1Cold Blue: A retrospective of his takeover leading to DreamstateCold Blue‘s takeover of the trance world almost feels like it came out of nowhere. The rising German talent, born Tobias Schuh, spent years simmering below the surface, building over a decade of professional experience into a breakout that has caught global attention.Though he’d already clocked in releases on labels like Anjunabeats and Monster Tunes as early as 2009, respectively, his swift ascension to the top of trance ranks didn’t truly manifest until more recent times, where pieces like his Dennis Sheperd and Ana Criado collaboration “Every Word” and his remix to deadmau5’ “Avaritia” went viral and more or less put his name on the map. Success only snowballed from there, with Cold Blue burrowing deeper into the trance sphere to eventually be hailed as one of the major breakout talents of 2017.2His distinction in the music world is hardly a surprise to those who are familiar with his work. Schuh possesses an innate talent at melodic arrangement and fusing classic elements into his own unique and contemporary sound — one that he has showcased since the beginning of his career. Now, he is more poised than ever to take on the dance world, outputting a bountiful series of releases that deepen his imprint on the public psyche and growing demand for his presence in the process.Cold Blue is officially a player within the festival game as well — having made it onto the Luminosity lineup over the past couple editions, he now looks forward to a spot on the esteemed Dreamstate (tickets here) lineup in California. Dreamstate has been hailed as the largest major trance festival in the United States since its inception, and the rising star will be making his USA debut there alongside other icons which include Subculture boss John O’Callaghan, Bryan Kearney, Gaia, and more.Ahead of his first Californian “trancegiving,” Dancing Astronaut has opted to take a look at his career thus far through some of his most breathtaking releases.3Mount EverestCold Blue earned recognition by none other than Above & Beyond during his early years — a surefire indicator of his future success. Mount Everest showed off his uplifting chops right away, albeit washed in a tad more of a progressive underlay. 4Avaritia (Cold Blue's Uplifting Rework)The blossoming German talent continued to pour his soul into every opportunity that came to him, including submitting his euphoric, trancey take on deadmau5′ classic “Avaritia” to a remix contest. It served as a strong addition to his repertoire at the time, opening the masses to the Cold Blue sound. 5Every Word (Uplifting Mix - with Ana Criado & Dennis Sheperd)Ana Criado’s vocals add a distinctive touch to any trance piece, but the underlay created by Cold Blue and his Anjuna veteran collaborator Dennis Sheperd would shine as a standalone piece as well. It’s emotive as ever, indicating the producer’s hand in its production. 6Nevada“Nevada” served as Cold Blue’s first release on Aly & Fila’s prolific FSOE Recording — a hallmark for those in the uplifting realm of trance. Its mysterious, yet jubilant melodies paired with futuristic accents made it a favorite across the circuit. 7Until We CollideShortly after “Nevada” came “Until We Collide” — the first of many powerhouse releases for the exploding act on Subculture. A menacing atmosphere takes over, as Schuh displays his dark side in creating tense, powerful melodies backed by equally pounding kicks. 8Once In TimeSpring 2017 brought about the release of the touching “Once In Time,” also on Subculture. Cold Blue was becoming a quick favorite at this point within the Subculture family, and “Once In Time” swiftly became a staple in John O’Callaghan’s sets, among others.“‘Once In Time’ probably created the biggest buzz out of all my releases this year, but in general I’m very happy and proud about the response to all of my tracks this year, as each one seemed to find its home in many music lover’s hearts out there.” – Cold Blue 9Bliss“Bliss” listens exactly as its title connotates — sunny chord arrangements strummed by warm synthesizers wrap around a gripping hook and sweeping breakdown, catalyzing bliss. 10Speed Of LifeAnother heavy Subculture staple heading into Dreamstate, Cold Blue’s “Speed Of Life” is a monstrous cut, filled with haunting pianos and bittersweet overtones. It embodies Cold Blue’s aesthetic — sentimental, impactful, and complex. 11[/col[
