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.
It is no secret that I absolutely love Oliver Heldens. While the producer helped form the future house genre several years ago, recently he has been incorporating old-school sounds into new productions for a sound that is just what the world needs. His recent remix of David Guetta’s pop hit “Don’t Leave Me Alone” demonstrates
The release has all the makings of a glorified crowd-pleaser, including a dance-heavy beat under the original’s catchy vocals and dropping into some pounding electronics. It’s easy to picture how the remix would play out live, providing the perfect backbone for some killer graphic visuals and light schemes.
His Heldeep imprint has been a driving force in summer 2018, taking over stages at some of the world’s most renowned festivals that saw Heldens as the headliner. In addition to a jam-packed Ibiza schedule, he’ll continue to move through the extensive tour schedule, hitting festivals such as Ultra Japan and Imagine Music Festival. Heldens will also continue to showcase the Heldeep brand, stopping in NYC for a massive Heldeep at Sea show featuring Black Caviar and more.
Even though Steve Angello confirmed last month that the Swedish House Mafia tour is obviously happening, Oliver Heldens let it slip that an official reunion tour was happening during his Heldeep Radio Show. As he introduced Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s song “Together,” he said “So, Swedish House Mafia have now officially reformed, and are announcing a
The first three days of Tomorrowland 2018 are officially in the books. While there may be another packed weekend of brilliant, Belgian-based mayhem still in store, we took a look back at high points from weekend one of EDM’s most storied celebration. Whether it’s a two-hour euphoria trip with Above & Beyond at the Anjunabeats stage or a crawl through the techno trenches with Charlotte de Witte at the main stage, weekend one implores a revisit. See our top highlights from Tomorrowland’s opening weekend below.
Next to further the speculation is Dutch powerhouse Oliver Heldens, who let slip a confirmation of the group’s reunion and world tour while introducing a classic track in his Heldeep radio show.
“So, Swedish House Mafia have now officially reformed, and are announcing a World Tour in 2019,” he says during the show. “This week’s Heldeep classic was made in 2007 by two thirds of Swedish House Mafia. This is Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso with ‘Together.’”
The trio haven’t officially announced the world tour themselves yet, but the continued rumors and sources are keeping fans waiting with bated breath.
Sidney Samson is a hardly recognizable name in today’s EDM-sphere; however, in 2009 this Dutch producer had taken the rave world by storm with his raucous single “Riverside” and its puzzling accompanying video. Those living through this single’s time at the top of charts will likely never forget its signature “Riverside, motherf***er” chant that leads into wacky drop filled with infectious, quirky synth melodies and lush percussion.
Thanks to future house pioneer and Heldeep Records owner Oliver Heldens, Samson and “Riverside” have returned to visibility. Heldens joined forces with the original creator to remake the single into a more modern, “Riverside 2099.” The re-work takes the original’s quirky flair, and underlines it with hearty kicks and funk-inspired electro riffs that make for a satisfying harmonization. Indeed, it certainly feels like it was made in this year; though, we’ll always have a soft spot for the original.
I will never forget the first time I heard Sidney Samson’s classic hit ‘Riverside’. It was way back in high school, circa 2009. I was riding around in my friend’s car, which was packed with far too many kids. We were all heavily into electronic music at the time and were listening to Electric Area
Heldens gives the original his signature deep house, murky melodies. The distorted bass creates a stark contrast between Lipa’s optimistic, top-end pop vocals and the body-trembling, low-ends of the hook. With a bed of organ synths, Lipa’s voice produces that giddy anticipation of attraction while the drop pulls the rug out from under the listener, falling deep in love on the dance floor.
With the weekend under way, it’s time to announce all of this week’s newest music releases with today’s New Music Friday. Today (June 1st) Luv Drunk dropped “I Can’t Lose,” Gorillaz released a couple of new songs, LightCount and Alex Gaard & Valpenta released two new songs off of EDM Sauce Copyright Free Records, Oliver