Tune Of The Day: Spandau Ballet vs. Basto! – Gold 2012

Basto is Belgium’s freshest EDM export and is well known for his melodic brand of feel good progressive house music. His latest remix is set to become an absolute dance floor destroyer reworking classic 80’s pop royalty Spandau Ballet and their global hit Gold.

Teaming Tony Hadley’s unmistakably powerful vocals with a banging main room electronic vibe, Basto has turned the 1983 track into a contemporary dance track that is equally at home on the dancefloors as it will be on the terraces of the country’s Olympic stadia. Instantly recognizable as the Spandau Ballet hit, established fans and clubbers alike will be singing along to the catchy chorus. Spandau Ballet are no strangers to dance music. They were there at the start of the DJ culture in the late 1970s and early 80s in the clubs of Soho and throughout Europe and the world. The band were one of the first white bands to release a 12“ remix of their singles, in particular To Cut Along Story Short, an era-defining slice of electronic myth-making which took them to a huge audience, out of the clubs and into the charts. Followed closely by Chant No.1 (We Don’t Need This Pressure On), a mix of contemporary funk and modern vibes, Spandau Ballet were the coolest band in town.

Basto’s re-take of Gold manages to mix a more aggressive electronic sound with the ingredients of an energy anthem, all over an indestructible bass. It’s a strong step up from his previous big room hits like the tantalizing Gregory’s Theme, the addictive Again & Again, atmospheric Cloudbreaker (with Yves V) and gives a massive nod to his current Beatport chart topping monster, I Rave You.

As Basto himself says: When I first decided to remix “Gold” by Spandau Ballet, I. hesitated for a moment.  Usually, I’m very sceptical when it comes to reworking classics. Why would you wanna take the risk to ruin an epic record? But we managed to make it a very relevant dance track, without losing the gist of the original. It’s not a remix of an old track anymore, it’s a cool record with an epic vocal”   

Basto is constantly heading club charts with his remixes including Kylie MinogueThe Wanted, Ed Sheeran and Flo-Rida to the recent smash hit  212 from Azelia Banks featuring Lazy Jay, Conor Maynard, Stooshe ft. Travie McCoy, Lil John ft. LMFAOLabrinthMoby and Sander Van Doorn.

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Mix Of The Day: Frenk Wiersma (creative director A Day At The Park) live ‘ADATP 2012 countdown’

This set has been recorded live on the 22nd of June in Doornroosje, Nijmegen during the first night of Evotions’ Extrawelt weekender. It’s a 3 hours set, and it captures the first 3 hours of the night. It starts slowly, but is always flowly which builds to the live-set of Extrawelt. It reflects the  musical ideas of Frenk Wiersma about what electronic dance music should be on the mainstage of A Day at the Park.

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Cream Ibiza Above & Beyond

World clubbing super-brand Cream kicks off the summer season with a double CD and digital release, Cream Ibiza mixed by award-winning trio Above & Beyond.

As the longest running UK club night on the island, taking over Thursday nights, Cream Ibiza brings together the world’s top DJs and thousands of clubbers to the award winning ‘World’s Best Club’ Amnesia. With mammoth weekly parties that will see Above & Beyond joined by the likes of Paul van Dyk, Eddie Halliwell, Calvin Harris, Sander van Doorn, Laidback Luke, and Example at the club this summer.

Described by DJ Mag as “the biggest electronic DJing and production collective the UK has ever produced,” Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki AKA Above & Beyond made an obvious choice for this year’s installment of the Cream compilation series.

Producers, songwriters, DJ’s and owners of the renowned Anjunabeats label, Above & Beyond have remained down-to-earth and as determined as ever despite the numerous accolades, remixing greats like Madonna and Radiohead and selling out shows from Bombay to Brixton Academy. 2011 saw the release of their second studio album Group Therapy. Described by Mixmag as “the artist album of the year”, it topped the dance charts in both the UK and USA.

Now they are set to perform at Cream Ibiza this summer, headlining six dates through June to September. Whether you’re heading over to the White Isle or not, Above & Beyond’s Cream Ibiza mix is essential listening for the summer.

