Although some might take it slow during the holiday season, Maurice West is still racing towards the end of the year at top speed. Fresh from working with some of the biggest names in the scene (e.g. Hardwell, KSHMR and W&W), playing his first sold-out show during the Amsterdam Dance Event and wreaking havoc at the biggest festivals in the world (including Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland and World Club Dome), the Dutch DJ and producer drops a brand-new record bound to slam down hard on the dance floor: ‘The Kick’.
An infectious track made to lay the main stages of the world’s biggest festivals in ruin, ‘The Kick’ is a staple track meant to get stuck on repeat. Considering the raw power of the punchy synths, the impact of the hard-hitting drops and how hard they make it for anyone to sit still, this monster track validates that 2018 has been a tremendous year for Maurice West and drops him off splendidly at his next Asia run, starting next month with Creamfields Shanghai and Hong Kong, We Are Connected and ISY Festival.
Maurice West already made huge waves in the dance music community at an early age. Growing up in a family of skillful musicians, Maurice set his goals as a kid and started out with instruments like the piano, guitar and drums to pave the way for his later endeavors. Now combining his musical background and his ability to create supercharged progressive and blistering electro house to push boundaries, he doesn’t play by the rules and eats the boundaries of genres for breakfast. And that’s exactly why Maurice West is regarded an one of the most exciting talents of the dance music realm today.
SUMMER 2018’S BIGGEST DANCE MUSIC TRACK,
‘NEUTRON DANCE’ RECEIVES
FOUR BRAND NEW REMIXES
GERD JANSON’S BIRKENSTOCK REMIX
ALONG WITH REMIXES FROM
PAUL WOOLFORD, MANO LE TOUGH AND FANGO
RUNNING BACK / FFRR
KRYSTAL KLEAR – ‘NEUTRON DANCE’ REMIXES EP
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
Irish, NYC-based producer Krystal Klear’s ‘Neutron Dance’ has been one of summer 2018’s biggest tracks. Gaining close to 6 million streams, the single has also received wide radio support, picking up Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’, Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and Nick Grimshaw’s ‘Tune of the Week’ as well as plays from both Danny Howard and Monki.
First up on remix duties, we have established UK DJ and producer Paul Woolford, who has been a leading figure in underground UK electronic music for over a decade. Paul adds his own spin on the track, with upbeat piano loops throughout, whilst still staying true to the original; maintaining the well-loved infectious melody.
The next remix comes from Irish born DJ/Producer Mano Le Tough, one of the most celebrated names in House and Techno. He takes his remix down a completely different path to the original, layering celestial vocals and cosmic sounding synths, creating an atmospheric version of the track.
Venetian DJ and producer Fango provides a deep and highly percussive remix. Cited by Kompakt boss Michael Mayer as “The hottest thing in the 4/4 business right now”, Fango has opens his remix with powerful percussive rhythm, continuing throughout this remix departing from the steady beat of the original.
Closing the EP, one of the most highly respected DJ’s in the world right now, German DJ/Producer and Running Back label head, Gerd Janson; presenting his Birkenstock Remix. Janson’s remix of the track, signed to his own imprint, has been composed with the help of a live band. With an offbeat bass pumping throughout and added dreamy synths, Gerd weaves his signature sound into the uplifting melody of the original track. Previously aired on BBC Radio 1 as Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’, this remix followed effortlessly in the wake of the seminal summer track. A credit to the evident versatility and timelessness of the original.
Tracklist Krystal Klear – ‘Neutron Dance’ (Paul Woolford Jolly Roger Rework)
- Krystal Klear – ‘Neutron Dance’ (Mano Le Tough Remix)
- Krystal Klear – ‘Neutron Dance’ (Fango Remix)
- Krystal Klear – ‘Neutron Dance’ (Gerd Janson’s Birkenstock Remix)
Krystal Klear ‘Neutron Dance Remixes’ EP is OUT NOW digitally on Running Back / FFRR
Krystal Klear ‘Neutron Dance Remixes’ EP Vinyl will be released 11th November via Running Back.
HOUSE STOMPER, ‘EMPIRE’ ON FFRR
DENNEY – ‘EMPIRE’
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
“Empire” is inspired by and named after the club which I originally started out playing in at 17 years old: The Empire in Middlesbrough which was home to the legendary Sugar Shack. When you used to walk into the club there was this specific sound which would hit you, it was very New York/Tenaglia and had this pulsing groove. I can’t put into words how much that club and the DJs inspired me growing up so this is my nod to those days with a modern twist.” Denney
Despite his youthful look North-Eastern underground DJ and producer, Denney has been kicking about for longer than many would think. A product of the late 90s UK house phenomenon, Denney got his first taste of what underground house music meant, working for legendary Leeds based club night, Back to Basics. Spending years tearing up dancefloors and honing his craft, however, Denney’s early exploits didn’t begin here.
