RL Grime’s annual Halloween mix has leveled up tenfold in just the last year, going from an eight-year run on SoundCloud to an audiovisual experience on YouTube in 2020 to an actual live production at the Hollywood Palladium. After pairing his ninth holiday edition with a visual counterpart, the Sable Valley boss decided to take it one step further now that live entertainment is back in play, presenting his legendary end-of-October mix in person for the first time ever and presenting “Halloween X” at one of Los Angeles’ most-famed venues.
Prefaced with a back-to-back from Juelz and JAWNS as well as a Boys Noize appearance as the evening’s last-minute special guest, RL Grime pulled out all the stops for his milestone mix celebration. Tapping none other than the science icon Neil deGrasse Tyson for the opening monologue of “Halloween X” alongside the series’ recurring host R.L. Stine, the trap king immediately dove into his holiday theatrics with a scorching opening ID from JAWNS. Standing at 75 minutes long, “Halloween X” goes down as RL Grime’s single longest holiday delivery to date and debatably the most memorable. In between the spine-chilling visuals, top-notch production—which is only unofficially available to relive at the time of writing—and electric edits, RL Grime fired off an untold number of future releases on Sable Valley from suspected names like Skeler and Deadcrow, Montell2099, ISOxo and PEEKABOO, and Juelz. “Halloween X” understandably couldn’t come to a close without forthcoming music from the mix creator himself, with RL Grime delivering not one but two of his own IDs, including a Hex Cougar and fknsyd collaboration as well as a follow-up HÆRNY track alongside Baauer as the mix finale.
Relive “Halloween X” on Apple Music as well as the livestream—courtesy of Moment House—below.
There has not been an official announcement yet, but it looks like Rossum Electro-Music is planning to reintroduce the classic E-Mu SP-1200 drum machine and percussion sampler.
Rossum Electro-Music’s Dave Rossum was one of the founders of E-Mu, and last year introduced the 35th Anniversary SP-1200 Renovation – a limited edition of rebuilt SP-1200s, with updated software to support SD cards, along with other new features and updates.
Now, Rossum Electro-Music is teasing a Wednesday, November 3rd product announcement, with the catch phrase “Serious Repercussions”. In the last few days, DJ Lethal has also shared images of a Rossum SP-1200.
The original SP-1200 was introduced in the ’80s and has been a favorite with producers since. Though they were made for an incredible 20 years, there’s still more demand than supply, with average used prices pushing towards $7,000 and up:
Pre-orders will open Wednesday, November 3rd at 10:00 AM PDT. See the Rossum site for details.
There are few tracks that, alone, have come to define an entire musical moment in time. Moreover, the list of songs that have singularly come to define perhaps an entire genre gets infinitesimally smaller, but at the top of it is Avicii’s magnum opus, “Levels.” The song singlehandedly defines EDM’s collision with the mainstream, unequivocally representing the early 2010’s and dance music’s first real union with the public zeitgeist. Equal parts inescapable and addicting, “Levels” was everywhere at the onset of the last decade, proving case and point what electronic music is at its core—modernized redefinitions and creative interpolations of previous works through the art of sampling. Rehashing the already iconic standing of Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold On Me,” the late Swedish producer introduced an entirely new generation of listeners to James’ vocal topline, flipping the tune into what would become perhaps the most famous dance track of all time, and launching himself into superstardom at the same time.
Now, it has been an entire decade since Avicii’s greatest work was first heard, and while the beloved producer is no longer with us, “Levels” undoubtedly stands as the hallmark of Tim Bergling’s celebrated legacy. With 10 years of “Levels” now in the rearview, commemorate Avicii’s greatest work with 10 unforgettable moments below.
Ultra Music Festival Miami, 2011
The first time Avicii ever played out “Levels” was at Ultra Music Festival in Miami back in 2011. The track hadn’t yet been released at the time, and the entire crowd held up their hands (and phones) to record the historic moment. Upon the first time it was ever played live, “Levels” entranced Avicii’s entire audience, an effect that still continues to captivate ravers today.
Avicii’s 2012 Tomorrowland performances proved to be some of the most memorable layouts of “Levels.” As fans from all around the world gathered at the festival and stood on top of each other’s shoulder, the ground quaked while they moved in a wave. Fans danced to “Levels” as far out as they could see, Avicii himself spotted mouthing the lyrics, watching the spectacle unfold before him.
While “Levels” often served as the closing track for many of Avicii’s sets, he opened his performance at Coachella in 2012 with the track. As many fans commented at the time, it takes gall to open up with your most well-known track. However, Avicii knew what he was doing as the crowd cheered his name, and the performance continues to give chills with each revisiting.
T in the Park, 2015
Avicii’s “Levels” sampled Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold On Me,” and his 2015 performance at T in the Park played out a longer portion of the original song. James’ vocals vibrated through the crowd, her gospel tone creating an almost religious experience for those who had been in attendance during the moment. After finishing up a verse from James, Avicii went into his beloved rendition of “Levels.”
Tomorrowland 2016 saw Avicii playing “Levels” into “Wake Me Up,” and his performance at the festival is considered one of his most iconic and celebrated. The two songs were played out toward the end of his set, with fans waiting holding their breath for nearly the entire performance in order to hear the song.
Bounce Music Festival, 2011
Shortly after releasing “Levels,” Avicii performed at Bounce Music Festival back in 2011. While the track had only been out for a couple of weeks at the time, the entire crowd bounced and sang along to the melody. Already, “Levels” was becoming an iconic classic, and the audience knew it.
EDC Las Vegas, 2011
The first time “Levels” had been played out at EDC Las Vegas was in 2011. Ten years later, those heading to the music festival are guaranteed to hear the track at least once, but the first time Avicii played it out for the crowd was a few months ahead of its formal release. Back when “Levels” was still an ID, the festival crowd began to get grooving, pulling out their phones because they realized they were witnessing history.
