Protocol’s newest release is a proper old-school House jam from Belgian producer BLVNCO aka Romeo Blanco, who is debuting his housey music-oriented side project, and label veteran DØBER titled “Do It.“ It features a catchy vocal riff that will have listeners singing along to “this is House music” after the first round, complemented with a groovy, driving bassline that leaves plenty of sonic space for dancing. The release is a unique sound for Nicky Romero’s label, which in addition to its signature progressive vibe, has been consistently expanding into a wider sonic spectrum and different music genres, such as the earlier retrowave-influenced single “Ready Or Not” from Roc Dubloc & Gid Sedgwick and now this jackin’ House release, coutesy of BLVNCO and DØBER. “Do It” follows DØBER’s recent “I Got Some” with Almero, while BLVNCO performed at Protocol’s labelnight “Nicky Romero & Friends” during Amsterdam Dance Event 2021.
Founded by Nicky Romero in 2012, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative electronic dance music. It boasts a roster of heavy-hitters, complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Futuristic Polar Bears, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Tim van Werd, Timmo Hendriks, Marc Benjamin and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. BLVNCO as Romeo Blanco debuted on Protocol Recordings back in 2020 with “For Your Love” with Timmo Hendriks. He is best known for his hit “The Mood” with Henri PFR & Veronica, which reached the Top 20 on Belgium’s Ultratop 50 list. Romeo Blanco has appeared no less than six times on the main stage of Tomorrowland, in addition to playing at TomorrowWorld, Tomorrowland Brasil, Green Valley in Brazil, and Illuzion Club in Thailand. DØBER draws his inspiration from artists such as Dogblood, ZHU, and Gesaffelstein, delivering plenty of dark, hard-hitting tunes to add to the label’s repertoire. He followed his 2020’s debut “Twisted” EP with a remix for Deniz Koyu’s “Next To You” and original works, such as “Silence” with Monocule, “Focus” with Almero, and “Bounce” with RayRay, quickly becoming one of the label’s leading artists. A new year promises even more exciting releases from Protocol, so keep an eye out for what else they have up their sleeve!
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RayRay Releases Ethereal, Bass-Driven Debut Studio Album
Powerhouse Taiwanese artist RayRay releases her first-ever studio album on Barong Family, a ten-track body of work titled ‘Unearthly World’ that serves as a stunning and diverse look into the female producer and singer’s psyche and childhood inspiration. The album touches on a myriad of genres, from Dubstep to Trap to melodic, house, and hardstyle, but is held together with a common thread of ethereality that is reminiscent of the folk tales and fairy stories that RayRay loved while growing up in Taiwan. The opening track, “Wide Awake,” sets a beautifully haunting tone with its emotive vocals and wistful bass, spreading its vein to other titles such as “Hide & Seek” with Nonsens and the lyrically empowering “Butterfly” with RayRay’s fellow Taiwanese JVNA. She then turns up the heat by heading into hardstyle territory with “404,” with rapid-fire basslines and serrating synths that are not for the weak of heart. Records like “Losing My Mind” with Dirty Audio and “Good Girls Gone Bad” with Dysomnia, featuring OGAQUAFINA, rock a four-on-the-floor house beat perfect for booty shaking on the dancefloor. The entire album is a testament to RayRay’s evolution as an artist as she seamlessly transitions between soundscapes. Read on for more on her inspiration behind “Unearthly World”:
“‘Unearthly’ can have a very vague meaning, but I wanted to highlight the fact that it’s a milestone release for me that sonically and aesthetically exists in the same dimension as my previous releases such as EPs – ‘Purple Alien,’ ‘Alien Invasion’ and ‘Alien Mutation,’ among others. With ‘Unearthly World,’ I want to give the listeners and my fans a diversified body of work that stimulates their imagination with a wide range of music genres and invites them to my own unearthly world of RayRay as a seasoned music producer and a singer.” — RayRay
01. RayRay – Wide Awake
02. RayRay, Nonsens – Hide & Seek
03. RayRay, JVNA – Butterfly
04. RayRay – 404
05. RayRay – Full Speed ft. ØZI
06. RayRay – Just Like You ft. Patrick Brasca
07. RayRay, Dirty Audio – Losing My Mind
08. RayRay – Don’t Need It
09. RayRay, Dysomia – Good Girls Gone Bad ft. OGAQUAFINA
10. RayRay – Succubus
