Armin van Buuren and W&W continue to provide fans with larger-than-life sounds on their latest collaboration, “Ready to Rave.” The track comes after W&W’s “Rave Culture” single, which was released earlier this year. Only the most observant fans would have noticed Armin van Buuren make a cameo in the track’s official music video. W&W and the Armada head have release the “Ready to Rave” music video in tandem with the track release, and the video’s futuristic thematic follows the lead of “Rave Culture”.
“Ready to Rave” transports the listener to the craziest of raves with its intense psy-trance notes and stomp-ready tempo. Van Buuren spoke about working on the track alongside W&W, praising the duo’s continued growth.
“It’s been such a pleasure to see W&W turn from two young, talented boys into one of the most successful dance music duos of our time. Each time we decide to collaborate, we hit it off instantly and get some amazing results in the studio, just like we did now with ‘Ready To Rave.’”
In the track’s music video, a secretive mission occurs in a futuristic world. Van Buuren proves he’d be a worthy James Bond candidate as he gains access to a back room in a packed warehouse as the ultimate party ensues.
It’s a particularly opportune time to be an Armin van Buuren fan, as the electronic mainstay exhibits the continuous nature of his release momentum with yet another polished production. The ASOT 900 theme, “Lifting You Higher,” follows van Buuren’s recent collaboration with Sam Martin, “Wild Wild Son.” Van Buuren notably followed “Wild Wild Son’s” formal debut with a club version of the track just a little over a week after the joint project became available on all streaming platforms. Although trance has been — and remains — van Buuren’s wheelhouse, the genre pioneer has increasingly devoted his in studio attentions to more commercial and progressive forays, like the Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano heater, “You Are.”
As van Buuren expands his catalog and simultaneously explores and exemplifies his versatility with each successive release that departs from traditional trance constructions, it’s evident that the musical maven’s experimentation with different sounds is not a complete departure from the foundation of his electronic roots. The classic trance synths and soaring melodies of “Lifting You Higher” are evocative of an Armin that is both warm and familiar to longtime fans, the trance visionary who consistently translates sentiment into sound.
We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Armin has had quite an interesting year in 2018. The legendary trance producer has worked outside of his comfort zones, producing tropical house to piano ballads. Across the board, fans have approved of Armin’s work outside of trance as he is capable of instilling palpable emotion into every record he produces. Today though is all
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.
Armin van Buuren has taken an interesting approach to his latest single, ‘Wild Wild Son’. In collaboration with the vocalist Sam Martin, Armin has stepped back from the worlds of trance and big room in exchange for a more melodic and emotionally driven production. This is not a new move for Armin who released the
The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.
The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.
Well folks, over here in the USA, summer has officially ended. It was 55 degrees here in New York yesterday and I already saw some leaves falling. As the seasons change, I took a look back at all the massive tunes that were released this summer. What were the top EDM tracks from Summer 2018 you
Since an entire festival season of having “You Are” stuck in listener’s heads wasn’t long enough, Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are back with a subsequent follow up, “You Are Too.” The collaboration has proven to be a main stage mainstay while still managing to channel the deepest underground club vibes with an undeniably infectious rhythm.
“You Are Too” has the same effect upon the listener, but it adds in a commanding twist with a bass-forward framework. “You Are” skews stylistically towards Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s production style, and “You Are Too” arguably skews even further towards their sound. The track shows van Buuren’s continued commitment to expanding his sound and producing outside of the box when it comes to both genre and collaborators. The release is out now on Armada, and now its likely to remain in heavy rotation through the end of the year.
The electronic world’s most celebrated music festival, Ultra, rang in the fifth anniversary of its Japanese installment last weekend, September 15-17 at its brand new home in Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park.
The wildly attended Ultra Japan stands as testament to the EDM phenomenon’s sweeping, worldwide presence. Standout performances from the weekend include that of Oliver Heldens, Armin van Buuren, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso: all repeat Ultra offenders. Ultra Worldwide’s ubiquitous presence extends to 25 different countries, across several continents. Due to its ever-increasing popularity, the event has stretched from its two-day beginnings, into a full-fledged three-day soiree.