At 21 years old, Australia native, Throttle has given himself to a rapidly ascending production career, having already collaborated with modern house blue chips Oliver Heldens and Galantis. Most recently, Throttle has put out his second Spinnin’ Records release of the year with track “Wanderlust,” which has already gained the support from the likes of Morgan Page and Tiësto. Euphoric breakdowns and pulsing beats hold steady alongside a looping vocal cut that avalanches into a grin-inducing dance effort.
“I made the initial idea for ‘Wanderlust’ in my hotel room in Ibiza,” said the producer in an official release. “I came up with the vocal hook exploring the streets of Old Town that morning and built the track from there.”
Owners of the most powerful factions in the Chicago dance music scene, The MID nightclub, has announced its permanent closing as of February 2019.
In addition to hosting a fierce fleet of farewell events (details to be announced soon) at the iconic N. Halsted locale, The Mid’s founders, Lucas King and Nick Karounos, have revealed they will be opening, not one, but a series of new venues “in the near future.” The closing comes on behalf of the aggressive recent expansion in Chicago’s West Loop and rapidly developing Fulton Market District–particularly on the residential front. However, organizers will be dedicating the coming months to commemorating The MID’s rich event history, while simultaneously foreshadowing future endeavors.
“These last remaining months will be a celebration of the past and a toast to the future,” said King and Karounos in a recent release. “We want to thank all the fans, artists, employees, agents, managers, and promoters who have supported us throughout this era. As a token of our appreciation, we are putting together some very special events leading up to that ‘One Last Song.’”
In less than a decade of operation, The MID garnered an unquestionable ranking from Chicago music patrons as one of the most sought-after electronic entities in town. In addition to hosting a slew of sold-out Lollapalooza events year after year, it hosted landmark performances from Skrillex, Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, just to name a few. Most noteworthy is probably its housing of Tiësto in support of Chicago’s Blackhawks following their 2015 Stanley Cup victory. Chicago’s EDM devotees can undoubtedly expect venerable future ventures from King, Karounos, and team.
Nearly six months after celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary, Ultra Miami has unveiled its exultant recap of the historic weekend surely no attendee has forgotten (at least not deliberately). The short picture boasts its seemingly endless stream of EDM hall of famers, including Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens, and Dash Berlin: a mere fraction of the 2018 roster.
Inundated by glistening bikini bods, a thundering mass of pyrotechnics, and a kaleidoscopic sea of swirling artist emblems, the video may appear hyperbolic, albeit, only to those who have never had the chance to attend. The recap illustrates the round-the-clock celebratory nature of the fest, shifting from day to night with no loss of vigor, mirroring that of the perpetually enthused, perma-smile patrons. Additionally, those Ultra attendees brandish not only a full spectrum of artist memorabilia, but national flags from all ends of the universe, solidifying the festival’s overwhelming scope of attraction. Even Will Smith can be seen taking the sparkling city up on his eternal “Welcome To Miami.”
Tiësto‘s latest single “WOW” finally gets an official music video, and the concept is impressively creative. This production follows the video game theme in his previously released “Jackie Chan” video, yet this one employs a slightly darker touch.
Directed and animated by Bram Knol, we follow a young backpack-clad hero navigating through a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. In the “WOW” video, it’s clear that technology has taken over and flying drones are the enemy. Our protagonist runs, climbs, and rolls through burning buildings suspended in the air — pretty impressive for a kid that looks like he hasn’t even finished grade school.
Check out the video and catch Tiësto this Fall, with a string of tour dates in China followed by a residency at Hakkasan Vegas in late September.
One of the elements that remains unique to the electronic music industry is the fact that “new” releases are oftentimes tracks that fans have heard in live performance for months — sometimes even years — before their full release. As was the case with Tiesto‘s recent single “WOW,” and more recently, with Bassjackers‘ and Sunstars’ newest single “Block.” The track has been gracing mainstages across the world for the entirety of the season, even though it is one of Spinnin‘s newest releases.