At age 54, the unprecedentedly prolific and tenured Carl Cox is pivoting to a post-Ibiza life. In 2016, British tech house legend famously said goodbye to his 15-year residency at Space Ibiza with a historic 10-hour set.Now, Cox has said farewell to another of his legacies, with the final episode of his Global Radio podcast. Episode 722 bookends the mix series’ 16-year run with a two-hour celebration of music from house and techno legends like Frankie Knuckles and Underground Resistance. The DJ also gives nods to a number of contemporary influencers in his swan song broadcast, including Tom Trago and Joe Brunning.Cox said the following of his series’ final episode:“The final ever episode is here with one last 2 hour mix featuring some of my guilty pleasures spanning 3 decades of music – this is one to keep and play for years to come. Thank you to every DJ who has appeared in the Global Alliance and all the labels whose music contributed to the Global Lowdown. Also respect to the 95 FM stations worldwide who aired Global weekly. And finally, thank you to every single one of you for listening over the last 16 years and hope this mix tides you over until we meet on a a dance floor again soon.”Stream the final episode of Global Radio below:Tracklist:1. ID – ID 2. Laurent Maldo & Jules Wells – One Minute 3. Blaze – We Are One (Kiko Navarro Viva UR Dub) 4. Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge – It’s All Right 5. Underground Resistance – Hi Tech Jazz 6. ID – ID 7. Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) 8. ID – ID 9. Jomanda – Make My Body Rock (Feel It) (Basic Mix) 10. Frankie Knuckles – Tears 11. Coco Steel & Lovebomb – You Can’t Stop The Groove (Parts 1-4) 12. ID – ID 13. ID – ID 14. Joe Brunning – If Strings Could Sing 15. Zeke Manyika – Love You Feel (Deep House Feeling) 16. ID – ID 17. Reset Robot – Truganini 18. ID – ID 19. Tom Trago ft. Steffi – Two Together 20. Carl Cox – Family Guy (ID Remix) 21. ID – ID 22. ID – ID 23. ID – ID 24. Soul Designer – Rice From The Young Ghost 25. Carlos Sánchez & DJ Ray – Strings 26. ID – ID 27. ID – ID 28. ID – ID 29. ID – ID 30. ID – ID 31. Dennis Ferrer ft. Janelle Kroll – Mind Ur Step 32. Omid 16B – Double You 33. The Underground Sound Of Rome – Magic StaircaseH/T: Mixmag, 1001 TracklistsRead More:The new Carl Cox: the Ibiza legend talks life after SpaceCarl Cox announces his first Ibiza dates for 2017Watch Carl Cox go b2b with Kevin Saunderson in 2004 Video
The DA Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand-delivering you with the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.This week’s playlist features major collaborations between Kiiara and Felix Snow, as well as Flume, MNDR, and Jacques Greene; also comes the long-awaited heavy track between NGHTMRE and Ghastly; and a standout original from rising newcomer A R I Z O N A.Additionally, we’ve provided our top picks from within The DA Hot 25, highlighting two standout tracks.The Heat of the Week: Seven Lions Feat. Skyler Stonestreet – FreesolOut this week on Seeking Blue Records came the extremely emotional future bass masterpiece that Jeff Montalvo featured every single night of his recent Journey Tour. “Freesol” begins carefully and atmospherically, progressing around Stonestreet’s atmospheric vocals with some masterful Seven Lions synth patterns and fluttering harmonics.The Breakout Select: Electric Touch – A R I Z O N AA soulful ballad with a happy-go-lucky appeal, this house track pulls on the sunset style with it’s bouncy lyrics and downright sexy use of the saxophone. The songwriter/producer trio from Jersey came together at their apartment in Boston, and are now signed to Atlantic Records working on their debut album.Tune in each Friday, exclusively on Spotify, where The DA Hot 25 debuts weekly on our curator page.
UK label Somn’thing Records are on form once again, and this is illustrated via production duo Rare Candy, who drop their latest track “Money” featuring Aya. This single is a moody yet roundly uplifting slice of house, and a perfect union between melodic pop and deep house influence. Thanks to a rather infectious vocal from The post Rare Candy – Money ft. Aya appeared first on EDM Sauce.
