Ultra Europe announces phase one lineup

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Ultra Music Festival has unveiled their phase one lineup ahead of the festivals European edition. The bill touts EDM heavy weights The Chainsmokers and Marshmello as two of the festival’s three headliners, with Eric Prydz occupying the third closing slot.

Other names atop the lineup include Ultra mainstays Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Axwell / Ingrosso, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Galantis, Hardwell and Steve Angello. In addition, techno stalwarts Carl Cox and Marco Carola will return to headline the festival’s new Resistance stage, which features some of techno’s most storied DJs.

The festival returns to the Poljud stadium in Split, Croatia on July 6-8.

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Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz among artists added to Tomorrowland 2018 line-up

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Crowned recently as the world’s most celebrated social media event, Tomorrowland is ramping up for it’s 14th iteration with a bevy of announcements this month. For this year’s duly themed edition, dubbed “The Story of Planaxis,” expect to see spectacle performances from headliners Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Axwell / Ingrosso, Netsky, RL Grime, and a fresh new face in REZZ, along with specially-curated stages from Carl CoxJamie Jones, Tiësto, and Pryda.

The illustrious global gathering is known for showcasing the top talent in dance music, and 2018 is shaping up to be no different with the announcement of Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Ben Nicky, Coone, KAYZO, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.

Tomorrowland returns to Boom, Belgium from July 20–July 22 for its first weekend, revisiting from July 27-July 29 for its second. Tickets and travel packages are still available here.

Full the full list of Tomorrowland 2018 artist additions:

Andhim

Alesso

Alison Wonderland

Ben Nicky

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Recondite (live)

Mark with a K

Eric Prydz

Coone

Jamie Jones

Martin Solveig

Richie Hawtin

KAYZO

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

Tale Of Us

Vini Vici

French Montana

Yellow Claw

1001Tracklists identifies 2017’s ‘top 101 producers’ in mammoth new list

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When it comes to a record of the most widely supported producers of today, 1001Tracklists offers a look through a retrospective lens, releasing its list of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” a little over a week into 2018.

The “world’s leading DJ tracklist database,” 1001Tracklists accounts for mixes, radio shows, and club and festival sets alike, maintaining a quantitative musical log that tracks the frequency with which a given producer’s works appear across tracklists. 1001Tracklists’ meticulous strategy to measuring producer prominence across mixes, radio shows, and sets results in a precisely ordered list sees Skrillex at the very peak of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” list, coming in at first place with a “Total Unique DJ Support” of 1,463. 1001 Tracklists’ “Total Unique DJ Support” represents the total number of times that a release crafted by the producer surfaced.

Don Diablo trailed Skrillex with a support of 1,198, followed by Axwell with 1,007, Diplo with 1,002, and Hardwell, rounding out the top five with 997. The broad list sees BROHUG, Tiesto, EDX, Eric Prydz, and more place within the top 20. The complete list of the most heavily supported producers of the previous year can be viewed here.

 

 

H/T: 1001Tracklists

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Eric Prydz releases EPIC episode 24 on Beats 1 Radio

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2017 was an epic year for the genre shapeshifter Eric Prydz. Capping off the year with three headlining performances at the storied Output club in Brooklyn, Prydz has continued to push the boundaries of progressive house and infiltrate the electronic music mainstream deeper than ever before.  Known to experiment with alter aliases — Cirez D, Pryda — Prydz announced the coming of his debut EP as the mysterious Tonja Holma alias back in November.

Beginning the new year in stride, Prydz has released the 24th episode of his EPIC Radio show via Beats 1. “As this year is coming to an end, I have been reflecting a lot over all the cool stuff that I’ve been doing this year. All the experiences I’ve had,” he says. The episode features a plethora of tracks, all honing in on the progressive sonic landscape Prydz has helped popularize.

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Dancing Astronaut’s top radio series of 2017 are…

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Dancing Astronaut’s top radio shows of 2017 are…

Words by: Christina Hernandez, Katie Daubert, and Kanvar Koli

Today’s electronic music scene is a blessing and a curse. Accessing music across all genres and subgenres has never been easier; same goes for making it. However, with such abundance comes saturation; where to even begin seeking out new music that speaks to the soul?

Such daunting task is thankfully made much easier thanks to radio shows, many of which are generously bestowed upon the public by DJs who go the extra mile to bring their sounds to the masses. These regular occurrences not only shine a glimpse into the artist themselves, but also provide a more concise stream of neatly-organized music to look forward to, and fall in love with.

