Our good friends at Mixify.com continue to lead the way in DJ-fan interaction. This time around, they will be running their first global live-stream music festival. Unlike the feed at Ultra or other broadcasted events, this festival is taking place only online.
On the internet. For the internet.
The three-day digital festival begins Wednesday with the Italian bootleg kings, DJ’s From Mars, along with the equally mashable 3LAU. They’ll be supported by up-and-comers Archie and Henrix. Thurdsday, EO favorite Adrian Lux streams with support from Manhattan’s fastest rising duo, Hyperbits. Friday closes with the legendary Crystal Method along with Ken Loi.
If you’re by a computer the next few days, which, if you’re reading this, is highly likely, drop in, say hi and take in some of the best DJs the world has to offer. All the DJ’s can be heard on Mixify.com
As some Scandinavians spend a few months touring the United States and change productions styles completely, one continues to stay true to form.
Adrian Lux seems to be Eric Prydz if Eric Prydz liked vocals and indie house.
Deep progressions and retro bass lines make for more blurring between electronica and progressive house, something the 26-year-old producer has been accomplishing for years now. And, the looping of the ‘Ghosts’ vocal sample make for a catchy (and, more importantly, dancey) remix.
This might be one of the last productions to cap off a breakthrough 2012 campaign for Lux.
Out soon on Modular Recordings.
PREVIEW: The Presets – Ghosts (Adrian Lux ‘Is Lost In The Streets of Neon’ Remix)
Like Eagles the beats floated from Adrian Lux’s main stage set on the first day of Electric Zoo Festival 2012. It was almost a teenage crime if you didn’t attend. Listen to it again or check out what you missed.
This is almost unfair! One favorite (Ken Loi) remixing another (Adrian Lux). Ken has taken a deft hand to ‘Angels,’ one of the tracks off of Adrian’s debut album, which can only be classified as pure indie house genius. Ken took his deft remixing skills to ‘Angels,’ bringing a big room house buildup to the folksy original. He is quickly (and deservedly!) becoming as well known for his originals and remixes as he is for his bootlegs, which brought him to musical prominence.
Albin Myers goes hard in the paint. The mohawk touting Swedish DJ is not restrained by strict genre definitions and his style is an outward testament to that, given that mohawks are more commonly associated with punk rock music and mosh pits. No matter, Albin’s tracks are always club favorites, with deep basslines and dirty productions.
He totally beasts his new track ‘The Beast’ out on TiÃ«sto’s imprint Musical Freedom July 30. You can get to know a little bit more about Albin by watching the Swedish reality show Heartbeats, which follows around Albin, Adrian Lux and Nause as they go about their DJ lives.
Adrian Lux, progressive indie-house extraordinaire, gave us a live preview for ‘Video Games’ some weeks back. The low quality preview left much to be desired, but knowing Lux and his work with Blende, the possibilities of it being a massive remix were more of a probability.
Their remixed arrived over the weekend after some social media hijinks and it’s the epitome of a Lux and Blende collaboration. Retro to a tee.
Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Adrian Lux & Blende Remix)
It’s really hard to go wrong with any ‘Video Games’ remix. They’re all so good. Even the dub step version (and that’s saying a lot!) It makes sense that one of the masters of progressive-indie, Adrian Lux, has gotten hold of its parts.
Though it’s difficult to hear, this one looks to be huge. The crowd goes nuts around .14.
These days, it’s hard to get someone to legally purchase a song, let alone a whole album. If there was one illegal download you should avoid swiping and actually pay for though, it would be Adrian Lux’s long over-due, self-titled debut album.
Out today via Ultra Records, Lux’s name has been synonymous with indie vocals and big-room Swedish synths that don’t give off the generic anthem stench. He is perhaps the leader in his genre. His genre exactly? Not quite fully-indie. Not quite fully-progressive. Electronica? No, not quite fully that either. But a mix of all three.
He has been shaped by the flourishing music scene in Sweden. For those not in the know, the Swedes aren’t just masters of house. They’re world renowned for their pop singers and punk/alt rock. Lux’s music has fused his country’s surroundings into something brilliant and marketable. Good foreign music for good music’s sake.