It’s hard to know what to expect when Mat Zo releases a new song. Most recently, the music world was captivated by his bass-heavy Big Gigantic remix with Kill the Noise, which was followed a few months later by a cheery house track called “Eye of the Storm.” Not even a month later, he’s followed up with something entirely unlike either of the aforementioned tracks: an experimental remix of Krayysh‘s “Talk To Me.”This year, he’s taken the new producer under his Mad Zoo wing. Krayysh’s music seems almost as diverse as Mat Zo’s, with releases varying from the REZZ-like deep bass of “Running From Death” to lighter numbers like “Talk To Me,” which originally came out just a few days ago on Nov. 13.Mat Zo has reworked the lighthearted track into a lengthy experimental venture, exploring elements across all genres of electronic music production. He kicks off the six-minute journey focused on Joyia’s vocals before delving deeper into a drum and bass build-up. Racing synths and long, dramatic builds have doubled the original track in length as Mat Zo explores every inch of the track’s potential.In what could perhaps best be described as a cohesive whirlwind, Mat Zo again demonstrates his array of production talents, securing his position as a timeless creative and leaving no genre untouched. Read More:Mat Zo offers new track for free, suggests donation to hurricane victimsKill The Noise and Mat Zo deliver heavy-hitting remix of Big Gigantic’s ‘Got The Love’Kill The Noise & Mat Zo release gripping, bass-heavy collaboration ‘Part I’
Kado, a website currently in beta dedicated to compiling and recommending tracks based on its users’ unique preferences, has just come out with a comprehensive list of the best and worst tracks, artists, sets, transitions and more for the 2016 calendar year. Dubbed the “Year On The Decks,” the list takes into account over 200,000 DJ sets from the site’s users and setlists found online, “to create a review of the DJ world.” Out of the 201,300 sets analyzed, Kado found 1,330,772 total tracks played with 2,576,125 transitions made between them. The site looked at each of the most famous DJs in the roster, giving them an originality score based on how often they play the same tracks between sets and how many other DJs are playing those songs. According to their results, the three most original DJs in 2016 were Hernan Cattaneo, Dave Clark and Noisia. On the other end of the spectrum, the three most “boring” DJs who played the same tracks the most amount of times were none other than DJ Snake, Yellow Claw and Galantis. Kado calculated the setlists to find the artists whose original tracks were played out the most by DJs throughout the year, and found – unsurprisingly – that The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Rihanna and Major Lazer were at the top of the list. As far as remixers went, flips from Claptone, Don Diablo, Purple Disco Machine and Tiësto came out on top. Check out the two graphics below to see the rest of the most popular DJs in their respective categories. Most Played Artists of 2016: Most Played Remixers of 2016: As the end-of-year charts have already shown in overwhelming numbers, the top three most played tracks of 2016 were Drake’s “One Dance,” The Chainsmokers and Halsey’s “Closer” and DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You.” The most played remixes were Riva Star’s edit of Groove Armada’s “Superstylin’,” Seeb’s remix of Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza,” and Julian Juweil’s remix of Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann’s “Fuego.” Perhaps the most interesting finding by Kado was the most played transition of the year. According to data strictly found through published setlists of touring DJs, the transition between Chocolate Puma’s “Listen To The Talk” and Firebeatz and Schella’s “Dat Disco Swindle” was performed by the most DJs in 2016, specifically Benny Benassi, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Pandaboyz. Finally, Kado broke down the genres most played throughout the year. As a series of pie charts indicates, electro house and trance saw the biggest decline from 2015, with progressive house, deep house, hip hop and drum and bass seeing the most significant rises. Check out the charts below, and head over to Kado’s “Year On The Decks” for more. Source: Kado | Image: Rory Kramer This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Kado Calculates The Best & Worst Of EDM In 2016
Having clearly become enamored with Porter Robinson & Madeon’s live show, Proximity has uploaded a second remake to his channel. The first was a remake of “Sad Machine x You’re On”, which was pretty good, but he promises that this mashup of “Pay No Mind” and “Easy” is even better. Blending the vocals and production from both tracks, the result is a euphoric mashup that paints a big ol’ smile on your face. Check it out below: Image via Rukes.com Facebook Image via Charles-Edouard Dangelser / CHIVTEAM This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Proximity Uploads Second Porter & Madeon Remake, “Pay No Mind x Easy”
