Maximals and FaderX are back on Protocol Recordings with their newest release “Free”, a Dance-Pop crossover gem featuring Nashville artist Jordan Grace. The track upholds Protocol’s signature progressive house sound with a steady build to the danceable yet toned-down drop, complemented with uplifting melodies and Grace’s breathy vocals. “Free” is a feel-good record that will resonate with many listeners who have felt the desire to break away from the sometimes-suffocating responsibilities of life, often finding blissful escape in dance music experiences. It’s the first time that Maximals, FaderX, and Jordan Grace have worked together. “Free” is Maximals’ 8th and FaderX’s 6th release on the label, following Maximals’ groovy single “All of Me” with PØP CULTUR, released in May, and Faderx’s “Lose Yourself” on DOORN Records.
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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. Among them are Maximals, the Italian duo who are inspired by the atmosphere of dance music in the ’70s and ’80s. Their style is evident in the lighthearted vibes of their tracks, such as “My Best” and their hit “Fall in Line” featuring Nino Lucarelli, which was featured in the Ultra Miami 2017 official aftermovie. Last year, Maximals remixed Raiden and K-pop star YURI’s “Always Find You.” The Italian trio FaderX first burst onto the Protocol circuit with their track “Cabrio,” and it was apparent that their energetic, driving and groovy sound was a perfect formula for Protocol’s party-loving listeners. “Free” makes for yet another stellar example of teamwork by Protocol artists. Keep an eye out for releases from Maximals and FaderX coming later this year!
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ALWZ SNNY Makes Major Festival Debut At Moonrise
DJ and producer ALWZ SNNY made his major festival debut this past weekend as he opened up the main stage at Moonrise. The annual Insomniac event is held at Pimlico Raceway in Baltimore, Maryland, and attracts tens of thousands of fans from across the country. Some of the headliners this year included Tiesto, Rezz, and Excision.
The atmosphere inside the festival gates was electric, with three massive stages; Stellar Stage, Lunar Stage, and the Solar Tent. Stunning visuals were projected across the venue, and lasers were shooting as far as the eyes could see; other effects included CO2 and fire pyrotechnics that wowed the crowd. This was the first Moonrise Festival in 3 years due to Covid-19.
Not to our surprise, ALWZ SNNY’s fans turned out in droves as always. “Seeing the SNNY SQUAD in all their yellow & black show up early, happy, and ready to rave was incredible! I saw so many flags & totems with my face & logo on them. I know this is still just the beginning of the journey, but this was such a proud and memorable moment for me” commented ALWZ SNNY, who opened Stellar Stage.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I will be one of the headliners here in three years!”
ALWZ SNNY will be jumping back on stage at his annual SNNY NITES concert at The Original Cancun Cantina on October 21st. More details on that upcoming event will be made available soon at https://alwzsnny.com/.
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Felix Samuel, LODATO, And Quando Collab On “You Can’t Make Me Come”
Rising talents Felix Samuel, LODATO, and Quando join forces for their new release “You Can’t Make Me Come,” a dance track with a cheeky twist, out now on the NFT-fueled Purple Fly record label. Opening with groovy melodies, the listener quickly becomes tuned into the story behind the lyrics; the deep, moody basslines add color to the story behind a partner who evidently didn’t quite satisfy. “You Can’t Make Me Come” is a playful track that hits equally whether in the club or on the radio. See below for more on the artists and inspiration behind this spicy new release!
“I received this topline from the writers and was really hooked on the satirical nature of the lyrics. With a groovy drop melody and slap house edit, this is one that can be enjoyed in a club or sweating away in the gym!” — Felix Samuel
Felix Samuel has certainly made a name for himself as an up-and-coming talent from the UK. With almost 3,5M monthly listeners on Spotify for his own artist project, his unique style and catchy melodies have established him as a serious songwriter and name within the scene. His music has already been played on fan-favorite TV shows, including “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Celebs Go Dating.” Having worked with the likes of vTujamo, Jonasu, Madism, Anthony Keyrouz, Wankelmut and MACKS (former frontman of Dante Klein), as well as releasing on some of the biggest dance labels in the world; 3Beat (Universal), Onesevenmusic/Disco:wax, NCS, Perfect Havoc and Heartfeldt (Sam Feldt’s label), the sky really is the limit for this young Brit.
