Relive weekend one of Tomorrowland 2018: sets by Above & Beyond, Hardwell, Tchami x Malaa, + more

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The first three days of Tomorrowland 2018 are officially in the books. While there may be another packed weekend of brilliant, Belgian-based mayhem still in store, we took a look back at high points from weekend one of EDM’s most storied celebration. Whether it’s a two-hour euphoria trip with Above & Beyond at the Anjunabeats stage or a crawl through the techno trenches with Charlotte de Witte at the main stage, weekend one implores a revisit. See our top highlights from Tomorrowland’s opening weekend below.

Charlotte de Witte

Don Diablo

Axwell ∧ Ingrosso

Tchami x Malaa

Alesso

Steve Aoki

Carl Cox

Netsky

Nicky Romero

Hardwell

Oliver Heldens

Above & Beyond

San Holo

Oliver Heldens lets slip that Swedish House Mafia’s returning for world tour in 2019

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Rumors of Swedish House Mafia‘s reunion in 2019 have been swirling since the trio’s performance at Ultra this spring. From Steve Angello’s announcement to a billboard advertisement, the legendary group has set the dance music world abuzz with excitement for a possible world tour next year.

Next to further the speculation is Dutch powerhouse Oliver Heldens, who let slip a confirmation of the group’s reunion and world tour while introducing a classic track in his Heldeep radio show.

“So, Swedish House Mafia have now officially reformed, and are announcing a World Tour in 2019,” he says during the show. “This week’s Heldeep classic was made in 2007 by two thirds of Swedish House Mafia. This is Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso with ‘Together.’”

The trio haven’t officially announced the world tour themselves yet, but the continued rumors and sources are keeping fans waiting with bated breath.

H/T: We Rave You

Featured photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Remember Sidney Samson’s ‘Riverside?’ Oliver Heldens is here to remind you

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Sidney Samson is a hardly recognizable name in today’s EDM-sphere; however, in 2009 this Dutch producer had taken the rave world by storm with his raucous single “Riverside” and its puzzling accompanying video. Those living through this single’s time at the top of charts will likely never forget its signature “Riverside, motherf***er” chant that leads into wacky drop filled with infectious, quirky synth melodies and lush percussion.

Thanks to future house pioneer and Heldeep Records owner Oliver Heldens, Samson and “Riverside” have returned to visibility. Heldens joined forces with the original creator to remake the single into a more modern, “Riverside 2099.” The re-work takes the original’s quirky flair, and underlines it with hearty kicks and funk-inspired electro riffs that make for a satisfying harmonization. Indeed, it certainly feels like it was made in this year; though, we’ll always have a soft spot for the original.

 

Oliver Heldens delivers a deep house remix of Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’

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Calvin Harris dropped three remixes of his most recent Billboard success “One Kiss,” with Dua Lipa. Oliver Heldens, ZHU, and Jauz each had the pleasure of remixing the Scotsman’s production.

Heldens gives the original his signature deep house, murky melodies. The distorted bass creates a stark contrast between Lipa’s optimistic, top-end pop vocals and the body-trembling, low-ends of the hook. With a bed of organ synths, Lipa’s voice produces that giddy anticipation of attraction while the drop pulls the rug out from under the listener, falling deep in love on the dance floor.

 

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 39

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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.


Just a month after the release of “Satisfied” on his Science EP, Robotaki has tapped the talents of Machinedrum for a dynamic remix. “When my team and I were thinking of artists to hit up for remixes, we wanted to have a collection of remixes that would truly change the way the original tracks felt and sounded,” Robotaki says of the remix. “Travis’ creative, eclectic and hard-hitting take on ‘Satisfied’ is everything I could’ve hoped for.”


It makes my heart happy that people are still remixing Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill‘s beloved “Gecko (Overdrive).” It’s been nearly five years since its release, and it remains one of my favorites. The song been reworked into a drum & bass masterpiece (thank you, Matrix & Futurebound), spun into a progressive gem (thank you, Lost Kings), and now has been funk-ified into nu disco by Flamingos. With a laid-back, synth-filled vibe, Flamingos revamp this classic with a retro feel.


With each new Rocket League collaborative album, Monstercat continues to impress. Volume three features the latest from Bad Computer: a tantalizing house track with vocals from Skyelle. “Silhouette” marks the producer’s third release with the Canadian label. With captivating instrumentals and beautifully emotive vocals from Skyelle, this one is an alluring addition to Bad Computer’s arsenal of well-crafted tunes.


