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MASON ‘You Are Not Alone’ supported by Sander van Doorn, Pete Tong, Ferry Corsten

Single: You Are Not Alone
Released: Beatport 5th July and General 9th August
Label: Animal Language
Remixes: Rene Amesz, Glenn Morrison, Zoo Brazil & Paolo Mojo

4/5 Mixmag
Mason back on form Pete Tong
Biggest track of the year Chris Lake
Support inc. Rachel Barton (Annie Mac/Pete Tong Producer), Mylo, Sander van Doorn, Ferry Corsten and Gareth Emery

The Dutch duo break the mould and surprise once again with ‘You Are Not Alone’; a pensive and beautiful track destined to be an end-of-the-night record in clubs and festivals over the coming months.

Brighton based chanteuse Lisa Jane adds the vocal icing on this deliciously simple and emotive tune. Mason’s trademark melodies and obese analogue production makes ‘You Are Not Alone’ another winner from the Animal Language stable.

Remixes come from Dutch funky fresh house don Rene Amesz and Canada’s rising star Glenn Morrison. As usual the trademark ‘Refurb’ throws the original completely off-kilter, Rhodes heavy interpretation sounds like something from the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack.

This time around Animal Language has also splashed out on a video for its release. You Are Not Alone gets a stunning animated video by BAFTA award winner filmmaker, Anwyn Beier. This beautiful and original film takes us on a darkly tongue in cheek night out in a rough arsed town. It’s the perfect foil for Masons latest opus.

Beatport link to Mason ‘You Are Not Alone

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First-Ever CD Release of “Major Tom,” Brand New Single “Rocketship”

New York, NY – Ultra Records, the top dance label in the U.S., is pleased to release the new album by Shiny Toy Guns, the electro-rock outfit that pioneered the fusion of dance music and rock and roll with their first two albums We Are Pilots and Season of Poison (Universal Motown). Now, on their anticipated third release Girls Le Disko out December 15 (Ultra Records/Universal Motown), Shiny Toy Guns has collected remixes from some of today’s most exciting DJs, producers, and bands, many of which have never been available or even heard by fans.

A dance music-focused project – including remixes from top electronic, trance, club, house, drum and bass, and even new wave artists – is no surprise, especially to fans who have followed the band’s career from the beginning, and to new fans who have recently discovered their music via the many film, television, and commercial projects that have featured their music.

Shiny Toy Guns was formed in 2002 by keyboardist/bassist Jeremy Dawson and vocalist/guitarist Chad Petree, a couple of self-proclaimed indie rock kids living in LA who loved punk and decided to take dance music and rock music and “smash it all into one project,” Dawson explains. “We wanted to catapult from every angle and every genre.”

Mainstream audiences might recognize the sound of Shiny Toy Guns best by way of their cover of Peter Schilling’s 1980s new wave classic, “Major Tom (Coming Home),” a sequel to Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” The Shiny Toy Guns version of the song – featuring vocals by Sisely Treasure (formerly of Cooler Kids) – has been prominently featured in a national television ad campaign for the 2010 Lincoln MKZ car, and has never before been available on CD until Girls Le Disko.

Girls Le Disko – titled as a nod to the band’s hit single “Le Disko” from their debut album – also features the much-anticipated issue of the fan favorite “Rocketship,” which Shiny Toy Guns has been playing to live audiences’ delight for years. “Rocketship” will be released as a single and will be hitting radio in January.

The album – in addition to the two never-before-released original songs – is comprised of a collection of the band’s favorite remixes of tracks from their first two albums, most of which have, as Dawson says, “never made the light of day.” Some of the most notable tracks on the album include treatments of “Rainy Monday” by UK DJ/producer Hervé and UK dance music trio Bimbo Jones, new versions of “Ricochet” by electro DJ/producer Kissy Sell Out and American DJs/production duo Nadastrom, and remixes of “Le Disko” by Dutch superstar DJ Ferry Corsten and by Boys Noize (the stage name of German electro DJ/producer Alexander Ridha), whose fans will recognize as the sample from the Boys Noize track “& Down.”

“We have remixes of our songs deliberately. Dance music is such a vital part of Shiny Toy Guns,” Dawson says. “I mean, we’re half machines. It’s half of the sound of the band.”

Dawson, who has been a DJ himself for 15 years, is particularly excited to venture further into the dance music world with Girls Le Disko. He says, “It’s a big deal nostalgically and progressively for Shiny Toy Guns to put a record out with a company like Ultra, which has stood the test of time.”

Seven years later, Shiny Toy Guns is showing their own longevity, after having been “guinea pigs” for modern rock radio when dance/rock was just getting started, and having very much paved the way for many currently successful bands in the genre like MGMT and Metro Station. One of the first 300 MySpace bands in the Wild West days of social networking, Shiny Toy Guns have been on the forefront of technology and built their fanbase in the most grassroots way, and now – 17 countries and a Grammy® nomination later – are updating their Twitter status as they chase tornadoes through the Oklahoma flatlands.

Shiny Toy Guns sits among the pioneers of the dance/rock sound and has been one of the few acts to ever take something underground and successfully blend into modern rock radio and major commercial media. In addition to commercials for the Lincoln MKZ, their music can be heard in commercials for the Lincoln MKS, Honda Prelude, and Motorola Razr / Verizon, and has appeared in episodes of Gossip Girl and 90210 and in the film Sorority Row.

