• Thomas Jack is Pioneering the Tropical House Explosion

    Unless you’ve been under a dance music-free rock in 2014, you are undoubtedly aware, on some level, of what tropical house is. Summer vibes, breezy saxophone interpretations, and slow and dragging top lines have combined together with subtle “EDM” influences to bring house music up to the fore front of the American mainstream, especially with strong summer outings from its  state-side main players, Thomas Jack and Kygo.

    Tropical house is an interesting phenomenon in the always-changing world of dance music. 2014 was pegged to be the year of the underground house revival, and while it certainly was, and genres such as tech house, whatever-people-are-touting-as-deep-house-these-days house, and UK garage all made massive leaves within the heralded U.S market (most of the ‘European Kings’ such as Seth Troxler, Mark Knight, Hot Since 82, MJC, Disclosure, saw greatly accelerated fan growth within American EDM circles), with future house taking the charge over all of them with acts like Tchami, Oliver Heldens, and Bender perfectly tailoring aspects of traditional house with approachable EDM elements.

    What most people didn’t see, however, was the outright domination of tropical house. A younger brother of the fairly recent and somewhat contained German house movement(think guys like Bakermat, Watermat, Klingande, basically anyone appearing on a Bloes Brothers mixtape), it was seemingly out of nowhere that a niche part of a very Euro-only sub-genre exploded in the U.S over a period of just a few months. And while this article isn’t the place to closely dissect why that was, it is a place to shout out the main reason: talent. Tropical house is breathing hot fire in the U.S because Thomas Jack is a taste-making beast. In fact, his skills in forwarding this sub-genre have landed the young star a very lauded radio show on a certain British radio channel. Yes, indeed, tropical house is going places.

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  • That Look

    Flume – That Look

    It looks like a little Vimeo-upload mistake has the internet in a bit of frenzy right now, and to be honest I’m surprised the whole system hasn’t come crashing down. We aren’t complaining though, because it’s uncovered an unreleased Flume track, and boy O’ boy is it a stunner. According to users on the reddit thread “r/trap“, a video was uploaded to Vimeo by Flume’s video crew and they neglected to make the video private; of course the video was quickly taken down, but the people of the internet managed to salvage (…rip) the video and its slowly spreading across other portals like YouTube. Naturally there is some skepticism, but it’s well worth checking out.

    Sure it’s not going to sound like it will when it’s fully released but the quality is more than sufficient to get a good listen in. With ‘That Look’, Flume once again flexes his creativity with another out the box production. To start, we’re slowly laid to down on a bed of soft piano chords and soothing vocals. Given the lack of information, we can’t say who the vocalist is but her voice meshes perfectly with the music. It all comes crashing down to huge isolated kicks and percussive instruments, and wobbly synth work reminiscent in flow to his Lorde remix. We can’t guarantee how long these YouTube videos will last as they gain views, so hurry and check it out while ya can; there’s no telling when an official release will surface!

  • DJ Mag

    Remember when Martin Garrix crashed onto the scene like a meteor, with the release of his anthemic hit ‘Animals’? Of course you do, it was inescapable. His name (and that track) spread like wildfire, and became a household hold name in what seemed like seconds. Garrix catapulted to the top 50 in DJ Mag’s 2013 top DJs poll, landing on a very comfortable #40 spot. Naturally, many in the industry became enamored with this young star, and he’s gone on to work with numerous mainstays. He’s worked with Ed SheeranSkrillex, Afrojack, and Headhunterz (to name just a few). His recent collab with Dillon Francis, ‘Set Me Free’, has done exceedingly well, receiving over one million plays on Soundcloud. Not only has he been busy in the studio, he’s been performing around the world at some of the biggest festivals around.

    All this hard work has put the 18 year old in the company of some of the highest grossing DJs around. More importantly though, he’s made an unprecedented leap in the DJ Mag poll this year. After catapulting 36 spots, Martin Garrix is now the youngest DJ in the DJ Mag top 5, as he’s sitting proud at number 4. Yep number 4. Regardless of what people think of this poll, that’s quite the feat. A huge congrats is in order, well done Martin. Here’s to another big year. Who knows, maybe 2015 will see Garrix take up the number one spot from his fellow countryman, and friend/reigning champ, Hardwell?

    Photo via: Rukes

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  • DJ Mag
    The DJ Mag Top 100 results are in, the internet is abuzz with opinions of all flavors. The real results to seem to have stayed very true to the leaked results from edm-news.com, at least towards the top end of things. We’ve seen massive shifts in positions, like Blasterjaxx moving up 58 spots, and Martin Garrix moving up 36, as well as a plethora of new entries like the Oliver Heldens, Borgeous, 3LAU, and Deorro (coming in as the highest new entry at 19). But 2013’s king remains the same, as Hardwell retains the crown for yet another year.

    The Revealed Recordings head has had a monumental year. Phase one of the I AM HARDWELL World Tour is almost at its close and he’s set to release his debut album ‘United We Are’ before kicking off phase two of his globe trotting tour. He’s also released a statement regarding the DJ Mag results, thanking his ever growing fan base and relating his excitement for 2015:

    “…this is a dream that just keeps going! I’m extremely proud to find myself holding on to the title of #1 DJ in the world for another year. Last year was a moment in my career I had spent 10 years dreaming of but to be back on stage again, picking up the award for a second time in a row, is beyond my wildest dreams. To my fans, the music lovers and everyone else along the way during this roller coaster 12 month period, I just want to thank each and every one of you! Your support for my music and love for this scene is truly inspirational. I’m really looking forward to what 2015 will bring, with the arrival of my first full artist album, a new world tour and a bunch of other exciting projects, I know this new chapter in the journey is going to be the best part yet!”

