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Best of 2014: Electro/Big Room/Future House

Electro-House and Big Room House: pretty much two mainstays in the dance music world. But wait, what’s this Future House you speak of? Oh, it’s just another new sub-genre made up to describe a sound we had never heard before. Two key names emerged as leaders of this new Future House genre: Oliver Heldens and Tchami. Many producers tried to replicate and I’m sure we’ll see more to come in 2015 as Melbourne Bounce rotates out making room for this funky fusion of Electro drops and groovy basslines. Heldens, and even veteran Laidback Luke, describe Future House as a cross between Deep House and EDM, but I don’t quite see it that way. Regardless, you’ll notice our main stage banger category is now lumped into Electro-House, Big Room House, and Future House.

Because these sub-genres are always some of the biggest in any Dance Music category we opened up the list to 15 songs. Unlike the worlds of Deep House, Tech-House, and Techno, the Electro/Big Room/Future House tracks are most often played in the clubs, on the stages, and all over the world on respective radio stations/podcasts/mixes. These songs amp up the crowds, get bodies moving, and truly let you know what the drop sounds like. It’s great to see veterans like Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Axwell, Knife Party, and TJR make this list. I was also particularly excited when the DJ’s DJ Sander Kleinenberg dropped his Future House track “Can You Feel It”. Other notable entries, for me, include Alex Metric & Oliver’s “Hope”, Oliver Helden’s “Overdrive”, and Tchami’s “Untrue”.

In no particular order, check out our top-15 Electro/Big Room/Future House songs of 2014:

    1. Knife Party – Begin Again
    2. Wolfgang Gartner – Unholy
    3. Mutiny UK & Steve Mac – Feel The Pressure (Axwell & No_ID Remix)
    4. Nero – Satisfy
    5. Galantis – You
    6. Oliver Heldens – Overdrive
    7. Deorro – Five Hours
    8. Don Diablo – Anytime
    9. David Guetta & Showtek – Bad
    10. Ummet Ozcan – SMASH!
    11. Sander Kleinenberg – Can You Feel It
    12. Deniz Koyu – Ruby
    13. Tchami – Untrue
    14. Alex Metric & Oliver – Hope
    15. TJR – Come Back Down

EDX – No Xcuses Episode #191 Presented by MMIBTY.com

Back in March we had the pleasure of presenting EDX’s “No Xcuses” radio show, Episode 159 for the first time. The cool thing about EDX – in addition to being a stellar producer and fun live DJ – is that he fully understands the importance of blogs and how much of a factor they are in the overall musical landscape. EDX releases weekly radio shows and has different music blogs present them as a way to show appreciation to the writers that support him. Because we have a great relationship with EDX’s team, we are excited to present to you Episode #191 today!

Today’s radio show features a stellar mix of Progressive and Electro-House tunes from some of my favorite artists. I’m talking about guys like Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash, Wax Motif, Chris Lake, and even a new one from Otto Knows. I’ll admit I’ve backed off the Electro and Progressive side of things recently which is why I’m excited to play EDX’s No Xcuses mix all week long as I prepare for Halloween celebrations.

Check out the radio show below with full tracklisting and iTunes download. Also make sure to check out EDX on tour with the below schedule!

*In case you  missed it check out EDX’s latest release, his Indian Summer remix of Above & Beyond’s “Blue Sky Action”!*

Download on iTunes: bit.ly/16Xq1UI

01. Cedric Zeyenne – Over Again (Original Mix) [Enormous Tunes]
02. Billion Ft. Maxine Ashley – Special (CamelPhat Remix) [Virgin]
03. Phill & Dansmore – Plastelin (Money & Cash Remix) [Promo]
04. Meramek – Bounce [Anjunadeep]
05. Mbase – Just You [Sunsetmelodies]
06. Otto Knows – Parachute (Bottai Remix) [Refune]
07. Wolfgang Gartner ft Bobby Saint – Unholy (Extended Mix) [Kindergarten Recordings]
08. John Dahlback feat. Little Boots – Heartbeat (Original Mix) [Musical Freedom]
09. Daddy’s Groove ft. TeamMate – Pulse (Benny Benassi Remix) [Ultra]
10. R3HAB & NERVO – Ready For The Weekend ft Ayah Marar (Don Diablo Remix) [Spinnin]
11. Tommy Trash – Wax Motif – HEX [Protocol Recordings]
12. Chris Lake – Goodbye (Original Mix) [Ultra]
13. Danny Howard & Futuristic Polar Bears – Romani (Original Mix) [Spinnin]

For more music and tour info, check:
dj.edx.ch
www.facebook.com/edxmusic
www.twitter.com/edxmusic
www.soundcloud.com/edxmusic
www.youtube.com/edxmusic

Contact: No Xcuses – radio@sirupmusic.com
PR Contact: edx-pr@sirupmusic.com
Booking: edx-mgm@siurpmusic.com

