Hot off their second coming to Axtone Records and with numerous originals alongside fellow compatriots of Swanky Tunes on the way, Hard Rock Sofa’s movements in 2012 have thus far indicated that they are at the top of their game. With so much talk about this year’s Winter Music Conference, the Russian duo come out with a 70 minute mix, packed with contenders for the Miami season. Despite the lack of originality, their third mixtape for 2012 collects a noteworthy string of club-bangers to set the mood for a Miami Music Week that is looking to be the most anticipated one to date. It features tracks such as their own, heavy-hitting ‘Quasar‘, the Axwell-approved Matisse & Sadko remix of ‘Beating Of My Heart‘, Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Greyhound‘ and many more.

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Hard Rock Sofa – Miami 2012 Mixtape

Tracklist:

01. Deniz Koyu – Hertz Flamingo w/ Eric Prydz – 2Night Pryda w/ Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Michael Feiner – Together Axtone (Hard Rock Sofa Bootleg)
02. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Roll The Dice Virgin
03. M-3ox feat. Heidrun – Beating Of My Heart (Matisse & Sadko Remix) Heat
04. Third Party vs. Cicada – Feel Size
05. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix) Axtone
06. Qulinez – Troll Size
07. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound EMI
08. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone Phazing
09. Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – Apogee Spinnin
10. Marco V – Analogital (Hard Rock Sofa Remix) TAO
11. Diddy, Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty South Remix) Interscope w/ Daft Punk – Aerodynamic Virgin w/ Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar Axtone (Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso Mashup)
12. Steve Aoki feat. Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Instrumental Remix) Dim Mak
13. Junkie XL feat. Isis Salam – Off The Dancefloor (Deniz Koyu Remix) Nettwerk
14. Arty, Matisse & Sadko – Trio Axtone

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Mixtape: Hard Rock Sofa – Miami 2012

Robbin Söderlund & Marcus Wennesjö are Brilliant. That isn’t a cringing boast, but the confident moniker now associated with two very promising blips on the Swede House radar. Taking their first shot at Armada offset Zouk Recordings, the duo plant two solid tracks in order to prove their worth amid the hordes of perky Swedish contenders currently doing the rounds. While ‘Higher’ appears a relatively tame contender on its ascent to the tracks drop, its mechanical precision and dutifully brutal Electro leads make for an unexpected triumph in multifaceted musical stylings. The delicate intertwining leads of ‘Action Mode’ may not mirror the title so aptly, but with notable precision their transition to the saw-led sanctuary forms an unoffensive B-Side for this landmark EP from a rather fresh asset to the European ranks.

Brilliant – Higher / Action Mode Zouk Recordings – Beatport Link

Brilliant – Higher
Brilliant – Action Mode

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Release: Brilliant – Higher / Action Mode Zouk

As far as British House assets are concerned, few artists have touched on the same continuous streak of brilliance as Toolroom’s leading hit monger Mark Knight. Still ablaze from the notoriously fierce remix of Florence and the Machine’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’, Volume two of his ‘Bullets’ EP series extends the distinction that was conjured by last year’s debut instalment. Where soulfully tuned A-side ‘Alright’ shows off Knight’s gritty yet melodically refined studio dexterity with an intense injection of subtly distorted leads, ‘Together’ reels in the exotic poolside appeal that Toolrom have become all-too adept in providing amid their global romps. Always leading with quality over quantity, volume two of this infamous series of EPs fails to disappoint and is a reassuring indicator that Britain’s sharpest House veteran is still at large for 2012.

Mark Knight – Bullets EP Volume 2 Toolroom Records – Beatport Link

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Release: Mark Knight – Bullets EP Volume 2 Toolroom

Comfortably poised as one of Holland’s most prolific Electronic artists to date, Fedde Le Grand has remained well and truly at large where House music is concerned. Already established as key players on the international circuit, Sweden’s Johan Wedel and German producer Deniz Koyu, donning a noteworthy amount of steam to this forthcoming Flamingo release, have seen a positive influx of attention from the international House scene, using their hard-hitting remode of James Blunt’s ‘Dangerous‘ as a positive nod towards the diverse potential of their collaborative efforts as Europe’s latest promising House explosion.

In a tough yet melodic outing of rising Progressive House and chugging synth leads, the European trio find themselves well in their element with an intense take on a genre that Le Grand has not only mastered, but set the standard to an all-time-high for. From the subtle melodic stylings right through to its launch into floor fuelled leads, whoever said too many chefs spoils the broth evidently never sampled such poised studio talents as collected in this latest Flamingo outing. In a promising tip to the rising Swedish and German appendages of this latest collaborative, an injection of fresh talent doesn’t seem to have hurt Fedde in his quest to take the globe by storm courtesy of the fresher ranks of his label’s newly orientated family.

Fedde Le Grand, Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel – Turn It Flamingo Recordings – Beatport Link

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Release: Fedde Le Grand, Deniz Koyu & Johan Wedel – Turn It Flamingo

Dutch masters of the bleep Bassjackers return to Doorn Records for their debut instalment for the imprint of Sander Van Doorn alongside Indonesia’s primary House export Angger Dimas. Already frequenting such esteemed imprints as Musical Freedom and Wall Recordings, this triple threat effort calls upon their respective studio dialects to forge an intense romp of dignified club fuel for the first-quarter of 2012. In their usual manner, Bassjacker’s influence can be easily identified within the piercing lead play that makes up the majority of its melodics. At its apex, however, the grinding chord play and mechanical precision of this impressive outing make for one of the years most interesting Electro outings so far. Still encompassing an impressive air of uplifting melodic vibes amid its drops, the assorted trio certainly do their six-handed studio endeavour some serious justice, setting the standard from here onwards to an all-time-high for a year that they will have little trouble conquering.

Angger Dimas & Bassjackers – RIA Doorn Records – Beatport Link

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Release: Angger Dimas & Bassjackers – RIA Doorn

Haitian boy-wonder and rising production force Michael Brun has set his sights on the elegant imprint of Progressive House master Dirty South. Already set to represent Phazing at this year’s Miami WMC, his forthcoming single ‘Rise’ suggests a formative match for this aspiring Electronic protégé following the powerful ‘Dawn’ for Revealed. Building a suitably emotive canvas of rising melodic leads, the energetic audacity that see’s it transition into the realms of peak time perfection make for the imprints most vital outing to date. With an exclusive edit coming from Dirty South himself, ‘Rise’ hits home the unparalleled quality that this notoriously solid imprint has pushed from day one. Already confirmed to return to the label for further offerings this year, Brun and his like-minded peers are sure to keep hitting all the right notes for 2012.

Michael Brun – Rise (Dirty South Edit) Phazing Records – Beatport Link

Michael Brun – Rise (Dirty South Edit)

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Release: Michael Brun – Rise (Dirty South Edit) Phazing