Hakkasan: Tiesto and DallasK

I don’t usually listen to the big room tracks of labels like Spinnin’ unless I am actually in Vegas. I don’t feel like they translate well to small headphones or casual daily listening. I might add one or two to my gym playlist but thats about it. Since I don’t listen to that music much I wasn’t familiar with DallasK who opened for Tiesto when I was at Hakkasan last weekend. I actually enjoy these big room tracks in their native environment and had an excellent time listening to DallasK’s set. His tracks and mixes are hard hitting and have the appropriate ADHD rapid fire drops and transitions that you want to keep you entertained and energized at the start of a 4 hour stretch in the club.

This is a great example of his style. 1:07 really knocks you on your ass in person.

This is a collaboration between the two that was just released.

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Anjuna Update: Getting excited for ABGT200

First of all. Be excited for this years lineup. It is going to be an extremely long event packed with new tracks from some of my favorite artist. Check out the lineup in this video.  I’d stay home and watch it all day if I could.

To get you excited for the host city of Amsterdam, enjoy this remix of a classic.

Alright, on to the new music. First up is a pair of tracks from the combined powers of Ilan Bluestone and Jason Ross. I really enjoy them both. They are solid from start to finish and everything you’d expect from such a massive pairing.

This is a lovely Maor Levi vocal track. Its so nice to hear an occasional male vocalist on a track like this.

The flipside of the warm and rich male vocals of the previous track is the airy sound of Sue McLaren on this Genix track.

The next two are from a new artist to Anjunabeats, Tuskana. These tracks are more in the progressive vein and remind me a lot of Grum. While not my go to sub-genre I do enjoy progressive occasionally.

Sliding further down the spectrum we arrive at deep house. Here are some highlights from Anjunadeep over the past few months.

This funky little number would work well in a tightly packed and intimate club at 3am. Would love to hear it in person.

Where would Anjunadeep be without the thrumming dark sounds of Yotto.

While not released on Anjuna, Lane 8 just released a masterful new track. Check out 2:00 onward.

Porcelain

One of the most iconic electronic tracks of all time, Porcelain is almost flawless. Can it be remixed? Should it be remixed? Is it sacred ground? Well, Above & Beyond and Arty tried their hand at remixes. I generally like them both, but there is no way to improve upon the original. Porcelain can only be made a bit more modern sounding and fresh but with that goes much of its charm.

Let me know. Can Porcelain be done justice in a remix? Did these two accomplish that? Which do you like better?

Original

Above & Beyond

I feel like they share my sentiment about Porcelain being perfect. However, I think this caused them to avoid altering the iconic parts of the song resulting in a remix that feels a bit disjointed at the start. Its a hard balance to strike, but I think the track finds it more towards the end.

Arty

Arty just goes for it. He gets his hands on it and really makes it his own while respecting the original.

 

Piano Notes, Vocals sans Lyrics, and Pure Trance

Its time for a big update. These are some trance and progressive tunes that I’ve picked out over the past few weeks.

If you’ve visited this blog at all in the past you can probably guess why I love this one. Im a sucker for that contrast between intense bass and lonely sounding sparse piano notes.

I love the next track for similar reasons.

No this is not a flashback. This is just some high quality trance from one of the best, Paul van Dyk. You absolutely must listen to 3:51. This stretch is what I love about the genre.

Here is a piano fueled intermission at 2:10 that is breathtaking.

Another things that I love… vocals sans lyrics.

Here is another deadmau5 minion with a very deadmau5 sounding track.

I wrote a post about tropical house and I think it has a musical relative along the trance branch of the family tree. I don’t know exactly what to call it so lets call it beach trance. Like its cousin this sound takes you to a warm sandy beach but instead of partying you are watching the sun set.

Lets end on a weird note. Enjoy.

 

Trop House Takeover

I was in Vegas this past weekend and the current ambience of that city is now set by tropical house flavored pop/EDM piped into every casino, hotel, pool, and outdoor area. In all of my time following EDM I don’t think I have ever seen a specific and formerly niche vibe come to pervade almost all of popular EDM and many pop radio hits. Below is a sampling of some of the tracks I heard constantly throughout my trip. I’ve also included a link to an Apple Music playlist that really embraces the sound if you want more.

Its easy to understand why trop house is so popular. We all want to be perpetually on vacation on a sandy beach with a cold drink and not a care in the world. Trop house aims to take you there for 3-4 minutes and you get addicted. Below are great examples of the genre and the videos capture the spirit of the genre. Tan, beautiful, rich, infinity pool, boat, beach palm tree, stylish, carefree. We all want to be these things and experience them. Trop house gives that to us for a brief moment on our commute to work, daily workout, or while doing housework. It is a temporary antidote to the mundane.

Here are a few that are a bit more on the pop side. I know many people aren’t big Bieber fans, but he has smartly ridden the trop house wave and is featured on many of them.