Emerging Chinese DJ/Producer ZHANGYE Teams Up With KARRA
Following a strong debut earlier in 2022, ZHANGYE is back with his next release. Titled “Wherever The Wind Blows” this time, he has drafted in the sublime talents of American singer and songwriter KARRA, known for her work with big acts with Le Youth, NERVO, and Armin van Buuren.
KARRA’s partnership with ZHANGYE on “Wherever The Wind Blows” is the fusion of two gifted artists with a deep footing in music theory and creativity. This combination elevates a song that could be perceived as a soothing Ballard into an exhilarating electronic track. From a melodically subtle intro, the track opens with placid guitar strums before KARRA’s vocal takes position. ZHANGYE’s production cleverly infuses a country feel before tumbling into a compressed electro melodic, wrapped around a slaphouse kick. The combination of which elevates “Wherever The Wind Blows” into an addictive dance player that brims with mainstage appeal for summer festival goers.
Previously earning support from the likes of Quintino and former world No.1 DJ Dimitri Vegas, ZHANGYE is beginning to make strides as emerging talent from the Chinese scene. His debut EP, ‘When I Was Young,’ managed to take the No.1 position on the Chinese iTunes electronic chart, as well as a brief stint at #1 on the US iTunes EDM chart and Top 3 on the QQ Music Electronic Chart for three consecutive weeks (QQ Music is the biggest DSP in China.) ‘When I Was Young’ also went Gold on NetEase CloudMusic, the second largest Chinese DSP.
Alongside his music career, ZHANGYE’s life is a multi-faceted existence as he is also known as the founder of Cyanhill Capital, a leading venture capital firm in China focusing on early-stage consumer investments. Peers recognize ZHANGYE and Cyanhill in the industry for their superior track record and their solitary focus on the concept of aesthetics. As a result, he and Cyanhill have received numerous honours. They have been named ‘Best Early-Stage Investors in China’ and ‘Best Early-Stage Investment Institution in China’ by mainstream institutions for consecutive years.
KARRA, real name Kara Jillian Madden, has become one of the dance scene’s most sought-after singer/songwriters in recent years. Since debuting on Monstercat, the American vocalist has worked with a slew of well-known names, including Jauz, GHASTLEY, Firebeatz, Sam Feldt, and KSHMR.
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Bassjackers’ “Wrong Or Right” Based On 80s “The Riddle” Theme
Dutch duo Bassjackers returns with their new release “Wrong Or Right” on Spinnin’ Records, based on the famed melody from Nik Kershaw’s 1984 release “The Riddle.” While the original itself might invoke an enigmatic feeling, Bassjackers put their own festival spin on it with organic instrumental melodies and an energetic, dynamic bassline. The result is unexpectedly upbeat, especially when complemented by the top line and its lyrics that the duo wrote themselves. Bassjackers are still riding the wave of their 6-track “Les Pays Bass” EP on Smash the House from last month, which showcased their diverse sonic range and production prowess. “Wrong or Right.” This one is bound to be lighting up dancefloors during Bassjackers sets as well as radio airwaves. With more releases in the pipeline, including Bassjackers’ forthcoming single “Traffic,” which is currently being heavily supported by Tiësto himself, we can only assume that it will be a productive and successful summer for the legendary Dutch duo.
“‘The Riddle’s melody has always been one of our favorites, and this is our second remake of it. The first one is a festival banger with almost 40 million streams on Spotify alone. This time we upped the ante by writing our own vocals to it and have it revolve more around that epic whistle.” — Bassjackers
Bassjackers exploded onto the scene, and in 2011 their dancefloor bomb “Mush Mush” was picked up by Tiësto and released on his label Musical Freedom. The track dominated the Beatport top 10 charts for over two months and was one of the biggest festival tracks of the year. This was a sign of things to come. Since then, Bassjackers have reached massive new heights in their career with numerous chart-topping bangers and hit collaborations with the likes of Martin Garrix, Afrojack, KSHMR, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, R3HAB, and Showtek, to name a few, as well as remixes for A-list artists including Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Moby, and Ne-Yo. At the top of their game, Bassjackers continue to tear up stages worldwide and wow crowds along the way.