Despite it being his first album, Lux is no newbie to the scene. It comes as a shock that he hasn’t been given this album opportunity much sooner. With a back catalog of music and after years in waiting, Lux fans will notice that some of the track list will look quite familiar.
As a whole, this album has value far beyond the Beatport community. Many of these productions are just fantastic songs that, in a perfect world, would trickle into the mainstream. Lux’s production prowess might, one day, see his skills being used to score movies or develop indie pop-bands. Don’t let the radio edit length of these tracks confuse you, this isn’t a Swedish mega-album full of 3-minute gimmicky drops, samples and loops. This is a true CD full of songs. Actual songs. Remember those, house heads?
The vocal work featured is stellar, as expected. His album is aided by the voices of Rebecca & Fiona, Lune, Dante, Joakim Berg, And Then and The Good Natured. Again, this is an album of songs not a big-room instrumental mix. The voices of Lux’s muse’s carries each song against the back drop of his well designed instrumentals.
Begning with ‘Burning,’ the album gets off to a fast start. Save the best for first, eh? A full five or six minute version could definitely be picked up for a DJ set. Following with ‘All I Ever Wanted’ we get a taste of the chorus-driven head bobbers the album is filled with. ‘Teenage Crime’ is one of the older Lux tracks that was brought back in for the momentous occasion. Do you ever wonder how this song would be recieved if Axwell and Henrik B never got their hands on it? ‘Weekend Heros’ brings in Lux-favorites Rebecca & Fiona. Not the best Rebecca & Fiona collaboration, but it’s hard to dislike those lovely voices. ‘Can’t Sleep‘ may be the oldest song on the release. Still amazing after nearly three years–Vintage Lux. ‘Angels’ and ‘Silence’ feature some clever synths, but overall is filler compared to the rest of the offerings. ‘Boy’ was an indie sleeper last summer. This spring it is a great re-discovery. ‘Alive’ was a favorite this past fall and rightly gets a spot on the debut. ‘Wildheart’ may be the deepest track of the dozen. Ambient vocals over a subdued instrumental will have a place only in the indieest of hearts. ‘Fire’ is one of the songs of the moment and needs no introduction. Also a project of Lux for over a year, it has enjoyed success since its release. Closing with ‘Leave The World Behind,’ a mysterious track that Pete Tong had played in 2010 and had vanished into thin air, Lux gives the stage to Lune. A fitting ending to a brilliant album.
Overall, Lux gives many who are used to six or seven minute anthems a breather. We get reacquainted with verses and chorus’. It’s a welcome change. If you have ever found yourself humming the indie tune of the moment (say, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know‘ or ‘Video Games‘) you may find yourself liking what Lux is offering. This album surely has a place for many. Electronic dance music fans and rockers alike.
Full audio after the jump! Burning (feat. Dante)
All I Ever Wanted (feat. Joakim Berg)
The Swedes and the Dutch kicked off the Miami season in style as TiÃ«sto’s Team Netherlands competed on the pitch against Sebastian Ingrosso’s Team Sweden. The Dutch triumphed in the end (what DOESN’T TiÃ«sto win…) but as the video showed, the Dutch team of Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano, Nick Romero, Sidney Samson, Afrojack and Quintino had a great time playing against the Swedish team composed of Alesso, Adrian Lux, AN21, Otto Knows and Dada Life.
Adidas outfitted the players, and their uniforms are now up for auction at Charitybuzz.com/RED. All proceeds will go to the Global Fund, which works to fight AIDS on the ground in Africa.
As with every Friday night, Pete Tong featured his Essential Selection show on BBC Radio 1 and spun us some of the newest tracks in the EDM scene. Specifically, Tong featured a preview of the new single by Swedish House Mafia titled, ‘Greyhound,’ as well as playing out David Guetta/Nicky Romero’s new track ‘Metropolis.’ In addition to this, Tong gives us another taste of Third Party’s newest tune ‘Feel’ (our #1 anticipated track of 2012). The mix also included some recent anthems such as ‘Fire‘ by Adrian Lux and a new tune off our weekend playlist, ‘Trio.’ Give the mix a listen and click the link to download.
Pete Tong Essential Selection 3.9.12