Marc Benjamin once again defends his title as the man of many music production skills with his new single “Hooked” in collaboration with DNMKG, featuring F51. With its subdued, molten basslines and completely groove-able melodies, “Hooked” is a radio-friendly dance-pop crossover gem that’s equally suited to road trips and up-close-and-personal dances with someone special. The track is Marc Benjamin and fellow Dutch producer’s DNMKG’s third collaboration together and follows Marc’s single “Fall For You” from earlier this year. “Hooked” is out now on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings, so press play and let Marc Benjamin heat things up!
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Nicky Romero and the Protocol crew can always be counted on for cutting-edge new music, melding a variety of genres for exciting and unexpected sounds. Their latest additions feel right at home to the imprint’s already robust mix while still pumping out plenty of classic progressive jams. Veteran producer Marc Benjamin has a reputable taste for impeccable productions, evidenced in his past successes with his 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’s performed around the world, including Ultra Bali and a residency at Amsterdam’s club Escape, and released on Spinnin’ Records and Steve Angello’s Size Records. Benjamin’s dynamic productions have piqued the attention of industry heavyweights like Tiesto, Zedd, Martin Garrix, Steve Angello and Avicii, so we can’t wait to see what comes next from him as part of the Protocol family!
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Nicky Romero Goes Melodic Progressive On New Single With DubVision
After a stream of hard-hitting House singles, such as “For The People” with Third Party and “Back To Where We Started” with Afrojack, Nicky Romero releases “Stay A Little Longer,” his highly anticipated and long-awaited collaboration with DubVision, and singer/songwriter Philip Strand. The track delivers a dose of nostalgia as Romero goes back to his melodic progressive roots, beginning with organic instrumentals behind a soulful vocal performance. Setting a wistful but hopeful tone, “Stay A Little Longer” soars with a euphoric drop that feels akin to the bliss of festivals’ main stages that Romero and DubVision regularly grace around the globe. Nicky has already played the track at Ultra Japan, Korea, Colombia, Peru, and recently Amsterdam Music Festival, and it’s showing all the signs of a fan favorite.
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” with Krewella and the #1 single “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, Nicky Romero quickly proved that his talent is ever-evolving and here to stay. After launching his Protocol Recordings imprint in 2012, the renowned performer, producer, and label head continued his personal successes with a string of high-profile releases, ranging from collaborations with Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, Timmy Trumpet and Steve Aoki to remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Kygo, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. While showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to innovate and evolve, and with his annual “Nicky Romero & Friends” ADE showcase and the launch of Monocule alter-ego, he keeps proving his ability to turn into gold everything he touches.
Brothers Victor and Stepha Leicher, better known as DubVision have released on Revealed Recordings, Spinnin’ Records, Musical Freedom Records, Tomorrowland Music, STMPD RCRDS, Wall Recordings, and more. Their most successful single to date, “Anywhere With You,” in collaboration with Afrojack and Lucas & Steve, has amassed over 40M streams on Spotify to date. They’ve also done official remixes for Afrojack and David Guetta’s “Hero,” Afrojack’s “All Night” ft. Ally Brooke, Hardwell’s “Summer Air” ft. Trevor Guthrie, Armin van Buuren and Garibay’s “I Need You” ft. Olaf Blackwood, as well as Martin Garrix’s “Ocean” ft. Khalid and “No Sleep” ft. Bonn, both of which collectively received almost 50M streams on Spotify.
Swedish singer/songwriter Philip Strand got his career started by doing YouTube covers but now has worked with Lucas & Steve, Tungevaag, Bhaskar, Deepend, Clara Mae, Lucas Estrada, Bassjackers, and more. He is also a solo artist and singer for the pop-rock band Normandie.
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R3HAB + Timmy Trumpet + W&W Combine Forces On “Poison”
After releasing “Distant Memory” in 2021, Dutch/Moroccan R3HAB, his fellow Dutch duo W&W and Australian crowd favorite Timmy Trumpet once again join their multi-platinum talents for the new collaborative single “Poison,” out on Tomorrowland Music. With dynamic styles that bridge the sonic spectrum of psytrance and progressive big-room, the boys wrap it up in the perfect package with this already-proven collision of forces. “Poison” opens with warped vocals and cinematic melodies, steadily building anticipation and breaking down into a sonorous bassline with stabbing synths and futuristic touches. The new single has true rave energy, bringing to mind the main stages at epic festivals such as Tomorrowland itself, where all three artists performed this year, EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, and more, that R3HAB, Timmy and W&W have all graced multiple times. It’s R3HAB’s and Timmy Trumpet’s triumphant return to Tomorrowland Music, where R3HAB recently released the festival’s 2022 official anthem “Worlds On Fire” with Afrojack and Au/Ra, and Timmy released his classic record “Vivaldi” with Mariana Bo. “Poison” is bound to be a fan favorite and a memorable debut for W&W on the label, so press play and let this match-up transport you to your best past and future moments on the dance floors across the globe.
“Timmy, W&W, and I have a connection which is rare. After our different collaborations over the years, we’re still easily able to find and share ideas with each other. They’ve become friends rather than colleagues, and I admire them both for their musical talents as well as their strong personalities. What we’ve come up with now blends all our signature styles into a real main-stage record that will resonate with every listener who liked our earlier releases.” — R3HAB
“Working with my brothers from another mother is always an amazing experience in the studio! This is our second collab as a trio, and it won’t be our last. So happy with how this turned out.” — Timmy Trumpet
“After ‘Distant Memory,’ it was about time we made another song with the guys. We really like working with R3HAB and Timmy, as we all complement each other’s strengths! We have great chemistry together and push each other to create the best possible production.” — W&W
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BLVD. Releases FIFA-Approved World Cup-Themed Album
BLVD. gets the honor of debuting his second album, ‘Globo’ especially for the World Cup in Qatar this and next month, the world’s biggest sporting event. Featuring tracks with global influences to represent BLVD. himself’s an appreciation for football/soccer and the amalgamation of nations at this year’s cup, ‘Globo’ is a sonic journey full of dancefloor-friendly and Pop-oriented tunes to Rock on the field and off.
The album starts off strong with the Latin, booty-shaking “Barra Barra” with El Tuox and progresses to encompass tracks like the Afro-Caribbean-inspired “Feel The Love” for easy listening, to the upbeat melodies of “Take It Home” with Hadar Adora and “House Divided,” featuring Otis Kane & Kiddo A.I., and the inspiring notes of “Giants” with Marquise Fair. Fans can look forward to hearing all songs from the album throughout the entire World Cup tournament between Nov 20 and Dec 18. It also features some of today’s hottest artists, such as Guaynaa, R. City, Dylan Fuentes, & more. It will be played at the stadiums throughout the tournament that spans from November 20th – December 18th. Read on for what BLVD. had to say about this exciting project:
“I am releasing my second album titled “GLOBO” which is entirely focused on the upcoming football/soccer World Cup that will be held in Qatar this November. The inspiration behind the album dates back many years. I was born in London, England, and have had a massive passion for the sport from a very young age. I’ve always liked conceptualizing my projects around communal themes such as sports. The World Cup is something that happens once every four years, and there hasn’t really been a ‘World Cup’ album made by an artist before, so I decided to take on the grand challenge of creating one. It was an unbelievably difficult project, yet extremely fulfilling and emotional. I am blessed and grateful to have worked with so much talent from around the world to give the project what it deserves. The album has vast influences from different regions such as Latin America, North America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, & Asia. I hope that this album connects with you and the rest of the world as it is immensely special to me!” — BLVD.
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