Given the importance of such shows in the electronic sphere, Dancing Astronaut has chosen 10 radio shows, in no particular order,  that have particularly stood out in 2017.

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Radio Wonderland (Alison Wonderland)

Alison Wonderland’s refreshing radio show started quite recently, with the first installment of Wonderland’s radio imprint airing on May 1, 2017. Having already featured guests like Slander and Valentino Khan, Radio Wonderland has already established itself as a platform for quality music.

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Deadbeats Radio (Zeds Dead)

Deadbeats Radio was launched in summer of 2017, and has wasted no time in climbing to the top of ranks for its forward-thinking look on bass music and overall embodiment of the Zeds Dead aesthetic.

In addition to being a prime source for all things Deadbeats-related, the show also made waves with its nostalgia-ridden 17th episode, which featured a slew of tracks that inspired the influential and well-loved bass duo that we see today.

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The Birdhouse (Claude VonStroke)

Claude Vonstroke maintains his reputation as a dance pioneer with his weekly radio show: THE BIRDHOUSE. This year, the show provided an extension of Vonstroke’s carefully-curated musical output where he continues to showcase some of the finest and latest independent house, techno and bass music producers and DJs. Not only did the show celebrate its two year anniversary in the 105th episode with a live mix from the host himself, but also featured a delectable range of legendary and up-and-coming artists like Tensnake, Sacha Robotti, MIJA, Claptone, and more.

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Diplo & Friends

Diplo & Friends is easily one of the gold standards when it comes to radio shows. Even after half a decade, Diplo & Friends continues to impress, as it handed mix debuts to breakout stars Illenium and Ekali while also featuring some of Diplo’s best live sets— including his performance at Afrikaburn in South Africa.

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The Cookout

AM Only & Sirius XM joined forces in 2016 to create The Cookout as a way to showcase the next generation of dance music icons. Since then, the weekly show has become a fixture within the electronic scene for its impeccable selection of talent joining on for mix duties. This year witnessed another bountiful slate of caliber music, curated by the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Malaa, Giraffage, and Whethan, to name a *very* few. It’s safe to say that this podcast is a “must-follow.”

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Night Owl Radio (Insomniac)

Insomniac has stretched far beyond being simple promoters. The behemoth brand, ran by Pasquale Rotella, launched Night Owl Radio in 2015 alongside Sirius XM. It has since become a well-loved happenstance, known for its diversity in guest selection and consistency in quality. This tradition continued on relentlessly throughout the past year, inviting guests like Flosstradamus, Shiba San, and more, and also earning points for its Kaskade takeover.

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Radio One residency – deadmau5

Another radio show inaugurated in 2017, deadmau5’s BBC radio one residency has been nothing short of spectacular. The Canadian legend made full use of the platform available to him, helping to break through new Mau5trap talent, reviving his dormant testpilot alter-ego, and consistently delivering some memorable techno/progressive/electronica sets. Though the residency has come to an end, fans were delighted at deadmau5′ announcement that in 2018 he’d be launching a brand new show on his own podcast.

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Global Trance Grooves (John 00 Fleming)

John 00 Fleming’s Global Trance Grooves has become a stalwart in the underground trance scene throughout its decade-plus of existence, bringing the best and most underrated talent and songs into its fold each month.

What sets this series apart from others is Fleming’s unrelenting drive to remind the masses of trance’s true ethos, in a time where he feels it’s been diluted and mischaracterized. Everything under the sun is covered, from lush progressive, to Goa, to subtle hints of uplifting. Having amassed a powerful lineup of guest mixes over the past 12 months, including Hernan Cattaneo, Airwave, and Sean Tyas, 2017 has certainly been the year of Global Trance Grooves.

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EPIC Radio (Eric Prydz)

This year saw the return of EPIC Radio on Beats 1, curated by the renowned Swedish icon Eric Prydz. A seasoned vet in pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Eric Prydz keeps things interesting in his highly-acclaimed mixes by featuring a medley of exclusive tracks, unreleased bootlegs, and private remixes. Only a few months ago, he used his radio show as a platform to debut eight new IDs in the eighteenth episode of his Beats 1, EPIC Radio, inciting excitement from fans and heightening the anticipation of new music to come.

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Fool’s Gold Radio (A-Trak)

A-Trak‘s launched his Fool’s Gold Radio show six years ago, and has since stood as a revered platform of today’s biggest and brightest sounds in dance music – all curated by the famed turntablist himself. Earlier this year, the Fool’s Gold label celebrated its 10-year anniversary, followed by the producer’s return to the Beats 1 lineup on Apple Music with a brand new open format for his Fool’s Gold Radio show which now supports a rotation of news, interviews, and music from his label and music contemporaries.