Nearly a week after his first live US performance in over 8 years, Aphex Twin has shared his newest original track, titled “tnodvood104.” The ambient single has been uploaded to his SoundCloud page with a “#voodoo” tag, foretelling its ominous nature.“tnodvood104” embodies a minimal sound with light percussions, breezy chimes, and a pulsating drum line. A humming chorus adds a menacing touch, pushing the song along the same tempo until it finishes quietly, like a faded whisper.Aphex Twin, who remerged in 2014 with Syro after a decade-long hiatus, has not yet announced additional US tour dates; however, fans can look forward to his upcoming performances at festivals like Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and its Portugal edition, as well as London’s Field Day.Read More:Watch Aphex Twin’s first US performance in 8 yearsPrimavera Sound announces The xx, Aphex Twin and more for 2017
Yes, Christmas has passed, but there’s never a bad time to treat loved ones to a special gift. With audiophiles, there’s a lot to consider, but thankfully most of the world are casual music listeners. Still, that’s no reason to get a piece of junk system from Radioshack. We’ve checked out a bunch of speaker systems and listed five of the top set-ups below. Yahama HS8 Primarily an audio producer’s choice of speaker/monitor, these are a fantastic pair for a good price. Very flat response allows for a more realistic audio representation. Good for consumers with some money to spend, and even better for those who deal with audio on a daily basis. Pioneer SPEBS73-LR With a very sleek and appealing design, Dolby ATMOS capabilities, and fantastic sound quality, these bookshelf speakers are phenomenal for all listening purposes. Use them at your desk for gaming, productivity, or streaming video, or use them as your primary sound system in front of your family’s television set. These speakers are a pair that works for any need, though at a slightly higher price. UE Boom 2 – Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker One of the best and most innovative speakers of the year, the UE Boom packs a LOT of added benefits, aside from the already useful and advertised Bluetooth/Waterproof features: Up to 3 people can connect to the UE Boom 2 via UE’s app to share songs amongst each other, you can connect two speakers together for a louder and STEREO sound, and the speaker has a 100 foot range. Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker II The cheapest on the list, this speaker is one of the best for portability and sound quality. A Bluetooth speaker that can fit in your hand and packs a sonic punch, this speaker is definitely not reinventing the wheel, but it is definitely making it a whole lot better. Yamaha YAS – 203 One of the more unique picks on this list, the Yamaha YAS – 203 is a phenomenal sound bar for home use. Set it up underneath your television set and be amazed at the dynamic feel this soundbar can produce. A phenomenal pick for consumers looking to up their sound system at home. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Check Out 5 Of The Top Consumer Speakers For The Holidays
Over the holiday weekend, Tiësto gifted electronic music fans with a brand new compilation album under his sub-label, AFTR:HRS. The fourteen-track collection, aptly named AFTR:HRS- Mixed by Tiësto, showcases artists from his deep house label, which debuted earlier this year. In an interview with Billboard, the superstar DJ stated the album is not meant to be The post Tiësto Drops Deep House Mix Under New Label AFTR:HRS appeared first on EDM Sauce.
Fans that have waited for four months to catch the next installment of Martin Garrix’s celebrated Youtube series can finally rest easy, as Episode 6 of The Martin Garrix Show has just been uploaded to his official account. Featuring over 30 minutes of high-quality video from his immensely packed touring schedule, along with loads of behind-the-scenes footage, Episode 6 comes as the ideal window into the life and times of one of EDM’s youngest most prolific producers. Viewers get a chance to witness Martin Garrix’s stop on Jimmy Fallon’s late show, as well as information behind his highly publicized signing with Sony Music. We catch a glimpse of Garrix’s custom fashion line, as well as his pre-show preparations and interactions with heavyweight Sebastian Ingrosso, before performing for Amsterdam’s packed, underage crowds. The story behind his acoustic performance of “In The Name of Love” at the MTV Awards is revealed, alongside endless footage of Garrix lending hugs, meeting fans, and thanking his team for their dedicated work. Check out the complete episode below. Image: Rukes This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Martin Garrix Show: Episode 6 [VIDEO]