Fans have heard this cutting combination of notes throughout the entirety of festival season, with its upbeat nature and bouncy synths. Spinnin’ is known for identifying tracks and artists manufactured for great live performance, and the label has another hit festival song in Bassjacker’s “Block.”
After crushing 2017 with chart-topping, radio hits including “Let Me Go” featuring Hailee Steinfeld and Florida Georgia Line, and “Is That For Me” featuring Brazilian vocalist Anitta, Alesso is back again with new music. Making his 2018 debut, the famed Swedish DJ gives fans a taste of his renewed sound on “REMEDY” featuring English singer/songwriter Conor Maynard.
The new single is built on wide appeal, as Alesso incorporates a wide range of instrumentals and rhythms. He kicks it off with soothing piano riffs and a soca-inspired drum beat, all layered under captivating vocals from Maynard. The tune’s break is light, yet pleasing to the ear with melodic harmonies and echoing pitch changes, bringing together a warming, complementary collaboration for the pair on “REMEDY.”
This track is Alesso’s first release on Universal Music Group’s new imprint 10:22pm, and made its live debut on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in NYC’s Central Park. He’ll stay in the US this fall, closing out the main stage with Tiësto at Electric Zoo‘s 10th anniversary prior to a headline set at Imagine Music Festival September 21.
Tiësto‘s summer-ready anthem ‘Jackie Chan’ saw the mega producer bring Post Malone into surefire EDM crossover territory. The track put classic Post verses over a sunny, pop house production made for top down cruising and warm weather clubbing. Now, the streaming smash gets a bag of remix heat courtesy of Lookas, M-22, HUGEL, Sebastian Perez, and the big boss himself. Jackie Chan – Remixes, Vol. 1 (Vol. 2 on the way?!) arrives via Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom imprint.
The head honcho takes the first sing with a “Big Room Mix” that flows like a mashup of radio ready flavors, with hip-hop vocal sections building into bombastic club house drops. M-22 and HUGEL take the song into more aggressive house territory with their reworks, while Lookas weaves the original into ultra distorted festival-ready trap. The remix pack ends with a standout set smasher from Sebastian Perez that manages to maintain the original’s laid back energy.
Drake’s “In My Feelings” was streamed more than 393 million times between June 1 and August 20 — more than any other song during that time period. Aside from the Kiki challenge, the Toronto rapper dominated the summer charts, racking up five total tracks on Spotify’s top global songs of the summer list.
“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B came in second with 293 million streams, falling 4 million streams ahead of the third most-streamed song of the summer: “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin. XXXTentacion was the second most-streamed artist of the summer, following his death.
On the electronic side of things, Calvin Harris came in at No. 7 with “One Kiss” featuring Dua Lipa. Tiësto and Dzeko came in at No. 14 with their hit single “Jackie Chan,” featuring Post Malone and Preme.
Those who closely follow Tiësto‘s radio shows and listen to his live sets may find themselves pleasantly surprised by his latest single release, “WOW.” He debuted the track live at Ultra earlier this year, and since then, the veteran DJ has been prominently featuring the tune on air all summer. “WOW” already has found such heavy radio play since its reveal that some might have thought it was already out, though now Tiësto is gracing fans with the track’s official release.
The Dutch mega-producer is known for his ability to create music in a wide variety of genres, and its a definite contrast from recent pop-centric collaboration “Jackie Chan” featuring Preme, Post Malone, and co-producer Dzeko. “WOW” is a pulsing big room house piece with an infectious, kicking bass line that makes the track an undoubtable earworm. The single is out on Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom.
Deorro has teamed up with Argentinian up-and-comer D3FAI for new release “TITAN,” which has been released via Dim Mak. Deorro has been drifting between radio crossover hits and hardstyle as of late, but “TITAN” brings the producer back to the big room genre.
D3FAI received early support from Tiësto and is now making a new name for himself thanks to his big room remixes. “TITAN” showcases the best of both producers with its hectic chords and massive drop. Reverberating electro synths keep the track moving and make this release the perfect track to include in a festival set. Deorro is currently on tour, and fans can see him live at select locations across North America.