MARKUS SCHULZ & SEBU (CAPITAL CITIES) – UPON MY SHOULDERS

If Schulz history teaches us anything, it’s ‘don’t count on Markus to do the expected’! Whether it’s reinterpreting indie-folk with ‘Facedown’, getting collaborative with hip-hop’s hall-of-fame on ‘Sleepwalkers’, taking Dakota (and everyone else) down the rabbit hole or writing the lyrics for his ‘Watch The World’ album, his next artistic gymnastic is rarely more than a script-flip away.

In fact it’s right here!

The impulse behind ‘Upon My Shoulders’ came to Markus in a reflective moment shortly after his mainstage Tomorrowland set a year ago. “As a DJ, he says, when you look out across an audience like Tomorrowland’s and you see hundreds – thousands maybe, of people carrying others on the shoulders. It’s a powerful and stimulating and unifying sight, which sparks the imagination endlessly. Every one of those guys & girls has a connection with the other – a friendship and a story that – very likely – goes way, way beyond the physical bounds of the event. That thought, along with that unbeatable ‘upon your shoulders’ / ‘nothing can touch me’ feeling became something I really had to capture in a piece of music”.

The idea itself however proved to be more straightforward than the realisation.

What I had in mind I knew needed a male voice. Inherently I also was aware that far from every singer-songwriter could pull off a song like that. To nail it requires some first-hand experience of its theme. It had to be exactly the right voice, with exactly the right lyrical touch and connection to it. It was, he laughs, a bit frustrating there for a few months. The back of my mind was telling me I’d heard that voice before. I just couldn’t put my finger on whose it was!”

That was until Markus & crew were in LA, front end of this year and – serendipitously – ‘One Minute More’ came on the radio. The voice – Markus was more than aware – belonged to Sebu, frontman for indietronica duo Capital Cities’.

It was says Markus “the best kind of a lightning bolt moment. Tim, Mike (from Grube & Hovesepian) and I had remixed ‘One Minute More’ four years back, precisely because we loved his vocal so much. I said ‘we have to get Sebu on this track’. From there, all the missing pieces fell right into place. He has realised that moment, the feeling, the story and all brilliantly. Exactly as I had it in my mind, back at Tomorrowland 2017”.

If ‘Upon My Shoulders’ sounds in even the remotest bit familiar, well no major surprise. As far back as May’s EDC LV, Markus has been trialling versions and edits of it at his open-air sets. The joy, the spirit, the feeling and those zero-cares moments have all been swept up and into its strummed guitars, bold drums, irresistibly throw-your-hands-up melody and feverishly infectious vocal. Exhilarating, ebullient, enriching – the song that’s going to complete your summer is right here!

This one’s going out to ‘the real heroes’” says a tongue-in-cheek Markus. “If you’ve ever carried someone on your shoulders, either actually or spiritually – this one is all about you!”

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Tracklist:

  1. Markus Schulz & Sebu (Capital Cities) – Upon My Shoulders (Extended Mix)

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LIVE ELECTRONIC TRIO RÜFÜS DU SOL REVEAL SECOND TRACK ‘UNDERWATER’ FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM

SOLACE’ LP TO BE RELEASED

FALL 2018 ON REPRISE RECORDS

LISTEN TO ‘UNDERWATER’ HERE

RÜFÜS DU SOL – ‘UNDERWATER’ 

LABEL: REPRISE RECORDS

OUT NOW

Globally renowned live-electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL release their second offering ‘Underwater’ from forthcoming album ‘Solace’. The track espouses the boundary-pushing production, and soaring vocals that RÜFÜS DU SOL have built their name on. ‘Underwater’ is another glimpse at the band’s on-going evolution, following the band’s debut track ‘No Place.” ‘SOLACE,’ out this fall, promises to elevate RÜFÜS DU SOL’s emotive and captivating sonic storytelling to another level.