    The results of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll have historically been controversial and highly debatable, and with the high representation of big room artists and so many other new entries the debate will rage on. One thing that’s undeniable though, Hardwell has put forth the effort, performed to the highest of expectations, and earned the respect of many. Congratulations Hardwell, we wish you the best this coming year!

    Photo Via: Rukes

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  • Turn it around

    DubVision – Turn it Around

    Coming hot off the release of their Feenixpawl collaboration, ‘Destination‘, the Dutch brothers of DubVision are back with another beautiful progressive track: ‘Turn It Around’. DubVision does a great job building the track around soft and airy vocals before dropping into some euphoric synth work. The DubVision name has become synonymous with melodic and uplifting progressive house, with huge releases like ‘Sun In Your Eyes‘ and ‘Backlash‘ (which were released only but a few months ago). With ‘Turn It Around’ now under their belt, the Dutch duo shows no intentions of stopping their significant role in the genre. ‘Turn It Around’ is set to be released on November 10 through Spinnin’ Records, but until then listen to the preview below.

  • kuvo
    Despite the introduction of a brand new DJ controller, Pioneer is selling its DJ audio business off to KKR. This doesn’t mean they’re entirely out of the game yet though. Pioneer has revealed Kuvo, an app/software combo designed to publish real-time set lists from anywhere in the world. By linking a hardware box to the Internet and CDJs, meta-data about the set is sent to the Kuvo cloud. The app then streams what tracks the DJ is mixing, song by song, as well as listing which DJs are playing where. It includes an interactive map to show users which clubs are nearby. From the stream, each song is available for purchase via iTunes or Juno. Forget Shazam. Kuvo essentially does all the work for you.

    The project has been endorsed by DJs and producers including Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler. Kuvo is expected to boost awareness for new talent and independent labels while connecting fans more directly with their favorite artists. The software is certainly an interesting innovation, bringing more accountability to how a set is executed. For more information on Kuvo take a look at the launch video below.

    Source: Mixmag

  • Platinum

    In a musical era defined by easy access to torrents, illegal downloads and free music, 2014 is turning out to be quite the bleak year for record sales. We are now over nine months into 2014, and although the fourth quarter is typically the time when the most music sales occur, things have never been quite this bad. Record sales in 2014 are depressingly grim, seeing as not one artist this year has managed to cross the million sales mark into platinum record status. What’s even more notably upsetting is the fact that the only album that’s managed to sell over a million copies so far this year is the soundtrack to the ever-popular movie, Frozen. Although it’s been slowly working its way down the charts, it is by far the best selling collection this year.

    By this time last year, five different CDs had hit one million units sold or more, with Justin Timberlake’s comeback LP The 20/20 Experience out in front. To add additional salt to this wounded lackluster year, one has to travel all the way down this year’s list of best-selling records to the number four position to even find something that was released in 2014. The number two and three sellers are Beyonce’s surprise self-titled album and Lorde’s Pure Heroine; both of those have moved into the area of 750,000 sale so far, but both albums were released in 2013 and received the bulk of their numbers then.

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  • Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston - We're All We Need

    Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston – We’re All We Need

    As Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki of Above & Beyond prep for tonight’s sold out show at Madison Square Garden, Pete Tong had the honor of premiering their song “We’re All We Need” on BBC Radio 1. The melodic masterpiece elegantly displays the silky and angelic vocals of Zoë Johnston, who presents a simple yet powerful message. The UK act described the title track and as an “ode to friendship” and mentioned that the album “places human relationships at its core, and explores the experiences and emotions that bind us.”

    This track is one of sixteen from their forthcoming album coming out on Anjunabeats on January 20, 2015. Above & Beyond will be making history tonight as they are the first UK dance act to sell out the highly-acclaimed New York arena. This is an exciting milestone that will certainly be framed as tonight properly represents their remarkable journey and impact as a trio over the past 14 years. In addition to streaming the new release below, you can also sit back and enjoy the record’s visual accompaniment.

    Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston – We’re All We Need | Pre-Order

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  • United We Are

    Straight outta Amsterdam, the world’s #1 DJ sat down with Facebook at ADE 2014 before his ‘Hardwell Presents Revealed’ show last night at the Heineken Music Hall (the same venue he kicked off his I Am Hardwell world tour in).  He may be about to pass the torch onto another exalted DJ but Hardwell shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.  In the interview, he discussed his forthcoming debut artist album, United We Are, which he says is still in the works.  Amidst ADE and his hectic touring schedule, he’s allotted three weeks off in November to finish the album.  Hardwell aims to finish United We Are by the end of November before a release in early 2015.  Even though the album has not been completed, the album cover is now out and an accompanying world tour has been planned.  As the I Am Hardwell world tour continues, the current phase will close at Hardwell’s highly-anticipated Madison Square Garden appearance on Saturday, November 15th.  On January 24th, the next phase of the I Am Hardwell tour will begin with the United We Are show at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.

    Discussing the origins of his new single, ‘Young Again‘ with vocalist Chris Jones, Hardwell explains the two met through his record label and worked on the track via Skype as the original vocals evolved into the final version, which will be released on Monday, October 20th.

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  • Imperium

    Madeon – Imperium

    The French prodigy of electronic music, Madeon, has graced the world with a brand new release of his called ‘Imperium‘. And better yet, it’s free! However, he goes back to his book of tricks and playfully decides to have his listeners crack a music-generated puzzle in order to claim the free download. Although it has been seven months since his previous release, ‘Imperium’ makes up for the wait with its spunky nu-disco melody that juts out from a hard electro backbone. Madeon brings his fans good news when he mentioned on Twitter that he is excited to finally be releasing all this new music.


    Madeon has made leaps and bounds in his successful career already, but it seems as though the golden days for the young French act are shining ahead of us.

    Madeon – Imperium | Download