What will Coachella’s EDM programming look like this year?

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What will Coachella’s EDM programming look like this year?

Coachella‘s status as a music festival has grown to become larger than life since its humble, European-inspired beginnings in 1999, and their yearly lineup is both a cultural statement regarding the current state of music and a presage to future trends.

The behemoth brand has always integrated electronic music into their programming, with artists like The Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, and even Daft Punk helping to shape its reputation as an audacious tastemaker when it comes to curation. Until Coachella, electronic music had a hard time making it across the pond — it certainly never occupied such prime real estate as desert fields filled with upwards of 60,000 attendees.

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Coachella’s longstanding relationship with EDM has been as mercurial as the multifaceted genre itself, with its programming interests shifting in conjunction with the tastes of festival attendees. 2010 saw Tiësto occupy a sub-headlining set, playing after Muse on the festival’s main stage. Swedish House Mafia’s seminal 2012 performance has become solidified as one of mainstream house’s defining moments as a genre. Calvin Harrisiconic set in 2016 marked the first year that an EDM artist has headlined Coachella, a precedent that has since shaped the festival’s programming ethos. Its most recent iteration saw the most electronic artist names in both the second line and undercard areas of its lineup in its entire history.

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So, what will EDM look like at Coachella 2018?

As always is the case, Coachella’s internal forums and sub-Reddits have been crawling with speculation around the lineup since the end of last year’s festival in April. However, 2018 has been more silent in terms of credible rumors than in recent years. 33 names on the 2017 bill were confirmed by this time in 2016, including all three headliners. This year, a mere 8 names are confirmed, with only Beyoncé confirmed as a headliner due to her unexpected cancellation.

The Chainsmokers‘ potential elevation to headliner status catalyzed a lot of buzz earlier in the year, for example, but these rumors have since been proven insubstantial at best. Such hypotheses beg the question: Who aside from Calvin Harris does have the EDM star power to headline a festival as large as Coachella? One could only name a few potential candidates, really: the new ‘it boy’ Marshmello, Daft Punk, Zedd, and maybe Major Lazer or Skrillex off of a new album.

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The Sahara Tent

Most of the Coachella’s EDM selection tends to be confined to one of North America’s most storied destinations for the genre: the Sahara Tent. Since the festival’s recent attendance expansion, it has gone to great lengths to increase the amount of space between stages, removing bottlenecks and increasing traffic flow. However, it failed to predict that the jump in attendance would largely be from those looking to quench their collective thirst for EDM.

Massive acts like DJ Snake & Martin Garrix were placed one after the other in 2017, rather than being scheduled in conjunction with one another to help ease crowding. The same was true of Sahara mainstays Dillon Francis and Steve Angello, both of which played there once more at peak hours.

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The likely reason for this lack of counter programming stems from the fact that fans pay a great deal of money to see as much of their music of choice as possible, so directly countering EDM with more EDM would likely upset Coachella’s core demographic. Still, the Sahara Tent is nearly uninhabitable after sundown, and fans can’t even break into the tent to catch their favorite sets if this scheduling methodology persists.

Coachella’s online forum users have pointed towards the prospect of the festival adding another gargantuan tent similar to the current Sahara Tent, which could showcase similar styles of music while lessening the bottleneck effect in the Sahara. A more plausible option, though, would be the expansion of the current Sahara Tent to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Regardless of how they tackle it, Goldenvoice must, and likely will address the overflow of wide-eyed festival goers flooding into the Sahara Tent in dangerous fashion.

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Second Liners

With so many dance titans occupying the second line of Coachella’s roster over the past couple years, its seems like the event has almost jumped the gun just a bit. Booking so many of EDMs hottest names means that there are now far less to look at for 2018, assuming there are no repeats — quite the conundrum indeed.

ODESZA appears to be one of Coachella fans’ most sought-after artists. Fresh off of a new album and accompanying tour, which saw them incorporate a drum line and other exciting elements into the mix, the seminal indie/pop electronica duo is likely going to claim one of Coachella’s top spots come Spring of next year. One could even go so far as to wager that they will fill the third name on the second line and occupy the same main stage sunset spot that Porter Robinson & Madeon occupied in 2017.