Sunburn, the beloved year-end festival that takes place annually in Pune, India, has debuted its 2016 anthem just in time for opening festivities this Wednesday December 28. To honor Asia’s largest festival, KSHMR and Marnik have teamed up on “Mandala.”The breakout producer is known for his unique sound with world music influences and “Mandala” is no exception. The track, released today through Spinnin’, features colorful vocals from Mitika Kanwar and Indian inspired instrumentation. “It was a big honor to do the Sunburn Anthem,” said KSHR in a press release. “The festival means so much to me, and I worked hard with Marnik and Mitika Kanwar to make it special.”Sunburn will convene to celebrate its tenth anniversary with headlining performances from Afrojack, Axwell & Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, and KSHMR himself. Tickets are still available here.Read More:India’s Sunburn festival facing serious local backlash as opening day nearsSunburn Festival releases early bird tickets for 10th year
Today, December 25, the Western world is celebrating the apex of the holiday season. As Christians and assorted secular capitalists celebrate Christmas, their Jewish peers are entering into the second day of Hanukkah, which commenced at nightfall of December 24 for the first time in decades. To kick-start the eight-day celebration, Dillon Francis released boisterous trap remix of the classic Israeli celebration song, “Hava Nagila.”Alongside the release of the free download, Francis posted this message to his SoundCloud:“So yesterday before the Dillstradamus show i was thinking to myself there are way too many Christmas remixes so I decided to make this Hanukkah flip to play at the show and for the first night of Hanukkah of course! heres a free download! The menorah is about to be fucking lit. Can’t wait to see everyone dancing the hora! Happy Hanukkah!”Francis has reaffirmed the knack for creating anthemic party music with quarter-tones which he first showcased in his DJ Snake collaboration, “Get Low.” Undoubtedly, this remix will be the cornerstone of many particularly raucous Hanukkah celebrations in the coming week, and in many future clubbers’ bar mitzvahs in months to come.Toda raba, Dillon.Read More:Listen to Diplo’s new ‘Best of 2016’ mixWatch Dillon Francis and Party Favor play vengeful nerds in ‘Shut It Down’ music videoDillon Francis announces first DJ Hanzel solo headlining show
Adam Tell is premiering “Foreground”, a single filled to the brim with a story. Ohio based Adam Tell falls in the ball park of groups like Owl City and Fox Stevenson – presenting a style where the main vocalist featured is the producer. This gives Adam Tell something different to consider, paired with his warm The post Adam Tell To Drop Falsework EP, drops “Forground” Premiere appeared first on EDM Sauce.
Axwell Λ Ingrosso just dropped a music video for “I Love You” ft. Kid Ink, and it’s as sexy as the track sounds. This collaboration is a match made in EDM heaven, with a symphony of strings leading up to a chill house drop that’s totally danceable without the lyrics, but even better with the vocal stylings of rapper Kid Ink. “I love you, even though I don’t like you right now. I want you, even though you keep breaking me down.” With a song seems destined for the Top 40 and millions of YouTube views, what could go wrong? Well, spoiler alert… There’s a deadly twist to this love triangle… This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Axwell Λ Ingrosso Drop Steamy, Yet Deadly, Music Video for “I Love You” ft. Kid Ink
Dutch duo Yellow Claw teams up with Quavo, Tinie Tempah and Cesqeaux for their latest “Stacks,” released on Mad Decent. Dedicated fans who listened to their #YC11 mixtape have heard this track previewed before as part of that mix. “Stacks” is a new single from their upcoming LP Los Amsterdam, set to be released on March 31. Beginning with erratic breaks, rising with hard hip-hop vocals, then dropping into genre-defying, hard-hitting kick drums, this track has the energy and potential to light up trap stages at upcoming festivals.Despite MC Bizzey’s departure from the group last year, YC has lined up some talent for this track. Cesqeaux, also hailing from the Netherlands, has teamed up with Yellow Claw many times before. As a member of Migos, Quavo has contributed to some of the biggest releases in hip hop today, including but not limited to “Bad and Boujee” — which recently received the remix treatment from Zhu — and “T-Shirt.” Tinie Tempah released Junk Food just under two years ago, and has released three new singles in 2017 already. The track is exactly what should be expected of Yellow Claw: a fun, boisterous romp perfect for big speakers.Photo Credit: @yellowclaw/InstagramRead More:Yellow Claw, DJ Snake and Elliphant share new trap anthem, ‘Good Day‘San Holo – Yellow Claw join forces on ‘Old Days’ Free DownloadYellow Claw – Invitation feat. Yade Lauren (Original Mix)