So I came up with this concept a little while ago but of course waited way too long to get it started. The idea behind Shuffle Sunday is this: whoever is running the post any given week will simply go through their iTunes on shuffle, sorting through all sorts of tracks spanning genres, older and newer, and find stuff we’ve never posted before or that we haven’t posted in a long time. Personally I sift through a lot of music on a weekly basis and a lot of it ends up falling through the cracks. So the point here is to introduce you (and me) to some tracks that may have slipped under the radar and reintroduce us to some old classics. I’m going to try my hardest to make this a weekly thing but to start, it’ll be bi-weekly. Sound off on our Facebook page if you really like it!
A lot of people are familiar with Madeon’s “Song 2″ bootleg ever since he made it a point to start dropping it in all of his live sets. While his version is still unreleased, I did dig up this older Vengeance remix which provides a similar modern take on the classic British rock song adding in pounding kicks, filter effects, beat repeats and other edits. Great idea for any DJ’s looking to add a little old-school spice to their sets.
Remember MSTRKRFT? What the fuck happened to those Canadian drunks? They definitely used to be hands-down some of my favorite producers and DJ’s back in 2008-2009 and back around then they released a whole album of straight remixes. This is one of them, and a pretty fun one at that.
Holy hell is this a gem! This is a much older Canblaster (aka Club Cheval) remix that is simply outside of the realm of classification. It might be too weird for some, but nobody can argue that what happens at 1:48 is nothing short of fantastic. So many awesome things going on in this song.
Welcome to the first installment in our review of 2011 and all the crazy music that came along with it. We’ll be providing you with a post a day covering the best of everything EDM on the days leading up to 2012. We felt that it was only appropriate to start with our favorite podcasts and BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes from the past year. Why? Well, a lot of the music we listen to and find comes straight from podcasts and mixes. We spend a lot of time listening to these, whether it be at work, at the gym, or on the road and look forward to new ones all the time. Here’s the top 5 podcasts from this year and if you’re not already downloading/subscribed to these, better get started.
1. Tiesto’s Club Life Podcast – Despite the fact that Mr. Tiesto spends every waking moment touring, producing, DJing, tweeting, collaborating, mixing, and God knows what else, he still makes time in his weekly schedule to produce this hour-long podcast (the actual show is two hours long but only hour 1 is available on iTunes). It is one of the all-time most popular music podcasts on iTunes and for good reason: Tiesto, just as he’s been unafraid to experiment with new sounds and genres this year, does not hold back in bringing you whatever good music he might feel like playing, regardless of what category it might fall into. Always a good podcast to work out to and discover some new music. [iTunes]
2. The Lazy Rich Show – The Canadian native may very well be the king of electro-house being that he runs his own label (Big Fish) which plays host to some major players and has had several massive hits this year (Better Wipe That Up, Protect Animals remix, Wildcat remix, etc.). Our favorite thing about Lazy Rich, however, has to be his monthly podcast. While some people might feel like two hours of hyphy electro is an overdose, if you’re looking to do anything of high intensity, this podcast undeniably fits the bill. Every show, he counts down his top 10 of the past month, plays a few other fun tracks, then features a one-hour guest mix by some of the biggest names in electro house (Darth & Vader, Revolvr, Spencer & Hill, Mord Fustang, etc.). Don’t sleep on this one. [iTunes]
3. Radio 538: Dance Department – Dutch DJ and radio host Dennis Ruyer brings us this weekly podcast which is a real treat if you’re looking to get away from the standard American diet of generic house, electro, and dubstep. While you will occasionally hear a track you know mixed in, mostly Mr. Ruyer exercises his knowledge and experience from years and years in the Dutch music industry and his connections throughout the EDM world to bring you funky, danceable house grooves plus a guest mix, usually by an international superstar DJ (Axwell, Deadmau5 and Avicii were all guests this year). If you’re looking to expand your tastes or discover some new artists and music, make Dance Department your first stop. [iTunes]
4. Trance Around The World (TATW) [iTunes, Streaming & Set Lists] – The Triumvirate of Trance and Progressive music have been on a tear lately and this year Above & Beyond have locked themselves among the greatest DJs in the world on DJ Mag’s Top 100 – ranking at #5. Each week these Englishmen bring us two hours of the latest and greatest in Trance and Progressive, which often revolves around their unique blend taken from tracks released on their own Anjunabeats label. No longer is Trance about 140bpm four-on-the-floor beats and uplifting vocals, but it’s now become standard fare to hear some wobbles and other elements of Electro-House on these podcasts (check out BT & Adam K’s “Tomahawk” if you don’t believe me). Thanks to TATW, we’ve been able to bring you tracks by awesome up-and-comers such as Arty and Mat Zo, as well as tracks by veterans such as Kyau & Albert, Ferry Corsten, and Above & Beyond themselves. Don’t judge a book by its cover – just because the word “Trance” is in the title does not mean that’s all you should expect to hear each week. Bring this one to the gym, on a long car ride, or to your study sessions and you won’t be disappointed.
