Since the major success of “Reboot,” in 2011, Ozcan’s slung out hits that have been played out all over the world. With massive tracks like “Raise Your Hands,” “Smash,” “Superwave,” and “The Hum,” featuring Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, it’s no surprise that Ozcan’s become a coveted act on the international festival circuit.
In 2017, he dropped off four effervescent singles on Spinnin’ Records. Now, following in the footsteps of his annual “Final Bang” year mixes, Ozcan’s delivered a tantalizing testament to Spinnin’ Records’ last year in review. Ozcan’s mix embeds tracks like “The Next Episode” and “Sweet Dreams,” making for an enthralling array of music that points to how much higher Ozcan will likely ascend in the time to come.
1 Ummet Ozcan x Lucas & Steve – Higher
2 Ummet Ozcan – Bombjack
3 Outhere Brothers vs Chocolate Puma & Moksi – Boom Boom Hippo (Ozcan SmashUp)
4 Don Diablo vs Jax Jones – You don’t Switch (Ozcan SmashUp)
5 Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
6 Kernkraft 400 vs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Zombie Like This (Ozcan SmashUp)
7 Ed Sheeran vs Wiwek – Shape Of Rebels (Ozcan SmashUp)
8 Alesso vs Dirty Ducks – Falling Loax (Ozcan SmashUp)
9 Cygnus X – Superstring (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
10 Jordan & Baker – Explode (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
11 Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
12 Ummet Ozcan – ID
13 Axwell & Ingrosso – More Than YOu Know (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
14 Ummet Ozcan – ID
15 Ummet Ozcan x Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – ID
16 Bassjackers vs D’Angello & Francis – All Aboard (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Edit)
17 Ummet Ozcan – Om Telolet Om
18 Micheal Jackson – Smooth Criminal (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
19 Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
20 Ummet Ozcan x Marcel Woods x Sander Van Doorn – Neon Advanced (Ozcan SmashUp)
21 Ummet Ozcan x Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Narcotic
22 Ummet Ozcan – ID
23 Armin Van Buuren – Dominator
24 Modo – Polizei (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
25 Armin Van Buuren & Vini Vici x Heatbeat – Mechanic Tribe (Ozcan SmashUp)
26 Hans Zimmer vs Aquatica – Psy Pirates (Ozcan SmashUp)
27 W&W vs Vini Vici – Chakra
28 Ummet Ozcan vs Tove Lo vs WaveDash – High Showdown (Ozcan SmashUp)
29 D-Block & S-te-Fan – By Myself
Desert Hearts has grown far past its roots of an intimate gathering in the Mojave, becoming one of the most beloved transformational festival brands on the market. Its inclusive mantra of “we are all Desert Hearts” oozes out of each of its founders and into its loving crowds, leaving a cult-like following behind in the wake of each event.
The creators of Desert Hearts certainly know how to throw a party as well. Each crew member brings a different, yet infectious flavor of music to the table, from Marbs’ dark, tribal grooves, to Deep Jesus’ blissful sunrise affairs.
Mikey Lion has graced Dancing Astronaut with his own celebratory concoction ahead of the New Year, providing an exclusive playlist packed to the brim with tech anthems that will help listeners jive into 2018.
Mikey Lion will be taking over The Midway in San Francisco alongside Sacha Robotti for the New Year. Purchase last-minute tickets here.
Feature Photo Credit: Galen Oakes
There is perhaps no better time to be a Northeast resident than right now.
Taking on the role of electronic dance music’s very own Santa Claus this year, Eric Prydz is gifting fans in Toronto, New York, and DC with a series of shows at the tail end of December that will not only close out the month, but will also take Prydz and his listeners into the new year.
Prydz shared the dates and locations of the bookings today, which show Prydz kicking off the first of five consecutive performances at Brooklyn’s Output nightclub on December 28th. Prydz will then make his way to Toronto for a December 29th performance, later heading back to Brooklyn for a December 30th and January 1st New Year’s Day appearance.
