Off the back of a blistering performance at Ultra Europe, a tidal wave of support from dance music luminary Marshmello and gathering a quarter billion total streams across hit catalog, rising star Crankdat has landed onto Armada Music for his debut release on the Amsterdam-based record label. Widely considered one of the most talented youngsters of the dance music realm with a mere 21 years of life experience under his belt, the Ohio native shows exactly why he’s rapidly become one of the most well-respected producers of the moment with ‘Say It’, featuring L.A.-based singer-songwriter Sara Skinner.
A paradigm of masterstroke productions, ‘Say It’ sees Crankdat blurt out a scurrying drum and bass rhythm kicking up dust while staying impeccably pristine in surround sound. Spearheaded by a contagious electric guitar riff turned inside out and Sara Skinner’s vocals tumbling from heaven, the track is pushed to top speed by urgent strings before coming to a climactic full stop. Simply put, this one’s sure to rush onto all the playlists that matter this summer.
Crankdat: “The production process of ‘Say It’ was absolutely seamless. I produced the beat earlier this year with no intentions of doing anything with it — sometimes I make very different styles of music for total fun, and so was the case with this, I just did it for fun. When I sent it around to my team and a few other trusted ears, everyone really liked it, and so arose the possibility of it becoming an actual release. I sent it to this vocalist I met on the Internet a few months prior, the super-talented Sara Skinner, as we had discussed working on a song in the weeks before. We never got in the studio together, never called about it, talked about it etc. She just took it and ran. The first demo Sara sent back was absolutely GOLD. She did her thing, and she nailed it. Afterwards, I finished processing the vocal and engineering the beat, and thus, ‘Say It’ was born!”
Sara Skinner: “Christian (Crankdat) sent me this track late one night, and I was so stoked on the music that I immediately set up a co-writing session with Karra (who worked with me on ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Time Warp’). I write all my music for my own project, but I’m pretty new at working on electronic music, so I hit her up because I needed to make sure this one was another really great one. We ran with our usual thought process and kept a strong focus on the melody and painting mental images with the lyrics. We recorded the vocals right there and then to capture the actual energy of the song in that moment. I’ve been really excited about this one; the track alone is epic, and I’m grateful to have worked on a song with such a well-respected guy in the scene.”
This week all remixes from ‘Body’ will be released. Ørjan the Norwegian trance producer and DJ did an insane remix of ‘Body”, a real trancer. Blow up your speakers and keep on dancing.
Merging all seven previously released remixes into one exciting deal, this remix package of Loud Luxury’s smash hit ‘Body’ is the icing on the cake. Spread nicely across the dance music spectrum, this seven-color rainbow is about to spice up your day big time.
KhoMha’s music has already sent shockwaves through electronic dance music circles and we haven’t heard his new remix yet. KhoMha, the very talented boy from Colombia just released his EP ‘Elementos’ and coming Friday this insane remix from ‘Fly Away’. We are curious what the future will bring for him.
Eighteen years after its initial flight, Vincent de Moor’s ‘Fly Away’ has returned to the launch pad. Now driven by the high-octane sounds of Colombian Trance star KhoMha, the 2000 classic is ready to shoot for the stars again.
In this day and age, for any come-lately producer looking to make their mark, a debut album must swiftly be realized. Hal Stucker however is not any producer and “day and age” – as you’ll see – plays zero part in ‘Electronic Excursions’ reckoning. Hal has no hidden agendas. He doesn’t desire an extra foot up the career ladder, more gigs, better billing or ‘to blow you away’ with his music’s dancefloor-filling capabilities.
No, both his and the ambitions of his ‘Electronic Excursions’ album decidedly lie in other areas.
In the pantheon of electronic artists’ LPs, there have been some sizeable pending times. Hal though might have out-pended the lot. Since his debut production (the Telica Records-released ‘The World Is Flat’) a not inconsiderable two decades have elapsed. Indeed for sixteen of those years, Hal was in full stasis, before Ruben de Ronde’s Statement! Recordings brought it off-ice with ‘Coral’ two years ago. Since, Hal’s productions have established a new DJ audience, engaging the musically enlightened likes of Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Rodg, Grum and others.
