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ATFC & DAVID PENN RETURN TO ARMADA SUBJEKT WITH BANGING FOLLOW-UP TO ‘HIPCATS’: ‘DYNAMITE’

 Following the huge success of ‘Hipcats’ (#1 in Traxsource’s main chart, #1 in Beatport’s House chart, #12 in the Miami Buzz chart and #13 in the Cool Cuts chart), ATFC and David Penn have gone all out with their joint return to Armada Subjekt. Almost a year after the release of the aforementioned hit, the Anglo-Spanish House icons emerge with a track that might even trump its predecessor in terms of sheer infectiousness: ‘Dynamite’

 

Listen to ATFC & David Penn – Dynamite

 

Staking its claim as a booming prime-time cut, ‘Dynamite’ picks up where previous hit ‘Hipcats’ left off. Cooked up from an explosive mixture of impactful drums, crackling grooves and eruptive vocals, ‘Dynamite’ is bound to set fire to the dance floor and the scene as a whole. 

 

ATFC enjoyed major success around the turn of the century, charting in the Top 40 of the U.K. Singles chart with ‘In And Out Of My Life’ (#11, 1999), ‘Bad Habit’ (#17, 2000) and ‘Sleep Talk’ (#33, 2002). In the years thereafter, House icons such as Mark Knight, Mousse T, Nic Fanciulli and Roger Sanchezbegan to take notice of his slick productions and masterful grooves, a trademark ATFC has honed to perfection. Now riding the wave of his recent success with ‘Hipcats’, ATFC has more than earned his stripes by continually reinventing himself and his sound, and turning heads because of it.

 

One of Spain’s most well-known DJ/producers, David Penn has a number of worldwide House hits to his name, including mid-90s hit ‘The Night Train’ (#1 in the Netherlands, #12 in the U.K.), produced under his Kadoc moniker. Throughout his long and prosperous career, he has worked with some of House’s finest acts and labels, and remixed tracks from a whole raft of notable acts, including Simply Red, Mariah Carey, Junior Jack, Sandy Rivera, River Ocean feat India (Masters At Work), Boy George, Josh One, Kiko Navarro, Michael Gray, Lenny Fontana, Robbie Rivera, The Shapeshifters, Joey Negro and more. ‘Dynamite’ shows that David Penn is still on top of his game churning out grooves and hooking singles at an impressive rate. 

 

Listen to ‘Dynamite’ on Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/2Y1Ol74

SECRET WEAPON ‘RENAISSANCE’ SEES MAXIM LANY DEBUT ON ARMADA ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS

Offering up a mouth-watering taste of musical heritage, Belgian House star Maxim Lany finally unleashes his debut release on Armada Electronic Elements. Played extensively by household names such as Kölsch and Solomun in the months leading up to its official release today, ‘Renaissance’ is where the rich culture of House music meets the underground sound of today. 

 

Listen to Maxim Lany – Renaissance

 

A well-known figure in the Belgian Deep House scene, Maxim Lany has gradually become a household name. Having shared the decks with the likes of John Digweed, Sasha, Jamie Jones, Lee Burridge, Adriatique, Kölsch, Bedouin and many others in 2018 alone while releasing tracks on some of the scene’s most acclaimed labels, he managed to stand out through his internationally acclaimed, atmospheric signature sound. Now, with the release of a track that’s been so heavily featured in the live sets of many top names, it’s safe to say Maxim Lany is pulling out all the stops to continue his rise to fame. 

 

Maxim Lany: “I am overwhelmed by the massive response to ‘Renaissance’. It gives me goosebumps knowing that both Solomun and Kölsch used it as their secret weapons for months, and I really cannot wait to see who else will be playing it!”

 

Listen to ‘Renaissance’ on Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/2W6QlJm  

SOMNA & HALIENE ‘SECRET’

Somna has a secret. Literally. Released today, the latest from the AVA A&R man pairs him for the first time with songstress HALIENE. Now one of the foremost voices of the EDM generation, with ‘Secret’ comes a record that brilliantly connects the dots between their two musical worlds.

On ‘Secret’, HALIENE (whose previous work includes team-ups with Seven Lions, Illenium, Slander, ATB, Ferry Corsten, Blasterjaxx and Aly & Fila) walks a dazzlingly fine lyrical/vocal line. The LA-based singer’s introspectively from-within song drops an emotional depth charge, which she brings vividly to life through her now instantly recognisable voice.

Through his production Somna tracks her tone instinctively, boxing clever with hints and tints that channel a number of electronic music styles. In its formative stages the Canadian nods at progressive, while his synth and plucked string work deliver the midsection its lift. He adds elegant pianoforte pathos to his chord & pad enriched break, holding back just enough to pull off a crowd-flaming, tech-fired closing third. ‘Secret’ is available to stream or buy here (https://ava.choons.at/secret) from March 15.

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ICARUS – ‘SIRENS’ REMIXES

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ICARUS – ‘SIRENS’ REMIXES
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

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Bristol’s electronic duo ICARUS have made major waves as of late with new single ‘Sirens’ being named Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ and Mistajam’s ‘Self Certified’. Taken from their ‘This Must Be The Place’ EP, ICARUS now present a club-ready remix package featuring Denney, Motez and My Friend.

Spending years perfecting his craft, North-Eastern DJ and Producer Denney has released on numerous highly acclaimed labels including Global Underground, Saved Records, 2020 Vision and Hot Creations. With recent heat from his 90’s inspired club ready single ‘Empire’, Denney’s remix takes a similar path transforming ‘Sirens’ into an assured dance floor weapon.

Baghdad-born, Australian based Motez is widely respected for his innovative remixes of some of pop’s biggest names including Justin TimberlakeDisclosureSam Smith and Frank Ocean. He now turns his hand to remixing ICARUS. Transforming the track with a trance inspired bassline and glitchy, robotic sounding synths, Motez’s rework takes on a futuristic feel.

London duo My Friend complete the remixes. Getting their first break through in 2018 when their unsigned, unreleased tracks ‘My Heart Burns There too’ and ‘Solace’ debuted on Danny Howard’s ‘Future Fire’ as ones to watch. Featuring gentle percussion from the get go, their ‘Sirens’ remix is yet another testament to their adept ability to craft emotionally charged dance music.

Continuing their ascent in 2019, ICARUS embark on their headline LIVE tour in April, playing venues across the UK, including Manchester’s The Deaf InstituteXOYO in London and SWG3 Glasgow.

AFROJACK TURNS HEADS WITH NEW GENRE-DEFYING SINGLE: ‘SOBER’ (FEAT. RAE SREMMURD & STANAJ)

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.

Listen to Afrojack feat. Rae Sremmurd & Stanaj – Sober

 

 

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.

 

AfrojackWorking 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.

CEDRIC GERVAIS, JUST KIDDIN AND KYAN JOIN FORCES ON UPBEAT, DISCO-SCENTED SUMMER ANTHEM: ‘GOOD THINGS’

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.

 

Listen to Cedric Gervais vs Just Kiddin feat. Kyan – Good Things

 

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.

Protoculture & Mino Safy – Redemption

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.

Maor Levi & OTIOT feat. Ashley Tomberlin – Turn Out The Lights

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?

Turn out the lights and listen to it here

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 – Inupiaq / Over Town

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.

Listen to these two tracks here.

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.

ARMIN VAN BUUREN BUSTS SPEAKERS WITH MASSIVE FESTIVAL BANGER: ‘TURN IT UP’

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.

 

Listen to Armin van Buuren – Turn It Up

 

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.”