Haute Music: Armin van Buuren Brings the ASOT 500 tour to Miami, USA

Armin Van Buuren, the worlds #1 DJ is bringing his globally proclaimed radio show, A State of Trance to the United States for a 500th episode celebration, and what better way to celebrate than Miami’s Ultra Music Festival? Celebrating ten years, a series of five weeks, five continents, five separately aired live broadcasts, one electronic music pioneer. While there may be one man behind the decks, delivering his take on trance and progressive, van Buuren has invited many of his colleagues and fellow DJs along to play alongside himself throughout the course of the five events. Joining Armin Van Buuren in Miami this Sunday are Ferry Corsten, ATB, Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, Alex M.O.R.P.H, Cosmic Gate and Marcus Schossow.

Buuren who is also scheduled to headline Ultra Music Festival’s main stage on Saturday night, will have an entire ASOT 500 tent, fully equipped with a light show, worldwide trance family and a live broadcast by Digitally Imported Radio. Miami being the second stop on Armin’s A State of Trance 500 tour, following last weekend’s spectacle in Johannesburg, South Africa, the tour will continue in Buenos Aires Argentina on 4/2 and Den Bosch Netherlands on 4/9, wrapping up in Sydney Australia on 4/16.

When the 26th annual Winter Music Conference also held in Miami announced it would be held two weeks earlier for the first time since the start of Ultra Music Festival, many party-goers and festival attendees were forced to make a decision as to whether or not they would attend the traditional WMC or be one of the festivals some odd 100,000 attendees. For the first time in the history of the festival, an extra day was added in 2011 making the festival span Friday-Sunday. One thing is for certain, if Ultra Music Festival was concerned with ticket sales due to the absence of the music conference this year, the now sold out 3-day bonanza is proof that nothing comes between the love of the music.

 

Among Armin Van Buuren, Ultra Music Festival 2011 headlines also include The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Moby, Kaskade, Underworld, Duran Duran, Avicii, Will.I.Am, Carl Cox, Fedde Le Grand, Sasha, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, BT and Trentemoller – just to name a few. Winning the International Dance Music Award (IDMA) for Best Music Event 2011, Ultra Music Festival is sure to be one of the years hottest electronic dance music festival.

 

For more photos & info, check out www.ultramusicfestival.com

Article By: Mark Mancino

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Music Monday: Latest Dance Mix from NYCAngela

Happy Monday everyone! Just because it’s raining in NYC, doesn’t mean you should feel gloomy. Listen & download my latest dance demo to brighten up your day! The tracks played through out the set include:

  • Chromeo- Don’t Turn the Lights On (Christian Martin Remix)
  • Afrojack vs. Way Out West feat. Tricia Lee Kelshall -Replica of Mindcircus (Dave Dresden Mashup)
  • Sultan & Ned Shepard feat. Nadia Ali – Call My Name (Kaskade Remix)
  • Adam K & Soha – Circadian Rhythm (Original Mix)
  • Florence & The Machine – Cosmic Love (Morgan Page Bootleg Remix)
  • Kaskade – Dynasty (Dave Martin Remix)

Click here to listen & download! 🙂

Created by: Angela Samartano

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Haute Music: Ag Ag Lady – Tracks are Disappearing

Ag Ag Lady’s most recent release, Tracks are Disappearing is a raucous, brashly loud collection of tracks that range from jarring in-your-face glitch fests to bouncy indie-dance dips with allover the place tempos.  From start to finish the album is a seamless sonic undulation that caroms about your aural cavities and sounds, or rather feels like it could be doing some permanent damage, but it’s not.  It didn’t seem to have intentions of hurting the ear, but the way Ag Ag Lady plays with volume without actually playing with volume posits an interesting side conversation.

The first track, This is the Sound, starts off slow with thinly spliced sheets of ambiance that gradually speed up and thicken as the track moves along and works in a spaced out bass line.  Moving forward, it careens into a profusion of layers, at once overbearing and simultaneously playful, a feeling that’s held up for the rest of the album diverting only to let in the more indie-dance tracks like, Tell Me Baby.  The song Love Affair was treated with a little bit of that indie-danceness with its oddly catchy auto-tuned melody over a tempo that starts out calm and breaks it’s way into a full on adrenaline rush.

There’s a general back and forth between more industrial sounds like in Run into the Wall and the ping-y video game sounds that begin The Other Side.  The vast sonic chasms created by going from clunky and metallic with booming bass to high-pitched glints of techno quirks contributes to that volume play he seems to be doing.  Moving from one end of the sound spectrum to another tricks the ear, which is the album in a nutshell; tyrannical ear tricks.

