Armin van Buuren and W&W continue to provide fans with larger-than-life sounds on their latest collaboration, “Ready to Rave.” The track comes after W&W’s “Rave Culture” single, which was released earlier this year. Only the most observant fans would have noticed Armin van Buuren make a cameo in the track’s official music video. W&W and the Armada head have release the “Ready to Rave” music video in tandem with the track release, and the video’s futuristic thematic follows the lead of “Rave Culture”.
“Ready to Rave” transports the listener to the craziest of raves with its intense psy-trance notes and stomp-ready tempo. Van Buuren spoke about working on the track alongside W&W, praising the duo’s continued growth.
“It’s been such a pleasure to see W&W turn from two young, talented boys into one of the most successful dance music duos of our time. Each time we decide to collaborate, we hit it off instantly and get some amazing results in the studio, just like we did now with ‘Ready To Rave.’”
In the track’s music video, a secretive mission occurs in a futuristic world. Van Buuren proves he’d be a worthy James Bond candidate as he gains access to a back room in a packed warehouse as the ultimate party ensues.
It’s a particularly opportune time to be an Armin van Buuren fan, as the electronic mainstay exhibits the continuous nature of his release momentum with yet another polished production. The ASOT 900 theme, “Lifting You Higher,” follows van Buuren’s recent collaboration with Sam Martin, “Wild Wild Son.” Van Buuren notably followed “Wild Wild Son’s” formal debut with a club version of the track just a little over a week after the joint project became available on all streaming platforms. Although trance has been — and remains — van Buuren’s wheelhouse, the genre pioneer has increasingly devoted his in studio attentions to more commercial and progressive forays, like the Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano heater, “You Are.”
As van Buuren expands his catalog and simultaneously explores and exemplifies his versatility with each successive release that departs from traditional trance constructions, it’s evident that the musical maven’s experimentation with different sounds is not a complete departure from the foundation of his electronic roots. The classic trance synths and soaring melodies of “Lifting You Higher” are evocative of an Armin that is both warm and familiar to longtime fans, the trance visionary who consistently translates sentiment into sound.
We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Armin van Buuren has dedicated the past few years to musical experimentation, shifting away from trance-focused releases to put out an array of commercial and progressive tracks. This has broadened his reach and impact as a producer, while also showcasing the diversity of what he’s able to create. The experimentation is not over, as is showcased by newest song “Wild Wild Son,” which sounds unlike anything van Buuren has put out before.
The emotive track could find a home during a melancholy movie scene thanks to Sam Martin‘s heartfelt vocals. The Dutch producer spoke on the track in an official release, saying, “Many people ask me what songs of mine I’m most proud of. All tracks are my babies, but some tracks I just have more of a connection with, simply because of the time I spent on it or the emotion attached to it. In this case, ‘Wild Wild Son’ is about Sam Martin’s (then unborn) son. I fell so much in love with the song because I recognize the love I feel for my own son. I also really went the extra mile with the production, recording real drums (Koen) and real strings. It was almost a year in the making. It’s a little different from my previous work and a big step for me personally.”
While all of van Buuren’s releases have their own unique flair, it’s easy to imagine the exceptional amount of care and work that went into “Wild Wild Son” upon the first listen. The track is out now via Armada Music.
The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.
The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.
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.
The electronic world’s most celebrated music festival, Ultra, rang in the fifth anniversary of its Japanese installment last weekend, September 15-17 at its brand new home in Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park.
The wildly attended Ultra Japan stands as testament to the EDM phenomenon’s sweeping, worldwide presence. Standout performances from the weekend include that of Oliver Heldens, Armin van Buuren, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso: all repeat Ultra offenders. Ultra Worldwide’s ubiquitous presence extends to 25 different countries, across several continents. Due to its ever-increasing popularity, the event has stretched from its two-day beginnings, into a full-fledged three-day soiree.
Tomorrowland releases the initial headliners for the festival’s debut winter edition. Tomorrowland Winter was first announced in March, and the headliners consist of the usual suspects plus a couple surprises.
