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Sep 17

Sick Of The ‘Soulless Barrage Of EDM,’ Wolfgang Gartner Previews ‘Unholy’

Wolfgang Gartner previewed his new single, Unholy, Sept. 16 and announced that not only is he changing up his style, but he's got a full-length album on the way.

Making a sort of State of the Union address on his Facebook page, Wolfgang spoke of his growing discontent with the big room scene, criticizing the recent onslaught of songs featuring "giant kick drums, big snare buildups with a predictable catch-phrase at the end, leading into a "drop" with a percussive, almost metallic rave melody" as a "soulless barrage of EDM."

Unholy, the lead single off the yet-untitled album, isn't a giant step away from his previous electro house offerings, but it definitely has a dash of that Duck Sauce disco house vibe.

After you've finished listening to a 30-second preview of Unholy down below, check out Wolfgang's full post here.

May 21

Wolfgang Gartner Wows With ‘We Are The Computers’

We wub Wolfgang Gartner. We also happen to love free original downloads, and for the first time ever, that's exactly what King Wolfy is giving us.

Teaming up with his Kindergarten Records labelmate Popeska, Wolfgang serves up a deliciously funky little number called We Are The Computers. The track is influenced by a little bit of everything: G funk, electro, nu disco, and even a certain pair of French robots. The end result is a song that is not only highly infectious and upbeat, it's also incredibly fun to listen to.

Kickstart your summer right now, and grab the free download here.
Wolfgang Gartner & Popeska - We Are The Computers (Original Mix)
Feb 05

LT3 @ Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival 2014

For the full set of photos, click here.

They say that February is the coldest month of the year, but don't tell that to the legions of fans in Toronto who hit up the second annual Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival. Thousands of bundled-up EDM fans braved the elements to pack the two dance floors--the outdoor TD Echo Beach (main stage), and the indoor Corona Technodome (deep/tech house)--to the brim. It was absolutely bonkers, and the energy at the festival rivaled that of Electronic Nation's summer festival, Digital Dreams. Forget the USPS, neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep Canadian ravers from dancing!

Throughout the week, the weather in Toronto hovered around -18°C (0°F) with the windchill--not exactly ideal dancing conditions. Luckily, on the day of the event, the weather was a beautiful 1°C (34°F) with snow flurries--the perfect setting for Canadian partygoers if ever there was one. That being said, while it wasn't freezing by any means, it was definitely wet. Slush, muck, and more slush covered the area, but hey, that's what winter boots are for!

Inside the Technodome, the dancefloor was more like a swimming pool than a club, but that didn't stop a multitude of tech fans from jamming out to incredible performances by Hot Since 82, Lee Foss, and Sharam, among others. Forget the cold weather and soaked clothes, people were grooving! I may have been a fleglind fan of deep/tech beforehand, but consider me a full-on convert now--I was literally walking around like I was Bigger Than Prince.

Backstage at Echo Beach, I ran into LessThan3 favourite Charlie Darker, who was in attendance to cheer on fellow Canadians Felix Cartal and Joe Ghost. Speaking of Cartal and Ghost, if you haven't listened to either of these guys, do so now--they delivered a plethora of hard-hitting live edits and mashups that had the crowd in collective thrombosis. Fans in the front row probably remember me dancing like a madman on stage--I couldn't help it!

Following up Cartal's antics was Marlon Flohr, the DJing side of Bassjackers. To say his set was heavy would be a trivialization--it was banger after banger after banger, with little or no time between to take a breather from the onslaught. Puzzle begot Lion begot the Martin Garrix edit of Crackin, and the crowd ate it up like a fresh batch of BeaverTails.

Closing out the festivities was the one and only Wolfgang Gartner, and believe me when I say this: the dude is a monster on the decks. He started things off with a bit of a techy vibe, before quickly transitioning into crowd favourites such as Anaconda, Piranha, and of course, Space Jump. Perhaps the craziest part of his set was that he was DJing barefoot, in the middle of a Canadian winter! Footwear notwithstanding, the king of Kindergarten sent the crowds home with rosy cheeks and smiles on their faces. Another year and another crazy festival in the snow is in the books. Who's ready for 2015?

Wolfgang Gartner - Anaconda (Original Mix) [Ultra]
Bassjackers - Crackin (Martin Garrix Edit) [Spinnin]
Green Velvet - Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) [Circus]
Dec 17

Wolfgang Gartner Swims With ‘Piranhas’

Wolfgang Gartner dives into dangerous waters with Piranha, his beautiful-but-deadly new single out today on his own Kindergarten Recordings.

Wolfgang doesn't waste any time plunging into the initially serene scene humming with glassy synth and the inviting vocal track; however, something slowly approaches from downstream. Flashing arpeggios arrive in schools and surround our Amazonian adventurer as they wait for the drop, presumably signaling dinner. The second build concludes in an even more violent fashion, during which I'm further convinced that Gartner is being shredded by carnivorous fish.

Piranha is a delightful detour from the all-out electro bangers he's so famous for, yet it still packs plenty of that Wolfgang bite. Pick up your copy here.

Wolfgang Gartner - Piranha (Original Mix) [Kindergarten]
Oct 18

Gartner And Trash Invite You To Meet The ‘Hounds Of Hell’