We have a new song stuck in our heads today and it comes from Northern Ireland three-piece Two Door Cinema Club.
Two Door Cinema Club always had some dance influence in their indie rock sound, but for their latest single “Changing of the Seasons” they brought on French producer Madeon, a rising star in the electronic dance music scene, for an even more electronic vibe. Combining these two power players has resulted in a track that is beautifully composed with an uplifting dance vibe.
Listen to “Changing of the Seasons” here as much as you want this week, and hear an exclusive clip of the band talking about working with Madeon below.
44-year-old Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto is one of the most successful electronic musicians of all time.
His latest mix album, “Club Life Vol. 3 – Stockholm,” proves he is not slowing down anytime soon. The hit album features quite a few original Tiësto remixes and productions, including “Take Me” featuring Kyler England on vocals.
We’ve got some upbeat new releases that are sure to help welcome in the summer. Take a look at these fresh new tracks:
In 2011, Cady Groves released a single called “This Little Girl”, which featured the lyric “This little girl is capable of murder, if you hurt her.” Clearly, she’s not your average 23-year-old pop starlet. Now she is back with a new single from the “Smurfs 2” soundtrack, and the Slacker curators think this will be her first big hit. You can listen to “Forget You” on Slacker’s New Pop First.
M.I.A. has released “Bring The Noize,” the follow-up to her 2012 Grammy-nominated single “Bad Girls.” Both tracks will be featured on the upcoming “Matangi” album, which itself is the subject of some very public drama between M.I.A. and her label. This track is much more aggressive and chaotic than “Bad Girls” and we love it. You can hear it now on Slacker’s Electronic Hits.
Taking a step back from several EDM trends, fan and industry favorite Kaskade has done something he has never done before on his new single “Atmosphere” – Kaskade himself provides the vocals. Something that he does quite well. The single boasts all of Kaskade’s trademark qualities like delicate piano work, a memorable vocal track, and a swift uplifting progressive house drop. His new album of the same name will drop this September. In the meantime you can listen to “Atmosphere” on Slacker’s New Dance First.
Last year saw a massive surge of electronic dance music (EDM) to the front lines of mainstream popularity and 2013 has already proven the trend is not going anywhere. There has been an abundance of new releases and a massive collection of up-and-coming talent flooding the industry with impressive potential. The year is not even half over and we can’t even count how many young DJs and producers are headed for superstardom – but some have definitely stood out above the rest. Here are five EDM artists to keep an eye on this year.
Genre: Progressive house
To get a residency in Ibiza is usually a career highlight for a DJ, but at the ripe old age of 17, Danny Avila has already scored a spot on the magical island, which caught the attention of everyone, including Fedde Le Grand and Tiesto – who calls him the “Spanish SUPER Talent.” The October release of his single “Breaking Your Fall,” and a new prime time spot for his radio show has given him a nice introduction to the US market. But it is the recent announcement that Avila’s upcoming residency at Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan, which ranks him as the youngest resident DJ in Vegas history, that is sure to catapult him to stateside stardom.
When Armin Van Buuren, arguably one of the world’s most influential artists in dance music, says to pay attention to someone, its in your best interest to pay attention. So when Andrew Rayel’s track “How Do I Know” was named one of Van Buuren’s top 20 tracks of this past year, the trance producer cemented his name on the map.
Hot off the heels of another big hit “Aeon of Revenge,” several successful remixes and a few stops on the A State of Trance 600 tour circuit, Rayel has proved he is a rising star in Armada’s arsenal of young talent and definitely one to watch closely in 2013.
He’s the first EDM artist to perform live on Letterman, one of MTV’s “artists to watch” for 2013, and he’s newly signed to Interscope records. Zedd may only have one full length album and a couple of EPs under his belt, but his resume is also not short – having remixed The Black Eyed Peas, Skrillex and Justin Bieber, where he co-produced his hit “Beauty and a Beat.” To top it off, Zedd produced his buddy Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album in its entirety. Not bad for a guy who is only 23.
Stardom seems inevitable for young talent and it is respectfully well deserved. Singles like “Spectrum” and “Clarity” show he not only is a rare talent but also knows how to work a room with a bonafide dance floor hit.
