So, I’ve been challenged to do a write-up without using the words stadium, big room, or progressive. Listening to this new track “Flashback” by Arty, it will be a challenge since all three of those words are apt descriptions. Russian producer/DJ Arty continues to release strong tracks both on his own (“Together We Are” with vocalist Chris James) and as collaborations (“Rebound” with Mat Zo, which will.i.am used for his own “Let’s Go”). The banging tech trance “Flashback” first surfaced as a mashup with the guitar line of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” in the breakdown. For full release, the drop is wisely replaced with a build into a softer b-line hook that is more of a response to the banging main hook – as in if the two hooks were played back-to-back it would almost be a call-and-response, or a techno “simon says.” The title is quite apt as the main hook has the same powerful intensity of Tiesto’s classic “Flight 643” with its staccato key stabs. There are a few other classic-sounding elements sprinkled throughout, though the overwhelming feel of blending soft and hard make this a very modern 2013 track. Currently released as a track, “Flashback” could easily come back with a vocal topline, or as a mashup with the right quirky vocal track.
Dance music is definitely enjoying a renaissance of strong male vocal records featuring the likes of Chris James, John Martin, and Jonny Rose. Add to that list Phillip LaRue who brings a Chris Martin (Coldplay) vibe to the “Young Forever,” the new single from Justin Michael. You probably know Justin from his singles with Kemal “Trouble” (sung by Heather Bright) and “Her World Goes On” (sung by Bruno Mars), or his releases on Armada. On “Young Forever,” Justin sets the tone with a rock-influenced dance feel and a Hi-NRG baseline that sounds like a cross between Motiv8 and Arty. The pretty intro makes it perfect for dance radio (and even commercial radio). With an extended club mix, it would make a great hands-in-the-air track to end any big room night.
The Cube Guys and Prok & Fitch – Don’t Go
Prok & Fitch – Freak Show
Daleri – Hysteria (Original)
Nicky Romero, Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano ft Fast Eddie – Jack to the Sound of the Underground
Jeffer – Guitar Mistake
ATB ft Ramona Nerra – Never Give Up (Stefan Dabruck & Tocadisco)
Stanley Progman – Nothing Matters
Buddygirrl & Chris James – One Moment (Original) Bauer & Lanford – Leave Me Behind (Kryder)
Maison & Dragen ft Toni Nielson – Immortal Love (Original)
Dash Berlin & Alexander Popov ft Jonathan Mendelsohn – Steal You Away (Giuseppe Ottaviani)
Morten – Look Closer (WeSmile)