Progressive House | Deniz Koyu – Ruby

Posted by on January 26, 2014

Deniz Koyu - RubyFirst premiered by Axwell at Tomorrowland, Deniz Koyu makes his long overdo debut on Axtone Records with “Ruby”. The tune gives you the vintage Koyu sound, with added piano and synth layers that take it from a good track to a great song. Deniz Koyu makes bombs, just look at his track record with tunes like “Bong”, “Tung” and “Hertz”. Axtone shows once again why it is one of the best labels around with this release.

Beatport: Deniz Koyu – Ruby

Events | Electric Zoo Announces Full Lineup of Afterparties + Grounds Update

Posted by on August 8, 2013

Electric Zoo 2013 Map
One of the big announcements for this year’s Electric Zoo was the addition of the second MainStage, which brought a lot of excitement at the new lineup possibilities, but also some questions as to where they would put it. Well now they have answered that question, with a map layout that puts the entrance near the Sunday School Groove Tent and the second MainStage opposite the 3 tent stages. I believe there won’t be an issue with noise bleeding, like there was at EDC NYC, but one issue may be with it getting very crowded walking along that path, especially at night and with inebriated festival-goers.

Made Event has teased a few afterparties in the past week or so, but now they have revealed all 14, bringing in Cielo and Output for a much more housey landscape. If you want to brave the crowds at Pacha, they have strong lineups, but if not, your more mainstream sounds will be championed by the bigger Roseland Ballroom, hosting the likes of Benassi, Dyro, The Machine, W&W and Deniz Koyu. Best Buy Theater will be your place for bass music with Flux and friends on Friday, Adventure Club and friends on Sunday and an intriguing show of Rudimental, Delta Heavy and Modeselektor on Saturday. If you are willing to make the hour-long commute to Brooklyn after the show for some house, Output is for you, with Dirtybird taking over in what will be one of the better afterparties, while Laurent Garnier takes over for a marathon solo set on Sunday, and Friday has a double-header at Output and Cielo. There is something for everyone at these afters that will allow you to keep the party going and get no sleep over Labor Day Weekend. Full schedule after the jump, and grab your tickets below. You can still grab tickets for the festival here.

Afterparty Tickets


Electro-House | Mikael Weermets – Panorama

Posted by on June 1, 2013

Mikael Weermets - PanoramaBoom, another free download from me, how rare. Don’t worry I will be back to my Beatport posting ways soon enough, but for now enjoy this free download, because Mikael Weermets brings some heat. As a thank you to the fans for supporting him for the past 10 years, Swedish Dj / producer, Mikael Weermet has released “Panorama” for free. The track combines chunky electro elements with a big room melodic interlude, making this an ideal addition to his recent heavyset discography.

Inspired by a festival last summer, this track as he said “wrote itself” from the energy of the day before and soon turned into one of his most requested tracks to date. It has already been supported by the likes of Tiesto, Deniz Koyu, Matisse & Sadko, Michael Calfan & Tristan Garner, so take that as an indication that it is a worthwhile addition to your library as well.

Free Download: Mikael Weermets – Panorama


Progressive House | Deniz Koyu – Rage

Posted by on March 25, 2013

Deniz Koyu rarely misses when he releases a single with tracks like “Bong”, Tung”, “Follow You” and “Hertz” all under his belt and “Rage” is no different. With its premier coming from the now split up Swedish House Mafia, “Rage” displays some of the sounds we know from the Turkish / German producer, but with a new, tougher twist. With gruff riffs, slowed down builds and peaktime energy destined for the festival stage, “Rage” has all of the ingredients to be Deniz Koyu’s next big hit.

Beatport: Deniz Koyu – Rage

Compilation, Electro-House, Featured, Progressive House | FNT’s Top 25 Big Room & Electro Tracks of 2012

Posted by 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.


Progressive House, Trance | Middy’s Top 12 of 2012

Posted by on January 5, 2013

2012 was a crazy year. ASOT 550, Sensation, E Zoo, Inox, Prydz, seeing some of the best DJs in the world two, three, four, five times. It was fun. This was not easy at all and I could go back and forth on this at any moment, but these are those tracks that you could go back to at any moment and be more than happy. They are the ones that have a place in the timeline of the year. This is very separate of what is to come in the next few days — the official best and biggest tracks of 2012.


Progressive House | Miike Snow – Pretender (Deniz Koyu Remix)

Posted by on September 28, 2012

Miike Snow has become one of the most popular bands to remix with the likes of Thomas Gold, Dirty South, Wolfgang Garter and Jacques Lu Cont all getting nods for official remixes this year. In a remix that draws similarities to Fedde le Grand’s work on Coldplay’s “Paradise” with the stutters that were very much in style last year and earlier this year. Nonetheless, Deniz Koyu puts together yet another flawless production using the Miike Snow vocals to accentuate a well crafted melody that is held together by a steady bass line. Following his previous progressive hit “Follow You“, we are seeing the diversity of Deniz Koyu’s sound with tracks ranging from “Bong” to “Turn it” to his remix of “Spectrum”, and now this remix, as he continues to raise the bar with each production.

Beatport: Miike Snow – Pretender (Deniz Koyu Remix)