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Protocol Drops ‘Miami 2023’ EP Ahead Of Nicky Romero’s UMF Set
It’s that time of year again: Miami Music Week, and that means Protocol Recordings‘ annual Miami-themed EP. Nicky Romero and his team release 5 brand new tracks to capture the spirit of Miami ahead of Nicky’s mainstage Ultra Music Festival performance on Saturday the 25th. The selection kicks off with “Come What May” from newcomers CHRSTN, G.U.O.L & Auryn, which leans on the softer side of vocal progressive house with uplifting melodies, while next up Corey James and DJ TORA’s “Phantom” slowly ups the ante with a dancefloor-oriented combination of rolling basslines and upbeat melodies. “Take You Home” from Lukas Vane provides a strong dose of grooves and tech house to really get the party going in full swing, which is followed by the aptly named deep, dark progressive track “Darkness” courtesy of PØP CULTUR. Rounding out the EP is Rushline’s “Pull Up” with the perfect underground vibes for your after-after parties.
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, Almero, Low Blow, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Tim van Werd, Timmo Hendriks, Marc Benjamin and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. All with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. The label has cultivated a strong presence in the dance music scene from Miami Music Week to the Amsterdam Dance Event and beyond, consistently bringing the good vibes and wild nights with beloved veterans and fresh faces in the live performance circuit. Protocol’s events have a reputation for being one of the best nights in dance music all year, and this year is no different. Previously Protocol has been expanding their showcases with events at Chroma Club in Seoul, South Korea; Bone Club in Pattaya, Thailand; ORA Nightclub in Miami, London’s Ministry of Sound, Prague’s Epic and hosted their own stage at Medusa Festival in Spain and Hungary’s Balaton Sound and Sziget Festival, to name a few. Expect more cutting-edge new music and exciting concepts coming very soon.
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3MPTY & KINGDM Debut “IJWLY (I Just Wanna Love You)” Via Destructivo
After spending several years in London and L.A., long-time friends Luca and Lorenzo reunited in the scenery of the Italian Alps, where 3MPTY was born and formed out of the desire to rediscover their musical roots and give birth to an honest, mature musical project. The pair are now officially lifting the lid on a period of studio creativity to reveal their debut single, “IJWLY (I Just Wanna Love You)” with KINGDM.
Released on the newly minted label Destructivo, a sublabel of Tileyard Music group, 3MPTY’s debut single opens with a heavily processed autotuned voice before it pairs with a hazed-out, upbeat groove and pitched-down creeping melody. However, far from seeking to create main room fodder, 3MPTY have taken the path to craft a single that gels their influences of dark UK Garage to meet ambient atmospheric whilst showcasing the duos’ respective pedigrees as producers.
Discussing how the project came together, 3MPTY said, “We have been long-time friends and share similar musical backgrounds. We first reunited in the Tuscany hills, where we wrote IJWLY and decided to embrace a new music project together.”
Lorenzo, previously a founding member of D.J. duo Sondr, has amassed over 100M streams, including earning Gold records with singles “Surviving” and “Live Love Learn.” Lorenzo is also a prolific songwriter, having penned numerous hit dance records, including as a co-writer on the Top 10 record “Heartbreak Anthem” for David Guetta, Galantis, and Little Mix (400m streams, 2 x platinum).
Co-founding member of 3MPTY, Luca, aka KINGDM, has equally crafted his fair share of full-sized hits, most notably his single “Baby” featuring Kevin Garrett, which entered the Top 10 of Spotify’s global and U.S. Viral 50 charts. Throughout his career, Zane Lowe and Annie Mac championed Luca’s music and received support on radio stations such as KCRW, Beats 1, BBC1, and BBC2.
Hitting the ground running with “IJWLY (I Just Wanna Love You),” a towering end-of-the-night track, the duo is eager to have an ear towards the underground club scene and display a wide range of genre influences with their new artist venture, 3MPTY.