After successfully completing one of the more challenging assignments in EDM history (52 to ZHU), Steven Zhu has released a “best of” EP, titled 52 to ZHU: reLIVED.
The tracks include several of ZHU’s hand selected favorites with a couple that receieved a fair share of praise when initally released by Mr. Zhu. Highlights for us include ‘Exile’ and his ‘Bromance Remix’, great songs often times produce even better remixes.
This summer EO was able to stake a claim at famed Greek club Starbeach, located on the island of Crete. A popular party destination, Starbeach offers an experience that might resemble something one can generally only find in Ibiza. The resort plays host to some of the biggest acts in electronic music, and every summer attracts people from multiple continents coming together to enjoy both the sun and sounds.
Starbeach is especially known for its Dutch flavor, and thanks to the fine people on his team, when Robert van de Courput, commonly known by the musical world as Hardwell ventured east, we were able to sit down with him and pick his brain with a few niggling questions. Peep the video to see not only an idyllic beachfront landscape, but also to hear what Hardwell had to say about our choice queries.
French production hotshot Art Bleek is back with a full length album ‘The Time,’ a follow-up to his 2011 ‘Tilt,’ this time foraying into the world of deep house and techno.
There is no shortage of French flair on this EP, creating a vibe that is definitely lounge music meets techno. If Tennishero and Kavinsky got together and made an album, i’d imagine it would sound a lot like this, particularly ‘Relief,’ ‘Kafenelon’ and ‘Super Blue.’ With scattered 80′s synths, and some subtle groovy basslines that meet bouncy trance infused soundscapes, this album could be played in its entirety at any high end lounge or pretentious day spa.
Fresh off two recently acquired VMA’s, that one can only imagine how much the video aspect really matters, Calvin Harris took home awards for Best Video , ‘We Found Love‘ and Best EDM Video, ‘Feel So Close‘, in the category’sÂ inauguralÂ year. The Scottish native worked alongside Nicky Romero, fresh off his E-Zoo gig and release ‘Iron’ off of Protocol Records.
A formulated combination of dirty dutch and electro house is a procedure Romero has definitely perfected and to add the talents and vocals of Calvin Harris to the track, the finished product results in a somewhat familiar progressive anthem. No doubt this is a big room beat, it’s not hard to imagine a tune like this making the rounds in the progressive scene.
Calvin Harris & Nicky Romero – Iron
For those who are unaware of ZHU, the electro house producer based out of San Francisco has challenged himself with unique project after unique project. Close to one year ago Mr. Zhu began a project titled 52 to Zhu, where he challenged himself to create a new song each and every week for an entire year.
The project helped Zhu refine his skills to make an equally unique project, the first ever direct-to-consumer digital release designed for easy mobile streaming. Zhu commented, Â ”It’s not uncommon for people to send/receive and listen to music on their mobile devices, so we wanted to think outside the box and try to utilize different channels to deliver my music to the masses. We were confident in the songs, so we just had to strategize on getting them to people’s ears.”
The video above is the first single from the EP ‘Brute (Bad Bitch)’ which features the vocals of Cassie Cardelle and the man himself (ZHU). The EP features four tracks andÂ anytime an electronic artist releases an EP with more than one original its a big deal, making it a mobile release makes it even more unique!
52 to ZHU
The EP can be streamed via your mobile device by clicking here. Be sure to follow him on facebook & twitter for the latest updates and perhaps wish him luck as he’s only 2 weeks away from completing his challenge!
As with any major festival, especially from a domestic standpoint, artists release tracks with the hopes of it becoming a festival anthem. Within theÂ progressiveÂ scene, this is no doubt a goal for any producer. Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero released ‘Sparks’ back in late July but this time they’ve added the vocals of Matthew Koma who’s becoming more and more of a go to vocalist within this genre.Officially released on Flamingo Recordings, this one will serve as Fedde’s biggest musical representative this weekend and there is no doubt that we can expect to hear this Friday evening in Nicky Romero’s mainstage set.
Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero feat. Matthew Koma – Sparks
Friday has it’s fair share of must see artists and the Fool’s Gold Clubhouse is home to some of it’s best acts. The label’s founders, A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs, will act as the tent’s “hosts” as they feature some of the label’s best talent along with some acts outside the Fool’s Gold label that definitely won’t disappoint. A-Trak is a pioneer in the electronic world and you can be sure he wants to ensure the label effectively represents itself as it takes over the Riverside tent.
What an intriguing bill last Friday (8/10/12) at Webster Hall. The legend of Surkin began way back in 2007 when I went to my first ever electronic show and was able to see Surkin alongside fellow Marble Records Frenchman, Para One (formerly the head of renowned French label Institubes). I had no idea what I had gotten myself into but I was pretty hooked and my love for electronic music began. Justin and I were lucky enough to catch up with Benoit Heitz (Surkin) and find out a little bit more about someone we’ve longed to see for over five years. As an individual who has spear-headed the forward-thinking French techno movement, Surkin provides valuable insights into the ever-evolving scene. Read on to find out how his label is going, how his sound has evolved, and what his live set up is.
In anticipation of his set on Friday night at Webster Hall (Its about time! He had numerous visa issues), White Knight Two by Surkin was one of 2008′s boldest dance music tracks. A massive hit off of his Next of Kin EP, White Knight Two is the epitome of Surkin’s nu-wave, french touch sound. The sound, championed by the likes of label mates Para One and Bobmo, led the way for guys like Louis La Roche and Brodinski.
Surkin – White Knight Two
The track itself fits just as well at an 80s disco as it would at a hipster club in Brooklyn around 4 am. An infectious stuttered vocal coupled with a relentless yet warm kick drum make this track a dancefloor destroyer. Structurally, the track is absolutely flawless. If you can make it until the outro, you will thank yourself. A pitched up vocal combined with the original synth riff evident throughout the track make for some very, VERY catchy and interesting dance music. Donâ€™t forget weâ€™re giving tickets away for this event! Also, be sure to check back next week for an interview with the man himself!
Wipenberg’s seminal track ‘Pong’ is more than just an anthem, it’s one of those epic tunes that never seems to get old. DJ’s still bootleg it, listeners still play it on their iPods, and there have even been trance DJs that have recently played out the original. The chord progression is just unbelievable. If you set your alarm at 7 30 AM and this track starts playing, you are bound to have an amazing day (your chances are usually higher if you actually like this music).
Wippenberg – Pong
Utilizing groovy percussion and an instantly recognizable synth riff, Wippenberg put himself on the map with this track. Even the follow up, which sounds strikingly similar, ended up being extremely effective in a club (see Chakalaka). Most would classify it as progressive trance, but all of us at EO would classify it as ‘Epic Trance That Never Gets Old”. Hopefully this track serves as a great way to kick off your Thursday evening into what looks like another hot weekend.