Never lost between his high-profile collaborative duties and buoyant run on the European club scene, the reign of new school Dutch talent Alvaro has been an all-embracing affair. Off the back of the powerful ‘Make The Crowd Go’ and rhythmic peak timer ‘Pay Attention To The Drums’, the saw-savvy newcomer joins Tiesto’s Musical Freedom imprint for ‘Make Me Jump’.
While the abundance of agressive Electro anthems may have made for a regretable slew of repetition for 2012, Mohawk sporting Electro advocate Albin Myers returns to the forefront of club cuts with a wobble with ‘The Beast’ for Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint.
In the same dynamic vein as Myer’s ‘Hells Bells’ motioned earlier this year, ‘The Beast’ embodies the rawer realms of Electro House with strong club grinding persuasion. From the initial high-end riffage to its explosive peak of heavyset chord work, the sturdy Swedish producer bags yet another tectonic festival gem cut far from his nations Progressive comfort zone.
‘The Beast’ is out July 30 on Musical Freedom.
As far as one-man-brands go, the spread wings of Tiësto and his unmistakable crest cannot be misplaced amid Dance music’s untimely global ascent. Packing more landmark moments and genre defining manoeuvres into his career than any other European club asset, you could easily be fooled into thinking that in his 18-year streak of club manipulation he himself defined the genre as we know it. But far from resting on the laurels of his superstar DJ status, the Dutch legends work ethic remains as valiant as ever. As the essential bullet to EDM’s stateside explosion, Dan Carter caught up with the unfathomable icon to talk concept evolution, the American Revolution and the trials and tribulations of changing the game for Dance music across the globe.
Electronic Music has stolen some pretty sizeable hallmarks from Rock and Roll music. Between the extensive festival spots, poignant releases and fatal instalments of sausage grinding club fuel, Swedish fuzz masters and Musical Freedom fighters Dada Life have ridden the genres universal waves somewhat comfortably over the past couple of years. Returning to the label of Tiesto after the enigmatic force of their debut compilation Dada Life’s Musical Freedom, the highly anticipated Rolling Stone T-Shirt emerges in a twist not so bizarre given this inexplicably quirky duo’s track record.
Merging the ardent force of a guitar anthem with the paradoxical realms of modern age Progressive House, the addition of an infectious yet overtly sugary vocoded top line is brave, yet distinctly apt for an age where no genre really remembers its roots. Stereotypical cynicism aside, the duos grinding endeavour picks up where last years infamous vocal remakes left off and place Dada Life into the epicentre of a very special movement in Electronic music.
With Cazzette’s affirmatively dub-sided remix already proving popular on the live club circuit, the addition of Chuckie’s familiar Dutch assets for the release remix makes for a fittingly high-profile package for what can only be described as the duos most universally attainable anthem to date. These ardent Swedish producers may not move like Jagger, but their style comes second to none for this landmark release of 2012.
Rolling Stones T-Shirt is out now on Musical Freedom via Beatport.
The day of the set-piece genre in Dance music are well and truly over. Once Trance orientated tune monger turned universal trend setter Tiesto knows it well, as does his urban orientated master of the Electro House crossover, Wolfgang Gartner. So when the question comes to who owns the night amid a very European onslaught of global clubbing, an injection of gritty American pride proves paramount to this eccentric vocal anthem for Musical Freedom.
Where both respective artists can be found dealing in universally acclaimed studio endeavours and surprisingly vitalic remix duties, their collaborative reasoning seems a long time coming given the general climate within Electronic Dance Music. Pitting Gartner’s gritty ressonance against the overtly open-minded creative guise of his heavyset Dutch peer, the vocal stylings of Luciana ornament this contemporary amalgamation of unpretentious club fuel.
While Tiesto’s melodic stylings are distinctly dominant throughout, there are vital hints of Gartner’s imperfectly blended Electro persuasion that allow ‘We Own The Night’ to surpass all expectations and forge itself as something of a landmark for both respective artists. Where 2012 promises to be a year of uninspiring attempts to make mountains out of the same old mole hills, this collaborative effort concludes that the masters of Electronic music are still hard at work to ensure quality reigns supreme throughout the year.
Had you told Quinten Van De Berg that his studio output would be as familiar on the airwaves as it was in the clubs some three years ago, you’d have probably been met with ecstatic laughter. But since bagging his first gold record and Dutch number one spot with the aptly named ‘Epic’, Quintino has joined a handful of Holland’s elite House assets truly representing the positive resurgence surrounding European Electronic Dance Music and its universal heyday.