Article by: Kate Magoc

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Haute Music: VIA Presents Onra

720 Records is situated on Butler St. in Lawrenceville,  the burgeoning creative neighborhood of Pittsburgh increasingly becoming composite of galleries, quirky eateries, studio spaces and bars with good draft lists and great music.  Perusing 720’s vinyl offerings, it was easy to see why the VIA Presents crew chose this little record store to stage an Onra show. The music in the racks was all Chuck Chillout, Graffiti Rock alum, Erykah Badu, and miscellaneous Dilla projects.  The store offers vinyl geeks a palette of thoughtfully selected tunes, and threw off those music geek vibes that went along with a crowd of creative dance-aholics. Some were there to dance, others to be inspired, but everyone got what they came for.

Pittsburgh based audio artist, Discuss started off the evening with his sometimes languorous, and sometimes fast paced sonic bravado.  His set came in waves of tempo pushing ups and ethereal ambiance that built tension, exploding into blankets of beats and glitches and wa-wa’s.  The complex tempo changes eased the crowd from social gabbery into focused dancing and set the mood for the rest of the night. There were moments of piano prominence, a warm glittering homage to the classical amidst the electronic sound scape. The moments that put the ‘I’ in the oh-so reductive label IDM, which should be avoided in a discussion of Discuss, whose very name denotes all-inclusiveness.  The undulations of his set propagated a sort of think-motion. He’d momentarily unwind the crowd to the point of near sedation, and then gradually work the collective body movement back up with a distinctly techno backdrop to complex layers of throbbing melody; at once peaceful and serene and simultaneously dance inducing.

The V component of VIA, the visual accompanying the audio, was provided by yet more local talent.  For Discuss’s set we got the video art of Laurie Trok whose visuals were more than complimentary to the languid, enveloping sound scape.  She worked primarily in black and white as well as shades of grey; not to say that the sounds lacked color, if we can even relate sounds to colors, though trying to do so is kind of what VIA is all about.  Her shades of gray video art complimented the note of seriousness in the music. If bright color had been prevalent, the mood might have gone towards kitsch but she kept it subdued and slightly vintage with soft, blur-tinged shapes, a dada-esque geometric montage.

Discuss

 

After a brief interlude with music provided by DJ’s Nicerec and Harry Lurker, the electro-pop/chillwave quartet Golden Ages took the stage and as a multi-member act brought a lot more noise, sometimes raucous and sometimes beautifully chill.  Their sound has been compared to the likes of Fuck Buttons and Animal Collective but also holds a certain touch of the 70’s electronic sound spread by Neu! Think Nagativ, rock ‘n’ roll strings poking through a wash of cacophonous synth but also picking up the pop and living up to that Animal Collective comparison.  Artist Di-ay Battad took over the visuals for Golden Ages and her set was a little more playful than Trok’s as she reached for organic and curvilinear shapes, the images were reminiscent of strange plant life and water droplets, which worked well with the pop tones emanating from Golden Ages’ amps.

 

Golden Ages

 

Finally, in the stifling heat of the back room at 720 Records, Onra and sonic cohort Buddy Sativa began their set with My Comet, a synth-drenched, throbbing ode to vintage funk and smooth R&B.  It declares from the beginning in a robotic sort of way, “I want to hear future funk,” and then breaks open into the smooth waves of Onra’s hip-hop, funk, and electronic blend, keepin’ it futuristic but still old school kind of funky.  His set was mostly the instant crowd pleasers, tracks that pay tons of homage to Dilla; songs like Send Me Your Love, which has all kinds of cheesy R&B flavor, note the repetitive use of the word ‘baby,’ but the cheesiness is all part of the fun.  It’s still irresistibly sexy and the packed crowd danced all the way up to the track that he played off of Chinoiseries, and then some weren’t sure what to do.  It definitely still grooved though, just in a slightly globe-trotting RZA sorta way, a quilt of Chinese and Vietnamese pop music mixed with modern dance beats, an example of Onra as some kind of dance inducing musicologist.

 

The party relocated to the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern where the second part of the double feature was held.  Having fallen on a Wednesday, the night of Pittsburgh’s decade old weekly drum and bass show – FUZZ! gave Onra’s deejay set a storied local significance, Polish Party House meets Vietnamese Parisian producer – globalization at it’s finest.  His deejay set proved his massive range of musical tastes that goes from weird to vintage to pop and while he dropped the poppiest song a bass lover would want, Big Boi’s Shutterbug, he backed it up and framed it with tribal bass keeping Shutterbug still very Onra-like.

