Protocol veterans Marc Benjamin and Timmo Hendriks team up with Italian duo VY.DA for their new release “Hold Me Down.” Featuring singer/songwriter Alessia Labate, the track is a quintessential progressive/big-room masterpiece. “Hold Me Down” opens with Labate’s ethereal vocals and cinematic melodies that gradually swell into its uplifting, bouncy drop, which is guaranteed to make you want to teleport to your favorite festival’s main stage. Marc Benjamin previously collaborated with the likes of Laidback Luke, Benny Benassi, Fedde Le Grand, and Afrojack, while Hendriks has recently released “Something To Believe In” preceding “Hold Me Down.” VY.DA first appeared on Protocol in 2020 with “Waiting To Run,” in collaboration with Mosimann, and released earlier on HEXAGON, Revealed, STMPD RCRDS, Armada Music and Darklight Recordings. This is also not the first time when Marc and Timmo work together, as they already joined forces last year on their successful single “Be Alright.”
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative house music; it boasts a roster of heavy-hitters complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers, all with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. Veteran producer Marc Benjamin has a reputable taste for impeccable productions, evidenced in his successful previous collaborations with heavyweights Laidback Luke, Benny Benassi, and Yves V, and his remixes of Zedd’s worldwide hits “The Middle” and “Happy Now.” He has performed around the world, including Ultra Bali, a 5-year residency at Amsterdam’s club Escape, and released on Spinnin’ Records and Steve Angello’s Size Records, Heldeep, and more. Dutch artist Timmo Hendriks first made his debut on the label in 2018 with “In My Head,” with Lennart Schroot, followed by “Thinking About You” as part of Protocol’s “Miami 2019” EP, which has currently garnered almost 3,5M streams on Spotify. His next releases continued to show increased energy and a more mature production style, which resulted in more great collaborations such as “Into The Light” with Nicky Romero and “Keep Me Close” with Dash Berlin. Both of these talented artists continue to be regulars on the Protocol release roster, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
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Marcus Santoro’s Progressive House Gem “Goodbye” Ft. 88Birds
Marcus Santoro returns to Protocol Recordings with his new single “Goodbye,” recorded in collaboration with 88Birds. The track combines all the elements of a Progressive House gem, from upbeat undulating melodies to a driving bassline that transitions perfectly from the radio to the dancefloor. “Goodbye” is his second release on Nicky Romero’s label of the year, directly following “Salvation” with Timmo Hendriks and Able Faces. 88Birds is the artist name of Amsterdam-based singer/songwriter Ira Kustovska, who under a different alias has previously worked with Dosem, Ruben de Ronde, Estiva, Tom Staar, Tim Mason, Cosmic Gate, and Marcus Santoro on their earlier collaboration. Stay tuned for more coming from Santoro on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings!
Marcus Santoro joined Protocol Recordings in 2019 with his remix of Nicky Romero’s “My Way,” followed by the first single release “Shine,” in collaboration with Sentinel. His career got a massive kickstart when his single “There Is Only You” topped the Beatport trance charts and received a phenomenal three plays in a row from Above & Beyond on their Group Therapy radio show – landing Marcus a guest appearance on the show a few weeks later. Afterward, his remix for Shapov & Trouze’s “The Way” on Axtone gained traction from artists and fans alike, leading to more releases on Enhanced, Armada, and Flashover. Since then on Protocol, Santoro has released “Out of My Head” together with Faderx, “Faces” and “Blackout” ft. Lauren L’aimant. Santoro closed out the past year strong with “A New Day” EP.
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Try Out This Hot Progressive House Remix Of “Never Thought” By DROZE
DROZE‘s “Never Thought” is soaring to even greater heights through Nino Bellemo’s Progressive House remix. With plenty of energy and melodic wonder, this track will have crowds going wild all night long.
Imagine dancing with strangers and sweating all over each other in a club surrounded by neon lights. For this purpose, DJs not only require a solid music taste but a Progressive House remix that erupts into a blaze of euphoric beats like the one below.
Again, Gonna Be Music’s regular releases keep blowing your mind. And if there’s something remarkable about the new version of “Never Thought”, it’s the integrity of the soulful vocals, which is DROZE’s best asset in my opinion.
Moreover, the talent behind Billboard chart-topping hits was wise enough to collaborate with West Coast DJ and producer Nino Bellemo, whose genuine style has opened doors to important labels such as Nervous Records and Viva Recordings.
And that’s not to mention his outstanding live performances made around the globe.
On a side note, since his transition from bass to a more housey vibe, he took a large step forward outside of his comfort zone.
Lastly, needless to say, the uplifting rendition of “Never Thought” ensures a maximum impact on the masses.
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Romeo Blanco Is Back As BLVNCO With Progressive Gem “Same Again”
Romeo Blanco, under his new alias BLVNCO, is back on Protocol with his new track “Same Again,” a Progressive House gem that exemplifies his dynamic abilities as an artist. BLVNCO warms us up with soulful vocals and cinematic melodies before layering in a deep, growling bassline on the new single, delivering equal doses of emotion and darkness. The tension between these two elements is what gives “Same Again” its true appeal. Romeo first released as BLVNCO on Protocol in January with “Do It” in collaboration with DØBER, and performed at the Protocol label night during ADE 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, vTomorrowland Brasil, Green Valley in Brazil, and Illuzion Club in Thailand.