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Notorious for sophisticated programming, larger than life DJ sets and one of the most technically sound producers, Adam Walder better known as Funkagenda, returns with ‘Deck 9’. ‘Deck 9’ was released Tuesday as a Beatport exclusive, on Funk Farm. Funk Farm has proven an integral home not only for Europe’s next generation of talent, but his own well crafted dance weapons. ‘Deck 9’ is dedicated to the World’s largest floating dance music festival, that is annually attended by the sexiest fans and globally renowned DJs. The Groove Cruise9 doesn’t depart until next January, but Funkagenda has already claimed the official Anthem. The excursion includes 72 hours of non-stop music and a trip to a private island in the Bahamas.

Another rich sound with melodic arrangements, reassuring that Funkagenda is still a landmark in British House music.

Download: Deck 9 (Original Mix) – Funkagenda

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I have mentioned before how influential Podcasts can be in discovering new music. Our new East coast partners, The Drop, return with their extremely popular bi-weekly Podcast. As always they deliver the freshest EDM tracks of the moment, including the Funkagenda Anthem ‘Deck 9’. The second half of the famed mix is normally reserved for new mixing talent. However this week, The Drop has dedicated it in the spirit of celebration, too New York landing it’s first ever EDC! 
To download and subscribe click HERE.

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Track List: 
1. The Drop 012 Intro 
2. David Puentez – Envy (Muzzaik Remix) 
3. The Naked And The Famous – Young Blood (Tiesto & Hardwell Remix) 
4. Felguk, Dirtyloud – Nudge (Original Mix) 
5. Funkagenda – Deck 9 (Original Mix) 
6. Qulinez – Troll (Sick Individuals Remix) 
7. Tony Junior – Feelin’ Kinda Strange (Original Mix) 
8. Henrik B & Rudy – Leave A Light On (NO ID Remix) 
9. Sultan & Ned Shepherd feat. Quilla – Walls (Original Mix)

EDC NYC MIX 
1. Omnia & IRA – The Fusion (Armin Van Buuren Intro Edit) 
2. Scissor Sisters – Only The Horses (Calvin Harris Remix) 
3. Adam F – When the Rain Is Gone (Michael Woods Remix) 
4. M-3ox, Heidrun, Matisse & Sadko vs. Temper Trap – Beating of My Sweet Disposition (Ledger Bootleg) 
5. Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix vs. Part 2) 
6. The Joy Formidable – A Heavy Abacus (Qulinez Remix)

So it is pretty much unanimous that Calvin Harris had the best set at Coachella. Just thinking about it makes me want to mob out to the desert and hop the fences for a second round. For an hour straight Calvin dropped the classics and a host of brand new Anthems. Opening with ‘Feels So Close’ and Rihanna’s live performance sent the crowd wild and ‘We Found Love’ has never hit harder. Among the new Anthems was this one, ‘Only The Horses’. The track is by the American band Scissor Sisters, but was co-produced by Calvin Harris and Alex Ridha of Boys Noize. ‘Only The Horses’ is the second promotional single from their (Scissor Sisters) upcoming studio album titled Magic Hour.

Anthem status! I have the chills.

Check out some fresh “Indie Disco” and the sounds of Keljet. A small operation from the Netherlands making some big noise. Their reproduction of the Calvin Harris Anthem is phenomenal. Amazing what can be done with a simple acapella. Check out the rest of their sounds on Soundcloud and pay close attention in the future.

Happy weekend dance music!

Here we are at the conclusion of our Best Of 2011 series. Hope you had as much fun as we did reliving the incredible music of 2011!

If you missed any of our previous posts, nows the time to catch up!