‘Underwater’ arrives in the midst of constant noise surrounding the juggernaut of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s touring schedule. The band moves towards three sold out shows at both Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall and New York’s Terminal 5, forthcoming sell-outs at London’s O2 Forum and Manchester’s Club Academy, and a standout Halloween performance at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center arena. Additional fall dates include sold out shows at Emo’s in Austin, TX, The Van Buren in Phoenix, Denver’s The Fillmore, and a festival set at Voodoo Music & Arts Experience.

Comprised of members Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, RÜFÜS DU SOL occupy the intersection of propulsive indie music and emotive house. They have managed to combine the DIY live aesthetics of rock with the euphoria of classic club culture, creating a sonic realm all their own.

The band’s debut album, ATLAS, reached No. 1 on the Australian charts and reaped Platinum status – successes that were repeated with its follow-up record, Bloom. Released in 2016, Bloom offered such iconic singles as “You Were Right” and “Innerbloom,” and launched RÜFÜS DU SOL on a two-year international tour, playing over 100 sold-out shows across 13 countries.

RÜFÜS DU SOL has spent the past year in Venice, CA, writing and recording their third album, which is largely influenced by the dichotomy of the stark desert landscapes and beautiful coastline of California. It’s a fuller exploration of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s ever evolving musical spectrum, a deeper dive and a more intimate glimpse into both melancholy and transcendence.

“It feels like a new RÜFÜS,” the trio says. “We are inspired by our new home out here, by the people we’ve met and the music we’ve heard along the way. We’ve got a refreshed sense of ambition and cannot wait to share our creation with the world.”

SOLACE North American Fall Tour Dates (with more dates to be announced):

Oct 24th – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

Oct 25th – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy

Oct 26th – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

Oct 27th – Houston, TX – House of Blues (Houston)

Oct 28th – Austin, TX – Emo’s

Oct 30th – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

Oct 31st – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center

Nov 1st – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall

Nov 2nd – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall

Nov 3rd – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall

Nov 6th – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Nov 9th – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Nov 10th – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium

Nov 11th – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium

Nov 13th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Nov 14th – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom

Nov 15th – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall

Nov 16th – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

Nov 18th – Montreal, QC – MTELUS

Nov 20th – Boston, MA – House of Blues (Boston)

Nov 21st – Boston, MA – House of Blues (Boston)

Nov 23rd – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Nov 24th – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Nov 25th – New York, NY – Terminal 5

FEENIXPAWL AND DAVE WINNEL GO ALL OUT WITH FULL-AUSSIE TEAM-UP: ‘FIND A WAY’

Entirely Australian team-ups don’t happen all that often, but when they do, they’re bound to turn the world of dance music upside down. A stellar merger of both acts’ highly acclaimed signature sounds, ‘Find A Way’ sees Feenixpawl and Dave Winnel emerge with a song that breaks boundaries and shatters expectations.

 

Listen to Feenixpawl & Dave Winnel – Find A Way

 

Making dance music lovers feel like small children setting foot in a three-story candy store for the very first time, ‘Find A Way’ has fans licking their lips in anticipation. Led by strong vocals, an alluring sense of wonder and a delicious mash of Progressive sounds, this song empowers and excites, taking listeners by the hand to help them through even the darkest of days.

Feenixpawl: “We’ve been mates with Dave for years and to watch him grow as an artist has been amazing. We were so happy that we were able to collaborate with him on this track. It was a song that we’d been toying with for a while, but we knew Dave would be able to add his magic touch to it. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!”

 

Dave Winnel: “I’ve always loved the Feenixpawl boys’ work, and to finally do a track together is very exciting. What’s even better is that we are all Aussies! They reached out to me with a wicked idea. I fell in love with the almost gospel-like vocals and jumped on the track straight away. We made the whole record over the internet, sending the project back and forth till we were all happy.”

