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FATUM – Momentum EP

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!

Listen to the EP HERE

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.

CATCHING UP WITH FERRY CORSTEN AT ARMADA MUSIC’S HEADQUARTER

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:

RISING STAR FAULHABER TEAMS UP WITH JAKE REESE FOR SUMMER-FLAVORED DEBUT RELEASE ON THE BEARDED MAN: ‘SAVANNAH’

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.

Listen to FAULHABER feat. Jake Reese – Savannah

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.

MAURICE WEST DROPS ‘THE KICK’ ON RAVE CULTURE

 

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’.

Listen to Maurice West – 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.

OUT NOW: RODG – BEAM

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.

ARMIN VAN BUUREN DROPS NEW, NOSTALGIC COMPILATION ALBUM: ‘A STATE OF TRANCE CLASSICS, VOL. 13’¬

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.

Listen to ‘A State Of Trance Classics, Vol. 13’

 

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.

 

Tracklist:

CD 1

  1. Armin van Buuren feat. Cathy Burton – Rain
  2. Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge – Mansion
  3. Above & Beyond – Good For Me (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
  4. Markus Schulz feat. Justine Suissa – The New World
  5. Dash Berlin – Never Cry Again (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
  6. Chicane & Ferry Corsten feat. Christian Burns – One Thousand Suns (Soundprank Remix)
  7. Cosmic Gate feat. Jan Johnston – Raging
  8. W&W – AK-47
  9. Warrior – Warrior (Club Mix)

 

CD 2

  1. Ayumi Hamasaki – M (Above & Beyond Remix)
  2. System F – Solstice
  3. Armin van Buuren feat. Susana – If You Should Go (Aly & Fila Remix)
  4. Andrew Rayel feat. Jano – How Do I Know
  5. Black Pearl – Bounty Island (DJ Shah’s San Antonio Harbour Mix)
  6. Icon – Desire (Icarus Remix)
  7. Andy Duguid feat. Leah – Wasted
  8. M.I.K.E – Massive Motion
  9. DJ Remy & Roland Klinkenberg – Till Ya Drop

 

CD 3

  1. Arty, Nadia Ali & BT – Must Be The Love
  2. Mat Zo – The Fractal Universe
  3. Arctic Quest – Renaissance
  4. Velvetine – Safe (Wherever You Are) [Rank 1 Remix]
  5. Breakfast – The Sunlight
  6. Ørjan Nilsen – Amsterdam
  7. Omnia & IRA – The Fusion
  8. Ton TB – Electronic Malfunction
  9. Vincent de Moor – No Hesitation (VDM’s 2007 Rework)

 

CD 4

  1. Ernesto vs Bastian – Dark Side Of The Moon
  2. Lange & Andy Moor – Stadium Four
  3. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia – J’ai Envie De Toi
  4. Emma Hewitt – Rewind (Mikkas Remix)
  5. Three Drives – Air Traffic
  6. Mike Foyle & Signalrunners – Love Theme Dusk (Mike’s Broken Record Mix)
  7. Albert Vorne – Formentera What (Gareth Emery Remix)
  8. David West – Welsh Morphology
  9. BT – Skylarking

 

ADE 2018: THE BACKSTAGE ACCESS MEETS AVA RECORDINGS +SPECIAL GUEST BJORN AKESSON

One of the highlights of the last Amsterdam Dance Event for us has been hands down having the chance to meet some extraordinary artists from AVA Recordings (  Sheridan Grout, Sam Laxton, Memory Loss, Rinaly) and Bjorn Akesson as special guest,  who have been so nice to sat down with us for a few minutes to introduce themselves and talk about their music career and the path their following.

AVA Recordings hosted a stage during ITWT night and let us tell you, we sincerely hope you didn’t miss it because we had a blast! The uplifting atmosphere and the pounding beats kept us going through the night dancing as…no one was watching us 🙂

We suggest you to keep those amazing talents on your radar as they are growing fast  in what we can call a fully refreshed trance scene and boasting a huge support from the biggest names in the business they’re more than ready to destroy all the dance floors worldwide….you are warned 🙂

Now let’s check what they told us and what AVA Recordings means to them!!

SPECIAL GUEST: BJORN AKESSON!!!

 

KHAINZ MEETS THE BACKSTAGE ACCESS FOR AN EXCLUSIVE CHAT

 

Simon Khainz has been putting his unique signature sound on dance music for nearly 20 years. But the easy-going DJ and producer is the first to admit this wasn’t part of a master plan at the beginning.

These days though, Khainz takes his distinctive tech-house groove to all the dance floors across the globe ,every weekend. During the week he can be found in his  studio, adding up his ever-growing list of releases.

A prolific producer, he has released two albums, Module8 and Simple As That, and more than 150 tracks via labels like Yoshitoshi, Katermukke and Great Stuff Recordings.

