Canadian Grammy nominees Sultan + Shepard know what it takes to produce a top-quality hit record, and they might have just created their next one. Taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Where Are You’ merges Andreas Moss’ amazing vocals with Deep House-flavored vibes while offering a unique blend of pop-dance crossover magic that will prove irresistible both on and off the dance floor.
Grammy nominees and frequent Beatport charters, Sultan + Shepard have collaborated with a range of top-tier artists, such as Tiësto, David Guetta, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Coldplay to name a few. As Canada’s well-known dance music force and one of the biggest duos in the industry, they effortlessly bridge the gap between dance music and pop, which landed them the Canadian songwriters SOCAN Music Award for International Song Of The Year in 2013 for ‘Bad’, the multi-platinum single they co-wrote alongside David Guetta, Showtek and VASSY. More recently, they spent six weeks atop the U.S. Mediabase Airplay chart and racked up a JUNO award nomination and over 20 million streams on Spotify to date for ‘Almost Home’ (with Nadia Ali). Now generating massive amounts of momentum with the subsequent release of album singles, they’re looking to cement their position at the very pinnacle of the dance music scene.
Born in Sweden, bred in Nashville and now based in Los Angeles, Andreas Moss lets his multicultural upbringing shine bright throughout his emotive, openhearted style of music. Over the years, the talented singer-songwriter appeared in Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist, New Music Friday, and Viral 50 playlist in many other countries, and clocked up millions of streams with his music, including popular single ‘Thinking About You’. It’s clear to see that Andreas Moss’ talent is going global and his work on ‘Where Are You?’ is bound to accelerate his rise to stardom.
Inspiring Dutch producer Eelke Kleijn proudly presents his third stunning album: ‘Moments Of Clarity’. Drawing on his career DJing on dancefloors around the world as well as his work as a film & TV composer and his background playing piano, guitar and bass, it effortlessly blends club sounds with the melodic integrity required for home listening.
“’Moments Of Clarity’ is about those rare moments where everything seems to come together and fall into place”, he explains. “You find them in all aspects of life, not just in music. They don’t come along often, but when they do I always treasure them. Every track on the album finds its origin in one of those moments.” Clarity is indeed the watchword here, both in terms of his refined production aesthetic and the composition of the tracks themselves. Every element is felt in precise detail. Nothing is wasted, nor overcooked.
‘Maschine 1.0’ kicks off in classic Eelke Kleijn fashion, with graceful orchestral strings gliding over a delicate, atmospheric groove, building to a dazzling melodic synth solo. ‘Lost Souls’ takes a more direct approach, with Ost’s sublime vocals and dulcet pianos pitched against brooding, driving bass tones. ‘1,000 Lights’—originally composed as part of a huge drone installation at Burning Man—provides a dreamy respite with its twinkling pianos and beatless beauty.
‘The Calling’ is a joyous slice of dancefloor gold, with subtle melodic elements and pleasing bass throbs cut through with a bold lead line. ‘Drive’ takes its cues from classic Italo disco with its pleasingly arpeggiated bass and synth combos, making for a fist-pumping, uplifting ride. ‘Glass Waves’ provides a mesmerizing, cinematic interlude that makes Kleijn’s prowess as a film and TV composer incredibly clear, while the brooding low end and beautiful scales of ‘Punta Cana’ take things into a darker direction.
‘De Orde Van De Nacht (Part 2)’ is a continuation of the 2017 original, and is a wonderfully atmospheric breakbeat roller with soaring pads and chord progressions, while ‘Mojo’s Tale’ is a slinky slice of progressive house driven by an elastic, funk-fueled bassline. ‘Maschine 2.0’ increases the intensity of the album to its most potent peak, with rasping techno synth rhythms and taut percussion driving this hard-edge track forward like a juggernaut. It’s no surprise that it has been a huge track in Solomun’s sets in recent months. The title track is another sumptuous breakbeat number, with the album’s most stunning string section working its way over a spacious, glacial arrangement. ‘René’s shimmering, trancey tones make for a perfect ambient closer to round off this magical record.
The upcoming prospect of his new live/DJ hybrid shows is incredibly exciting, with the music on this superb record perfectly suited for dynamic recreations with a degree of spontaneity. Sophisticated, accomplished and diverse, it represents everything that’s so compelling about this continually flourishing artist.
NCLUDES DEADMAU5, VICETONE & STEFF DA CAMPO REMIXES
Morgan Page’s 2008 single ‘The Longest Road’, featuring Lissie’s now iconic vocal is, without doubt, one of the most important records in modern US electronic music, a cut so sweeping and sublime that it captured the imaginations and hearts of a new generation of clubbers and spearheaded one of the biggest cultural youth movements in the history of the United States.
Today, Page celebrates both the track and its impact on the dance music scene and his career by releasing the first of three special edition remix packs of ‘The Longest Road’ which will combine to form a 10th anniversary compilation album. The first ‘The Longest Road’ EP features three remixes – a brand new remix from Steff Da Campo, the 2012 bootleg remix from Vicetone now released officially for the first time, and the song’s most famous edition, the original 2008 Deadmau5 remix.
