Eric Prydz is back with a new EP under his progressive Pryda moniker. Releasing the infamous ID track from the third episode of EPIC Radio along with an unreleased Pryda track that has been a staple in his sets the last few years.
Layers was first premiered back on EPIC Radio 003. I’ve been hooked on this song since first listen. It’s got a light, playful feel from Eric. Definitely a departure from some of the heavy, darker stuff he’s been releasing lately. As always, Eric’s signature builds and progressions are evident. The drop is subtle and almost techy in nature, which I love. This track has already gotten support on both Pete Tong and Above & Beyond’s weekly radio shows.
Rotonda is a Pryda track that was first premiered by Eric at his EPIC show at Alexandria Palace back in 2011. Prydateers have been begging for the release ever since. This song definitely has somewhat of a Cirez D feel to it. It’s not as dark as Eric’s Cirez material, but the techno elements are definitely there.
Seeing that Coachella Weekend Two just wrapped, I thought it would be appropriate for us to provide our review of Weekend One. Austin and I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing some amazing artists during our time in Indio. This post will provide a brief recap of the weekend and highlight our favorite electronic acts. We’ll have another post with our favorite non-electronic acts that we saw.
WHYH’s Top 3 From Coachella Weekend One:
1. Richie Hawtin- MY GOD…there is a reason this man is the Michael Jordan of minimal and techno. My friend Gies put it perfectly “Now I can see how people in Berlin party for days straight listening to this stuff”. Richie’s set was impeccable. The mixing was flawless and people did not stop moving during the duration of his 90 minute set. It was impossible not to get down and dirty with each new selection Richie provided. The Yuma stage was my personal refuge for the weekend. The tent was decked out in disco balls, bangin speakers, and adults with great taste for dance music. I’m a firm believer in the Richie hype now and can’t wait to witness another one of his incredible sets.
2. Booka Shade- What else can be said about these guys, all they do is deliver! Every time I’ve seen them they absolutely crush it and closing out the Mojave tent on Saturday night was no exception. They played some tracks from their new EP Blackout: White Noise as well as Booka Shade classics like Charlotte, In White Rooms, Regenerate, Night Falls, and Body Language (Interpretation). Arno and Walter had the crowd going nuts and definitely garnered themselves some new fans along the way. Throughout the course of the show I heard people proclaiming their love for Booka Shade that had never seen them perform before. It’s definitely love at first set with these guys!
3. Simian Mobile Disco- SMD played earlier on Saturday night on the Gobi Stage. They were the perfect warmup to get me in the right mindset for Booka Shade. I had never seen them perform a live set before, so it was quite a treat to watch them operate. They played some hits like I Believe and Audacity of Huge. I’m assuming a majority of their set came from their new album and unreleased material. It was an awesome blend of house and techno served Simian Mobile Disco style.
Eric Prydz- Pryda smashed the Sahara to close out the weekend. I could not think of a more perfect ending. It’s really amazing the variety that Eric puts into his sets. This was my third time seeing him and second in the same month; each set was completely different than the last. The highlights from his set were opening with his remix of Faithless’ Not Going Home, dropping Power Drive and EPIC Radio 003 ID, and debuting his new smash F.A.T. (see video below)
Loco Dice- Loco Dice followed Richie Hawtin on Sunday evening in the Yuma tent. I was in the perfect state of mind after Richie’s set and Loco Dice kept the wave going. He played a bevy of techno and tech house bangers, picking right up where Richie left off. After his set was over our group realized we just danced our asses off for three hours straight…it felt no more than 30 minutes. We were completely lost in the amazing tunes that Loco and Richie were pumping out. I was literally hypnotized by their music.
Hot Chip- As the sun set on Saturday evening the UK pop group took to the main stage. Hot Chip has steadily been building themselves a reputation as one of Britain’s best pop bands, and their set did not disappoint. Playing mostly their new album along with classic hits, they had the main stage in a dance frenzy from start to finish. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off Saturday evening. Below is a video of my favorite song, “Flutes” from the Coachella live stream.
Last Saturday at The Warfield was one of the greatest concert experiences of my entire life. It was a night of pure, progressive, and amazing music thanks to Sir Fehrplay and Lord Pryda. To be frank, no one does progressive like the Pryda Friends camp. They are just on a completely different level compared to the rest of progressive house artists these days. Unlike my previous Pryda experience at Identity Festival, this was a concert full of fellow Prydateers (Eric’s term). This made the concert that much better because everyone in that room was on cloud nine listening to the amazing tunes Fehrplay and Eric had to offer.
Fehrplay could not have been a more perfect opener for this show. He got the crowd warmed up with selections like Fairfax by Jeremy Olander, Wakanapi by Pryda, and his own Nightride. He did a great job building up the anticipation for Eric with an impeccable track selection. My personal highlight from his set had to be when he dropped Jeremy Olander’s Let Me Feel. I’ve listened to it 50 times since it was released and hearing it live makes it all the more epic. My other highlights were Fehrplay’s remix of Everyday, Incognito, and his newest release I Can’t Stop It.
