Have you made it your fair share of summer festivals yet? Whether you have or haven’t, EDM Charts still has some great tunes to highlight for you! Russian prodigy Arty takes us to another world with “Open Space”. Andain literally has us “Turn Up The Sound”. John Dahlback shows us some love with “Embrace Me”.
As Carl Cox always says, “Yes Oh Yes!”. That’s right, Russian wonderkid and prodigy Arty has hit the mountain top this week with his genre bending single “Open Space”. It is 6 straight minutes of his most unique take ever on progressive house mixed in with elements of electro and laser guns. Arty has simply been unstoppable over the past two years, releasing unrivaled single and remixes on the levels on Prydz and Dirty South.
Here’s the hard part; how do we even begin to describe the track. First off, the energy inside this one is equivalent to a Red Bull and vodka. Second, it is rather unique for an artist to shoot for a galactic feel and not make it sound cheesy. Third, it is classic Arty, that never ending build of great electronic elements.
Arty has become one of the highest demanded performers in the industry, and he’s still in his early 20s! You might find him at a TATW Festival, Marquee in Las Vegas or EDC as he is now one of the busiest artists in the industry. The best part about him is his humbleness and work ethic. If Arty doesn’t make the top #10 in this year’s DJMag Poll it would be a tragedy.
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Andain hits #2 this week with an unbelievable new progressive house/trance hit in “Turn Up The Sound”. Australian tyDi has done a brilliant job remixing the track, as he has found the just the right balance between not overwhelming the acoustic elements of the original, while at the same time adding plenty of energy and power. You will find it interesting, once you get to this week’s Classic Collaboration, that Andain had previously worked with Josh Gabriel (Gabriel & Dresden) back in the day (so yes keep reading!).
Andain has an amazing voice, and easily a top #10 vocalist in the genre outside of her own solo projects. It is haunting, powerful and gripping. We can’t give tyDi enough props the amazing sounding synths right before the powerful breaks. It is wonderful to see a track contain so many acoustic elements, and 30 seconds later you feel you’re at a huge festival.
Keep an eye out for Andain in 2012. She will begin touring under the name Mavie with her group. Let’s hope to hear even more Andain out and about in the EDM world.
This week we go back to 2006 for our Classic Collaboration on EDM Charts. Gabrield & Dresden, hailing from San Francisco produced pure magic in “Tracking Treasure Down”. The track features the ever steady Molly Bancroft on vocals that are woven over a mellow yet attention grabbing instrumental.
The track stands out from so many others, as it was one of the first examples of trance blending into the progressive house genre. In addition, the lyrics that were written are some of the best poetry around; short, sweet and to the point.
Gabriel & Dresden are well respected DJs and have been seen as of recent on some remixes. It is great to see them touring once again, where they just recently laid down a magical set in Las Vegas for EDC; and yes they feature this classic track in their set!
One of the quickest rising Swedes calls on the most famous DJ from down under in Dirty South as well as Lucas Nord to pump out a fantastic progressive house hit in “Embrace Me”. In addition,vocalist Urban Cone gives the song a unique Indie feel and vibe with her gorgeous voice. It is an example of the perfect blend and balance of Swedish pop hits progressive house.
The track is Swedish house at its finest. The synths have the Swedish feel. The vocals sound Swedish. The integration of the guitar riff even sounds Swedish! The track is extremely catchy and easy to follow, which makes it a perfect fit for the clubs.
Three things were easily discovered on this track. John Dahlback has clearly made an argument to be a top #50 DJ in the world with his recent productions over the past year. Urban Cone has an an amazing voice and needs to be featured on many more songs; she rivals Rebecca & Fiona when they do their own vocals. Dirty South will go into the EDM Hall of Fame as one of the best remixers ever.
The German trance duo of Stoneface & Terminal come in at #4 this week with their latest single “Here Comes The Sun”. This is an example of modern age trance at its finest. In addition, it was selected by Armin van Buuren as this week’s “Tune of the Week” on his “A State of Trance” radio show.
The highlight of the track is the balance between melodic evenflow and the pushing breaks, which never become too overwhelming. The track is smooth and doesn’t rely on any gimmicks of throwing in random elements of different genres; it is an example of some great pure trance. The small vocal loop is just the right amount of human element to add to the euphoria.
Stoneface & Terminal still don’t get the amount of exposure they truly deserve. Whether its their own singles or their brilliant remixes, these two always pump out grade A quality. Get out there and support these Germans.
Yes, that’s right you’re seeing pop star Craig David on this week’s list. His recent collaboration with Stereo Palma which is remixed by the brilliant Hungarian duo Myon & Shane 54 is rather hypnotic and gorgeous. It’s not often that pop remixes pan out to well with EDM fans, but the vocals are great and it flows rather smoothly. Let’s not forget to mention that this tracked was received very well on Myon & Shane 54’s “International Departures” radio show as well as on Above & Beyond’s “Trance Around The World”.
This isn’t Craig David’s first time flirting with the EDM genre. You may remember his last attempt on “Do It On My Own” with Remady. This is easily one his best jobs on vocals in years, where he is able to pump out some high notes (he does a better job than Chris Brown!). Fellow Hungarian’s Stereo Palma do a great job on the foundation for the instrumental. The original version is noted much more for an electro house sound, while the remix has an insanely infectious flow to it.
It will be fun to keep an eye on Craig David to see involved he becomes with the EDM world; we might be hearing his name more often in this realm. With this track Stereo Palma has proven they have the capability to make some great club friendly hits that are unique in their own right. The underlying message is that Myon & Shane 54 are flat out all-stars. They are one of the best in the industry, and you cannot mistake their genuine sound.