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2013 in Review: Progressive House

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!

*Continuous Mix Below!*

2013 In Review: Deep House

We saw an amazing change in the musical climate over the past twelve months. The scene at nightclubs and festivals were very lopsided a year ago with electro house and bass filling up the majority of time slots. People craved what became known as “brostep,” constantly looking for something harder, something heavier. But oh how the musical taste makers would be surprised as this past summer saw the demand for a more sessionable set. The vibes were strong this year as entire stages could be found full of deep house fans stomping their feet and smiling from ear to ear. The deep house shows are now the ones people are talking about, the place that you can bring and dance with a girl, the scene where you will find the coolest cats in town. Just think about it, when’s the last time you went to a dubstep show? Below you will find a thought out, diversely curated group of music that we feel best defines the growing movement of deep house here in America. We hope you enjoy the vibes and look forward to dancing with you very soon but for now enjoy the continuous mix from EASTablished below.

Spaveech Injects Some Tech into Kaskade’s “Atmosphere”

And the producer who doesn’t quit…well, he hasn’t quit. Spaveech, probably my most-posted-about up-and-comer, just released his take on the widely popular anthem “Atmosphere” by Kaskade. You’ve probably heard this track at festivals, on your local dance radio, or at the gym (yes I fall into all three buckets), but you’ve probably never heard it remixed in quite the fashion that Spaveech has. Keeping the vocals intact (performed by Kaskade himself), Spaveech gives this one a little more bounce and a little more drive by turning it into a Tech-House thriller. We don’t really hear a huge difference until the ground-shaking main section comes in around 2:50, at which point a crowd would surely erupt. What amazes me most about Spaveech is that he really has no boundaries. He’s produced Trap remixes, original Progressive House bangers, and of course tracks that are a little more minimal like this “Atmosphere” gem.

I’m just waiting for the day when Spaveech gets picked up and goes on a tare because it’s really only a matter of time. If you like what you hear show the kid some love!

Show Review: Skylab 2013 and Morgan Page Interview

 Heading into Skylab this year I knew what I was in for and was well prepared, but I will say I was happily surprised to discover the “Beer Garden” was no longer and that the generally crowd seemed much more mature then previous years. I imagine the amazing line-up consisting of Morgan Page, Dillon Francis, Kaskade, Luminox, Vinnie Maniscalco and more brought in an older group. Although there was no shortage of tutu wearing tweens holding down the front row, each one seemingly craving a sip of my cold beer more then the next as they let the epic 3 dimensional light show by Morgan Page steal their minds. After an epic set from Morgan and truly mind blowing visuals it was time for some Dillon. Senior Francis brought the noise for sure, dropping a plethora of moombahton and expressing his everlasting love for Colorado. Kaskade finished the night out in typical fashion, sending chills down everyone’s backs with his gorgeous vocals and truly unmatched drops leaving us all in a state of peaceful awe. Over at the Got Bass Music stage the homie Vinnie Maniscalco tore it up with some truly awesome new remixes, which you can grab below, and was followed up by another great performance from the guys of Luminox. This years Skylab was a 100% improvement on last year in my mind and I am truly excited for 2014, if you have any doubts just check out the full photo album here!

We were lucky enough to be able to sit down with fellow Vermonter Morgan Page before his set and pick his brain about his brand new Morgan Page Presents 3D tour and his plans for the future check out the full interview below.

MMIBTY: First of all welcome back to Colorado! Last time we saw you was back in 2012 at Beta Nightclubs Super Duper Secret DJ where you put on quite a show. What do you have in store for us tonight, we have heard lots about tonights light show?

Morgan Page: Well tonight is the second time we have had a venue large enough to be able to set up our new 3D light show, the initial idea and project was created for Michael Jackson’s last tour but we have brought it to the next level essentially. The show creates a immersive landscape and each song has its own environment, lyrics pop right out at the crowd creating a natural extension of the music.

MMIBTY: Who helped out with the creation of these next level visualizations?

Morgan: Well we had a lot of help, worked with some of the animations and graphic designers from the film Avatar and even had James Cameron stop by for rehearsal who was very excited about the project and offered some insight of his own, so we definitely had some big players in the film industry contributing to this project.

MMIBTY: Well we couldn’t be more excited to see what you have in store for us.

Morgan: Yeah this is actually the first DJ tour with full high resolution 3D visuals, there have been a few lower resolution 3D tours but nothing on this level, just wait and see its pretty amazing!

Full interview after the jump!

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Skanky – 1 More Night (Amtrac Rave Dub)

Amtrac continues to develop and improve as he is on course to win the breakout artist of the year in my opinion. Amtrac’s ability to create such original music is on a class with greats like Kaskade, who conveniently has hired on Amtrac to open during his Atmosphere tour this past summer. Amtrac started, like most others, making edits and remixes of classic and unheard of music and releasing via Soundcloud for free. Feeling the need to give back to his fans, Amtrac recently released a “rave dub” edit of Skanky‘s breakout single, 1 More Night. The edit is, for a lack of better words, AWESOME! As the title of the edit hints, this rave based reworking speeds up the beat, looping in a repetitive feel to the track all while keeping the sexy lyrics intact.

In Case You Missed It: Kaskade – Atmosphere (GTA Remix)

The boys of GTA have been keeping us up to date with their tour life via Insatgram and Vine while they have been away for the past two months touring with Rihanna on her Diamonds in the Rough Worlds Tour. But now, they have finally made their way back to Miami, and we can be expecting a lot from the duo, who are arguably one of the most sought after collaborators now a days, with huge singles like “Booty Bounce” “Hit It”  ”Turn it Up” and “Boy Oh Boy.”  While their original productions almost become instant hits, their remixes have also put them on the map, most recently with their electro house remix of Kylie Minogue’s “Skirt” and with the Trap remix to Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner’s “Channel 42″. This time around they put their own progressive Electro spin to the Indie House hit “Atmosphere” by none other than fellow American, Kaskade. They seriously put the edge and kick that this song needed in order to be playable during festival season, take a listen below.

This one dropped on July 5th in case you missed it. The original mix can be found HERE.

Kaskade – Atmosphere (GTA Remix)