Posted by GMONEY on February 24, 2015
Last week, Ultra Music, one of dance music’s premier North American record labels, announced the release of Ultra Dance 16, a huge compilation showcasing the imprint’s year of music in 2014. The compilation was released today – the same day as the 20th anniversary of the launch of the iconic record label – to commemorate the accomplishment of such a monumental milestone. Ultra Dance 16 illustrates Ultra’s distinguished roster of dance music influencers including Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, and Hardwell in addition to their promising list of newcomers with Oliver Heldens, Kygo, and Robin Schulz leading a new wave of talent for the label.
As a complement to the compilation, Ultra Music has also delivered a brilliant ten-minute minimix, showcasing select tracks off of the huge, 24-track offering. Check out the minimix above and make sure to snag a copy of Ultra Dance 16 now on iTunes.
Posted by Grubeats on January 18, 2015
Just Juice, a young up and coming face in Boston’s hip-hop scene dispels his “Lavish” rhymes on us with his newest release. Gaining support from VMG’s own, Logic, as well as Mojo, Juice and co. spit semi-auto bars over this C-Sick certified banger. Juice has been on his grind for several years now and I have a feeling this track will land him the platform he deserves. If you’re feeling this one, feed your ears his free album, For The People.
Albums, Electro, Electro-House, Electronic, House, Progressive House | Hardwell releases single ‘Eclipse’ from upcoming album, United We Are
Posted by jewcebox on January 13, 2015
After dominating the dance music scene for the past couple years, fans have been eagerly awaiting Hardwell to release a debut album and last month the Dutch pioneer announced the full tracklist for his debut LP, “United We Are.” To begin the monsoon of anticipation, Robbert van de Corput has released the first single titled, “Eclipse,” of which he played for Miami at Ultra Music Festival 2014.
Although deep house is having its time in the spotlight currently, Hardwell sticks to his guns and maintains his signature big room sound that fans have grown to love. The main stage veteran sends shivers down listeners spines from start to finish with classical strings, ear-numbing basslines, and expertly aligned synth harmonies to exhibit his musical mastery. This is the first taste that will have fans fiending more as we inch closer to the album’s release.
Also check out Hardwell’s next release “Sally” here.
Posted by jewcebox on January 12, 2015
LA native Justin Caruso is back at it again with yet another remix we’ve got stuck on repeat. At just the young age of 19 years old, Justin Caruso continues to impress us with his production and song writing ability. Keep your eye on this kid.
Posted by VMan on December 30, 2014
NJ Hip Hop producer Myles William is in a giving mood this holiday season and just released a 3 track beat tape “12.30.14,” chopping up the likes of Tourist, Becky Hill and Banks for remixes that could very well serve as instrumentals for the likes of Drake or Schoolboy Q, but for now, we’ll call it a moment time! This is a def must listen and a must download!
Free Download: Myles William – 12.30.14
Posted by JT on November 24, 2014
Welcome to the edge of the horizon. If you dare, bring your scuba gear, because we’re about to travel deep into uncharted territory. Here, the weather is unpredictable. You’ll find yourself caught between a warm breeze and icy chills. There are quiescent deserts, bustling forests, mystifying depths of ocean, and volatile skies. Indeed, Portrait Digital have brought forward a showcase of melodies and beats that can be commended for realizing, thus far, the pinnacles reached by the Melodic Progressive House/Trance genre in its story of evolution. Out December 1, 2014, The Gallery:03 eases our transition into the New Year and foreshadows a sense of what to expect in 2015 from the label.
The compilation invests in well-known talents like Roald Velden, Bee Hunter, and Denis Neve, names that have become recognized for their contributions to this scene. Gallery:03 could not start off more perfectly as Idle Earth’s “Darling, My Love Is Yours” instills feel-good vibes, soundscaping our minds into a state of positivity. Moving ahead, one realizes that the melodic progressive genre has managed to break barriers onto the dancefloor, as demonstrated by the magicians Kirill Nikolaev & Denis Neve’s in “Redline” – a track that was featured on Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT 689. Alex Byrka & EdNikoff take us into the abyss with “Atlantis,” followed by Kono who delivers a one-way ticket to drifting in the skies with “Sakuna.” Each track narrates its own story delegated by emotional breaks, chords and synths.
The Gallery:03 has conquered our expectations and is a true reflection of Portrait Digital’s caliber. It is consistent, it is quality, and it is divine.
Posted by JT on November 8, 2014
A Sense of Wonder is an album entirely dedicated to our generation of lovers, adventurers, and dreamers. It is an album that inspires, musically narrating tales of victory and defeat caught in between simple moments and complex realities. It is an album that innovates, as Dan Sieg demonstrates he’s unafraid to play with our emotions by experimenting with both the uplifting and dark sides of progressive trance. He reminds us that curiosity doesn’t always lead to a sense of discovery – it can bite you right back. Released by the titan’s of progressive trance and house, Silk Royal Records, A Sense of Wonder can be commended for defining “Progressive Trance,” as it is truly a work of art.
Dan Sieg hasn’t always gone by this moniker. He paved his path into progressive trance as Dan & Sam (Sam Wilkinson) and after showcasing the timeless “Walls” with sensational vocalist Maxx Hennard (an XM Electric Area 52 favorite), the floodgates had opened. Dan couldn’t slow down. He released over 30 originals and remixes in the past year, all in lieu of perfecting A Sense of Wonder. Indeed, Dan’s 17 years of musical endurance, which started with guitar at age 8, is vividly displayed in the depth of the chords here – every pluck, bass line, build up, and transition is strategically placed to create this front to end masterpiece.
Every track has its story. Some are the product of empty nights filled with endless streams of thought, others a reflection of friends and memories made in unexpected circumstances. The album starts with the uplifting “Iris” and permeates the path for the journey we are about to begin. A Sense of Wonder plays with our emotions, bringing us summertime sadness with a track like “Gloom,” and then elevating us back to cloud 9 with “Erko.” He even curates a rendition of techno with the clever “Techbruary,” a track that took me completely off-guard when first blessing my speakers. The album has received support from artists of all kind, with “Welcome To The Alley” being showcased on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy episode 99. A Sense of Wonder concludes with “Horizons,” a progressive track that soundscapes all five senses to attention. Dan Sieg has become imprinted permanently as a progressive trance guru with this glorious release, so be prepared and grab a parachute, because grounding yourself is not an option.