House | Mimada’s Top 12 for 2012

Posted by on January 5, 2013

With the renaissance of music festivals and growing popularity of electronic music, it’s safe to say my attendance to live shows grew exponentially in 2012 (not that I had that many years under my belt to begin with). However, this really changed my perception of music and how I listened to it. Before, I would see an artist based on my familiarity with them and listen to their songs on repeat in the parking lot until moments leading up to the show. Now, it’s more so that I attend a concert based on the artist’s live talent and/or how much fun the performance will be. When I hear their songs in the future, I get sentiments of that first time I heard it sitting outside in a grassy field surrounded by flag holders or squished up against girls in moonboots rather than it’s premier on SiriXM radio. For me, music in 2012 was not about what would get me out of bed in the morning or play in the background at the gym while I worked out: it was what I could dive into and take me away from any known reality. I guess it’s always kind of been that way, but once you get a peek at my top 12, I think you’ll understand what I mean.


Progressive House | BURNS – Lies (Otto Knows remix)

Posted by on September 16, 2012

The Swedish product Otto Knows, who happened to be classmate of Avicii’s, follows his anthem “Million Voices” and his “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” remix with a otherworldly remix of BURNS – Lies. Expertly weaving together violen, vocals, and a pitched top line, all on top of a fast paced bass line, Otto Knows creates a sublime and complex harmony, restoring faith in the melodic masters of progressive house that have gotten a bit lazy recently. The growing superstar continues to impress with his productions as we await his performance in New York on Halloween.

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Events | All Mixed Up: Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso & Otto Knows NYC Halloween Weekend

Posted by on August 21, 2012

After putting out a mysterious cube with their names on it and a second that clearly said Pier 94 and possibly Nassau Colosseum with the pretext of a Halloween show, we can now put all of the pieces together. Sebsastian Ingrosso, Alesso and Otto Knows will be playing both Pier 94 and Nassau Colosseum, being dubbed “The Haunted Colosseum” for the occasion, on October 27th for Halloween weekend. This means that NYC will not only have the inaugural Sensation America, but also this event on the same weekend. Not entirely sure how they will get the artists back and forth from the venues and how the set times will work, but Refune is a professional bunch and they wouldn’t have done this without having all of the logistics figured out in advance. Presale tickets go on sale this Thursday, August 23rd at noon EST and the general sale is this Friday, August 24th at noon EST, which means there are these tickets to get, as well as Electric Adventure tickets with the aforementioned Alesso on Friday. More info on the allmixedup website.

Nassau Colosseum Tickets | Pier 94 Tickets


Dubstep, Progressive House | Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherf**ker (Datsik & Otto Knows Remixes)

Posted by on July 2, 2012

Oh, happy day! When we first previewed the Datsik and Otto Knows remixes of “Kick Out The Epic Motherf**ker,” we didn’t have a set release date and I was concerned that we’d be kept on ice* for months. But it looks like the gods are smiling on us because the package officially dropped today. I’ve already discussed both of these remixes so I’ll keep it brief: two very different but independently excellent interpretations of Dada Life’s anthemic powerhouse. Both of these tracks are must DLs that will probably figure heavily in many an upcoming live set — so get them early…and listen often.

Beatport: Dada Life – Kick Out The Epic Motherf**ker (Remixes)

*Couldn’t help myself.

Preview, Progressive House | Dada Life — Kick Out The Epic Motherf**cker (Otto Knows Remix Preview)

Posted by on June 21, 2012

Dada Life is clearly about to drop an absolutely massive remix package for the already massive “Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker.” First Datsik brought the womps, and now Otto Knows is bringing the chords. He puts a completely different spin on the driving, almost relentless theme of the original by layering in big, dissonant swells that rise and fall beneath the vocals. The result is a track with an utterly fresh tone and vibe — I can’t wait to hear this one in full.

Disclaimer: listen to this preview at your own risk. The build is prolonged and and torturous and the clip cuts out at the precise moment of the drop. Reminds me of a certain video I had the misfortune to take at an Afrojack show last month…let’s just say that Sev still hasn’t recovered.

Progressive House | Otto Knows – Million Voices

Posted by on February 8, 2012

The young up and coming Swede, my number one guy to watch out for in 2012, Otto Knows has finally released his much anticipated single “Million Voices” after many months of playing it out. A song that has been championed by Sebastion Ingrosso and many other big name Djs, it has all the makings of an early year anthem, so expect this one to be a staple of the first half of this year perhaps all of 2012. The name “Million Voices” derives from the vocal sample that Otto Knows used with a whole bunch of kids shouting and singing that works in perfect harmony with the rest of the song. The bass line flows perfectly with the vocals sample, while the various pitched synths create a euphoric feeling in this song that only grows on you. Link taken down, so get this amazing track on Beatport.

Otto Knows – Million Voices – Beatport

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House | Hardwell, Otto Knows, Tim Mason vs. Nervo

Posted by on September 19, 2011

You want some big room euphoric house? Well you have come to the right place. Hardwell took this already great melodic song and only made it better. He added a superb piano lead with some more bass and synth.
DOWNLOAD: Morgan Page, Sultan & Ned Shepard, BT feat. Angela McCluskey – In the Air (Hardwell Remix)

This Otto Knows remix is absolutely nuts. The synth build and crescendo is so good in this hands in the air, euphoric house track. Of course there are perfect female vocals.
DOWNLOAD: ATB feat. Cristina Soto – Twisted Love (Otto Knows Remix)

This mix was done by Dylan Petit, a French DJ who hosts the Friday night show on Prism radio in France. It takes Tim Mason’s recently released monster remix of Lucid – Can’t Help Myself and added the vocals of Nervo’s irresistible. The vocals from irresistible make the song that much better with a synth laden build with some heavier, chunky synth at the drop.

Download: Lucid & Tim Mason – Can’t Help Myself (Dylan Main Room Irresistible Remix)
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