When we first heard this in David Guetta‘s Mix a few weeks back we we’re pumped. Tommy Trash, who is known for his progressive anthems, does not disappoint with this one. He takes his signature progressive melodies and infuses them with a unique electro twist and a taste of french house. “Truffle Pig” has already stormed the charts and continues to get massives play. It is out now on Fool’s Gold Records.
Steve Angello‘s Size Records has acquired a new Swedish duo that hails from Stockholm and go by Wayne & Woods. Since now is the time of giving and everyone is feeling the holiday spirit, the two have decided to give away their Size Records debut for Free. We are going to say this right from the beginning, if every one of their singles compares remotely to “Pyramid” these two will have a solid future and career in the EDM community. Their new track contains strong percussion and sounds that have the capability to blow away any dance floor across the globe. Don’t sleep and miss out on this track because you will regret it, grab you copy now!
Fareoh is one of the biggest up and coming Dj/Producers in the game right now. Starting as a producer for electro house he decided to make his way to the melodies of progressive house music. The 20-year-old New York producer has become a regular for the biggest clubs in New York and has made his way to go around the world from Los Angeles to Ibiza and more. He has opened for some of the best in the game such as Avicii, David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso and Calvin Harris as well as going on tour with Kaskade and Dirty South. When I saw he was returning to Santos Party House I knew it was something that I had to attend and see how talented this young DJ is for myself.
Pulling up to Santos around 12:30 I already knew it was going to be a wild night because the line to get in was long and only getting longer. Lucky for us we did not have to wait long to get in and made our way right inside. When we got inside Santos was already going hard, The opening DJ, Clank was setting the crowd off the right way with big tracks such as Truffle Pig by Tommy Trash and one of my personal favorites Everyday by Eric Prydz. At around 1:45 I walked in after being outside to the sounds of Fareoh taking charge on the decks. LA Riots and GTA remix to Nero’s Crush On You was setting the place off with a bang. That went right into a wild mashup of Gregori Klosman’s Minibar with Knife Party’s Internet Friends, which could set any venue or even festival off. Fareoh was starting off harder then ever and it was only going to get crazier dropping tracks like Who by Tujamo and Plastik Funk, and Tommy Trash remix to The Veldt with Porter Robinsons Language At this point Santos was off the hook raging to the sounds of Fareoh and it still wasn’t enough. Towards the end Fareoh dropped the smash new hit by TJR Ode To Oi, Showteks Cannonball and none other then Firebeatz Dear New York. He also did drop his own remix to David Guettas Just One Last Time. This night could not have gone any better, for my first time seeing Fareoh he killed it and showed the talent that he really has. For as young as he is that only means he is going to go a long way. If you have not gotten the chance to see him live I suggest you do, he can rock a set easily and set off a venue and has the energy on the decks to go with it.
Preview – Perfect Crime (Fareoh Remix) – Joan Reyes & Amba Sheperd
Nicky Romero debuted this track back in September during episode #6 of his own podcast Protocol Radio. The quickly rising talent, Tony Romera, is known for his hard grinding electro style floor fillers like his Remix of “Breaking Up” alongside Bartosz Brenes, a track that landed him in the Beatport Top 10. However, he took a different approach on this one, he forgoes the hard electro for a minimalistic approach on progressive. This track is reminiscent of Nari & Milani’s “Atom” and Sander Van Doorn’s “Koko“. Be prepared to start hearing this everywhere, this versatile track has real potential to be a club and festival main stay. Expect to see this track heavily in many bootlegs. Out now on Protocol Recordings.
Thursday night marks the first party of the Thanksgiving week festivities at Pacha NYC. German trance God, Paul Van Dyk will be showing all of his fans and supporters his thanks for them by putting on a performance like no one has ever seen on the eve of this Thanksgiving holiday. Paul Van Dyk puts on some of the best and most unbelievable shows world wide, night in and night out, and if that wasn’t enough his 20+ years of experience proves his veteran worthy status and caliber in electronic dace music. Read more →
A sea of glowing cell phones greeted the young Swede Tim Bergling as the first notes of music began to fill Radio City Music Hall. One of Manhattan’s most legendary venues, over its history Radio City has seen more than 300 million asses in their seats. On this night though those seats didn’t see any asses; Avicii’s skillful musical manipulation kept them moving all night. Even if your mom doesn’t know who Avicii is, she knows his biggest hit “Le7els”. And this whole tour is named after the song. There are a lot of people who can get snobby about Avicii and “Le7els”, but the guy draws more than just rave babies and frat bros. Girls in nice dresses, 30 year olds in suits, and even a few kids adorned in hot topic style gear all congregated in the lobby just before Avicii took to the stage.
