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.