Alok’s New Club Single “Always Feel Like,” Revival Of Rockwell’s Hit
Alok is back on his imprint CONTROVERSIA with another cutting-edge club track that draws upon Rockwell‘s timeless party anthem with “Always Feel Like.” Although the iconic background vocals by Michael Jackson and his brother Jermaine instantly strike a nostalgic chord with listeners, this isn’t your parents’ version of “Somebody’s Watching Me” from 1984. Following the footsteps of his premier Future-Tech track “The Club Is Jumpin'” from May this year, Alok expertly crafts a sonic journey with Future House-inspired basslines and dynamic synths, making “Always Feel Like” a bonafide club banger that feels right at home in the best clubs and festivals across the globe. All that without losing the old-school vibe of Rockwell’s original. The track follows Alok’s recent radio-friendly single “Deep Down,” which is going strong at over 30M streams on Spotify alone, constantly growing by a few million new spins weekly on the platform alone, and on the radio airwaves globally. This summer has been a hot one for the Brazilian star, with headline performances at Tomorrowland, Untold, Neversea, Balaton Sound, EXIT Festival, and multiple events in Ibiza as part of Alok’s residency on The White Island.
With a strong resume full of remixes and collaborations with artists such as The Rolling Stones to Zara Larsson, from Jason Derulo to Tove Lo, and more, Brazilian Alok has gained an immense international following and is currently having his global breakout moment. He already has the second-largest Instagram following of any electronic artist globally (almost 28M), and his 20M devoted monthly listeners on Spotify have made him the most listened to Brazilian artist in the world. In 2021, he was named the 4th Best DJ in the world, according to the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll. In 2019, Alok was nominated for the International Dance Music Awards for his hit remix of the Meduza single “Piece of Your Heart,” and he also worked with global pop sensation Dua Lipa for the official remix of her hit single “Physical.” Recently he also collaborated with Grammy-award pop sensation John Legend on “In My Mind” and with renegade vocalist John Martin on “Wherever You Go” and lended his talents to remix Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers.” The sky is the limit for the Brazilian superstar.
Alok’s CONTROVERSIA continues to go from strength to strength, and this latest release is another fine example of a label making all the right moves to maintain its impressive forward momentum. Since its inception in June 2019, CONTROVERSIA has accumulated over 1B Spotify streams thanks to its remarkable family of artists, including Yves V, Alan Walker, Bhaskar, Alle Farben, Vintage Culture, and more. All of whom have helped CONTROVERSIA quickly establish itself as one of the most successful independent labels in dance music today.
Aug 26 – Barretos, SP, Brazil
Aug 27 – Divinópolis, MG, Brazil
Aug 28 – Vitória da Conquista, BA, Brazil
Aug 30 – Uberlândia, MG, Brazil
Sep 03 – Rock in Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sep 05 – Hï Ibiza – Ibiza, Spain
Sep 10 – Itu, SP, Brazil
Sep 10 – Cruz Alta, RS, Brazil
Sep 10 – Araçatuba, SP, Brazil
Sep 12 – Hï Ibiza – Ibiza, Spain
Sep 17 – Campos Gerais, MG, Brazil
Sep 17 – Barra das Garças, MT, Brazil
Sep 18 – Salvador, BA, Brazil
Sep 22 – Campinas, SP, Brazil
Sep 23 – Jaguariúna, SP, Brazil
Sep 23 – São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
Sep 24 – Cascavel, PR, Brazil
Sep 25 – Bom Princípio, RS, Brazil
Sep 30 – Toybox – Toronto, Canada
Oct 01 – Montreal, Canada
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Duke & Jones Release Eclectic, Minimalistic House Single “Program”
British duo Duke & Jones are back with another House release that speaks for itself in the form of “Program,” a minimal percussive track with multi-genre influences. Opening with a strong dose of kick drums and a chopped soul vocal riff that continues for its entire duration, the new single also brings in grungy basslines and tribal instrumental aspects. With a lot of groovy and rhythmic elements, “Program” places its focus solely on the house beats, making it feel like you’ve stepped into a dark, secret warehouse rave. Duke & Jones had a viral hit in the form of “Jiggle Jiggle” with Louis Theroux, but are now back to their first love in producing house music. Read on for their inspiration behind the new track.