LODATO is an American DJ, producer, and remixer from Queens, New York. Over the past 2 years, he has become one of the most successful artists at Dance Radio in the US, having had 4 #1 Dance Radio Airplay songs. Only David Guetta, Diplo, and Joel Cory have had 4 #1’s in that same time frame. LODATO’s original single “HOME” landed itself at #1 on the US Dance Radio Chart for 3 consecutive weeks, #1 on Sirius XM’s BPM’s “Top 20 Count Down” for 4 consecutive weeks, and #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow Airplay Chart. In May 2020, LODATO’s original single “Good” followed the footsteps of his previous release and also found its way to #1 in the US on Dance Radio. LODATO’s remix of Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart” was added to rotation on all the major U.S. Dance Radio Stations and has hit #1 in North America on iHeart’s RT30 countdown. In February 2021, LODATO’s “Good Thing” again topped the charts by making its way to #1 on Dance Radio, Billboard Dance/Top 40 Mixshow Airplay Chart, and Sirius XM’s BPM’s Top 20 Count Down. Just recently, “Neon Lights” topped the Dance Radio and Billboard Dance Mixshow Airplay Charts this past July with the #1 slot.
Nicholas, aka Quando, is an up-and-coming producer from Singapore. Music has always been a huge part of Quando’s life, and he felt the need to share that passion with others. Since the release of his track “Know Us” on Hardwell’s imprint Revealed Recordings, Nicholas has become an artist you definitely have to put your eyes on. After this release, He has garnered support from artists such as Hardwell, Blasterjaxx, Maurice West, Dash Berlin, and many more. Quando crafts his music with a blend of Progressive House, Electro House, Bass House, and a touch of pop. Since his first release “Love Me Now,” Quando has been featured on various Spotify editorial playlists, most notably Party Life. With a constant release of new music, the future is looking very bright for this young talent.
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Win And Woo Reveal Long Awaited Debut Album ‘Ten Years’
Win and Woo are proud to present the biggest, most comprehensive project of their career in ‘Ten Years,‘ their debut full-length album out now. Featuring focus single “All That Motion” w/ superstar duo Louis The Child along with previously released wildly popular lead singles like “Vanilla Sky” w/ Wrabel and “Knots” feat. Blair Lee, the long-awaited project is a statement piece that defines their artistic journey over the years and the years of dedication they’ve poured into their craft.
“This album represents our entire journey working together, a journey that started ten years ago. Listening to the project in its entirety, you hear nuances of moments in our career that made us the artists we are today. The many lessons we learned along the way helped shape our music. Ten Years is a benchmark for our sound moving forward and the start of a new chapter in our lives, as humans and musicians.
Relationships with fellow artists have always been very important to us. We are very grateful to the amazing talent and new friends that chose to be a part of this project (Wrabel, Sad Alex, Saint Sinner, Geographer, Blair Lee). A special shoutout to our friend Johnny Mabie who helped co-produce the album in Joshua Tree 2020. Years ago in Chicago, we met Louis the Child and have been family ever since. Having a record with them on this project was so important to us and we are so proud of the result. Hope you enjoy the lead single “All This Motion w/ Louis the Child” and the rest of our debut album “Ten Years”. —Win and Woo
Win and Woo have long established themselves as one of dance music’s favorite duos. An uplifting project of incredible depth, Ten Years is their pièce de résistance, a mature and charismatic assortment of cohesive tracks that tell a story, their story. Blending an assortment of electronic and pop influences, the Chicago duo’s debut LP delivers a sonically diverse and entertaining project whilst maintaining the distinct Win and Woo style of feel-good music built for any stage or setting. Focus single “All That Motion,” a collaboration with peers, and Louis The Child is a summer jam waiting to be unleashed, while tracks like “Good Catch” feat. sad alex and “Lost Somewhere” further solidify their status as one of the most versatile acts in dance music. An accomplished and eclectic mix of features and collaborations are on hand throughout the LP (Saint Sinner, Geographer, and more), making Ten Years an album that has something for every musical palate. Check out the full tracklist below:
‘Ten Years’ Full Tracklist
2. Ten Years
3. All This Motion w/ Louis The Child
4. Vanilla Sky w/ Wrabel
5. Knots feat. Blair Lee
6. Lost Somewhere
7. Walk Away w/ Saint Sinner
8. Make A Move
9. Good Catch feat. sad Alex
10. Lay Low feat. Geographer