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ShockOne Releases Complex, Experimental 13-Track ‘A Dark Machine’ Album

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After much anticipation from recent releases “Run” and “Til Dawn,” Australian artist ShockOne has released his new thirteen-track album ‘A Dark Machine’. Breathtakingly complex, hauntingly poignant and sonically masterful, the album explores a concept few people dare to truly dive into – confronting the darkest parts of ourselves and realizing that our power as humans makes us capable of both great and terrible things. As the album progresses through both psychological stages – from awakening to self-destruction, hopelessness to self-acceptance, ShockOne creates more than just a sonic joyride. ‘A Dark Machine’ is an immersive experience that delves into the complex human psyche while running the gamut of bass music genres with an experimental flair. The album features guest collaborations with ShockOne’s real-life sister, vocalist Reija Lee, as well as Cecil, Cruz Patterson, The Bloody Beetroots and producers Ekko and Sidetrack, who each contribute their unique sound to the whole. No matter what stage of the journey you’re on, you are bound to discover something new and mindblowing on this album. Check out ShockOne’s inspiration below:

‘A Dark Machine’ begins with “Run” and the intro connected to it “Awake”. The whole thing started from the idea I had of the protagonist waking from a dream while finding themselves running, from what exactly, they don’t know, but they are filled with a sense of dread, they do know, however, that if they stop running something terrible will happen. I just had this image of someone waking up running from something, and at the beginning, I wasn’t quite sure what that was myself. As I kept writing and scribbling random phrases and notes down, it started to become clear that what the protagonist is running from is a reflection of their own psyche, their subconscious, perhaps even the darker side of it, and that is essentially what ‘A Dark Machine’ represents. As I continued the writing process, I started to realize this album is basically the story of someone coming to terms with their own mind/subconscious, the good and the bad parts of it. The closing song “Silver & Gold”, is the final conversation between the protagonist and their own subconscious. The eternal conversion we are all having with ourselves that can sometimes get pretty dark. This story is like a dramatization of that, and this album is like a soundtrack to the dystopian art film I have in my head that will never get made! Although the fantastic videos Matsu made for “A Dark Machine”, “Bleed Black” & “Run” are pretty damn close!”

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Since his debut in 2009 with “The ShockOne” EP, Karl Thomas has established himself as one of the most exciting bass artists in the scene. He followed up his massively successful debut with 2011’s “Crucify Me,” a drum & bass/dubstep anthem in which he also showed his versatility and talent as a vocalist; this single served as a preview for his first album “Universus.” ShockOne’s most significant break came in 2012 when he released the genre-bending, now-iconic work of art that is “Chaos Theory” featuring Corey Burton. “Chaos Theory” experienced astronomical success, peaking at #2 on Beatport, #1 on Trackitdown, and #1 on iTunes Dance in Australia. This led him through a whirlwind of touring, playing festivals such as Creamfields, the Big Day Out, and Stereosonic, and playing sold-out shows throughout Australia. After listening to ‘A Dark Machine’, we know that ShockOne is bigger, better, and stronger than ever before. Stay tuned for what comes next from this leading Aussie export!

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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Missing Summer Already? Aligee & Phareed Bring Good Vibes Back With New Song

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Try this new song if you’re missing hot summer days. Aligee and Phareed combine their creativity on “Believer”. Firstly, the summery vibes are feelgood on this one. Among other things, you will notice immediately they’ve produced something catchy, bright, and radio-friendly. For some reason, I’m one of those guys who sing along to good music I discover. So, I can assure you that the chorus + Chad Kowal’s top-notch vocals are remarkable. Of course, this is not the first time Aligee and Phareed work together. Two good examples of previous hits could be their debut track  “Eyes Up” and a recent remix for Post Malone’s ‘”Feel”. Keep an eye on these rising artists via their socials. Further surprises can never be ruled out.