Top 5 NU Disco Tracks Of 2011
Top 5 Moombahton Tracks Of 2011
Top 10 Trance Tracks Of 2011
Top 10 Electro House Tracks Of 2011
Top 10 Dubstep Tracks Of 2011
Top 5 Music Videos Of 2011
Top 3 Newcomers 0f 2011
Top 5 Artists Of 2011
Top 30 Tracks Of 2011 (#30-16)

TOP 30 TRACKS OF 2011 (#15 – #1)


15. Download: Dangerous (Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel Remix) – James Blunt

14. Download: Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Nadia Ali feat. Starkillers & Alex Kenji

13. Download: Solid Ground (Adrian Lux & Blende Remix) – PNAU

12. Download: Invisible (Kaskade Remix) – Skylar Grey

11. Download: Drowning (Avicii Remix) – Armin Van Buuren Feat. Laura V

10. Download: Save The World (Original Mix) – Swedish House Mafia

9. Download: Koko (Original Mix) – Sander Van Doorn

8. Download: Cry (Just A Little) (Original Mix) – Bingo Players

7. Download: Feel So Close (Original Mix) – Calvin Harris

6. Download: Good Love (Alesso Remix) – DEVolution feat. Amy Pearson

5. Download: Reverie (Dash Berlin Remix) – First State feat. Sarah Howells

4. Download: Calling (Original Instrumental Mix) – Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso

3. Download: Me And You – Nero

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2. Download: Blind Faith – Chase & Status

1. Download: Levels (Original Mix) – Avicii

I apologize for our lack of discipline on the “Best of 2011” series – we got a little sidetracked.  After a tough loss this weekend (still love you Kyle Williams), I’m gradually getting back in the swing of things. We continue with our Top 5 Artists of 2011 and will publish our Top 30 Tracks of 2011, starting on Monday.

Just like the past “Best of” categories, there were a variety of criteria that were used when picking these artists – Best releases/number of releases, tours/shows, influence on other artists, their respective genre/subgenre, and the EDM scene as a whole, etc.  In our opinion, here are the Top 5 Artists of 2011, accompanied by a brief explanation and an older or lesser known track of theirs.  Enjoy.

TOP 5 ARTISTS OF 2011



5. KASKADE | United States of America
Named the #1 DJ in America a few months ago, Kaskade also put out an attention-grabbing album in Fire & Ice. The album, which got to #4 on the list of iTunes Top Albums, features each track twice – 1 dance floor pounding “Fire” version, and 1 mellowed, cooled “Ice” version. Fire & Ice showed Kaskade’s diversity and range as a DJ, and according to the man himself, “represents the last ten years of [his] career.”

Download: Kaskade vs Alex Gaudino – I’ll Never Dream I’m In Love (Kaskade Mashup)
http://soundowl.com/embed/2oby

4. CALVIN HARRIS | Scotland
With “We Found Love,” it seems as though Calvin Harris is starting to go the way of David Guetta – MAINSTREAM. I’m not giving up on Calvin yet, though. It’s just too hard to ignore his barrage of top tier tracks. “Bounce,” “Awooga,” and “Feel So Close” were all huge parts of EDM’s 2011 and I find myself anxiously awaiting his third studio album, due out this year.  Make sure to show him some love at this year’s Coachella…

Download: Manufactured Superstars ft. Selina Albright – Serious (Calvin Harris Remix)

3. SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA | Sweden
If you get these 3 perennial all-stars of house performing together, you’ve got yourself the undisputed most sought after EDM act in the world today. Impressive on any scale, the trio sold out Madison Square Garden in under 9 min and their Maquerade Motel in Miami (they also have their MM residency in Ibiza) during the WMC is starting to garner as much attention and hype as any show in the US this year (it’s rumored to have been expanded to two days).  Although their track release rate is about as slow as they come, they make up for it in production quality and main stage presence.

Download: Swedish House Mafia ft. Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (Sander Van Doorn Remix)
http://soundowl.com/embed/2og8

2. SKRILLEX | United States of America
Sonny’s 5 Grammy nominations alone should put him in the top 5, but awards aside, he really has burst on to the scene harder than anyone this year. His unmistakable sound has redefined dubstep and complextro as we know it and the little guy is just starting to realize all of his potential.  Like his music or not, he was a large, large part of 2011.

Download: Casxio – Seventeen (Skrillex Remix)

1. AVICII | Sweden
The main reason why Avicii deserves this #1 ranking is not due to any specific feat. Yes, he did throw one of the biggest and most exclusive NYE parties in the US, and yes, he did produce some of the most lasting and monumental tracks of 2011. But the amount that he contributed to the general promotion of EDM music (specifically in the US)?  Second to none.