They must be putting something in the water over there because the amount of Dutch DJs and Producers dominating the EDM genre is overwhelming (4 of the top 10 and 7 of the top 20 in DJ Mag’s infamous top 100 list are Dutch). Now newcomer Julian Jordan, under the guidance of his mentor Sander van Doorn, is showing the EDM world there is another Dutch star in the making.
His track, “Rock Steady” climbed to the top 10 on Beatport charts with ease and his collaboration with Sander “Kangaroo” was a dancefloor favorite worldwide. Both have earned Jordan the support and attention of industry heavyweights. We can expect some massive synths and pumping basslines from Jordan in 2013.
Genre: Experimental Dance
One of 2013’s fastest rising electronic artists is Los Angeles based Robert DeLong, who’s experimental dance/ alternative electronic style has gained massive amounts of buzz. Utilizing MIDI interfaces and mixing live while he performs, DeLong plays keyboards, drum pads, drum set, laptops, and even gaming controllers, which showcases his truly innovative style of electronic music. With the release of his debut EP “Global Concepts,” and a spot to perform at Coachella this year – 2013 is looking like a sure bet for Robert DeLong to become a star.
We are officially a week away from Coachella and the air is electric with excited anticipation and spastic preparations. This two-weekend festival (April 12-14 and April 19-21) is nestled in the heart of Palm Desert, California. And yes, temperatures typically net from sweaty to Ian Somerhalder smoldering. (Nothing a little deodorant, hand-sanitizer and breathable fabric can’t champion!)
Despite the unforgiving heat, this is one for the books. Coachella brings together a multitude of characters from strung-out celebrities to aristocratic hippies to desert vagabonds. There’s much to be heard and seen; like newly minted bands and the entire Urban Outfitters clothing line.
Insider tips for a good festival experience:
Shuttle it. The shuttle lines run across the scant desert streets and only cost $50-$80 for the weekend. Driving drunk is a rookie mistake. The shuttle wait times are minimal, and even if you decide to cuddle a cactus past pick-up time, you can always taxi back or enjoy the campground twilight festivities.
Carpoolchella. In an effort to promote sustainability and such, GoldenVoice has a Carpoolchella giveaway with prizes like VIP tickets to Coachella for life. So, amass a group of festival goers, paint your Nissan with DayGlow pride, and be sure to write “CARPOOLCHELLA” for all to see.
10for1. This program lets thirsty but impoverished festival goers turn 10 empty water bottles into a free bottle of H20. Awesome.
The Do LaB. This attraction is a festival in and of itself. The Do LaB is an immersive music and art experience with a collection of underground artists streaming sick beats all day long. Water misters and hoses will cool you off while you rock your face off. This year’s lineup includes fan favorites like Gaslamp Killer, Lucent Dossier Experience, Goldrush and Kastle.
Plan it out.Coachella is a massive festival. Brush up on all the artists performing with the Coachella 2013 station and create a plan for who you want to see (but keep it flexible!). Pre-pick your meeting times and use landmarks like the Ferris Wheel for your meetup location. There’s nothing worse than missing an entire concert because you were searching for your friends the entire time. Also, reception is spotty, so timestamp your texts.
Who to see:
Coachella wouldn’t be Coachella without some monumental headline-age. This year mainstage monopolizers include Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Prepare your thirsty ears for some epic tunes and major surprises thanks to these well-respected artists. (It’s even been rumored that Daft Punk will make a long overdue appearance during Phoenix’s set). As these bands need no introduction, let’s delve into some of the lesser known performers.
Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newbie whose proverbial musical balls have yet to drop, you should leave room on your agenda to see some bands you’ve never heard of. Aside from experiencing fourth degree sunburns, Coachella is about celebrating music–new and not-so.
C2C – Not so new but relatively unknown, this french turntable group is legit. The style is a mix of funk, disco and electro. The group are 4-time winners of the Disco Mix Club World Team DJ Championship. If you like Glitch Mob and Pretty Lights, you might fall in love with these frenchmen.
Jamie XX – Jamie Smith, aka Jamie XX, is an English music producer , remix artist and also ⅓ of the band The XX. His melodic tracks will leave you completely spellbound. His handiwork includes remixes for artists like Glasser, Florence + the Machine and Nosaj Thing. If you like the XX and Jamie Woon, be sure to check out Jamie XX.
