SONG OF THE DAY: David Gravell – “Nighthawk”

It seems that the lines between the genres have been completely broken. There seems to no longer be progressive, electro, trance, or house records – new tracks are a fusion of two or more of them. One record that clearly represents this is the new track from Dutch producer David Gravell. Best known for his top 10 Beatport hits “Megatron” and “Bulldozer,” he starts “Nighthawk” with aggressive electro which gets even harder- with a bit of a Bingo Players feel. Then in the blink of an eye, it drops down to really pretty vocal trance with a soft, almost operatic vocal floating in the background. Then comes a bit of progressive/stadium-sounding keyboard hooks which build the track back up to pumping electro. W&W, who signed David to their MainStage label under Armada, premiered “Nighthawk” as a part of A State of Trance Official 600 in Kuala Lumpur and the track has been buzzing ever since. Watch for this one to get a lot of major support in the new year.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Bjorn Akesson – “Slam”

In this ADHD world we live in, a track can’t just be the same for six minutes. Swedish producer Akesson realizes this, and his new track “Slam” is almost a medley of vignettes with diverse sounds blending together. There’s Garrix-ish reverbed bass, a nod to the fly noises of classic Timo Maas, dirty glitch, and more- all over a pumping tech beat. If we were doing a late night infomercial, the tagline could be “it’s three songs in one.” Masterful production makes it a seamless flow and yet another big room monster from Bjorn. Be sure to check out the “Sand Theme” track they did with Aly and Fila as well.

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Bjorn Akesson – “Slam”

SONG OF THE DAY: Lush and Simon ft Rico & Miella – “Drag Me to the Ground”

Following up the gorgeous yet aggressive “City of Light,” Italian duo Alessandro Miselli & Simone Pioltelli, better known as Lush & Simon, unleash “Drag Me to the Ground.” Enlisting the vocalists Rico & Miello, they’ve added a male vocal with a female operatic background to add even more depth. While it starts lush and pretty in the intro, the build-up is a steady, staccato beat which hits a plateau before really exploding in a jump-up, almost hard-style vibe. Like their previous track, it’s the contrast of the two textures which makes the song (not track) stand out above recent releases. Keep your eyes on these guys, they’re upping their game with each release.

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Lush and Simon ft Rico & Miella – “Drag Me to the Ground”