It’s that time of year again… when you realize you didn’t plan a trip to Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival, while the rest of your friends are soaking up the hot Florida sun. Luckily for you, the team behind Ultra and UMF TV have once again rigged the festival with countless high definition cameras to allow us to enjoy the festival from the comfort of our homes during this year’s Ultra live stream 2014. We will update the stream links everyday as well as the set lists so that all you have to do is press play!
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UMF TV/Ultra live stream schedule:
Friday, March 28: 4PM – 12AM ET
Saturday, March 29: 3PM – 12AM ET
Sunday, March 30: 3PM – 11PM ET
Progressive House is one of those sub-genres of Dance Music that can fall victim to the blurred lines controversy. Personally speaking, when I think of Progressive House I think of songs that come from the Pryda Friends camp (Eric Prydz, Jeremy Olander, Fehrplay) as well as certain songs by guys like Mat Zo, older Hardwell, some Funkagenda, and even older Wolfgang Gartner. These days, however, some of the biggest names in dance music are falling into the Progressive House category with a much more crowd-friendly and uplifting sound – or a main stage, Big Room vibe.
Our list that is the best of Progressive House from 2013 takes a little from column A and a little from column B as far as what types of sounds are represented. We get some truly astounding and creative gems from guys like Eric Prydz, Jeremy Olander, and Fehrplay, we get some radio singles by the likes of Kaskade, Axwell, and Cash Cash, and some songs that fall somewhere in between by Mat Zo, EDX, and Kryder.
From a personal perspective, I think the Pryda Friends camp takes the cake and I’m expecting 2014 to be a huge year for Eric Prydz’s understudies Fehrplay and Jeremy Olander. There’s no way we can discredit Kaskade and Axwell for continuing to show why they’re at the top of the game, and the always impressive Mat Zo has proven to us this year why his album Damage Control hit #1 on the iTunes Dance charts.
Make sure to show all artists some love and let us know what you think of the list!
Oliver Heldens has my attention. The Dutch (surprise!) producer/DJ is just 17 years old but not only does he have my attention, he’s got the attention of guys like Pete Tong, Tiesto, Tommie Sunshine, and Hardwell. In fact, it’s the very influential Pete Tong who introduced me to Oliver Heldens, by showcasing the forthcoming track “Gecko” due out December 30th on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label. In retrospect I had actually heard Heldens’ work before: when Tommie Sunshine came to Boston’s Prime Nightclub a couple months back, he opened with a remix of Disclosure’s “White Noise” that I couldn’t put my finger on. It turns out that remix was a bootleg produced by none other than Tommie Sunshine & Oliver Heldens. I’ll admit that listening to some of Heldens’ older work I’m not 100% sold, as a lot of it hovers in the realm of Big Room House. But it’s easy to see Oliver Heldens has a lot of talent and once he starts to solidify his sound the sky is the limit.
When I speak of solidifying his sound, I mean a sound that pulls from Heldeep Mixtape 1 which dropped earlier today. The mix is equal parts funk, Electro-House, Indie Dance, and so much more. Most notably, the mix opens up with Oliver Heldens’ remix of Martin Garrix’s “Animals” and it’s probably the most refreshing take on the track I’ve heard yet (it doesn’t sound much like the original at all – and that’s okay). After that it’s right into Heldens’ “Gecko” and then a slew of other tasty treats both new and old.
Pete Tong and all the others may have told you first, but I’m here to call Oliver Heldens as a true breakout artist in 2014.
The other day, I was just casually making my rounds on Facebook, trollin’ and patrolin’ just like every other night of the week, when I suddenly stumbled upon a video that one of my friends had liked. Interested, I clicked on it to find two beautiful, blonde bombshells in a couple of snapbacks and muscle tanks making a video from their laptop. Naturally, I decided to press play and see what these guys were all about. It’s safe to safe they were just giving us a preview of a new track they had been working on. I know how that introduction may have sounded, but it wasn’t any “mix your milk with my cocoa puff” type ish.
First of all, let me just say that these dudes are straight up crazy, yet hilarious. It’s almost like they’re on a whole other level of their own. I soon came to discover that they were two twin brothers from Chicago, James (Milk) and Paul (Cooks). They’re the creators and producers of some really dope music, making magic under the name of Milk N Cookies. From solely watching that video and reading the comments on it, it was clear to me how passionate these bros were about what they do, while also fooling around and connecting with their fans. That’s definitely the first thing I loved about them. When I started to explore their music, I realized how amazing their stuff really was. Continue Reading…
The biggest Dutch duo to break into the American EDM scene have been taking the festival circuit by storm. Their first American hit, “Lift Off” launched them into the eyes of festival attendees nationwide, being played by the biggest names in EDM across the U.S. “Codes” with Ummet Ozcan became an instant festival go-to banger, making the crowd go wild and becoming one of the most played and popular songs during Ultra and Miami Music Week this year. Meanwhile “D# Fat” with Armin Van Buuren and “Thunder” also became huge hits among main stage DJs, almost becoming mandatory to be included during their sets as festival season was in full motion. With the huge set they put on during Tomorrowland this year, it’s no wonder that they will be gracing the Main Stage West at Electric Zoo in New York this weekend.
Not going to EZoo? Not even a problem! Made Events have put together 14 After Party events to choose from and Willem and Wardt will be headlining one of the after parties with support from fellow Dutchmen Jochen Miller and FireBeatz at non other that the Roseland Ballrom, a place that has been known to be the setting for some of the best EDM shows in NYC. No word yet on whether Willem van Hanegem will make it to the show. He was hospitalized with heart and lung complications that prevented him from spinning with Wardt at Tommorrowland, we hope he is 100% soon. Tickets are available through the Electric Zoo website for the After Party/s. Get ready for the Sunday by checking out their Tommorrowland set bellow!
With two more major festivals coming up, Electric Zoo and TomorrowWorld, W&W and Hardwell have released a certified instant festival classic. “Jumper” will definitely sound off at EZoo this weekend, and have Randell’s Island jumping. “Jumper” essentially combines the best parts of Hardwell’s and W&W’s unique sound and blends them together in a way that makes it special. check out the track below, and get ready to jump.
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.