As 2017 is officially over and we’re already well into 2018, it’s time to reflect on the songs that gave us hope this past year. Despite all of the political nonsense from the past couple of years, dance music continued to shine bright amongst all of the negativity in the media. From Illenium’s sophomore album
Ultra Co-Founder and CEO, Russell Faibisch was named Magnetic Magazine’s Industry Person of the Year in 2017. This honor came with an exclusive interview in which Russel spilled a few small details about the surprise performance taking place this year to honor Ultra’s 20 year anniversary. He was asked outright if we can expect any
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Last night Deadmau5 played hands down the best set I have seen in 2017. I have seen no shortage of good live music this year. From Odesza at Red Rocks to Justice at Day for Night, I have been extremely lucky to see some incredible talent perform in 2017, but all pale in comparison to
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The people of r/EDM have spoken.
As streaming platforms like Spotify compile end of year playlists comprised of the year’s most popular dance tunes, so too does Reddit‘s electronically focused r/EDM subreddit. The subreddit has produced a list of 2017’s “Highest Rated” songs, albums and EPs, and throwback posts, using user submitted Reddit ‘up-votes’ to calculate the year’s crowd favorites.
The democratic approach sees Reddit visitors elect The Chainsmokers & Coldplay‘s “Something Just Like This” as the highest rated song of the year with 497 votes. The full list features a total of 30 tracks, with Skrillex‘s remix of “Humble” registering in second place with 443 votes, and Illenium‘s “The Sound of Walking Away” weighing in at third with 373 points. Kygo, Martin Garrix, Marshmello, and ODESZA likewise rank, speaking to a resurgence of preference for mainstream releases among voting Reddit users. Porter Robinson‘s opaque Virtual Self alias charts twice on the highest rated list for “Eon Break” [303 points] and “Ghost Voices” [245 points], reflecting a general fondness of the DJ’s new pet project. Virtual Self’s eponymous EP is duly noteworthy for its placement as fourth on the subreddit’s grouping of the highest rated albums and EPs.
Reddit voters exhibit a collective inclination towards ODESZA‘s A Moment Apart, the platform’s top voted album of a total of ten albums/EPs with 561 points. Avicii’s Avīci EP receives the second most votes at 528, while Illenium’s sophomore album attracts the third most, earning 441 for Awake. Kaskade‘s debut seasonal album, Kaskade Christmas also emerged as a highly celebrated release, securing the eighth spot on the list.
r/EDM’s Highest Rated Throwback Posts category is as selective, as the subreddit’s Highest Rated Albums/EPs section, made up of only ten tracks. A testament to the memorable quality of Porter Robinson’s original productions, “Language” sits at the top of the list, likely gaining newfound popularity in the wake of Robinson’s foundation of Virtual Self. Skrillex’s Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EP claims the succeeding position, while Justice‘s “Cross” follows.
The publication of the subreddit’s statistics has elicited a variety of responses from r/EDM users, with some finding the results to be an “expected” but paltry reflection of the year’s most widely acclaimed electronic releases, whereas others alternatively identify the lists as those that are accurate in their identification of listeners’ dance preferences this year. While the findings are indicative only of the listening trends of those that voted, the charts denote just where voters’ fan favorites were concentrated, with the utmost transparency nonetheless.
See the full list of r/EDM statistics here.
Avicii and Nicky Romero’s galvanic 2012 single, “I Could Be The One” will soon gain a successor. Romero confirmed that he has been logging studio hours with the “Levels” hitmaker on the 280th episode of his weekly radio show, Protocol Radio.
Romero commented only on the existence of another Avicii/Romero collaboration, with no additional details concerning the track’s title or impending release date forthcoming. The product of the pair of superstars, however, likely drop in 2018, shortly after the five-year anniversary of “I Could Be The One,” the landmark collab that turned five-years-old on December 26. Given the massive commercial success of “I Could Be The One,” another dual Avicii/Romero release can only be expected to further evince the project as a match made in collab heaven.
2013 was a huge year for EDM. It’s the year we got “Escape” from 3lau and Paris & Simo, “Live for the Night” by Krewella, “Five Hours” from Deorro and “Recess” from Skrillex. A List of the top tracks from 2013 was compiled on Reddit and delivered what sounds to be confirmation that 2013 was
Alan Walker has been a producing powerhouse in 2017. He’s kept up the momentum all year with a range of songs, including remixes, originals and even a rework of his own song. He’s finishing the year on a high note with a powerful, pop-based remix of Avicii and Rita Ora‘s “Lonely Together.”
Walker uses his signature bouncing synths and a clapping pattern to usher in the chorus, where he’s played up the fun elements in the track by using a stutter effect on Ora’s vocals. It’s a lighthearted, breezy rendition of the Avicii track, perfect for bringing warmer vibes to an otherwise chilly season.
The remix package also includes remixes from DJ Licious, Jaded and Dexter.
Avicii returning in 2017 was one of the biggest stories of the year. The artist took over a year off from production entirely to focus on himself, and when he returned he was better than ever. The standout track of his grand return was ‘Lonely Together’. Today Avicii has released a compilation of official remixes
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