“For as long as we’ve been producing, we’ve always loved to make super minimal, percussion-led drops. ‘Program’ takes this classic Duke & Jones aesthetic and spins it into a warehouse-flavored house tune, built around soul vocal chops and West African talking drum samples.” — Duke & Jones
Duke & Jones have always been destined to be the “producer’s producer,” having been friends their entire lives and producing since the young age of 12. Their philosophy has always been to let the music speak for itself; they don’t need record labels or huge co-signs to make an impact in the scene–in fact, they were the first musical act to release an EP on OnlyFans, where they received homepage placement and full social support for comic ASMR edits. The duo is adept at working social media to their advantage; their TikTok series has become a global sensation, and their Youtube channel is full of hilarious content. Last year, their viral hit “Jiggle Jiggle” with Louis Theroux, which started as yet another joke, earned them a number 49 spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart. The track also became an emote on Fortnite and was shared by Megan Thee Stallion, Shakira, Jimmy Fallon, ROSÉ (from Blackpink), Snoop Dogg, Anthony Hopkins, Rita Ora, Coldplay, and more. With an array of talent that goes beyond just producing music, Duke & Jones are certainly ones to watch.
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DeusExMaschine Returns To Serial Records With Second Release, “Better”
DeusExMaschine is back with yet another Disco House concoction in “Better,” an energetic and groovy floor filler that would have any party pumping!
DeusExMaschine shows his experience on this brand-new catchy vocal anthem by blending elements of Tech-House, Disco, and even synth-laden Big Room. This is the latest issue in a series of single releases on Serial Records, with the first release in 2022, “Better” is arguably the best of the bunch. The French maestro displays his signature French Touch, a unique sonic profile he acquired during his upbringing and early career in and around the French House boom. A bouncy drumline, bone-shaking bass drop, and catchy vocal track make ‘Better’ a true Disco House tune that lends influences from French House to more modern styles.
DeusExMaschine is a French DJ and producer who has enjoyed a steady and passionate relationship with music since his early twenties. Born in Lyon in 1975 to a musical family who enjoyed early electronic music, DeusExMaschine began soaking in all he could of electronic music and the scene that housed it in his local area and France. From his early work in the style of Daft Punk and Cassius as part of the French Touch movement, DeusExMaschine has always tried to remain faithful to his roots and incorporate the French Touch into everything he does music-wise, lending influence from alternative genres simultaneously. After a short break from music, the ‘Better’ producer returned under the stage name DeusExMaschine and has been consistently releasing since. His big break came in 2022 with the release of his hit ‘Only You’ which became immediately prevalent on the French club circuit and amassed 1 million streams on Spotify alone. DeusExMaschine aims to continue this success with “Better,” pushing his disco tech sound to the world!
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Apollo Xo Drops “Believe,” A Guaranteed Hit For The Dance Floor
Apollo Xo unleashes a new hard-hitting banger. The talented DJ and music producer joins forces with Maximo Quinones to bring “Believe” via Bang This.
The hectic and impressive release schedule of Apollo Xo marks another unmissable milestone with the release of “Believe.” Following the introduction of his latest production “Haunted” and the remarkable remixes of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s “On My Knees” and Frank Ocean’s hit “Pyramids,” the Chicago-based DJ is back with another powerful track.
This time, he collaborates with Maximo Quinones, whose signature sound and style that blends elements from Tech House and Deep House has surely caught the attention and praise of listeners all over the world, and has reached the top positions on major charts across major streaming platforms, matches Apollo Xo’s unbeatable sound to bring forward this surefire masterpiece.
On “Believe,” growling basslines, a groovy powerful beat, and a catchy vocal sample kick off this stellar track.
The song releases itself to a vibrant drop where the beat and the booming synthlines keep the party going. Playful vocal chops and electrifying sonic elements take the track to a higher ground, calling its listeners to reach the dance floor and enjoy themselves with the unparalleled immersive experience that is dancing to an Apollo Xo track.
An Apollo Xo production in full force this track also highlights the skills and impressive sound of Maximo Quinones. The groove and uplifting vibes of this production certainly keep proving why Apollo Xo’s name is one to keep a close eye on.
Don’t forget to follow Apollo Xo across all his social media as he continues to unveil powerful productions that keep pushing boundaries and hitting new milestones for this gifted artist.
‘Believe’ is out now via Bang This, and available in all major online stores and streaming platforms.