If you don’t already know, you’ve probably guessed anyway – Hal is considerably better known under another name. The ‘who’ is largely immaterial here (and possibly even unhelpful), as this album is an exercise in artistic emancipation. An opportunity to vent stylistically, after many years inside an ever-tightening perception box, it’s electronic excursions in name and nature.
“Over the last 12 months, says Hal, I’ve embarked on a little musical outing to try and create a body of work with depth & emotion that you could listen to anywhere. I know that could be a cliché, but it’s the truth. It’s been an absolute joy working on the album – my first body of work in 25 years of being in the music industry. It’s different, but I sincerely hope you all enjoy the album as much as I did writing it”.
Across 14 tracks, ‘Electronic Excursions’ is a refreshing master-class in not giving a flying one about the dancefloor. That’s not to say you wouldn’t dance to it. Only that it’s not its primary spur. The same goes for other conventions. Track runtimes regularly enjoy the luxury of 8, 9 10 or in the case of ‘Chaos Bowl’ 11+ minutes to play out their ideas, angles and sequences. Genre classifications are likewise largely redundant. Adjectives like ‘atmosphere’, ‘ether’, ‘mood’ and ‘journey’ play a far greater part in defining compositions like ‘Rubix’, Monlith’, ‘Conjour’ and ‘Chimes’. Tempos too enjoy greater-than-average bandwidth and while instrumentals are its norm, vocal interludes also exist (most notably on ‘Walking Over Fire’ sung by Emma Gillespie and Eilidh Hadden’s ‘Retrace’.
Funny How Things Stick: Mr. Stucker enlightens us to the evolution of his unusual artist name. “Many people are unaware that Hal Stucker is an alias conjured up back in 1998. The name actually came from reading an article written by the real Hal Stucker and after a few releases under this alias I got an email from the man himself. He was and still is based in Boston, has written articles for the likes of the New York Times, WIRED and other major publications in the US.
He asked me (and I quote) “did you just come up with the name or have you read one of my humble scribblings on your travels? I have been using your music as a talking point at my dinner parties over the years, it would be great to know”. I replied that I had read one of his humble scribblings’ and he was delighted!”
So now you know the ins-and-outs, you’re prepped for ‘Electronic Excursions’ arrival, in all its unshackled glory. That happens today and you can order Hal Stucker’s exceptional album here https://pure.choons.at/electronicx, as well as checking the album’s trailer video here: https://bit.ly/2mwiN7Q
‘Electronic Excursions’ by Hal Stucker tracktlist:
- Chaos Bowl
- Walking Over Fire
- Stars Bonus
- Retrace (Sunrise Edit)
A superb team-up between two of Trance’s finest, ‘Luna’ shines like a full moon on a dark, clear-skied night. Combining the widely acclaimed signature sounds of Alexander Popov and Ruben de Ronde, this track is adopted into Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2018’ mix album and poised to make Trance fans swoon for years to come.
World-renowned Dutch producer and deep house virtuoso Eelke Kleijn has released his latest single, ‘Punta Cana’, on his DAYS like NIGHTS imprint today. The release falls as the second single off his impending ‘Moments Of Clarity’ project and lands in the midst of his most extensive North American tour to date with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, San Francisco, and Burning Man this summer. With a much-anticipated Tomorrowland performance also right around the corner on July 21, the Rotterdam-based producer is in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
‘Punta Cana’, which took form while Eelke Kleijn was visiting the Dominican town of the same name two years ago, is centered around a pulsing kick that exemplifies his stunning ability to layer mesmerizing synth builds and subtle vocal samples atop vivid bass and percussion. Melodic, energetic and hypnotic, the result is crafted perfectly for festival and nightclub dance floors.
Eelke Kleijn: “I wrote the melody for the track while I was in Punta Cana for a gig in 2016. It sounded very different at that time, but I kept coming back to the main lead because I liked it so much. It has that sort of underground epicness that I really enjoy. The track went through multiple different versions before it turned out the way it is now. It’s been a steady end-of-the-night banger in all my sets of the last year!”
