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Avicii – Fade into Darkness (Vocal Mix) (Alex Prigenzi Edit)

Four days later and I’m still relishing in the afterglow that was the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas this past weekend. After the cluster-fuck which took place at last year’s EDC in LA, 240k peeps managed to show up in the desert to get their groove on and shed off good vibes to some of the best DJ’s in the world. With minor hiccups this go around, I’ve gotta say this was a truly remarkable concert going experience. The annual music festival is a prime example that Americans have now shown, we can get down to Electronic music just like the European’s, but in our own unique fun way. By adding Vegas as an emerging hotspot for the EDM scene, we now have a city which can at least be mentioned in the same sentence as Ibiza. We’re not quite there yet, but give it around three more years and you could truly see Americans finally embracing electronic music and step outside the verse-chorus-verse mentality. There always has been a subculture involved into EDM but now the scene is about to become mainstream as more and more people begin to finally open their ears and hearts to the genre.

One of the tracks I heard there which refuses to exit my brain is a new vocal mix of the track Penguin by Avicii. Fade into Darkness demonstrates there’s more to the EDM genre than just the continuous untz-untz, by adding slick new vocals and elegant piano chords, you wind up with a thematic piece of work.  I was anticipating a similar set I had just heard back in April from Avicii but man, he delivered a brilliant distinctive set and funny thing is, this kid is only 21 years old. Avicii has already been owning Hype Machine for the past year and this new vocal mix is another piece of work to add to his already substantial collection of well produced tracks.

Avicii – Fade into Darkness (Vocal Mix)

If you’d like to hear his live set from EDC which was streamed on Sirius Radio, here is the download link:

Avicii – Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 – Live Set

– Joel

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Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)

Last week in Hollywood, I finally got the opportunity to catch a live set from DJ and producer, Avicii, who left me awe-struck with his energy-boosting/harmonic mixing which has given new life to the EDM scene over the last year. Avicii wasted no time when he jumped on stage by immediately utilizing his bottomless inventory of tracks he’s produced and remixed. One of the opening tracks caught me by surprise as the distinguished vocals of Depeche Mode were coming into play over a slow progressive buildup. I continued to dance in confusion and laughing to myself on whether this 80’s track was really being bumped into a EDM set. Two minutes later as the anticipation and energy built,  the crowd chanted in harmony, “…reach out and touch faith!” just then I knew Avicii just spun a gem of the past. The next morning, I tuned into Personal Jesus remixes, while Avicii dropped the Eric Prydz remix, I ended up enjoying this remix by Alex Metric the most.

As I do appreciate several artists of our past time, I’ll be the first to admit, Depeche Mode never really registered with my music taste, however, some of their tracks such as Personal Jesus prove through remixes, they can withstand the test of time. So while listening, put this song in perspective, given it’s been nearly 22 years since it’s release, that Alex Metric’s remix can make the dance floor groove as they once did in 1989:

Put me to the test
Things on your chest
You need to confess
I will deliver
You know I’m a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith

Your own Personal Jesus
Feeling’s unknown and you’re all alone
Flesh and bone by the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I’ll make you a believer
I will deliver
You know I’m a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith
Your own Personal Jesus
Reach out and touch faith”

The British DJ and producer Alex Metric has a handful of legit remixes and seems to be progressing quite nicely with each track he releases. Those into EDM, Alex teamed up with Steve Angello on a track a few months ago which I included below titled, Open Your Eyes. So reach out and touch faith while rocking out with your own Personal Jesus.

Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)

Steve Angello & Alex Metric – Open Your Eyes (Original Mix)

– Joel

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