Events | Ultra Music Festival 2013 — Weekend 2 Recap (Or, If I Never Hear “Clarity” Again, It Will Be Too Soon)
Posted by Spice on April 9, 2013
“You know, the mainstage doesn’t look that awesome this year. In fact, it kind of looks smaller than it did last year.”
I was sitting on a friend’s couch drinking a lukewarm Bud Light and watching Nicky Romero’s Weekend 1 set on a Macbook. We didn’t have the good speakers plugged in because someone was napping upstairs, so the sound was tinny and easy to talk over. The TV mounted to the wall was tuned to NCAA basketball with the volume off. It was early on Friday evening and I was in the process of getting over bronchitis. A bag of Doritos was making the rounds.
“Shit guys. This stage is bullshit.” I grabbed a fistful of Doritos and gestured at the computer. “Look at it. It’s just sitting there, being purple. God, the mainstage is going to effing suck this year.” My friends nodded sagely. I leaned back, satisfied that my point had hit home, and turned my attention to the basketball game.
Of all the things I’ve been wrong about in my life, this has got to be top three.
Posted by Middy on March 25, 2013
At long last Nicky Romero’s single “Symphonica”, first played at last year’s Tomorrowland, gets its official release and sets itself up to be an early summer anthem. Nicky is still riding the high of his collab with Avicii “I Could Be The One“, as well as his house smash “Still The Same Man” and with Protocol Records tracks getting plays from Djs all across the spectrum, he is making his push to manage the collasal task of having an even bigger year in 2013 than last year. “Symphonica” embodies the hard hitting sound you come to expect from Nicky with foreboding piano, rough, jarring, almost sand paper like saws and orchestral strings, bringing together this outstanding arrangement from the young Dutchman. No word on the trap remix from Bare that Romero gave a whirl during his mainstage set last weekend at Ultra, but it is one to look out for.
Beatport: Nicky Romero – Symphonica
Posted by Middy on February 12, 2013
It is Mardi Gras, so the weekend starts tonight if it hasn’t already. We start things off this week with the 7th episode of EPIC Radio from Eric Prydz who following up his surreal Essential Mix, holds nothing back with plenty of unreleased tracks. Pierce Fulton presents the eclectic “Get Weird” Mix in its 10th episode that features all exclusive edits and mashups that you don’t want to miss. Next up we have the 7th episode of the twice a month RAVE’N podcast from Dzeko & Torres that features a guest mix from Autoerotique and features unreleased tracks like “Together We Are” and “Hit It“. The Drop features much of the best releases from last week with a guest mix from Boris if you are into that type of house. After the jump we have mixes from The Bingo Players, Arty, a W&W guest mix for Hardwell and N3AKO.
Posted by Middy on February 4, 2013
Nicky Romero takes a big 180 with this production (in a good way) and goes to his pre-Toulouse sound, before the revolution he started with massive presets to tracks like “Camorra” and adds a groove we have not heard in quite some time in his tracks. Nicky Romero gets funky with fellow Dutchman Nilson & John Christian on “Still The Same Man” with this modern reinterpretation of the 2006 track “Same Man” from Till West & DJ Delicious. In his debut on Toolroom Records, Nicky Romero shows his versatility as producer with the strong tech and disco influences of the original, adding deft key play to this 2013 rendition of “Still The Same Man” that is sure to invigorate any dance floor.
Bootleg, Electro-House | Nicky Romero vs. Green Velvet. vs. Cosmic Gate – Analog Flash (Omnia Mashup)
Posted by Spice on February 4, 2013
A nice Monday afternoon freebie from Omnia, who has mashed up Nicky Romero’s famed remix of Green Velvet’s “Flash” with Cosmic Gate’s 2007 tech-trance classic “Analog Feel.” The kicky bassline, dark melody, and off-beat hi-hats on “Analog Feel” are a perfect counterpoint to Nicky Romero’s minimal but hard-hitting reboot of “Flash.”
It also (sort of) bears mention that I tweeted “camera’s ready, prepare to flash” for no discernible reason this morning (wasn’t even listening to the song), and now this is here. Weird. It’s like I have ESPN or something.
Posted by Middy on January 10, 2013
It is time for the weekend and since I missed last week, there is going to be A LOT of mixes in this post. I have about 24 hours of music and all of it good. We start things off with Hardwell’s yearmix that goes through his accomplished discography from this year and a selection of tracks from his label, Revealed Recordings. Next up is from yearmix from Nicky Romero that includes his numerous releases from this year and the unreleased “Symphonica”. Hook N Sling provides us with his take on 2012 in a high energy, bootleg heavy mix. Young Polish Dj Tom Swoon goes the extra mile and gives us 61 tracks in 2 hours for his year end mix, traversing genres from electro to trance to progressive.
After the jump we have the two latest episodes of The Drop that include exclusives from both guest mixers, Qulinez & Synchronice. Next week they are celebrating their 50 episode with mixes from Djs like Leon Bolier, Lazy Rich & Maor Levi all week so head to their Facebook page for full details. You will also find year end mixes from Dannic, Inpetto, who mix 50 songs in 1 hour, Dzeko & Torres who mix 40 songs in 10 minutes, Gregori Klosman and N3AKO. Lastly, included are a various assortment of other mixes and live sets from the past week or so, notably from NYE celebrations.
Posted by jewcebox on January 10, 2013
In honor of the New Year, Kap Slap dropped an hour long mix. It’s packed with unreleased bootlegs, big room anthems, and everything else you’d expect from the man himself. Keep your eyes peeled, his latest mixtape drops in 5 days! Tracklist after the jump.