With his growing name and widespread likeability, Denney accrued his first residency in 2001 at a Middlesbrough clubbing institution, The Empire. A mecca for dance music and a breeding ground for new DJ talent. During that time, he saw many inspirational legends come through the doors; brushing shoulders with DJ royalty from the likes of Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo and Carl Cox.
“Empire in Middlesbrough was such an iconic venue in its heyday- it was one of my favorite places to play for years and still holds a special place in my heart”. Roger Sanchez
“The Empire was one of the first clubs up north I had ever played and not only was the sound the vibe and the room amazing, I had some of my best sets of my life in that room. So lucky to have been a part of this amazing piece of history” Erick Morillo.
Now paying homage to his time there, ‘Empire’ is an exemplification of classic New-York style house music with a driving and infectious edge, that was the sound of the underground then and totally fitting for now.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Danny Tenaglia, John Creamer, Stephane K and Deep Dish, ‘Empire’ emulates their seminal sound. Denney continues to make headway in the contemporary underground scene, with DJ support coming from Damian Lazarus and Hot Since 82to name a few. With the track ready to drop on Pete Tong imprint, FFRR, and a recent album release on the respected ‘Global Underground’ series, Denney’s ‘Empire’ promises to prove why he has remained a musical trailblazer and leader in his field.
Denney ‘Empire’ is OUT NOW via FFRR
ONE OF THE BIGGEST
DANCE MUSIC TRACKS OF THE SUMMER, NASSER BAKER’S ‘SAY SOMETHING’
RECEIVES A FRESH NEW REMIX
FROM THE MIGHTY PAUL WOOLFORD
NASSER BAKER – ‘SAY SOMETHING’
PAUL WOOLFORD REMIX
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
Blasting through the summer with a flurrying storm of attention, Nasser Baker recently dropped ‘Say Something’ on Island Records. Complete with a remix from mentor and one of electronic music’s most seminal names, Dennis Ferrer, the original gained the accolade of Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on Radio 1. The track that sound-tracked dancefloors and beach parties worldwide this summer, turned into a must have record for DJ’s and dance music lovers alike.
One of the most Shazammed records of the summer in Ibiza, amassing over 100K UK streamsfollowing the Annie Mac Hottest play, ‘Say Something’ instantly became the track that everyone had to have. Support continued to come in droves, with DJ’s including MK, Camelphat and Damian Lazarus featuring the track in their sets. Love for ‘Say Something’ was equally shown across the air waves, with vast plays across all Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ’s alongside 6Music, Kissand Rinse FM.
Continuing to leave such a mark on the world of dance music, ‘Say Something’ now receives a fresh remix from one of the hottest names in the industry – Paul Woolford. Having a momentous year himself with dance hit ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups’, Woolford injects ‘Say Something’ with his signature bassline to create a menacing build up, adding his own take on the much-loved original. Woolford’s remix paves the way for ‘Say Something’ to bend the minds of dark and underground dance floors worldwide.
Nasser Baker ‘Say Something’ Paul Woolford Remix is OUT NOW via Island Records
Maor Levi & OTIOT truly produced a smashing track together with ‘Bandana’.
We spoke to Maor Levi about how the track came to be. Here is what he had to say: “Bandana was a result of combining both of my Trance style with OTIOT’s Edge of dark-psy, the idea came from one of his psy projects that was just laying in his computer, I heard it instantly and felt the goose bumps, so we Immediately started working on the idea while gathering more ideas in just a few days, as a result you got a dark proggy trancer with some psy elements , but most importantly we were aiming to keep it dark, the title for the track was pretty random but we felt it suited the vibe.”
It seems as if Maor Levi just can’t stop churning out absolute gems. Now teaming up with fellow-Israeli OTIOT for ‘Bandana’, he shows again why he’s considered one of the most consistent producers of his time. Infectious, mesmerizing and impactful, this brand-new Armind release is what makes Trance fans tick.
The Dutch DJ/producer Purple Haze also known as Sander van Doorn again shows his versatility with his new track ‘The Hyll’. With its sporting melody and soaring synths ‘The Hyll’ will have the trance fans desperately longing for more!
Striking a perfect balance between the impactful bassline and gentle plucks, Purple Haze’s ‘The Hyll’ is Trance 2.0 in all its glory. Sporting a killer melody alongside soaring synths and thrilling harmonies, this cut is meant for the biggest stages in the world
Are you ready for a party? Then you’re definitely ready for Rodg’s new track ‘Beam’! This track will give you the energy to dance on the dance floor all night long.