Grammy nominees, DJ globetrotters and remixers to the likes of Jess Glynne, Kaskade, NERVO, Nicky Romero and Rihanna, Feenixpawl are two of Australia’s most prominent export products. With numerous worlds tours, hundreds of millions of streams and a truckload of awards under their belt, they have secured themselves a spot alongside electronic music’s most prominent tastemakers and show that they have what it takes to keep delivering the very best on every occasion, just like they did with ‘Find A Way’ today.

Known for dozens of infectious singles, his work on his and Armin van Buuren’s festival hit ‘The Race’ and commendable remixes for high-profile artists such as Adam Lambert, Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Clean Bandit, Gryffin and Bipolar Sunshine, Hardwell and Twenty One Pilots, Dave Winnel is cementing his position atop the dance music scene. Having clocked up millions of streams for several of his originals and remixes as well as support from the scene’s finest, he’s rapidly ascending to dance music stardom and bound to impact the dance music scene in extraordinary ways.

BEN GOLD & ALLEN WATTS – Strike As One

Easily one of the most energetic cuts taken from Chapter One of Ben Gold’s new album ‘Sound Advice’, ‘Strikes As One’ sees the U.K. Trance hero team up with Allen Watts to do what the title implies. By blending their respective signature sounds into an astonishing, all-powerful sound mash, they get the global crowd acquainted with the truest form of sonic power: this new melodic masterpiece

Listen to Ben Gold & Allen Watts ‘Strike As One’ here 

MORGAN PAGE DROPS BEAUTIFUL NEW SINGLE ‘LET YOU GO’

US progressive house/pop mainstay Morgan Page continues to blaze a trail through 2018 as he unleashes yet another masterful yet delicate EDM gem in the shape of ‘Let You Go’, out now on Armada Music worldwide.

 

Listen to Morgan Page – Let You Go

 

Long revered as one of the most definitive voices on the American electronic circuit by peers and fans alike, on ‘Let You Go’ the GRAMMY-nominated Page shows exactly how he earned his reputation. Light, effortless production falls somewhere between breezy pop ballad, dance floor elevator and the perfect end to summertime playlists. A lilting topline vocal is deftly juxtaposed against gently undulating piano arpeggios, jerking synths and sun-soaked percussion to create a cut that carries that easy kind of energy reminiscent of the very best sundown sets.

Currently in the middle of a US tour taking in NYC, Denver, Boston, Milwaukee, Vegas, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Portland, Washington DC and Seattle, Page also celebrated a huge personal milestone just weeks ago. Becoming a father for the first time to baby girl Bea Isabelle Page, Page unsurprisingly called her his “greatest collaboration”.

ADAM J & SOHA feat. HALIENE & MATTEW SLEEPER – Twilight vs Breathe (Reality Test Remix)

‘Twilight vs Breathe (Reality Test Remix)’ contains grungy beats and great harmonies. This is a must listen remix. Being one of the few female psy-trance DJs, but Reality Test is right on top of her game. Boys, you better watch out! Put on those rave shoes and let’s go. Are you curious?

Let’s grab it here 

In the wake of stellar renditions from the likes of Reality Test and Jack Trades, Funkin Matt delivers on remix duty for Adam J & Soha’s ‘Twilight vs Breathe’. Enveloping the heavenly vocals with grungy beats and beautiful harmonies, he gives an irresistible twist to the original that can easily be touted top playlist material.

ALPHA 9 – Sleepwalker

The Russian musician, producer and DJ ALPHA 9 has come up with a new track. This wonderful melodic masterpiece keeps Trance fans losing their minds over and over again. ALPHA 9 is the trance alter ego of ARTY. It’s just unbelievable how much music this young man can produce. Are you ready for another one?

Listen ‘Sleepwalker’ here

Keeping Trance fans around the world way too excited for them to fall into a soft slumber, ALPHA 9’s ‘Sleepwalker’ keeps the adrenaline flowing and one’s ears pricked up. An unmistakable piece of musical brilliance from the hand of the Russian sound architect, this dreamy cut cements ALPHA 9’s spot alongside Trance music’s finest and proves yet another kick-ass anthem in the wake of his other top-tier productions.