5. Dada Life: The Podcast – The two kings of bananas, champagne and balls-to-the-wall party antics do these monthly podcasts, albeit usually a little off schedule. When the boys get time amidst their touring and producing, they put together these hour-long mixes featuring some of the biggest and most popular tracks in the house/electro scene over the past month. While these podcasts rarely showcase really new or obscure music, they do a great job at catching you up on anything you might have missed and it’s a guarantee that all the songs are quality. [iTunes]
Pete Tong and his infamous program on BBC Radio 1 has completely taken the EDM world by storm and any artist would consider it a high honor to be asked to leave their two-hour mark on the history of the show. Many major artists today got their start years ago by releasing a mix through the show (think Benga, Rusko, and MSTRKRFT) and now the entire EDM world stays captivated to hear what artist Mr. Tong deems talented enough to take over a chunk of programming (even though it is in the wee hours of the morning) on the legendary BBC every week. Even though we haven’t listened to every one, here’s a list of some of the standout Essential Mixes from this year that you’re sure to enjoy.
1. Kaskade – In what we believe is, far and away, the best essential mix from this year, this superstar American DJ got his shot to show the world why he deserves to be one of the biggest names in house music EVER. His mix features a bunch of his own tunes, some of the biggest house tracks from this year and of all time, and he mixes it all together flawlessly. Even someone who doesn’t appreciate house music can appreciate how amazingly listenable this mix is. [Tracklist and Download on Kaskade's SoundCloud]
2. Joker – This dubstep mogul from the UK just fucking delivers on this essential mix which features music all over the map. One of Joker’s specialties is hip-hop dub and while you’ll find quite a bit of that on here, there’s also plenty of slow sections featuring disco and funk music as well as other underground UK indie music that keeps you engaged throughout the entire set and balances the whole mix. Only expect more great things from this producer in 2012. [Tracklist and Download]
3. Laidback Luke – The Dutch mix king himself does his usual shenanigans by packing a full 64 tracks into his two-hour essential mix. That’s a lot, but it’s unsurprising given the skills this guy possesses in DJing. If you’ve ever had the chance to see him live, you know how this guy will keep you on your toes the entire time and never miss a beat, despite the fact that he picks and mixes a lot of his music on the fly. I’ll bet this mix was a first take, and it’s still utterly amazing. [Tracklist and Download on FreshNewTracks.com]
4. Pete Tong – That’s right… the host and longtime DJ Mr. Tong brought his own essential mix to the table this year and it features the kind of amazing music you’d expect from someone who’s been in the electronic music world for over 20 years and been collecting music from some of the best artists, known and unknown, that entire time. [Mediafire Download]
5. Martin Solveig – Well, it’s been a big year for Mr. Solveig. His single “Hello” went beyond viral and is now a household tune. His massive tour schedule brought him to some of the biggest festivals of the summer the world over and he was even nice enough to grace Denver and Boston with some amazing sets. This essential mix plays out like a top 40 mix of EDM music (including house, dubstep, electro and more) which isn’t such a bad thing when those songs include all the biggest tunes from Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Boys Noize, Afrojack, Bassjackers, and the hit-maker himself. [Tracklist & Download on Chemical Jump]
Everyone knows that NYE is the biggest night of the year to party. And considering the world is going to end next year, this is the last one we’re gonna have! Or at least we should party like it will be! Promoters and artists alike have taken notice and now epic late-night shows celebrating the tick of the second hand are a dime a dozen. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the legwork of finding THE BEST parties across the countries featuring some of our favorite artists and we hope you’ll be able to join us at one of them.
