Wolfgang Gartner and JayKode release a haunting hybrid, ‘The Upside Down’

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Wolfgang Gartner has been back on the grind recently, releasing a series of electro house heat. His newest project with JayKode, “The Upside Down,” is a nod to Netflix‘s Stranger Things series not only in the title and branding, but also in sound. Gartner is known for his haunting ambiance with menacing, complextro glitches, and “The Upside Down” is no different — at the beginning. The second half takes a destructive turn, thanks to the trap stylings of JayKode. At this moment, the beat gets half-timed for some slowed down trapstep mayhem.

Since releasing his second studio album in 2016, 10 Ways to Steal Home Plate, Gartner has been collaborating with younger artists such as Aero Chord and K?d. The complextro legend is changing with the times while still keeping true to his signature sonic profile.

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Wolfgang Gartner delivers a smooth electro ride on latest original, ‘Ching Ching’

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It’s no secret that Wolfgang Gartner has a real soft spot for top-notch pop productions, despite his legendary penchant for electro house excellence. He’s been vocal about pop’s innovations and impressions on dance music and vice versa, and now as he continues to build momentum in what seems to be the next chapter in his comeback, we’re finding the complextro don adding some considerable pop flair to his latest original, “Ching Ching.” The new track comes fresh off the heels of Gartner’s recent “Banshee” alongside k?d, which found the seasoned beatsmith broadcasting in rare form, perhaps his best work since the contents of Weekend In America. 

“Ching Ching” rides a similar wave, and while it leans away from battering club fare and more towards a lyrical, melodic house appeal, the new track follows up on “Banshee” as another infectious dance hit, and one of Wolfgang’s strongest offerings in recent memory. We’re seeing the resurgence of Wolfgang with his new work, and on his latest, as he blurs the line between pop and electro with veteran finesse.

Old school meets new school as Wolfgang Gartner and k?d join forces on ‘Banshee’

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Complextro house isn’t dead — not as long as Wolfgang Gartner is around. The veteran producer’s name is synonymous with the complextro movement that sparked around a decade ago and helped boost EDM into the mainstream. While Wolfgang’s style has evolved considerably since the “Space Junk” days, young, fresh talent like k?d seem to be keeping him young on their new joint effort “Banshee.” Widely considered to be one of the sharpest prospects on the rise, k?d wraps his fluid production acumen around Wolfgang’s penchant for ultra-intricate, rousingly dramatic dance compositions.

“Banshee” packs in grainy, distorted piano chords and snappy percussive builds before breaking out into high-octane sonic mayhem. It’s aggressive yet calculated, vintage and futuristic all at once, and ultimately a flawlessly nostalgic return to the beloved Wolfgang Gartner electro of yesteryear, capped by a menacing contemporary flair with the addition of k?d’s forward-thinking production method.

Historically more of a lone wolf, Gartner has famously collaborated with deadmau5 and Skrillex on two of his canon’s brightest hallmarks, “Animal Rights” and “Devil’s Den” respectively. One listen through, and we can safely say “Banshee” is likely to join those ranks in time too.


Wolfgang Gartner – Find A Way (Original Mix)

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Wolfgang Gartner is a dance music veteran who has managed to adapt his sound to the changing tone of the industry. Despite a drop in release frequency over the past few years, Gartner’s sporadic releases have spanned myriad genres, from electro house to hardcore trap with “Borneo.”

With his latest release on Armada Trice, “Find A Way,” Wolfgang Gartner has continued his recent experimentation with this refreshing bass house single. Delving into the style of music that helped Jauz make a name for a few years ago, the seasoned producer has out a groovy single, complete with screeching synths and excess amounts of bass, perfect for club settings.

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With his sophomore album, 10 Ways To Steal Home Plate, officially in the bag along with a few other singles and a two-track EP from his new R&B side project Openeyes, veteran DJ and producer Wolfgang Gartner has had a productive year to say the least. Taken as a whole, 2016 has seen Gartner return to his stylistic roots from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Many of the tracks on his new album have a distinctly retro sound, notably the funky disco house collaboration “HURRICANE SLURRICANE” which features Dam Funk and E-40, as well as his recent single “Baby Be Real,” released in November. He continues his journey into the sound of the past with his latest single, “Devotion,” out this week on Spinnin’ Records.

“Devotion,” features an R&B vocal topline alongside classic house elements and more modern dance tropes. The main bass recalls the future house trend of the last few years, though the groove, vocals and subtle subsidiary synth-work all speak to Gartner’s decades-long career.

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Wolfgang Gartner releases first-ever sample pack on Splice

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As anyone who’s listened to Weekend In America or 10 Ways to Steal Home Plate can attest, Wolfgang Gartner’s sound design is some of the best in the game. The producer has an ear for synthesis and drum programming that, for almost a decade, has left bedroom producers in furious confusion, wondering just how he manages to achieve such interesting sounds.

The ‘how’ of Gartner’s sound design may remain a mystery, but, thanks to cloud-based music platform Splice, producers and fans can now get a glimpse behind the curtain with the release of Gartner’s first signature sample pack. The pack includes 300 sounds and samples, including a few full stems, that span Gartner’s long career. Listen to a demo of the sample pack below, as well as a full statement from Gartner on the release of the pack.

“When I began the Wolfgang Gartner project in late 2007, I started a new method of making my own drum sounds, sometimes from scratch, and sometimes by combining many drum samples and EQ’ing them all differently and heavily processing them. Making “Signature Series Pt. 1” allowed me to indulge in my love of sound design – spending hours and hours making individual sounds – and to be able to share those gems in their high resolution glory.”   

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