With a notable fifteen years of composing to draw upon, Eelke Kleijn has found major success on and off the dance floor in creating club tracks as well as Hollywood soundtracks. In addition to crafting releases for motion pictures like ‘Parker’, ‘The Crossing’, ‘Rush’ and ‘This Means War’, his bootleg of ‘The Hanging Tree’ from the iconic film ‘The Hunger Games’ launched the veteran producer to international stardom. While he continues to cultivate his rapidly rising DAYS like NIGHTS imprint, his emotive, complex progressive deep house signature has drawn attention from underground veterans Pete Tong, Solomun and Maceo Plex as well as fans from all around the globe.
Subculture welcomes another trance futurist to its impressive roster today, as Factor B debuts on the label. The Aussie producer hit the release gas last year, with an anthem convoy that by the year’s end included ‘Invidius’, ‘Liberator’, ‘Origins’ and ‘Something Like A Cure’
‘Into The Light’ follows this April’s ‘White Rooms’ out of the gate and we’re going to chance our arm and say with it, we reckon Brendan Blatt’s topped the lot.
‘Into The Light’ got its first airing (where else but!) ASOT850 back in February. Inside Jaarbeurs it more than proved its mettle, when Brendan closed his Road To 1000 set with it. “Armin van Buuren, Solarstone and label boss John O’Callaghan are just some of the spinners who’ve since rallied to its radio & club cause, while DJ Mag UK scored it 8/10.”
To be clear, style and energy-wise ‘Into The Light’ is not kidding around! If your set of speakers is in need of something that doesn’t stint on sonic force, mass or motion, look no further. With a tempo that’s goes straight for the primetime jugular, more rousing sub-melody flow than the Jetstream and a heart as big as an ocean, ‘Into The Light’s got you covered. Pick it up/stream here https://subculture.choons.at/intothelight
01: Factor B – Into The Light (Original Mix)
Mammoth Australian label Bourne Recordings welcomes one of our favorite artist, ZOYA, who unleashes her next incendiary single.
Destined to be a dance floor mayhem with its scorching energy, this tune will make the audience erupt instantaneously.
Bubble is the latest cutting-edge production of the Bulgarian artist who is known for her relentless boundary pushing, and with this monumental cut she proves her versatility once again.“Bubble is not your typical trance track” says ZOYA, “I’d call it a reflection of what inspires me these days, being a huge fan of Ben Nicky, Timmy Trumpet and Will Sparks I guess I just embraced their sound letting it be my guide me through the creation of this tune.
I am amazed to join the Bourne family as this marks another accomplishment in my career.”
Bourne Recordings is a collaborative project between Will Sparks, Lucky Ent and TMRW Music, assisting new artists in being discovered, A&R’d by Will Sparks himself. Will understood the struggle with finding a record label as an artist and he began Bourne Recordings to help upcoming artists share their music and passion they have for a growing scene.
One of the best clubs in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Culture Beat, will host a special 1 hour set by ZOYA on August 9th, we highly recommend you to attend her gig for a massive fix of energy.She is also playing a majestic 6 hours open to close set in Berlin on September 6th at the private party at the exclusive Hyatt Hotel which is already SOLD OUT!! We are wondering if you are among the lucky ones who will attend.. Are you? Then send us pics… Or it didn’t happen 🙂
If you are not on the list though, don’t worry, ZOYA loves her fans so much she will record the set and upload it on her soundcloud for us all.And ZOYA, you are smashing it on your socials lately, anything new coming up?“Social media has been amazing recently, the latest is that I became an ambassador of Junkyard. Junkyard is the biggest online store for street fashion in Scandinavia. Junkyard offers both own brands SWEET SKTBS, JUNKYARD., JUNKYARD.MARKET etc and the biggest external brands such as Nike, adidas originals, Fila, Vans, Levi´s etc… Im always thinking about my followers so everyone who is interested in fashion or wants to look good and feel comfortable at the same time, can check them out and get 15% discount from their site www.junkyard.com,using my code ZOYA15. On the pictures here Im wearing Junkyard and I can honestly say the clothes feel and look amazing.I highly recommend them. “
“I love it!” – Annie Mac
“This caused pogo-style destruction in Panaramabar.” – Gerd Janson
“This track is so HUGE!” – Camelphat
“Absolute stormer.” – Mella Dee
PAUL WOOLFORD – ‘HANG UP YOUR HANG UPS (THE ONLY ONE)’
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
Paul Woolford’s ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups (The Only One)’ is shaping up to be an omnipresent summer smash following huge radio and club support. It’s already received 30 plays at Radio 1 with Annie Mac leading the charge along with plays from Pete Tong, Danny Howard, MistaJam, Phil Taggart, Toddla T and Monki. In addition, it’s also received substantial airplay at 1Xtra, Beats 1 and Rinse FM.
