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Oct 07

Orjan Nilsen Gives His Opinion

Armada's prodigious protege, Orjan Nilsen, announced today that he will be following in the path of his predecessors, including Armada boss Armin van Buuren, in opening his own record label.

Named In My Opinion, the label will be run by Orjan himself and will see its first release in a collab between Nilsen and newcomer Fingerling, titled Fable.

Premiered on Hardwell's 136th On Air radio show, Fable boasts big, familiar Orjan percussion and a prancing midsection that will have you stomping your feet well into the cold of winter. Pick it up, off the brand new In My Opinion records, when it drops Oct. 14.
Orjan Nilsen & Fingerling - Fable (Radio Rip) [In My Opinion]
Sep 06

Friday Favorites 20

Welcome to the 20th edition of our, and your, beloved Friday Favorites. Let's get started, shall we?

Josh Bennett
Big Room/Trance | Orjan Nilsen feat. Christina Novelli - Hurricane (Original Mix) [Armada]
Orjan Nilsen's new album No Saint Out Of Me is truly a work of art, spanning trance, big room, progressive, radio pop, electro, and pretty much every other 4/4 genre you can think of. One of my personal favorites is Nilsen's collaboration with Christina Novelli, Hurricane, an uplifting gem reminiscent of Orjan's 2011 remix of Talk To Me by John O'Callaghan and Timmy & Tommy. Pick up No Saint Out Of Me here.
Nathan Codd
Drum & Bass | Mark Instinct - Bad Seed VIP [Free Download]
I'll let the lyrics paint you your own personal picture of how what I'm spending my Friday morning, but while you gaze into my life, please soundtrack it with Mark Instinct's VIP of Bad Seed. Free download here.
Jon April
Electro | Seek N Destroy - Marching Song (IVARR Remix) [Shabang]
IVARR (one-half of the electro duo Blood Eagle) has just released a mega remix of Seek N Destroy's Marching Song. It's a pretty heavy electro track that had me dancing uncontrollably in my chair all week. If you're looking for a song to jumpstart your weekend, hit the play button.
Matt Heidkamp
Indie & Beats | Bondax|All Inside [Free Download]
It appears as if summer is officially over (for us east-coasters, anyway). The air is feeling crisp, and I just want to listen to slow, emotional music inside the warmth of my home. Hence, my Friday Favorite this week is All Inside by Bondax. If you're feelin' it too, you can download this gem for free via XLR8R.
Josh Stewart
House | Eelke Kleijn - Ein Tag Am Strand (Instumental) [Spinnin']
Not necessarily the sounds you'd expect to hear from Spinnin' this time of year, Ein Tag Am Strand by Eelke Kleijn stands out as one of those timeless beach tunes that doesn't have to conform to current trends to be relevant, but instead relies on pure, feel-good summer vibes to make itself memorable.
Chris Porter
Drum & Bass | Fred V & Grafix - Basilisk (Original Mix) [Hospital]
Originally released on Fred V & Grafix's Goggles EP back in March, Basilisk is a half-time, drum & bass rinse-out with a powerful saw lead and enrapturing piano motif. Basilisk takes a cinematic approach to what can be construed as an electronic hard rock song at a drum & bass tempo, resulting in one of the most original D&B tunes of the year. Basilisk also recently appeared on the Hospitality Summer Drum & Bass 2013 compilation album. Click here to check out the entire EP.
Ilenia Cangelosi
Deep House | Golf Clap|Waiting [Free Download]
The next greatest thing to come out of Detroit besides techno music and Movement Electronic Music Festival is Bryan Jones and Hugh Cleal of Golf Clap, creators of smooth, refined house music. If you like the sound of garage-meets-deep with billowy basslines, R&B-inspired vocals, and brisk chords, then you'll love Waiting. The boys are also offering tons of great free downloads from their SoundCloud page.
Jorge Meza
Nu Disco | Lifelike feat. A-Trak|Don't Stop (Gigamesh Remix)
Summer may be over, but that can't stop me from dancing the fall away.Gigamesh's sexy remix of Lifelike's track Don't Stop is the perfect tune to transition you through the many seasons we all await. Wherever you are, Don't Stop the dancing, and keep the love for EDM high!
Bryan Stauffer
Electro House/Progressive House | Marcel Woods - Black Angus (Original Mix) [Musical Madness]
When Marcel Woods dropped Black Angus nearly two years ago, I was hooked on its subtle progressiveness and awe-inspiring big room essence. Woods really made this style popular and appealing long before the big room craze swept over the global EDM scene. Whether you've heard this song over a hundred times or you're about to listen to it for the very first time, Black Angus is a track you've undoubtedly found, or will find, yourself humming and dancing to all day long.
Mike Davies
Electro House | Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and Tujamo - Boneless (Original Mix) [Ultra]
Dim Mak founder Steve Aoki teamed up with British producer Chris Lake and German house aficionado Tujano to bring us a dark and dirty electro house anthem. Boneless has already proven a major hit, storming straight to the top of the Beatport Top 10 and staying there. The throbbing bass lines and cheeky synth hook have been a mainstay of the summer festivals, making Boneless a perfect tune by which to throw cake. Grab it now on Beatport.
Orjan Nilsen feat. Christina Novelli - Hurricane (Original Mix) [Armada]
Mark Instinct - Bad Seed VIP
Seek N Destroy - Marching Song (IVARR Remix) [Shabang]
Bondax - All Inside (Original Mix)
Eelke Kleijn - Ein Tag Am Strand (Instumental) [Spinnin']
Fred V & Grafix - Basilisk (Original Mix) [Hospital]
Golf Clap - Waiting [Free Download]
Lifelike feat. A-Trak - Don't Stop (Gigamesh Remix)
Marcel Woods - Black Angus (Original Mix) [Musical Madness]
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and Tujamo - Boneless (Original Mix) [Ultra]
Sep 02

