Between the Grammy’s and Jack Ü’s domination of pretty much any major music website you can find – February was another month to remember for EDM.
Looking for the big scoop? Well, here you go. The Six Thirty presents, The Best of EDM from the month of February, 2015.
The lineup for Spring Awakening Music Festival has been released, and it’s pretty stacked.
It is filled with artists from a wide variety of genres, and ones that we happen to be particularly excited about.
Those include, but are not limited to several trap legends like Keys N Krates, Brillz, Slander &Grandtheft, dubstep kings Figure, Pegboard Nerds, Excision, & Zeds Deads. The lineup also includes some deep house names like Lane 8 & Skream, breakthrough artists Oliver Heldens & Slander and some of the most talented producers out there like Seven Lions, Wolfgang Gartner, & Morgan Page.
Read the full story on EDM.com.
According to the video below, Excision has even more new stunts to show off.
This past January, the Canadian began a new tour across North America and brought some friends along with him. Besides himself, Excision brought along Protohype, Minnesota, and a brand-new 150,000 watt sound system. I know, it’s not 250,000 watts…but the new tour does have something equally unique.
Throughout his tour over the next few months, Excision will be featuring his “Executioner” video and light production. And because we’re simply unable to put this setup into words, we’ll let you see for yourself.
According to our pals at the Consequence of Sound, “Jack White played a show at the McCasland Field House on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. During the performance, he publicly called out the university’s newspaper The Oklahoma Daily for its printing of his contract with the university as well as his tour rider.”
That’s right – the biggest name in electronic music, Skrillex, is returning The Forest for the first time since his debut in 2011.
Newly added headliners include Cedric Gervais, Boys Noize, Dash Berlin, Seth Troxler, and the first ever festival debut of Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke’s collaboration project, Get Real.
The Live stage has also received a handful of welcome names: Chromeo, Big Gigantic, Claptone and Todd Terje round out the already robust roster of live performance talents.
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The biggest news of the month, obviously. Click the link above or keep scrolling to read our full review of their album (and album release party). When a Grammy-nominated producer collaborates with a six-time Grammy Award winner, it’s news. But when these producers are widely considered the two most influential musicians in their respective genre and both founded wildly-successful record labels, it’s history. It’s no wonder Skrillex and Diplo’s new phenomenon pops up numerous times in our Best of EDM from February.
Read our review: Jack Ü Just Redefined The Phrase “Album Release”
THE BIG THREE
3. Zedd | “I Want You To Know” ft. Selena Gomez
Haters will hate – because Selena Gomez is Selena Gomez. Biased bullshit aside, her hit single (produced by snuggle-buddy Zedd) should be trending on your iTunes and day now. Not to mention, how badass is their artwork?
2. Seven Lions | “A Way To Say Goodbye”
This may just be the best song of the year so far. Lyrics rarely impact the success of an electronic dance music track. However, “A Way To Say Goodbye” tears the previous statement to apart. This song will bring the biggest of hard asses to tears, and that’s a fact. Thank you, Seven Lions. You done good kid.
1. Galantis | “Gold Dust”
Anything that Galantis touches turns to “Gold Dust”. You see what I did there? I combined the common catch-phrase with the title of the song. Pretty clever, I know. But I guess that’s just what happens when you listen to the inspirational sounds of Galantis.
BEST OF THE REST
Savoy | “Teknotize”
Finally somebody gave a proper remix treatment to this song. Notorious B.I.G. will never die, and songs like “Teknotize” help the rapper to live on from the grave. We’re not complaining, and neither should you.
Kayzo | “Burner”
This song crept into my Top 25 played songs on iTunes. It’s interesting to note that Kayzo’s “Burner” only came out a couple weeks ago. Talk about a chart climber – and for good reason.
Nick Leng | “Tunnels and Planes”
He’s one of the most underrated and underhyped electronic producers out there. Nick Leng will become a household name, it’s just a matter of time.
Rogue | “Rattlesnake”
This might be the best dubstep song of the year thus far, discluding anything produced by Jack U (because who knows what genre their new LP fits into). Monstercat regular Rogue released his hit single “Rattlesnake” earlier this month. Let’s just say the title fits the music – if you catch my drift.
Madeon | “Pay No Mind” ft. Passion Pit
The only reason this song didn’t make it into The Big Three is because we’ve grown to expect much more from Madeon. Which is saying something, since “Pay No Mind” is actually a pretty good song. It just goes to show – when you’re as good of a producer as Madeon, anything short of perfection just doesn’t cut it.
Live Set of the Month: Aaron Static | Live at Rainbow Serpent Festival
The Best of EDM wouldn’t be complete without throwing down a live set for all you betches. If you haven’t heard the name Aaron Static, get on board. Or on the train. Whatever idiom you want to use, just get on. When I randomly stumbled upon his live set at Rainbow Serpent Festival from earlier this year, I knew I found something truly special. Don’t believe me? Just listen to the into and you’ll be hooked.