Listen to the track HERE
Coming up with another high-impact cut meant to wreck dance floors, Rodg is giving the fans exactly what they want. Offering energetic basslines, wonderful harmonies and a melodic synergy few tracks can match, ‘Beam’ is like a sonic laser show: gorgeous, impressive and a surefire way to set the mood for a kick-ass live show.
It’s been a while since Trance music first emerged in the dance music realm, but the enchantment still hasn’t wore off. Standing out through its magical melodies and tidal wave of emotion, the early days of Trance music enveloped the minds and souls of millions of people from all over the world and has been a staple genre ever since as it remained at the heart of many nostalgic flashbacks. And now, the next glorious installment of the globally acclaimed ‘A State Of Trance Classics’ series makes sure all of those beautiful memories will flare up simultaneously once again.
With thirty-six tracks split over four parts, ‘A State Of Trance Classics Vol. 13’ captures the essence of what Trance means to so many people. Packed with wonderful cuts from seminal producers such as Above & Beyond, Aly & Fila. Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, Mat Zo, Ørjan Nilsen, Rank 1, Ton TB, Vincent de Moor and Armin van Buuren himself, the compilation album hits the nail right on the head in terms of track selection and shows to fans new and old just how rich, precious and magical the early days of Trance have been.
- Armin van Buuren feat. Cathy Burton – Rain
- Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge – Mansion
- Above & Beyond – Good For Me (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
- Markus Schulz feat. Justine Suissa – The New World
- Dash Berlin – Never Cry Again (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
- Chicane & Ferry Corsten feat. Christian Burns – One Thousand Suns (Soundprank Remix)
- Cosmic Gate feat. Jan Johnston – Raging
- W&W – AK-47
- Warrior – Warrior (Club Mix)
- Ayumi Hamasaki – M (Above & Beyond Remix)
- System F – Solstice
- Armin van Buuren feat. Susana – If You Should Go (Aly & Fila Remix)
- Andrew Rayel feat. Jano – How Do I Know
- Black Pearl – Bounty Island (DJ Shah’s San Antonio Harbour Mix)
- Icon – Desire (Icarus Remix)
- Andy Duguid feat. Leah – Wasted
- M.I.K.E – Massive Motion
- DJ Remy & Roland Klinkenberg – Till Ya Drop
- Arty, Nadia Ali & BT – Must Be The Love
- Mat Zo – The Fractal Universe
- Arctic Quest – Renaissance
- Velvetine – Safe (Wherever You Are) [Rank 1 Remix]
- Breakfast – The Sunlight
- Ørjan Nilsen – Amsterdam
- Omnia & IRA – The Fusion
- Ton TB – Electronic Malfunction
- Vincent de Moor – No Hesitation (VDM’s 2007 Rework)
- Ernesto vs Bastian – Dark Side Of The Moon
- Lange & Andy Moor – Stadium Four
- Armin van Buuren presents Gaia – J’ai Envie De Toi
- Emma Hewitt – Rewind (Mikkas Remix)
- Three Drives – Air Traffic
- Mike Foyle & Signalrunners – Love Theme Dusk (Mike’s Broken Record Mix)
- Albert Vorne – Formentera What (Gareth Emery Remix)
- David West – Welsh Morphology
- BT – Skylarking
A few weeks ago, while Amsterdam Dance Event was in full swing, we reached out Armada Music headquarter to sit down with one of the most talented young artist of the label, David Gravell.
He dragged us down the rabbit hole revealing us some very intriguing enlightenment about the ups and downs of being a successful artist and we cast a light on a few important issues like how to stay healthy and fully energized during a very busy tour schedule;
what’s the concept behind his new logo,
what’s the secret formula behind his smashing remixes; some insights about the upcoming EP and much more.
You can enjoy the whole chat right here:
It was Airwave who fired the starting shot for Bonzai’s now three-years-and-running ‘In The Mix – Progressive Sessions’ series back in the summer of 2015. Maintaining a clockwork-regular two-per-year release-tempo, it most recently dropped Gai Barone’s Feb-released ‘006’ edition. (“9/10 – the ethos of progressive captured” said MIXMAG upon its arrival). ‘ITM007’ – out this autumn, sees its mix-baton passed back into the hands of the Belgian. In the pursuit of conquering even ‘ITM 001’s dizzying heights, Laurent has gone the extra mile brilliantly networking 28 tracks into 150 mind-expanding minutes of progressive eminence.
Along its path you’ll make contact with freshly sourced studioware from Gai Barone, Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor, John 00 Fleming, Eelke Kleijn, Oovation & Yoachim, The Stupid Experts, Stan Kolev and a progressively star-filled sky of others. It also includes material from Airwave’s own most recent release (the DJ Mag 8/10 scoring ‘Bliss EP’), as well as hot-from-the-studio production ‘Attraction’ and two purpose built intro pieces, which establish the feel for each of its discs.
