What a story. The Dutch duo Loud’ N Bright sent Nicky Romero their track “To The Floor” as a promo earlier this year, and the Protocol label head liked it so much that he decided to put his own spin on it and let the duo release it. Romero’s edit honors Loud ‘N Bright’s booty-shaking original while adding some high-energy grooves. The track’s driving, bouncy bassline, and catchy vocal riffs make it absolutely perfect for nights getting down in the club. “To The Floor” is in line with Nicky’s recent sonic direction on tracks like “Back To Where We Started” with Afrojack and “For The People” with Third Party, as well as his earlier solo singles such as “Techtronic” and “Myriad.” Municipal Recordings launched in February 2022, so it’s a treat for that young but fast-rising label to welcome Nicky Romero to its growing catalog of releases.
Mouhriz and Olivier performed at the same party when they met each other. Instead of playing solo that night, they decided to play together, and immediately there was chemistry. They began collaborating under the name Loud’ N Bright in 2015, playing different venues in the Netherlands and organizing their club nights. In 2016, they started making music together. Uploaded Progressive- and Future-House remixes on Soundcloud and YouTube resulting in playing at leading festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Denmark. Loud ‘N Bright has managed to stand out from the crowd and gain increasing recognition with their innovative style of rhythmic Tech House. “Our goal is to make a unique sound that people across the world will recognize. We need to work hard to accomplish our goals, but the best thing about it is that we can party a lot along the way.”
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.
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Bhaskar & JADED Join Forces For Dark Tech-House Single “When I See It”
Brazilian producer Bhaskar teams up with West London-based duo JADED for their new release “When I See It,” featuring The Vic. This dark and dynamic tune brings to mind epic tracks from the early 2000s House legends with its fusion of spoken word vocals and seamless sonic production.
Opening with rich instrumental melodies, Bhaskar and JADED weave in deep and driving basslines with sparkling synths to make for a track that’s complex yet utterly danceable. Summer may be winding to a close in many parts of the world, but “When I See It” is guaranteed to keep things hot, hot, hot for clubbing and winter festival season in the tropics.
It follows Bhaskar’s recent curation of CONTROVERSIA’s Vol. 010 compilation, a remix for Yves V and Sem Thomasson’s “Sound Of A Beating Heart” and his collaboration with Mojjo and Bright Sparks on “Zombie” on Repopulate Mars. On the other hand, JADED had a stream of successful releases on Diplo’s Higher Ground label with singles such as “Mirror” and “Show My Love,” as well as more original works and remixes on Another Rhythm, Sweat It Out, and more.
“‘When I See It’ emerged some time ago through conversations between JADED and myself on the internet. I had a tour scheduled for Europe and would be in London, so I reached out to them. We decided to meet and create a song together. When discussing what we were going to produce, I recall that ‘Tina’ was the song of mine that had most caught their attention, while ‘Welcome To The People’ was the song of theirs that had grabbed mine. We then talked to find a middle ground between the two, and I think ‘When I See It’ is precisely that. It has various elements reminiscent of ‘Tina,’ but also many sounds that they used in ‘Welcome To The People.’ As for its genre, I see it as a tech house track but with a more progressive twist. It builds throughout the song, introducing a new element with every break, every drop, showcasing this progressive nature. Regarding its similarity to ‘Tina.’ I undoubtedly wanted to create a follow-up to ‘Tina,’ but I aimed to deviate slightly from its original vibe to reinvent the sound rather than just continue it. I believe ‘When I See It’ does echo ‘Tina’ but in a lighter way, more accessible, for instance, in its lyrics, which aren’t as heavy as ‘Tina,’ neither is instrumental. So I see it as a ‘Tina 2.0’, but lighter and more digestible.” — Bhaskar
“This song is all about that undeniable feeling you experience with other people that doesn’t require a description, it’s an understanding that whatever this sound is we are experiencing together is hitting all the right emotions and feelings and is just right! We all felt this very quickly when things started cooking up with Bhaskar in our West London studio! The Vic’s undeniable vocal really delivers this one straight into the cosmos.” — JADED
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Jude & Frank Join Forces With Ron Carroll For Vocal Tech-House “This Feeling”
Italian DJ project Jude & Frank teams up with singer-songwriter DJ-producer from Chicago, Ron Carroll, for their new track “This Feeling,” a dark Tech-House gem that will resonate strongly with early 2000s underground dance music fans around the globe. The record rides on a rolling four-on-the-floor bassline coupled with percussive synths and driving melodies, together with the spoken word vocal hook “Is it real? Or is it fake? This feeling…” giving homage to the House songs of the heyday that truly spoke to the old school, Paradise Garage vibe of the era.
“This Feeling” is out on CONTROVERSIA label and perfectly represents the imprint’s intuitively dynamic signature style. Stay tuned for more from Jude & Frank, Ron Carroll, and more from the CONTROVERSIA camp very soon.
Born and raised in Rome, Jude & Frank have become one of the most important DJ projects in the international house music scene over recent years. In 2017, their hit “La Luna” reached a #1 position on Beatport Overall Chart and was supported by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 Essential Selection, reaching over 12 million streams on Spotify. Since then, Jude & Frank have been performing at top clubs such as Green Valley (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil), Federal Music Festival (Brasilia, Brazil), Nikki Beach (Miami, USA), Opium (Toulouse, France), Tantra (Ibiza, Spain) and Spazio 900 (Rome, Italy), to name only a few, sharing decks with legends like David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Steve Angello and Erick Morillo.
Ron Carroll is a multi-talented producer, DJ, writer, and singer from Chicago who has worked with the likes of Axwell, Bob Sinclair, Huxley, Wally Lopez, Kolombo, Roger Sanchez, and more. His soulful sonic style has found a home on labels such as Defected, Spinnin’, EMI, Sirup, and Tiger. Carroll’s production prowess has been present with artists Cece Peniston, Robin S, Barbara Tucker, Melba Moore, with new projects forthcoming on Ultra Records/Sony Music.
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Tech House Masters Freshcobar & Lavelle Dupree Deliver “Feel This Way”
With the renowned NOS Recordings label as their home, these artists have been gaining recognition for their brilliant music lately. Moreover, it’s obvious that “Feel This Way” will exceed your expectations, given its varied patterns of beats and percussive elements.
What’s really cool is that the sonic textures aren’t static or monotonous but instead shift throughout the track with elegance. Therefore, you can’t deny that Freshcobat and Lavelle Dupree know how to bring their unique electronic flair in a sophisticated manner.
Their hard work and dedication are crystal clear here.
Nonetheless, these Tech House masters go beyond composition/production rules by creating a melodic atmosphere that’s so absorbing that you feel completely immersed in the sound.
Also, I would dare to say “Feel This Way” can easily transport you to a different state of mind, making you forget all your problems.
In short, this is all about experiencing the rhythm on a whole other level. Just lose yourself in the soundscapes and allow your senses to be lifted.