What I have enjoyed watching over the last few years is the constant blending of genres electronic producers have been championing. In 2018, rap and hip-hop saw more crossover with EDM than ever before. Last year, saw the highest amount of pop stars tapping dance music producers to make their productions. Let’s not forget the
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.
Tiësto has released his latest single, “Grapevine.” Premiered at Ultra Music Festival earlier this year, the track employs a universally recognizable vocal sample from the prince of soul, Marvin Gaye‘s rendition of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” And if the album art is any indication, this one is meant for peak energy festival play.
But “Grapevine” isn’t the one note, main stage-only kind of production one might expect from the Dutch superstar. It pays homage to its main attraction’s soulful roots, seeing Tiësto continue on a venture into deeper territory, moving away from a formulaic structure. Percussion replaces synth progressions, creating an interesting — even surprising — course of development throughout the track. Like Gaye’s original track, this one should be able to attract a wide range of fans.
This single is the Grammy winner’s second original release of 2018, following the single “WOW.”
While sampling has been a mainstay in the world of dance music since the very inception of the genre, there has been a big trend of sampling classic songs as 2018 comes to an end. Last week, we saw David Guetta and Netsky attempt (unsuccessfully) to rework Foreigner’s ‘Cold As Ice’, and this week we
I attribute much of my love for EDM to Tiesto and Laidback Luke. The pair is both legends in their own right, and have a long history tweaking each other’s tracks. Laidback Luke’s remix of Tiesto’s ‘Flight 643′ still lives on as one of the greatest remixes of all time. Tiesto scored one of the
At 21 years old, Australia native, Throttle has given himself to a rapidly ascending production career, having already collaborated with modern house blue chips Oliver Heldens and Galantis. Most recently, Throttle has put out his second Spinnin’ Records release of the year with track “Wanderlust,” which has already gained the support from the likes of Morgan Page and Tiësto. Euphoric breakdowns and pulsing beats hold steady alongside a looping vocal cut that avalanches into a grin-inducing dance effort.
“I made the initial idea for ‘Wanderlust’ in my hotel room in Ibiza,” said the producer in an official release. “I came up with the vocal hook exploring the streets of Old Town that morning and built the track from there.”
EDC Orlando is closely approaching us once again. Taking place on November 10th and 11th at Tinker Field, this year’s event is expected to blow attendees away. Recently, Insomniac released an epic lineup that surely won’t disappoint anyone. Some artists include Alesso, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Illenium, Tiesto, and much more! Here is our list of this
Owners of the most powerful factions in the Chicago dance music scene, The MID nightclub, has announced its permanent closing as of February 2019.
In addition to hosting a fierce fleet of farewell events (details to be announced soon) at the iconic N. Halsted locale, The Mid’s founders, Lucas King and Nick Karounos, have revealed they will be opening, not one, but a series of new venues “in the near future.” The closing comes on behalf of the aggressive recent expansion in Chicago’s West Loop and rapidly developing Fulton Market District–particularly on the residential front. However, organizers will be dedicating the coming months to commemorating The MID’s rich event history, while simultaneously foreshadowing future endeavors.
“These last remaining months will be a celebration of the past and a toast to the future,” said King and Karounos in a recent release. “We want to thank all the fans, artists, employees, agents, managers, and promoters who have supported us throughout this era. As a token of our appreciation, we are putting together some very special events leading up to that ‘One Last Song.’”
In less than a decade of operation, The MID garnered an unquestionable ranking from Chicago music patrons as one of the most sought-after electronic entities in town. In addition to hosting a slew of sold-out Lollapalooza events year after year, it hosted landmark performances from Skrillex, Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, just to name a few. Most noteworthy is probably its housing of Tiësto in support of Chicago’s Blackhawks following their 2015 Stanley Cup victory. Chicago’s EDM devotees can undoubtedly expect venerable future ventures from King, Karounos, and team.
Nearly six months after celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary, Ultra Miami has unveiled its exultant recap of the historic weekend surely no attendee has forgotten (at least not deliberately). The short picture boasts its seemingly endless stream of EDM hall of famers, including Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens, and Dash Berlin: a mere fraction of the 2018 roster.
Inundated by glistening bikini bods, a thundering mass of pyrotechnics, and a kaleidoscopic sea of swirling artist emblems, the video may appear hyperbolic, albeit, only to those who have never had the chance to attend. The recap illustrates the round-the-clock celebratory nature of the fest, shifting from day to night with no loss of vigor, mirroring that of the perpetually enthused, perma-smile patrons. Additionally, those Ultra attendees brandish not only a full spectrum of artist memorabilia, but national flags from all ends of the universe, solidifying the festival’s overwhelming scope of attraction. Even Will Smith can be seen taking the sparkling city up on his eternal “Welcome To Miami.”
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