Eric Prydz Coming to LiFE Las Vegas and Bringing Along Techno Alter Ego Cirez D

Eric Prydz has been on a roll lately. When the Dutch progressive house producer/DJ’s Pryda EP was released on Beatport, it jumped to the top of the charts in merely one day. Then it was announced that for HARD Day Of The Dead, Prydz and Deadmau5 will have their own “Mau5-ville” arena together. The latest triumph though, was an offer of a residency at the highly anticipated LiFE nightclub at the new SLS on the Las Vegas Strip. This is actually his third Vegas residency for the year, starting with Wynn, then moving on to Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub. Now he’ll have his exclusive residence at LiFE, which kicks off on Saturday, September 13th.

Immediately following his debut there as Eric Prydz, LiFE will have him host their inaugural non-commercial EDM music night “Underground Sundays” under his techno alias Cirez D the next day, on September 14th.

In 2002, Prydz launched his label Mouseville, producing techno music under the alias Cirez D. So now Las Vegas will have two big names in the form of one person, doubling the chance to start swaying Sin City from the status quo. You’ve got to like those odds.

Here are some techno jams from Cirez D for you to check out.

Richie Hawtin to Receive Outstanding Contribution to Music Award

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin, a pioneer of Detroit techno and purveyor of Plastikman, has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award by the UK’s Association of Independent Music.

AIM will bestow the award on Monday during its Independent Music Awards.

“The Outstanding Contribution to Music award celebrates one of the independent sector’s finest artists; someone with an incredible body of work who continues to shape their genre and be a source of inspiration to new artists,” the organization’s website states. “Richie Hawtin’s 25-year career has been characterized by a restless urge to push electronic music forward. The mogul behind acclaimed techno imprints Plus 8 and Minus, Richie Hawtin will forever be associated with placing the Detroit techno scene firmly on the global map.”

In addition to his labels, he also runs his successful ENTER events nights in Ibiza and presents a visual masterpiece during his Plastikman shows, all of which make him extremely busy, but also very worthy of this prestigious honor. A congrats to Richie Hawtin!

Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Booty’ Gets a Lift from Iggy Azalea

Jennifer Lopez Iggy Azalea Booty Remix

How did it take Jennifer Lopez 15 years to dedicate a song to her derriere? She kind of did just that on her A.K.A. album with the twerk-tastic “Booty,” but now the track has gotten an assist from Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea.

The “Booty” remix features a hypnotic melody that’s simply exquisite for doing a little bounce motion. With a tinge of Middle Eastern flair, it borders between hip-hop and dance, but is sure to get folks to the floor no matter their chosen genre, especially with all the poetry the two ladies spit about grabbable rumps.

Ashley Wallbridge Breathes New Life into BT’s ‘Lifeline’

It’s been a more than a year since trance innovator BT released A Song Across Wires. But if you didn’t get a chance to pick up or download the album, you’ll be rewarded for waiting.

Ashley Wallbridge has added some big-room bump to “Lifeline,” a track on which BT collaborated with Senadee, Dragon and Jontron. Whereas the original was lighthearted vocal trance, Wallbridge’s remix marries trance and progressive house into a panoramically paced track where peaks and valleys are on full display. The beat may be a little slower, but the bass is harder and the synths are turned up to 11.

“Lifeline” (Ashley Wallbridge Remix) will have no problem literally and figuratively rocking the house, while still taking time to accentuate vocals and allowing for some graceful piano work.

Preorder the deluxe edition of A Song Across Wires, which features the radio version of Wallbridge’s take on “Lifeline.”

Bondax & Tanya Lacey Get a Splash of Color in ‘All I See’ Video

Brits Adam Kaye and George Townsend — better known collectively as Bondax — are chasing “Song of the Summer” status, despite the season winding down.

“All I See,” penned by wunderkind MNEK and singer-songwriter Becky Hill, showcases the vocals of diva Tanya Lacey, who grooves effortlessly over the loosely wrapped garage house melody.

The track layered with Lacey’s sung lyrics meshes well with the tune’s visuals. The accompanying video features young adults doing things young adults do during the summer: hiking, partying, hanging out and, most importantly, dancing. Each scene is overlaid with an array of colors, which change shape and texture as the song flows, and show little regard for the faces of people they may splash across. At times, whole silhouettes are filled with colorful and patterned menageries.