Some simply watch the ball drop, others watch it descend in sync with a beat drop. Echostage attendees on New Year’s Eve on December 31st will ring in the new year with the latter as Prydz takes over Washington, DC to usher in 2018.
Tickets to the shows will go on sale on Friday at 10 AM ET, an affair sure to be short lived, with Prydz tickets never lingering long in stock once made available to the public.
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Early on Sunday afternoon, January 1, much of Los Angeles just was waking up from the stupor brought about by extravagant New Year’s Eve parties that stretched into morning. It was cold and blustery outside, ideal weather for staying in and nursing hangovers on the couch. The morning struggle cast upon the city did little, however, to stop the hundreds of people piling into Chinatown’s Gin Ling Way, where festivities were still considerably far from over. These dedicated revelers found strength in their determination to start their New Year in the most blissful way possible: dreaming (and dancing) all day with Lee Burridge.
All Day I Dream has become somewhat of a fixture in the Los Angeles party landscape for New Year’s weekend in recent years. The brand first touched down in the city during the summer of 2012, then returned half a year later to welcome 2013 at the Egyptian Theatre, kicking off an annual tradition. Festival figurehead Lee Burridge’s penchant for organizing parties that fostere open energy and interconnectedness has swiftly grown into a strongly-knit community, allowing the event to grow in popularity to the point of expanding into a larger venue for its latest edition.
The party’s new location proved an equally adept host to the All Day I Dream essence as the Egyptian Theatre had been. Gin Ling’s open-air setup played well into the breezy nature of the event, while shops boasting an array of multicolored and ornate items complimented the already vibrant decor. Though temperatures just barely breached 60 degrees at the hottest part of the day, the cold weather and crisp breeze ended up being a highlight of the day. Guests didn’t hesitate to wear their most outlandish fur coats and snappy blazers, bringing an extra entertainment element to the party. As the sun sank into the sky, further intimacy ensued as people had no issue huddling together in front of the stage to dance.
As always, the soundtrack for all nine hours of the gathering was superb. The fact that only three acts were booked for the nine hour affair meant that each performer earned a proper extended set time, and thus an opportunity to tell a proper story through their sets. New York’s Hoj opened up the party, treating early guests to a mixture of mellow, sensual tunes that guided them smoothly through the afternoon. Lush, ethnocentric percussion formed a rhythmic base to Hoj’s music as he played around with a spectrum of emotive melodies, ranging from euphoric to melancholic. His polished mixing abilities made his set even easier to digest, allowing the swiftly growing crowd to ease out of their post-NYE haze and back into celebration mode.
By 4pm, it was time for Lee Burridge to take the stage. Though he’d hardly slept at all since ringing in 2017 in New York City, the All Day I Dream cofounder looked chipper as ever as he cruised into the venue sporting a silly outfit and Ewok backpack. A specialist in putting together mystical sets at twilight hours, Burridge commanded eager anticipation among the gathering regarding what kind of music he’d choose to welcome the first sunset of 2017. He commenced on a graceful note, riding off what Hoj had begun and gradually adding intensity into the mix as darkness began tickling the sky. By nightfall, Burridge ventured into a deeper, darker realm of house and techno, selecting an assortment of edgy cuts that unleashed a wild energy into the crowd. His beguiling energy was infectious, inspiring his audience to lose themselves in the music in an ecstatic state.
Russian powerhouses Gorje Hewek & Izhevski took over for closing out evening, taking the the party in their own direction with a delectable blend of highly melodic and vocal cuts. The duo crafted an ideal nighttime set, maintaining an enduring pace with fluid bass lines, accented by diverse and ethereal instrumentation which progressed through bittersweet soundscapes and soaring breakdowns. Hewek & Izhevski’s artful arrangement of tracks kept the party packed until its final minutes as fans eagerly absorbed every bit of what they had to offer and kept dancing until the very end. Indeed, a good number of the set’s attendees felt rejuvenated enough by the magic which the two performers put forth to make it to the afterparty held by Clinic, where Hewek & Izhevski played until 3:00 the following morning.
