Five New Dance Music Songs in Heavy Rotation Right Now

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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwvOFdX1Xrg

 

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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsIr877r4SM

 

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.

The Week in Music News

Artists are branching out, Jack Sparrow’s has new friends and even more lineups are revealed for the approaching festival season in this week’s roundup of music news.

 Music Festival’s Reveal More Acts 

“The lineup is out!” has become the musical equivalent to, “Pitchers and catchers report for duty.”  This time every year, both statements ignite a flurry of excitement and tornado of chatter in anticipation for the sunny festival season ahead. This week had some big announcements in what has become a yearly tradition for music junkies everywhere.

SXSW Confirms More Artists and Music Schedule  

sxsw_2013SXSW posted the full music schedule and also confirmed more artists such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which added to the 2,000+ already confirmed including Vampire Weekend, Paramore, Tegan and Sara, Sound City Players, Major Lazer and tons more. You can see the full schedule here.

South by Southwest, which includes music, film and interactive, will be held from March 8-17. SXSW Music takes place March 12-17.

Ultra Music Festival Releases Phase 3 Lineup 

2013_phase3_11 (1)The King of all dance music festivals lived up to its reputation when the Phase I lineup was revealed showing a mix of arena favorites, such as Armin Van Buuren and Swedish House Mafia, with live acts such as Thievery Corporation. The second phase of the lineup, revealing nice surprises like Eric Prydz and Pretty Lights, prompted the festival to sell out of GA tickets in record time, even though it had already jumped on the two-weekend bandwagon to accommodate the growing fan base. This week UMF released the third and final phase of the lineup, which basically includes every single artist who has ever touched a synthesizer on the planet. Click the picture to see the full lineup.

Ultra Music Festival will take place March 13 – March 17 and March 22 – March 24 in Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami. Some VIP ticket options are still available.

In other news…

R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe Plays With Pirates 

Collaborations, side projects and so-called supergroups are a growing trend but it isn’t too often you see something like Courtney Love and Michael Stipe joining forces with Johnny Depp on his forthcoming ‘pirate’ album. Read that combination over again. Courtney, Stipe and our favorite pirate – three things seemingly unrelated that, when brought together, mesh in some kind of illogical brilliance.

It’s like someone invented the s’more all over again.

The collaborative track, ‘Rio Grande’, appears on the pirate-themed album titled, ‘Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys’, which will be released on February 18th and include 36 tracks. The album is being put together by Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Hal Willner and also features a massive array of rock elite such as Iggy Pop, Keith Richards, Patti Smith and Broken Social Scene

Check out the video here

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Na4NdDB3GX0#!

 

More Than Just Music – Artists are Branching Out 

a-trak-infinite-legroom-mandate

“After years of learning the hard way, I can finally share my Tao of travel.”

A-Trak, the electronic music prodigy (DJ/Producer/record label owner), launched Infinite Legroom, a Web site guide to tasteful travel. A-trak has long been known for posting hilarious videos on Youtube reviewing the various hotels he stays at while on the road, so this was a logical next step for him.

Given the amount he travels, it would only make sense he would indirectly become an expert as he describes in his first post, “when you spend more time in hotels and airplanes than at home, your suitcase becomes your home and you start paying excessive attention to things like zippers and 4-way wheels. Inadvertently, your knowledge expands like an inflatable neck pillow.”

SigurRosScentedCandle

Product launches from artists and celebrities is nothing new. But this one definitely gets points for originality. Sigur Rós, the Icelandic group already known for the slightly off beat, has launched an original candle that is made to smell like campfires on a distant black beach and, “the smell of Sigur Rós’s studio while they go about the quasi-mystical business of making the magic happen.”

The Vardelur candle, named after the Valtari track, is available to purchase in their online store so fans can bring the delicious smell of  mystical magic, smokey musty music studios and campfires right into the home.

I already ordered mine.