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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LABRNTH — New Cutting Edge Label 1st Release From Fancy Inc & Chemical Surf
Brazilian powerhouse duos Fancy Inc and Chemical Surf team up for their new track “Darkness” on a brand new, cutting-edge record label. Meet LABRNTH, an imprint focusing on startup and established artists sitting on the side of the sonic so-called “mainstream,” and it’s the only labyrinth you’ll want to stay in once you lose yourself within it.
Formed by a collective of very successful group of artists, artist managers, and managing directors with over 50 collective years in the business and over 5 billion streams within releases they written and A&Red, LABRNTH was built with the expertise to succeed. “Darkness” is a strong premiere release; opening with haunting vocals and undulating melodies, the strong progressive bassline kicks in for some underground dancefloor appeal.
With Fancy Inc. and Chemical Surf’s stellar debut and LABRNTH’s next single dropping soon, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for them this year.
“We’re proud to be the first release on the new music label LABRNTH. Our new track – “Darkness” is our collaboration with the talented musicians Chemical Surf and vocalist Magnus. They are brilliant artists and real friends, so the entire production process was a true labor of love. Through our production with Chemical Surf and Magnus’ outstanding vocals, we pushed ourselves to bring our audience the best possible performance, and we hope they agree. Cheers to a new year, a new label, and all new music in 2023.” — Fancy Inc
Coming from the south of Brazil, the music producer duo Matheus Rodrigues and Adriano Dub, aka Fancy Inc formed in 2014. They reached notoriety in 2019, an extremely prolific year for them due to a steady stream of hit releases. From “My Girl” in partnership with Vintage Culture, which reached #1 on the Beatport Dance Chart, to “In The Dark,” which reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart and has been certified Platinum twice, to “Say My Name” with Bruno Be. Only these 3 tracks garnered more than 50M plays collectively across all digital platforms. Climbing the charts and having support from the main players in the market, Fancy Inc became a reference in the scene for popularizing the progressive house genre in Brazil. It’s impossible not to recognize the duo’s signature style when listening to their music, which led to invitations to officially remix David Guetta (Warner), Becky Hill (Universal), Joel Correy & MNEK (Atlantic), and Robin Schulz (Warner) to name a few. In addition to working with the biggest labels, in 2021 they released their single “Free” in collaboration with Vintage Culture and Roland Clark. In less than 2 weeks, the track reached the #1 spot on Beatport’s main chart.
Brazilian brother duo Luca and Hugo Sanches are together behind Chemical Surf which has become known for their high energy and rhythmic style. They have recently worked with Kaskade, Steve Aoki and put their own spin on MEDUZA’s “Tell It To My Heart” and many others. Prior to releasing on LABRNTH, Chemical Surf’s music has found a home on labels such as Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, STMPD RCRDS, Musical Freedom, Armada, Sony, and Warner, to name a few. Chemical Surf challenges the electronic music status quo by breaking the lines between genres. With high musical sensibility. Keep an eye out for more coming from these talented rising stars very soon.
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Try Out This Progressive House Gem From Mr.Vatslav, “Limitless”
Dark bass elements and robotic vocal snippets encapsulate listeners straight away. With textures and sounds that feel like out of this world, he totally makes justice to the title of this track, which is inspired by the concept of spatial synergy.
The Kazakhstan-based genius began his artistic exploration at the age of 16. Nowadays, he has almost a decade of experience in designing sophisticated and underground compositions for the dancefloor.
To put it simply, “Limitless” is drenched in a transcendental atmosphere of cosmic energy. At the same time, futuristic soundscapes in crescendo mode oblige your body to move franticly back and forth.
On the other hand, the multi-talented musical whiz also specializes in Techno, House, and even film scores. Generally speaking, his signature style revolves around intriguing synths and thumping beats.
He has always been a night-owl type of person when it comes to creating magical tunes. In fact, Mr.Vatslav spends long hours at the studio experimenting with electronic melodies in order to get exceptional results. Beyond any doubt, “Limitless” proves this to be true.
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Like Mike & Asher Swissa Conjure Up A Searing Progressive House Anthem
Like Mike is back for his 3rd solo release this year. This time joined by Israeli melodic Techno producer Asher Swissa for a psychedelic yet hard-hitting Progressive House anthem.
The pair combine effortlessly, seamlessly incorporating their respective styles to create the dynamic and versatile “Awaking,” which transcends space and time via its thought-provoking and robotic vocal. Blending their unique sonic profiles, they create a Progressive House cut that perfectly constructs a beautiful harmony of two worlds converging into one awe-inspiring anthem.
As one half of the worldwide superstar duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Mike’s accrued numerous #1 singles in many countries worldwide, whilst working with some of the biggest names in music. A true chameleon with his sound, Mike’s solo work is a blend of genres that were the soundtrack of his life. “Awaking” is another showcase of his diverse creative output.
Asher Swissa is the side project of internationally renowned Israeli electronic artist Skazi. Collaborating with names such as Korolova and Miss Monique, Asher Swissa is trying his hand at a Melodic House, Progressive Techno sound. As one of the leading names in Psytrance (as Skazi), and given the initial success Asher Swissa is having, 2023 looks like an exciting next chapter.
Like Mike and Asher Swissa’s “Awaking” is available exclusively on Smash The House.