ARMIN VAN BUUREN ROUNDS UP A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER WITH THE ‘A STATE OF TRANCE, IBIZA 2018’ MIX ALBUM

Seeing as both his sound and live sets are staples in the Ibiza club scene, it’s no wonder Armin van Buuren has decided to return to the White Isle with his latest ‘A State Of Trance’ mix album.

The fifth installment of the series and a wonderful addition to a summer season that saw Armin van Buuren head up his own Wednesday night summer residency at HÏ Ibiza, ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ strengthens both theTrance genre and the ASOT brand through forty-one sizzling productions in a two-part album ready to rock any electronic music fan’s world.

Listen to ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018 (Mixed by Armin van Buuren)’

Selected and mixed by Armin van Buuren himself, the ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album is composed of two parts: ‘On The Beach’ and ‘In The Club’. Through a phenomenal blend of mouthwatering exclusives, gorgeous originals, top-of-the-line remixes and three records from the Dutch Grammy nominee and electronic music icon himself (‘Blah Blah Blah’, ‘Our Origin’, ‘United’), the mix album captures every inch of the Ibiza magic and allows
fans from all across the globe to experience the island’s thriving party scene at its best.

The A State Of Trance brand includes not only the award-winning radio show, but also the label, the event series and the A State Of Trance compilation series, which in turn includes the annual year mixes and other mix albums in addition to the Ibiza-themed installments. The radio show is broadcast every week to an estimated 42 million listeners in more than a eighty different countries around the world, and has been pivotal in placing Trance music on the map and keeping it there.

Tracklist
Mix 1 – On The Beach
1. Armin van Buuren vs Shapov – Our Origin
2. Assaf – Trinity (Sound Quelle & Max Meyer Remix)
3. ALPHA 9 – Sleepwalker
4. Probspot – Blueberry (Daniel Wanrooy Remix)
5. Maor Levi – Light Years
6. Armin van Buuren feat. James Newman – Therapy (Super8 & Tab Remix)
7. Denis Kenzo & Sveta B. – Sweet Lie
8. Myon X Late Night Alumni – Hearts & Silence (Myon Club Mix)
9. Arty – Tim
10. Sodality – Challenger
11. Fast Distance – Cosmos
12. D-Mad – Comeback
13. Cubicore & Shane 54 – Budokan
14. Fatum – Petra
15. Jorn van Deynhoven – Fiesta del Sol
16. Henry Dark – Blue Days & Black Nights
17. Omnia – CYBERPUNK
18. Alexander Popov & Ruben de Ronde – Luna
19. Kyau & Albert + Steve Brian – Reverie
20. Maor Levi – Vintage

Mix 2 – In The Club
1. Armin van Buuren x Vini Vici x Alok feat. Zafrir – United
2. Beatsole – Pearl
3. Eximinds & Jean Clemence – Gravitation
4. Super8 & Tab – Blockchain
5. Rene Ablaze & Jam Da Bass – From Dusk Till Dawn
6. Tempo Giusto – Solace In Your Eyes (Decade Mix)
7. STANDERWICK – I’ve Been Thinking About You
8. Ben Gold & Allen Watts – Strike As One
9. Yuri Kane – Right Back (Solis & Sean Truby Remix)
10. Assaf – Heliades
11. The Noble Six – Black Lotus
12. Richard Durand – The Air I Breathe
13. Chris Schweizer feat. Roxanne Emery – Under The Light
14. Moonsouls & Zara Taylor – Let It Go
15. Oliver Cattley with Kiyoi & Eky – Zubr
16. Heatbeat – Stadium Arcadium
17. Allen Watts & Talla 2XLC – Equinox
18. Ultra Shock – The Sound Of E (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
19. Perry O’Neil – Wave Force (South Of The Stars Remix)
20. Splinta – Shock Therapy (Rising Altitude Mix)
21. Armin van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah