Brazilian maestro Alok is back on his CONTROVERSIA label for the 7th installment of his notable ‘CONTROVERSIA by Alok’ compilation series, and listeners are in for a treat on this sonic journey. Featuring an epic total of 17 tracks, including 9 unreleased ones, including Alok’s brand new track “Slow It Down,” leading the pack of exclusive pieces from DISORDER & Dynamick, Dallerium, Higher Lane, HLX, Basstian, and more. Opening the mix with Alok’s stunning “Slow It Down,” which is a deep and sultry progressive house that will have listeners grooving on the dancefloor. Plastik Funk and B Jones give their own flavors to it, while new artists to the label make a strong start. The newcomers include Andrew A on his emotive “Fade Away,” Ted Troll’s cinematic “Breathe Again,” and more. CONTROVERSIA can always be counted on for diverse and dynamic sounds, and this new compilation does not disappoint. Alok drops it after a hot run this summer, with his remix for Marshmello & Khalid’s “Numb” on RCA Records, and his radio-friendly “Deep Down,” which just surpassed 55M streams on Spotify and is currently leading Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart at #1 for the 4th week in a row.
“The 7th edition of our compilation brings together handpicked tracks, which are part of my concert repertoire and also of the ‘Controversia Radio Show,’ with weekly distribution to radio stations around the world. Anxious to know what you guys think, however, very satisfied with the result.” — Alok
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.
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LUM!X Drops Nostalgic Feel-Good Dance-Pop Single “Kids Like Us”
Austrian-Italian electronic protege LUM!X returns with his newest release, “Kids Like Us,” a unique and uplifting Dance-Pop smash that conveys the youthful energy of its namesake. Pairing cinematic and euphonious melodies with a dynamic, uplifting drop, LUM!X makes a true statement by incorporating an attention-grabbing and singalong chorus featuring children’s voices.
The combination of joyous and nostalgic elements creates a truly special sonic experience that will transport the listener to the favorite childhood memories and partially encourage you to embrace the present moment with the same type of wonderment. LUM!X has been on a hot streak the last few years, achieving an incredible milestone of 2 billion streams across all platforms, as well as 2 diamond, 22 platinum, and 9 gold certifications under his belt.
LUCiD & FRiENDS is the pseudonym for a newly formed songwriting collective, whose members have been working with the likes of Karol G, Camila Cabello, Iggy Azalea, MNEK, Cheat Codes, Selena Gomez, Marshmello, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, and more.
“‘Kids Like Us’ is a song that has a very special place in my heart. As I crafted the beats and melodies, I felt the music come alive, a vibrant tapestry of sound that beckoned you to feel like a kid again. The title came from a place deep within my heart, a longing for the innocence of youth when the world was a playground, and worries were but fleeting whispers. Like a technicolor dream, the song paints vivid images of laughter, sun-drenched afternoons, and endless possibilities. Each note was a brushstroke, every lyric a stroke of nostalgia’s brush. It was a melody that transported you back in time while keeping one foot firmly in the now, a balancing act of emotion and innovation. What started out as a very uncommon and difficult topline ended up being one the most emotional songs I’ve ever worked on. The big vocal hook, together with the pop-ish verses, is something very different from what I usually produce, but for me, that’s the magic about this record” — LUM!X
At just 21 years old, Austrian-Italian musician LUM!X, real name Luca Michlmayr, is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the global electronic music scene. To date, LUM!X’s songs have been streamed well over 2 billion times, leading him to over 30 diamond, platinum and gold certifications. With a signature style that’s as smooth as it is hard and refreshing as it is versatile, LUM!X represents the next step in the evolution of the modern DJ, bringing with him a sound that’s not only primed for the radio and the club, but geared for the viral airwaves as well. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry already, including Gabry Ponte, DVBBS, KSHMR, and remixed the likes of Robin Schulz, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Alan Walker, and R3HAB to name only a few. In 2022, he became one of the first DJs to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Austria in the competition. In 2023, he also won two prizes at the Amadeus Awards of Austria for Song Of The Year and Best Dance Act with his song “Halo,” featuring Pia Maria.
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Cash Cash & Taylor Dayne Team Up On 2023’s Take On “Tell It To My Heart”
The unstoppable production Dance-Pop trio Cash Cash teams up with one of the Top Dance artists of all time – Taylor Dayne, for their new smash hit, a 2023 take on “Tell It To My Heart,” originally released by Taylor back in 1987 as her debut single, after which she rose to global stardom.
Cash Cash’s new song incorporates newly recorded, simply stunning vocals from Taylor Dayne while adding fresh elements of autotune and vocoder to certain samples to make for a groovy and digitized sound. The New Jersey-based producer and songwriter group incorporates their dynamic sound in the form of upbeat, emotive chords and a progressive bassline mixed with in-your-face synths, giving the track a modern flavor of old-school, Disco-inspired ballads that pull on heartstrings for many years to come.
“Tell It To My Heart” is out on Ultra Records/Sony Music.
“‘Tell It To My Heart’ was such a legendary song of its time with such a unique sound. The vocals alone had such a powerful instant melody that in combination with the lyrics, made for an infectious hook. The track also had such a fun, iconic 80’s tone with the synths and instruments that we really wanted to preserve in our version. I think we found the perfect balance in taking a trip down memory lane while going someplace new at the same time. There’s a popular phrase that a hit song is a hit song no matter how it’s dressed up. We took this already phenomenal song and put a whole new 2023 suit and tie on it. Taylor also is one of those artists that’s simply #stillgotit, and it shows in this version in which she completely recorded brand new vocals for.” — Cash Cash
“I am really excited for fans around the world to hear my new single and collaboration with the great team Cash Cash ‘Tell It To My Heart.'” — Taylor Dayne
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Berlin Got An Electronic Music Anthem Produced By Scooter!
For many years, Berlin has been hailed as the epicenter of electronic music. It’s a city that has transformed alongside this genre, and it was about time that Scooter released a tribute anthem to celebrate it.
From underground clubs to massive festivals, the German capital has it all! Taking this into account, Scooter gets inspired by the vibrant ambiance of its nightlife, and this new banger called “Berliner Luft” invites you to throw your hands up in the air.
On a side note, to grasp the essence of “Berliner Luft” and Berlin’s electronic music scene, it’s essential to experience its party vibes firsthand. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than discovering the iconic Berghain or the hidden gems of Friedrichshain.
The urban area offers a diverse range of venues where you can enjoy non-stop fun as seen in the visuals.
Moreover, with the traditional Hard Dance style and unmistakable vocals of H.P. Baxxter, this tune will soon become a brand-new hit. Above all, catchy melodies and electrifying beats capture the spirit of this great Metropolis through an upbeat rhythm.
In brief, Scooter is a talented group that continues to reinvent themselves. Also, they never fail to impress; that’s the reason why I can’t wait to hear their next melodic stompers…