TheEDMblog – Top 10 dance tracks – February 2015

People dancing at the Eden Closing Party 2006

Want to hear some of the best records around at the moment? Here is a selection of current EDMblog favourites:

Sir Felix – Safari (The Bearded Man)
Richard Grey – Need Your Lovin (Pacha Records)
Swanky Tunes ft. Pete Wilde – Wherever U Go (Show Land Recordings)
Michael Badal & Ellie Lawson – Closer (Black Hole Recordings)
Pelari & ColinWex ft. Dominique – Oasis (Armada Trice)
JES – Two Souls (Planet Promo)
Madonna – Living For Love (Funk Generation & H3dRush remix)(Interscope)
Marnik, Lush & Simon – Orion (Armada Trice)
Aly & Fila – Underwater (Future Sound Of Egypt)
Airbase – Panache (Abdou Ramoul remix) (Flashover Recordings)

There are some great tracks around at the moment.

The Pelari & ColinWex is a tune that just begs you to dance. The Madonna remix absolutely smashes it and the track by Marnik et al is massive.

If you want something unusual check out the excellent Abdou Ramoul remix of Airbase – Panache.

Enjoy the music!


Avicii: the second wave

“I have to say I’m completely blown away by the response from my London fans,” said megastar Avicii after hearing the first set of tickets for his show in June 2012 had sold out.

Luckily, a second wave of tickets are being released on Wednesday 18 April 2012 for the show at the O2 in London on the 4 June.

Swedish dj Avicii has risen to prominence over the last 24 months after creating massive hits such as Levels, Fade Into Darkness and Seek Bromance.

He was also introduced by Madonna when he appeared at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March 2012.

For a teaser of what promises to be one of the dance music events of the year check out the video below.

The second wave of tickets will be available from 10.00 on Wednesday 18 April 2012 via this link.

Madonna – MDNA


“Madonna is back at her absolute best with the biggest all-out dance album she’s ever made” according to The Daily Star.

“The album should be the spine of an incredible live show – just what her army of followers will want to hear” report The Sun.

Madonna’s new album – MDNA – has been receiving rave reviews and her world tour starts on 29 May 2012.

A new date has been added for UK fans on Thursday 19 July at the NIA Arena in Birmingham. Tickets for this concert go on sale on 30 March via

Special guests have also been announced for Madonna’s date in Hyde Park in London on 17 July.

LMFAO will join the “Queen of Pop” after their recent album – Sorry For Party Rocking – generated two hugely popular singles.

Martin ‘Hello’ Solveig has also been added to the line up after he produced the first lead single – Give Me All Your Luvin’ – from Madonna’s new album.

MDNA is already one of the albums of the year and the tour must surely be one of the events to attend in 2012.

Madonna World Tour 2012


Madonna has announced a world tour after giving an acclaimed performance at the Super Bowl in America which was watched by over 114 million people.

The tour supports the forthcoming release of her anticipated new album MDNA.

Her previous Sticky & Sweet Tour affirmed her status as one of the most successful touring artists of all time.

In 2012 she will perform in arenas, stadiums and special outdoor sites around the world.

This epic tour starts in Israel on Tuesday 29 May before moving to Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany in June.

In July, she visits Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland and Austria.

She will also play 2 UK dates – in London on 17 July and in Edinburgh on 21 July. For Londoners, this will form part of the build up to the Olympic Games which start later in the month.

In August, she will travel to Poland, Russia, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, France, the US and Canada.

For the following 3 months she will play a range of dates in Canada and across the US visiting cities including New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta and Miami.

Additional cities and venues are yet to be announced and the tour will also visit South America and Australia.

During her astonishing career, Madonna has achieved a record breaking 37 Top 100 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart, as well as 40 Number 1s on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Song Charts.

She has sold over 300 million albums including her last CD – Hard Candy – which debuted at Number 1 in 37 countries.

She is a 7 time Grammy winning singer, songwriter and producer and holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist in history.

Not only does she give stunning performances which are the stuff of pop legend, but she’s one of the most dedicated and hard-working artists in the business.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 10 February 2012 and will be available from

This tour is guaranteed to be one of the hottest tickets in the world in 2012.

These Re-Imagined Machines

In 2010, BT released his sixth studio album – These Hopeful Machines – to widespread acclaim and a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album.

These Re-Imagined Machines is a new version of the album reinterpreted by some of BT’s most respected peers including Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Chicane and Josh Gabriel.

BT is a platinum selling artist who has worked with the likes of Sting, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos and Madonna.

He has also created scores for films including The Fast And The Furious, Go, Stealth and Monster.

BT – These Re-Imagined Machines is out now on New State Music.

Oakenfold Matters

On Friday 23 October an unassuming superstar is playing at Matter in London.  Dan Slipper spoke to him about why this is such a rare event.

Paul Oakenfold graduated from Westminster Technical College with the intention of becoming a chef but his life took a very different path and he has become a world famous dj, producer, and musician.

A potted biography would refer to in excess of 5m records sold, performing in front of over 50m people, and a citation in The Guiness Book Of Records as the most successful dj in the world.

A more detailed look at his career would point out two excellent studio albums (Bunkka and A Lively Mind), the mix albums (some of the biggest selling of all time), the film music (including Matrix Reloaded, Die Another Day, Pirates Of The Caribbean, and The Bourne Identity), and remixes of artists such as U2, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake.

The event at the O2 is presented by Oakenfold’s Perfecto record label and playing alongside him will be respected dj Lottie and someone he describes as “one of Britain’s biggest stars” Adam White.

Oakenfold’s enthusiasm and energy explodes as soon as the gig is mentioned.  “I’ve heard all good things about Matter,” he says.

He has recently completed a tour supporting another iconic performer – Madonna – playing to over 1.5m people around the world.  He describes her as an “amazing woman”.

It takes great skill and self-control to perform before the main act.  The musician can’t outshine the star and yet must deliver an impeccably pitched set.  The fact Oakenfold has been chosen to do this for Madonna three times is testament to his consummate professionalism.

Perfecto Records has also taken up a residency at Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas and Oakenfold has been playing regularly during the season.  It’s been going “incredibly well” he says and last time he was on the decks he played to over 4,000 people.  He describes it as “the new Ibiza” where you can find the likes of Paul van Dyk and Carl Cox performing in the same week.

I ask about his new album – Pop Killer – which will be his 3rd studio album and includes collaborations with OneRepublic and Infected Mushroom.  It’s due for release in 2010 with a new single at the beginning of the year.  He promises to play at least 4 of the tracks during his set at Matter to road test the effect on a discerning crowd.

During this hectic workload Oakenfold has found time to pursue his interest in film music.  He has worked with producer Jerry Bruckheimer on 3D film, G-Force, and the new gangster movie, The Heavy, starring Christopher Lee and the return of Vinnie Jones.

There my questioning about his career ends even though his conversation is enthusiastic and infectious.  I simply dare not take up any more of his time.  I want to let him get on with his straightforward, hard-working, and unassuming genius.