Above & Beyond team up with Armin van Buuren for massive new collaboration

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Above & Beyond team up with Armin van Buuren for massive new collaborationArmin And Above Beyond

Each highly respected artists in their own right, Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren have dominated the trance landscape for years. Now, coming together for the first time ever, the trance giants have shared their uplifting new collaboration, “Show Me Love.”

Debuted during Armin van Buuren’s main stage set A State Of Trance 900, the track fuses the best of both acts’ styles. With emotive piano lines, high energy synth work, and vocal chops sure to tear down any festival, the song is a culmination of years of trance history in the making. Released on van Buuren’s Armada Records, the track is a testament to the longevity of trance music and a powerful showing from the artists at the top of their scene.

3LAU and Justin Caruso deliver dance-pop release, ‘Better With You,’ featuring Iselin

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3LAU and Justin Caruso deliver dance-pop release, ‘Better With You,’ featuring IselinBetter With You Artwork

Those who have watched Justin Caruso‘s ascension into ubiquitous popularity, thanks to his catchy crossover releases and stellar remixes, know that 3LAU took the producer under his wing years ago before Caruso had made his lasting mark. Their friendship has remained steady, and the artists have now come together with a melodic new release, “Better With You.”

The track combines the best elements of both producers’ styles, elevated by Iselin‘s flowing vocals and the infectious electronic backdrop, which synthesizes a bouncy progression, luring the listener in note by note.

3LAU spoke on the collaboration in an official release, saying, “Justin Caruso and I met years ago, and when we sat down to write ‘Better With You’ together, we wanted to capture the essence of dance music culture with the song.”

Dance music is all about sharing experiences with the people you love, the same way DJs all support each other’s music, and best friends get to escape frustrations of daily life at live shows. We really hope you like this one, and shout out to Iselin who wrote an incredibly beautiful vocal.”

Listeners may recognize the Norwegian singer Iselin, from her syrupy vocals on Alan Walker‘s “Faded.” Both Caruso and 3LAU have been keeping busy with new music releases, and “Better With You” is a strong start for the pair moving forward into 2019. The track is out now on Armada, which marks 3LAU’s return to a major label after years of releasing via his own label, Blume.

Armin van Buuren switches it up, taps Bonnie McKee for new collaboration ‘Lonely for You’ [Watch]

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Armin van Buuren switches it up, taps Bonnie McKee for new collaboration ‘Lonely for You’ [Watch]Armin Van Buuren Bbc1 Radio

Armin van Buuren has released a new track  that is nearly unrecognizable coming from the venerate trance and progressive producer. Titled “Lonely For You,” the song taps into an elaborate drum line with a faint drum n’ bass-inspired vibe that adds a unique compliment to poppy vocals, delivered by Bonnie McKee.

The producer speaks about his newest track in an official release, stating,

“’Lonely For You’ was written with the lovely Bonnie McKee. For me, it resembles the struggles we all face with and in relationships, ups and downs. I think it was appropriate to release it around Valentine’s Day!”

The track tells the story of getting over a relationship that has ended, and the moments of feeling alone even though the breakup was the right decision. “Lonely For You” has fittingly been released in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, and the accompanying music video features both Armin van Buuren and McKee dispersed throughout the visual narrative of a break up. “Lonely For You” is a worthy complement to the “Wild Wild Son” producer’s growing list of increasingly diverse releases, and if the Armada figurehead is actually on a mission to prove that he can produce a hit in every genre, he is certainly checking off new boxes with his work on “Lonely For You.”

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Saturday Night Session 006: Morgan Page takes listeners on a sonic journey through 2018 and talks remaining true to his roots with his weekly radio show

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Saturday Night Session 006: Morgan Page takes listeners on a sonic journey through 2018 and talks remaining true to his roots with his weekly radio showMorgan Page

Mainstay Morgan Page kicked his career off with Grammy nominated “The Longest Road,” and he hasn’t looked back since. He has become known for euphoria inducing tracks with polarizing vocals, and this sets his music apart from formulaic commercial crossover tracks. He has managed to achieve this while retaining the ability to create singles that work for radio play and live performance alike.

2018 has been a big year for the producer, both personally and professionally. Page had a new addition to his family, daughter Bea. He also switched over to Armada Music exclusively, where he released a three track EP, Born to Fly. It is also the ten year anniversary of “The Longest Road,” so to celebrate, artists ranging from Vicetone to Steff Da Campo put their on spin on the original to celebrate.

In addition to his original releases, Page has been producing his own radio show for years, In The Air, which was named after his 2012 13-track album. He is on his 446th episode of the radio show series, and he spoke exclusively with Dancing Astronaut on what the series means to him, and how it has evolved over the years. Page says, “I can hardly believe it’s already been over 8 years of doing a mixshow. It started as a podcast only, and morphed into a weekly Sirius XM slot and globally syndicated show. Radio has always been in my blood, so it’s an honor to keep doing the show, and presenting my favorite music every week.”

