Following their ‘Protocol Grooves Pt. 1’ EP from 2020, Nicky Romero‘s Protocol Recordings is back with part deux of their underground-oriented, dancefloor-friendly release. Featuring five brand new tracks from familiar and up-and-coming artists, Part 2 leans heavily into the dark, tech-influenced realm of sounds, showcasing the label’s sonic diversity. Opening the mix is TWENTY SIX’s “Consequences,” a bouncy house jam with a catchy vocal riff to get you in the headspace to have a good time. Riding on tech-heavy basslines, Almero’s “Do Again” brings a dark progressive vibe into the mix, while GIORG & Santez’s “Tripwire” ups the ante with a fast-paced BPM that will make you want to lace up your dancing shoes. Twolate’s “Don’t You” incorporates sultry vocals and deep instrumentals to further heat up your night, while Ado Woodz & Ale Molinari’s “Lose Stress” rounds out the collection with tech-house influence and deep, driving basslines. If you’ve been craving a night out, turn “Protocol Grooves Pt.2” all the way up and let your imagination run wild.
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative electronic dance music. It boasts a roster of heavy-hitters complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Futuristic Polar Bears, Marc Benjamin, Nicky Romero himself, DØBER, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Tim van Werd, to name a few. All with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. The label has cultivated a strong presence in the dance music scene from Miami Music Week to the Amsterdam Dance Event and beyond, consistently bringing good vibes and wild nights with beloved veterans and fresh faces in the live performance circuit. Although the global pandemic is preventing them from making their usual appearances this summer, Nicky and Protocol crew always have something up their sleeves. The “Protocol Grooves” EP series signifies a festival season gift to listeners. Expect more cutting-edge new music coming very soon!
On a side note, the international star DJ and producer will bring his signature electronic dance sound to a global audience on Friday, April 17th at 21.00 GMT by partnering with virtual streaming platform theCLUB.tv. In order to present the most immersive experience possible, Nicky Romero’s performance will be enhanced by theCLUB.tv’s augmented reality effects during the show on a track-by-track basis, putting fans at the heart of the gig. As one of the first artists to experiment with interactive technologies at concerts, Nicky sees TheCLUB.tv’s platform and their augmented reality as the simplest way to recreate an authentic event experience during the lockdown. This extraordinary performance follows the Protocol Recordings’ boss and veteran producer’s recent stream of releases, including his debut on Universal Music “Nights With You,” “Into The Light” with Timmo Hendriks ft. David Shane, “Back To You,” and remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, to name a few.
TheClub.tv‘s high-definition streaming brings fans at the centre of the DJ’s gig because they are also shown on screen in the audience or in groups in private rooms, so they can cheer on their friends through the platform itself. Unlike ‘one-to-many’ music streams in lockdown that alienate the DJ from their audience, fans can talk to the DJs and their friends in the platform’s main room or private rooms, instead of being obliged to make their fun by messaging each other separately during a streaming event. TheClub.tv is putting dance music fans back at the heart of live music.
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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.