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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WizG Heads To Future House Cloud With Summer Bop “Dangerous”
After setting the tone for the season with his buoyant party-starter “Don’t Wanna Need You Now,” WizG makes a big return with his second major single of the year. Strap on your dancing shoes extra tight and hold on for the ride, because WizG is getting “Dangerous” with Future House Cloud.
An upbeat Dance-Pop record, “Dangerous” fuses WizG’s evident songwriting talent with a sensual synth bed and catchy guitar strums. Oozing lighthearted melodies and a hook and chorus listeners won’t be able to get out of their heads, WizG graces his fans with yet another irresistible summer festival track. “Dangerous” builds off the scintillating energy in the more recent release “Don’t Wanna Need You Now,” while serving as a slightly moody, yet fun and flirty addition to WizG’s danceable arsenal.
“With summer and festival season approaching, I wanted to release my favorite production to date. A record I believe can be listened to in any setting. ‘Dangerous’ is filled with guitars, synths, vocal chops, catchy lyrics and more. Enjoy!” — WizG
Continuing to lift spirits and ignite sparks with alluring releases such as “Dangerous,” WizG continues to build an exciting tracklist for upcoming summer appearances. Previously sharing stages with industry leaders like Matoma, Lost Kings, and Dada Life, WizG’s career is hurtling toward stardom as he continues to fuel the dance-pop space.
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WAVEDASH & James Ivy Cross Paths On “Chicago Loop”
Continuously showcasing their creativity and versatility, WAVEDASH and James Ivy’s friendship, tracing back to their teenage years, has intersected at a crucial point in their musical careers for the release of “Chicago Loop,” out now via Create Music Group.
Debuting on Skrillex’s label OWSLA in 2015, WAVEDASH has since developed their own style of electronic dance music. Receiving industry-wide praise from artists like Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Madeon, and many more; in 2021, their 12-track debut album, World Famous Tour, left a bold and positive mark on the dance music community. Now liberated from label stipulations and creative control, the trio look onwards to seek artistic fulfillment in the next chapter of their careers. The release of “Chicago Loop”, a track that was initially introduced 3 years ago, thus, carries great meaning to both the artists and their fans, as the trio collabs with their long friend, and rising artist James Ivy.
James Ivy, a 23-year-old Korean-American singer/songwriter/producer from New Jersey, since his debut in 2020, with “Staring Contest”, has been developing his artistic presence in the PC music scene. Receiving praise from the likes of MTV, Flood Magazine, NYLON, and continued releases of singles, and in 2021, his debut EP, Good Grief, James Ivy has impressed both media and the fans. Crossing between genres and facing new frontiers in his career, his addition to “Chicago Loop” is something that once again proves his indefinite musical capabilities.
“Jimmy (James Ivy) has been one of our best friends for over 8 years now. During that time we’ve grown up together and came into our own as artists. We help each other out with everything, whether it be Jimmy lending his voice to us or Me, Michael, and Gavin lending Jimmy our production skills. When we made“Chicago Loop,” we thought it was just another one of the hundreds of songs that would never see the light of day, but thanks to the overwhelming response from fans we are unbelievably excited to share it with you guys.” — WAVEDASH
“Chicago Loop” was a song born from an ironing board acting as a makeshift desk and a Bluetooth speaker in a hotel room in Chicago. Me and the boys had flown out to Chicago for Lollapalooza and it ended up being the biggest let-down of a weekend ever. Me and the boys started a song purely off of the desire to make sure the weekend was not a complete waste. The lyrics, that were mostly freestyled on the spot, ended up being an ode to this feeling we had this weekend, of being at a shitty party and being like “let’s get outta here”.” — James Ivy
An upbeat indie/electronic track, WAVEDASH immerse listeners in a dreamy electronic instrumental. The production heavily lies on funky drums, synths, and futuristic effects that add to the colorful display of WAVEDASH’s adventurous sound. James Ivy further decorates the track with layered vocals as his catchy melodies gracefully merge with the lively instrumental. WAVEDASH and James Ivy stand to face a new chapter in their exciting career. As WAVEDASH moves on to the post-album era as they now create music truly without limits, this collaboration with James Ivy is something that fulfills both the sonic endeavors of the artists and the expectations of their fans.