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Denis First Remixes Steve Aoki & Backstreet Boys’ “Let It Be Me”

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unveils a bold remix of Steve Aoki and The Backstreet Boys‘ single “Let It Be Me”, and I guarantee this one is going to be your guilty pleasure on repeat. The remix keeps the original’s famously crooning vocals and incorporates dreamy melodies and a groovy, undulating bassline. The remix “Let It Be Me” is undoubtedly a blast from the past for many of First’s listeners who grew up listening to Backstreet Boys as pre-teens, presenting a fresh new take on their childhood favorites with a modern dance sound. The remix follows Denis First & Reznikov’s recent original releases “Taking Off,” which was also their Ultra Records debut, “Shameless” (Universal/Island), “Move On” (Future House Music), “Heart Away” and “Empty” (both on Enhanced Music).

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“A few years ago, when every single girl in the world was the biggest Backstreet Boys fan, I couldn’t even imagine that one day I’ll be releasing a remix for them! It’s sooooo cool! And Steve Aoki is one of the producers whose outstanding talent and work I respect most these days – so it was a very very very great pleasure to have a chance to produce a remix for their collaboration!” – Denis First

Denis First is an academically trained music producer who made his debut on the scene by combining forces with friend and fellow producer Reznikov when they began to make unofficial remixes of their favorite tracks. This eventually led to Denis’s first official release in 2018, which has progressed into official remixes for iconic artists such as R3HAB, Galantis, Cash Cash, Nikki Vianna, Madison Mars, Janieck and others. After releasing on renowned labels like Spinnin’ Records, Atlantic Records, Island Records, Sony, and Enormous, Denis First brings his euphonious and dynamic sound to Ultra Records with the “Let It Be Me” remix. Keep an eye out for Denis First as he continues to flex his talent with more new music coming soon!

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Matthew Schultz & Gyptian Premiere A Tropically-Tinged Song Inspired By Major Lazer

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Known for his versatility as a Music Producer, Matthew Schultz is back with something fresh. Inspired by Major Lazer, his newest single “Turn Me Up” is full of vibrant tropical vibes. Most importantly, he teams up with Jamaican hitmaker Gyptian who has collaborated on different projects with Nicki Minaj, Diplo, and Toddla T. Not for nothing, he attracts over 1.4 million Spotify listeners almost every month.

Besides the super catchy lyrics, “Turn Me Up” is complemented by a Reggae-like groove impossible to ignore. What’s more, I can’t stop moving my feet due to the Dancehall beats. Without a doubt, this sunshine jam will have you feeling like you’re chilling on the beach in the Caribbean. Just close your eyes, paradise is a state of mind when there’s good music available for us. ☀️😌🌴

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Electro Wow Exclusive Guest Mix: Ken Bauer

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Having had a number 1 release with his track “Defected” on Spinnin’ Records, an independent release titled “All I Need” reaching over a million streams and support from industry heavyweights such as Nicky Romero, Sander Van Doorn and Yves V its clear that DJ and Producer Ken Bauer is a force to be reckoned with.

The Swedish DJ and Producer grips his audiences with his addictive and unique productions, he blends characteristics from Big Room, Progressive, Future and Electro House to generate a new type of dancefloor groove. His inspirations include the likes of Blasterjaxx, Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell. Ken has put together an exclusive guest mix full of his favourite tracks, including some of his own productions.

If you didn’t know Ken Bauer before, this mix will help to get you better acquainted.

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1 — Riton, Oliver Heldens, Vula – Turn Me On (Original Mix)
2 — Ken Bauer – Plastic Luv – [Extended Mix]
3 — Zeds Dead, Funkin Matt, Fiora – Feel So (Extended Mix)
4 — Tom Budin & Debris – Nothing Left To Say ft. joegarratt [Extended Mix]
5 — VJS & Maone – This Girl (Extended Mix)
6 — STEFF DA CAMPO X musicbyLUKAS – PUSH (EXTENDED MIX)
7 — Meduza – Piece Of Your Heart (Alok Extended Remix)
8 — Max Fail & Jonathan Wagner – Alone (Ken Bauer Remix) [Exclusive]
9 — VVOLV – Portal (Extended Mix)
10 — LMNTRX & Censored – Baby (Extended Mix)
11 — Ken Bauer – Cowboy [Extendex Mix] [Exclusive]
12 — Ellis – Colours (Extended Mix)
13 — David Flix – Undercover [Extended Mix]
14 — Brooks and Jonas Aden – Riot (Extended Mix)
15 — Dastic, Tommy Jayden – Find You (Original Mix)
16 — Mesto – Back & Forth (Extended Mix)
17 — Aftermarket, DAENGZA – Scarab (Extended Mix)
18 — Raven & Kreyn – Tear It (Extended Mix)
19 — Mike Williams feat. Maia Wright – Wait For You (Extended VIP Mix)
20 — SICK INDIVIDUALS – I’ll Be Here For You (Extended Mix)
21 — RetroVision – Take Off (Extended Mix)
22 — Mike Williams – Day Or Night (Extended Mix)

