New Progressive House
Lately there has been a pretty incredible tendency for the EDM industry to dip into the Indie music industry, and there have been some mixed results to say the least. Whether its a failure to capture the ambiance of the original or the simple fact that there has been a noticeable convergence toward similar sounding productions, the marriage between Indie and Dance music has been a turbulent one. That being said, my pick to be labeled champion of this growing sub-genre is without a doubt New York based DJ and master bootlegger, dBerrie. There is hardly and electronic music fan out there who hasn’t at least heard his unofficial remix of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, which was easily one of the most featured songs at this year’s Ultra Music Festival and still receives loads of support. He then followed that banger up with a tactful rework of Gossip’s “Perfect World” last month, which leads us to the free download he’s offering up today. His latest remix features his signature ability to craft captivating rising leads through always smooth synth and drum work, while the drop boasts a unique collaboration of fuzzy highs and lows to round off another impressive showing from the up and coming NY native. His stock continues to rise with each and every new release and there’s really no telling how high the ceiling is for him. With the EDM industry booming in the US and so many of it’s stars residing over seas it’s pretty dope to see another American doing it big and proving that dance music is as much an American thing as it is European. As far as I’m concerned there are few DJ/Producers as talented as Kaskade anywhere in the world so he’s the semi-official king of American dance music in my opinion (he’s from Chicago), but that doesn’t mean the talent is exclusively at the top. If nothing else, David Berrie is just proof that even unheard of or lesser known artists are that close to making it big. Not saying “Somebody That I Used To Know” was the only song of his that anyone had heard, but there’s something to be said for the fact that one day he’s layin down chord progressions for an unofficial remix, the next he’s one of the most talked about artists in the wake of Miami Music Week, and he wasn’t even there! Just goes to show that true talent will be recognized and this guys got it in droves.
As I write this I am easily still recovering from Saturday. Alesso’s 21st birthday celebration lived up to its billing as one of the biggest parties of the summer. Otto Knows started off the listed lineup and was great, obviously the crowd belted out all of “Million Voices”, which was mashed with One Republic’s “Apologize” (Thomas Gold bootleg). His remix of “Kick Out The Epic Motherf**cker is going to get major play from the top dj’s and the download link is listed at the bottom of this post.
For whatever reason, Arty only got an hour long set which was just wrong. He gets the party going into an absolute frenzy. After this I could not be more excited for his set at Identity Fest later this month. “Around the World” and “Trio” were key but honestly dropping Tiesto’s “Maximal Crazy” was the wildest part of the night, the crowd was insane. To be clear, if you get the chance to see Arty, do it.
Alesso came on at 10 for a two hour set and everyone was primed and ready by this point. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Alesso and thoroughly enjoyed his set, but I don’t think I was surprised once. It seems to me like he mailed it in and played a very recycled track list. His productions are among my favorites and I had a great time, but the more discerning ear probably would not have been as pleased. His new songs, particularly “Clash”, are top notch bangers and will make major waves when they are released but overall I left wishing he had pulled more surprises because I know he is capable of them.
All in all it was a great day that reminds me why I love EDM so much. That atmosphere, in terms of energy, and the positive vibes flowing throughout the island, is flat out unmatched compared to anything else I have ever seen. Everyone is there because they love the music and nothing else really matters.
P.S. Ya I know the videos aren’t Alesso songs but you get the idea
I posted the preview of this about a week ago, and now the official video is up. The song will be released on the 16th and is ridiculous. Plus the video is all highlights from Ultra and those get me every time.
New Progressive House
Finally! After a showcasing the first single off of his debut full-length album several times in the past couple of months, Wall Recordings head-honcho and EDM’s undisputed party boy, Afrojack, unveils the official preview to “Rock the House”. Despite donning bottles of Grey Goose behind the decks at virtually every event he plays, the Dutch master of mayhem has shown the EDM community the true definition of “work hard, play harder”. Nick van de Wall, more popularly referred to as Afrojack, has remained an industry leader within the realms of Dutch/electro house while establishing himself as one of the globe’s most sought after live acts. While some say that his productions have become repetitive and shallow, others realize the sense of innovation that the Netherlands native truly possesses. In “Rock the House” we see a vigorous combination of synth heavy lead play and solid kicks crescendo into the more typical high octane set of electro basslines and pitchy bleeps featured in the drop. At just 25 years old, its pretty god damn obvious that the dude is here to stay. He’s been one of the more recognizable names in dance music as a whole in recent years, producing songs within the EDM community as well as outside his native genre. Look for this one to be released July 16 on his Wall Recrodings.
New Progressive House
Premiering last night on MTV of all places(the network’s obvious push to stay relevant) Hardwell’s and Showtek’s track ‘How We Do’ is a dutch masterpiece. I mean seriously can the dutch ever make anything even mediocre these days? The track is a collaboration between Hardwell who by now needs no introduction, and dutch duo Showtek who have been grabbing headlines recently for their collaboration with Tiesto, ‘Hell Yeah’. The track starts off with some epic synths which are very much a trademark of Hardwell, and then drops into the heavy thumping chords of Showtek. This song is all of the right kinds of hectic. Add the enormous sound and a quick catchy vocal and you have one hell of a time. The video is a nice touch, but I think everyone can agree that they can’t wait to lose it to this song live as it bangs over festival speakers everywhere.
Update: Hardwell has announced July 30th as the songs official release date.
Ok Laidback Luke, I see what you did there. A great way to follow up his release of “1234″, “We Are The Stars” is another great production. Makes me question not seeing him at Governor’s Island for his “Super You and Me” show, but I suppose you can’t win em all.