When producers deadmau5 and Kaskade got together in 2008 they brought us the house anthem “I Remember”. “I Remember” is the type of song that is absolutely timeless, it’s haunting vocals from Haley Gibby have blared through the speakers of countless festivals, clubs and venues across the planet. The unedited track is nearly 10 minutes long and its radio edit has topped almost ever major publicized chart. With this magnitude it is easy to assume there must be remixes in the thousands, so it is surprising to see today, in 2014 almost seven years later, a remix that is making waves from a producer who you wouldn’t really expect to see it from.
On November 25th the mau5 released a remix package called “5 Years of Mau5″ that contained what was decided as the best ever deadmau5 tracks remixed by various artists. I expected some big names on it but what was surprising was seeing the producer Shiba San representing his remix of “I Remember”, and it is really good.
I have been a big Shiba San fan ever since I discovered the track “Okay” this February. The Ghetto House scene has seen some big triumphs this year with Amine Edge & Dance + Shiba San at the helm, and with this remix release on mau5trap records one can only assume good things are to come.
Yesterday the music collective Dubco posted an article eulogizing Boston’s Ocean Club at Marina Bay. For those who don’t know, it was recently announced that Ocean Club would be no more and that luxury apartments would be built in its place. Though Ocean Club gained its name only a handful of years ago when DePasquale Ventures (Prime Nightclub, Umbria Restaurant, Quattro Restaurant, Bricco Restaurant, etc ) purchased it, the venue itself had been around for two decades under various aliases. Over the past few years Ocean Club’s rise in popularity was a direct response to the rise in popularity of dance music (or EDM as many of the club-goers would call it). Promoters like MASS EDMC and NV Concepts took the reins in booking talent to entertain crowds at Ocean Club, and management from Prime and the-now-closed Splash ran operations. Even resident DJs from the Boston community, like Bamboora, Voltran, and Dirty Dek, were part of the action. During each of the last couple Summers, rumors were always swirling about Ocean Club closing and that the venue would be torn down to make way for residences – I had always doubted this rumor. But it looks like the claims were not unfounded as the greater Boston area loses a key player in the dance music scene.
I’m not here to shit on Dubco for writing a mostly negative article on the late Ocean Club. Being a part of the media I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion – I can’t say Dubco’s piece was right or wrong. In fact, I share some of the same views the Dubco author provided his/her readers with. What I’m here to do is offer my perspective and history with Ocean Club.
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!
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.
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!
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!