missed out. Mr. Tong has been hosting electronic music programs on the British radio conglomerate BBC for over 20 years. Throughout that time, he has amassed what is probably one of the most comprehensive and overwhelmingly extensive collections of electronic music. He has also had the pleasure to meet and play with, most likely, every single major DJ playing today. He is nothing short of a legend to the entire electronic music community and continues to be a constant supporter of the newest producers, DJ’s and music, despite being in his early 50’s (this picture isn’t recent…). He even still produces and just released a track 2 weeks ago. Last night, he threw down a diverse set with an energy that just isn’t captured by a lot of the younger DJ’s you see today. Maybe it’s wisdom in his old age or maybe his years of experience, but he is a master of the decks and has a control of the crowd that is markedly awesome. And while his set started with a bunch of funky house music that I didn’t know (and didn’t expect to), he, the to the pleasure of the crowd, finished off his set with a few super popular tracks, including “Unison” by Porter Robinson and Nero’s “Me & You” and closing with Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso’s summer hit “Calling”. He even played Knife Party. Needless to say, he played a great set and all I can say is I was honored to have been able to see him.
On the flip side of things, this was one of the slowest weeks for new music I’ve seen in a while. Like, really nothing. But of course I got some great tracks for ya regardless. First, Major Lazer’s newest track popped up a few weeks early of it’s November 2nd release off their upcoming EP. Not the biggest fan of Major Lazer but this one is decent, definitely some of the best Lazer I’ve heard in a while. Electro-style but still keeping in line with the sound you’d expect from Diplo & Switch. It’s a radio rip so I’ve just included the SoundCloud.
This song I think is pretty fucking new but, regardless, it’s fucking awesome. Definitely sounds a lot like the original, just better. I have been absolutely, thoroughly impressed with almost every production I’ve heard out of this producer.
I feel absolutely guilty for not posting this sooner but Pierce Fulton, Vermont’s super-talented and rising house producer, released the new Pardon My French EP last week and it has (rightfully) received so much positive acclaim all over the internet. Having already played in venues around the world, this guy’s is making quite the rapid rise to fame. Everyone aboard the Pierce Fulton train!
Last but not least, Boston producer Diego Camejo sent me over this track last week and I was actually quite impressed. Being a fan of Avicii and his unique sound, I like his use of a similar style and the uplifting feeling you get from listening to it. If you like Avicii, you’ll love this track.
So interestingly enough, as I was thinking to myself a few days ago, this has been a pretty slow week for music… WTF am I going to post on Sunday? Well the Swedish house gods have answered again! This week we were blessed with new content from summer superstar Avicii and his Swedish brethren Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso, joined by French house/trance mogul David Guetta. Now I’m hesitant to get you too excited because as it stands now, these are both previews and as we’ve seen lately in the house game way too much, the final versions many never sound the same. However, I really do like whats happening in both these tracks so far and am looking forward to when these cats can get through with their summer tours and get back to the studio to rip out a whole new set of house magic.
Let’s get into it here with our first track, the collaboration between Avicii and David Guetta. It remains to be seen whether this track will have some vocals coming or not but for now it stands as simple proof that my man Avicii’s still got it. David Guetta, kinda fallen off for me lately but I haven given up hope yet…
Next up, as Alesso continues to prove his worth in the Swedish house scene, he is joined by fellow Swede Sebastian Ingrosso for this fun track. This one has been popping up in SHM sets throughout the summer and just recently it was made public that the name of this track will be “Calling”. Here’s the best version I could get my hands on.
To even out all this awesome house, Diplo blessed us with a new downtempo dubstep remix he put together of Mavado’s song “Delilah” which showcases one of the many sinister (that’s right, I said it) production skills from his toolbox. Just goes to show how awesome he is and how excited I am to have another chance to see him live at Electric Zoo. If you like this track, be sure to check out his “Four Floors” remix from a while back.
Finally, Lazy Rich introduced this track to me through his awesome podcast “The Lazy Rich Show,” which is just a fucking awesome 2 hours of the best electro house, and I am loving this disco-electro which seems to be springing up quite a bit lately. Just love the way this song incorporates the best of both.