Protocol Recordings kicks off 2022 with its first release of the year from newcomer Roc Dubloc and singer/songwriter Gid Sedgwick‘s single “Ready Or Not.” The track serves as the debut on Nicky Romero’s label for both Israeli artist Dubloc as well as the UK-based Sedgwick, and the two create a unique sonic experience with a combination of driving electro/progressive and retrowave influences. With an opening of haunting vocal riffs and a bassline that builds steadily into a drop that feels both dark and danceable, Sedgwick’s voice lends a soulful element that takes the track to the next level, making this a strong start for Nicky Romero’s imprint, whether you are “Ready Or Not” for it.
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 with 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 his unique style, Roc Dubloc has earned support from heavyweights such as Hardwell, Benny Benassi, Fedde Le Grand, and more. He has recently released his single “Plata O Plomo” on Revealed Recordings. Gid Sedgwick has recently worked with Jeffrey Sutorius, Ilan Bluestone, Maor Levi, Maduk, Omiki, and more. Listeners may recognize Sedgwick from Armin Van Buuren’s favorite track of 2020. “Another You” with Alan Watts. As always, Protocol promises an array of ever-evolving artists and cutting-edge new music, so keep an eye out for what else they have in store for this year.
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HÜMAN’s 1st Single Ever! Cinematic & Complex Style Debuts On Alok’s Label
Alok’s CONTROVERSIA welcomes HÜMAN, an exciting and brand-new project from an experienced writer and producer Liam Cole. HÜMAN teamed up with Welsh singer/songwriter Tudor for “Craving You,” a cinematic and electronic gem of a track. From the moment it opens with an upbeat kickdrum and emotive vocals that bleed into a deep, groovy bassline, “Craving You” sets itself apart with sophisticated production, including synths and real instruments recorded live specifically for this song. Its dancefloor-friendly construction and soulful elements make it flexible for radio play or at the club. HÜMAN is the perfect addition to Alok’s diverse and cutting-edge label, and we can’t wait to learn more about this enigmatic new artist.
“This song means the world to me. For a long time, I’ve dreamed of having my artist project and merging the two genres I love. I’ve been producing for other artists for almost ten years. This release, the first of this project, also means the start of pursuing my dream” — HÜMAN
HÜMAN is a music producer and artist that merges the world of cinematic music with modern electronic production elements, creating a unique soundscape that takes the listener on an audiovisual journey. Despite his age (25), he already has over ten years of experience working for the world’s most prominent artists and companies. With over 600M streams of music written and/or produced by him, he decided to create HÜMAN, a project that combines his two biggest passions, music and cinema. Heavily inspired by the work of the greatest composers in cinematic music, HÜMAN promises to bring a unique sound to the electronic music scene. He’s now releasing under Alok’s label CONTROVERSIA and Spinnin’ Records.
Tudor is a Welsh singer, songwriter & producer with over 200 million Spotify streams across his catalog. After winning the prestigious PRS Hitmaker Fund in 2020, he moved from the UK to Stockholm to further push the boundaries of collaboration. Having already released songs with the likes of Diplo, Cedric Gervais, Hayden James, LP Giobbi & Imanu in 2022, and currently working with 220 Kid, Gorgon City & Sonny Fodera in 2023, Tudor is only just getting started.
Alok’s CONTROVERSIA continues to go from strength to strength, and this latest release is another fine example of a label making all the right moves to maintain its impressive forward momentum. Since its inception in June 2019, CONTROVERSIA has accumulated over 1B Spotify streams thanks to its remarkable family of artists, including Yves V, Alan Walker, Bhaskar, Alle Farben, Vintage Culture, and more. All of whom have helped CONTROVERSIA quickly establish itself as one of the most successful independent labels in dance music today.
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Sikdope Releases New Hard-Hitting Single “I Got Lost In Berlin”
Polish beatsmith Sikdope is back on Spinnin’ Records with his new single “I Got Lost In Berlin,” an underground influenced track inspired by his very first trip to the capital city of Germany. Sikdope has a reputation for being a chameleon in the studio, and this time he breaks out cinematic, ominous opening melodies with a gravelly voiceover and an intense drop that’s not for the faint of heart. “I Got Lost In Berlin” pays homage to some nostalgic Techno beats and the famous Love Parade festival but with a modern flair, making for the perfect track to transport you to the secretive, selective, and dark clubs of this multifaceted city. Press play and prepare to get lost in Sikdope’s world for yourself.
“Berlin is one of my favorite European cities. I’m living really close, so naturally, I visit a lot. With the tune, I wanted to showcase my first experience of being there. Getting lost in the local music scene, architecture, and food. The main drop sound and whistle fillers have been inspired by the old school music festival ‘Love Parade’ I think that many people who are clubbing in Berlin are getting lost in music because time passes slowly there.” — Sikdope
Sikdope is certainly not one to sleep on. The Polish artist flexes his production prowess by showcasing his style from vicious bass-house to radio-ready progressive cuts to futuristic trap sensibilities, so he’s always keeping everyone guessing. No matter what angle he’s taking, his music is guaranteed to get the crowd going. His breakout hit “Snakes” caught the attention of Calvin Harris, essentially lighting a fuse that just continues to burn. When he’s not canvasing clubs and festivals across the world, Sikdope is buried under headphones in the lab, tampering with cutting-edge new sounds. With a decade of classic training at one of Europe’s top production schools fueling his creative process, Sikdope always has an arsenal of new material at the ready, simultaneously pressing his punishing trap products to innovative new limits and helping pioneer a colossal bass-house swell. A growing legion of fans all over the world, from LA to Shanghai, all believe “music is the cure,” and Sikdope consistently has the remedy. Having dominated festivals across four continents – from Belgium’s Tomorrowland to EDC Orlando’s Main Stage – with releases on Spinnin’ Records, Smash The House, Circus Records, Fly Eye, Tiësto’s Musical Freedom (incl. a collaboration with Tiësto himself), Sikdope is positioned as one of today’s most explosive talents, and he’s dead set on taking over the game.
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R3HAB & Afrojack Strengthen Their Friendship With “Shockwave”
Iconic Dutch producers and longtime friends R3HAB and Afrojack once again team up on a new collaborative release, “Shockwave,” their next festival gem that follows their 2022’s hit and Tomorrowland’s official anthem – “Worlds On Fire,” featuring Au/Ra. With noticeable elements of Big-Room, House, and Bass sound, it showcases both R3HAB’s and Afrojack’s signature styles while still standing out among the masses of other mainstage records.
With its stabbing synths, massive drop, and dancefloor-friendly bass, “Shockwave” is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser from these two heavyweights. Over the last decade, R3HAB and Afrojack have played back-to-back sets at the world’s biggest festivals, produced music together, remixed each other, and developed a long-lasting friendship along the way.
“Afrojack and I have worked together for over ten years, and this last year has been the best yet. We released our anthem “Worlds On Fire,” remixed each other’s records, and played B2B sets at the world’s biggest festivals. We’re excited to start 2023 with “Shockwave,” which is unlike any record we’ve worked on yet. It’s been a staple in our sets as we’ve developed it, and it’s finally ready for its official debut. Each year keeps getting better, and we can’t wait to see what this one has in store.” — R3HAB
“”It’s been great being back together with R3HAB. We’ve got many records ready to pop; you can find some already in our sets, and we’ve been testing “Shockwave” for a while now and we’re pumped to put it out now!” — Afrojack