Battle of the Beats: John Dahlback vs. Alex Kenji, Starkillers, Nadia Ali and Alesso – Pressure
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
John Dahlback – Pressure
Released this January, John Dahlback’s “Pressure” balances bounce with slither in a pumped-up electro house fashion. A synthy melody gives way to a creaking build, and even the most staunch dance floors can’t take the heat. Featured on Tiesto’s, Paul Oakenfold’s and David Guetta’s radio shows, the track even made its way to Ultra where it was played out in Zedd’s weekend one set.
Alex Kenji, Starkillers and Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Remix)
Alesso’s 2011 remix of “Pressure” launched the tune into the hearts of dance music fans everywhere, ratcheting up the progressive elements with enviable builds while further highlighting Nadia Ali’s vocals. The song was the festival anthem of 2011, and even received a nomination for Best Progressive Track at that year’s IDMAs.
So who applied the pressure better?