It’s a round-trip ticket to fun and whose essence embodies youthfulness. Get carefree and look for Bondax’s All I See album in the fall.


Kaskade Premieres ‘Summer Nights’ Video

If Kaskade was stoked to premiere his track “Summer Nights” in June, how must he have felt when the music video debuted in August?

True, most folks are making plans to wind down the season this weekend with one last hurrah over Labor Day weekend, but that doesn’t stop the good vibes found in the clip. “Summer Nights” takes place during the day (?) and follows the story of a boy who just can’t play basketball.

Good thing skater Brian Anderson is there to inspire, because the kid decides to pick up a board and try and try again at a New York City skate park until he nails Ollies and twists. And when he falls, the pro is there to help pick him up. He might not be back to school yet, but at least he’s still learning this summer.

Kaskade is joined by Bend, Ore.-based band The Brocks on the track, which is available for download on iTunes.

[H/T: LT3]

Jennifer Hudson Wants a Love That’s ‘Dangerous’

Jennifer Hudson JHUD

Jennifer Hudson didn’t win season 3 of American Idol, but she more than made up for it when she took home the Oscar for her turn as Effie in Dreamgirls.

Now she’s about to release her third album, JHUD, and she’s given fans a little something for the dance floor.

“Dangerous” — a modern-day, post-disco floor-filler in the vein of Skyy’s “Call Me” — finds the big-voiced diva equating being with her man to an adrenaline rush. “I do it for the thrill / Even if kills … dangerous, you make me feel dangerous,” she croons, breaking down the bridge with a belted “Make me feel alive.”

With a funky guitar driving the beat, it’s a safe bet this one will make you move. JHUD will be released on Sept. 23.

Knife Party Leak ‘Resistance,’ Announce 10/27 Album Release

Australian DJ duo Knife Party delivered two goodies to fans the other day.

First, through a sly trick on Twitter, the pair leaked a new track called “Resistance,” which was also offered as a free download. The status link has now been erased, but the track is still available for a listen.

The high-energy electro-house number bangs from start to finish, though a valley found near the center of the track could be its peak, as it’s accented with playful, quirky synths as the tune builds back up to its thumping bass. Ever heard the phrase, “You call that a knife? This is a knife!” from Crocodile Dundee? Well, that sample serves as the sole vocal throughout the track. This one is guaranteed to be summoning dancers to the floor come the fall.

Speaking of the fall, specifically Oct. 27, look for surprise No. 2: Knife Party’s debut album, Abandon Ship. Any group that can go toe to toe with Swedish House Mafia, like they did with “Antidote,” is sure to deliver a brag-worthy collection of tunes.

Inna Thanks Fans with ‘Take Me Higher’ Video

It’s been a crazy-busy six years since Inna started her professional singing career. As a thank you, the Romanian singer has released a new clip for her song “Take Me Higher.”

Penned by songwriting-production trio Play & Win, “Higher” shows off a montage of the “Hot” singer’s whirlwind life. From sold-out shows to TV interviews to meeting her “beautiful” fans, it’s enough to make her stop and say “Wow.”

In all seriousness, it is refreshing to see an artist still having the time of her life while living out her dream, so we’ll allow ourselves to get lifted by her gracious gift — which appears on her forthcoming EP, Summer Days, out Sept. 15.

Afrojack & Martin Garrix ‘Turn Up the Speakers’ in New Video

Good girl. Bad neighborhood. Hot club. Stop us if you’ve seen this video cliché before.

Afrojack, the Dutch powerhouse who made Forbes’ highest-paid DJs list, and Martin Garrix, the VMA nominee behind the monster hit “Animals,” have teamed up for this main room floor-filler.

The clip features a Miami-model-sexy crowd partying at an underground club in New York City. The male-to-female ratio skews heavy on the fairer sex, so much so that girl-on-girl action seems to increase as the gathering turns from dance party to orgy.

Still, the B-boy breakdancing, glowing hula hoop and endless speaker humping make it clear this is the hottest of hot clubs. Thanks to Afrojack and Garrix, you’ve just been put on the guest list.