Episode 446 takes the listener through some of the biggest hits coming out of 2018 with everything from FISHER‘s “Losing It” to Axwell and Ingrosso‘s “Dreamer.” The one unifying theme of the mix is that it is the perfect track to get a Saturday Night going thanks to its upbeat energy and the infectious collection of releases.

 

Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & more

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Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & moreLost Frequencies Ais 205

Past hits like 2014’s “Are You With Me” have made Lost Frequencies a certified star in his home country of Belgium. Stateside, the melodic electronica virtuoso has dazzled crowds opening for heavyweights including Don Diablo, and more recently The Chainsmokers. Releasing a steady stream of wistful deep house cuts through Armada and his own aptly named Found Frequencies imprint, Lost Frequencies is carving out his own four-to-the-floor formula with lethal crossover appeal.

This year has been another big one for the producer, with high profile slots at festivals like Electric Zoo, and infectious singles like “Melody” and “Like I Love You” leading the way. On the heels of a standout remix of the newly formed LSD’s “Thunderclouds,” the Lost Frequencies dropped by to look back on his whirlwind year and talk what’s next – and drop off a textbook feels-inducing journey for the 205th edition of our Axis series. In typical form, the one-hour ride blends anything everything soothing and uplifting, spanning recognizable hits and some of some juicy IDs from the artist and his label mates.

You were recently listed on DJ mag’s top 100 DJ list at #17. What are your feelings about making it, and the recent online backlash to the list? 

It felt amazing to hear that I reached #17, I climbed 9 places which I certainly didn’t expect and I’m very thankful to all my fans and friends supporting! I think with a list, poll, or anything that “ranks” artists will always face backlash, there is always someone, or another scene, that doesn’t agree! But overall, the response has been very positive and I’m grateful to be recognized alongside so many leaders in dance music!


Last year, you were able to join The Chainsmokers on tour. What are some personal lessons and takeaways from the experience? 

I did, it was crazy! I learnt; pranks can bring you all together and keep you sane on the road – it was one of my favorite memories in such a huge year, Alex and Andrew are so much fun and the vibes were crazy! It was amazing to be able to take my sound to so many huge arenas in the States.


Outside of your own music, what can fans expect soon from your recently revealed Found Frequencies imprint? 

We’ve just released remixes from of ‘Like I Love You’ but for me, it’s also important for us to help introduce new artists that are making music we think is really cool! We have new music from Pretty Pink, Jameson and Mordkey next month, get ready!

The Lost Frequencies catalogue is stuffed with vocal features – Who’re some artists on your wish-list to collaborate with next?

I would love to work with MØ, her voice sounds so fresh, different and exciting on every release.

What’s next in the evolution of the Lost Frequencies sound?

My recent remix for LSD’s (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) latest track I really enjoyed but I have already started working on new tracks – they may appear on my next album but nothing is set in stone yet, my calendar is super busy but new music is something that is definitely on my mind. You’ll be able to keep up to date on anything and everything across my social media!

Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & more

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Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & moreLost Frequencies Ais 205

Past hits like 2014’s “Are You With Me” have made Lost Frequencies a certified star in his home country of Belgium. Stateside, the melodic electronica virtuoso has dazzled crowds opening for heavyweights including Don Diablo, and more recently The Chainsmokers. Releasing a steady stream of wistful deep house cuts through Armada and his own aptly named Found Frequencies imprint, Lost Frequencies is carving out his own four-to-the-floor formula with lethal crossover appeal.

This year has been another big one for the producer, with high profile slots at festivals like Electric Zoo, and infectious singles like “Melody” and “Like I Love You” leading the way. On the heels of a standout remix of the newly formed LSD’s “Thunderclouds,” the Lost Frequencies dropped by to look back on his whirlwind year and talk what’s next – and drop off a textbook feels-inducing journey for the 205th edition of our Axis series. In typical form, the one-hour ride blends anything everything soothing and uplifting, spanning recognizable hits and some of some juicy IDs from the artist and his label mates.

You were recently listed on DJ mag’s top 100 DJ list at #17. What are your feelings about making it, and the recent online backlash to the list? 

It felt amazing to hear that I reached #17, I climbed 9 places which I certainly didn’t expect and I’m very thankful to all my fans and friends supporting! I think with a list, poll, or anything that “ranks” artists will always face backlash, there is always someone, or another scene, that doesn’t agree! But overall, the response has been very positive and I’m grateful to be recognized alongside so many leaders in dance music!


Last year, you were able to join The Chainsmokers on tour. What are some personal lessons and takeaways from the experience? 

