Now established as the first key tent-pole event of the new EDM year, ID&T's Energy is clued-up clubbers first encounter with the sound-designs that Europe's electronic dance top-tier are going to be sending their way throughout the coming year. The best of the world's top-tier producers. The most cutting-edge remixologists. The newest, hottest studio stars of tomorrow. They're all gathered, they're all here... for Energy 2012 - The ALBUM!
Before WMC, before UMF, before the White Isle or the summer month's festivalism, right here is where the starting gun sounds! The titanic Utrecht-based Energy event is the launch pad for each new beats/bass/synth-packed EMD year,
With their finely-tuned lone-range radars scanning studios near daily, ID&T & High Contrast sign the tracks that capture the essence of the event straight off the mixing desks. Their track-packed 2012 edition has sourced music from heavyweight operators like Tiesto, Fedde Le Grand, John Dahlback, Marco V, and Marcel Woods, as well as nu-skool heroes including Hardwell, Dada Life, Jochen Miller, Chris Lake, and Funkagenda. It also selects white-hot sonics from the prospecting superstars of tomorrow, Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu, Manuel De La Mare being just three.
Every event of standing requires an official anthem and every mix-comp needs a big kick-off. This year Energy's audio-emblem is served up by Hardwell, who following his runaway success over the last 12 months, springboards into 2012 with 'Cobra.' fulfilling all the requirements of the anthem mandate, it's a huge, bass-powered, squelch 'n' distort fest, topped by a wickedly infectious 'n' irresistible organ mainline. Continuing to mine a rich seam of music, it's followed by the marching drums of Denzal Parl's 'Militia,' Ted Nilsson's heart-pounder 'Runaway' and the big-room culture of Fedde Le Grand & Patric La Funk's 'Autosave' - all of which nitro-inject the mix. Hardcoding the event's dance-DNA, you'll also find Dahlback's high-wire tense 'Feel It,' 'Work Hard, Play Hard,' Tiesto's weekender-aimed anthem and Dada Life's deliciously looping (and loopy) 'Cookies With A Smile' all continue to flesh out the event's ethos.
From its outset fisc 2 sets about securing Energy's groove credentials and ensures those quotas are kept sky-high! Building more house rhythms into the mix are EDX'S 'D.A.N.C.E.', the warped bass of Chris Lake & Michael Woods' 'Domino's and the big piano drop moment of Jerome Isma-Ae and Daniel Portman's 'Flashing Lights.' The mix's midpoint lets loose the first-time collaboration of Marco V and Marcel Woods. The team behind 'Scream' team have watched a litany of DJs rally to their track's cause, turning it into one of 2012's first must-owns. As the disc reaches its conclusion, the nu-skool performs a takeover.
The electro-bounce of Joey Suki's 'Zomp,' Ostahnhof & Ugo Platana's 'Evensong' (in its drum-dramatic Michael Woods remix form) and the whooping uprush of Tim Mason album endgame 'Anima' collectively, conclusively seal Energy's audio-ideology.
Every bit your gateway to spring's arena season (and beyond), ID&T's 'Energy 2012 - The Album' is a future-perfect vision of the pulse-quickening floor anthems coming our way this year.
Forward thinking dance denizens, buckle up and get your clubbing shoes on! It's going to get a whole lot fiercer before it gets any calmer!
1. Hardwell - Cobra (Official Energy Anthem 2012) (Original Mix)
2. Denzal Park - Militia (Third Party & Mike Klash Remix)
3. Quintino - We're Gonna Rock
4. Qulinez - Troll
5. Ted Nilsson - Runway (Sonny Wharton Remix)
6. Leventina - Revolution (Original Mix)
7. Fedde Le Grand & Patric La Funk - Autosave
8. John Dahlback - Feel It
9. Flippers - Aroma
10. Inpetto - No More Serious Faces
11. Manuel De La Mare & Alex Kenji - Acid As 303
12. Moguai - Mpire
13. Tiesto feat. Kay - Work Hard, Play Hard
14. Jochen Miller - Flashback (Gregori Klosman Remix)
15. Dada Life - Cookies With A Smile
16. Tommy Trash - Cascade
17. Deniz Koyu - Hertz
18. Funkagenda - Shinjuku (Michael Woods Remix)
1. EDX - D.A.N.C.E.
2. Chris Lake & Michael Woods - Domino's
3. Riktam & Bansi - Copying You
4. Cliff Coenraad - Whoopa
5. Jerome Isma-Ae & Daniel Portman feat. Max'C - Flashing Lights (Nicky Romero & Nilson Remix)
6. Paul Thomas - Buzz Killington
7. Nathan C - Shmoke de Pancake
8. Marco V & Marcel Woods - Scream
9. Dyro - Metaphor
10. Filo & Peri - What You Came Here For
11. Sebastian Krieg & Andrew Bennett - Azure
12. Jake Shanahan feat. Tyler Sherritt - On The Otherside
13. Marcus S. - Fruits & Vegetables
14. JoeySuki - Zomp
15. Helvetic Nerds - To The Sky (Original Mix)
16. Ido Shoam - Do What I Think
17. Ostbahnof & Ugo Platana - Evensong (Michael Woods Remix)
18. Tim Mason - Anima
The tracklist speaks for itself, 'Energy 2012 - The Album' is without a doubt a must have compilation of tracks from some of the biggest names in the EDM game. Make sure to grab your copy on either Beatport or iTunes!