Residency, the worldwide DJ contest hosted by burn studios, has reached phase two: juries all over the world have chosen the top 5 participants of their respective countries. They will now compete in club-based DJ battles to choose one winner per country, who will be flown to Ibiza for a DJ bootcamp with workshops and lectures by the likes of Joe Goddard, Maceo Plex and many more.
As for Austria, the mix-off event will be held at Roxy, Vienna on Thursday, May 2nd 2013. Starting at 9 pm, the Austrian finalists Slashed Zerø, Dima Riva, Oliver Rodwell, Victor Vida and Lux Lutious will get the chance to show off their live mixing skills in order to win the trip to Ibiza. Vienna’s very own Moogle will be playing a warm-up set and radio FM4′s partners in crime Beware and Functionist are going to host the official after party.
As the best things in life tend to be free, admission’s free until 10.30pm.
For more information head over to the event page on Facebook or burn.com.
It’s been a bit quiet lately around Till Death, the band of Johannes Arnesson aka Owl Vision and Frank Major, director of Disturbia Clothing, but here they are, back with a new single: Last Wish, an epic, slow and powerful 5 minutes opus incorporating post rock influences, elements of metal and and shuffled electro beats.
Buy it on: Beatport or iTunes.
Speaking of Owl Vision…
When you ask Phinz to describe himself chances are that all you’ll get for an answer will be “an awesome guy from Austria” – and what can I say, I totally second that. After a long musical hibernation the part-time genius is back with an amazing bootleg remix for Ellie Goulding’s Lights and leaves not a tiny bit of doubt that he’s back on top of his game: this track is as vintage as it gets. Free download!
One of my favorite artists remixing one of my favorite bands – there are worse ways to start into the day (yes, I’m aware of the fact that it’s 2pm). London-bred but Austria-based artist extraordinaire SOHN puts his unique remix fingerprint on Los Angeles’ finest recent discovery Rhye, turning the duo’s amazing song Open into a mellow, percussion-driven jam that will get stuck in your head immediately, thanks to the catchy vocals. First Ryan Hemsworth, now SOHN – Rhye definitely have excellent taste in the choice of their remixers.
No need to introduce Erwin & Edwin I guess, they’ve been a regular sight on this blog lately with their brass-fueled, humorous approach to electronic dance music. Friday will see the release of their debut EP Kobra on Dreieck Records, and to celebrate that they’re giving away the title track for free in the meantime, ending with the official release on April 12th. As always, the unique combination of driving electro beats and mellow trumpet inlays does not fail to put a big smile on your face – instant feel-good music!
I love when bands do remixes. I think it’s highly interesting not only because you get first-hand insights of the band’s idea of dance music but also because the approach to remixing is a completely different one compared to writing own songs, and the results are almost always surprising. Prominent example: Two Door Cinema Club remixing DENA’s Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools.
What’s even better, though: bands remixing their idols. Just like this remix of David Bowie’s timeless classic Let’s Dance by French (but London-based) synth pop band The Penelopes. Turning the rocking original into a rather deep disco jam complete with vintage synth stabs and Juno 106-esque basslines, the two Frenchmen have without any doubt created something extraordinary here. Free download!
A bit early to think about this year´s summer holidays? Not for Aka Tell, as he’ll explain in his monthly column. And of course there is a new “Hangover Sessions” mix, featuring 60 minutes of quality club music including tracks by Maxime Dangles, Drums Of Death, Boddika & Joy Orbison, TWR72, Truncate, Keith & Supabeatz, Bart B More, Tracques and many more!
[find the whole article and the tracklist after the jump]
As the best things in life tend to be free, Austro-German power duo Beef Theatre give away their latest Beef Is Back remix EP for free on the occasion of Easter, including this high-energy remix by no one less than the A.G.Trio (by the way, you can still vote for them in the Amadeus Music Awards!). Make sure to download the entire EP for free, including more remixes by Ostblockschlampen, Hanuman Tribe and many more.
Two weeks after Marry Anne Hobbs premiered James Blake’s new song Voyeur on her BBC Radio 6 show, the official video has just hit the web: starting out rather harmlessly with a needle rushing through the grooves on a 1-800 dinosaur (the London club night James Blake has launched a while ago) vinyl, the wax soon melts down to unveil an underlying parallel universe of trippy colours and geometrical shapes à la Enter The Void.
My absolute favourite two Frenchmen at the moment (at least in terms of electronic dance music) Employee Of The Year have graced us with another proof of their endless ingenuity, putting their magic remix fingerprint on SOHN’s The Wheel. Taking the vocal-driven original to a late night dancefloor, they add some vintage synth awesomeness to the mix, creating a unique magical, sort of numb atmosphere. Free download.