It isn’t exactly classified information that Alesso fans have been yearning for a return to the producer’s progressive roots for some time. Earlier this year, Alesso unveiled the introductory installment of his ProgressoEP series in addition to a self-remix (alongside Deniz Koyu) of one of those singles that assuredly exhibited an influence from early on in Alesso’s career. To broaden that streak into mid-summer, Alesso is adjusting the sound on another release of his own with an adaptation of his pop collaboration with TINI, “Sad Song.”
Incrementally shifting the original’s tempo to a more club-appropriate pace, Alesso implements a delicate house instrumental before fuly transitioning towards what fans have been craving. A reflective progressive drop adds an overhauled and much-desired festival sentiment to Alesso’s radio-ready “Sad Song” as he effortlessly satiates multiple genre tastes in doubling down on his latest single.
This past May, Illenium disclosed the fourth and arguably most prosperous offering from his third studio LP, ‘Ascend‘ with “Good Things Fall Apart” alongside Jon Bellion. In an unprecedented sighting earlier this week, the Godfather of dance music himself,Tiësto, was revealed to be the single’s first official adapter.
The rendition serves as a shining complement to Illenium’s original breakup ballad, as the Dutchman pores over progressive synths while still maintaining the emotive epicenter of Bellion’s sultry lyrics. Fan expectations remained wary upon the remix’s initial announcement as it seemed improbable to do justice to one of 2019’s most colossal dance releases, but Tiësto has proven over time that doubt only emboldens him. With Illenium’s forthcoming studio album slated to hit shelves August 16, subsequent remixers will be hard-pressed to eclipse an offering of this caliber.
After Kendrick Lamar released ‘Humble’ in 2017, a steady stream of remixes from EDM artists followed. One that particularly stood out came from the grand-daddy of dub, Skrillex. Almost two years later, Skrillex’s remix remains relevant and serves as inspiration to one drummer who released another killer rendition of the track.
Victor Singer, originally from France, has taken it upon himself to give Lamar’s ‘Humble’ another makeover. Singer, now residing in Los Angeles, released his drum cover on his YouTube channel and it slaps just as hard as the Skrillex remix. The video showcases Singer’s incredible talent while paying homage to the original artistry of both Lamar and Skrillex.
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Fans of Netflix’s hit sci-fi series Stranger Things are anxiously awaiting July 4 for the debut of the show’s third season. This year’s return to Hawkins—soundtracked once again by S U R V I V E’s sinister 41-track score—promises to bring more upside down adventures, the growing pains of teenage years, and now, an official remix of the show’s theme song from none other than What So Not.
The Aussie beatmaker has been working his spin on the Stranger Things theme song into his sets for more than three years now, dating back to shortly after the show’s premiere in the summer of 2016. The track was used as a fan-favorite DJ tool, though now he’s dropped the tune in full, just ahead of the show’s highly anticipated third season. What So Not’s “Stranger Things” rendition meshes his sleek, futuristic sound with the series’ inherently nostalgic, science fiction-inspired score. The new remix comes shortly after the release What So Not and Diabo‘s drum ‘n’ bass-leaning “OOGAHDAM!”
MK’s latest release “Body 2 Body” has a full remix package coming on July 5, and it’s hard to envision a producer better equipped to give a taste of what’s to come than dance music maverick, Chris Lake. That’s probably why Lake’s rendition has arrived ahead of the package release.
Lake gives the pop-flavored original a hefty makeover, trimming layers from MK’s catchier single to accentuate the club-ready figure at “Body 2 Body”‘s core. The remix is dark, but that’s not to say that the British house star’s flip doesn’t summon a full spectrum of sound. A throbbing bassline is met halfway by a pitch-rising synth that’s set to carry a dancefloor deep into the night.
This is the first of two Chris Lake >< MK crossovers, as the latter recently revealed to Billboard that an MK twist of a Chris Lake track is in the works. The upcoming release can be found on MK’s label Area 10 as well as Ultra Music and includes remixes from the likes of Meduza, Treasure Fingers, and KC Lights.