 

Onra

 

As an evening of blended together art forms, the audio with the visual, VIA succeeded in creating an experience like no other. It was a smart, thoughtfully produced party that emphasized local talent, and simultaneously introduced music fans to an amazing international producer.  Getting Onra as both an accomplished beat maker, as he demonstrated with his set at 720 Records, and also as a crowd pleasing deejay at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, was kind of the best way to experience him, both polished and freewheeling.  There was no doubt that the crowd loved him as they clung to the dance floor, blissfully unaware that the bartenders had stopped serving.  No doubt he would’ve had the BBT rocking for at least three more hours.

 

 

Article By: Kate Magoc

Photos by: Lindsay Mullen

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Music Monday: NYCAngela March Mix

In the midst of my choatic schedule, I have been studying how to become a dj. As I continue learning how to mix music, I would like to share my very own compilation with my readers. This Music Monday, take a listen to my latest March mix featuring songs by Kaskade, Morgan Page, The Killers, and more. Please feel free to leave comments & show love. Enjoy!

 

Article by: Angela Samartano

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HAUTE Music: Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance 2011 CD

Armin Van Buuren reveals “A State of Trance 2011” compilation CD Artwork/Tracklist & releases “Armin Only: Mirage” World Tour DVD/Blu Ray!

The world’s #1 DJ four years running, Armin Van Buuren is gearing up for the annual release of Armada’s own “A State of Trance” complication. Van Buuren mixes a double disc which targets both “On The Beach” and “In The Club“. On The Beach provides melodic soothing melodies which provides as the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing night on the beach. In The Club will have you moving in no time.

Since 2004, Van Buuren in conjunction with Armada Music has released this continuous mix compilation double disc and has since then set the standard for the upcoming year in trance and progressive tunes. The eighth release of the series is set to drop on March 18th, 2011 with tracks from some familiar artists as well as some new up and coming artists/producers. With Armin surely keeping us in a state of trance, check to see if your favorite DJs made the cut!

A State of Trance 2011 Tracklist:

Disc 1
1. Triple A – Winter Stayed (Armin van Buuren’s On the Beach Intro Mix)
2. The Blizzard & Omnia – My Inner Island
3. Mike Shiver vs Matias Lehtola – Slacker
4. Dreas vs Alex Robert – Mormugao (Alex Robert 2011 Mix)
5. Anhken – Always Look Back
6. Nuera – Green Cape Sunset
7. Rex Mundi – Sandstone
8. Robert Nickson & Thomas Datt – Godless (Protoculture Remix)
9. Bobina – Lamento Sentimental
10. Mark Otten – Libertine
11. Max Graham feat. Neev Kennedy – So Caught Up
12. Ashley Wallbridge – Moonlight Sonata
13. Beat Service feat. Cathy Burton – When Tomorrow Never Comes
14. Arty & Mat Zo – Rebound

Disc 2
1. Ron Hagen & Al Exander – Now Is The Time (Armin van Buuren’s Intro Edit)
2. Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson – My Enemy (Rank 1 Remix)
3. Shogun – Skyfire
4. John O’Callaghan & Timmy & Tommy – Talk To Me (Ørjan Nilsen Trance Mix)
5. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia – Status Excessu D (ASOT 500 Theme)
6. Mark Eteson – Blackboard (Jon O’Bir Remix)
7. Daniel Kandi & Phillip Alpha – If It Ain’t Broke
8. Andrew Rayel – Aether
9. Ørjan Nilsen – Between The Rays
10. Armin van Buuren feat. Winter Kills – Take A Moment (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
11. Lost World – Stargazer
12. Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight
13. Juventa – Dionysia
14. Bjorn Akesson – Painting Pyramids
15. Laura Jansen – Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Rework)

Van Buuren’s latest single released under his alias “Gaia“, “Status Excessu D” (translating to 500), is the theme for his upcoming 500th A State of Trance Radio Show celebration. Released on 2/25 on DVD/Blu Ray disc, Armin Only: Mirage. Fans have the opportunity to explore life on tour with Armin Only backstage, in the studio, as well as live performances from Armin, Eller Van Buuren, Benno De Goej, Nadia Ali, Susana, Christian Burns and Ana Criado. A chosen 31 tracks are featured from the live nine hour show which was held in Uterect, Netherlands during the ladder half of 2010.

