You know what they say; April showers bring…amazing music! David Guetta & Nicky Romero do it big city style in “Metropolis”. Nitrous Oxide is like a shark in the water with “Tiburon”. EDM is a universal dialect in Porter Robinson’s “Language”.
1. DAVID GUETTA, NICKY ROMERO “METROPOLIS’” [ORIGINAL MIX] (JACK BACK RECORDS)
As soon as this hit single was dropped in Miami at Ultra Fest 2012, it was a no-brainer that “Metropolis” would sky rocket up the charts. First off, the names don’t get much bigger than Guetta and Romero. Secondly, the technical skills that these two DJs possess are prodigious.
The track is massive in style to say the least. The piano portion sounds very similar to Michael Calfan’s “Resurrection” keyboard ballad. Buzzing electro analogs hit a booming bass. Just like what viewers saw at Ultra, this track is the perfect fit for the festival.
Jack Back Records does it again with a huge hit following up “Wild One Pt. II”. It seems that Guetta is starting to earn back trust from pure EDM fans, after his dangerous flaunt with the “pop” music world. Romero is potentially earning himself a top 15 spot on next year’s DJ Mag at this pace. He’s the 2012 version of Avicii, quickly rising to stardom.
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2. NITROUS OXIDE “TIBURON” [SUNNY LAX REMIX] (ANJUNABEATS)
Anjunabeats strikes again! This time with Polish DJ/Producer/Remixer extraordinaire Nitrous Oxide. The Sunny Lax (Leventé Marton) remix of Tiburon (which is Spanish for shark) is phenomenal. It has that classic Anjunabeat’s attention to fine detail, as the track is technically sound and smooth.
The best part about this smooth remix, is the prolonged build. Continuous electro elements lead up to a euphoric break. The remix is less electro than the original, but is more melodic.
Nitrous Oxide is a top #5 artist under the Anjunabeats label; hands down. Whether it’s a new single of his or a remix, he always comes through with Grade A quality. There’s no wonder why it was a featured track on Trance Around The World with Above & Beyond.
3. PORTER ROBINSON “LANGUAGE” [ORIGINAL MIX] (BIG BEAT RECORDS)
Young and talented Porter Robinson shows his diverse range with his latest track “Language”. It is genre bending and unique. This transition from dubstep and electro house even landed Robinson’s track a spot on Trance Around The World with Above & Beyond recently.
Theoretically, this is somewhat of electro house meets trance. The selection on vocals are excellent, as they are smooth and calming. More intense portions are balanced out by interludes of soft piano.
It will be interesting to see where Robinson decides to go with his music. This attempt at progressive/trance was very impressive; and not a bad idea per se. Whatever he decides to do, as long as it is high quality, the EDM community will surely support.
4. MICHAEL CALFAN “MOZAIK” [ORIGINAL MIX] (STEALTH RECORDS)
Up and comer DJ Michael Calfan is back; and with vengance. Just a year ago Calfan/Axwell’s single “Ressurection” was destroying the charts. Using his already trademarked piano layered, fast pace style, Calfan has hit it big again with “Mozaik”.
Like mentioned above, a beautiful keyboard rendition is executed on the track. It’s Beehtoven meets bass. The track runs at a fever pitch and is balanced out by a softened out synths during an interlude.
Calfan has the talent and style to make some big noise. His style can actually be compared to Eric Prydz meets Axwell. Who knows, if he keeps this up he’ll be the next big thing out of France after Guetta.
5. HARDWELL, DANNIC “KONTIKI” [ORIGINAL MIX] (REVEALED RECORDINGS)
DJs Hardwell and Dannic combine their efforts to produce a large electro house banger in “Kontiki”. For those of you wondering what “Kontiki” means, the closest definition we could discover is a Norweigan ship used to venture to the Polyneisan Islands. Maybe the song is an allegory, as it simulates adventure with its pounding bass-energized style.
It is easy to tell that Hardwell got his hands on this track. His classic electro synths can be heard. It seems to be a bit more progressive in style, which may be an influence from Dannic. It is hard pounding throughout the track.
“Kontiki” is a well executed collaborative track. Hardwell keeps doing his thing, pumping out one electro house hit after another. It is good to see Dannic getting some exposure as well, allowing him to showcase his skill set.