Dutch hardcore legend Paul Elstak and Psycho Boys Club teamed up for their single “Bull Kick”, the newest release from Yellow Claw’s Barong Family imprint. “Bull Kick” should come with a warning label: not for the faint of heart. The track is a unique fusion of hardcore, bass, psytrance, and ravey techno, evoking memories of early rave days in clandestine underground warehouses. Elstak and Psycho Boys Club deliver rapid-fire kickdrums and distorted synths, making the track as hard-hitting as it can possibly be. “Bull Kick” follows Psycho Boys Club duo’s earlier “Over You,” released on Spinnin’ Records Asia, Barong Family’s debut EP “Chaos Underground,” as well as Paul Elstak’s singles, such as “Beyond Your Control” and “Soldaat”.
In the hardcore scene, Paul Elstak needs no introduction. His career began in 1987 and has led to a long resume of both commercial and underground hits; he launched his label Rotterdam Records in 1992 and released radio-friendly singles “Life Is Like A Dance,” “Luv U More,” “Don’t Leave Me Alone,” “The Promised Land”, “Rave On” and “Rainbow In The Sky,” all of which made the Dutch Top 40 in the 1990s. The next decade found Elstak pivoting to a harder style of music as he evolved as a producer. In 2010, he produced the title track for the movie “New Kids Turbo,” which led to him winning a Rembrandt Award for Best Title Song for the Gold-certified track in 2011. More recently, in 2017, Elstak released hits “Kind Van De Duivel” (“Child of the Devil”) and “Engeltje” (“Little Angel”) with rapper Jebroer and Dr. Phunk, both of which went collectively 5x Platinum in The Netherlands and Gold in Belgium.
DJs and producers Juyen Sebulba and Stoltenhoff teamed up for their Psycho Boys Club project in 2019, complementing their own successful careers as solo artists. Juyen previously released on Musical Freedom, Mad Decent, and Mixmash, while Stoltenhoff collaborated with Tiësto on “Lose Control,” SLANDER on “We Out” and remixed Yellow Claw. Together as Psycho Boys Club, their hard-hitting style has found a home on Barong Family, where they’ve continued to build their repertoire with a string of well-received releases.
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R3HAB & Nina Nesbitt Team Up For Groovy Dance Track “Family Values”
R3HAB teams up with indie-pop powerhouse Nina Nesbitt for his new single “Family Values”, a sultry house gem with a puckish title that doesn’t necessarily mean what the lyrics are about. The track delivers instrumental melodies that build up to a percussive drop with deep, bouncy basslines that fuse seamlessly with Nina’s soulful vocals. “Family Values” sees R3HAB returning to a groovier sound, which invites listeners to the dance floor any time of day! It also follows his recent foray into the pop world with “love u again” with Olivia Holt and his remix of Jason Derulo’s “Take You Dancing.” Check out what both R3HAB and Nina have to say about their exciting new collaboration below:
“I got to know Nina’s voice when I remixed her ‘Somebody Special’, and I’m happy we got to create ‘Family Values’ together. Nina’s writing style is clever and surprising, which makes working on songs exciting and fun. She’s got the best sense of humor and a fun outlook on the world, and I think our song captures that perfectly.” – R3HAB
“I’m so excited to collaborate with R3HAB for the second time after previously hearing him remix my song ‘Somebody Special.’ I wrote ‘Family Values’ on a day off last festival season while sitting on a trampoline with a guitar, and it’s amazing to see where R3HAB has taken it and how it’s transformed since then.” – Nina NesbittSTREAM/DOWNLOAD
Dutch/Moroccan DJ and producer Fadi El Ghoul, better known as R3HAB, has been trailblazing his way through dance music for the better part of the last decade. From his breakthrough hit remix of Afrojack, Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s “Give Me Everything” to his dance anthems, such as “All Around The World (La La La)” and “Lullaby,” which have collectively amassed over 600M streams, to his collaborations with the likes of ZAYN, Andy Grammer, Sofia Carson, Timmy Trumpet and more, R3HAB has proven to be one of the most talented and forward-thinking artists in the game. He partnered with Spotify and GATTÜSO to create the first-ever official “mint” single release. In 2016 he founded his label CYB3RPVNK, which passed one billion streams on its catalog within the first two years since the inception. R3HAB himself continues to evolve and diversify his sound by working with a variety of artists around the globe, experimenting with everything from hip-hop to pop through his collaborations. With his combination of innate artistry and innovative attitude, R3HAB is only beginning his journey. Keep an eye out for what’s up to next!
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Addicted To Dancing Songs? Get To Know Rising Producer DeMute
There’s a rising producer from the UK that you should be looking out for. If you’re addicted to dancing songs, then DeMute has a gold mine of music. He brings feel-good vibes with a fresh cut entitled “Tears In My Eyes”. One way or another, it’s fascinating this contradiction between emotionally sad lyrics and the whole uplifting energy that surrounds the track.