Globen Stockholm (now Avicii Arena)
Now renamed the Avicii Arena, Bergling opened up at his hometown arena, Globen Stockholm, by playing out “Levels.” The entire crowd screamed and jumped as he went into the song, “Levels” maintaining its classic appeal as his hometown crowd welcomed him to the stage.
Stereosonic Sydney, 2011
Still only a few months after “Levels” had officially been released, Avicii took to Sidney to perform. With the crowd standing on top of each other’s shoulders and bouncing balloons, the moment welcomed Australia into the summer seasons as they celebrated Avicii’s biggest hit.
Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, 2016
While Avicii retired from live performances in August 2016, it was hard to believe that the producer would never again take to the stage to play out “Levels.” The entire crowd sang along to the song, making for a chilling moment that is set in history, especially as Avicii is remembered.
While VRDGO might not yet be a household name, the California-native brother duo have built a reputation for turning out sharply produced dance floor ammunition, notching another win on their latest, “LIKE THIS.” A high-octane thrill ride that’s tailor made for a buzzing club set, the track is bass-house mayhem from front to back. Quality products such as “LIKE THIS” make it clear why the pair have caught the attention of an endless list of industry heavyweights, garnering support from the likes of everyone from Carl Cox to Tiësto, Tommie Sunshine to Armin van Buuren.
A burgeoning dance act with a solid list of credits already behind them, VRDGO seem to have their noses to the grindstone, turning out versatile DJ tools that span Dutch house, bigroom, bass genres and more, building a deep catalog of club-ready dance cuts. Packing a thundering one-two punch on “LIKE THIS,” VRDGO signal they’re a force to be reckoned with on their latest. Listen below.
SOMMA is a relative newcomer on the scene, but the German producer is showing increasing promise as he continues building out a well-rounded catalog of melodic dance cuts, each primed for heavy club play with his signature blend of infectious vocal work and euphoric dance beats. SOMMA’s latest follows suit, bringing previous collaborator yuma. and Tyler Mann along for the ride on, “How Would It Feel.”
Circling house territory, among other sonic inspirations, Tyler Mann provides an infectious vocal performance to the mix while yuma. and SOMMA conjure a captivating backdrop that packs club-ready bliss into a neat two-and-a-half minute package. “How Would It Feel” comes together as an addicting blend of each artist’s evident strong suits, making for an infectious collaboration worth numerous repeated listens. Hear “How Would It Feel” below.
After 17 months of inactivity, EDC Las Vegas‘ electric sky glowed anew as more than 220 of dance music’s finest convened at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to soundtrack the festival’s triumphant return and 25-year anniversary. From surprise guests such as The Kid Laroi and Lil Nas X to the unveiling of new IDs and the unbridled energy that accompanied the reactivation of the world’s largest dance music event from from October 22 – 24, the magic was in anything but short supply. And thanks to Dancing Astronaut, that magic is now taking on something of an evergreen quality with 26 sets from the landmark celebration that take EDC from Sin City to listeners’ living rooms.
Those on the ground and those who enjoyed the festivities from the first-ever EDC Las Vegas livestream can rewind the past weekend’s action with performances from Martin Garrix, Alesso, KLOUD, Seven Lions, and many more.
Synthesist and Ableton Certified Trainer Brian Funk shared a free Ableton Live pack featuring a classic ‘spooky theremin’ sound.
In the video tutorial above, Funk demonstrates his sound design process, synthesizing the theremin with Ableton Live’s Wavetable and then adding expressive controls with pressure and the modulation wheel.
You can download the free Live Pack via Funk’s site, where you’ll also find hundreds of previous Live Packs and sound design tutorials.
Brighton music college WaterBear has teamed up with Carl Cox to award a scholarship to an Electronic Music & Business student.
Earlier this year, WaterBear college announced that one enrolled student would recieve a scholarship and £15,000 in order to help support their music projects and career goals as part of the BA (hons) Electronic Music & Business course.
Now, the winner of the 2021 scholarship has been announced as Lewis Voros, an up-and-coming beatboxer from Portsmouth, UK. Speaking about the scholarship, Lewis said: “Thank you so much to Carl and WaterBear! I’m honoured to have been selected and am very excited to see how this scholarship will help me develop as an artist.”
WaterBear first announced its new Electronic Music & Business course back in February. The course itself can be studied on-site in Brighton, or online via remote learning from anywhere in the world.
The Carl Cox Scholarship can again be applied for by any student enrolling onto the BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business course in September 2022. You can find out more information about the course here.
ARTY is ending the year strong. Just one week after his most recent ALPHA9 release, “The Purpose Is You,” the Russian DJ/producer is back again with Griff Clawson for “Those Eyes.” This is not Clawson and ARTY’s first time working together; “Those Eyes” notably follows “You’re Not Alone” and ARTY’s remix of “Chasing Highs.”
The song represents a completely new sound for ARTY, what with steady guitar riffs coming together with bouncing synthesized vocals. The union of these elements makes the single playful to its core.
ARTY spoke about the single in an official release, sharing,
“‘Those Eyes’ was so much fun to produce. The entire time I spent working on it was nothing but natural fun and pure joy. Everything started with me listening to the demo for the first time and I couldn’t even recognize Griff’s voice even though we did so many tracks together in the past. And I think that’s what makes this song so unique and catchy. The blend of acoustic instruments and heavily processed vocals creates this strange, almost alienated vibe that immediately catches your ear because of its nature. But it’s not just a fun track to listen to; there is deeper meaning to it if you listen to the lyrics very closely. All in all, I’m very excited about this record to finally come out and I hope people will enjoy it the same way as I do!”
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