Deadmau5 To Release Remix Retrospective

Five Years of Mau5

Deadmau5 plans to release a retrospective titled Five Years of Mau5, but this isn’t your average greatest hits collection.

According to reports, Mau5 took to his members-only website to reveal the artwork — a mash-up of his previous albums’ covers — and announce the set is actually a remix EP.

What’s more, the Disney-embattled Canadian DJ has some top talent reworking his tunes. Eric PrydzNero, Madeon, Dillon Francis, and Pig and Dan were confirmed by Deadmau5, and it was pointed out Francis’ own remix of “Some Chords” was being played during TomorrowWorld, and that Pig and Dan had remixed tunes by Mau5’s alias, testpilot.

No release date has been announced for the project, and we’re still anxiously awaiting a tracklist and the names of other mix masters involved in the project.

[Via Dancing Astronaut, inthemix, Less Than 3]

Scooter And Vassy Team Up For ‘Today’ Music Video

German techno group Scooter and Australian singer Vassy have teamed up for the single “Today,” but the song just got a second music video.

The first was mostly a performance clip, whereas No. 2 features a story. And what a story it is.

Two buxom beauties witness a woman being domestically abused and possibly being held prisoner in a mansion on the hills.

Not standing for it, the two young ladies rob a few guys of their guns, ski masks and car, and return to the home to exact some revenge.

While obnoxiously sexy and a bit optimistic, the visuals have plenty of girl power (and girl-on-girl) moments to raise a fist to, but the tune itself balances between sing-along moments and pulsating house thooms. That should satisfy those in need of a hook and pop appeal, as well as the EDM purists who are all about that bass.

Far East Movement ‘Bang It To The Curb’ In New Video

Far East Movement — a group that seems to keep perfecting the fusion between hip-hop and electronic dance music — has dropped a new video for “Bang It To the Curb” ahead of the October 28 release of its next album, KTown Riot.

The energy level is high in this clip, which features dancers Les Twins. The two French brothers — one who seems to be living and working as a security guard, the other possibly being dead and wrapped in a straitjacket — encounter each other and a dance battle ensues. But part of the fun is that along with matching each other’s’ moves, the pair also join forces to emanate funky footwork that will entrance viewers.

The visuals are sure to take over where the beat leaves off by inspiring watchers to get up and groove to a track, which fits comfortably during a peak-hour set of raging hip-hop or club rhythms.

[Via Ultimate Music, HipHopDX]

Kaskade Drops ‘Please Say Quick Quack’ Mash-Up

Kaskade is a big fan of the mash-up, in the past regularly merging tunes and uploading them to his SoundCloud account. That doesn’t happen much there these days, but thankfully he has transferred the practice to a Tumblr page.

One of his latest mashers, “Please Say Quick Quack,” has been making the rounds during his festival appearances and now has a music video. The tune puts together Kaskade’s own “Please Say You Will” with Patric la Funk and DBN’s “Quick Quack.”

The back-and-forth between the two finds Kaskade’s ethereal track sharing beats with the bouncy bass of “Quick Quack,” though they remain recognizably separate rather than overlapping in this mash-up. The fun is still there, most likely due to the minimalistic vocals but body-moving thumps of la Funk and DBN’s big-room banger. And the video features some of the festivals where the track started gaining momentum, with all the young beautifuls hanging on every beat.

[Via Dancing Astronaut]

Sandy Rivera’s ‘Bang’ Video Tugs At The Heartstrings

Sandy Rivera presents a conundrum in his latest music video for “Bang.” The song that inspires the clip features regular collaborator April joining Rivera to sing the sometimes-sad lyrics. These are matched repeatedly throughout the video by the sexy young things who are coupled up in the visuals, who seem to engage in argumentative back-and-forths that sometimes involve getting physically aggressive with one another.

Yet the tune itself is quite beautiful. It eschews being a thumping EDM number and embraces the Kings of Tomorrow’s soulful house sound tinged with Balearic beats for a fluidly smooth melody, which emphasizes what’s being said rather than commanding listeners to get to the dance floor. And within these moments of bliss are the softer moments in the clip, where those beautifully coupled youngsters have tender moments of touching and intimacy.

But taken together, how are we, the listeners and viewers, supposed to feel about the new video? It’s a toss-up to be sure, but the discomfort somehow makes the track more cerebral than many of its contemporaries and it earns its “put it on replay” status, as we try to understand the struggle of the short film’s stars and the meaning of the music.

Kylie Minogue Treats Fans To 4 Free New Songs

Kylie-Minogue-Kiss-Me-Once-Tour

Kylie Minogue is currently on the road in Europe for her Kiss Me Once Tour. But if you didn’t get tickets or can’t make any of the shows during the European and Australian trek, Kylie has a gift for you. Four to be exact.

She teamed with Mexican producer Fernando Garibay — whose fingerprints were all over Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album — and revealed four new songs that appear in the Sleepwalker short film that accompanies the show, and is directed by Kylie’s buddy and fashion designer William Baker.

The tracks on Sleepwalker/Kylie + Garibay are more experimental than we usually hear from the pop queen, but are still fun new offerings. “Glow” embraces atmospheric gusts that shadow the minimalistic synth notes found in the tune, while “Wait’s” breathy vocals get a punch from the driving marching band beat.

