Music Reviews (6)

Album Review: Club Life, Vol. 3, Stockholm - Dj Tiesto

Last week marked the release of Tiesto’s new album, Club Life Volume 3: Stockholm.  Club Life albums are compilations of some of the hottest tunes during the epoch produced or remixed by Tiesto himself.  The majority of tracks on all three of these volumes are Tiesto originals, while he handpicks a few favorites to sprinkle in between his own masterpieces.  Each Club Life volume is named after a city whose essence is captured in musical form in a one hour long story of sounds.

Volume 3: Stockholm, is different and the same as the previous two volumes.  The first two were similar in their poppy/progressive sound.  Volume 3, while still bringing more of the same, also has several tunes that are darker, heavier, and more pure house-sounding but with Tiesto’s signature futuristic, heavily layered edge and deviation from predictable, repetition and song structure.  What I mean by that, is that instead of the predictable chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, verse, chorus format, some of the songs are almost like a story, like an orchestral, classical music piece that tells a story and might repeat themes but doesn’t repeat the exact same blocks of music in a predictable format, most notably the first track on the album, “Paradise” by Tiesto and Dryo.  This song is pure magic, pure genius, pure bliss.  This is what they play at the gates of heaven after you die and are entering.  At one point there is a sound effect that even sounds like people cheering and screaming, before the song was released, and I used to listen to live rips on YouTube, I thought that it was just the crowd yelling that the mic picked up, but it isn’t, it’s the angel’s cheering for you as your soul transcends your ego and becomes free.


Album Review: Family Affair: Pete Dafeet - Deep Twisty Housey Music

What to expect in this album - Deep twisty 303 basslines, grooving piano stabs and energy providing vocals.

Pete Dafeet delivers the third in Lost My Dog’s Family Affair series. Focusing on the label’s most frequent contributors, each LP blends a mix of new original material, back catalogue classics, and guest remixes to provide a mouth-watering slice through seven years of Lost My Dog styled deep house.


Album Review: Armin Van Buuren – Intense

Armin van Buuren will release his highly anticipated new artist album, titled Intense.  ‘Intense’ is an album more diverse than any of Armin’s previous albums, crossing over from progressive and trance to classic and rock.

Armin van Buuren:”It’s been an intense 2 years in the making. Being a perfectionist, some of these tracks have taken me months to finish. I’ve tried to incorporate as many real instruments as possible, including a live orchestra and the rock band of my brother Eller, Bagga Bownz. It’s been an honour to work with such talented artists, singers and songwriters.”


Album Review: Major Lazer – Free The Universe

A DJ's job is to throw a party, and that's what DJ-turned-It-producer Diplo does with his reggae-centric side project. The guest list is crazy: "You're No Good" mashes up Santigold, R&B folkie Danielle Haim, Brit soul newbie Yasmin and dancehall don Vybz Kartel; "Get Free" wraps Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors in a lover's rock groove; "Jessica" finds Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig in a stoner-dub haze, pining in German. It's less strictly Jamaican than Major Lazer's debut, connecting reggae's often-insular tradition to a wider world. That may not impress those who find Diplo's culture-jumping suspect. But it makes for rich fusion, and a hell of a party.


Album Review: Toolroom Records - Miami 2013

The Miami Winter Music Conference is back and with it Toolroom Records once again provides the essential soundtrack to this huge winter dance event with 'Toolroom Records Miami 2013'.

Cramming in a massive 47 fresh and upfront tracks, 'Toolroom Records Miami 2013' includes no less than 20 exclusives plus anthems from international superstar artists such as deadmau5, Sander Van Doorn, Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything, Nicky Romero, Mark Knight and many more.


Album Review: Depeche Mode - Delta Machine

Fans can count on Depeche Mode -- they've released a new album and embarked on a coinciding tour every four years since 1993. It's that time again, as the long-reigning synth-rock kings are back with a new LP, "Delta Machine," their 13th to date. Keeping with tradition, they'll head out on a 34-date European stadium tour, starting May 7 in Tel Aviv.
Out Tuesday (Mar. 26) on Columbia, the new album finds vocalist Dave Gahan and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Martin Gore refining some familiar sounds and trying out some new wrinkles. Join Billboard as well take a track-by-track look at one of this year's most highly anticipated alternative albums. 

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