Throughout his illustrious career, Grammy-winning dance music icon Afrojack has often showcased an unparalleled mastery of the full musical spectrum, and his latest release on his Wall Recordings label sees him push it to an even higher. Made in collaboration with American hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and singer-songwriter Stanaj, ‘Sober’ is a super-enjoyable cross-genre track that shows once again why the Dutchman is one of dance music’s most esteemed acts.
Juggling dark, hip-hoppy beats, upbeat chord progressions and uplifting vocals, ‘Sober’ spotlights an exciting contrast that blows listeners away. From its street credibility to its pop potential, this superb track is suitable for all states of mind.
Afrojack: “Working with Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj was fire, Rae’s work ethic is hardcore, we even made some changes to the song on the set of the video to make sure it’s the best! This is also the second time doing a record with Stanaj and the combo of his voice and approach to pop always gives a WOW effect.”
Stanaj: “Was amazing to work with such a talented group of artists on this song. Always great to see what happens when worlds come together.”
Afrojack is without a doubt one of the most popular dance music acts of today’s scene. A producer sought after by many of the industry’s top names, he won a Grammy for his and David Guetta’s remix of Madonna’s ‘Revolver’ and worked with everyone from Pitbull to Sting and Chris Brown. Add to that the gamut of top-tier festivals he wrecks the mainstages of on a continual basis and you know Afrojack will remain one of dance music’s most esteemed acts for a long time to come.
Formed by brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee, Rae Sremmurd is one of the main pillars of the American urban scene. Originating from Tupelo, Mississippi, the duo sold certified platinum with their debut album ‘SremmLife’ in 2015 and launched their best-known single, ‘Black Beatles’, one year later, which peaked at #1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 while also making wave on an international scale with multiple Top 10 spots in a host of countries. Other highly acclaimed singles such as ‘No Type’, ‘No Flex Zone’ and ‘Swang’ also sold platinum and added to the duo’s total of well over a billion Spotify streams, serving as a testament to the duo’s incredible skill and popularity across the globe.
Stanaj, who previously linked up with Afrojack on multi-million-stream single ‘Bed Of Roses’, counts as one of the scene’s most promising singer-songwriters. With additional features on tracks from the likes of Gryffin and several singles of his own, he’s steadily building out the momentum to cement his place among the industry’s finest.
Just when the winter cold has started to fade, Miami-based dance music icon Cedric Gervais, U.K. DJ/producer duo Just Kiddin and singer-songwriter Kyan emerge on Cedric Gervais’ Delecta Records with an upbeat, sun-tinged disco song that oozes positivity. Perfectly mirroring that warm and welcoming feeling of the first rays of spring sunshine tickling the skin, ‘Good Things’, which comes with a disco edit from Just Kiddin, inspires listeners to reach back to the pure happiness they felt back when they were still kids gamboling about without a care in the world.
Cedric Gervais: “Right before my show in Mykonos, Greece in the summer of 2017, I was talking to Just Kiddin about working together on a collab, as I loved their remix of my track ‘Somebody New’. They ended up sending me an idea and we just started going back and forth until the track came to life. ‘Good Things’ is a very feel-good track; it has that summertime vibe, bringing back nostalgic and happy memories to everyone listening. We’re very proud of the record and hope people are going to connect with it!”
Just Kiddin: “We grew up listening to ‘80s disco (thanks to our parents), so we wanted to do a modern take on that sound. The idea was to create an ‘80s disco track, and then sample it and modernize it. So we played some guitar and keys, laid down some disco drums and built the track up from there. We knew the track needed a feel-good vocal, something that had that timeless feel! We took the instrumental into a session we had with Kyan and wrote the topline together. The concept of the vocal is about changing perspective to start seeing what’s good around you!”
Kyan: “’Good Things’ started in my studio in Cambridge after Lewis and Laurie (Just Kiddin) played me a few potential skeleton beats. I instantly gravitated towards the song because it had a real summertime nostalgia feel to it; it felt like looking back at those endless summers we had as kids without cares or responsibilities. I realized that those moments of pure happiness and contentment happen less and less as we grow up. ‘Good Things’ is about reclaiming that pure happiness and manifesting it for yourself. The more you believe and open yourself up to that happiness, the more you attract it, and the more ‘Good Things’ come your way. Just Kiddin and Cedric both took the song in equally captivating ways, and I’m excited to see which version people connect with the most.”