“Chasing Ghosts” features chanting in its intro, though the voices almost sound like Duran Duran member Simon Le Bon might be assisting on vocals. The most organic offering in the collection has a reggae-ish vibe, but “Break this Heartbreak” is the complete opposite, living in a futuristic/space age disco that transcends any of the other synth or electronic elements found within this compilation.

The tunes are available for free download on Minogue’s SoundCloud page.

[Via Idolator]

Fashion Is In Vogue In Offer Nissim’s ‘Everybody Needs a Man’ Video

A tribal anthem with the appeal of big-room bass?

It sounds like the signature style of Israeli DJ-producer-remixer Offer Nissim. His latest track, “Everybody Needs a Man,” reunites him with frequent collaborator, Maya Simantov, and the song just got the video treatment.

The quirky clip features a Karl Lagerfeld-looking fashion house designer sizing up beautiful models in search of his next muse. But when a janitor escapes hard labor for fashion fame, one woman takes offense to the not-so-gorgeous man getting her gig on the runway. Let’s just say the results are explosive.

Then again, very little isn’t over-the-top in this music video. With an escalator serving as the catwalk, “poison” by goldfish and eclectic wardrobes that prove style is only for the adventurous, it also makes sense that guest “appearances” by Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and former Editor at Large André Leon Talley, among others, round out the clip.

As mentioned before, this is a tune worthy of the title anthem, as well as reminiscent of the tribal tracks that filled dance floors throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. It’s likely to be thematic, too, come Pride season in 2015.

[Via Ultimate Music]

Kiesza Performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

We’ve developed a crush on Kiesza, but we don’t think we’re the only ones.

The Canadian singer appeared on The Ellen Show and performed her hit song, “Hideaway,” for the host. Not only was it a near replication of the now-iconic music video, but Kiesza donned a tailored suit much like what Ellen DeGeneres wears during her daytime gab fest. She also gave Ellen a run for her money by executing a back crawl, roll and table hopping moves that drew near-speechless admiration from Ellen.

In fact, given where the showcase was taking place, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the pair team up for a performance in the future.

Kiesza’s album, Sound of a Woman, drops October 21.

[Via Idolator]

Calvin Harris Announces ‘Motion’ Release Date

Calvin Harris Motion

Perpetual record breaker Calvin Harris took to social media to reveal the cover art and release date for his fourth album, Motion.

The set will drop on November 4 from Columbia Records.

The album follows 18 Months, which featured such floor fillers as “Sweet Nothing,” “I Need Your Love” and “Feel So Close.”

Motion will likely include Harris’ recent massive hits “Summer” and the steadily climbing “Blame.”

[Via Billboard]

Winners Announced at DJ Awards 2014

DJ Awards 2014

One of electronic dance music’s longest-standing award ceremonies took place yesterday at one of Ibiza’s leading nightclubs, Pacha. Presented by Des Paul and Lucy Horobin, DJ Awards 2014 honored and celebrated some of the current most influential and top DJs in the EDM scene. Since 1998, Ibiza has been home to DJ Awards, a non-profit organization specifically designed to truly commemorate DJ/producers who have positively impacted EDM, shedding light to others who may not be as popular as some of the bigger names in the industry.

Straying from similar award ceremonies that have evolved into competitions between DJ/producers, DJ Awards has remained true to their initial motive of honoring those who truly deserve. However, some of the winners of certain awards (e.g.: Diplo for Best Electronica) have us scratching our head. Armin van Buuren was awarded Best Trance DJ for the 7th year in a row. Carl Cox took home two awards, both Best Techno and International DJ. Hardwell, also known as DJ Mag’s 2013 Top DJ, was awarded Best Electro House DJ. Winners were awarded with a piece of green kryptonite; the trophy symbolizes the mystery of nightlife and its culture. Check out the winners of DJ Awards 2014 below.

Best Of:

Electro House: Hardwell
Techno: Carl Cox
Trance: Armin van Buuren
Tech House: Luciano
Deep House: Jamie Jones
Newcomer: Patrick Topping
Breakthrough: Mano Le Tough
Drum N Bass/Dubstep: Skrillex
Electronic Live Performance: Disclosure
Electronica: Diplo
International DJ: Carl Cox

Special Awards:

Cutting Edge: Native Instruments
Dance Nation: Croatia
Ibiza DJ: Ibán Mendoza
Ibiza Live Performance: Matador
Ibiza Night: Flower Power
International Festival: Creamfields UK
Media: Be-At.Tv
Outstanding Contribution: DJ Harvey
Producer: MK
Record Label of the Year: Innversions
Track of the Season: Forget by Patrick Topping

It is both refreshing and compelling for an award ceremony to award DJ/producers outside the Beatport Top 100. With other DJ awards such as DJ Mag’s Top 100, many get lost in the social media aspect of the scene and forget that an art form such as music cannot be ranked, graded, or subjected to judgment on any numerical scale. DJ Awards marks the end of Ibiza’s nightclub season, as well as a time of appreciating and respecting the EDM scene for what it really stands for.

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