Girls Le Disko is available in stores and online on December 15. The band will tour in early 2010.


1. Le Disko (Boys Noize Remix)
2. Major Tom (Coming Home) (Original Version)
3. Rainy Monday (Hervé Remix)
4. You are the One (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)
5. Ricochet! (Kissy Sell Out Remix)
6. Ghost Town (Evol Intent Remix)
7. Don’t Cry Out (The Teenagers Remix)
8. Le Disko (Ferry Corsten Remix)
9. Rainy Monday (Bimbo Jones Remix)
10. You are the One (Adam Freeland Remix)
11. Ricochet! (Nadastrom Remix)
12. Ghost Town (Hi-Deaf Remix)
13. Starts With One (Classixx Remix)
14. Ricochet! (BT Remix)
15. Rocketship (Original Version)

About Ultra Records
Ultra Records is an American independent electronic dance music record label, voted Winter Music Conference’s IDMA “Best American Dance Label” (2006-2009) and Billboard’s Dance Airplay Label of the Year (2005-2009). Ultra Records is the home of several award-winning and internationally-renowned DJs, producers, and dance music artists, including a total of 20 placers in the Top 100 DJs Poll this year, including Armin van Buuren and Tiësto in the top two spots. Ultra was formed in New York City in 1995 by former Polygram and Virgin Records executive Patrick Moxey, who is still the owner.

Ultra’s current roster includes American artists Markus Schulz, Steve Smooth, Kaskade, Sharam, Cedric Gervais, and international artists Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, Above & Beyond, The Young Punx, Benny Benassi, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Kraak & Smaak, Morcheeba, Fedde le Grand, Enur and others in North America. Ultra has featured releases from the aforementioned artists and many others such as Pitbull, Paul van Dyk, The Crystal Method, Timo Maas, Sasha & John Digweed, 4 Strings, Panjabi MC, Despina Vandi and Junkie XL. In the U.S., Ultra Records is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance/Warner; elsewhere, Ultra is distributed by EMI Canada and Vital UK.

Press Releases

Armin Van Buuren Crowned King of 2008 DJ Mag Poll Ultra Records’ Artists Tiësto, Above & Beyond, David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, deadmau5, Sander van Doorn, Paul Oakenfold and Axwell Take Top Honors (Ultra Records)

Armin Van Buuren Crowned King of 2008 DJ Mag Poll Ultra Records’ Artists Tiësto, Above & Beyond, David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, deadmau5, Sander van Doorn, Paul Oakenfold and Axwell Take Top Honors (Ultra Records)

Last night, the official and full results of the British DJ Mag Top 100 poll were revealed at the official ‘DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s Party 2008’ in London. Ultra Records’ artist Armin van Buuren has been voted number one DJ for the second year in a row!

Armin van Buuren has been listed in the DJ Mag Top 100 since 2001, when he entered the poll at the 27th position. In 2002 he climbed up to the 5th position, and in 2003, 2004 and 2005 he was listed at the third spot. In 2006 he moved up to the second place, until eventually in 2007 he topped the Poll with a number one position. And this year he did it again.

2007 and 2008 have undoubtedly been 2 of the busiest, yet exciting years for Armin van Buuren. Next to hosting his award winning, weekly radio show ‘A State of Trance’, with an estimated 25 million listeners, Armin has released his third artist album ‘Imagine’ in North America on Ultra Records (Armada). The album made history as the first Dutch dance album to debut at number one on the Dutch album chart. Armin also toured the world with his ‘Armin Only: Imagine’ concerts, with the sold out first edition in the Jaarbeurs venue in Utrecht, providing more than16.000 party people a stunning show and exclusive 9 hour set.

Armin’s reaction: “For me this is an incredible honor, because it’s an award from the votes of so many dance music lovers that went online to vote. I‘d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support. Thank YOU!“

Ultra Records’ artists maintained a heavy showing in the illustrious UK dance publication’s annual poll. Dutch phenomenon, Tiësto, who maintained the polls number one position 3 years in a row remains at number 2, and stellar trance production and DJ trio Above & Beyond take number 4. David Guetta’s Pop Life success and non-stop touring places the French native at number 5, and Dutch trance maven Ferry Corsten pulls in number 6. Sasha, who released his acclaimed ‘The emFire Collection’ on Ultra earlier this year retains his long standing amongst the Top 10 at number 7. Markus Schulz’ relentless touring pushes him to the number 8 position.

Newcomer to the poll is deadmau5 – riding high on a string of incredible productions and his debut album RANDOM ALBUM TITLE already earning him the award for Producer of the Year from successful digital retailer Beatport – he debuts on the chart at number 11. Sander van Doorn, whose powerful debut album ‘Supernaturalistic’ released on Ultra Records, takes number 13. Paul Oakenfold, who has always maintained high positioning on the poll, claims 14, and house producer, Axwell hits at number 20.

Other Ultra Records’ artists charting this year include Eric Prydz at 21, Fedde Le Grand at 29, Benny Benassi at 39, Roger Sanchez at 57 and Sander Kleinenberg at 60. Congrats to all Ultra Records’ artists for their continued success!