Cedric Gervais has been one of dance music’s luminaries for over fifteen years. He scored a Grammy in 2013 with his remix of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’, sold multi-platinum with several singles and is a frequent fixture in the Top 10s of acclaimed charts in the U.S. (Billboard), the U.K. (U.K. Singles chart) and Australia (ARIA). His before-mentioned remix of ‘Summertime Sadness’ racked up over 330 million streams on Spotify alone and ‘Would I Lie To You’, one of his more recent collaborations with David Guetta and Chris Willis, added to the tally with over 118 million streams on the streaming service. With summer just around the corner, ‘Good Things’ could very well become a seasonal anthem warranting a tidal wave of streams and accolades.
Hailing from the small market town of Kettering, Northamptonshire, childhood friends Lewis and Laurie have created a unique production recipe, gaining props from industry heavyweights such as Duke Dumont, The Magician, Gorgon City, Martin Garrix and Tiësto. Their streak of success, which started with straight-up summer anthem ‘Thinking About It’, gained them a total of over 50 million streams on Spotify alone (including more than 12 million streams for 2018 single ‘Indiana’) and the opportunity to deliver on remix duty for artists such as ALMA, CAZZETTE, Cedric Gervais, Claptone, Craig David, Merk & Kremont, Robinson and more.
With glowing recommendations from the likes of Disco king Nile Rodgers and prominent outlets such as NME, CLASH, Billboard and Sunday Times, Kyan can easily be touted as one of the most promising singer-songwriters of the moment. Having lent his skills to industry icons such as Duke Dumont, Electro Pop king Madeon, Benga, Knox Brown and now Cedric Gervais and Just Kiddin, the Cambridge-based talent is pulling out all the stops to amplify his already meteoric rise to stardom.
When Protoculture & Mino Safy teams up the dance floor isn’t save anymore. Redemption is a super cool trance track. Every trance lover will be going wild by hearing this amazing track. Enjoy this track here.
Sweeping listeners of their feet with captivating melodies and impactful drops, Protoculture and Mino Safy’s collaborative effort on A State Of Trance is a banger meant to wreak havoc across the globe. Blending both artists’ energetic signature styles into an instant crowd favorite, ‘Redemption’ has all the hallmarks of full-throttle Uplifting Trance.
This track from Maor Levi & OTIOT feat. Ashley Tomberlin is premiered in ASOT during Maor Levi’s guest mix! ‘Turn Out The Lights’ is a dark temptation no clubber can resist! Exited to this track?
In the wake of their seminal link-up on Armind (‘Bandana’), Maor Levi and OTIOT join forces again for their joint debut on Armada Music. Featuring atmospheric, mood-defining vocals of Ashley Tomberlin that swerve around gorgeous breakdown strings and rumbling bass, ‘Turn Out The Lights’ is a dark temptation no clubber can resist.
Rodg is coming out with some Techno and Melodic House tunes. Inupiaq and Over Town are some deep sounds that will be loved by the crowd.
Both featured on Rodg’s second artist album ‘Fate’, ‘Inupiaq’ and ‘Over Town’ show a different, more experimental side to the Dutchman’s musical brilliance. Geared more towards Techno and Melodic House with its foreboding arpeggios and shuffled beats, these cuts can only be described as the finest Deep Progressive with a twist.
Following the grand success of mainstage anthem ‘Blah Blah Blah’, Armin van Buuren has pulled out all the stops to unleash yet another full-throttle festival anthem. Already premiered to legions of fans during his sets at ASOT 900 Utrecht and in his A State Of Trance radio show, ‘Turn It Up’ does exactly what its title implies: getting listeners to crank up the volume big time.
Created off the back of several amazing crossover songs, including the wonderful ‘Lonely For You’, ‘Turn It Up’ sees Armin van Buuren unleashes his dark side for a fresh cut meant the biggest stages. Peppered with colossal drums, infectious vocals and stadium-quivering bass, this blistering track is meant to make the crowd erupt into fist-pumping madness.
Armin van Buuren: “I’m always excited for the festival season because of the crowd’s response to tracks like these. Nothing beats the feeling you get when fans go absolutely nuts to something you play, and ‘Turn It Up’ was made for that exact purpose. I’m really looking forward to playing this one all throughout the summer.”
If dance music and travelling are your greatest passions, you’re going to love this one! This month, Armada Music and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are offering you and a friend the opportunity to win the weekend of your dreams to a sun-laden Miami. Including a careless flight with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, a three-day hotel stay, access to two huge Armada Music events a meet & greet with Armin van Buuren among other Armada artists, and all the sun, sea, beach and party vibes you could possibly need. This trip is without a doubt the chance of a lifetime for you to live your dreams Miami-style!