Nominated for a GRAMMY for ‘Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical’, the Deadmau5 remix heralded the breakthrough of dance music into the mainstream American consciousness. Hypnotic, relentless and masterfully giving Lissie’s beautiful vocal room to stretch, breathe and soar across the production with spine-tingly effectiveness, it was, and still is, one of the most celebrated remixes in US electronic music.
In 2012, Dutch duo Vicetone released a bootleg remix of ‘The Longest Road’. With its melodic big room twist, sweeping synths, euphoric vocal and driving bass, it swiftly became one of the biggest white label tracks to feature across festival and club sets from countless DJs around the world. Now with the release of the 10th anniversary remixes and to the delight of fans, the duo will see their edit as a full, official release.
Steff Da Campo, a rising Dutch star with a growing number of Beatport #1s under his belt (‘Out Of My Mind’ [Axtone], ‘Make Me Feel’ [Hexagon]), turns in a lush Future House cut of the single, shifting between warm piano house elements and twitching, squelching bass FX, pulling them together with absolute precision for a remix that will do just as well on playlists as it will on the dance floor.
With a slew of new music coming on Armada Music stretching far into 2019, it’s clear that Page remains as vital and as relevant today as he was a decade ago, continuing to release music that inspires another new generation of music producers and fans alike.
Steve Dekay’s new track ‘Krishna’ will be number one on every true trance fan’s playlist. With its slamming bass and the mesmerizing melodies ‘Krishna’ is a true gem!
Powerful like an almighty god, Steve Dekay’s ‘Krishna’ is bound to rule the Trance empire. Exerting a strict balance between good and evil by way of its slamming bass and gorgeous melodies, this cut is one any true Trance fan is bound to worship.
It’s the collaboration we’ve all been waiting for. Radion 6 & Davey Asprey’s new track ‘Spin-Off’ is everything we dreamed of and more!
It’s actually a pretty simple equation:
Radion6 + Davey Asprey = your favorite tune of the year.
From the magnificent melodies to the energetic bassline and huge synths, their ‘Spin-Off’ scores a ten out of ten on the Trance scale without even breaking a sweat.
Designed by the merchandiser Bands F.C., half the proceeds will be donated to provide support for UK music industry individuals suffering from mental, emotional or behavioural health disorders.
On the brink of their highly anticipated sold out ‘GA21’ UK live tour, which will see the critically acclaimed dance music duo return to the live stage for the first time since 2013, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay are set to release a limited-edition football shirt in aid of charity.
In collaboration with the football merchandiser and social media sensation Bands F.C., half the proceeds will go to the ‘Music Support’ group, which provides support for individuals in the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional or behavioral health disorders (including but not limited to alcohol and drug addiction). The shirts will be extremely limited in number and are available to purchase at all shows on the tour, as well as online from November 30th.
“’Apart from our run of live shows alongside the band, this is next most exciting thing about Groove Armada 21 tour. An exclusive football shirt brought to you in conjunction with the amazing Bands F.C. This brings together some of our favourite things: gorgeous design, a touch of early 80’s football and a song that changed everything for us. Strictly limited edition run, your chance to own a piece of Groove Armada history” – Groove Armada
The concept has been designed by the highly coveted Bands F.C, whose aim is simple, to create bands as football teams and football teams as band through their designs. Having previously merged football badges and band names together for the likes of The Charlatans, Echo and the Bunnymen and many more, Groove Armada’s badge is based on Plymouth Argyle F.C. Controversially using Exeter City F.C.’s colours; Plymouth Argyle’s bitter rivals.
Groove Armada are also launching a supporting campaign to supply an under 13, girl’s football team with the limited shirts for the upcoming season. Running alongside the charity aspect, Tom and Andy are inviting girl’s teams to send in a video that best captures their clubs spirit; a goal, a killer tackle, a club anthem, a video of them making as much noise as possible. Entries must be uploaded directly to Twitter or Instagram, tagging the Groove Armada official page. All videos will be reposted via Groove Armada’s social media networks.
GA21 Tour Dates:
Nov 29th – Marble Factory, Bristol (SOLD OUT)
Nov 30th – SWG3, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)
Dec 1st – The Electric, London (SOLD OUT)
Dec 2nd – Warehouse Project Store Street, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
Coming out with not just one track but an EP of five tracks Fatum is keeping their fans happy. Filled with five smashing tracks this EP will blow your mind!
If you think one Fatum track is already tough to handle, imagine what it would take to withstand five of them at once. Dropping ‘Petra’, ‘Weapon’ (with Declan James), ‘More Of Your Love’ (feat. Angel Taylor), ‘Omega’ and ‘Falling For You’ (feat. Angel Taylor) into an exhaustive mainstage-blowing package, this EP is bound to magnify the ‘Momentum’ of the Grammy-nominated dance music act.
Amsterdam Dance Event is definitely the most magical time of the year, anything can happen during that insane week, even bumping into the legendary Ferry Corsten while walking in Armada Music’s hallway!!
