Plastik Funk Join Forces With Alex Prince On “Damaged Heart”
Sometimes a broken heart requires happy romance movies, tears, and pints of ice cream to mend… and sometimes all it needs is a good song to dance to. Whether or not you’re down in the dumps, leave it to Plastik Funk to release brand new music that lifts your spirits and moves your body. His newest release on Armada Deep, “Damaged Heart,” pairs Plastik Funk’s signature bouncy, funky vibe with hit singer Alex Prince‘s impeccable and emotive vocals. “Alex Prince is an old friend and an amazing artist, writer and singer,” says Plastik Funk of the collaboration, “We’ve been playing the track for quite a while, but now it’s finally getting released and we can’t wait to show to all our fans!” With its deep, groovy vibes, “Damaged Heart” is the perfect track for the last bright and balmy days of summer. “Damaged Heart” is out on Armada Deep and closely follows Plastik Funk’s recent remix of Stadium X’s nostalgic “Those Were the Days.”
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The man behind dynamic, euphoric hits like “Sunrise,” “Here We Go” and the classic “Tight” is none other than Rafael Ximenez-Carrillo, who has made it his mission to get people dancing and make them feel good through his music. Anyone who has ever seen his live sets can attest that he accomplishes this undertaking with ease; he has played at some of the world’s best festivals and clubs as part of the crew on Armada Music, where many of his productions have found a home. His music has also caught the attention of other industry heavy hitters; his track “Got No Love” was premiered by Don Diablo on Hexagon Radio, and his productions received support from the likes of Sander van Doorn, Nicky Romero and more. He recently kicked off his #FunkYouVeryMuch Monthly Radio Show, which is brimming with the freshest in groovy, energetic tunes and a dose of personality from the man himself. With several new releases in the queue, Plastik Funk always has something up his sleeve.
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Tom Westy Hacks Jonas Blue’s Dropbox, Steals Sample For “Work It To The Bone”
Tom Westy may be a newcomer to the scene, but he’s already making waves with his infectious production style–and his new rework of “Work It To The Bone” is no different. The Welsh talent infuses LNR’s original 1987 classic with a fresh and bold house flavor, using groovy melodies and upbeat, funky bass to make for a catchy and undeniably dance-worthy record. “Work It To The Bone” is Westy’s first single of 2023, following up his recent “Sold My Soul,” also on Helix Records. With the cold weather breaking and festival season and summer on the horizon, this one is bound to be fueling dance floors and keeping the party going all season long.
“My manager also manages Jonas Blue, so I hacked into his samples folder on Dropbox, and noticed a vocal called ‘Work It To The Bone’. He hadn’t done anything with it, so I did. Hope he doesn’t mind.” — Tom Westy.
Welsh DJ and producer Tom Westy experienced his true breakthrough when his remix of DJ Snake and Justin Beiber’s anthem “Let Me Love You” went viral online, picking up over 100k views in the first 24 hours after it was uploaded and currently at over 5M. He continues to prove he’s much more than a one-hit wonder after selling out a show at Melkweg Amsterdam for ADE, and his next single, “All I Do,” earning over 700k streams in 3 months. His music has also attracted the attention of industry heavyweights such as Jonas Blue, Don Diablo, and Oliver Heldens, all of whom went on to sign his singles to their respective labels. His recent touring schedule has seen him play at the world-renowned Illuzion Phuket, alongside UK appearances, where he recently played the NASS festival alongside Majestic. Tom is also no stranger to TikTok and even had a few great viral moments on the platform with his remixes of the iPhone alarm clock and the BBC News theme song, which collectively surpassed 4 million views. There’s bound to be many more releases and shows, so keep an eye out for what’s next from Tom Westy.
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Duke & Jones Release Eclectic, Minimalistic House Single “Program”
British duo Duke & Jones are back with another House release that speaks for itself in the form of “Program,” a minimal percussive track with multi-genre influences. Opening with a strong dose of kick drums and a chopped soul vocal riff that continues for its entire duration, the new single also brings in grungy basslines and tribal instrumental aspects. With a lot of groovy and rhythmic elements, “Program” places its focus solely on the house beats, making it feel like you’ve stepped into a dark, secret warehouse rave. Duke & Jones had a viral hit in the form of “Jiggle Jiggle” with Louis Theroux, but are now back to their first love in producing house music. Read on for their inspiration behind the new track.
“For as long as we’ve been producing, we’ve always loved to make super minimal, percussion-led drops. ‘Program’ takes this classic Duke & Jones aesthetic and spins it into a warehouse-flavored house tune, built around soul vocal chops and West African talking drum samples.” — Duke & Jones
Duke & Jones have always been destined to be the “producer’s producer,” having been friends their entire lives and producing since the young age of 12. Their philosophy has always been to let the music speak for itself; they don’t need record labels or huge co-signs to make an impact in the scene–in fact, they were the first musical act to release an EP on OnlyFans, where they received homepage placement and full social support for comic ASMR edits. The duo is adept at working social media to their advantage; their TikTok series has become a global sensation, and their Youtube channel is full of hilarious content. Last year, their viral hit “Jiggle Jiggle” with Louis Theroux, which started as yet another joke, earned them a number 49 spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart. The track also became an emote on Fortnite and was shared by Megan Thee Stallion, Shakira, Jimmy Fallon, ROSÉ (from Blackpink), Snoop Dogg, Anthony Hopkins, Rita Ora, Coldplay, and more. With an array of talent that goes beyond just producing music, Duke & Jones are certainly ones to watch.
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DeusExMaschine Returns To Serial Records With Second Release, “Better”
DeusExMaschine is back with yet another Disco House concoction in “Better,” an energetic and groovy floor filler that would have any party pumping!
DeusExMaschine shows his experience on this brand-new catchy vocal anthem by blending elements of Tech-House, Disco, and even synth-laden Big Room. This is the latest issue in a series of single releases on Serial Records, with the first release in 2022, “Better” is arguably the best of the bunch. The French maestro displays his signature French Touch, a unique sonic profile he acquired during his upbringing and early career in and around the French House boom. A bouncy drumline, bone-shaking bass drop, and catchy vocal track make ‘Better’ a true Disco House tune that lends influences from French House to more modern styles.
DeusExMaschine is a French DJ and producer who has enjoyed a steady and passionate relationship with music since his early twenties. Born in Lyon in 1975 to a musical family who enjoyed early electronic music, DeusExMaschine began soaking in all he could of electronic music and the scene that housed it in his local area and France. From his early work in the style of Daft Punk and Cassius as part of the French Touch movement, DeusExMaschine has always tried to remain faithful to his roots and incorporate the French Touch into everything he does music-wise, lending influence from alternative genres simultaneously. After a short break from music, the ‘Better’ producer returned under the stage name DeusExMaschine and has been consistently releasing since. His big break came in 2022 with the release of his hit ‘Only You’ which became immediately prevalent on the French club circuit and amassed 1 million streams on Spotify alone. DeusExMaschine aims to continue this success with “Better,” pushing his disco tech sound to the world!