Protocol veterans Maximals and up-and-comer Boothed are already preparing for festival season with their new, dual-sided EP ‘Up & Down’. The premiere track “Up” draws heavily from electro influences with weighty basslines and grimy synths, making for a bass-heavy good time. On the flip side, “Down” employs bouncy melodies and funky grooves that’s sure to be a hit on the dancefloor. “Up & Down” is Maximals’ sixth release on Protocol, following “Pressure” with Sam Void in fall 2018. Young Italian producer Boothed has previously released two singles on Dannic’s Fonk Recordings, and Protocol is proud to welcome him to the family.
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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 is 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. In March 2018, Maximals remixed Raiden and K-pop star YURI’s “Always Find You,” making for yet another stellar example of teamwork by Protocol artists. Keep an eye out for releases from Maximals and Boothed coming later this year!
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Stafford Brothers Return To Purple Fly With Club Anthem “Rage”
Stafford Brothers are back with a fun dancefloor banger in the form of “Rage” out on the NFT-fueled Purple Fly record label. Opening with a Bass-heavy build-up, the Aussie brother-duo kicks things up a notch with a grimy drop and funky melodies that will light up any festival stage or underground club, and the catchy vocal riff will quite literally have booties hitting the floor. Stafford Brothers previously released a cover of Blink 182’s “I Miss You,” which makes “Rage” a new direction and one that we’re excited to see more of. Read on for the artists’ take on their track:
“After dropping ‘I Miss You’ – a cover from the Blink 182 legends, we wanted to send ‘Rage’ in a different direction and drop a club banger next… We tend to jump between releasing the easy listening vibes for that pick-me-up in the daytime to the heavier bassline tracks for the night. For anyone that has seen us play live, they know it’s everything but chill! For ‘Rage’ we wanted to drop something we can go nuts to on the dancefloor. Large low end, big build-ups, and a vocal that slapsssss“ — Stafford Brothers
Purple Fly is an independent imprint utilizing cryptocurrency’s hottest frontier as a platform for the spectrum of electronic music. The label’s goal is to support collaborations of all forms of art, connecting music and stunning visuals for an immersive experience that spans the sonic realms of trance to trap. Purple Fly releases NFT directly on its official website with each music drop, enabling artists to have access to direct support from their fan base while expressing their creativity. Aussie exports Stafford Brothers were the first electronic dance music act to sign to Cash Money Records in 2012 and have since collaborated with rap and hip-hop heavy hitters such as Lil Yachty, T.I., Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, and more. Their music has found homes on Spinnin’ Records, Thrive Music, Smash the House, and Armada Music. As the world emerges from the pandemic, the duo is coming back in full force. In 2021, they performed to 50K people at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for the NRL tripleheader. This laid the groundwork for their massive halftime show performance with Multi-Platinum recording artist Timmy Trumpet at the NRL Grand Final. Now a part of the Purple Fly family, Stafford Brothers join artists like Futuristic Polar Bears, DJ SODA, Laidback Luke, BLVD., Fatman Scoop, Shaquille O’Neal, Sevenn, and more at the cutting edge of NFT backed music.
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ZABO Brings The Heat With Hard-Hitting, Vocal Bass Track “Flow”
Canadian bass/mid-tempo artist ZABO is back with another hard-hitting release titled “Flow,” featuring his fellow Canadian, singer/songwriter C.D. True to the viral sensation’s signature style, this new track takes no prisoners with a foundation of basslines that seem to stab right for the heart, complemented with grating mechanical synths and haunting vocals that add the perfect feminine twist. “Flow” is far from the easy-going melodic gem that its name might imply – it’s made for headbanging and booty-shaking on the dance floor, and you better believe ZABO will be playing it out this spring and summer. It’s yet another example of how his infectious music continues to transcend international boundaries and break genre molds.
Dan Szabo knew his love for electronic music was everlasting at a young age. He became fascinated with music composition, which led him to study audio and recording technology at the well-known OIART in London, Ontario. This led to the development of his music persona “ZABO,” which was heavily influenced by the Toronto bass community. ZABO became an international sensation when his music went viral on TikTok and Douyin, making him well known in the US and China. His single “Breathe” was the top electronic music song on TikTok in 2021, having amassed 13.5M plays on Spotify, while “Drown” has been streamed internationally over 1B times across all platforms. At this early stage in his career, ZABO has a lot of exciting news and music up his sleeve, so keep an eye out for more music coming soon.
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New Imprint Fly Over Records Debuts With REGGIO’s “Fantasy”
Purple Fly expands its imprint to focus on rising talent with its new label Fly Over Records, which kicks off with a hard-hitting track from newcomer REGGIO. “Fantasy” brings a fresh take on bass music with deeply sonorous basslines, stabbing synths, and ominous melodies; it’s clear from the track’s eerie and bass-heavy approach that this “fantasy” is definitely a dark one. REGGIO’s signature style is dark and progressive, and this debut is a prime example. Catch “Fantasy” driving crowds wild at a stage or club near you very soon! Fly Over’s launch promises a new slew of fresh and diverse talent, while Purple Fly’s imprint remains a home base for more established artists, such as Shaquille O’Neal, Fatman Scoop, Sevenn, Laidback Luke, DJ SODA, and more.
Purple Fly is an independent imprint utilizing cryptocurrency’s hottest frontier as a platform for the spectrum of electronic music. Purple Fly’s goal is to support collaborations of all forms of art, connecting music and stunning visuals for an immersive experience that spans the sonic realms of trance to trap. The label releases an NFT directly on its official website with each music drop, enabling artists to have access to direct support from their fan base while expressing their creativity. Uruguayan producer REGGIO has previously worked with Danny Avila, Tony Junior, Justin Mylo and officially remixed the likes of Sick Individuals. His hard-hitting progressive sound has earned him spots on some of the world’s biggest stages, such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Europe and many more.