I did, it was crazy! I learnt; pranks can bring you all together and keep you sane on the road – it was one of my favorite memories in such a huge year, Alex and Andrew are so much fun and the vibes were crazy! It was amazing to be able to take my sound to so many huge arenas in the States.


Outside of your own music, what can fans expect soon from your recently revealed Found Frequencies imprint? 

We’ve just released remixes from of ‘Like I Love You’ but for me, it’s also important for us to help introduce new artists that are making music we think is really cool! We have new music from Pretty Pink, Jameson and Mordkey next month, get ready!

The Lost Frequencies catalogue is stuffed with vocal features – Who’re some artists on your wish-list to collaborate with next?

I would love to work with MØ, her voice sounds so fresh, different and exciting on every release.

What’s next in the evolution of the Lost Frequencies sound?

My recent remix for LSD’s (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) latest track I really enjoyed but I have already started working on new tracks – they may appear on my next album but nothing is set in stone yet, my calendar is super busy but new music is something that is definitely on my mind. You’ll be able to keep up to date on anything and everything across my social media!

Morgan Page and Swanky Tunes provide election-time relief with ‘Collusion’

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Morgan Page and Swanky Tunes provide election-time relief with ‘Collusion’Collusion Artwork

Political humor is not lost on American producer Morgan Page or Russian trio Swanky Tunes, whose newest collaboration is fittingly titled “Collusion.”

In Page’s words, “I’ve never met these Swanky Tunes characters or even produced a single note of music with them. Sad! I don’t know any Russians, I’ve never met with any Russians, no one I know has ever talked to any Russians. Great guys though – they do tremendous work!”

While the producers have tried and failed to find a definition for “covfefe,” their collaboration is out now via Armada Music. The track takes the best from each artist, combining Swanky Tunes’ energetic sound with Page’s melodic chords and smooth vocal sampling to create a track fitting for any main stage.

Le Youth infuses house into Morgan Page’s commercial release ‘Let You Go’

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Le Youth infuses house into Morgan Page’s commercial release ‘Let You Go’Le Youth Remi Let You Go

Morgan Page has continued his stream of hit releases on Armada with his newest single, “Let You Go,” a substantive new release featuring enthralling vocals and smooth melodies. Recently, Page sat down with Dancing Astronaut to discuss his new focus on collaborations and mentoring up and coming talent, which he notes will be displayed through upcoming collaborations and remixes. One of those remixes is out now, as LA-Based Le Youth has transformed the track into a house hit perfect for club play.

Le Youth adds a house backdrop to the track, layering in different instrumentals including upbeat piano chords, which add an interesting flair to the commercial original. Of Le Youth’s remix, Page says, “Le Youth really knocked this mix out of the park with a chill but radio-friendly mix that has beautiful late summer melancholy vibes. It preserves the integrity of the original, yet bumps up the tempo and tweaks the chord progression for some extra emotion and movement. I’m a big fan of Le Youth’s work, and excited to have him on board for this mix!”

Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano refuse to stay out of your head with reboot of hit track ‘You Are’

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Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano refuse to stay out of your head with reboot of hit track ‘You Are’Tomorrowland Armin Van Buuren 2018

Since an entire festival season of having “You Are” stuck in listener’s heads wasn’t long enough, Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are back with a subsequent follow up, “You Are Too.” The collaboration has proven to be a main stage mainstay while still managing to channel the deepest underground club vibes with an undeniably infectious rhythm.

“You Are Too” has the same effect upon the listener, but it adds in a commanding twist with a bass-forward framework. “You Are” skews stylistically towards Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s production style, and “You Are Too” arguably skews even further towards their sound. The track shows van Buuren’s continued commitment to expanding his sound and producing outside of the box when it comes to both genre and collaborators. The release is out now on Armada, and now its likely to remain in heavy rotation through the end of the year.

Loud Luxury return to Armada with infectious single, ‘Love No More’

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Loud Luxury return to Armada with infectious single, ‘Love No More’Loud Luury Love No More Armada

Loud Luxury keeps on cruising at high altitude with a ridiculously catchy new single, “Love No More,” via the mighty Armin Van Buuren‘s Armada imprint. The radio-ready track features perfectly in pocket vocals by Toronto based crooner, anders. “Love No More” is sure to continue the wave Loud Luxury made when they dropped their smash hit “Body” last fall. In the past year, the track has racked up hundred of millions of streams on Spotify alone. It remains to be seen if their latest release can match those numbers, but it’s got all the ingredients to make a similar run.

The groove sets in without a kick drum in sight, with a stuttering pluck melody pushing anders’ super smooth verse along. The chorus doubles as a build, with Loud Luxury’s trademark squelchy bass sounds powering the track forward. Savvy vocal chops and bombastic horn stabs complete a high-octane break. The short but sugary sweet single perfectly toes the line between club weapon and radio play.

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