Once again, All Day I Dream proved to be a lovely and successful way to settle into the new year. Folklore states that a year unfolds in the manner in which it is started. By this standard, it seems that good things are in on the horizon for those who made it to ADID’s New Year’s Day party.
Images by Randon Vannucchi.
2017’s arrival is drawing near, which means that, per tradition, All Day I Dream will be touching down in LA to ring in the New Year on January 1. Ring leader Lee Burridge will be road-testing a brand new venue this year, located on Gin Ling Way in Chinatown, where he’ll be joined by his trusted labelmates Gorje Hewek & Izhevski.
What sets All Day I Dream events apart from most and keeps the brand on the rise in the deep/tech circuit is the incredible energy coming out of it. This effect stems from the music, of course. Ethereal, melodic, and deep pieces prevail, with each performer doing their due diligence in crafting especially moving sets out of finely-selected tunes on the brand’s label and others of the like. To build upon the current fervor surrounding the event and to capture a taste of the magic bound to be created on Sunday afternoon, we’ve put together a list of tracks that are perfect to daydream to in preparation of the annual affair.
Tickets for All Day I Dream in Los Angeles are sold out; limited tickets will be available at the door.
What better way to start our list off than with a track that includes all acts involved in the upcoming gathering? While the original rendition of “Lingala” is already a breathtaking piece to begin with, Gorje Hewek & Izhevski forged an absolutely enchanting reinterpretation. Using slight hints of Junior’s vocals, the two shift focus to sweeping string accents and ethnocentric rhythms to create a piece that stands completely on its own.
Oona Dahl has been making waves in the transformational scene as of late, and secured her strong entry into it with her first EP on All Day I Dream in the spring after serving as a regular on the brand’s event circuit. The EP’s title track “Let The Light In” sweeps the mind off to calm, beachy scenes with the use of airy instrumentation and a delicately rich wind chime topline as its centerpiece. The clip’s relaxing vibes bring about an easy euphoria that can shine through even the dreariest of days.
A mysterious act by the name of Cornucopia began appearing in sets earlier in 2015. In 2016, we discovered the man behind the music was none other than Guy J. “Emotional Tourist” is the closer to his debut EP under the moniker and has been wielded quite a few times by Lee Burridge during the golden hours of the day. It’s easy to see why — the piece is a lush, haunting piece whose simple, yet impactful elements cast a melancholic aura fit for sunrise or sunset.
Hraach is an expert at drawing upon Eastern influences to bring a sense of heavy internationalism into his music. “Burned The Strings” exemplifies this artistry — warm desert flutes and other woodwinds flow smoothly over fluttery synth and keyboard chords, tied together by mystical vocals that emphasize the song’s overall effect. This type of music is heard often at All Day I Dream parties, and is a refreshing breath of fresh air outside the status quo of European and American-oriented beats.
Another frequent addition to All Day I Dream lineups is German native YokoO, whose penchant for melancholic-leaning records have scored him releases on Kindisch, Watergate, and of course, All Day I Dream. His most recent extended player on the latter was an object of high praise this year, with all of its tracks making frequent appearances in his peers’ sets. “Equuleus” is its opener, standing out among the bunch for its distinctive bassline graced by vocals and a melodic arrangement that evokes a longing, pining feeling while listening.
All Day I Dream’s second release is a quintessential embodiment of the imprint’s musical vision that continues to shine as strongly as it did five years ago when it first surfaced. Combining classical with deep tech, the original mix of “Für Die Liebe” is a breathtaking piece that treks seamlessly through hauntingly beautiful string arrangements graced with subtle chimes. The track perfectly embodies the ethos of the imprint, and serves as a natural closer to see us into 2016 with ADID.