Dancing Astronaut’s soundtrack to Ultra Europe 2013
Ultra Music Festival took its beloved brand and famed Miami event across the pond last weekend, settling in Croatia for its inaugural Ultra Europe. Nearing the halfway point of summer 2013, what we’ve heard at Ultra Europe was indicative of anthems that will carry out through the year. Some vocals couldn’t be escaped, some remixes were played at an alarming rate, and some tracks that were only dropped once were done so with enough significance that we couldn’t help but acknowledge them here. Check out our official playlist for Ultra Europe 2013…
Fedde Le Grand & Sultan & Ned Shepard – No Good
Every few hours over the course of Ultra Europe’s three-day stint, the familiar “No Good” vocal was dropped to great reception. Having been originally released in 1994, The Prodigy’s hit has been picking up steam across the dance music landscape since being sampled in the latest from Fedde Le Grand with Sultan & Ned Shepard. The latest collaboration to drop from Spinnin Records became the unanimous anthem of Ultra Europe, and is due to become the same for the rest of the summer festivals.
Hardwell & Dyro – Never Say Goodbye
Way before Hardwell had arrived for his day two closing set, his Dyro collaboration had been gaining main stage play time. Initially booming with popularity upon release, “Never Say Goodbye” took over Poljud Stadium as if there were no slowing down. The European crowd with fans ranging from across the continent seemed to fixated on vocally enhanced records, and “Never Say Goodbye” epitomized their preference.
Martin Garrix – Animals
Arguably the biggest track of the summer, Martin Garrix’s “Animals” sits comfortably atop Beatport’s Top 10 chart. This past weekend, it received its first anthem treatment at a world renowned festival as it made way into nearly half of the live sets at Ultra Europe.
Armin van Buuren – This Is What It Feels Like (W&W Remix)
The lead single off Armin van Buuren’s latest album, Intense, has been best served from the duo known as W&W. Although only one part of the two-some was able to make it to Ultra Europe, their remix of “This Is What It Feels Like” stole the spotlight last weekend, most notably on day two. While the solo W dropped his version early in the evening, Armin later used their take to amplify his 2 hour set.
Afrojack ft. Stephen Wrabel – Ten Feet Tall
Afrojack unleashed his remix of Keane’s “Sovereign Light Cafe” mid-way through his set, a rare selection of one of his more underrated productions. Closing out the night, Nick gave Croatia a sneak peak at his upcoming single, “Ten Feet Tall,” as he sang along while provoking the crowd. Similar to his take of “SLC,” this forthcoming release combines indie vibes and Stephen Wrabel’s ethereal vocals with the larger-than-life Afrojack style.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – ID
In the final moments of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s main stage day one set, a high-octane rhythm came over Poljud Stadium leaving nearly all attendees in a state of shock. The duo had unleashed their latest production, still unnamed and unsigned, that will eventually become a collaboration with Fedde Le Grand. After first listen, this ID had the same energy of the infamous “Atom” but kept Sunnery and Ryan’s tasteful tribal leanings intact.
(Editors Note: We do not have the audio for this track, but take our word on the impact this one is about to have.)
Avicii – Wake Me Up
Avicii premiered his new album on Ultra Miami’s main stage back in March, but the audience had mixed reactions to the live performance. This time around, Avicii ditched the live instruments and worked his folk-infused tracks into a dance-savvy set. Most notably came the album’s lead single, “Wake Me Up,” the second track of his set that had fans in a roar upon its initial chord. As the tune escalated, it appears Avicii has revamped its chord progression for the festival atmosphere turning his next smash hit into a certifiable anthem.