Janelle Monáe – If you’re lucky enough you might just fall under the seductive entrapment of Miss Janelle Monáe. An American R&B and soul sensation, Monáe gained critical acclaim at the 53rd Grammy Awards for her The ArchAndroid (Suite II and III) album. She also lent her vocal acuity to Fun.’s smash hit “We are Young.” If you like Erykah Badu or Prince, be sure to check her out.
The Neighbourhood – We can’t wait to see the Neighbourhood grace the dusty desert stage at this year’s Coachella. Part indie, part urban, part pop, this native Californian band shows a lot of promise. Lead singer Jesse Rutherford’s voice is as smooth as velvet. Check out their single “Sweater Weather,” we dare you to not listen to it on repeat.
Aesop Rock – An underground hip hop legend, Ian Matthias Bavitz aka Aesop Rock, is a lyrical beast on the mic. Do yourself a solid and further your musical education with the thoughtful articulation of Aesop Rock. Never one to be predictable, he even paired up with folk goddess Kimya Dawson for the charming and evocative single “Delicate Cycle.”
Portugal. The Man – This Alaskan-grown band has been around for a fortnight, but hasn’t really hit the mainstream as hard as they should. Best described as psychedelic-rock, this innovative band definitely deserves a listening to. Check out their hauntingly delicious single “All Your Light” from their most recent album In the Mountain In the Cloud. If you like MGMT or Minus the Bear you’ll probably dig this ensemble.
Make Slacker’s new Coachella 2013 station your soundtrack over the next week to get in the Coachella frame of mind. Featuring all the headliners and artists performing at the festival all in one place- consider it homework.
Spring is here! It’s time to shed our winter coats, opt for cocktails that slush and add a shiny new playlist to our respective iPods. With back-to-back music festivals underway (ie SXSW, Ultra and Coachella), it’s not surprising that we’re being pleasantly inundated with sweet new tunes for all to enjoy.
In order to preemptively honor your booze-fueled, poolside shenanigans this weekend, here is a compilation of the top five new dance songs that are getting a lot of repeat play right now. These songs will have you fist pumping in your sleep. Grab your dancing cleats, turn up the volume, press play and enjoy!
1. “Meet Her in Miami” – Gareth Emery First up is Brit DJ and one of a few personal favorites, Gareth Emery, who has revamped the classic dance beat “Meet Her at the Love Parade” from Da Hool. The song is masterfully re-purposed and designed to really get you off your feet and onto the dancefloor. How fitting that he’s changed it to “Miami”, since he will be spending a solid chunk of spring break time in the Magic City. Challenge accepted Gareth, we’d love to meet you in Miami.
2. “Summertime Sadness” – Cedric Gervais French House DJ, Cedric Gervais, also has a new song for us this spring. It’s a slight diversion from last year’s controversial hit “Molly”, but just as play-worthy. Here he is, adding some sultry beats to the already enchanting “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey. Is anyone else in love? *Swoon*
3. “Together We Are” – Arty (Featuring Chris James) Feel good jams are far and few between – but the universe has done us a solid with Arty’s new dance hit “Together We Are” featuring Chris James. At only 23, Arty has already made an indelible mark on the dance music scene and this song is only one in a succession of chart-toppers from Arty the Great. “Together We Are” will no doubt penetrate the club circuit in no time. Prepare to see glittery masses hand-in-hand, dance-battling it out with smiles from ear to cocktail.
4. “Black Room Boy” – Above & Beyond Never ceasing to amaze, Above & Beyond has remained en pointe since their inception. “Black Room Boy”, their latest single, is no exception. The delicious vocals are driven from Above & Beyond’s Tony McGuinness for your voracious consumption. Music that is entertaining and transformative is a rarity, but leave it up to the trance trio to give birth to the musical equivalent of a unicorn. This song will be all the “group therapy” you need this spring.
5. “Clarity” – Zedd Featuring Foxes “Clarity” is third single from Zedd’s Clarity album, and already a chart-topping success. This song is dangerously addictive and easily one of the favorite songs of 2013 so far. Equal parts club banger and poignant ballad, this hit is a music lover’s dream. To further show off his musical prowess, Zedd released a stripped-down version of “Clarity” relying solely on a piano and the angel sounds of Foxes. Perfection!
Check out all these songs and more on Slacker’s 2013 Ultra Music Festival Station, which is set for two weekends this month: the 15th through the 17th, and the 22nd through the 24th.