The Abraxis song teaser arrives at the end of a “Cognition Evaluation” survey.
The organizers of Dreamstate SoCal sent ripples through the EDM community when they announced that Seven Lions and Dimibo would debut their new psytrance project during the festival’s 2019 edition. Amid the excitement, only a few caught wind of the new Abraxis song teaser shared by the former artist.
To be fair, though, Seven Lions (real name Jeff Montalvo) went to unconventional lengths to tease “Black Rainbow.” It arrived at the end of a “Cognition Evaluation” survey on AbraxisInstitute.com – and given its 8-bit format, it’s difficult to imagine what the actual single might sound like.
Psytrance is the bread and butter of Seattle-based duo Dimibo, but that doesn’t mean Montalvo’s the odd man out. Despite his penchant for feels-heavy melodic dubstep, he’s been known to wade into the waters of psytrance during DJ sets from time to time.
You can skip past the survey and listen to the teaser for Seven Lions and Dimibo’s unreleased Abraxis single “Black Rainbow” here.
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By Real EDM — 3 months ago
DJ Snake’s album is set to drop this summer.
The Parisian superstar known as DJ Snake has been known to collaborate with some of the hottest acts in hip-hop. His latest release, titled “Enzo,” links up some of the biggest heavyweights yet. Offset, 21 Savage, Sheck Wes, and Gucci Mane all throw down verses to make this potentially one of the hottest collaborations of the year. After the viral success of his hit “Taki Taki”, featuring Cardi B, Ozuna, and Selena Gomez, big shoes were left to be filled. With a lineup like this, however, there’s no doubt the charts will take notice.
“Enzo” has a dark, steady beat that flexes Snake’s hip-hop roots. Wes carries the catchy chorus. All four rappers deliver their individual smooth stylings, flashing their love for high-profile cars. It’s hard not to make a fire song when you have so many chart-toppers on one track.
Snake spoke to Beat 1’s Zane Lowe announcing he would release a new album this summer. He said to expect a “carnival,” so we can look forward to some global sounds coming our way in a few months. Though he didn’t announce who would be featured on the album, after the release of “Enzo” we know the French producer’s reach knows no bounds.
DJ Snake is coming off a hot performance at Coachella. He closed out his hourlong set by bringing out all the stars from “Taki Taki” making it a set you did not want to miss. He also recently released a track with dubstep DJ/producer Eptic titled “South Side.” The French producer is widely known for his globally successful hits such as “Lean On” with Major Lazer, and “Turn Down For What” featuring Lil Jon. Whatever this man touches turns to gold.
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By Real EDM — 9 months ago
Is the trance community’s disappointment reasonable?
When Armin van Buuren announced the performance of his GAIA project at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, (ADE), the hearts of the entire trance family skipped a beat. This was definitely a show that cannot be missed by the purest of trance fans – especially since a lot of new GAIA tracks from the upcoming album were likely to be premiered. It was no surprise that the show in the legendary Paradiso venue in Amsterdam sold out in five minutes.
GAIA used to be a producer-only alias of Armin and his producing partner, Benno de Goeij – who is one half of another trance duo, Rank 1. After releasing many legendary trance classics like “Tuvan,” “Status Excessu D,” “Aisha,” and “J’ai Envie De Toi,” GAIA debuted as a live show on the A State of Trance stage at Ultra Music Festival 2014 in Miami.
The huge popularity of GAIA originally comes from their penchant for fusing pure melodies and dreamy breakdowns with exhilarating drive. That drive was missing according to many fans that witnessed the brand new Moons of Jupiter show at this year’s ADE.
Armin and Benno chose to incorporate not only the GAIA signature sound into their new show, but also some deep but melodic techno. While such buildups are common within the trance community and during performances by Armin himself, GAIA might have placed undue emphasis on that part of their set. Afterwards disappointed fans searched for a place to vent their frustrations, which they found in the comments section of the offial Facebook event page.