Bergling appeared on the top of 30 foot projector wall shaped like a head and started playing “Teenage Wasteland” over “Fade into Darkness” and everyone went crazy. People flooded the aisles, surging as far foward as they could before they were stopped by velvet ropes, and stern security. Avicii kept it pretty light for the first ⅓ of his set playing some progressive-upbeat tunes, and occasionally bringing a little bit harder electro to keep the energy up. All the while his production team kept the visuals varied on the Head structure and the LED wall that shone in the background. Much like Skrillex and the Mothership or Feed Me with his Teeth, the Head served as a focal point for images. They ranged from trippy colorful abstract images to roller coaster footage on a sunny day. After his fairly light and progressive opening movement, he dropped two of the hottest new tracks that are making the rounds of the big name DJ’s. Playing the Nari and Milani banger “Atom”, and following it with a smooth transition into “Who” by Plastik Funk and Tujamo. Not stopping the intensity there, he brought it back to his own music by blasting “My Feelings for You” and then mashing it into another track that’s rocketing up everyones playlist, Albin Myers’ “Hells Bells”.
You have to give credit to Avicii for playing some of these less mainstream beats because you could feel that the reaction by the crowd to some of them was less than enthusiastic. They know mainstream, and they know Avicii, and they came to Radio City to hear what they expected to hear. Like any other musician Avicii has music his fans expect to hear at his shows. They expect a certain town and specific type of music. It’s almost a chicken and the egg kind of question. Does Avicii play mainstream and so he has a mainstream audience? Or does he have a mainstream audience that makes him play mainstream music. Fortunately, some of the songs he played at the end were harder songs everyone in the crowd started going wild for. Starting with “Antidote”, moving on to “Greyhound”, then finally bringing on “Le7els”. Everyone in the crowd really went nuts for this song, and no matter how many times you’ve heard it played, it will always get you going. He ended by mixing in the Torro Torro remix of “Go Deep”, by Autoerotique, into “Zombie Nation”.
When it comes to thinking about how good this show really was, the first thing you have to understand is that no matter how historic, iconic or culturally important a venue is, the most important factor for this music is whether or not you can move. It’s not just a matter of space to actually move around, but the assigned seats hindered the kind of moving and mingling that helps give this culture the amazing vibe it has. Radio City may be a really cool place for an event, but it is a terrible space for electronic dance music. Avicii’s production team really took it up a notch. I imagine this is especially because they weren’t allowed to perform using pyrotechnics and other elements that are staples of these electronic shows. The visuals on the Head were outstanding, giving us colorful graphics, immersive video, brilliantly synced lighting and a centerpiece that keeps your eyes on the performer. His set appealed to his base, but he still had a few adventurous moments with some of his song selections. If you’re an Avicii hater, this show wouldn’t have changed your mind. But that’s okay, because the people who were there loved the wunderkind Bergling. Besides, for most of them what better way could they spend a Wednesday night?
Photo Credit: Warren Whitmore
Radio City Music Hall
It is becoming a rare occurrence where the marriage between a venue, the people and the talent come together to form a perfect night. This was the case at Electric Beach at Santos Party House on Saturday night where DJs Mighty Ror, Audrey Napoleon and ImanoS rocked a beautiful crowd well into the early morning.
Mighty Ror was on the decks when Pachaholic arrived. What was clear was how dialed in he was into the crowd, delivering an ambitious set of house, progressive and old school remixes that had everyone amped up. If a DJ is playing Alesso’s “Silence by the Night” and Axwell’s remix of “Sweet Disposition” in the opening set, you know the night is going to be massive. The only question that remained was “how massive”?
The house was nearly full to capacity with NYCs young elite in attendance. The door and guest list were managed perfectly by Electric Beach’s Rasaad and the party was just getting hot before one the biggest surprise of the night, Audrey Napoleon, got behind the decks. After playing Pacha the night before, the L.A. based DJ/Producer delivered a progressive, tech house set that was uniquely her own, and had everyone on their feet. Audrey is on nearly every list of DJs to watch in 2012 (and beyond) including Beatport and Elektro Magazine and there is no question as to why. She infused the crowd with her energy to the point where everyone at Santos wanted to get a better look at her and know who was spinning. Audrey’s star power is growing exponentially and I am certain that we will see her again as a headliner in NYC. In the mean time you can catch her at the Identity Festival all summer long. Her recent release Green +15 is available on Beatport.
The Dreamlab Robot was also in attendance, adding a uniquely special touch to an already uniquely special night. With all of these elements in place, ImanoS took the DJ booth to send this party into the stratosphere. ImanoS set the tone by starting with Lady Gaga’s “Judas (Thomas Gold Instrumental Mix)” with Afrojack’s “Take over Control (Acapella)” featuring Eva Simmons. The Mutant Records artist unleashed hit after hit on the Electric Beach crowd including Deniz Koyu’s “Bong”, Adrian Lux’ “Angels (Ken Loi Remix) and Dirty South’s “Walking Alone (Arty Remix)”. The highlight was the debut of his new remix of the Foxes “White Coats” which will undoubtedly receive global attention like many of his previous remixes.
ImanoS effortlessly delivered what many already know to be true. ImanoS is a remix master, his recent releases including “Asimov”, “Let It Go” and “I’ll Wait for You” have all gotten support from some of the biggest producers in dance music today like Tiesto, Pete Tong, Bob Sinclar, Avicii, John Dahlback, and Laidback Luke. However, the Vancouver native is just getting started. If he continues to release massive house anthems and deliver absurdly energetic shows he will become a fixture here in NYC and abroad making special nights like Saturday a more common occurrence.