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!”STREAM/DOWNLOAD
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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Sophia Shy Unleashes Energetic Music, Here’s “Love Is Home”!
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Sophia Shy continues to reach incredible heights. Certainly, “Love Is Home” is the perfect combination of energetic music and strong vocals. Upon first listen, you can tell the high energy builds will transport listeners directly to the dancefloor. Nevertheless, through the lyrics, she shares a relatable experience of missing someone you love. Well, home is exactly where you hang your heart, and it has a special meaning in our lives. With this in mind, Sophia also excels in songwriting as she’s channeling her feelings authentically. I truly believe she’s becoming one of the most creative female producers in the game. Please, check this out, it’s really cool!
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SYNES’ New Remix EP, ‘Something’s Got To Give’ Is Pure Fire! 🔥
SYNES‘ new remix EP has grabbed my attention this week. Surprisingly, the remixes of “Something’s Got To Give” hit No. 38 on the Billboard dance chart. There’s no doubt, each track offers unique uplifting energy destined for any DJ set. Dirty Werk, MARAUD3R, KC Anderson, The Dirty Disco, Deanne, Guy DeGiancito, Glitterball, John Michael, and Oba Frank Lords manage to keep the American singer’s powerful vocals intact. Enjoy these versatile productions that shift from housey, tribal, techy, and even to funky rhythms at mere minutes. The remix EP is available to stream on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. If you consider yourself a true clubber this is also for you!
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Phantom Boy Announces Spanish Song “Celina” Taken From His Upcoming Album
“Celina”, the newest Spanish song from Phantom Boy sounds amazing. The creative Latino artist is releasing this single on August 15th. The good news is that it is taken from his upcoming album, ‘Phantom Boy 2020’. Everything we know so far is that this is the result of a collaborative project with the skillful young Producer Berny Anzola, who has worked in the past with the Grammy Award-winning duo, Chino and Nacho. In other words, you can expect a hit as successful as Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”. Of course, for Spanish speakers, lyrics will be more meaningful but for those who don’t speak the language, “Celina” still reach the earworm status. Here’s your chance to listen to a preview of the catchy track below!
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Marcus James Touches On A Sensitive Subject With Powerful, Emotive New Tune “Move On”
Marcus James has a knack for creating meaningful dance music, and his latest release “Move On” featuring XYSM is a poignant and masterful exhibition of his signature sound. The track’s theme is the often-stigmatized subject of mental health, bringing to light the depths of loneliness, anxiety, depression and their coping mechanisms in a scenario that is all too familiar for many of his listeners. With XYSM’s signature vocals intermingled with melodic instrumentals and a gently undulating bassline, James takes the track to a deeper level by including personal phone recordings from his own life. “Move On” sends a straight-forward story and message to all those listening: that vulnerability about these feelings is not a topic that should be stigmatized, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Marcus James and XYSM previously teamed up on “Ghosts” and “Let Go,” and “Move On” follows James’s last release “Over U” with RYYZN.
“I’m always trying to create a more cohesive world around my music. One of the ways I’ve been doing that is sampling pieces from older tracks of mine and sneaking them into my new songs. Some of the chopped up vocals you hear are actually made from another song of mine in which the singer happened to use the words’ Move On.’ They were sung with a totally different timbre, so I had to change the rhythm and pitch to draw it together in an engaging way.” – Marcus James
Marcus James is breaking down previously uncrossed barriers between the realms of pop-punk, emo and electronic dance music with his unique signature sound. Dubbing it “emo house,” James’s style is an eclectic fusion of the genres that results in radio-friendly and yet tasteful productions. In 2018 he began to build a following for his hybrid music genre, one that eventually grew into millions of streams and thousands of new followers every week. After signing with the Physical Presents last fall, James joins the likes of Felix Cartal, Prince Paris, Bobby Love and more on the label. Keep an eye out for more emo house you can sing to in the shower coming very soon from Marcus James!
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Teamworx Deliver Big-Room Dancefloor Track “Louder” With Mr. Sid & George Z
Israeli duo Teamworx has built their signature around energetic, club-friendly tracks, and their new release “Louder” is guaranteed to set dancefloors around the globe on fire. They’ve teamed up with Dutch producer Mr. Sid and newcomer George Z for the new release, which is their 8th on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings. “Louder” is suitable to its name, delivering driving basslines and larger-than-life melodies for a track that is nostalgic for classic big-room, but fine-tuned for the new age of dance music. Teamworx have already teased the track out several times, including at Ultra Korea, to rave reactions from the crowd. “Louder” follows “Losing Control,” and Teamworx’s remix of Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s festival hit “Ring the Alarm.”
Since its founding in 2012, Protocol Recordings has grown from a record label to a truly multi-faceted household brand in electronic music – but they’re still only getting started. Nicky Romero created Protocol to be a place of camaraderie between forward-thinking artists, always daring to break the mold through innovative sounds and the development of emerging artists. Protocol’s ethos has lead to immense success with their family of talent, including eight-time veterans Teamworx. The Israeli exports first exploded onto the scene with Corey James and their track “Make The Crowd Go,” which received massive support from industry heavyweights and is still played by Steve Angello in his live sets. They’ve collaborated with Nicky himself on “Champion Sound” and “Deep Dark Jungle,” as well as remixes for his tracks “Only For Your Love” and “Ring the Alarm.” In 2018, they played at EDC China as well as Protocol’s showcase at ADE, and this summer they performed at Ultra Korea. Keep an eye out for more new music and show announcements from Teamworx coming soon!
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