Armin van Buuren has been helping to shape electronic music into the commercial force it is today for over 20 years. In addition to releasing music that has pushed the boundaries of the genre’s sound, he started what is arguably one of the most successful independent music labels in the world with Armada Music.
Today marks a landmark for the veteran producer thanks to the release of the 1500th track on Armada’s sublabel, Armind. “Stickup” by van Buuren himself, is the track that has been chosen for this coveted release spot in honor of the label’s continued success.
The heightened BPM drives the track into trance territory from the outset, and a robotic vocal line tells listeners to ‘put their hands up’—giving them a brief respite from the speedy kicks driving the piece forward. The song’s energy ebbs and flows as it goes on, creating a rollercoaster ride reminiscent of his earlier work during his trance days.
“Stickup” has been a mainstay in van Buuren’s live sets long before the track’s release date. The song was first played at A State Of Trance 900 in Utrecht, and it is now featured prominently on van Buuren’s new A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2019 album.
Flux Pavilion has teamed up with Next To Neon and A:M for an upbeat and airy new single “Surrender.” The light melody is a definite change of pace for Flux Pavilion, who has foregone his heavier style and instead has co-written a more Seven Lions-esque, melodic dubstep piece with a smooth flow and euphoric progressions. Next to Neon’s touch is apparent in the production, and “Surrender” ultimately proves to be the type of song one could play in any situation or mood. It’s out now on Circus Records.
Recently, Flux Pavilion has been on an experimental tip, keeping fans on their toes with a mixture of his classic aesthetic and crossover-friendly releases. His versatility as a producer is exactly what has kept him at the top for so many years.
Tucked away within Montreal’s parc Jean-Drapeau is the seasonal infrastructure to Piknic Électronik, familiar terrainto the city’s steady events landscape. The series is no stranger to the area, returning for their 17th summer takeover on the island. The weekly Sunday sessions fulfills a variety of purposes, combining the facets of small-scale outdoor music festival with the appeal of a casual, and undemanding date in the park for many. On the other hand, those looking to continue their weekend festivities have found their calling, as they’re joined by thousands of like-minded individuals with the dancefloor in mind.
Running from May 19-September 29, Piknic combines their weekly curated programming with a handful of standalone “Off-Piknic” events to prime their selection of seasonal bookings. Each Sunday throughout the season welcomes thousands of attendees to the dancefloor in the airy openings of parc Jean-Drapeau. The 2019 summer lineup has thus far seen a diverse arrangement of artists, allowing visitors to discover and embrace local and international talent. The first three weekends brought out the musical prowess of Öona Dahl, the return of Hernan Cattaneo, and Loco Dice—three renowned artists within the community.
Closing out with their season finale on September 29, attendees have the opportunity to attend a varied selection of events like the return of Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream series, and a co-hosted Piknic x Boiler Room event amidst their regularly scheduled events.
Tickets and season passes are available for purchase here.
Before getting on stage last night in Portland, Oregon, the gang of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released their new LP, Infest the Rats’ Nest, and they announced via Instagram while showing off the poster that they’d be playing their new LP in full. View this post on Instagram Portland tonight!! Doors open in […]
Gorgon City and MK are two artists who have mastered the integration of vocals and house music, and now they have finally come together in the studio for a white-hot new single, ‘There For You.’
While the lyrical message may be typical and formulaic, Gorgon City and MK rarely deviate from simple themes because they always deliver them in fine style. Piano rhythms on ‘There For You” are smooth rather than foreboding. The vocal harmonies are uplifting and serene. The drums are tight and succinct.
Those who have been following Gorgon City and MK knew it was only a matter of time before they collaborated, and “There For You” more than lives up to what’s to be expected from these two house purists.
Unfortunately, almost all of us have either been there or been with your group and had it happen to you. You know it’s 2:15 am and the festival or show that you are at is in full force. You may or may not have had a few adult beverages and you are jumping up and
Following on from his collaboration with Craig Knight which saw them revisit the Rui Da Silva classic – ‘Touch Me In The Morning’, WestFunk is back, this time teaming up with DJ, producer, and legendary vocalist TRP to bring you another classic remake of Usher’s R&B favorite ‘U Remind Me’. Westfunk turns the deep house
Today’s a day full good memories in the Phish community as we all toss back to one of the finest moments on stage in Phish’s 30+ year history — The Great Went festival they hosted in Limestone, Maine back in 1997. You’ve heard plenty of the stories if you’re a newb fan, but the reality […]
Octopus Recordings head honcho Sian just made his debut on mau5trap earlier this year, but he’s already making huge waves on the label. His first stamp on the Canadian imprint was Ultraviolet 1.0, a six-track EP that was released in May. Not long after, he’s followed up with the second installment in the Ultraviolet EP series, featuring three tracks: “Planets,” “Opium,” and “Nitro.”
Like in his first EP, the skilled artist demonstrates his mastery of the shadowy realm of electronic music, taking his listener through an eerie jungle of industrial, electro, and experimental elements. His sonic presence is commanding, instantly drawing listeners in with pounding basslines and impeccable sound design.
In addition to his slew of new releases over the past few months, Sian is also touring with the mau5trap founder himself. Catch Sian opening for deadmau5 on The Cube V3 tour Sept. 20 and 26 and Oct. 11-12. Tickets still remain for the Oct. 12 stop in San Jose; get yours here.
Gerard McMahon’s “Cry Little Sister,” the theme song to Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire movie The Lost Boys, is an iconic part of the goth-rock canon. It’s been covered by Marilyn Manson and sampled by Eminem, Lil B, and Krayzie Bone. And now Los Angeles rock veterans Silversun Pickups have covered it too. More »