Axwell‘s Axtone Records has certainly been on a tear recently. Label chiefs have a way of cultivating sounds that are similar to their own while also finding some of the hottest material they want to be associated with their names. Releases over the past year such as “Reverie”, “Sunshine (Won’t Get Lost)“, and “Here We Go” have been big tracks with even bigger sounds – and we can’t forget “Center of the Universe” either. Epic chords, devastating drops, and heavy rotation around the world helps to prove why the label is a force to be reckoned with. If you’re not familiar with the British DJ/Producer Kryder, you might recognize him for his work with Tom Staar on their remixes of “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Can’t Stop Me Now“. But of course Kryder is known for more than just his collaborations and remixes, as Mixmag described his sound two years ago by saying “Sounds like stadium-sized House”. When you hear this week’s release by Kryder called “Aphrodite”, you’ll see what the people over at Mixmag mean. The first half of the track has an almost Tribal feel to it, but then the drums drop out the chords build up to an epic, stadium-sized crash that combines the Tribal drums with a very large main stage sound. If you close your eyes you can probably picture Axwell on stage rocking out to this one (he’s played it a lot recently), or any of the other Swedish House Mafia guys. Sebastian Ingrosso may have even closed out day three of Electric Zoo with “Aphrodite” but I guess we’ll never know…
Well for better or worse, the came, they raved, they loved… and they left. Perhaps the most hyped set of our time, the final act at Ultra Music Festival this year was the final farewell for the Swedish House Mafia. As fans climbed porta-pottys and jumped barb wired fences, the three Swedes kicked off the set with “Greyhound” to no one’s surprise. The pyrotechnics didn’t stop as they crushed through songs like “Calling,” “One” and “From Miami 2 Ibiza.” The set was standard SHM, but did you really want anything else. Yes, you could probably predict that they would close with “Save the World” and “Don’t You Worry Child,” but it really didn’t matter. It is what you come to expect, and when you experience it first hand you really wouldn’t want it any other way.
I will enjoy this set as I think back to when I saw them for the first time, first screaming out the beat to “One” fully experiencing dance music and all that it can offer. Hopefully, in the end, they do stay retired. Allowing all of us to hold onto those memories of where we were and who we were with when we saw the legendary Swedish House Mafia.
Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!
Merry Christmas to all you dance music junkies out there and welcome to our week-long series wrapping up the year of 2012 in dance music. This may have been the biggest year yet for all things dance, especially in America, and we’re going to kick it off with probably the most widely popular genre: House. We realize there are several sub-genres of House music, and we plan to cover the major ones throughout the week, but for this particular category we are going to shed light on the House songs and anthems we felt really resonated with crowds this year, from the intimate clubs to the festival main stages around the world. Keep in mind these may not be our favorite House tunes, but rather the ones we thought were some of the biggest in 2012.
These are in no particular order and you may disagree with a some of the picks, but in general you should recognize a lot of the tunes. Particular standouts for me include the tracks that were less melodic and vocal “anthems” and more the bangers that really moved the dance floors. For me, some of those tracks include: Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball, Franky Rizardo ft. Roul & Doors – Blackout, Rob Marmot & My Digital Enemy – African Drop (Tom Staar Remix), Chocolate Puma & Gregor Salto – Gimme Sum, Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner – We Own the Night and more. But I’m also partial to some of the anthems like “Allein”, “Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)”, and “Spectrum”.
Let us know what you think!
- Hardwell – Spaceman
- Tommy Trash & Sebastian Ingrosso – Reload
- Zedd – Spectrum
- Showtek & Justin Prime – Cannonball
- Franky Rizardo ft. Roul & Doors – Blackout
- Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound
- Nari & Milani – Atom
- Porter Robinson – Language
- Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – Here We Go
- Jordy Dazz – OMG
- Otto Knows – Million Voices
- Rob Marmot & My Digital Enemy – African Drop (Tom Staar Remix)
- Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl – In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
- Chocolate Puma & Gregor Salto – Gimme Sum
- Eric Prydz (Pryda) – Allein
- Steve Aoki – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)
- Bingo Players – L’Amour
- Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner – We Own The Night
- David Guetta & Nicky Romero – Metropolis
- Ansol & Dyro – Top of the World
While rap is not dead, it has certainly taken a back seat to dance music as of late. This was only enhanced by the ever increasing popularity of Trap. It is not at all uncommon for trap versions of popular rap songs to become blockbusters. But as trap continues to grow as a (sub) genre, many tracks are starting to sound similar. Spaveech‘s remix to Alvaro‘s “Make the Crowd Go” featuring 2 Chainz is a unique trap experience. First, it is a full length song rather than the 90 to 120 second snippits that are synonymous with trap releases. The beat is not repetitive and several unique samples from both rap and dance styles are incorporated. You may be asking me later “damn son, where’d you find this” but you won’t hear that sample here (see: Baauer). Spaveech keeps the track bouncing throughout, making it very hard to keep your head from bobbing at the very least. Spaveech may be carving himself a piece of the elite trap pie if he can keep up releases like this.
Whether you are an obsessed groupie or casual dance music fan, you tend to hear songs that Swedish House Mafia release (just a guess). “Dont You Worry Child” was their huge release of 2012. The single was premiered this year during Miami Music Week at Masquerade Motel, Swedish House Mafia’s own party just a few blocks away from Bayfront Park, the site of Ultra Music Festival. Ever since, the song has been mashed, remixed and danced to for countless hours around the globe. No alteration of the song really stole the thunder away from the super group’s original version but Dave Silcox may be getting some attention soon courtesy of his bootleg remix. The beginning of the song sounds just like the original. However when the beat drops after the first chorus, Silcox takes the track to a whole new level. Silcox is able to take this house anthem and turn it into an uptempo electronic field day. Both choruses remain in the song untouched, but what sets this bootleg apart are the drops. More specifically, the second drop actually begins as the original does, but then after a couple seconds you hear a record scratch spin-back effect then it goes right into Silcox’s chainsaw madness. This may seem insignificant but it is something very unique for remixes and sounds incredible. So if you like the original but could use some more speed and a heavier beat, this bootleg is for you. Special thanks to Brian (bhanna) for the heads up on this track (who told Jon aka gballz about it).
The Bolivian Marching Affair (TBMA for short), has been killing it since being signed to Play Me Records. In late August they released their second EP entitled ‘Escape Reality’, and just a couple weeks back they dropped a free remix pack (which can be found on their Facebook page here). Today, they released yet another sick mix that showcases not only their productions and their DJ talent, but also their knowledge of the music scene they are apart of. This mix highlights plenty of different genres, but focuses on hard hitting tracks and making it fun to dance to. Take a listen!
Track list and MORE BASS as well after the jump!