In recent years, Yotto‘s earmark has become synonymous with dreamily danceable aural world building. The Finnish DJ/producer’s expansive tenure on the auspicious deep/tech house Anjunabeats subsidiary, Anjunadeep, has yielded eons of ethereal, journey-like experimentation in and around his chosen realm of cerebral electronica.
The latest notch on his effervescent catalog is a reverie-soaked remix of Diplo‘s “Win Win,” released through the Mad Decent boss’s own label, no less. Yotto takes the Tove Lo collaboration from the club to the clouds. The tech-y synth line swirls and swims like flowing fractals, while Tove Lo’s vapory intonations rise and fall above the track like a euphoric breeze. Yotto, as he does with nearly every offering, actualizes the exceedingly difficult endeavor of creating amorphous electronic music, equally suited for open-air dancefloors and sedate apartment dens.
Martin Garrix surprised fans by teaming up with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and Macklemore for “Summer Days.” Given the star studded list of collaborators, the song has unsurprisingly become a global hit, reaching the 18th slot on the Spotify Global Top 50. “Summer Days” is catchy to its core with a groovy production backdrop that serves as a foundation for both collaborators to steal the show with their vocals.
Longtime mentor and electronic music legend Tiësto has remixed the release, and in typical Tiësto fashion, he has transformed the song into a booming big room track perfect for the mainstage. He retains the vocals from Stump, but he makes the entirely new big room house production the focus of the track, having the vocals serve as a complement to the electronic elements. Tiësto’s remix of “Summer Days” is out now via STMPD Records.
If the saying is true and it is, in fact lonely at the top, it’s a good thing that The Chemical Brothers have each other, as the English electronic duo has sat atop Mt. Dance Music now for over two decades.
Falling on the 20th anniversary of the group’s pioneering album Surrender, The Chemical Brothers’ newest release, not only commemorate an iconic career in dance music but gazes into the future as the group preps for a headlining set at this year’s Glastonbury.
“Eve of Dubstruction” is a dark and techy reimagining of No Geography’s opening track, the perpetually groovy “Eve of Destruction.” True to its name, the reworking has all of the tools to level even the sweatiest of dancefloors. The original version’s menacing bassline still carries the track, but a room-filling clap, head-swaying synth melodies, and staggering builds, each unseen in the original release, all help put the twist at the end of the punch in “Eve of Dubstruction.”
The band returns to North America at the beginning of August to play shows in New York and Montreal before returning to their international tour. Tickets and dates can be found here.
Avicii’s posthumous LP TIM may still be on repeat for many, but it should come as no surprise that remixes from the who’s who of dance music are also joining the fray. Tiësto, who’s proven time and time again that he’s as much of a studio slugger as he is a festival trendsetter, just dropped his rendition of the Swede’s “Tough Love,” giving the Eastern-inspired single a club-ready flip.
One aspect of Tiësto’s skillset that’s allowed him to remain so synonymous with electronic music at large for so long is his ability to produce tracks which defy their own existing musical epoch. The Dutchman’s remix of “Tough Love” is no different, finding the delicate balance between fresh and familiar that his fans hold so near and dear. Such a memorable rendition is all the more possible because of the vision and talent behind Avicii’s original, allowing it the aural dexterity for a fierce remix such as this. Few-to-no electronic artists put as much focus into not just quality vocal recordings, but sophisticated and poignant songwriting as Avicii did. Tiësto recognizes this like the invariable veteran he is, creating audible space in the production for Agnes and, Vargas & Lagola‘s heartfelt vocals to carry the weight of the newly transformed club beat.
2019, like in years past, has seen A-Trak draw from an assortment of cultures and sounds for his creations. From his infectious bootleg series to a remix of Axwell to original pieces like “Work It Out,” the seasoned producer can always find a way to connect with fans of all ages and backgrounds.
His latest release is a remix of The Magician‘s “Ready To Love,” which builds on the easygoing atmosphere of the original. As always, A-Trak brings added flair to his production, weaving in a variety of fun elements like ringing finger cymbals and a reoccurring playful whistle.
With psychedelic interludes and an addictive drum beat, this rendition of “Ready To Love” is worldly and creative, offering a fresh perspective on The Magician’s March tune.