By DJ Ron Slomowicz A seventh single from an artist album doesn’t happen that often. When I first listened to Serge Devant’s CD ‘Rewind’ when it was released last year, it already
By DJ Ron Slomowicz San Francisco-based EDM group The M Machine gained major attention when Skrillex released their debut EP “Promise Me a Rose Garden”/”Glow” on his OWSLA label. The trio of
By DJ Ron Slomowicz The Presets have always had a dark tone to their music – with their first two albums blending ’80s new wave and rock with industrial and the piercing
By DJ Ron Slomowicz ‘Think differently’ was the slogan for Apple back in the late ’90s, and it seem like Markus Schulz has embraced it as his personal mantra. When we last
By DJ Ron Slomowicz Here is one of those novelty tracks that could become a meme quite easily. Argentinian producer/DJ Romina Cohn released the Non Stop EP in 2002 with a track
By DJ Ron Slomowicz Written by: DJ Jimmy In life, I am very much a creature of habit. When comfortable with one method of doing things, I tend to stick with it.
By DJ Ron Slomowicz Abigail will forever hold a special place in my heart… She has sung some of my all-time favorite anthems (“Let the Joy Rise,” “You Set Me Free,” “Constant
By DJ Ron Slomowicz If Chuckie calls it “loud and proud,” you know it’s got to be energetic. South American duo HiiO follows up their recent club hits “Something About You” and
A seventh single from an artist album doesn’t happen that often. When I first listened to Serge Devant’s CD ‘Rewind’ when it was released last year, it already felt really familiar as there had already been several songs released prior to the album. This kind of made the newer songs stand out a bit more, and one that caught my attention was his track with Rachael Starr “You and Me.” The grooves, though dancefloor-ready, are not in your face or too aggressive, but sexy and subtle. It’s not blissed-out like an ambient record, but more like a progressive track that finds a groove and gradually sucks you in. The vocals are front-and-center and Rachael holds up her side of a bargain with a mentally-seductive song that fits the track perfectly. I must have been in an post-WMC music overload coma since I missed the release of remixes by Frederic Scavo (big room electro), Betoko (nu-disco with cool male double vocal), Benny Maze (stadium), Moska (crispy glitchy electro), DJ PP (dubbed-out house), and Patrick M (pop house). Pretty much, there is a mix here for everyone. The video, well, I can’t really follow it – there’s hallucinations of sex with an apparition that comes to life and turns a guy into a mannequin. There’s a weird hotel room and a key that gets you locked in a closet… Yeah, writing out the scenes didn’t clarify it for me either. Nevertheless, “You and Me” is a great song and another reason to check out Serge’s ‘Rewind’ album from last year in case you missed it.
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San Francisco-based EDM group The M Machine gained major attention when Skrillex released their debut EP “Promise Me a Rose Garden”/”Glow” on his OWSLA label. The trio of Andy Coenen, Eric Luttrell, and Ben Swardlick were inspired by the classic movie Metropolis for their follow up EPs and their name. Their remixes of Arty, Passion Pit, and Madeon gained a lot of attention as well. The artistic trio are really involved with the full aesthetic experience of their music – focusing on creating a live audio and visual show as they tour. We caught up with them in Nashville when they were touring with Markus Schulz on the Scream Bus Tour.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: How is the bus tour going?
Ben: We are in a new city every day, it’s great and we are very happy. Markus is awesome and his crowds are really intense which is great for us. Andy just programmed a big video show and we get to use his giant LED screen, so the timing is perfect.
The Presets have always had a dark tone to their music – with their first two albums blending ’80s new wave and rock with industrial and the piercing voice of singer Julian Hamilton. The new single keeps that dark tone but contrasts it with a pretty, almost perky, ’90s synth groove feeling like 808 State as interpreted by Hot Chip or Empire of the Sun with a touch of atypical stadium. As a love song, it borders on emo (if not hipster) with the lines about finding heaven while falling into hell. Dramatic, cinematic, and yes, again reminiscent of fellow Aussies Empire of the Sun. Or maybe I just have Empire of the Sun on my brain because of the incessant YouTube ads. Of the various remixes by Alan Braxe, Erick Rincon, SymbolOne, and Tomas Barfod, the energetic progressive electro mix by Hook N Sling stands out as being the perfect blend of aggressive and pretty. The video is spooky and angelic at the same time with guys sky jumping from a plane while either wearing masks or keeping their faces completely motionless through the whole experience.
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