Armin Only: Mirage DVD/Blu Ray Tracklist:

01 Armin van Buuren feat. Ana Criado – Down To Love (Live performance by Ana Criado)
02 Armin van Buuren – I Don’t Own You
03 Armin van Buuren feat. Susana – Desiderium 207 (Live performance by Susana)
04 Armin van Buuren – Mirage (Official opening Armin Only Mirage, live performance by Susana, Bagga Bownz, Eller van Buuren, Benno de Goeij & Orchestra)
05 W&W – Alpha
06 Armin van Buuren feat. Christian Burns – This Light Between Us (Live performance by Christian Burns & Orchestra)
07 Armin van Buuren – Full Focus (Live performance by Benno de Goeij)
08 Ørjan Nilsen – Go Fast
(World of Gaia)
09 Gaia – Aisha
10 Armin van Buuren – Orbion (Live performance by Susana)
11 Gaia – Tuvan
12 Armin van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love (Dash Berlin 4AM Mix)
13 Dave202 vs Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren – Arrival vs Beggin’ You (Acapella ) (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
14 W&W – AK47
15 Armin van Buuren feat. Nadia Ali – Feels So Good (Live performance by Nadia Ali)
16 Nadia Ali – Rapture (Tristan Garner mix) (Live performance by Nadia Ali)
17 Armin van Buuren feat. BT – These Silent Hearts
18 Armin van Buuren – Coming Home (Live performance by Benno de Goeij & Eller van Buuren)
19 Solarstone – Touchstone (Aly & Fila Remix)
20 Armin van Buuren feat. VanVelzen – Broken Tonight (Live performance by Roel VanVelzen)
21 Faithless – Not Going Home (Armin van Buuren Remix)
22 Armin van Buuren feat. Jaren – Unforgivable (Stoneface & Terminal Mix)
23 Armin van Buuren feat. Cathy Burton – Rain (Cosmic Gate Remix)
24 Armin van Buuren feat. Jan Vayne – Serenity
25 Laura Jansen – Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Rework)
26 DJ ’s United – Remember Love
27 Armin van Buuren vs Ferry Corsten – Minack
28 John O’Callaghan presents Mannix – Pyramid (Live performance by Koen Herfst)
Trance Classics Mix – Live keyboards by Benno de Goeij
29 Rank 1 – L.E.D. There Be Light
30 The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia
31 Binary Finary – 1998
32 Armin van Buuren feat. Justine Suissa – Burned With Desire (live performance by Bagga Bownz, Benno de Goeij, Ana Criado, Christian Burns, Nadia Ali, Susana & Cathy Burton)

Article by: Mark Mancino

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Haute Music: Super8 & Tab debut in New York City

Trance DJs/Producers Super8 & Tab from Helsinki, Finland are set to make their NYC debut this Thursday February 24 at Cielo NYC. Miika Eloranta who aliases as Super8 and Janne Mansnerus, known as DJ Tab, took a break from perusing their individual careers in 2005 to form the partnership tag team. For their NYC debut, Super8 & Tab can be seen at Cielo, a vibrant space, offering a more intimate feel than your typical New York City Nightclub.

Working on their solo careers until joining forces in 2005, the Anjunabeats recording artists have worked alongside quite a few A-List DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond and Ferry Corsten. The trance music duo are best known for their singles “Needs To Feel“, “Helsinki Scorchin“, “Elektra”, “Irufushi” and the 2010 releases “Black Is The New Yellow“, “Empire” and “Mercy” recorded with Jan Burton, and “My Enemy” featuring vocals by Julie Thompson. Also known for their hard-hitting club remixes, Super8 & Tab renditions may be heard amongnst Above & Beyond‘s “Oceanic“, Ferry Corsten‘s “Made Of Love” , Luminary’s Amsterdam”, Paul Van Dyk’s “New York City” and “Nothing But You“. Re-mastering the Above & Beyond club classic featuring Zoe JohnsonCan’t Sleep” in early 2011, Super8 & Tab are sure to supply Cielo with a well balanced set for their New York City debut. Advance Tickets are available for $15 through Made Event, a limited number will be available at the door.

 

Article by: Mark Mancino

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Music Monday: DJ Joe Zagame February Mix

Need a President’s Day pick me up? Check out the latest mix by DJ Joe Zagame of MarkJoseph DJs that will give you a reason to dance today. The New York native currently is one half of the Mark Joseph DJs collaboration. You can catch their music featured on the weekly online radio show, Utopic Sessions, which airs every Thursday through Joravers.com. Listen and comment on DJ Joe Zagame’s February 2011 mix. The track list includes the following songs, enjoy!

01. Cliff Coenraad – Booty Slam (Original Mix)
02. Orjan Nilsen – Agnus (Original Mix)
03. Conjure One Feat. Jaren – Like Ice (Marcus Schossow Remix)
04. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Greg Downey Remix)
05. Markus Schulz Feat. Dauby – Perfect (Funabashi Remix)

Article by: Angela Samartano

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