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R3HAB & Ella Vos Team Up For Dreamy, Melodic Dance-Pop Crossover Tune “Exhale”

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R3HAB partners with acclaimed singer/songwriter Ella Vos for their new single “Exhale”, an electronic ballad that combines the best of dance and pop music. Featuring soft, rolling basslines and dreamy soundscapes, “Exhale” lets Vos’s velvety vocals genuinely shine as she belts out lyrics that make the heart both break and soar at the same time. Although this track is a departure from R3HAB’s usual sound, the genre-crossing single is one of his most masterful to date. “Exhale” is his first official collaboration with Ella Vos, though he also remixed her popular single “White Noise” in 2017. Vos was truly introduced to the world when “White Noise” went viral and hit number one on Spotify and the Hype Machine, and she has since been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone and Neon Gold for her ethereal style. The single follows R3HAB’s “Alive” with Vini Vici and his remix for James Arthur’s “Treehouse.” “Exhale” is out worldwide via CYB3RPVNK in partnership with AWAL.

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“After I remixed Ella’s ‘White Noise’ we built a relationship that has lead us to this original release of ‘Exhale.’ Ella’s amazing vocals were all I needed to build a great production around. I am very proud of the result and can’t wait for the world to ‘Exhale’ with us.” – R3HAB

Over the last seven years, the Dutch/Moroccan artist Fadil El Ghoul – better known as R3HAB – has established himself as a leader at the forefront of modern electronic music. His talent has been called the “future of the craft” by the likes of Forbes and Billboard, and he’s circuited the globe’s best clubs and festivals all without the backing of a formal record label. In 2017, R3HAB independently released his debut album “Trouble” through his imprint CYB3RPVNK, which amassed over a half-billion streams globally and officially placed R3HAB among electronic music’s heavy hitters. He made number 12 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list in 2018, topping the charts with tracks like “Lullaby” and “Hold On Tight,” while his sophomore album “The Wave,” revealing more complex, emotional and experimental layers of himself, has amassed over 250 million streams on Spotify alone. In 2019 R3HAB’s “All Around The World” with A Touch of Class quickly became his biggest ever record already topping 200M streams across platforms and achieving gold & platinum status in 8 countries.

Ella Vos has quickly become one of the most exciting new acts in pop music. Beginning with her viral hit “White Noise,” Vos has hit number 1 on both Spotify and Hype Machine’s Viral Charts. Acclaimed for her dreamy soundscape and praised by the likes of Rolling Stone and Neon Gold, her debut album “Words I Never Said,” and her follow-up EP “Watch & Wait” have received over 250 million streams independently. With sold-out shows across America, Ella Vos’ songs have soundtracked ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” MTV’s “Catfish,” E!’s “Life of Kylie” and The CW’s “The Originals.”

R3HAB‘s upcoming dates:

Oct 12 – La Cigale – Paris, France
Oct 17 – Club Hohhot – Shenzhen, China
Oct 18 – Superface – Shenzhen, China
Oct 28 – The Grand Boston – Boston, MA
Oct 29 – Shrine Nightclub – Mashantucket, CT
Nov 08 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Nov 09 – Harbour Convention Centre – Vancouver, Canada
Nov 10 – EDC Orlando – Orlando, FL
Nov 15 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 16 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Nov 22 – Rebel – Toronto, Canada
Nov 23 – The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
Nov 29 – Great Hall-Avant Garder – Brooklyn, NY
Nov 30 – Echostage – Washington, DC
Dec 14 – Djakarta Warehouse Project – Jakarta, Indonesia
Dec 20 – StereoLive – Houston, TX
Dec 24 – Marquee – New York, NY
Jan 18 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
Feb 08 – Electric Brixton – London, United Kingdom

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