For a landmark festival with influence as ubiquitous as Tomorrowland, its 15th anniversary inevitably brought an equally remarkable number of commemorations—from a special 60-piece “Symphony of Unity” opening performance to a revitalized “Book of Wisdom” main stage to Eric Prydz‘s Holosphere debut. With the milestone celebration also came the myriad of diverse talent; whether mainstream or underground, icons or rising acts, artists across all corners of the electronic music world showed their faces at Tomorrowland including Laidback Luke‘s 70-year old alter-ego.
Laidback Luke revealed on social media that he secretly played twice at the Belgium festival—once as himself and once under the guise of an old man. The Dutch producer worked in collaboration with Tomorrowland to undergo a full transformation complete with hair, makeup, and special effects in order to play the part. As the oldie, Laidback Luke proceeded to take over the decks at Tomorrowland’s smallest stage, the legendary Rave Cave. Check out the behind-the-scenes process below.
Tomorrowland Weekend Two was nothing short of remarkable, closing out their 2019 installment with some ground-breaking highlights. Attendees saw a revamp of the 2012 Book Of Wisdom theme on the main stage, trance-god Armin van Buuren performed two sets on two different stages, including his 15-year tributary performance, Nicky Romero honored his longtime friend, Avicii, and more.
For those who weren’t able to experience the event’s 15th anniversary, Dancing Astronaut has compiled some of the key performances throughout the second weekend’s entirety, including sets from DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Martin Solveig, and Laidback Luke. Stream the full live sets below and check out the Weekend One recap here.
Avicii‘s first posthumous release, “SOS” saw featured vocalist, Aloe Blacc, lend his signature vocal tone to an Avicii production once again. The preceding Blacc-assisted anthem, “Wake Me Up,” and the comparatively more current “SOS” each explored themes of optimism and possibility through honest, bare-faced vocals, passionately delivered by Blacc. The undergirding drum work heard on “SOS,” accompanied by steadily climbing, plunky synths, creates an instrumental flair complementary not only to the single’s melody, but to Blacc’s vulnerably weighty contributions. “SOS” surfaced as a poignant reminder of Avicii’s inextricable talent, and now, fellow producer and longtime scene staple, Laidback Luke, has offered a tasteful take of the recent release.
Whereas Avicii’s original unfurls at an unhurried pace well-suited for radio play, Luke’s remix is perceptibly more festival oriented, in both its use of an accelerated bpm and emphasis on high-powered drops that would be of undeniable potency in a large-scale, outdoor setting. Luke drives the song’s distinguishing chords upwards, to sculpt progressive ascents that emanate an unbridled electronic energy.
With the original version of “Lambo” incorporating gritty house and bass beats, Laidback Luke has taken the track to a new place of experimentation. As the Dutch artist has a history in making a range of music across the house spectrum, he’s returned to a harder sound on his work here to move from his glory days in electro into the current world of bass music. His experience and versatility shine through on a high energy version of “Lambo” that is short – clocking in at only 1 minute 55 seconds – but certainly sweet. LBL leaves us with a clear understanding of what building talent over a lifetime in dance music can get an artist.
This comes alongside a deeper, jackin’ house remix from rising star Taiki Nuilight.
Dutch electro pioneer Laidback Luke has released a collaborative new single, “Milkshake (Better Than Yours).” On the track, he’s reunited with a duo with whom his history goes back years, Shermanologyand rising Costa Rican producer Ale Mora.
“Milkshake (Better Than Yours)” goes after the ubiquitous 2003 Kelis hit, but with Shermanology employing their “Blessed” and “Can’t Stop Me” certified vocals but in a new, refreshing way. The track has an inviting, classic house beat and showcases Luke’s archival knowledge of electro is something to be reckoned with as he sets off piercing synths hat could easily be messy and overbearing, though in Laidback’s hands are executed flawlessly.
“Milkshake (Better Than Yours)” is out now via Mixmash Records.
The news of Avicii‘s shocking death at age 28 continues to reverberate throughout the electronic music community. The superstar’s tragic passing left the entire music world reeling.
SiriusXM BPM quickly shifted their programming to celebrate Avicii’s incredible career, playing his tracks and taking calls from fans and fellow producers alike. Below are reactions from Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Laidback Luke to Avicii’s stunning demise far too soon.
The Steve Aoki electronic music fans initially became enamored with is back thanks to his new project 5OKI. The project consists of five collaborations with accompanying music videos that go back to the producer’s electro and big room house roots. The five singles will be dropped over five consecutive weeks on Dim Mak.
“It’s Time” is the third single from Aoki’s 5OKI campaign, and this collaboration with Laidback Luke gives electronic music fans a lot to like. The accompanying music video features UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, who shouts his “It’s Time” rally call, which he is known for in the fighting community. The video features both producers preparing for a big fight, with Aoki being trained by iconic UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, and Laidback Luke showing off his (real life) Kung Fu skills.
Dim Mak’s fashion label made its New York Fashion Week debut in February. The brand showcased a series of looks in its high-end men’s streetwear line, in what would exemplify Dim Mak’s versatility. Just as the models sporting the carefully styled ensembles reconvene on the runway together at a fashion show’s end for one final, exhibitory strut, the Steve Aoki-spearheaded label performs a similar move in its Greatest Hits 2017 compilation, collecting 23 standout tracks for one final stride across 2017’s musical ‘runway.’
Tailored with genre diversity in mind, the sonic design of “Greatest Hits 2017” spans a myriad of different sounds, ranging from mellow future bass bops to high energy trap slammers. Boasting releases from label heavyweights Keys N Krates, BROHUG, Laidback Luke, Henry Fong, and more, “Greatest Hits 2017” is a dynamic reflection of Dim Mak’s 2017 movement.
Dim Mak Greatest Hits 2017: Originals Tracklist 1. Prince Fox “Just Call (feat. Bella Thorne)” 2. Sam F “Limitless (feat. Sophie Rose)” 3. Keys N Krates & KRANE “Right Here” 4. QUIX “Riot Call (feat. Nevve)” 5. BROHUG “Droppers” 6. Borgeous & MORTEN “Hold Up” 7. MAKJ & Max Styler “Knock Me Down (feat. Elayna Boynton)” 8. Laidback Luke & Made In June “Paradise (feat. Bright Lights)” 9. Garmiani “Shine Good (feat. Julimar Santos)” 10. Rain Man & MAX “Do You Still Feel?” 11. KRANE “Nobody But You” 12. Boehm “Outside of the Lines (feat. Laurell)” 13. Viceroy “Improvise (feat.Tom Aspaul)” 14. Not Your Dope “Indestructible (feat. MAX)” 15. Dirtyphonics “Boombox” 16. Riot Ten “Rail Breaker (feat. Rico Act)” 17. Paris Blohm “When The Lights Go Out (feat. LINNEY)” 18. Marnik & Miami Blue “Matador (feat. Marano)” 19. Matroda “BO$$” 20. Henry Fong “Young Hearts (feat. Nyla & Stylo G)” 21. Noise Cans “Standing (feat. ASTR)” 22. Stooki Sound “Burbs (feat. Bok Nero)” 23. Max Styler “Secrets (feat. CXLOE)”