With mixing skills almost otherworldly in their ability to blend without margin and a blackbelt understanding the composition of its assembled music, Laurent serves the album acultured, layered and textually intense experience unlike any other.
In the most classic of senses, Airwave overtures with his bespoke ‘ITM007: Intro Part 1’ creation. It places the anticipatory sounds of an orchestral string section tuning up against atmospheric pads and intruding drum march. Scene luminously set, it cedes to allow the air-spun melodics of Eelke Kleijn’s ‘The Calling’, Slam Duck’s drumatic retake of Narel’s ‘Circle Sky’ and Airwave’s own swirling prog-noir ‘Gravy Train’ in. Around its midpoint, Rauschhaus’ rebuild of Oovation & Yoachim’s ‘Open It Wide’ finds common ground with the bassy prowl of ‘Night And Day’ from The Stupid Experts. As Mix1 thunders hypnotically towards its terminus, Laurent feeds ‘Bliss’ – the lead track from his latest EP – into its system, before reaching its atmospheric apex through brilliantly vivid ‘Eclipticum’ from Cortex Thrill.
Storm’s-coming drums & scudding bass notes herald mix 2’s arrival. Giving tone, tempo and sonic tenacity a nudge, Laurent also allows a shot-glass’-worth of trancier liquor into his mix. Basil O’Glue’s netherworldian ‘Shrine’ flashes the steel; Stan Kolev’s ‘Utopia’ (in its Audio Noir Trip version) adds darker, even more sonorous notes, while ‘Voyage’ from Andromedha ups its celestial ante. Midway through, Airwave slips his newie ‘Attraction’ in, which makes a lightning connection to Gai Barone’s ‘Flash’. As the ether turns darker again, Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor’s ‘Timelapse’ bring the moodily rolling bass and crunchier percussive elements in. That sets up John 00 Fleming & EEEmus’ (per DJ Mag “chunky, warpy and not without its funkier moments”) ‘Drop From The Vile’ up to deliver the release’s final coup de grace.
If a journey into the very heart of the music is what you’re after, call off the search – Airwave’s ‘In The Mix 007 – Progressive Sessions’ is available to order here(https://bit.ly/2yRtzfs) or you can listen via Spotify here (https://spoti.fi/2yO9oPB).
Airwave – In The Mix 007 – Progressive Sessions Tracklist
01 Airwave – In The Mix 007 Intro (Part 1)
02 Pranav Mayekar – Elixier
03 Eric Lune – Benji
04 Eelke Kleijn – The Calling (Extended Mix)
05 Laurent Chanal – Marlin (Nicolas Rada Remix)
06 Juan Sapia – Lonely Mountain
07 Narel – Circle Sky (Slam Duck Remix)
08 Airwave – Gravy Train
09 Groovegsus & Jason Heat – The Alpha (Original Mix)
10 Oovation & Yoachim – Open It Wide (Rauschhaus Remix)
11 The Stupid Experts – Night And Day (Original Mix)
12 Airwave – Bliss
13 Sylk Poletti – Double Face (Original Mix)
14 Cortex Thrill – Eclipticum (Aurora Borealis Mix
01 Airwave – In The Mix 007 Intro (Part 2)
02 Basil O’Glue – Shrine (Early Mix)
03 Stan Kolev – Utopia (Another Audio Noir Trip)
04 Andromedha – Voyage (Original Mix)
05 Kamilo Sanclemente – Secret Garden (Original Mix)
06 Airwave – Attraction
07 Gai Barone – Flash (Cherry Remix)
08 Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor – Timelapse (Extended Mix)
09 Erich Von Kollar & Radicz – Kepler-452b (Andre Absolut Remix)
10 Austin Pettit – Nightride (Original Mix)
11 Fanizza & Andrew Cash – Galaxia
12 Van Czar – Adsum (Original Mix)
13 Hell Driver – Global Warming (Original Mix)
14 John 00 Fleming & EEEmus – Drop From The Vile (Original Mix)
More about Airwave:
Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7. Influenced by the 80′s and 90′s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology. Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – “I want To Believe” was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto. Airwave’s sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fan-base.
Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers forming together Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., with Georges Petkidis on some Planisphere tracks and with Marnik Braeckevelt as Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.
In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day. Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album “Believe” in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album “I Want To Believe”. “Trilogique” soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, “Trilogique” would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.
Time saw him finally running Banshee Worx with his long time partners and friends Marnik and Fly, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others. Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave-Laurent always crops up.
He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him. One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong we are sure to see a lot more from this man. Laurent’s works under many of his guises can be found at all good download stores and a comprehensive list of his various aliases can be found at Bonzai Music artist pages or Discogs.