Download: Blessed (Avicii Edit) – Tom Hangs & Shermanology

I apologize for our lack of discipline on the “Best of 2011” series – we got a little sidetracked.  After a tough loss this weekend (still love you Kyle Williams), I’m gradually getting back in the swing of things. We continue with our Top 5 Artists of 2011 and will publish our Top 30 Tracks of 2011, starting on Monday.

Just like the past “Best of” categories, there were a variety of criteria that were used when picking these artists – Best releases/number of releases, tours/shows, influence on other artists, their respective genre/subgenre, and the EDM scene as a whole, etc.  In our opinion, here are the Top 5 Artists of 2011, accompanied by a brief explanation and an older or lesser known track of theirs.  Enjoy.

TOP 5 ARTISTS OF 2011



5. KASKADE | United States of America
Named the #1 DJ in America a few months ago, Kaskade also put out an attention-grabbing album in Fire & Ice. The album, which got to #4 on the list of iTunes Top Albums, features each track twice – 1 dance floor pounding “Fire” version, and 1 mellowed, cooled “Ice” version. Fire & Ice showed Kaskade’s diversity and range as a DJ, and according to the man himself, “represents the last ten years of [his] career.”

Download: Kaskade vs Alex Gaudino – I’ll Never Dream I’m In Love (Kaskade Mashup)
http://soundowl.com/embed/2oby

4. CALVIN HARRIS | Scotland
With “We Found Love,” it seems as though Calvin Harris is starting to go the way of David Guetta – MAINSTREAM. I’m not giving up on Calvin yet, though. It’s just too hard to ignore his barrage of top tier tracks. “Bounce,” “Awooga,” and “Feel So Close” were all huge parts of EDM’s 2011 and I find myself anxiously awaiting his third studio album, due out this year.  Make sure to show him some love at this year’s Coachella…

Download: Manufactured Superstars ft. Selina Albright – Serious (Calvin Harris Remix)

3. SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA | Sweden
If you get these 3 perennial all-stars of house performing together, you’ve got yourself the undisputed most sought after EDM act in the world today. Impressive on any scale, the trio sold out Madison Square Garden in under 9 min and their Maquerade Motel in Miami (they also have their MM residency in Ibiza) during the WMC is starting to garner as much attention and hype as any show in the US this year (it’s rumored to have been expanded to two days).  Although their track release rate is about as slow as they come, they make up for it in production quality and main stage presence.

Download: Swedish House Mafia ft. Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (Sander Van Doorn Remix)
http://soundowl.com/embed/2og8

2. SKRILLEX | United States of America
Sonny’s 5 Grammy nominations alone should put him in the top 5, but awards aside, he really has burst on to the scene harder than anyone this year. His unmistakable sound has redefined dubstep and complextro as we know it and the little guy is just starting to realize all of his potential.  Like his music or not, he was a large, large part of 2011.

Download: Casxio – Seventeen (Skrillex Remix)

1. AVICII | Sweden
The main reason why Avicii deserves this #1 ranking is not due to any specific feat. Yes, he did throw one of the biggest and most exclusive NYE parties in the US, and yes, he did produce some of the most lasting and monumental tracks of 2011. But the amount that he contributed to the general promotion of EDM music (specifically in the US)?  Second to none.

Download: Blessed (Avicii Edit) – Tom Hangs & Shermanology

After ‘Prutataaa’ and a label contract with Wall Recordings, R3hab is sounding more and more like Afrojack’s apprentice. R3hab throws down as hard as anyone and its impossible to avoid energy that he brings to his craft. All his tracks are worth experiencing and definitely something you really should not miss.
Dirty Dutch anyone!
Fresh remix of ‘We Found Love’, the club banger from Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna.
Download: We Found Love (R3hab Extended Mix) – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
http://soundowl.com/embed/1yqm

One of my favorite R3hab tracks you probably haven’t heard. A remix of Gloria Estefan’s original tune, ‘Wepa’.
Download: Wepa (R3hab) – Gloria Estefan
http://soundowl.com/embed/1yqn

I’m not a fan of previews or teasers but here is something worth getting excited for. Remember the last time Swanky Tunes and R3hab teamed up? Damage…
[Preview] Maximal Crazy (R3hab & Swanky Tunes Remix) – Tiesto

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