After Fehrplay worked the crowd into a frenzy, Eric Prydz stepped up to the decks to put us all into body bags. Eric delivered a classic Pryda set with masterful builds and flawless mixing. The 2+ hours felt more like one continuous song rather than separate tracks mixed together, that’s how good this guy is. He kicked things off with his MASSIVE tune Welcome To My House. He followed that up with an ID-ID that has the interwebs buzzing right now. Then came his unreleased Rotunda and another unreleased Pryda track that’s being dubbed Warfield ID. It was quite the pleasure to hear some unreleased stuff from Eric that I had never heard before. Next came Pryda- Glimma, the Eric Prydz Dub Mix of Let Me Feel, and Pryda- Juletider. Check out these two videos that cover this whole selection of tracks.
The second half of his set Eric got deeeeeeeeeeeep. Tracks that stood out during this part of the set included the EPIC mix of Cirez D- Knockout, Pryda- Power Drive, Guy J & Henry Saiz- Meridian (Pryda Remix), and my highlight of the entire night Faithless- Not Going Home (Eric’s Insomnia Bootleg).
Eric played not one, but TWO encores. If the sound engineer didn’t cut his sound he probably would’ve played all night. The first encore was his amazing We Are Mirage mashup and the second encore was his most classic Pryda track, Pjanoo.
Overall, it was an incredible night of music and absolute privilege to see those two masterful producers and DJ’s perform. Eric Prydz is going to be in the states all year so if he comes to a city near you, DO NOT MISS HIM. I’m lucky enough to see Fehrplay again at Vessel in SF next month.
Check out this link for a full setlist from Eric’s set: http://www.1001tracklists.com/tracklist/25399_eric-prydz-at-the-warfield-san-francisco-united-states-2013-03-09.html
If you have not yet heard Eric Prydz’s Essential Mix that aired Friday night on BBC Radio 1, then I have a bit of advice for you. Set aside two hours this evening, dim the lights in your room, get a pair of high quality headphones or home sound system, and press play. This is quite possibly the most epic, intoxicating, hypnotizing mix of music that I’ve ever heard! Listening to this mix takes you to a completely different world, the land of Pryda. Within the first twenty minutes, I found myself completely lost in Eric’s beautiful, deep, melodic music. It seemed like I had merely listened to just two tracks, instead of the five that Eric had mixed together flawlessly over that period of time. He managed to throw in 15 unreleased tracks from the Pryda/Pryda friend’s labels, giving us a mix chalk full of tunes that I had never heard before. It’s amazing how Eric has released so much music in the last year, yet managed to go deep into his bag of tricks to give us these gems. You might not hear many of these tracks again for a long time, so appreciate this mix for what it is and the tunes Eric decided to showcase. A notable track comes from newcomer Cory Lasser who is based out of Brooklyn, NY. Apparently, he sent Eric his track Cypher in a Twitter message, and Eric loved it so much that he decided to feature it in his mix…how cool is that?! Other standout tracks include the Pryda- ID from his Epic Radio Podcast 003, Pryda- Liam, Pryda- Snaz, Cirez D- Drums In The Deep, and the absolute mega-bomb from Pryda called Power Drive. I’m going to go on record right now and crown this the Essential Mix Of The Year for 2013. There is just no way in hell that this mix is going to be topped.
I’m killing two birds with one stone this evening. I’ll be doing a recap of Mat Zo’s amazing Ruby Skye performance last Friday, as well as giving you plenty of Trance Thursday goodies. Mat Zo’s set at Ruby Skye was one of the most diverse sets I’ve ever witnessed. He played just about every genre of dance music there is…trance, electro, house, techno/tech house, big room, drum and bass, and a little dose of dubstep. Not to mention he used Nate Dogg and Kurupt’s Where I Want To Be as his intro. I’ll be featuring ten songs from his set that you should definitely know about. Five songs from other artists and five songs from the Zo man himself.
Using Nate Dogg’s bridge from Where I Want To Be was an amazing way to kick the night off. It didn’t hurt that Mat transitioned into my favorite song of the moment…the almighty Truffle Pig from Tommy Trash. Sing That by John Dahlback is a close second for me, and to my delight Mat played it as well. Dahlback has been absolutely crushing it, and Sing That might be the best tune he’s put out lately.
Kuedon by Bang La Decks was debuted during Mat’z TATW 450 set in Bangladore, India. You can see why he chose to play the track there as the India vibes are quite obvious. Thankfully Mat took the annoying-ass voice sample out for his set. Once you get past that, the track takes off.
Mr. Zo played plenty of mashups throughout the night. The tranciest of the bunch was when he mashed the vocal sample from Ferry Corsten’s Feel It with the beat from Beltek’s Kaiten. When you listen to the song below, just imagine “CAN YOU FEEL IT” sprinkled in right before the drop.
