The Dance Music world is becoming more and more familiar with the German duo Plastik Funk with each of their modern, groovy house productions. Following earlier hits “Tight”, “Here We Go” and “Love & Affection” this year, Plastik Funk has nailed it again with their remix of Hugel and Jasmine Thompson‘s wistful love song “Where We Belong”. True to their signature sound, the duo layers in groovy basslines and big room beats over the original track’s breezy melody, giving the remix a lively and futuristic vibe that elevates it to the realm of club-friendly music. Jasmine Thompson, the singer behind Robin Schulz‘s “Ain’t Nobody” and “Sun Goes Down”, lends her mesmerizing voice to the yearning lyrics of “Where We Belong”, which embodies the rapturous emotions of rekindling a romance.
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Plastik Funk has had an exciting year thus far, and the best is yet to come; the duo is kicking off their Ibiza residencies this month at the prestigious Privilege, Ocean Beach Club, and Bora Bora. Island revelers will be treated to the duo’s hip-house productions aboard the Ocean Beat Boat and afterward in the clubs throughout the summer – and you know it’s a real party when these guys are on the decks! After receiving support from huge names like Bob Sinclair, Don Diablo and Martin Garrix among others and releasing on renowned labels such as Flamingo Recordings and Armada Deep, they’ve gained serious momentum that will carry them through the summer party scene with ease. Press play on the “Where We Belong” remix and get ready to dance out your lovesickness.
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Dannic Debuts On Nicky Romero’s Protocol With “Your Love”
Dutch artist Dannic makes his debut on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings with his feel-good House gem “Your Love,” for which he teamed up with Swedish up-and-comer Kristianex. The track encompasses the perfect ingredients for a dancefloor-friendly hit, with groovy melodies over a powerful bassline that builds into a euphoric, dynamic drop. “Your Love” fits right into the Protocol vibe and will undoubtedly be on tracklists this winter season and the year ahead. Dannic comes to Protocol after making a name for himself by remixing the likes of The Wanted, Nicky Romero, Armin van Buuren and more. Krisitanex has already released on Revealed Recordings, Fonk Recordings, and Darklight Recordings, making this an exciting collaboration between two talented producers.
Founded by Nicky Romero in 2012, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative electronic dance music. It boasts a roster of heavy hitters, complemented by immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Futuristic Polar Bears, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Tim van Werd, Timmo Hendriks, Marc Benjamin and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. With support from heavyweights such as Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, R3HAB, and many more, Dannic has been in the scene for quite sometime now and continues to make waves. One of his career standouts was performing an electrifying set during the final “I Am Hardwell: United We Are” show at Germany’s Hockenheim, marking the first show that DJs had ever performed at the racing track, as well as stops that included the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City. He also owns and operates his label Fonk Recordings to support up-and-coming artists with their works and has played at iconic festivals such as Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Parookaville, and more. Stay tuned for more coming from Dannic, Kristianex and the rest of the Protocol gang this holiday season and beyond.
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RayRay Releases Ethereal, Bass-Driven Debut Studio Album
Powerhouse Taiwanese artist RayRay releases her first-ever studio album on Barong Family, a ten-track body of work titled ‘Unearthly World’ that serves as a stunning and diverse look into the female producer and singer’s psyche and childhood inspiration. The album touches on a myriad of genres, from Dubstep to Trap to melodic, house, and hardstyle, but is held together with a common thread of ethereality that is reminiscent of the folk tales and fairy stories that RayRay loved while growing up in Taiwan. The opening track, “Wide Awake,” sets a beautifully haunting tone with its emotive vocals and wistful bass, spreading its vein to other titles such as “Hide & Seek” with Nonsens and the lyrically empowering “Butterfly” with RayRay’s fellow Taiwanese JVNA. She then turns up the heat by heading into hardstyle territory with “404,” with rapid-fire basslines and serrating synths that are not for the weak of heart. Records like “Losing My Mind” with Dirty Audio and “Good Girls Gone Bad” with Dysomnia, featuring OGAQUAFINA, rock a four-on-the-floor house beat perfect for booty shaking on the dancefloor. The entire album is a testament to RayRay’s evolution as an artist as she seamlessly transitions between soundscapes. Read on for more on her inspiration behind “Unearthly World”:
