Posted by Middy on April 9, 2013
In its 5th Year, Made Event‘s Electric Zoo recently announced its plan to create two main stages to try and augment the festival-goers experience and cements its place among the premier festivals nationwide. We are in the midst of a production and creativity arms race by various promotion companies like Ultra and Insomniac that are pushing the boundaries of what is possible every year. This latest attempt to do so by Made Event as it tries to compete with Ultra and EDC and their festival experiences is a great step in the right direction. Logistically, it will be interesting to see how they pull it off with the limited space on Randall’s Island. Today they announced the acts gracing the “East” and “West” main stages and they are working to give you your 330 dollars worth with names like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Avicii, W&W, Tiesto, Madeon, Bassnectar, Hardwell, Diplo, Sebastian Ingrosso, and many more all heading to New York City for this Labor Day Weekend extravaganza. We are looking forward to seeing what comes from the rest of the stages. You have to give credit to E Zoo for announcing artist info so early, something very rare nowadays. Tickets are on sale now, so get them here.
Compilation, Electro-House, Featured, Progressive House | FNT’s Top 25 Big Room & Electro Tracks of 2012
Posted by Middy on January 9, 2013
2012 was a year of explosive growth for dance music worldwide. We have seen increasing influence from the United States in dance culture, with the “bigger is better” ethos evident in everything from sound and visual production to the massive convergence of electronic music with pop music (a charge led by top-40 radio stars like Rihanna, Chris Brown, Usher, and even Taylor Swift, who made a brief but notable foray into dubstep this year). In other words, dance music has literally and figuratively blown up. Of course, with the “mainstream-ization” of dance music comes the inevitable backlash from traditionalists who’d prefer it to remain as it was in the 80s and 90s — confined to small clubs and warehouses with little attention from the general public. This rift is notably present in the trance community, where purists who prefer the higher BPMs of the 90s and early 2000s often look down upon newer listeners who have quickly latched on to what Above & Beyond famously described as “trance 2.0.”
While there are valid arguments to be made for both sides of this growing dance music debate, at the end of the day we think you should listen to what you like, and that producers should be free to evolve artistically without fear of being branded sellouts. Of course, it is important to acknowledge and respect the long (and occasionally troubled) road that electronic music has taken to get to where it is today, just as it is undeniable that 2013 has very exciting things in store for the genre — regardless of whether you’ve been a fan for twenty years or twenty minutes.
In keeping with this theme, we bring you this list in addition to our own personal lists — a list which we think sums up the year in dance music, from the clubs to the festivals to what you played on your car speakers. We all have our own tastes, but we still must pay our respects to the EDM anthems that dominated the year. So without further adieu, a few words on how this list was decided. First and foremost, this is our list, not the definitive list from the dance music gods, so no matter how hard we try to be objective we’re sure there will be some debate. Secondly, we are talking about the biggest and best tracks of the year — so tracks that were absolutely dynamite but which failed to garner support and playtime from other DJs will not make the cut. Third, remember the genres we’re covering. No hard feelings to Sasha’s remixes of “Flutes” and “Benediction” — both crushed 2012 — but this isn’t the time or the place. We also must note that we are American, so our list will mainly represent the tracks we heard at US festivals and clubs (even though some of us spent substantial time in Europe). Finally, we must give a quick nod to all of the amazing songs that were released just before 2012 but which still had an enormous impact on the year — like Nicky Romero’s “Toulouse“, Knife Party’s “Internet Friends”, Bingo Players’ “Rattle”, Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party’s “Antidote” and the ever-enduring “Epic”. At the end of 2013, we’ll give the same acknowledgment to tracks released in December 2012, like “Easy“, “I Could Be The One“, “Like Home“, “Clash” and possibly “Rift“.
Whew. Now that we’re done with that, let’s get on to The Top 25 Big Room & Electro Tracks of 2012.
House | Kaskade vs. Tommy Trash/Tommy Trash & Sebastian Ingrosso – Empty Streets Cascade & Eyes Reloaded (Kaskade Mashups)
Posted by Spice on November 19, 2012
Pardon the intense looking title. Mondays always bring great new original mashups from Kaskade, and today we’ve got two that are total fire — one’s a freebie, one’s streaming only, but both are absolutely awesome (happily, however, my favorite of the two is the one that’s downloadable). Kaskade’s a master of his craft and Tommy Trash and Sebastian Ingrosso aren’t exactly slouches either, so consider these autodownloads (where applicable, anyway). Turn on and tune in on this mashup Monday.
Posted by Middy on September 28, 2012
Despite Tommy Trash’s misleading Facebook post about the release date of “Reload”, we are finally able to get our hands on the finished product of this massive collaboration between Sebastian Ingrosso, who is probably popping bottles with the money he just made today and Tommy Trash. “Reload” combines the best of both worlds with these producers, giving us the grungy, playful, pitched synths that Tommy Trash has become known for, while Sebastian Ingrosso adds a euphoric topline over the growling swells that prevail during much of the track. This track was a big track at the end of the summer, despite not being released, so expect it to get much more airtime this fall with its official release.
Posted by Middy 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.
Posted by Middy on August 12, 2012
The legendary Essential Mix takes us to Privilege Ibiza, the biggest club in the world as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records where Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso played a 90 minute back 2 back set chock full of unreleased tracks like the Swedish House Mafia’s recently radio debuted track “Don’t You Worry Child“, Sebastian Ingrosso’s collab with Tommy Trash “Reload”, Steve Angello’s upcoming single “Lights” with fellow Size label mates Third Party and more. They go through an extensive selection of both of their recent discographies as well as some of the biggest tracks from the past several months, molding them together into seamless bootlegs. Host, Pete Tong started off the night with some purposeful, groovy tech, house and progressive with Italian legend, Benny Benassi closing out the night with one of his eclectic, high energy sets. Tracklists after the jump.
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso Back 2 Back
Posted by Spice on April 2, 2012
Let me just say: whoa. Whoa whoa whoa. Sebastian Ingrosso’s young protege serves up yet another piping hot dish of delicious, stadium-ready progressive house and even though I don’t normally like posting previews this one is too good to pass up. Alesso has been teasing this dazzling melodic gem for the past few weeks (he even dangled it right in front of us during his recent Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1), and now that a full preview is up on Soundcloud it seems pretty clear: this is going to be effing big.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I have to admit that I currently have more questions than answers. How many times am I going to hear this song during the next six months? Will I get sick of it? Why can’t I embed a miniature Alesso into my head so that things like this can be piped directly into my brain at all times? And most importantly: Keane? Where have you been lately? The last time I listened to Keane, I’m pretty sure I was fourteen, being driven to the orthodontist, and sporting a first-gen iPod and a picture of Josh Hartnett in my binder cover. Whatever, we’ve all been there. Stay tuned for the release date and listen to this soon-to-be anthem below.