Armand Van Helden

Armand Van Helden

Armand Van Helden

You know Armand Van Helden, right? The self-styled ‘bad boy’ of house, the man with a mountain-size ego, the six-pack framed poser with his joke of an Ali G-like pencil beard, the money-hunger remixer who famously cleared the dancefloor at Space, who really wants to make hip-hop, but can’t.

You know Armand Van Helden, right? The same Armand Van Helden that doesn’t own a flat, or a car, who chooses to walk around his adopted home of New York, rather than chug about in a chrome-plated SUV. The homeboy who was championing the raw, energetic, fun sound of hip-house long before it became a fashion accessory. The straight-talking, no-nonsense trainspotter who still spends hours thumbing through thrift stores in search of tunes to sample.

A b-boy at heart, Armand’s move toward house was geared by both an open admiration for Todd Terry’s aggressive cut-and-paste dynamics, and a passion for the late 80s hip-house of the Jungle Brothers, Tyree and Fast Eddie. “One of the good aspects of hip-house was that it was lyrical,” he says now. “It had a great impact on people. Those records are still memorable now.”

Armand’s latest album, ‘Ghettoblaster’, was released recently on Southern Fried Records, out in Australia through Liberator Music. It includes the dancefloor hit ‘Touch Your Toes’ featuring Fat Joe, and his brand new single ‘NYC Beat’, which is released July 7 and includes hot remixes from MSTRKRFT!

CLICK HERE TO BUY ARMAND’S ALBUM ‘GHETTOBLASTER’ ON ITUNES.


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Duck Sauce on NSFW ‘Big Bad Wolf’ video: “It’s no Windowlicker”

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Parklife @ Wellington Square, Perth (26/09/2011)

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With so many acts spread across the site, highlights came thick and fast at Parklife.

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Nokia X7 Winning Mix #2 - Glyn Frame

By Melanie Mahony 27th Sep, 2011

Our 2nd Nokia X7 winner shows off their unique music taste with tracks from Tom Piper, Afrojack and Armand Van Helden.

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Duck Sauce: Let's dance

By Michelle Sawyer 20th Sep, 2011

Once the sun goes down at Parklife, the Sahara Stage will be brought home by superstar team Duck Sauce. We talk shop with Armand Van Helden.

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Swedish House Mafia announce Ibiza guests

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After a blockbuster season in 2010, the Swedish House Mafia is checking in to Pacha Ibiza again this summer.

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By Dave Ruby Howe 31st Jan, 2011

Going down on March 26th, the group’s Masquerade Motel Miami bash looks to be a star-stuffed event, with the SHM boys ringing in a host of famous friends to join them behind the decks.

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The rain finally stopped, providing blue skies and sunshine for Summafieldayze, a day when two of Australia’s biggest festival connoisseurs, Future Entertainment and Fuzzy, join forces and bring together one of the most exciting line-up’s of the summe

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We’ve prepared a little care package to get you through the Christmas days. We’re pretty good like that.

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walkdogz walkdogz said on Fri 26th Jul, 2013
"amazing"
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scottyk82 scottyk82 said on Mon 24th Jun, 2013
"Massive DS fan. But whadda hell?"
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Yasoda Yasoda said on Tue 20th Mar, 2012
"2 of these Studied film, one music performance, and one ..."
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"The image is enough for me.... I think I'll pass when it ..."
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cheechvda cheechvda said on Mon 17th Oct, 2011
"Autoerotique instead of Sinden? hmmmmm"
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