We managed to have a quick chat with him about ADE, his project Unity and all the amazing collaborations, his view on some big names quitting the scene recently and more…
You can check it here:
Another amazing talent has emerged and he’s bound to leave a lasting impression. Hailing from the eastern part of the Netherlands, young DJ and producer FAULHABER teamed up with esteemed vocalist Jake Reese for ‘Savannah’, a playful summer tune releases on Armada Music’s The Bearded Man label.
The sonic equivalent of warm sun beams, soft stretches of white sand and ocean waves, ‘Savannah’ emanates that irresistible summer feel from start to finish. Merged with solid beats, Jake Reese’s uplifting vocals and a melody sampled from Sash!’s ‘Ecuador’, the song makes sure a day spent on the beach is only the press of a play button away.
Born and raised in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands, FAULHABER is one of the latest talents to emerge from the esteemed Dutch dance music breeding grounds. By the age of 16, he was already spending every weekend at local clubs to master the art of turntablism, and soon seized the opportunity to cross his home country’s borders and go above and beyond on all dance music related fronts. Now, FAULHABER is making waves internationally both as a DJ and as a producer, a rise to stardom this new single with Jake Reese is bound to intensify.
Easily one of the most sought-after male vocalists of the current dance music scene, Dutchman Jake Reese has been indulging in tons of massive collaborations in recent years. Lending his voice and songwriting skills to artists such as Dash Berlin, David Guetta, Hardwell, KSHMR, Lost Frequencies, Lucas & Steve and Sam Feldt earned him tens of millions of streams on Spotify alone and a tidal wave of international acclaim. His ability to fabricate killer hooks shines through brilliantly in ‘Savannah’ and that’s exactly why he’s considered as one of the dance music scene’s foremost vocal stars.
Biding his time, ReOrder hasn’t been hurried into sending his first album out there. It’s been ten years since the Slovakian studiohead began making impressions on the scene, most recently through his outings on Black Hole, FSOE, Subculture, Monster and others. It was time well stayed: a period in which he honed his craft, instinctively built out his musical range, found himself as an artist, and all the while sized up the album playing field.
Out this month, ‘IAMREADY’s statement says it all.
It’s inherent in the album medium, but you only get one shot at your first longplayer. That blank canvass, the proverbial clean sheet – the one and only chance to drop that flawless debut into the discography. Artists approach their firsts in many different ways: the eclectic, the collaborative, the headline-chasing, the all-in/bases-covered. When it comes to ReOrder’s however, he had one central mandate above all others: “deliver an album with as fewer preconceptions attached as possible”.
“I wanted this record to be a ‘book’ impossible to assess by its cover, says Tibor. One for people to listen to, to absorb and make their own minds up on. One that carried as fewer advance notions or biases as possible. To this end (not unreasonably after ten years) the producer placed full store in his own abilities – producing the tracks, almost without exception without co-producers. When artistic alliances did come to play a part, he wanted them to be with newer names/talent, which would slalom any/all predetermination traps.
This, he correctly determined, would give it the singular and distinctive sound you’ll now hear on ‘IAMREADY’.
Waves of chord and pad, picked out by elegantly played piano keys form ‘Reinstate’ – the beat-free intro piece, with which he cues the album. ReOrder then serves two numbers in quick succession sung by American singer/songwriter Weldon. Thus far largely only known within deep house circles, he brings both relatable edge to ‘Entropy’ & ‘Gravity’s verses, while their choruses become more metaphoric in nature. Near solo, Emma Chatt’s voice carries the first half of ‘Alive Tonight’, before it catches a swell of Tibor’s primetime synth sensibility. Meanwhile Lebanese vocalist Cassandra Grey adds her breath-stealing touch to ‘Goodbye’, finding pathos and bittersweet-ness to equalize the thrust of ReOrder’s skybound studio work.
In solo mode the Slovakian pushes further into the instrumental trance gamut. ‘Digital World’ lends a psy-ish warp to the album, while ‘Beyond Time’ and ‘All There Is’ respectively find it at its most melodic and euphorically laser-struck extents. Bringing the full extent of its scope into sharpest focus, in its final moments the album engages the chilled elegance of the Susie Ledge-sung ‘Far Away and the breaks-fuelled energy burst that is C-qnz-collab ‘Reunited’.
A brilliantly structured and staged recording, which explores the full range of trance music’s frequencies, you can listen or stream (without prejudice!) here: https://reorder.choons.at/iamready
Tracklist: ReOrder – IAMREADY
01. ReOrder – Reinstate
02. ReOrder & Weldon – Entropy
03. ReOrder & Emma Chatt – Alive Tonight
04. ReOrder – Alone
05. ReOrder & Weldon – Gravity
06. ReOrder – Back In The Days
07. ReOrder & Cassandra Grey – Goodbye
08. ReOrder – Digital World
09. ReOrder – All Comes Back To You
10. ReOrder – Beyond Time
11. ReOrder – All There Is
12. ReOrder & Susie Ledge – Far Away
13. ReOrder & C-qnz – Reunited