“‘Unearthly’ can have a very vague meaning, but I wanted to highlight the fact that it’s a milestone release for me that sonically and aesthetically exists in the same dimension as my previous releases such as EPs – ‘Purple Alien,’ ‘Alien Invasion’ and ‘Alien Mutation,’ among others. With ‘Unearthly World,’ I want to give the listeners and my fans a diversified body of work that stimulates their imagination with a wide range of music genres and invites them to my own unearthly world of RayRay as a seasoned music producer and a singer.” — RayRay
01. RayRay – Wide Awake
02. RayRay, Nonsens – Hide & Seek
03. RayRay, JVNA – Butterfly
04. RayRay – 404
05. RayRay – Full Speed ft. ØZI
06. RayRay – Just Like You ft. Patrick Brasca
07. RayRay, Dirty Audio – Losing My Mind
08. RayRay – Don’t Need It
09. RayRay, Dysomia – Good Girls Gone Bad ft. OGAQUAFINA
10. RayRay – Succubus
RayRay has landed loudly and exploded onto the international dance scene in the past few years. With gigs at major festivals like Glastonbury, ADE, Tomorrowland, Sonar, and Arcadia, and her purple hair as her signature look. She cemented her status in the scene as a Red Bull Thre3style competition winner and through a series of studio sessions with artists such as Skrillex, Yellow Claw, Steve Aoki, and Atmozfears. All that while honing and training her vocals with voice professionals. After being named on Beatport’s HOT 100 Future Bass/Trap Top 10 List in 2016, her work ethic and signature sound caught the ears of Yellow Claw, who brought RayRay on tour in 2019 and quickly signed her to a management deal and to the Barong Family where she released three EPs: “Purple Alien” and “Alien Invasion” and 2021’s Brand New EP “Alien Mutation.” RayRay’s new home on the Dutch imprint has gotten her name on feverish demand, and today she tours her signature sound all over the globe, creating seismic experiences for her newfound fans. With releases on Spinnin’ Records, Protocol Recordings, Dim Mak, as well as releases on Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom to follow. Despite the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 didn’t slow her down one bit. With the dance scene at a standstill, RayRay started her live streaming channel on Twitch in early 2020 and, within a year, became the top Twitch “Live Music” Streamer, according to IMS Business report. During the same period landing a residency on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Sirius XM Radio show. 2021 saw her release EPs “Lasergun” with Yellow Claw, “Pump It Up” with Moksi, and “Where Are My Friends” with Sihk, to name a few. Needless to say, RayRay’s spaceship is rocketing across the stars and doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon.
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Indie Artist Ashton Adams, Producer For Idris Elba, Returns With “Action”
Canadian artist Ashton Adams is back in full force with his new track “Action” with American DJ/Producer Ryan Respinto and vocalist Alex Price. Opening with soulful vocals layered over a groovy bassline, Adams and Respinto seamlessly build into a bouncy and House-forward drop. The elements of Garage and Bass give the track a unique touch that crosses genre boundaries, making it feel at home, whether on the radio or in the club. “Action” is out on Adams’s own label Kyngdom Records; he also debuted earlier this year on Ultra Records and recently co-wrote and co-produced “Aces” for Connor Price and Idris Elba. Read on for the full story behind the track from Ashton himself, and keep an eye out for more new music from all three talented artists.
“My TikTok and Instagram this year has been doing pretty well with a few viral videos, and I have been able to build an awesome fan base and connect with house music lovers across the world, including some awesome producers. I connected with Ryan over TikTok, and we began sending ideas back and forth, and we came up with “Action.” We knew this one was special, and we took the time to really refine it to make sure that the listener is taken on a journey from beginning to end. ‘Action’ is one of my favorite tracks that I have worked on this year. The vocals and the way the track moves is special, and I believe every dance music fan that listens to it will love it.” — Ashton Adams
As a producer, label owner, and drummer, Ashton Adams has had an illustrious career shaped by creating and collaborating on music that represents his love of underground Hip-Hop and House music. He has worked with many artists and brands in various capacities, including viral Tik-Tok star 347aidan, Bryan “BC” Cockett, Vito Luprano (Celine Dion’s executive producer), Miami’s Hit Factory where Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, Daddy Yankee, AC/DC, and more recorded at where he met 100M’s. He is also the founder and operator of the Canada-based Kyngdom Records and Kyngdom Studios, where signed artists include the popular Justin Bieber doppelganger, Brad Sousa. To add to his resume, Ashton will also be touring with renowned Canadian Rock band Stereos as a drummer with Brad Sousa for their reunion tour in the summer of 2022. He gives back to the community as a high priority and partnered with The Waterloo Region District School Board to offer classes for high schoolers who are passionate about singing, rapping, music production, photography, and cosmetology. Stay tuned for more music coming from Ashton Adams in the near future.