Bass music plunges to the depths of hell in WAVEDASH and QUEST‘s new track, “Devil Music.” Sprinkled with eerie vocals from fknsyd, this creepy collaboration is crammed with aggressive bass and compelling sound design.  The in-your-face atmosphere of “Devil Music” is invigorating and menacing, making it a breath of fresh air in the saturated bass music market.


There are few things I love more than a drum & bass song that’s equal parts passion-packed and energetic. Flite and Boxplot’s latest, “Sunroad,” is part of Liquicity‘s Galaxy of Dreams 3 compilation, which came out at the end of April. It’s a clear standout on the LP, bursting with life and gorgeous melodies.

Sofi Tukker – Best Friend (Oliver Heldens Remix)

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Featuring NERVO, The Knocks, and Alisa Ueno, Sofi Tukker produced the hit single, “Best Friend” last year, which features melodic instrumentation of saxophone, bass guitar, and intriguing percussion. Oliver Heldens has put his own spin on the slow-burning track, taking the piece to new, exhilarating heights. With a revved-up tempo, harmonic builds of colorful notes, and the bruising, distinct Heldens signature sound, “Best Friend” receives a glamorous deep house makeover from the Dutch producer.

His remix of “Best Friend” marks his second production of the new year, as Heldens’ previous collaboration with Dada Life, “Live Vibrations,” was dropped earlier in January. Heldens has been grinding out new music over the past several months, and with a ton of rumored unreleased music on the horizon, we are eagerly waiting for what he has in store for this year.

Heldeep and Monstercat to battle it out during Miami Music Week [Watch]

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Miami Music Week is known for its overwhelming amount of heavy-hitting industry events culminating in Ultra Music Festival for the electronic music scene. Heldeep and Monstercat have announced their presence for the 2018 iteration of the music week in the form of Heldeep vs. Monstercat at Soho Studios on March 21. The event was announced after a series of angsty tweets between Heldeep founder Oliver Heldens and Monstercat founder Mike Darlington.

The imprints have announced a head-to-head event with some of their best artists “battling it out” for the crowds. Artist announcements are to follow, and fans wanting to watch this stacked battle royale can buy their tickets here.

 

HI-LO and Dada Life team up for an entrancing collaboration, ‘Love Vibrations’

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“Love Vibrations,” an enrapturing collaboration by none other than house music’s heavy hitters Oliver Heldens, under the alias of HI-LO, and the enthralling duo, Dada Life, is out now on Heldeep Records.

Undoubtedly, when it comes to these artists, unpredictability dominates the production. Their mastery of deep house vibes contrasts with higher hitting synths makes for an irresistible combination of intense energy and melodic undertones.

“Love Vibrations” features unbridled, oscillating synths complimented by pulsating waves of dark bass progressions that is all tied together by intriguing vocal samples. HI-LO and Dada Life make for an incredible team, with each musician flaunting a different aspect of their artistry by contributing unmatched stylistic details. Although Dada Life has taken a hiatus from producing, their latest work will have listeners up and ready to go for what’s in store from the banana-tastic, champagne showering, beloved duo.

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Spinnin’ Records reminisces on the year in music in genre spanning Best of 2017 Yearly Mix [Stream]

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Spinnin’ Records compiled a sonic highlight reel in its Best of 2017 Yearly Mix, a product that spotlights the Dutch label’s most highly acclaimed releases of the year. Jam packed with year defining digs, the Best of 2017 Yearly Mix pushes a near three-hours of play time as it places singles from AlokLucas & Steve, and more among those produced by Spinnin’ crown jewels, Oliver Heldens, CID, and EDX.

A well balanced tribute to the tracks that contributed to the label’s ever expanding influence in 2017, the mix unites the auditory with the visual, displaying lyrics and clips from the featured songs’ music videos as the Best of 2017 plays in the background, making for a comprehensive review of Spinnin’s 2017 superlatives.

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Tiesto is engaged!

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Those who follow Tiesto have become accustomed to his 21-year-old girlfriend Annika Backes popping up in his posts and stories as the two travel the world. The American model has been on the road with Tiesto for almost two years now, and yesterday the producer made it official that she will be joining him on the road for the rest of his life. Tiesto popped the question in the Maldives, and the two are now engaged!

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Everyone from festival organizers to artists themselves have taken to social to express their congratulations to the couple. Oliver Heldens has even gone as far as to prompt fans to retweet him 5,000 times so that he can make a Tiesto and Annika meme account.

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A big congrats from Dancing Astronaut to the newly engaged couple.

Photo: Tiesto’s Instagram

 

 

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