Both Fedde Le Grand and Deniz Koyu have had massive years in 2012. They created an absolute banger by combining forces on the remix of Zdarlight by Digitalism. I have been sleeping on this track because it’s been out for awhile. Rest assured, that’s certainly no longer the case.
Now I’ll get into some songs that are strictly Zo. Starting things off, I’ve got a couple of mashups. Both Eric Prydz and Mord Fustang got play throughout the evening. When Prydz’s remix of Personal Jesus came on the club WENT OFF! However, my personal favorite moment of the night was when Mat dropped a mashup of Call On Me and We Are Now Connected. Crank up on the volume on this one; that Call On Me build never gets old.
Another really sick mashup from Mat was Flash A Ring On It. He combines his song Ring On It with the Nicky Romero remix of Flash. The breakdown from Ring On It is perfect for “Smooooking on a jooooooint”!
I was really pleased when Mat Zo dropped his essential unreleased mix of Loop. This song is so damn good and doesn’t get nearly as much play as it should. It’s definitely got a unique sound and crosses the fine line between techno, trance, and progressive. The beat and harmony are absolutely intoxicating.
The club mix of The Sky is easily Mat’s dirtiest production to date. The dub elements at the beginning are insane and by the end it’s full blown trance. A shower may be necessary after listening to this one on full blast.
For song #10, I’m featuring Mr. Zo’s incredible remix of Be There 4 U by Kyau & Albert. This song could not be more uplifting and happy. Hearing it puts the biggest smile on your face and it’s impossible to not lift your hands in the air and dance around like a madman.
I apologize making this post a day late. My turkey and booze induced coma kicked in around 8 PM last night, and I was pretty much useless from then on out. Happy Trancegiving to all! Bump these tracks to get the weekend started off right.
My first song is more progressive than trance, but it’s just too good not to post. Every Day by Eric Prydz is the song of 2012 in my book. It was a break out year for the Pryda man and this was his masterpiece. The build on this song hooks you in, the vocals are intoxicating, and the synths don’t let you go.
OK, now it’s time to ramp up the BPM. Helsinki Scortchin’ is one of the songs that helped put Super 8 & Tab on the map. The build on this song is absolutely incredible. They bring in so many different layers of sound, and the vocal sample works perfectly. Once the drop comes, it’s guaranteed to get people jumping in the air.
I’m really excited to see Mat Zo at Ruby Skye next weekend. He’s been near the top of my wish list for quite some time. Loop (The Essential Unreleased Mix) is a really sick song that uses elements of progressive, trance, and techno. The breakdown really captures your emotions, and the structure of the whole track is beautifully crafted.
Beat Service is blowing the fuck up and rightfully so. The Estonian producer has gotten huge support from heavyweights like Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, and most notably Armin van Buuren. His remix of Will Holland’s Every Heartbeat is an uplifting, trance anthem. With a fabulous vocal contribution from Jeza, this song is a must play over the weekend.
I had the incredible privilege of seeing the progressive house legend, Eric Prydz, at Identity Festival back in August. His set was surreal to say the least, and I wanted to feature a few of the tracks that he played. I’ll be highlighting one new Pryda track and a couple songs from his buddies Jeremy Olander and Audrey Napoleon.
Everyday is an amazing new Pryda song that i think is absolutely brilliant. It’s vintage Pryda, with that signature sound and builds. The vocals by John Ciafone are super catchy and you can’t help but sing along.
I had never heard of Audrey Napoleon until I saw her on the bill at Identity. I didn’t see her perform so I still hadn’t heard one of her songs until Eric hammered out a mashup of Banana Soda Es Muy Loca. Needless to say, I lost my shit.
Got a new mix for your Saturday afternoon and night. Its a new style for me- a little more relaxed and heavy on the vocals. The mix builds nicely and ends with a couple bangers. So kick back and enjoy your saturday while your listen to The Language of Flowers. Please support all artists featured in this mix by purchasing their music and attending their shows.
(Intro) Shel Silverstein- Bassnectar
XOXO (Original Mix)- Swanky Tunes
Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)- Coldplay
Changed The Way You Kiss Me (Extended Mix)- Example
Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)- Adrian Lux
Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix)- Adele
Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix)- Depeche Mode
In My Mind (Axwell Mix)- Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay
Two Months Off 2Night (Eric Prydz Bootleg) – Eric Prydz vs. Underworld
Calling (Original Instrumental Mix)- Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso
Titanium feat. Sia (Nicky Romero Remix) – David Guetta
Soldier (Original Mix) – John Dahlback
Disfunktion created an amazing bootleg of Eric Pyrdz’s classic tune “Melo”. They kept the original Pryda feel with his rolling synths, while adding their own flavor to the piano to give it a more uplifting, progressive feel. This is a must hear!Download: Pryda – Melo (Disfunktion Extended Bootleg)
Greetings all! I got a few dope tracks for you today. First is an interesting blend of complextro and trance by the the great electro producer Adam K, and the Grammy nominated edit master BT. This is a sweet taste of electro trance! Download: BT & Adam K – Tomahawk (Original Mix)