Tour Dates [TICKETS HERE]:
10.30.14  Ernst & Young Center Ottawa, ON
10.31.14  LIFT Nightclub Buffalo, NY
11.01.14  Freaknight Seattle, WA
11.01.14  Foundation Nightclub Seattle, WA
11.07.14  The Fall San Antonio, TX
11.08.14  LiFE Las Vegas, NV
11.13.14  LAVO NY New York, NY
11.14.14  Studio Paris Chicago, IL
11.15.14  Kingdom Nightclub Austin, TX
11.21.14  Sway Columbus, OH
11.22.14  Mynt Cincinnati, OH
11.23.14  Mynt Novi, MI
12.11.14  SUTRA Costa Mesa, CA
12.13.14  Bassmnt San Diego, CA
12.20.14  LiFE Las Vegas, NV

Halloween Weekend in San Francisco: The Magician, Amine Edge & Dance, and Wolfgang Gartner

If you’re worried about not having something to do in the Bay Area this Halloween weekend you might want to think about one of the many shows coming to the area starting on Thursday the 30th. It’s almost overwhelming how many different things there are to do and see, and I’m only scratching the surface when I point out the sheer volume of musical artists coming to town. We have many of the events listed on our San Francisco Shows page, but I think it’s important to write about the shows I’ve handpicked to see, and why you should consider joining me at one, two, or all three of them. My selections? The Magician at Mezzanine, Amine Edge & Dance at Temple, and Wolfgang Gartner at Mezzanine.

Who: The Magician
When: Thursday October 30, 9pm (21+)
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ticketshttp://www.ticketfly.com/event/677673
Why: If you don’t know about the Magician you might very well discover your new favorite House DJ/producer. And if you already know about Stephen Fasano then this one shouldn’t be much of a sell for you. I finally had the pleasure of seeing The Magician live for the first time this past spring when he played a set at the Yuma Tent during Coachella 2014. After three days at Coachella I decided without hesitation that the Magician had the best set of the weekend – combining funky, melodic House music with flawless mixing and I’m almost positive a smile never left my face. I recognize the Magician most for his “Magic Tape” mixes, but you cannot possibly discount his original tracks or remixes either. Two of my recent favorites by the Magician include his remix of “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and his remix of “My Friend Has a Swimming Pool” by Mausi. Check out the most recent “Magic Tape” by the Magician and get prepared to start off Halloween in the most fun way possible, at one of San Francisco’s best music venues.

Who: Amine Edge & Dance with Sirus Hood
When: Friday October 31, 10pm (21+)
Where: Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Ticketshttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/temple-presents-cuff-halloween-w-amine-edge-dance-sirus-hood-sneak-preview-of-the-newly-remodeled-tickets-10231644123
Why: I’m not sure I’d normally look to spend Halloween at a nightclub, but when I saw France’s Amine Edge & Dance were coming to Temple San Francisco on the same night, I knew I had to clear my schedule. The G-House pioneers are amidst their first North American tour and their stop in SF coincides with the sneak preview of the newly remodeled Temple, which I have yet to visit so far. I’ve been on Amine Edge & Dance since our writer JD first told me about them. Combining Hip-Hop hooks with four-on-the-floor beats and fat bass lines, Amine Edge & Dance are truly the godfathers of Gangster House (Ghetto House, G-House, etc). The boys recently had the honors of performing on The Essential Mix and they regularly release new material on their label Cuff. Something else that’s pretty cool? Amine Edge & Dance record and release many of their live sets from around the world, including 2014’s Holy Ship where I had the pleasure of meeting the guys. You should also note that Cuff artist Sirus Hood will be on the decks this Friday to bring extra G-House vibes to the crowd.
Editor’s Note: It pains me to be missing Eats Everything with Dusky and Benoit & Sergio on the same night but I’ve been waiting a long time to see Amine Edge & Dance at a club. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to double dip. For those of you interested you can catch Eats, Dusky, and B&S at Mezzanine with tickets available HERE.

Who: Wolfgang Gartner
When: Saturday November 1, 9pm (21+)
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/eye-heart-halloween-with-wolfgang-gartner-tickets-12979270347
Why: This one doesn’t need much of an introduction. Wolfgang Gartner is one of the best producers in the dance music game and has far and away set himself apart in the world of Electro-House. Wolfgang Gartner rarely misses in production nor in live sets – and he shouldn’t just be noted for his absolute bangers like “Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony”, “Illmerica”, or “Space Junk” but his Progressive House tracks and his funky/latin stylings too. Wolfgang is hugely responsible for my love for Electronic and Dance music and especially the House side of things. Wolfgang Gartner crushed his set at Electric Zoo 2010 which is when I went from ignorant “Techno” fan to newly obsessed House junkie. One particular reason I need to get to Mezzanine for Wolfgang’s set on Saturday is because this year he took a hiatus from extensive touring, except for selected shows, to focus more on production and new music. I have no doubt Wolfgang Gartner will bring the house down and bravo to Mezzanine for bringing such a stacked lineup to Mezzanine this weekend.