At an altitude of over 2000 meters, festival stages will be built in the Alpe d’Huez, one of the highest rated ski resorts in Europe. Tickets available will include amenities such as lodging, skiing passes, and a week to remember as the biggest EDM music festival in the world launches the new winter offshoot.
Fans are able to pre-register for tickets at the Tomorrowland Winter website. Seven day packages go on sale Saturday, September 8 at 11am EST. Four day packages go on sale Saturday, September 15 at 11am EST.
Van Buuren continues his prolific career, as his residency in Ibiza ends September 19. His summer hit “Blah Blah Blah” has reached close to 80 million views on YouTube, and he recently released a remix pack for the heater.
Cygnus X – Superstring (Rank 1 Remix)
The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia
Binary Finary – 1998 (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
Mark Sherry meets Space Frog & Derb ft. The Grim Reaper – Follow Me (Psyburst Mix)
Planet Perfecto Knights – ResuRection (Paul Oakenfold Full On Fluoro Remix)
Ayla – Ayla (Ben Nicky & Luke Bond Remix)
Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab – Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix)
Paul van Dyk ft. Vega 4 – Time Of Our Lives
Push – Universal Nation (Ørjan Nilsen Remix)
Lost Tribe – Gamemaster (Lightform Reborn Mix)
M.I.K.E. pres.Push – Strange World
Veracocha – Carte Blanche
Underworld – Born Slippy (Jorn Van Deynhoven Rework)
Perry O’Neil – Wave Force (South Of The Stars Remix)
The Killers vs. Exis – Brightside Survival (STANDERWICK Mashup)
Ultra Shock – The Sound Of E (Jorn Van Deynhoven Remix)
Armin van Buuren & Shapov – Our Origin
Warrior – Warrior (Luke Bond Vocal Mix)
Luke Bond vs. Loud Luxury ft. Brando vs. Exis – U vs. Body vs. The Count (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Armin van Buuren – Communication (David Gravell Remix)
Armin van Buuren & Vini Vici & ALOK ft. Zafrir – United
Dash Berlin ft. Bo Bruce – Coming Home (STANDERWICK Remix)
Armin van Buuren ft. James Newman – Therapy (Super8 & Tab Remix)
Ran-D vs. Scot Project vs. Allen Watts – Zombie vs. D (Don’t Go) vs. Flashback (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Avao vs. Armin Van Buuren & Andrew Rayel vs. Cosmic Gate – Activate vs. EIFORYA vs. Exploration Of Space (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Sunset Bros & Mark McCabe ft. Angela McCluskey – I’m Feeling It (In The Air) (MaRLo Remix)
Armin van Buuren pres.Rising Star ft. Fiora – Just As You Are
Heatbeat – Stadium Arcadium
First State & Shinovi vs. Armin van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie & W&W vs. Chris Schweizer – Children Of The Masai vs. This Is What It Feels Like vs. Ascension (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Armin van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah
Militia vs. W&W & Vini Vici vs. Armin van Buuren ft. Hilight Tribe vs. Wildstylez – Take Me There vs. Chakra vs. Great Spirit (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
New York-based producer HARBER has been climbing through the ranks, remixing hit tracks such as “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers and “Don’t Call” by Lost Kings. Now, HARBER — real name, Harry Berman, is starting to show the depths of his production capabilities in releasing his latest original single “Me And My Friends” featuring Angel Taylor. Taylor’s also made a strong name for herself in dance music, with a rap sheet of marquee vocal features alongside Armin Van Buuren, Tritonal, Arty, and more.
Released on PRMD music, HARBER gives the track an uptempo start with light snares and melodic synths, building into a stomping moombahton break, containing looped vocal pitches, precisely layered percussion, and a unique, club floor-ready bass line. The track is an infectious hip-swinger that sounds like it was cropped out of the early Major Lazer canon. Look out for HARBER, something about this new track suggests there’s a lot more like this up his sleeve.