This year’s Cream Ibiza tracklist perfectly reflects the ethos of Above & Beyond, taking in their biggest tried and tested tunes, fan favourites and exclusive new tracks – all guaranteed main room Ibiza material. Alongside hot tracks from the likes of Cosmic Gate, Dirty South, Kyau & Albert and Depeche Mode (Eric Prydz Remix) Cream Ibiza also features exclusive new mixes of Above & Beyond’s Stealing Time (from the critically acclaimed debut album Tri-State) and On My Way To Heaven, plus brand new remixes of Tranquillity Base (aka Above & Beyond)  Razorfish by Jerome Isma-Ae and of the Above & Beyond and Andy Moor classic “Air For Life” by Norin & Rad.

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Dancefreax Classic: Grooveyard – Mary Go W!ld! (Laidback Luke Remix)

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This original version was released in 1997, on Spinnin’ Records in 2006.

Track record Dutch Top 40:
First entry: 1997, week 2
Highest position: 12
Weeks in chart: 7

Defected presents The Opening Party Ibiza 2012

The Ibiza opening parties: The week where you get the first airing of the records that are likely to be the vocal anthems, the big room tunes, the future hits and the underground classics of the summer.

Defected presents The Opening Party Ibiza 2012 is a collection of all the above. From the underground cuts of Flashmob ‘Need In Me’, Pirupa ‘Party Non Stop’, Osunlade ‘Envision’ (Argy Vocal Mix) and Maceo Plex ‘Sex Appeal’ to the vocal anthems of Rae’s ‘Another Day’, The Shapeshifters ‘Only You’, Chocolate Puma’s ‘Destiny’ to the future classics of ‘Amame’ by Intruder and ‘Future’ by Inner City.

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1.            Bo Saris – She’s On Fire (Maya Jane Coles Remix Edit)
2.            Afefe Iku – Jungle Beats
3.            Pirupa – Party Non-Stop
4.            Mowgli Feat Amber Jolene– Back In The Day
5.            Infinity Ink – Infinity
6.            Larse – Those Of You
7.            Copyright Feat Tasita D’Mour – You Got Me
8.            Franky Rizardo feat Tess Leah – On My Own
9.            Flashmob – Need In Me
10.          Osunlade – Envision (Argy Vocal Mix)
11.          Kings Of Tomorrow Feat Elzi Hall– Show Me

Junkie XL maakt remix van The Trammps klassieker ‘Disco Inferno’

Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) produceert de remix in samenwerking met Stage Entertainment voor de musical Saturday Night Fever.

‘Disco Inferno’ (’76) werd destijds een hit toen het gebruikt werd voor de film ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Stage Entertainment heeft een Nederlandse musicalversie van de legendarische film op de planken gebracht. Hiervoor werd ook de muziek in een nieuw jasje gestoken. Na eerdere succesvolle remixen voor onder anderen Coldplay, Rammstein, Justin Timberlake, Scissor Sisters, Britney Spears en natuurlijk de wereldwijde nummer 1 hit met zijn Elvis Presley-remix van ‘A Little Less Conversation’, was de keuze voor Junkie XL snel gemaakt.

 Holkenborg: “De film ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is echt een icoon uit mijn jeugd. En dat waren The Trammps trouwens net zo goed. Daardoor springt deze remix er voor mij persoonlijk echt uit. Het is jammer dat Jimmy Ellis er niet meer naar kan luisteren. Ik had maar wat graag zijn oordeel over mijn versie gehoord.” Ellis, de zanger van The Trammps, overleed in maart dit jaar op 74-jarige leeftijd.

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‘Disco Inferno – Junkie XL remix’ is te downloaden via Itunes en te beluisteren via de website van Saturday Night Fever.

Junkie XL Remix for The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno”. Classic track from Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack. Remix was commissioned by Stage Entertainment for the musical “Saturday Night Fever”.

Junkie XL says: The movie “Saturday Night Fever is an iconic movie from my childhood. And The Trammps were iconic in their own right as well. I was working on this remix when singer Jimmy Ellis passed away which was unfortunate. He approved me working on this remix before I started. It made this remix a special project to work on. Enjoy!”

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