Skitzofrenix – Clap [REVEALED]

Posted: May 4, 2013 by DJ JPH in Electro House
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Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings welcomes another member into the fold: the Amsterdam-based producer Skitzofrenix. Receiving its first play from Hardwell at his set in Mexico, “Clap” brings a little bit of the Dirty Dutch style to Revealed Recordings. Featuring an energy-infused buildup, along with a vocal sample, Skitzofrenix shows he’s not predictable, and unleashes an absolutely banging Dutch house drop.


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NEWER EDIT: It is now confirmed that this is a collaboration between Martin Garrix and another artist. However, at this point, the second artist is entirely unknown. Possibilities include Sidney Samson, Bassjackers, and even Dillon Francis. Stay tuned, we’ll give you the latest as soon as we figure it out.

EDIT: With new information found on May 5, 2013, this track has been identified as Martin Garrix and Sidney Samson, making their second collaborative track. Keep an eye on the Dutch youngster Garrix, after his collaborations with Julian Jordan, and Jay Hardway, The 17-year-old seems poised to drop more music on us, announcing that he is working on two tracks together with American moombahton aficionado Dillon Francis.

We all know the usual system of promotion that DJs use these days. Once they finish a track, they play it in the sets as an ID, then once it gets signed, they release a teaser through their record label. It seems like the reverse is happening here, as Spinnin’ Records released a teaser for a track titled “Animals” with absolutely zero information about the artists. While there is much suspicion, and a few commenters offering suggestions, all we know for sure is that this is NOT a new Hardwell track (he commented saying “It’s NOT my track guys, so you know!”). This new banger features the now ever-popular minimal style drop, a heavy bass kick with a few synth notes on top of it. This track is definitely festival-ready, especially with its “motherf-cking animals” sample before it drops.

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Review: Hardwell @ Heineken Music Hall

Posted: April 28, 2013 by DJ JPH in News
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Last night, Hardwell kicked off his world tour, known as “I am Hardwell,” at the sold out Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. In its entirety, the event was five hours, with a two-hour warm-up set from Dannic, and then a killer, three-hour set from the man himself. While not much is known about Dannic’s set (it was previously listed on 1001Tracklists as 22 IDs), Hardwell’s set was broadcasted live on YouTube, to more than 13,000 viewers. As usual, he made sure to pack his set with lots of exclusive tracks, and some brand-new mashups as well. He also supported his ID tracks with MAKJ, and W&W. One of his biggest premieres of the night however, was his debut and confirmation of his remix for Krewella’s track “Alive”. One thing that I’ve noticed over Hardwell’s progression is his reliance on patterns. For example, he almost always plays Steve Aoki’s remix of “Pursuit of Happiness” into Dada Life’s “Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker”. Well, he did do that, but with some new flair, using DJ Chuckie’s edit “City of Epic Dreams,” and Showtek’s edit using the festival banger, “Epic”. What’s most interesting to me about this set, is how Hardwell closed it. He decided to go on a bit of a hardstyle binge, playing the ENTIRETY of “Get Loose” by Showtek & Noisecontrollers, and having his encore track be the Headhunterz remix of “Spaceman,” together with the “Apollo” vocals. Overall, I think that Hardwell absolutely killed it, and that his tour will be extremely successful. Tracklist and some more commentary after the break!

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You can always rely on the Dutch duo Firebeatz to come up with some banging electro music. This time, the group teams up with fellow Dutchman Bobby Burns (good friend of Afrojack’s) to release “Ding Dong” on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint. Firebeatz are fresh off releasing “Yeahhh” on Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records, and also just launched their own radio show, titled “Firebeatz FM”. Bobby Burns caught the eye of Tiësto with his track “MontBlanc,” which was released on Afrojack’s Wall Recordings in January 2013. Tiësto went on to support this track in almost every single one of his sets from then on. The 3 artists come together to produce a track featuring a high-pitched melody, leading into the bouncy drop that has become Firebeatz’s trademark.

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Pedro Henriques, better known to the world as Henrix, is back in EDM spotlight once again. After releasing “Hit It!” (with GTA & Digital LAB) on ex-SHM member Steve Angello’s Size Records with great success (56 plays in the last month), the 27-year-old releases a three track EP on Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records. The EP is made up of 2 original tracks and 1 collaboration with fellow young-gun, Jakob Liedholm. Each track has its own great vibe, and should be able to satisfy any DJ looking for tracks. Song by song review after the jump.

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The Canadian duo hits us with another dose of awesome, releasing 5 previously exclusive edits to the masses. In my opinion, the edits are really great and I plan to support them in my next few mixes. Check them out on SoundCloud below:

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Arguably the biggest track of the festival season of 2012, “Reload” is adding another dimension, and looks to become bigger than ever. Hoping to follow the success that “Calling” received with a vocal mix, Ingrosso has called upon Swedish House Mafia vocalist John Martin to provide vocals over “Reload”. Receiving the same treatment that the “Calling” vocal mix got, this new take on “Reload” was played as the Essential New Tune on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection show on BBC Radio 1. John Martin’s unmistakeable voice and emotional tone take the track to a new level, allowing it to create emotional connections that only vocal songs can.

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Dannic – Viper [REVEALED]

Posted: April 6, 2013 by DJ JPH in Electro House
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Revealed Recordings strike again, this time featuring a new hit from 25-year-old Dutch producer Dannic. Originally DJ Funkadelic, he has produced tracks like “Doster,” “Tombo,” and “Clobber” under his current moniker. Returning now to Revealed Recordings, after a brief stay on Toolroom Recordings, Dannic gives us that dose of great music that we always crave. Receiving its first play from Hardwell at Ultra, “Viper” begins with a great set of chords, evolving into a thundering and anthemic melody. As the track builds up, we hear samples that remind the listener of “Tombo,” however, this track is headed in a completely different direction. Dannic changes the mood into the big-room sound he used in “Flare” and “Clobber”.


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New song released on WooHa! is a collaboration between these two. Who’s collab Fugitive was released on Revealed Recordings Miami 2013 compilation. Persia is a nice progressive tune with melodic chords and a melodic drop, while Kill The Buzz’s remix takes a more electro approach without loosing the melody of the chords.

 

I’ve had the privilege of being acquainted with the music of London-based producer Special Features for over a year now. I first encountered his music through a friend, who showed me his remix of “Strobe” by deadmau5. Featuring a high and melodic progressive synth, Special Features has really created a trademark sound for himself, and has especially caught the eye of Chuckie, who owns Big Beat Records.

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