Since Kygo’s ascension to national stardom that essentially began in 2015, the Norwegian giant has garnered hundreds of millions of streams and has since gone on to popularize the “tropical house” sound and captured the attention of the masses. A key second line slot seems fitting for Kygo in 2018 — a step up from his 2015 booking — and the artist certainly has the clout to headline the festival’s second biggest stage: the Outdoor Theatre.

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Eric Prydz is another name that hasn’t played Coachella in years, and has since accrued a massive increase in popularity among the dance music community. With the release of Opus in and the debut of his new Epic 5.0 stage setup, Prydz is certainly a candidate for high placement on Coachella’s 2018 poster — there’s even a good chance he could occupy a similar after-dark set on the Outdoor theatre, à la Justice in 2017. Or, perhaps Prydz could headline the legendary Sahara Tent during a main stage set from The Chainsmokers.

One of trap music’s most elusive figures, RL Grime, has been on his headlining Nova tour for the last two months, which features groundbreaking visuals that are rarely seen in the trap world, or EDM world at large. The LA native, who has redefined trap music’s fundamental style, always ensures his sets are filled with a tangible verve. He could very well close out the Sahara Tent or perform second to last on Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre, especially if he releases an album in the foreseeable future.

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Finally, after their meteoric rise to mainstream recognition since Group Therapy, Above & Beyond is also primed to their long-awaited return to the Polo Fields — maybe for 2018 after the release of their Common Ground album. The trio is known for filling their sets with tear-inducing moments aided by sentimental visuals, and like RL Grime, would make for perfect counter programming in the Sahara Tent or placement at the Outdoor Theatre.

GRiZ has never performed at Coachella and, fresh off of the release of his newest album Good Will Prevail, the Michigan DJ and saxophone master is definitely evolving into an excellent booking choice. With live, instrumental-centric sets that are full of insurmountable energy, it’s only fitting that GRiZ occupies a coveted slot on the lineup. GRiZ seems to be on the cusp of second liners — he may be closer to filling a high spot on the third line — regardless, he might make his debut at the 2018 iteration.

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Yuma Yuma Yuma

As Coachella’s electronic programming progressed through the years, organizers soon felt a need to incorporate a tent that captured the essence of the underground dance niche. Thus, the Yuma Tent was birthed in 2013. The stage’s indoor setup features awe-inspiring lighting schemes, air conditioning, a giant disco ball, and even giant beds that sore feet can head to rest and soak in the sounds of top underground talent.

In years past, the Yuma Tent has featured such legendary acts as J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream, and Seth Troxler), Richie Hawtin, The Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson), Bicep, and Ben Klock, to name just a few.

So who will DJ in the legendary tent this year? Our bets are on the return of artists like those that comprise J.E.S.u.S. Others that are due for a return include Maceo Plex, Carl Craig, and Dubfire.

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Coachella’s Yuma tent selections continue to break ground within the electronic side of the festival sphere, but it will need to expand upon its current scheduling methodology in order to keep up with the growing factions that divide ‘popular’ underground leaders — like Hot Since 82, Solomun, and The Martinez Brothers — and their lesser-known counterparts.

Will bookers finally decide to pay homage to such pivotal acts as Len Faki, Amelie Lens, Rødhåd, Detroit Swindle, and The Black Madonna? The aforementioned underground acts have not typically made the cut in recent years; whether this is due to them not receiving an offer, or simply not wishing to play a mainstream festival like Coachella, is entirely unknown.

One thing that is for certain is that they would do well to expand their horizons in terms of the styles of techno and house they book, given the apparent lack of diversity in the Yuma Tent’s recent years. Ultimately, the stage is still defining its identity after only half a decade of existence, so who knows what it will have in store come April 2018.

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Undercard Hopes

Coachella’s most consistent aspect is its stellar undercard, and electronic music within this area of its roster continues to act as an integral force in its success. Acts like Nicolas Jaar, Tycho, Galantis, Kaytranada, Jai Wolf, and Four Tet all occupied its undercard last year. When one considers that even some of electronic music’s most established and hottest acts didn’t even make the second line, the festival’s depth becomes entirely apparent.

This year’s bill has the potential to showcase an array of tantalizing dance music up-and-comers. Some acts we predict will appear on the 2018 undercard include Virtual Self (Porter Robinson’s alter alias), Ekali, Big Wild, Gorgon City, Malaa, and Oliver, to name a few.

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A Cultural Phenomenon

Coachella holds strong in the festival sphere of influence, continually expanding its attendance rates and selling out each year thanks to bookings like Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, and more.

