SLANDER Flips Above & Beyond’s “Always”

Riddim” and “heaven” may not be synonymous, but they go together like never before on SLANDER‘s new remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Always.”

SLANDER amps up the original’s delicate, downtempo instrumentals with a percussive buildup and a melodic, dubby bassline – and the result is both dreamy and dance-worthy. The “Always” remix preserves the beauty of Above & Beyond‘s classic track featuring vocals by Zoë Johnston while giving it a fresh spin that is reminiscent of the vocal, ethereal dubstep of the earlier 2000’s.

This is the second track in which SLANDER has deviated to a melodic sound, following their recent release “Slow Motion” with Bret James. “Always” is SLANDER‘s premiere release on Anjunabeats, and we hope it won’t be their last.

SLANDER first made waves in the scene when they debuted their remix of Showtek‘s “We Like to Party” in 2014, coining their unique sound. However, SLANDER has proven they are capable of so much more than remixes and a singular genre.

The duo made waves with their original productions and an evolved sound, as recently evidenced on “Welcome To The Fire” with Sullivan King, “I Can’t Escape” with SAYMYNAME featuring Feli Ferraro and “Happy Now.” Their ability to produce both bass-heavy headbangers and emotionally stirring melodies distinguishes them as talented, multifaceted producers, not to mention their charismatic stage presence.

Together with NGHTMRESLANDER has made their “Gud Vibrations” event concept into a bonafide lifestyle. In 2018 they sold out their Miami Music Week’s Gud Vibrations Boat Party in less than 3 minutes, and continue to branch out and grow their brand.

Who really is the world’s number 1 DJ?

This year has to be the worse year for voting, Trump gets into power, Brexit happens and Garrix becomes the number 1 DJ. Is he really the number 1 DJ though?

Analysis

The “Number 1 DJ” would mean that we are only observing the ability to be a Disc Jockey which is mixing, crowd enjoyment of music and technique. A quick look at the stats would indicate that 36% voted for Music Style, 28% for DJ Skill and 24% Production Ability. There was another 6% for showmanship and the last 3% for popularity. This means only 28% of people voted for what the award is literally for.

The top 3 of the poll is Martin Garrix who is hugely popular in America; as is Hardwell and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. There will be a few followers in Europe who will cement a DJs place in the top 10. The music that they produce will also play a major part in helping build their reputation. The reason why Garrix is number 1 is the most votes in the competition came from the USA, his tracks are more mainstream, and he is moving the “Garrix” brand to more pop music feel reach many more listeners in the mainstream charts.

A drunken Hardwell has already admitted on stage at a gig that the Poll is rubbish. He then said Atmosfearz was a much better producer than him and wouldn’t sell himself out to win Polls. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike must have been one of the worse DJ’s I have ever seen live; they seriously need to shut up and just play the music much like a few other DJs.

Let’s move swiftly on to the next big surprise of the poll, Daft Punk who are amazingly at number 72. In case people didn’t know, this poll was the year 2016. Daft Punk have not released any music since 2013 and only recently were featured in Weeknd’s album. They have also not appeared live since a TV Appearance for the Grammies in 2013 and before that, it was 6 years back during the 2007 tour. It is true they do DJ in underground clubs in France but not as Daft Punk; they do this on a low-key appearance where you probably wouldn’t know it was one of them. Voting for Daft Punk was like voting for Harambe as a write in.

My last nail in the coffin of this joke of an award is the worthy candidates outside the top 10. Above and Beyond at number 47 who are arguably one of the most respected acts in dance music. They produce music, tour live, bring through and promote talented DJs/Producers. If you were an unknown producer, then get a slot on Above and Beyond Group Therapy and you will be an instant hit. Eric Prydz is my number 1 DJ of 2016. I am not a major fan of his music however what I respect about him is the quiet way he goes about his sets, his mixing is great, and the experience was unreal. Every set he has played has blown people away in 2016. The positions of some DJs are jokes such as Paul van Dyk, AngerFist, Nicky Romero, Jack U, Carl Cox and then we have some of our DJ’s that are not even there such as Kutski, Gareth Emery, Fat Boy Slim, Duke Dumont and Bryan Kearney…. SMH.

The poll isn’t an accurate reflection of who the number 1 DJ is. The poll will never be able to define just who truly is the number 1 DJ. Trying to argue who the number 1 DJ is impossible. Do you go off fan base? Record sales? The number of gigs? Fees paid? The best theory to apply to the pole is “Opinions are liked assholes, everyone has one.” In the end, there isn’t a number 1 DJ of the world; the poll is just a publicity stunt designed to get people talking and give DJ Mag a bit of boost in viewing numbers.