Ibiza, Spain—On the brink of their 2018 season, the White Isle has been all over the Electronic World News for their rift with banning Airbnb and renting out homes in certain areas of the island and the government goal of closing clubs at 2 am. But we are staying positive knowing that the Electronic Music
The Chainsmokers stole EDM fans hearts once again with their masterfully crafted Ultra Miami set a few short weeks ago. Their new sound has many devout fans questioning their fandom to the dance-pop duo and it can be justified as their sound has changed so drastically. That said, there is no question that their reign
Along with the weekend came a bevy of top industry taste maskers spotlighting the upcoming year’s most popular dance floor anthems in their sets. Over the weekend, 1001tracklists.com compiled a list of the Top Ten most-played tracks at Ultra Music Festival. From singles one might expected to see from names like Drake, Skrillex, and GTA, a deeper listen into the list reveals some tracks that will surely surprise and delight.
In years past, the tracks dominating Ultra’s main stage were seen as a way to forecast which generic trends might be dominating the festival season cycle. The sheer diversity in this year’s compiled list displays a wider range of genre crossing, however, which speaks to dance music’s diversification of tastes and sounds.
Here are the top ten tracks most played tracks at Ultra 2018.
1. Drake – God’s Plan [OVO]
2. Gammer – The Drop [Monstercat]
3. 4B &TEEZ – Whistle [Premiere Class]
4. 4B & Aazar – Pop Dat [FREE]
5. Valentino Kahn – Lick It [Spinnin’]
6. GTA ft. DJ Funk – Booty Bounce (GTA Hyprr Mix) [Free/Mad Decent]
7. DJ Snake – Magenta Riddim [Geffen/Universal]
8. David Guetta, Martin Garrix, & Brooks – Like I Do [What A Music]
9. Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup [OWSLA]
10. Skrillex & Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini [Atlantic/Warner]
Dance music fans and pundits have spent the past few weeks in anxious agony as rumors of Swedish House Mafia‘s fabled return to close Ultra on Sunday swirled around the the internet. Speculations began arising as to who the “surprise special guests” would be shortly after Ultra Miami announced its lineup, reaching fever pitch after a series of events including a mysterious social media update and a cryptic confession from a lighting technician all but validated the rumors for those tracking the case.
Those refusing to believe anyone aside from the iconic trio would be chosen as the festival’s 20th anniversary closers can sit back in vindicated contentment, as Steve Angello, Axwell, and Ingrosso have just set foot on the main stage in a dramatic fashion to take the decks as “One.” A palpable wave of emotion can be felt through the stream, even, as the reunited legends began their “surprise” set with a dynamic array of visuals, ethereal hints of familiar vocals, bursts of synth roars, and finally, their crowd-favorite single “Miami To Ibiza.” A joyous moment has been marked in dance history, indeed.
Per a Tweet from FPIA, the outfit will have debuted three new SHM productions by the time their set is done. Now the question remains: Will Swedish House Mafia’s reunion be a one-off event, or will their “One Last Tour” cease to be with the announcement of a new slew of gigs? We’ll be watching the dance space heavily to find out.
Swedish House Mafia‘s surprise Ultra reunion after five years of retirement has more or less equated to Daft Punk levels of fervor over the past couple weeks since a series of seemingly innocuous, yet mysterious events have hinted at their return.
Steve Angello and his team have repeatedly denied these rumors, as have others connected to the outfit. However, curious and hopeful fans have refused to give up their suspicion. A prominent lighting technician dropped what appeared to be a hint in a now-deleted social media post, while Hardwell posted his two cents right before Ultra commenced. Now, DJ Mag Germany is claiming in an ‘exclusive’ newsbreak that the news has been ‘officially confirmed’ to them that the supergroup will indeed be the festival’s Sunday closers. Their information, they allege, comes from the “DJ Mag Germany team on-site from the closest circle of the Swedish House Mafia.”
This new information is certainly exciting to hear, but no one will know for sure what the deal is on the iconic trio’s reunion until ten o’clock on Sunday, March 25, when the festival reaches its final hour.
Ultra Miami is much like the ‘Coachella‘ of electronic music festivals in that its star performers often save a good deal of new material to debut throughout the weekend and the surrounding Miami Music Week. DJ Snake became one of the first wave of high profile DJs to show off his freshly-made wares when he took the stage on Friday night, sharing one particularly unexpected, and welcomed gem.
Taking on the working title of “When The Light’s Down,” the production presents itself as a lighter addition to the DJ Snake repertoire, inducing smiles with pitched-up vocal edits rearranged into a jubilant melody, a touching bassline that becomes the centerpiece of the ending, and steep future bass drops to maintain a high energy level. Hints of robotic sampling add just a bit of edge to the finished product.
Word remains as to where “When The Lights Down” is signed to — perhaps it’s his brand new imprint, Premiere Classe, which he also announced during Miami Music Week just days before his headlining Ultra slot. Other notable parts of his performance include bringing Tchami and Malaa onstage to debut their new collaboration, and J Balvin for their Latin-tinged single “Mi Gente.”
Since becoming the King of Remixes in their early years, Drew and Alex of The Chainsmokers have brought an insane vibe to the EDM scene. People can say they are ruining Dance Music all they want, but, their takeover cannot go unnoticed. Their “Memories Do Not Open” Album just won IDMA’s Album of the Year
There has been ridiculous speculation on the return of Axwell, Ingrosso and Steve Angello since Swedish House Mafia ended their run in EDM at Ultra in 2013. Since the end of the era, Steve Angello has gone on to continue a successful solo career while Axwell and Ingrosso have gone on as single acts along
Ultra Music Festival unveiled their RESISTANCE lineup for UMF’s flagship Miami edition, ahead of the festival’s 20th anniversary in March. The lineup is directly in line with the underground thematics of RESISTANCE, an intra-Ultra brand that caters to house and techno fans. RESISTANCE will host some of the underground’s most storied acts across its Arcadia Spectacular “Spider” stage, and its tented Megastructure arena.
A host of additional artists will also provide support across both stages. While the RESISTANCE lineup is nothing short of stunning, it is not yet complete—festival organizers will announce the rest of the performers that comprise the RESISTANCE Miami lineup in the weeks to come. Tickets to Ultra Miami’s 20th anniversary from March 23–25 can be purchased here.
This week has been full of speculation of the return of Swedish House Mafia. Things first started to heat up when Ultra Miami announced their 20th anniversary phase 1 lineup with the auspicious tagline “expect the unexpected”. Then Steve Angello, who was notably the reason the super group broke up, upped the expectations when he