No Saint Out Of Orjan Nilsen

Norwegian producer Orjan Nilsen has firmly established himself as one of the finer talents in the EDM scene. A firm favourite of the Armada stable, the key to his success is not just his ability to produce some belting tunes, but also his consistency--this is a guy who doesn't do “filler”. Evidence of this is provided in his much anticipated sophomore artist album No Saint Out Of Me.

There’s a nice mix of different styles going on here--it’s almost a showcase for what Orjan has to offer. From the belting uplifter Violetta to the electro-8-bit-anthem Xiing, there’s a reminder that we’re dealing with a guy who knows how to write a solid melody. But then there’s the diverse range of vocal tracks, all of which have a distinctly different style. Opening track Hands features Senadee and is a progressive big-room anthem that could easily burst into the mainstream, Saint Out Of Me features Natalie Peris with a vocal and a build that has a hint of '90s dance anthem about it, and Christina Novelli provides another stunning performance in Hurricane.

There’s also a real and genuine feeling throughout No Saint that Orjan has sat down and experimented with his production and songwriting. It’s evident from tracks such as This Tractor and the subtly-named Knob Twister that we’re listening to a guy having fun in his own studio, making music he likes, rather than music he thinks other people will like. This process also kicks out some beautiful instrumentals, from Untouchable to the album closer You’ll Never Be, both having more than a hint of classic trance about them, the latter complete with that Binary Finary style choir-sound.

No Saint Out Of Me affirms Orjan Nilsen’s place as one of the true leaders of the trance scene. Out now on Armada Music, you’d be very wise to bet on Orjan quickly progressing right to the top of the EDM tree.
Orjan Nilsen feat. Senadee - Hands (Album Mix) [Armada]
Orjan Nilsen - Untouchable (Album Mix) [Armada]
Orjan Nilsen - You Will Never Be (Album Mix) [Armada]
Jul 31

LT3 @ Global Gathering 2013

There are a multitude of festivals to choose from in the UK, from tiny affairs with an attendance of a few hundred right up to the behemoth that is Glastonbury. But when it comes to big EDM festivals with a big lineup, there are only a few that really stand out, and Global Gathering is certainly one of them. Now in its 12th year, the festival is one of the highlights of the summer, with a stellar ticket full of big names that once again attracted a sold-out crowd of over 50,000 to Long Marston Airfield, deep in the heart of England.

Having won “Best Dance Event” in the 2012 UK Festival Awards, the organizers were keen to keep things fresh and exciting for this year’s event. Global managed to strike a near-perfect balance of mainstream and underground, providing some amazing performances for the more casual EDM fan while also keeping the die-hard ones happy until the early hours. LessThan3 attended for the Friday half of the two-day event, and as our first UK festival, we couldn't have asked for anything better.

To kick things off, right in the middle of a glorious (and unusual) warm summer’s evening, was Plan B's headline set on the main stage. Following on from Disclosure and Rudimental, the crowd was warmed up by some stunning beat-boxing from Faith SFX--forget some poor impersonation of an old drum machine. This guy could put most synthesizer designers out of a job. Plan B then launched into a set, which largely comprised material from his multi-platinum-selling album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks, his soulful vocals searing across the packed arena as the sun finally set. Easily the biggest crowd-pleaser of the night was End Credits, the collaboration with Chase & Status, which catapulted Plan B into the mainstream.

Attention then turned strongly to the various arena tents dotted across the site. First up was the simply and aptly named House arena and Bingo Players, who had the crowd moving with some funky and melodic house, including some of their famous bootlegs--their Cold As Oi mashup threw down a storm.

The Godskitchen brand was what started the festival in the first place, and so much attention was on the tent, almost a hall of fame for the greats who've played the festival and the club over the years. After an evening of solid trance from the likes of Orjan Nilsen, Cosmic Gate, and Lange repeating his back-to-back set with Andy Moor, Ferry Corsten headlined the tent with an epic set including some unknown gems and some recent hits, such as Orjan’s XIING, his own F The Bull$h1t, and some reworks of all-time classics, notably the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike rework of Rock Your Body Rock.

Back in the House tent, special guest Sander van Doorn was ramping things up with some prog house, paving the way for the headline act, while in the Digital arena, Seth Troxler, this time with his clothes on, was keeping things deep and stylish, headlining a tent which was rammed throughout.

The Gods arena continued to get more and more exciting, as one of the true legends of the scene was taking to the decks. Paul Oakenfold has played so many UK festivals that you’d think he’d just go through the motions, but his set was one of the most creative of the weekend. Starting with some big room trance--the Blasterjaxx remix of Adagio For Strings, a firm crowd favorite--things nicely slipped into the Fluoro psy-trance realm, with a few tracks from Symphonix and DJ Fabio to end the set.

The peak of the night, however, was about to take place in the House arena. The tent was rammed to the edges, the crowd literally spilling outside, all of them awaiting the arrival of Nicky Romero. Taking the crowd into the early hours of the morning, his set has its fair share of underground house tracks, but the mainstream side of things had a well deserved outing. I Could Be The One proved a firm crowd favorite, almost symbolic of the whole festival: a crowd willing to experience something new and unknown, but also up for a good sing-along to a recognizable synth hook.

Global Gathering proves that when it comes to hosting a major EDM festival, experience counts. With Creamfields and SW4 just around the corner, Global have some major competitors on their hands. But given what was on offer this weekend in Warwickshire--the sell out crowd, the stellar lineup, the chilled yet energetic atmosphere, and of course, some amazing music--Global Gathering is a festival that will be around for many years to come.
Ferry Corsten - Global Gathering 2013
Paul Oakenfold - Global Gathering 2013
Andy Moor b2b Lange - Global Gathering 2013
Cosmic Gate - Global Gathering 2013
John O'Callaghan - Global Gathering 2013
Orjan Nilsen - Global Gathering 2013
Jul 26

Friday Favorites 14

You hear that? That's the weekend calling your name. Get amped for it with a bunch of new music straight from the playlists of the LT3 team with Friday Favorites.