It’s proving to be just as huge in the clubs with backing from a huge list of influential names including Gerd Janson, Krystal Klear, CamelPhat, Andrea Oliva, DJ Haus, Gorgon City, Alan Fitzpatrick, Hannah Wants, Kornel Kovacs, Joe Goddard, Terry Farley, Groove Armada, Yousef and many more.
Having achieved all of that while unsigned, the record is now set to reach a huge crossover audience with its official release on FFRR. Bringing a throwback rave-feel to a contemporary production, ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups (The Only One)’ has the feel-good emotive energy and a towering vocal from New York’s Kim English that will make it the soundtrack to a scorching summer.
Since his early days as resident DJ at Back To Basics, through his 9 years as resident at Welove Sundays at Space in Ibiza and beyond, Paul Woolford has worked across genres and aliases – most notably as Special Request – on labels including XL Recordings, Detroit’s Planet E and Hotflush. He’s also a permanently in-demand remixer with credits including Dua Lipa, Years & Years, Depeche Mode, Disclosure and Sam Smith.
Paul Woolford’s ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups (The Only One)’ is Out Now via FFRR
FOLLOWING ON FROM TECHNO TITANS
SOLOMUN & TALE OF US
REMAKE – ‘BLADE RUNNER’
(MACEO PLEX RENAISSANCE REMIX)
DIGITAL RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
LIMITED EDITION VINYL RELEASE DATE: 20TH JULY
Two consecutive #1’s on the Beatport Top 100 has taken this special series of releases from strength to strength. Combining Techno’s new breed of heavyweights with the perfect classic track, is a formula Renaissance are getting right time after time. Following on from Solomun and Tale Of Us’s outstanding contributions, Renaissance turn their attention to the ever-evolving Maceo Plex for a remix of Remake’s iconic ‘Blade Runner’; a track featured prominently on the very first Renaissance compilation in 1994.
Eric Estornel aka Maceo Plex has become well known for his mind-bending Techno sets and releases under various guises such as Maetrik. 2011 saw the Ellum Audio boss, release his debut album under Maceo Plex on Crosstown Rebels, ‘Life Index’ was met with critical acclaim and propelled the North American to success. Leading to him starting his own label Ellum Audio with a distinct Techno sound, whilst releasing his own music it’s served as tool to champion those around him seeing releases from upcoming acts such as Agents Of Time and Shall Ocin.
Speaking about the ReMix Maceo Plex, explains his love for the Neo-Noir Science Fiction Film Blade Runner’s soundtrack and the inspirations behind the track:
“The original Vangelis, soundtrack for the movie Blade Runner is my all-time favourite cinema soundtrack and one of my favourite records from the early 90’s is the cover ‘Blade Runner’ by Remake.” – Maceo Plex
Throughout time artists, musicians and designers have all paid homage to the cult classic movie and its soundtrack which has inspired the minds of many. Now taking his opportunity through the ReMix collection, Maceo Plex has delivered a timeless edit for the Renaissance collection series. Injecting the signature Maceo Plex sound with pulsating bass lines and futuristic synth tones stabbing their way to the breakdown where we’re met with all too familiar piano melody; transforming the original cover into a prime-time atmospheric weapon.
“I wanted to make my own version to honour this special music and add a little something personal in this new version” – Maceo Plex
With the previous editions in the ReMix, both hitting #1 in the Overall Beatport Chart within a week of release, the Maceo Plex remix will be eagerly anticipated.
Remake ‘Blade Runner’ (Maceo Plex Renaissance Remix) is Out Now via Renaissance.
Limited edition vinyl expected 20th July 2018.