Armin van Buuren has dedicated the past few years to musical experimentation, shifting away from trance-focused releases to put out an array of commercial and progressive tracks. This has broadened his reach and impact as a producer, while also showcasing the diversity of what he’s able to create. The experimentation is not over, as is showcased by newest song “Wild Wild Son,” which sounds unlike anything van Buuren has put out before.
The emotive track could find a home during a melancholy movie scene thanks to Sam Martin‘s heartfelt vocals. The Dutch producer spoke on the track in an official release, saying, “Many people ask me what songs of mine I’m most proud of. All tracks are my babies, but some tracks I just have more of a connection with, simply because of the time I spent on it or the emotion attached to it. In this case, ‘Wild Wild Son’ is about Sam Martin’s (then unborn) son. I fell so much in love with the song because I recognize the love I feel for my own son. I also really went the extra mile with the production, recording real drums (Koen) and real strings. It was almost a year in the making. It’s a little different from my previous work and a big step for me personally.”
While all of van Buuren’s releases have their own unique flair, it’s easy to imagine the exceptional amount of care and work that went into “Wild Wild Son” upon the first listen. The track is out now via Armada Music.
A new rave movement is on the rise, and W&W are the ones responsible. Their new concept is meant to reshape the dance music experience for the most passionate ravers and marks the beginning of a new movement and label: ‘Rave Culture’. A new music video has launched to magnify the impact of Rave Culture
Morgan Page has had a big 2018 thanks to the full release of his Born to Fly EP, in addition to singles and remixes sprinkled in between. One of his breakthrough singles, “The Longest Road,” turned ten years old as well . The track is still a hit worldwide. Now, the Vermont native is back with a new original release titled “Let You Go” on Armada, just weeks after his official remix for Flight Facilities‘ “All Your Love.”
Strumming guitar chords lay the framework for pop vocals, and the drop features pulsing commercial house chords after the guitar builds to a breaking point. Page has always had the ability to create radio crossover releases without compromising the integrity of the electronic elements of the track, and “Let You Go” is certainly a continuation of this theme.
When it comes to big room trance, Andrew Rayel is one of the first artists many would think of when it comes to the subgenre. The Moldovan DJ and producer has gone a completely new direction, however, with “Last Summer,” which sees him sharing the studio once more with “I Need You” collaborator Garibay.
The opening chords immediately sweep the listener into summer with tropical accents and an airy melody. The song centers around pop vocals by Jake Torrey, lending the track the ultimate radio crossover appeal.
“Last Summer” ultimately leans tropical and commercial house, which is a divergence from Rayel’s previous Trance releases. Garibay has a long history in the pop music industry having worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue, so the collaboration’s pop-leaning fabric have certainly been aided by Garibay’s proven style. The track is out now via Armada Music.
Dance music icon Armin van Buuren linked up with Israeli DJ and production duo Vini Vici on what would later become an instant festival classic, “Great Spirit.” This was in 2016. Now nearly two years later, the team has connected again, this time with an artist who has come to prominence since their first collaboration together: Alok.
“United” has an impressive rolling cadence, calling us to attention as we listen through the energetic track. Clearly intended to follow in the footsteps of their last hit, “United” is primed for festival play. But it’s been done in a contemporary way, acknowledging the rise in higher BPM styles in both hard dance, which saw its first main stage set at this year’s Tomorrowland, and even van Buuren’s home in trance music. In the end, the track becomes more widely appealing with this faster beat that conveys an energy that some synths can’t achieve. Featuring the vocals of Zafrir in its fist pump-inducing chanting, “United” has legs to last through the rest of the season.
Newcomer Zack Martino has teamed up with veteran progressive house extraordinaire Borgeous for a new collaboration titled “Make Me Yours.” Those who witnessed Borgeous perform at EDC Las Vegas saw the producer debut the song, and since then, fans have anxiously awaited the track’s full release.
Soaring vocals merge with a catchy melody to give the track the ultimate radio appeal. Martino speaks enthusiastically about the collaboration’s release, calling it one of his favorites.
“The last year has been incredible for me, having released a ton of remixes then having my first major release ‘Hold On to Me’ go No. 1,” Martino says. “Doing this collaboration with a great artist like Borgeous I knew we had to go back to our progressive house roots and I’m extremely happy with the outcome, it’s one of my favorites.”
Borgeous describes how the track takes him back to his earlier production days.
“This song brings me back to where it all started sonically,” he says. “I wanted to put out a record that aligned with ‘Invincible,’ ‘Wildfire’ and ‘Zero Gravity.’ This song is a special one.’
The track marks Borgeous’s long-awaited return to Armada Music.
For those that we’re able to make the pilgrimage to Croatia this year for the 2018 installment of Ultra Europe, fear not, a major festival highlight is now available for your viewing pleasure. The festival took place from July 6 to July 8, and, aside from trance king Armin Van Buuren, featured headliners such as Axwell / Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Galantis, The Chainsmokers, and more. Now, Armin fans can enjoy his full 93-minute live set from Ultra Europe on YouTube.
Attendees can relive the riveting experience while others are guaranteed a deserved dose of delayed FOMO, as the video captures everything from the suspenseful intro to Armin’s stunning visual effects. And, let’s face it, the veteran DJ icon’s signature full extension of his arms atop the stage is one of the most entertaining things to watch, it never gets old. Armin Van Buuren recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his label Armada Music and he’s maintained a packed summer itinerary, heading to Belgium for Tomorrowland on July 21 and the UK for Creamfields on August 24.
Just in time for people to enjoy during their relaxed summer weekends, Sultan + Shepard have released one of their most laidback tracks to date: “I Got 5 On It.” The song draws inspiration from Luniz‘s 1996 hit song for the lyrics, and the producers infused pulsing house chords creating a catchy house track perfect for radio play. The duo talked about their inspirations for “I Got 5 On It.”
“’I Got 5 On It’ by Luniz has always been one of our favorite hip hop records from the 90’s,” the duo said of their rework of the track. “It was a big part of both of our lives when we were growing up – it was kind of the weed smokers anthem and we support that! Whenever we sample a record we always want to add something new to it or flip it in a way that hasn’t been done yet. The music of the original was kind of dark and moody so we wanted to create an instrumental that was equally chill but a little happier than the original. Ultimately it was just a lot of fun for us to make this song because it brought back so many good (and slightly hazy) memories for us.”
Globally regarded as one of the most sought-after psytrance acts of the moment, Vini Vici have been taking the world by storm. Armed with a slew of infectious productions, they conquered dance floors, festivals and playlists alike and today, they’ve dropped yet another monster tune: ‘Where The Heart Is’, released on their brand-new Alteza label.
Elephante has grown to prominence in the EDM scene over recent years with bangers “Come Back For You”, “Catching On”, “Plans, “Hold” and “Dynasty”. The Harvard grad has seen his name rise on festival lineups and on residencies at some of the United States most prominent night/day clubs. Aside from being one of the industries