Not all the comments posted to the the Armin van Buuren Facebook page were positive the next day, either. Armin acknowledged in his ADE vlog that it was pretty quiet with online reviews the day after the show, which is usually not the best sign.
The fans’ disappointment basically comes down to two related things. Firstly, many fans were expecting a pure Trance GAIA performance similar to GAIA’s performances in the past, while they ended up with the first hour full of deep Techno. And secondly, people were complaining about the lack of atmosphere in the crowd, which was probably a result of the difference between the crowd’s expectations and the actual set.
The warmup DJ, Tinlicker, perfectly managed to create a great atmosphere with his Anjunabeats-style sounds, but the extensive deep techno buildup of the GAIA set derailed the atmosphere. The buildup eventually gave way to the more traditional GAIA sound, with tracks like “Empire of Hearts” and “In Principio” being played in the last half hour. Eventually, these tracks were received with great pleasure by the packed Paradiso. It later came to light that the crowd hoped to hear more of that during the two-hour set. On the flip side, it could have been the extensive build-up that made the crowd yearn for the classic GAIA sound.
It could be argued that the long buildup succeeded in this regard. When these tracks eventually got played, the crowd’s reaction was amazing and a wave of joy went through the venue. The true fans of such slow-burning sets can therefore definitely find joy in the new GAIA. In addition, experimenting as a DJ/producer is a great way to move yourself and the electronic music industry to higher places. Continuously experimenting with his productions and shows is what ultimately made Armin van Buuren the dance music legend he is today.
On the other hand, it can be concluded that this new show does not sufficiently meet the desires of the original GAIA fans. Being that the warmup DJ got more people moving than GAIA managed to in their first hour must have been rather uncomfortable for Armin and Benno. Considering their 20+ years of experience in the dance music scene, both might want to get back to the drawing board for their GAIA show. They must figure out how to incorporate their new sound, but still get the crowd doing what they came for: to dance until they reach their own trance heaven.
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By Real EDM — 4 months ago
Lost Stories teamed up with award-winning singer Kavita Seth for a banging, new Sufi electro track on KSHMR’s Dharma Worldwide
It’s a well-known fact that the dance music scene in the Asian markets – and specifically the Indian subcontinent – has been booming in the recent past. One of the key forces through that are Mumbai-based duo Lost Stories. Being the first Indian DJs to perform at the mammoth stages of Tomorrowland and beyond, they’re not only taking India to the world, but making their music globally appealing by incorporating Indian influences.
The duo just dropped their latest single “Mahi” in collaboration with award-winning vocalist Kavita Seth. The track is a coming together of two diverse styles of music: EDM and Sufi vocals. While the traditional essence of the track is kept intact, its seamless amalgamation with dance music is where its beauty lies. The blend of dance music complimented by the eastern flavor leads to a perfectly resulting fusion.
KSHMR has always been close to his Indian roots and it comes as no surprise that a track with such a seamless fusion of not only music but cultures was picked by him to release on Dharma Worldwide. Lost Stories (a.k.a. Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi) debuted the track at the Sunburn Festival in Pune, India, earlier this year when KSHMR invited them onstage during his set. Following that, it has now come out on and will be distributed via Dharma.
“Lost Stories are like my brothers and I was just waiting for the right song to have together on Dharma,” said KSHMR of the release. “Mahi instantly struck me as the perfect choice.”
Speaking about “Mahi,” Lost Stories said it was “A special track and one [their] biggest releases to date.” The duo took four years to produce this track the way they wanted to, saying “The track is very close to the signature sound that we envisioned 10 years ago when we started off as DJs.”
Lost Stories is a name synonymous with India’s dance music scene. In their decade-long career they’ve had many a success, from their debut release on Tiësto’s Black Hole Recordings to being the first Indian act to play at Tomorrowland, Mysteryland and many more.
With releases on major labels like Universal Music, Interscope and Sony Music already under their belt, they’re all set to pave the way for Indian acts on the global scene. Over the years, Lost Stories have reinvented themselves with a new sound and energy in addition to debuting at international festivals, collaborating with artists worldwide, and making unique, standout music.
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