Colorado’s own producer/DJ Pretty Lights is returning to his home state to celebrate the New Year with the craziest crowd in the US. The last time Derek played in Colorado was this summer at a sold out Red Rocks show where he played for over three hours never willing to let up. This New Year will be no different as he brings in two of electro house’s biggest emerging names in Zedd and Porter Robinson. The shows are already sold out as the fans here are die hard never passing up a chance to see those oh so pretty lights.
Date: Fri/Sat Dec. 30/31, 2011 Time: 8pm – 2am Location: 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO Age Restriction: TBA
From the producer of Global Dance Festival comes the debut New Years celebration in our biggest and most extravagant venue yet. With headliners including Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Feed Me, Bad Boy Bill, BT, and Dirtyphonics this is going to be the party of the year in Colorado. The last time I was in the Convention Center was for the Great American Beer Festival and I couldn’t get over how massive the venue is. Come to Colorado and ski during the day then party the year away!
Date: Sat Dec. 31, 2011 Time: 7pm – 2am Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver Age Restriction: TBA
[expand title="Dec. 29-31: SnowGlobe Music Festival - South Lake Tahoe, CA"]
In true ski bum form The SnowGlobe Music Festival has gotten a late start to the game, but with epic powder and the headlining acts one can only wish they were lazy enough to not have NYE plans yet. With major headliners booked for awhile we are all patiently awaiting what kind of support SnowGlobe would be able to pull in. They surely didn’t disaapoint with the likes of Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Doctor P, Paper Diamond, Emancipator, and even Robotic Pirate Monkey all on the bill. Even if you aren’t a skier, this is an event not to be missed! First off, Lake Tahoe is world renown for its’ powder skiing, something that Epic Pass holders can take advantage all trip. Second, have you ever seen how the kids of Tahoe throw down, this is gonna be blackout central. And finally the quality of acts already announced rivals that of SnowBall’s inaugural event last March. Judging by the artists prior announced NYE events the lineup should look something like this…
Thursday: Pretty Lights Friday: Bassnectar New Years Eve: The Glitch Mob
Date: Thurs – Sat Dec. 29-31, 2011 Time: TBA Location: Bijou Park, Lake Tahoe Community College Age Restriction: TBA
[expand title="Dec. 30-31: Lights All Night - Dallas, TX"]
So far this seems to be the place to be when the ball drops! Over the course of two nights the Dallas Convention Center will play host to many of the worlds greatest DJ’s as well as many up and comers. The idea of spending NYE at a festival seems so appropriate to us, catching so many great acts and meeting people from all over the world. For about double what you would spend on a one name NYE’s show (ex: Avicii, Pretty Lights, Flux) you get over 20 international know stars playing on two stages all night long! Buy tickets now and spend the upcoming months planning your trip down to Texas!
Date: Fri/Sat Dec. 30/31, 2011 Time: 6pm-2am Location: Dallas TX – Dallas Convention Center Age Restriction: 18+
[expand title="Dec. 31: EverAfter w/ Deadmau5 - New York, NY"]
One the biggest Dj’s in the world is coming to the best city in the world for NYE, New York City! Taking over the massive 64,000 sq ft Pier 36 for a night to remeber. All tickets include a four hour premium open bar tab from 8pm till midnight, which will surely get you ready to celebrate the new years. Opening sets are still in the works, but buy now before it sells out!
[expand title="Dec. 31: Avicii @ Pier 94, New York, NY"]
Remember how long it took this event to sell out, something like ten minutes!? Well anyways thought I would include this event for the lucky few attending this gala. I’m sure the crowd will include some of the best looking in all of NYC so I am extremely jealous of missing this one.
[expand title="Dec. 31: Super You & Me w/ Laidback Luke, New York, NY"]
The wealth of talent descending on NYC is as insane as ever with every possible venue being booking by the biggest EDM acts in the world. Pacha NY has deemed Laidback Luke their guy to bring the new year and I couldn’t be happier. Laidback Luke is one of the most dynamic and talented DJ’s around with sets packed full of nonstop bangers. He is a personal favorite of mine and may be my top pick for events in NYC. It doesn’t hurt that Pacha NY is a state of the art venue that has hosted everyone in the game.
Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011 Time: 9pm – 4am Location: Pacha, New York City Age Restriction: 21+
[expand title="Dec 31: New Years Eve Ball w/ Nero @ Webster Hall, New York, NY"]
I had the privilege to attend this event last year when Webster Hall played host to the Bloody Beetroots and had an absolutely stellar time. Webster Hall, easily one of my favorite venues of all time, has a night-long party featuring party favors, champagne, and a 6-hour premium top shelf bar (yes, that means Patrón and Hennessy) with the silver ticket for only $150. This and the fact that Nero will be throwing down the late night set makes this a must stop for your night. Drinks will be pouring till 6 I believe as is custom on NYE in NYC so if you already have plans for when the ball drops, you can still show up for the late-night show and keep the party going well into the daytime.
Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011 Time: 8:00PM – 6:00AM Location: Webster Hall, New York, NY Age Restriction: 21+
[expand title="Dec. 30/31: The Rusko Run - Chicago, Il"]
The man who brought dubstep to the mainstage of America is posting up in Chi-town to help bring in the New Year with friends Switch and Sinden. With two chances to catch the high flying circus act that is Rusko, Chicago residents have no excuse not to party like never before. I can only image how wild this guy must get for New Years, I can only speculate how many drinks and drugs I would have attending this shit show.
Date: Fri/Sat, Dec. 30/31, 2011 Time: 8:00 – 2:00 Location: Congress Theater, Chicago Age Restriction: 17+
From the hugely successful promoters who brought you FreakNight (Tiesto, Dada Life, Feed Me) are back at it with Seattle’s largest dance party. Already moving its’ location to a larger venue in the WaMu Theater, USC Eventshas brought in Insomniac Events to make sure this night is epic. The first headliner has been announce and it is the UK powerhouse duo… NERO!
If there was anytime to ever be in Wisconsin, it is now (well actually NYE)! Skrillex along with his two good friends (and insanely talented producers) are headling a six room, three floor massive!With over 50 DJ’s on tap, the music will keep you dancing almost til the sun comes up so be sure and grab tickets soon because wherever Skrillex plays, the venue will sell out.
Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011 Time: 8pm – 4am Location: The Rave, Milwaukee, Wi Age Restriction: All Ages
After Insomniac broke away from Go Ventures on their annual New Years Eve event their was speculation that the biggest and most notorious NYE event may be cancelled. Well as you can see by the line up that didn’t happen! In fact this years’ lineup may be the best yet with something for everyone and Diplo for everyone!
[expand title="Dec 31-Jan 1: Insomniac Presents White Wonderland NYE - Anaheim, CA"]
Insomniac, the hands-down kings of throwing parties in and around LA, have just announced their NYE massive and have filled in all the gaps. Headliners announced so far are Kaskade and Steve Angello, complemented by Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Dada Life, AN21 & Max Vangelli and Thomas Gold. Holy shit what a lineup… and they haven’t even finished yet. Stay tuned for more updates on this ridiculous party.
Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011 and Sun, Jan 1, 2012 Time: 7PM Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA Age Restriction: 21+
Some of the youngest and biggest starts on the planet are gathering i nSan Diego to help you bring in the new year including teenage phenoms Porter Robinson and Madeon. The craziest part of this event is the ticket price…. $55! Yea, I know it is fucking cheap with VIP tickets starting at $150.
South Beach’s coolest hotel is playing host to Axwell and Deadmau5 this NYE and if you’re anywhere nearby, you should sign up immediately. The price tag of $325 might seem like a lot for general admission but after imbibing from the 3 hour premium open bar, you won’t remember how much you spent on such a killer evening. Axwell performs on NYE and, should you want to keep the party going, Deadmau5 will be throwing down New Years Day for an additional $125. This is sure to be full with some of the most beautiful people imaginable and the winter heat will be setting the mood. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be poolside for the biggest party night of the year?
Date: Sat, Dec. 31, 2011 and Sun, Jan 1, 2012 Time: 7PM-2AM Location: Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, FL Age Restriction: 21+
Both DJs will be warming up party goers in New York City the night before and will be flying straight down south to bring in 2012. Afrojack brings Bobby Burns and his Jacked party while Alesso will make all of South Florida raise their heads.
There is no doubt this will be a celebration to remember, both superstars are favorites of ours. If you get a chance, hit up both parties, but only few can afford a cabana at every club in South Beach!
How about starting the New Year with a good ‘ol fashion rave! Montreal has lined up the ultimate after party for New Year’s Eve party goers. With Avicii and Axwell playing the main stage starting around midnight and Dash Berlin and Garth Emery taking over the decks starting at 5AM! This party goes until 10AM on Monday, who’s gonna sack up and head north?
Are we missing any? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.