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Alok Releases 6th Edition Of His Compilation Series
Brazilian maestro Alok just dropped the 6th installment of his ‘CONTROVERSIA Vol. 006′ compilation, which showcases the forward-thinking sound that the label represents right now. This time the album features 13 tracks, 8 of which are exclusive, never-released productions, coming from international talents, such as CONTROVERSIA’s very own Bhaskar, ÜHÜ together with startups like Capsm – a talented visually impaired artist, Nyella – who is the first female producer to have a solo single on the label, and rising Ukrainian artist Scott Rill. The sonic journey spans a myriad of genres, from the deep progressive opener “I Feel U” to emotive and ethereal like in Tineway & Ytan’s “Telling” and Modica’s eastern organic influenced “Don’t Stop.” What has to be also mentioned, CONTROVERSIA has just surpassed 1B Spotify streams on their catalog, achieving another milestone.
“The arrival of the 6th edition of the compilation and following the recognition that previous installments have received is a huge joy to me. The concept continues to meet our main objective, which is to maximize the reach and recognition of the Brazilian electronic music scene here in Brazil as well as abroad, giving space to a vast number of artists to create and present their music to wider audiences. With a lot of effort, today, Controversia’s releases are being presented weekly to millions of listeners around the world through the Controversia Radio Show, which was also recently featured as a label showcase on Tomorrowland’s OneWorld Radio. I had a great time plowing through the tons of demo submissions to pick the tracks and artists I currently like the most, so I hope you’ll enjoy the selection, which includes 8 exclusive productions you can hear only on the compilation.” — Alok
With a strong resume full of remixes and collaborations with artists such as The Rolling Stones to Zara Larsson, from Jason Derulo to Tove Lo, and more, Brazilian Alok has gained an immense international following and is currently having his global breakout moment. He already has the second-largest Instagram following of any electronic artist globally (over 27M), and his 20M devoted monthly listeners on Spotify have made him the most listened to Brazilian artist in the world. In 2021, he was named the 4th Best DJ in the world, according to the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll. In 2019, Alok was nominated for the International Dance Music Awards for his hit remix of the Meduza single “Piece of Your Heart,” and he also worked with global pop sensation Dua Lipa for the official remix of her hit single “Physical.” Recently he also collaborated with Grammy-award pop sensation John Legend on “In My Mind” and with renegade vocalist John Martin on “Wherever You Go” and lended his talents to remix Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers.” The sky is the limit for the Brazilian superstar.
Alok’s forthcoming dates:
Jun 24 – Maceió, AL, Brazil 🇧🇷
Jun 25 – Caruaru, PE, Brazil 🇧🇷
Jun 25 – Campina Grande, PB, Brazil 🇧🇷
Jun 30 – Zamárdi, Hungary – Balaton Sound 🇭🇺
Jul 04 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Jul 08 – Neustadt-Glewe, Germany – Airbeat One Festival 🇩🇪
Jul 09 – Figueira da Foz, Portugal – RFM SOMNII 2022 🇵🇹
Jul 10 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival 🇷🇸
Jul 11 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Jul 13 – Florida, FL, USA – Private Event 🇺🇸
Jul 14 – Miami, FL, USA – LIV 🇺🇸
Jul 16 – Boom, Belgium – Tomorrowland 🇧🇪
Jul 18 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Jul 22 – Mykonos, Greece – Cavo 🇬🇷
Jul 23 – Kołobrzeg, Poland – Sunrise Festival 🇵🇱
Jul 24 – Ibiza, Spain – Ushuaïa 🇪🇸
Jul 25 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Jul 28 – Sardegna, Italy – Private Event 🇮🇹
Jul 30 – St Tropez, France – Private Event 🇫🇷
Aug 01 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Aug 04 – Mykonos, Greece – Cavo 🇬🇷
Aug 06 – Romania – Untold Festival 🇷🇴
Aug 08 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Aug 09 – Panarea, Italy – Raya Summer Fest 🇮🇹
Aug 11 – Abu Dhabi – Private Event 🇦🇪
Aug 13 – Seoul, South Korea – E-Prix 2022 🇰🇷
Aug 15 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Aug 18 – Monte Carlo, Monaco – Private Event 🇲🇨
Aug 25 – Navegantes – SC, Brazil 🇧🇷
Aug 26 – Barretos, SP, Brazil 🇧🇷
Aug 27 – Divinópolis, MG, Brazil 🇧🇷
Aug 28 – Vitória da Conquista, BA, Brazil 🇧🇷
Aug 30 – Uberlândia, MG, Brazil 🇧🇷
Sep 03 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock in Rio 🇧🇷
Sep 05 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸
Sep 09 – Casablanca, Morocco – Private Event 🇲🇦
Sep 10 – Itu, SP, Brazil 🇧🇷
Sep 10 – Araçatuba – SP, Brazil 🇧🇷
Sep 12 – Ibiza, Spain – Hï Ibiza 🇪🇸