Recently, Pete Tong released his latest mix collection, All Gone Pete Tong/Groove Armada Miami 2012 and has turned it into a platform to discuss the recent explosion of EDM in the U.S. A partnership with Groove Armada, the two-disc album features new production from the dance duo, as well as new mixes of tracks from Goldfrapp, Jamie Jones, Subb-an, Kevin Saunderson, Kenny Larkin, Joe Goddard, Feel My Bicep, Dusky, Nina Kraviz, The Chain, NY Stomp, and others.
Regarding the album, Tong said: “It’s two CDs of what we feel is the next wave of dance music. That doesn’t mean it’s all minimal. It’s vocals, it is melody, it is more of a new school underground sound.”
The BBC Radio One DJ spoke on the same subject in a column in Music Week. While his latest release takes the “next wave of dance music,” Tong has seen the rise of EDM on both sides of the Atlantic, and basing his advice on its rise and fall in the U.K., the tastemaker tells DJs and producers to stick with their roots and avoid corporate interests. In his column, Tong explains that he essentially brought house music from the U.S. over to the U.K., and partially as the result of his radio program, which debuted in 1991, he watched the genre’s rise in the 1990s and eventual burnout in the early 2000s.
Regarding his observations of the past and the current U.S. EDM favoring, he wrote: “Now is the time for those involved to sharpen up and play their very best game; to develop the scene steadily, keeping it true to its roots.