All in all, the solid groove allows listeners to sing, dance, and even tap their feet too. On a side note, it was mastered by the legendary Distant Soundz, known for his Ministry of Sound top hits. After being awarded by Radio Pool for his DJing skills, DeMute shows no signs of stopping. At the end of the day, it seems growing up in a musical family has its own perk. With such genre-defying sound packed with EDM, Tech House, and Chill House elements, DeMute showcases his spirit of innovation. I’m sure you will hear more about him in the coming months and years.
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Phantom Boy Reveals Upcoming Song “Kiss Me On The Beach (Bésame En La Playa)”
Phantom Boy has shared the details of a new song entitled “Kiss Me On The Beach (Bésame En La Playa)”. Embellished with tropical-esque beats, urban and pop nuances, it reflects summery vibes. The talented Venezuelan-born artist confirms this cut will be released this Saturday, September 12th. It comes after the recent remix of “Te Quiero”, which is also a Spanish party song. On a side note, he brings these infectious sounds to his new label Europa Musical Digital Record.
Naturally, “Kiss Me On The Beach (Bésame En La Playa)” awakens our wish to take unforgettable vacations in an exotic island. If the tension of the stay-at-home quarantine is getting to you, Phantom Boy’s music energizes you to dance all night long. Not for nothing, Latin music is more popular than ever before. Listen to a preview of this amazing track below.
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Yellow Claw Celebrate Barong Family’s 200th Release With 7-Track EP ‘BF200’
Yellow Claw‘s Barong Family celebrates 6 years and 200 releases with an EP compilation appropriately titled ‘BF200’ which features seven brand new tracks from the brightest names on the label, such as Yellow Claw themselves, Wiwek, Crisis Era, RayRay, GHOSTER, Nonsens, Psycho Boys Club, and more. The Amsterdam-based imprint has become known for its wide range of musical influences and high-tempo BPMs, and “BF200” follows the same vein. Spanning sounds from three continents and even a reworked ’90s classic, “BF200” also has a unique and fantastical backstory. Ever the creative crew, the EP’s accompanying artwork, and bonus audiobook see Barong Family travels across space and time to save their home planet Mother Earth. Head honchos Yellow Claw describe the impetus behind the EP below:
“It has been a wild ride since when we had put out our first release on Barong Family back in 2014. During the past 6 years, we have met many talented artists who wanted to take part in this adventure with us and joined the family. Moksi, RayRay, Wiwek, and more all saw the transition from Barong Family – a music label to Barong Family – a worldwide brand with its own merch lines, writing camps in Asia, documentaries, sold-out tours in North America, own stages at the world’s biggest festivals. 200 releases seem like a big number, and 6 years feel like a very long time, but for us, thanks to what we do and whom we are fortunate to work with, it feels like we are just starting, as our excitement never faded away.” – Yellow Claw
As for the sonic journey of “BF200,” it begins with “I Want It” from Yellow Claw and Wiwek, who deliver epic hip-hop beats to set the tone of the EP. Next up is Canadian duo Crisis Era’s “Funky Pills” for all the old school ravers out there, while DJ Soda and RayRay’s “Obsession” serves up a sneaky dose of hard-hitting bass. Yellow Claw themselves reworked the Tokyo Ghetto Pussy’s 1995 hit “Kiss Your Lips” for the EP, giving the classic a modern dance facelift. GHOSTER employs Nanami’s breathy vocals to deliver a solid mission statement in “Belong,” before Danish threesome Nonsens put the pedal to the metal with “Teaze,” speeding up proceedings with immense 4/4 energy. Finally, all systems go on Psycho Boys Club’s “Break.” Did anyone expect Barong Family to ever take it easy?
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LISTEN NOW: John Lynx Unleashes Epic EDM Anthem “Love Zone” Ft. SuVi
Chicago-based producer John Lynx is back with another ground-shaking EDM anthem titled “Love Zone”. Get ready to experience the epicness as this is the type of tune that gives goosebumps, especially due to intense buildups + spine-chilling drops. What’s more, Indian singer Suvi Suresh aka SuVi offers haunting vocals that rumble over euphoric beats.
High in energy, once you press play below you’ll feel like you’re at your favorite festival leading the hands up in the air. Needless to say, John always takes his tracks to the next level as most of them feature an overdose of emotions. Of course, “Love Zone” is no exception. With such romantic lyrics that denote brilliant songwriting skills, it portrays a strong message of love you can feel identified with. Without further ado, “Love Zone” is an EDM anthem the world truly needs to sit down and listen to.STREAM/DOWNLOAD
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