 

Everything he does reflects his passion for electronic music and respect for the craft. “Technology changes constantly, who knows what it will be in five years,” he says. “What matters is the music. That doesn’t change.” Khainz likes to teach people to make music. He frequently invites fellow artists to his studio to make their own tracks.

 

 

 

 

 While fans may have to wait a while for the next LP, his busy tour schedule ensures they never go too long without a fix of his irresistible beats…and to top it all, he’s been so nice to sit with us for chat: 

 

TBA: How did it all start for you?

K: When I was about 15 y.o. and my older brother bought 2 turntables and some vinyls.

Back then, I was very skeptical towards electronic music as I came from a totally different genre  but it didn’t take long for me to  fall in love with it (djing and electronic music).
A few years later (1998) I stumbled over Rebirth ( a very limited music program) few months later I purchased  my first version of Cubase (Cubasis back then) and started to produce.

TBA: Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for? 


K: I have a lot of respect for people that do their own music and have a specific style.

Maceo Plex is one of the producers that still manages to impress me often with of his new releases also Bodzin has quite some influence on me.
From the newer upcoming acts I really like Jiggler and Township Rebellions, they are always able to surprise me with their new music.

As it comes to Djs, James Holden (he played one of the most interesting sets I’ve heard the past couple of years), Sasha, John Digweed.

 

TBA: What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?

K: Very difficult to say after many hundreds nights out. some memorable playings are for sure Rainbow Serpent (Australia), Strawberryfiels (Australia), Playground at Rok Club (My residency in my hometown Lucerne), Noisily Festival (UK), Boom Festival (Portugal),Universo Parallelo (Brazil), Sisyphos (Berlin).

 

TBA: If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?


K: Hell no, I like that music evolves, for sure you have better and worse through the years but I’m glad that music evolves and keeps changing.
But the most unforgettable years were 2005/2006, so much timeless music got released in those years, just to name a few:

Gregor Trasher – A Tousand Nights
Petter – Some Polyphony
Thomas Schumacher – Red Purple
Booka Shade – Bodylanguage
Extrawelt – Soopertrack

TBA: What is it that you love about the scene?


K: The Music, the talks, the mess, the order and the good moments and fun times we share!

TBA: What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

K: Petter – Some Polyphony

 

TBA: What  do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

K: Difficult to say, probably remixing Format:B, Sharam (Deepdish) and many other great artists and releasing my music on established Labels. Sharing my music with people and to see them enjoying and dance to it.

 

TBA: What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?

K: Producing Music and djing are 2 totally different things, when I produce music I sit alone in my studio (mostly) and don’t have any feedback from the crowd while I’m doing it, so it’s always a surprise to find out  how the new tracks will work on a dancefloor;

When it comes to djing I like the fact that i can play music from other artists I like and I can play what I think fits for the moment.

TBA: What can we expect from you in the near future?

K: A remix to Sharam (Deep Dish) on his imprint Yoshitoshi.
An Ep on Einmusika
A Quivver Edit from a new track on his Change Underground compilation
A remix to Mortagua on Timeless Moment
A remix to Chris Hartwig on Caballero Rec.
A remix to Moosfiebr on Dazed & Confused
A remix to Mikah on Lauter Unfug
A Soundtrack for a videogame
some collabs with friends (SuspectOne, Onur Ozman, Page, Jack & Chuus)
and hopefuly a finished album till end of the year.

TBA: Wow, that’s a lot of new music coming up, we’re thrilled to listen to it all, thanks a lot for your time and see you soon.

K: Thank you for having me!

 

 

 

 

 

STANDERWICK – I’ve Been Thinking About You

STANDERWICK is a legendary DJ but also a great and loving father. Being on tour all the time, away from his kids, is hard for him. That’s why he created a song, dedicated to them! The teaser video was all filmed from where STANDERWICK lives and the kids are featured in the video! It’s something he can watch and also play out when he is away, this makes him feel a little closer to home.

Let’s grab it here

Prolific as ever, STANDERWICK has lined up his next speaker-buster on the Who’s Afraid Of 138?! label. From the high-magnitude bass to the acid swirls and colossal synths, ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’ could very well be one of the most tempestuous cuts to hit the biggest festivals this year.

LUKE BOND – U

 

Whohooo…we’ve got another UMF 2018 mainstage premiere by Armin van Buuren!!

This extremely catchy melody and huge psy-trance drop followed by a powerful hardstyle drop of Luke Bond – ‘U’ already shook the crowd at ULTRA and there sure are more crowds to come!!

We are ready to blast it out lous during the weekend, and you?

A stellar crossbreed anthem made to dazzle crowds of thousands strong, ‘U’ sees Luke Bond tap from his bottomless well of inspiration to come up with this massive speaker buster. Complete with a devastating bassline, infectious melody and even some hardstyle-scented elements, this cut will top your favorite playlist for months to come.

Listen to Luke Bond- U here