Chris Downar
Deep House | Odd Parents - Fame (Catz 'N Dogz & Martin Dawson Sweet Saturday Remix) [Ellum]
I heard Maceo Plex drop this Catz 'N Dogz & Martin Dawson remix of Fame by Odd Parents in Los Angeles once, and I nearly lost my mind; my eyes rolled back into my head, and I forgot who I was for a few minutes. It's my definition of a perfect deep house track with its confident bassline, otherwordly melodies, and a haunting voice that packs quite an attitude. Download from Beatport here.
Josh Bennett
Trance | Orjan Nilsen - XIING (Original Mix) [Armind]
Leave it to Orjan Nilsen to melt faces every time. His latest, XIING, Sees Orjan throwing a fresh sound into the trance game as he usually does, with a rumbling percussion line and a drop that has almost an 8-bit influence. Club destructor, this one right here. XIING is out now on Armind.
Nathan Codd
Electro House | deadmau5 - Suckfest 9001
With disgusting bassline, a little oscillation, and a downright mean demeanor, deadmau5's Suckfest 9001 is one of the many breaths of fresh air we've felt from the ubiquitous producer since leaving Ultra. It's been awhile since I hung up my pads, but were I still stepping out onto a gridiron on Friday nights, this could definitely find a place among my pre-game playlist.
Jesse Champagne
Progressive House | Jaymes Young - Dark Star (Kiely Rich Remix)
Enchanting, sophisticated, and entirely infectious, 23-year-old Kiely Rich is now officially on my radar with the new feel-good track of the summer. Kiely knows exactly when to push and went to pull back, allowing the heart-melting vocals to really shine through his lovely production. At over seven minutes in length, this is an ecstatic ride from start to finish.
Ilenia Cangelosi
Deep House/Nu Disco | Leftfield - Song Of Life (Betoko Remix)
After 20 years, Leftfield’s classic Song of Life has been resurrected by one of today's genius producers, Betoko, whose every new release surpasses the last by just a little more. Brought to the attention of Hope Recordings by Betoko’s work with the label’s long-term friends, Nick Warren and Sasha, this remix is a powerful update that fuses electro-disco drums, dizzy arpeggios, and rousing bass to the original’s unmistakable vocal refrains.
Chris Porter
Drum & Bass | Makoto feat. Christian Urich - Girl I'm Running Back 2 U [Human Elements]
From Makoto's Souled Out Remixed album, Girl I'm Running Back 2 U has been given an extra layer of funk by Floridian Random Movement. RM retools Makoto's original pop mix into a swooning D&B joyride while keeping Christian Urich's soul-quenching lyrics intact. Click here to pick up the tune and check out the other remixes on this brilliant LP.

Bryan Stauffer
Big Room/Electro | Jacob Plant - Fire (Original Mix) [Fly Eye]
High-octane melodies and aggressive synth work highlight Jacob Plant's latest incendiary release, Fire. This bad boy is extremely dangerous and should be handled with care, so listen at your own risk, and prepare to be blown away. Be on the lookout for more tunes from Plant in the near future, including a quirky trap remix of K Koke's My Time.
Josh Stewart
Happy Gabber | Ryu☆ - Plan 8
What better way to start your weekend than with some 212 BPM happy gabber? This track comes off the latest version of Beatmania IIDX, a long-time DJing game from Konami. Short, but to the point, Plan 8 is the hyper dance track you've been waiting all week for.
Ari Evans
Garage | C.Z. - Lovin Your Smile
Summer is here, and though San Francisco is nowhere near as warm as I'd like it to be, tracks like C.Z.'s Lovin Your Smile are bringing all the warmth I need. Just try to resist the smile the chorus of this track inevitably brings to your face. Super groovy, light, and playful, this track is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. C.Z. currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL--certainly feel the influence that track has brought to the vocals lifted from Addiction by Ryan Leslie feat. Cassie.
Mike Davies
Trance | Jordan Suckley - Do Or Die (Original Mix) [Perfecto Fluoro]
Another psytrance-tinged effort from Perfecto Fluoro is always welcome. This time, it's from one of the rising stars of the scene, Jordan Suckley. Do Or Die is euphoric and uplifting, but with some mental, acid-style moments thrown in. It's another fine example of how Oakenfold's label mixes the old and the new, and if you want to experience it live, Jordan is playing live at some of the biggest event on the calender this summer, from Creamfields to Ibiza. He's certainly one to keep an eye on.
Matt Heidkamp
Dubstep | Sidney Samson - Riverside (Breakage Remix)
Sidney Samson's Riverside get's absolutely twisted here, thanks to OG badman Breakage. This is dubstep in its classiest form--extremely heavy low end, a few tough vocal snippets, and those beautifully shuffled drums. Tracks like this remind me why I got into electronic music in the first place.
Odd Parents - Fame (Catz 'N Dogz & Martin Dawson Sweet Saturday Remix) [Ellum]
Orjan Nilsen - XIING (Original Mix) [Armind]
deadmau5 - Suckfest 9001
Jaymes Young - Dark Star (Kiely Rich Remix)
Leftfield - Song Of Life (Betoko Remix) [Hope]
Makoto feat. Christian Urich - Girl I'm Running Back 2 U (Random Movement Remix) [Human Elements]
Jacob Plant - Fire (Original Mix) [Fly Eye]
Ryu☆ - Plan 8
C.Z. - Lovin Your Smile
Jordan Suckley - Do Or Die (Original Mix) [Perfecto Fluoro]
Sidney Samson - Riverside (Breakage Remix)