Wolfgang Gartner and JayKode release a haunting hybrid, ‘The Upside Down’

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Wolfgang Gartner has been back on the grind recently, releasing a series of electro house heat. His newest project with JayKode, “The Upside Down,” is a nod to Netflix‘s Stranger Things series not only in the title and branding, but also in sound. Gartner is known for his haunting ambiance with menacing, complextro glitches, and “The Upside Down” is no different — at the beginning. The second half takes a destructive turn, thanks to the trap stylings of JayKode. At this moment, the beat gets half-timed for some slowed down trapstep mayhem.

Since releasing his second studio album in 2016, 10 Ways to Steal Home Plate, Gartner has been collaborating with younger artists such as Aero Chord and K?d. The complextro legend is changing with the times while still keeping true to his signature sonic profile.

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Mord Fustang releases electro house original, ‘VRES’

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Hailing from Estonia, producer sensation Mord Fustang has released a bruising electro house original titled “VRES.” The track begins with echoes of reverberating undertones and minimalist beats. As it slowly builds, a prominent medley of energetic waves of bass layered on top of a steady-flowing kick spills into an overwhelming climax of sounds. Mord Fustang is known for his infectious deep, electro house style that features uplifting melodies and hard-hitting rhythms with intricate technique. With his first release of 2018, “VRES” will undoubtedly captivate house heads from all over the world.

Palms Trax makes rousing Essential Mix debut

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Cheekily dubbed as the west country-born, Berlin-based underground star by BBC‘s Pete Tong, Palms Trax has finally made his debut in the Essential Mix DJ booth.

Real name Jay Donaldson, Palms Trax’ ubiquity in the dance world is becoming increasingly deserved as time carries on. He has bold sonic inclinations and an unabashed M.O. where he moves between genres and decades with ease — rare for someone as young as he. Despite being just 26-years-old, Donaldson’s encyclopedic musical expertise has situated him as an artist who’s talented beyond his years, if one were to see age as but a limit on such a thing.

Donaldson’s Essential Mix is steeped in a resplendent arrangement of classic dance tracks, from Angela’s 1984 “I Gotta Little Love,” to hidden gem house tracks from World Building records’ “Paraíso ’89” by Azura. His splicing of Azura’s track alone is a testament to his adroit crate digging, especially considering that Azura’s breezy Balearic business was extremely short-lived in the Italian house realm, she’s an act who’s slipped through the cracks for most.

Palms Trax has expressed he’ll be working on material for Dekmantel throughout the beginning of the new year and after listening to his deliverance of just the second Essential Mix of 2018, just following Carl Cox, one can only hope to see big things from Donaldson in the new year.

Listen to Palms Trax’s Essential Mix here

 

Photo credit: Camille Baker

Tracklist:

Guillaume Teyssier- Vortex Disco (Murray Lake Remix)
Lord of The Isles- Geek Chic (Kuniyuki’s Journey Remix)
Toulouse Low Trax- Second Trip
JC Project- Andromedia
Nicole Willis- Heed The Sign (Jimi Tenor Remix)
Plus Instruments- Love Is Enough (Jamie Paton Remix)
Angela- I Gotta Little Love
Tony Moore DJ- Tonight
Salentino- You’l Be In Paradise (Instrumental)
Lemonade-Dancer On The Shore (Jex Opolis Dub)
Collins- Autophobia
Mario Moretti- In Love With Nebula
Passarini- Wonky Wonky Wonky
Uabos- Mystic Force
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft- Brothers (Mix Gabi)
Lipelis- Children Song
Colm III- Take Me High (Mansion Mix)
Virginia- Blue Pyramid (Khidja Remix)
Azura- Paraiso ’89
The True Underground Sound of Rome- Sonic Crystals
Mr Raoul K- Africa (12″ Version)
Ess O Ess- Cantillate (Chida Remix)
Pussycat- Le Chat
Lucy Montenegro- Lucy In The Sky
The R- Higher
Jeff Mills- Imagine
DJ Normal 4- Purity 0%
Thursday Club- Westway
Bushwhacka!- 4 Da Night
Jackson Changura- Niyekele
Bob Holroyd- African Drug (Rhino Mix)
Lars Bartkuhn- Elysium
Nu Era- Octahedron
Shokazulu- Part 4
Brown Sugar- I’m Going Through Changes Now
Philip Balou- Ain’t Nothing Like The Love

 

 

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Martin Garrix drops off sweeping ‘So Far Away’ remix EP

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Martin Garrix and David Guetta’s collaboration “So Far Away” has deservingly received its very own six-track remix pack. When the single dropped Dec. 1, it received split reviews, as Garrix’s music has long been divisive in the EDM community. Surely, though, if listeners hadn’t enjoyed the original they were sure to enjoy the plethora of alternatives it would soon spawn. Now, the Jamie Scott and Romy Dya-led hit has done just that.

Garrix has gathered six remixes of “So Far Way,” ranging in sounds. With an amped future bass take by Blinders, a more big room, future house take by Nicky Romero and a deep house dive by way of BLR, Garrix suggests that the track’s true grandeur is its ability to shine in a wide variety of interpretations.

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Aaro – Indestructible

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Up and coming Finnish wunderkind Aaro is showing early promise with a new original release landing via European electro imprint Tasty. “Indestructible” takes evident influence from early works by Porter Robinson and Madeon and gives them a contemporary spin with the same keen, methodical production approach. The young beatmaker has clear potential, and his battering new setlist jump starter “Indestructible” undoubtedly shows off firmly planted roots in intricately designed complextro house.

Gritty and distorted while altogether melodic and anthemic, Aaro’s delivers a high octane burst of energy that, half a decade ago would have been punishing sprawling festival crowds. Complextro house is waiting for it’s new champion, and fresh, emerging talent like Aaro have the potential to repopularize the genre in a few short years.

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