With Ultra Music Festival set to kick off in a mere three days, another festival anthem has been released; this time by Dutch heavyweight Afrojack. The follow up to ‘Annie’s Theme’, ‘Air Guitar’ has all of the elements that Afrojack continuously infuses into his productions. A soothing, melodic introduction precedes a hard hitting, electro-esque climax which is sure to get hearts beating at a dangerously high rate when it is dropped at the festival in a few short days. If ‘Air Guitar’ is any indication of what Afrojack has to offer in 2013, his fans are surely looking at a promising year of productions.
Afrojack – Air Guitar (Ultra Music Festival Anthem)
With his debut album and many Ultra Music festival performances on the way, Afrojack decides to have a little fun. The Dutchmen goes out of his element with a rework of his track ‘Bangduck’. Putting a Trap sound to the original works, it actually comes out pretty catchy. (We question ourselves here at EO where EDM is going). This is not the first time he has ventured out from typical electro house, last summer he gave away his remix for Wonder Girls’ ‘The DJ Is Mine’ — or what he calls, Afrodubstep. Do you think he will drop this in Miami, at a pool party of his main stage set?
Afrojack – BANGTRAP
Classic dutch sound. Afrojack original, Oliver Twizt signature remix. This was a dance floor anthem, with a buildup that leads to the heaviest bass line which got everyone moving a couple years ago. The original came out in 2009, with Oliver Twizt remix coming in 2010. Afrojack is now a household name, coming in at number 9 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2012. His track ‘Take Over Control’ arguably was one of the biggest hits in dance music history, really bringing popularity to EDM. Afrojack has done a collaboration with big names in every genre, and does his own Jacked parties across the world. He is a Grammy nominated producer and expect some more big tracks to take over the dance floor in 2013.
Afrojack- Polkadots ( Oliver Twizt remix)
Russian DJs and producers, Hard Rock Sofa, showcase a little teaser of their upcoming track “Kaleidoscope” which will be released on Afrojack’s Wall Recordings August 20th. The trio has really began making a trademark for themselves this past year and by the sound of this teaser, their popularity will continue to increase. Catchy melodies, electro build-up and an exploding break down – this track has festival banger written all over it!
For fans that make the annual pilgrimage to what can only be described as the mecca of house music, Miami Music Week, held every March in sunny Miami, this video will be like a walk down memory lane. What goes down in Miami during the week, marked by hundreds of electronic music events and perhaps the largest gathering of aficionados each year at Ultra Music Festival, can be hard to put into words. It’s an experience unlike any other, when thousands of fans, DJs, producers and industry folk descend upon the city and all other activity nearly grinds to a halt. So if you didn’t go, check out the movie to see what you missed and should experience next year. If you did go, get a box of tissues ready as you’ll likely feel terribly nostalgic.
The festival asks that you share your thoughts with a tweet using the following marks: @ultramusic @umftv #CANUFEELIT. So give them some feedback on this impressive production.
Breathe easy – the much anticipated new track from Afrojack ‘Rock The House’ is now set for release July 16 on his own imprint Wall Recordings. Afrojack is going ham on his Jacked Tour, and opened up with this banger when the gang landed at Pacha NYC last week. ‘Rock The House’ is a single being cherry picked for release from his forthcoming album (can’t wait!) and it boasts the signature high energy stylings that Afrojack is known for, along with the Dutch bleeps we have all come to know and love.
Las Vegas has always been a city of illusion, a self-contained ecosystem where anything is possible and attendees enter another world for their stay. Anyone thatâ€™s been there knows that upon first experience itâ€™s like uncovering a secret world that has operated unbeknownst to first-time visitors.
In a lot of ways, this mirrors the explosion of electronic dance music, so itâ€™s no surprise that DJs and Vegas now not only cross paths, but are seemingly intertwined in many of the same conversations. A recent report in The New York Times records the DJ-turned-rockstar movement in Sin City with some staggering insights.
Still, the phenomenon is somewhat unsurprising. To stay relevant, artists now have the need to constantly connect with large crowds, at times outside the radius of hardcore fans.
So what’s money got to do with it? Read after the jump… (more…)
Hardwell is riding a wave of proggy tech-house glory, presenting a stripped down production (we would prefer it to be slightly more undressed, but to each his own) ‘Three Triangles,’ out now as a single and part of Toolroom Records’ Ibiza 2012 Vol.1. The synths and build-up lend the underlying tech-house tune a progressive bend, and the result is like a seamlessly blended that will surely cool you down and be an integral part of your summer music rotation.
The Ibiza compilation compliments Toolroom Knightsâ€™ residency at club Space, with tracks from Mark Knight, TiÃ«sto, Hardwell, Funkagenda, Popof & Olivier Giacomotto, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, UMEK, Michael Woods, Nic Fanciulli, Maceo Plex, Manuel De La Mare, Alex Kenji & Maya Jane Coles. Phew, that’s quite the mix, eh?
Hardwell – Three Triangles
What a travesty! Afrojack and Paris Hilton have called it quits. According to The New York Post, Afrojack dumped Paris after he had moved into her Beverly Hills mansion earlier this year. This relationship was kind of ridiculous to begin with, so it should come as no surprise that it did not “work out”. To Afrojack’s credit, he was nice enough to say the following about Paris: “She knows how to sing, believe it or not… The girl can sing”. Poor Paris. Keep an eye out for her “house” album coming out at some point, and her festival DJ debut as well.
Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa are at it again, this time with their newest release ‘The Edge’ out now on Afrojack’s Wall Recordings. Representing the far far East, as in Russia, the pairing of Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa generally leads to highly technical and expressive progressive pots of gold, for example ‘Apogee.’
Sander van Doorn featured two Hard Rock Sofa’s tracks – ‘Quasar’ & ‘The Edge’ in his latest Identity episode and also bestowed artist of the month status upon the group. EO has already known what was up with the duo for quite some time, and featured their guest mix on last month’s Escapes podcast.
‘The Edge’ marries the Russians’ signature melodic buildups with rage inducing drops and Dutch level wobbles. This will surely be a track that has massive play during the summer festival season as its highly expressive synths are perfect for the Ã¼ber big room status of a main stage.
Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa – The Edge