Each and every sonic endeavor from Eric Prydz is a stunning work of art. Namely, his long-running Epic Radio show via Beats 1 stands out as an exemplary facet. Prydz cemented this notion further on the show’s latest installment, broadcast on November 17, where he debuted a world exclusive — a brand new track entitled “Fulda.”
Alongside the speechless-rendering, irresistibly danceable “Fulda” was a handful of other tracks showcasing Prydz’s curational depth, from the likes of his newly minted Tonja Holma alias, to KiNK, and even Lindstrøm. While it’s unsure as to when or if his new album will arrive soon, Prydz seems to be consistently serving up newness to tie his fans over until that big moment arrives.
1 Eric Prydz – EPIC Radio Beats1 Intro ID 2 Eric Prydz – Fulda 3 Eric Prydz – With Me (OMT Edit) 4 Pryda – Moln (First Draft Edit) 5 TonJa Holma – Trippleton 6 Pryda – Viro (Eric Prydz’ Intro Edit) 7 Brett Johnson – It’s The Underground (Eric Prydz Remix) 8 KiNK – Five 9 Lindstrøm – Tensions 10 Eric Prydz (ft. Adeva) – In and Out (Eric Prydz Remix)
In the four-track offering, Prydz takes a deep dive into his immensely impressive new take on progressive house. Much more minimalistic in its approach, the new alias begs its listeners to expect the unexpected. And although Tonja Holma has already made several appearances on Prydz’ Essential Mixes, it’s a thrilling venture to see out to fruition, nonetheless.
Now, Prydz’ has announced his “Stay With Me” Pryda tune —largely known by fans as the “Psytrance ID” — will see its official, final mastering’s release on November 20.
Over the last half decade, Steve Angello has undergone an incredibly intriguing artistic progression, shedding his former Mafia member status, then delivering an exceptionally personal debut album Wild Youth, and now rolling out the follow up, Human. The Size Records executive has introduced his sophomore concept in three installments, or acts, each uniquely tempered with it’s own distinct sonic characteristics. Now Angello has delivered the third act, titled Paradiso, featuring two new tracks from the upcoming LP, “Break Me Down,” and “Dopamine.”
“Break Me Down” leans slightly closer to Angello’s previous output, coming together as a notably more seasoned, aged take on the anthemic progressive house that the Swedish legend has built his name upon. Expressive vocals and rousing rhythms on “Break Me Down,” are directly contrasted on “Dopamine,” featuring sharp vocal work from UK singer/songwriter Barns Courtney.
Melancholic and pointed, “Dopamine” bears more of Human’s dark, cooling aesthetic, with eerie, driving tech house-inspired synth arrangements making for a fitting final preview ahead of the album’s full release in 2018. For now, celebrate Steve Angello’s immanent return with Paradiso.
Here with another EDM Sauce exclusive premiere is one of our favorite up-and-coming DJ/Producers in the game. Curbi’s music has been described as something unearthy, naturally polarizing. As persistent as his music is, his audience has increased ten fold and bring an insane energy to his live sets. As a next generation DJ, Curbi has
Chicola has spent over two decades as a DJ helping cultivate the progressive genre. Now, the time has come for him to capture the breadth of his sound through his first-ever artist album.
Could Heaven Be is thus a deeply personal look at the Israeli legend’s artistry. Released on prominent progressive label Lost&Found, the LP spans twelve tracks that explore the romantic, melancholic, and euphoric realms.
“Backstabber” exemplifies the darker side of Could Heaven Be, taking a turn from what one would usually hear from Chicola. It takes on a more brooding, minimal tone, lacking in the lush percussion patterns and melodies he favors and instead utilizing titillating arps and heartier kicks to create an impact. Listening to “Backstabber” is more or less the aural equivalent of entering a dystopian plane, shrouding the mind in a shadowy veil that demands attention on the dancefloor.
John Monkman has proven himself one of house and techno’s most capable producers. From two standout EPs on Crosstown Rebels, to snagging a Beatport #1 with his enchanting remix of Anaphase’s “Disconnect,” the UK producer has raised the bar for himself in 2017 and doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon. In fact, in what may result in his biggest release of the year, Monkman is primed to join Sasha’s Last Night on Earth imprint this week with a brand new three-track EP titled Make Noize.
“Mad Hatter” from the EP, which Dancing Astronaut is exclusively premiering, is the kind of enchanting progressive gem which has become a staple of Monkman’s catalogue. With darker tones and a mesmerizing central arpeggio, it’s bound to become a favorite in the arsenals of many of the underground’s more mystically-inclined artists.
Monkman said of the new EP: “Inspiration for this EP came from the incredible energy felt from all the dance floors this year…I keep getting blown away. From a technical/production stand point, I was fortunate to borrow a Yamaha CS-80 for a few days..what a beast. This is where the main arp in ‘Mad Hatter’ is from.”
The CS-80 of course is the legendary analog synth famously employed by Vangelis on the original score for Blade Runner. On “Mad Hatter,” it proves to be the central element that elevates the track into one of Monkman’s top contributions of the entire year.
Listen to John Monkman’s “Mad Hatter” below, and pre-order his new EP on Last Night on Earth here.
Despite headline-grabbing releases and sold-out headlining appearances, Eric Prydz remains rather reclusive. It’s his deep dedication to craft that leaves the Swedish house juggernaut in the highly enviable position of appealing to both dance music’s underground purists and the main-stage masses alike.
On Nov. 13, Eric Prydz debuted the first-ever EP under his Tonja Holma alias on his newly minted Pryda Presents label. The four-track project broadens Prydz’s diverse, progressive exploration of the house music spectrum and introduces fans to another fresh sonic perspective that is as minimalistic as it is monumentally forward-thinking in terms of its sound design.
Gabriel & Dresden have returned in a momentous way. Announcing their first album after eleven years with the release of their touching progressive trance record “With Closed Eyes,” the duo has released the next chapter in their forthcoming project in the form of Waiting For Winter/ White Walls.
Waiting For Winter/ White Walls induces bittersweet euphoria across two tracks. Its opener, “Waiting For Winter,” employs Jan Burton’s warm vocals within an sentimental underlay, carrying the listener in an upward direction with soft note progressions and happy melodies. “White Walls” takes on a similar tone as well, albeit just a touch more poignant. Sub Teal’s voice sings of returning home, flowing freely over twinkling chords and moving synth arrangement.
Both tracks are a reminder of Gabriel & Dresden’s unique sonic imprint, one that plants itself firmly in the human psyche as one to follow.
Eelke Kleijn deepens his bond with the Armada family as he brings his ethereal progressive sound into the label’s fold. This time, he lands on Bearded Man for a short, but sweet re-work of Shelter Point’s “Fuse.”
The veteran wraps a minimal, yet emotive canvas around the original’s vocals, enhancing its haunting feel through poignant piano chords and soaring synth melodies. That said, despite its more somber undertones, it listens as quite a euphoric piece as a whole — one that allows listeners to get lost in its hypnotic fold and put their hands in the air.
Curbi has been a ridiculous feel to the industry. With over 1.5 million stream on tracks, “Shinai”, 3 million streams on “Let’s Go” and eclipsing 10 million plays on his collaboration “Hoobak” he has imprinted his name on the EDM world. Hasse De Moor is a youngin but still managers to blow our minds with