Check out Wolfgang Gartner’s brand new single “Unholy” ft. Bobby Saint below!

Global Dance Festival Denver – Show Preview (July 18th-20th)

With another summer comes another round of one of the most unique, pretty, and talent filled music festivals on earth. Yes, it is that weekend in July that dance music fans wait for all year. A weekend where we know we will have three days in a row to party our asses off to one of the most diverse and talented line-up of artists. From the production to the fabulous location at our very own Red Rocks, there is just something special about this festival that makes it feel like home. Maybe it feels that way because this is the 12th year that GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL has showcased all of its magic in the rocky mountains. This year the magic continues as the masterminds behind the scenes have put together an explosive line-up that is sure to please almost anyone. Whether you are a huge house fan, a huge dubstep fan, a big time trap fan,  a trance fan or anything in-between there is something for you. Aside from the top notch talent on the bill, what I love most about this festival, and the people that put it on, is their expertise at booking up-and-coming artists that are on their way to stardom. Below I will break down the five artists that I am most excited to see throughout the weekend. Let us know which artists you are looking forward to most and more importantly let’s get ready to GLOBAL DANCE!

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Popeska Is Releasing One FREE Song a Day During July 2014

Who likes FREE MUSIC? Okay that was a dumb question, everyone likes free music – especially us here at MMIBTY. And for that very reason I’m excited to feature Electro-House wunderkind Popeska and his new campaign to release awesome music to the world, for free, every day during the month of July. For those who may not have been paying attention, Popeska is the brilliant understudy of the also-brilliant Wolfgang Gartner and is signed to Wolfgang’s label Kindergarten Records. Popeska, whose real name is Ralph, is just 20 years old and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His production style is Electro-infused but quite melodic at the same time and features that perfect balance upbeat dance music is all about. Popeska even recently released a track with Wolfgang Gartner called “We Are The Computers“, also for free download. It was pretty awesome. July 1st’s just-as-awesome release was called “Bang On Some Shit” and the rest, well, that’s for you to hear.

Here’s Ralph, aka Popeska, to tell you all about his #OneTrackADay campaign:

“For those who have been with me since the beginning, you would know that I started producing just for fun, putting up a song for free download every few days. In fact, the sole reason I even made a Soundcloud was just so I could share tracks with a couple of my producer friends, and the fact that people started even following it was definitely just like, ‘huh, well that’s weird that people are actually listening to this.’ Well, long story short, it kept catching on and growing to the point that I got an amazing opportunity to do the music thing full-time, so naturally, I grabbed that opportunity and never looked back.

That’s why I’ve decided to put out a free song every day for a month. Yep, 3 albums worth of music, just being put out there for kicks. And the weird thing is that there’s PLENTY more where that came from. I think now would be a good time to mention that I am/have been working on an album for a while now. So basically what all these “track-a-day” songs are in addition to the songs I’m putting on my album.

I really want to people to hear this music. They might not all be bangers. They might not appeal to everyone. But I put myself into every one of my songs. I want people to hear how much music I’ve made, to hear the sounds I’ve developed, and to hear where the sound of “Heart of Glass” and my other album tracks came from. But above all, I want to give something to my fans. The support I get is absolutely AMAZING, and I hope to support my fans back with some of the most genuine music I’ve made. And lots of it”.

Keep it locked here to catch each song as it comes out this month. And thank Popeska for all the free tunes!

https://www.facebook.com/popeskamusic
https://twitter.com/popeskamusic
https://soundcloud.com/popeska

Wolfgang Gartner & Popeska Are The Computers [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Today Wolfgang Gartner and his understudy Popeska released their song “We Are The Computers” for free download. This marks the first time in Wolfgang Gartner’s outstanding career that he’s released an original track for free. I’ve always been willing to pay for Wolfgang’s top-notch productions but I’ll gladly take one of his tracks free of charge. If you haven’t heard of Popeska, he’s an extremely talented member of Kindergarten Recordings (Wolfgang Gartner’s record label). Popeska hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is just 20 years old. His name is also Ralf. “We Are the Computers” is a melodic collaboration between Wolfgang Gartner and Popeska, with a robotic chorus that exclaims “We Are The Computers”. The drum beat was clearly constructed by Wolfgang, as it resembles other drum patterns he has used in the past. The melodic parts are likely influenced by Popeska, since many of his tracks have layers of, well, melodic synths over them. I’ll admit I don’t love the track the way I’ve loved past Wolfgang Gartner productions, and I certainly yearn for the days of “5th Symphony”, “Hook Shot”, “Montezuma”, “Space Junk”, “Illmerica”, and so much more but I’ll certainly take a song that highlights the skill of an up-and-coming Electro-House artist.

Check out the track below and enjoy the free download!