Three Sundays later, and we have the return of our column. Apologies for the delay, but two things: one, my excuse is pretty good (yea, I blame Ultra), and two, this week’s edition is awesome. I called it the We-Missed-You edition for two reasons. One, duh, I missed y’all. Two, it features a few of my favorite songs by artists we all know and love — but haven’t heard them perform in their sets in years.
My first solo foray into the EDM world, I paid my buddy $10 and saw Avicii perform an intimate set at Pacha, and when he played this first song, I nearly cried of happiness, all hyped up, alone in my own Avicii-bubble. Years later, the feeling still returns. Then there’s Jacques Lu Cont, or the Thin White Duke, who somehow kept us in our seats, jumping with this Killers track in Madison Square Garden last year when the Swedish House Mafia — now dissolved — headlined the first electronic show there. Sit back, close your eyes, and know you’re in good hands… It’s time for #SyncBackSunday.
Introducing the first edition of #SyncBackSunday, a new weekly post featuring some of the best ghosts of EDM’s past. (Oh, I do like a good pun.) Sometimes we need a reminder to stop and smell those roses…and for the life of me, I can’t understand why Throwback Thursday was devised, as all I want to hear on a Thursday or Friday night is something new, awakening, and exciting! So, I motion to save our throwbacks till Sunday, when, each Sunday eve, you can expect some tunes you won’t have heard throughout the week, may have never heard, and absolutely can’t not hear in your EDM-listening career. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a trip down EDMemory lane… it’s time for #SyncBackSunday.
This week’s premiere edition features a number of artists to be seen at the currently-ongoing Miami Music Week — but you’d be downright jackpot-lucky to hear these old beats on their systems…!
Update (3/4): The Chainsmokers will be playing Lavo NY this Thursday night!
Can’t get enough of NYC duo The Chainsmokers, who recently released their revamp of Two Door Cinema Club’s “Sleep Alone”, a beautiful progressive mix featuring great dynamics, a powerful new beat, and some awesome use of a great band’s vocals. This being already their fourth hit release of 2013, The Chainsmokers continue to light up the airwaves with their feel-good, progressive-house fire.
Holy hell, Tim Mason. I was damn near jumpin’ outta my chair when you released the preview to this track a month or so ago on SoundCloud. Now I’m in a full-on dance party. A perfect synth melody meets a bumpin’ beat in this beast of an electro lovesong.
At the beginning of last month, goldenboy superproducer Avicii announced a project in which he’d review submissions for melodies, basslines, beats, rhythms, breaks and effects to create one internationally-collaborative track. Reminiscent of the days of The Postal Service (who are, by the way, back on tour…?!), mailing recordings of vocals and effects crosscountry back in 2003 to create hits like “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”, Avicii x You.com received nearly 13,000 submissions from 4000+ artists in 140 countries. What resulted is a happy, light, bouncy house tune that one will be sure to hear in Avicii sets. Melody, kian sang; bassline, DJ Naxsy; beat/rhythm, Martin Kupilas; break, ВАНЯ ХАКСИ; and effects, Jonathan Madray, Mateusz Kolata, and Christian Westphalen.
Avicii also recently celebrated 3 million likes on Facebook by releasing a new mix of “Your Love is So Amazing”. His video productions have been top-notch lately, so I thought I’d include it.
Holy Moses did it snow. Currently am stuck in Connecticut due to suspended train service, stomping the yard listening to the pop-iest of house tunes to keep m’blood moving. First up, a glorious remix of Sigùr Ros-doppelganger Jónsi by NYC producers The Chainsmokers, followed by a new collaboration between favorites Project 46 and the legendary Paul Oakenfold. Keep warm!
Seems the latest trend in the biz is to have your own theme song. Armin did it first for his ASOT 600 tour, and now the Swedish House Mafia brothers have devised one. Attached to this sweet preview comes a shockingly high-definition rendering of marbleized musical instruments being blown up… “We Came, We Rave, We Love” is slated for an official release later this spring.
Just announced, Zedd will be performing this Thursday at new LES nightclub Finale. Opened by the creators of super-club Pacha, Finale features similarly intimate architecture, bringing artists and their fans closer than ever. Had this one posted on the Agenda a while now… get your tickets quick!!!
Longtime fave Starkillers just dropped this bombshell of a mix. The LA producer has really grown into his niche of powerful dance rhythms, serotonin-leakingly-redundant harmonies, and powerful female vocals (read: Nadia Ali). You should probably have this one in your life too… just sayin’…