The festival is a glaring manifestation music’s current state and where its headed: this is especially true for its electronic programming, in which its talent buyers are faced with a more arduous task than ever to remain cutting-edge for the upcoming rendition.

Coachella’s upcoming lineup is most definitely going to be incredible no matter what, and we’re excited to see who makes the cut.

TBT: A video of Eric Prydz throwing his drink at Axwell from 2008 has resurfaced

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A video has resurfaced to Reddit showing Eric Prydz throwing multiple drinks at Axwell at an after party for the Swedish Grammy Awards.

The video, which dates back to 2008, depicts a reportedly intoxicated Axwell fumbling a transition while behind the decks, to which Prydz seems to take great offense as the progressive house maestro proceeds to throw champagne and beer at Axwell.

Sebastian Ingrosso manages to save the transition but a small verbal interaction takes place between Axwell and Prydz, with Axwell tussling Prydz signature black beanie.

Screwing up a DJ transition may not be a federal offense, but it certainly would be if Eric Prydz were writing legislation. The sentence? Three glasses of bubbly straight to the face.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 18

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


We’re kicking things off this week with a chilled-out track from Gill Chang and Rahn Harper. “By Your Side” features a catchy, simple trumpet melody that serves as a perfect backdrop for Harper’s emotive vocals. With a noninvasive trap beat in the background, they’ve crafted a beautifully mellow journey that will fit in perfectly with any “chill out” type playlist.


I first heard Icehunt‘s music when he released the wonderfully glitchy “Paint the Sky” a few months ago. His next release following that is a melodic masterpiece: a remix of KDrew‘s “Back To You.” Upon first listen, it flows along smoothly with vibrant synths and playful vocal chops. About halfway through, Icehunt changes gears completely and flips his remix into a fast-paced drum & bass revival, giving it an extra touch of ferocity that sets it apart from other remixes of the track.


In those first few bars, the nostalgia hits like a brick wall. It’s been more than a decade, but Eric Prydz‘s iconic 2004 “Call On Me” is a classic that still gets nightclubs full of people shouting those three words at the top of their lungs (I know this because I’m one of them). “Call On Me” is one of the first dance music tracks I remember listening to on repeat, never tiring of its simple vocals and timeless house beat. When I saw Crystalize had remixed it just a few days ago, I braced myself. He’s been gutsy enough to remix some truly iconic tracks and has done them all justice — this one included. He’s put a bass-heavy, future bass-like spin on the track and even incorporated some saxophone riffs. It’s just plain awesome.


Grandtheft and vocalist MAX are the perfect combination. With the incorporation of a variety of genres, “Square One” effortlessly appeals to listeners of all realms of dance music. Heavy bass and a trap beat in the chorus flow seamlessly into vocal-centered verses from MAX, bridging gaps between pop, future bass and even R&B. It’s been stuck in my head since its release on Dec. 5, and I find something new I like about it with each listen.


Xan Griffin continues his stellar zodiac series with his latest, “Sagittarius,” featuring the vocals of Alexa Lusader. Lusader’s serene voice lends itself impeccably to the ethereal soundscape of the track, making it one of the best in the series. Xan Griffin is a master at building dramatic, cinematic journeys with his music, and “Sagittarius” just demonstrates he’s been able to fine-tune his sound even more as this series has progressed.


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Eric Prydz – Call On Me (Crystalize Remix)

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Remixing a hit single can be a daunting task, even more so when the track in question is as legendary as Eric Prydz‘s 2004 house classic, “Call On Me.”  The most recent producer to take on such a formidable project is Crystalize, a talented producer who is no stranger to remixing big names, having already remixed the likes of SkrillexJauz, and Ookay in the past.

The refreshing track starts off with a euphoric intro that slowly builds up into an extremely intricate soundscape, before giving way to an emotive, future-bass inspired drop. Driven by polished production and a healthy dose of nostalgia, there is no denying the fact that Crystalize has indeed done justice to a truly iconic track.

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Eric Prydz’s highly anticipated Pryda track ‘Stay With Me’ has arrived

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Eric Prydz‘s “Psytrance ID” — officially known as the Pryda track “Stay With Me” — has been played out at a multitude of festivals, garnered plentiful YouTube rips, and airwave streams. At last, Prydz has officially released the nearly six-minute uplifting progressive house amalgamation for his fans to enjoy.

And although the number has already made its circulations around the airwaves, it’s an exciting time to follow the maestro’s plentiful releases under his various aliases, nonetheless.

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