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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Introducing: DJ / MC Vika Kova

Everyone knows DJ Vika Kova who has been rocking the dance floors for some time now, but not everybody knows that she started out in 2001 as an MC/vocalist. Over the years she shared the stage with every “big boy in the business” such as Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Bob Sinclar, Shapeshifters, Freemasons, Fedde Le Grand, Chuckie, Afrojack, Laidback Luke and many more.

Nowadays DJ Vika Kova is bringing you the best of both worlds when she gets behind the decks, with a mic just within her reach so she can empower her set with live vocals anytime she feels like it.

Using her perfect sense of timing that she developed over the years of live MC-ing, she keeps her sets fresh and fun, stunning the crowd with her vocal skills when they least expect it.

Born in Russia, she grew up in Germany and went back to Russia just to settle down in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) a couple of years later. No matter where she went though, music always remained a constant factor in Vika Kova’s life. Always supported by her parents, she graduated cum laude from the Music and Ballet Academy, followed by the prestigious Music Conservatory of Moscow.

As MC, Vika expended many boundaries of this profession and was the voice of the main ID&T events, such as MysteryLand, Sensation White and Innercity. Also Carl Cox choose Vika Kova to be the voice of his Revolution radio shows and tours.

Today she’s playing the hottest parties at some of Holland’s finest clubs such as Paradiso, Panama, Escape and VIP Room. DJ Vika Kova spreads her message of love and peace and has great fun doing it! She is regularly touring in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and in Asia and is now a part of the innovative club concept called Supper & Sound @Het Bosch (Amsterdam, NL). From 6th of March Vika’s new club concept “Sunday Slide” will be to visit @VIP Room in Rotterdam (NL) every first Sunday of the month.

As the voice of a producers duo 2Dirty, in 2009 she reached Nr.1 on Dancetunes.com with “Climax in my Head”. Their next track “In the Army” has been released in 2010 on Mostiko Records. Vika’s next creation, collaboration with producer/DJ Kasper Kwant, is called “Night Together” and was released in May, 2010 on Omerta Records.

For now Vika Kova is the voice of Carl Cox Revolution tour and radio shows again. For the 4th year in the row you can hear Vika every Tuesday.

Connect:
http://www.vikakova.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/vikakova
http://www.facebook.com/vika.kova
http://soundcloud.com/vika-kova
http://premium.vikakova.podomatic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/vikakova
http://vikakova.hyves.nl/

Introducing: Barry Fore

Ready to book this one ? Barry Fore has no average DJ profile. His love for the nightlife started in the early 90s when house music slowly entered numerous clubs worldwide. Besides going out he began to mix and produce tapes for his friends while working in clubs for the love of music, to keep himself in the epic centre of electronic sounds each weekend and to save some money.

Being busy managing clubs and events for 12 years now his passion for perfection soon led to the turntables during closing hours and special parties which ultimately turned out to sets in numerous clubs and festivals like Tomorrowland 2004 – 2012 , Sensation White , Voodoo Dubai , Cityparade and Ibiza .

Describing his style is quite tricky as he only aims for the crowd to move and enjoy themselves on the dance floor without getting cheesy on the decks. His sets are like a step into the unknown depths : you never know what your gonna get. Naturally his record collection contains soulful house, groove, electro, techno and minimal sounds, blended with a fling of classy acapellas.

Check out his latest project www.dance-tunes.com one of the largest music portals in Benelux.

For bookings contact www.ineagency.com

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https://www.facebook.com/djbarryfore
https://twitter.com/#!/Barryfore
http://www.youtube.com/user/barryfore
http://soundcloud.com/barry-fore 

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Armin Van Buuren to perform for Dutch football supporters

On June 13th, before the European Championship game of Holland –  European Championship kicks off, Armin van Buuren will play at the special Oranjeplein in Kharkov, Ukraine. Through this gig, Armin hopes to bring the Dutchies in the right mood for the game.

Initiatives Ons Oranje, the supporters platform of KNVB and the supportersclub Oranje will host three days of the Oranjeplein happening. These days, 9, 13 and 17th of June, the Freedom Square at Kharkov will colour orange and have the Dutchies gather there for several performances and acts to enjoy. On Wednesday June 13th, Armin lands at the Oranjeplein for a special set.

Armin: ”I’ll never forget that moment at the Museumplein of Amsterdam in 2010, at the honouring of the Dutch team. I’m truly honored that I was invited to play at this European Championship again and really look forward to make it one big party, together with the orange supporters.”