RayRay has landed loudly and exploded onto the international dance scene in the past few years. With gigs at major festivals like Glastonbury, ADE, Tomorrowland, Sonar, and Arcadia, and her purple hair as her signature look. She cemented her status in the scene as a Red Bull Thre3style competition winner and through a series of studio sessions with artists such as Skrillex, Yellow Claw, Steve Aoki, and Atmozfears. All that while honing and training her vocals with voice professionals. After being named on Beatport’s HOT 100 Future Bass/Trap Top 10 List in 2016, her work ethic and signature sound caught the ears of Yellow Claw, who brought RayRay on tour in 2019 and quickly signed her to a management deal and to the Barong Family where she released three EPs: “Purple Alien” and “Alien Invasion” and 2021’s Brand New EP “Alien Mutation.” RayRay’s new home on the Dutch imprint has gotten her name on feverish demand, and today she tours her signature sound all over the globe, creating seismic experiences for her newfound fans. With releases on Spinnin’ Records, Protocol Recordings, Dim Mak, as well as releases on Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom to follow. Despite the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 didn’t slow her down one bit. With the dance scene at a standstill, RayRay started her live streaming channel on Twitch in early 2020 and, within a year, became the top Twitch “Live Music” Streamer, according to IMS Business report. During the same period landing a residency on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Sirius XM Radio show. 2021 saw her release EPs “Lasergun” with Yellow Claw, “Pump It Up” with Moksi, and “Where Are My Friends” with Sihk, to name a few. Needless to say, RayRay’s spaceship is rocketing across the stars and doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon.
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Indie Artist Ashton Adams, Producer For Idris Elba, Returns With “Action”
Canadian artist Ashton Adams is back in full force with his new track “Action” with American DJ/Producer Ryan Respinto and vocalist Alex Price. Opening with soulful vocals layered over a groovy bassline, Adams and Respinto seamlessly build into a bouncy and House-forward drop. The elements of Garage and Bass give the track a unique touch that crosses genre boundaries, making it feel at home, whether on the radio or in the club. “Action” is out on Adams’s own label Kyngdom Records; he also debuted earlier this year on Ultra Records and recently co-wrote and co-produced “Aces” for Connor Price and Idris Elba. Read on for the full story behind the track from Ashton himself, and keep an eye out for more new music from all three talented artists.
“My TikTok and Instagram this year has been doing pretty well with a few viral videos, and I have been able to build an awesome fan base and connect with house music lovers across the world, including some awesome producers. I connected with Ryan over TikTok, and we began sending ideas back and forth, and we came up with “Action.” We knew this one was special, and we took the time to really refine it to make sure that the listener is taken on a journey from beginning to end. ‘Action’ is one of my favorite tracks that I have worked on this year. The vocals and the way the track moves is special, and I believe every dance music fan that listens to it will love it.” — Ashton Adams
As a producer, label owner, and drummer, Ashton Adams has had an illustrious career shaped by creating and collaborating on music that represents his love of underground Hip-Hop and House music. He has worked with many artists and brands in various capacities, including viral Tik-Tok star 347aidan, Bryan “BC” Cockett, Vito Luprano (Celine Dion’s executive producer), Miami’s Hit Factory where Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, Daddy Yankee, AC/DC, and more recorded at where he met 100M’s. He is also the founder and operator of the Canada-based Kyngdom Records and Kyngdom Studios, where signed artists include the popular Justin Bieber doppelganger, Brad Sousa. To add to his resume, Ashton will also be touring with renowned Canadian Rock band Stereos as a drummer with Brad Sousa for their reunion tour in the summer of 2022. He gives back to the community as a high priority and partnered with The Waterloo Region District School Board to offer classes for high schoolers who are passionate about singing, rapping, music production, photography, and cosmetology. Stay tuned for more music coming from Ashton Adams in the near future.
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Don’t Miss Out! Chloé Caillet Serves Up A Housey Jam, “NYWTF”
Chloé Caillet moves into a fun dimension with her new housey jam “NYWTF.” Inspired by the classic sound of Detroit and Chicago House, the melody here calls for arms spread and raised to the skies.
In collaboration with Mikhail Beltran and released via CircoLoco Records, “NYWTF” outstands when it comes to minimal and deep tech beats. Moreover, the mantra on repeat «New York What The Fuck» is so bloody addictive that invites everyone to dance.
Hailing from Paris, France, Chloé Caillet is a rising female producer and DJ whose eclectic style is impressing the underground circles. There’s also something vintage about her music that I absolutely enjoy. Well, who doesn’t?…
Best of all, the music video transports you to the capital of the world, the Big Apple. These visuals are simple but iconic at the same time, showing you the land of the free through retro aesthetics.
I really hope you like it as much as I do.