R3HAB joins forces with leading African artist Mr Eazi and Gold-certified Alt-Pop singer/songwriter Wafia for the newest single “I Wanna Run Away,” which exemplifies their diverse capabilities as artists who can cross genre boundaries with sophisticated ease. Drawing on all three artists’ unique sounds, “I Wanna Run Away” combines dance, pop and African influences to create an upbeat, catchy sound that appeals to listeners across the musical spectrum. Opening with organic instrumental chords and a reggae-inspired vocal hook, the track builds gradually into upbeat melodies that sound like they could be playing from the beach on a tropical island. “I Wanna Run Away” is R3HAB’s first collaboration with Mr Eazi, while seeing the Dutch/Moroccan producer working with Wafia for the second time, after R3HAB’s 2020’s remix of her “Good Things” on Atlantic Records. “I Wanna Run Away” sonically follows the footsteps of “Love In The Morning” on which R3HAB collided with Thutmose and Rema back in 2020, and is a follow-up to his singles from past months, such as “Most People” with Lukas Graham, “Sad boy” with Ava Max and Jonas Blue, and “Runaway” with Sigala and JP Cooper.
“I’ve been a big fan of Mr Eazi for years, and this record has been a long time coming. We began the idea a few years ago and have come back to it many times for revisions and updates. We finally realized the song needed another perspective to land, and that’s when I asked Wafia to join. The pure clarity of her voice complements Eazi’s delivery and brings levels of nuance to the record. We love how it turned out and can’t wait to share it with the world.” – R3HAB
“Sometimes you’re in too deep, and you don’t know what to do besides resort to desperate measures. But, once you’re through it and have some space, you can channel it over a dance beat and claim your liberation. This song took a long time to figure out, but we solved it and are glad to share it now. Thanks to R3HAB for creating a production that works equally for dancing or for experiencing a full range of emotions, and thanks to Wafia for lending your lovely voice. Listeners, this song is yours now.” – Mr Eazi
“I’ve been a fan of R3HAB for such a long time, and I’m so glad we finally got to put out this song with Mr Eazi. I feel so honored to be hopping on a track with these two legendary artists!” – Wafia
Dutch-Moroccan Multi-Platinum DJ and producer Fadil 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 remixes for Rihanna, Drake, Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, Lady Gaga, to anthems such as Gold- and Platinum-certified “All Around The World (La La La)” and “Lullaby,” to his collaborations with the likes of Luis Fonsi, Sean Paul, ZAYN, Andy Grammer, Smokepurpp, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, JP Cooper, Sigala, Ava Max, Jonas Blue and more, R3HAB has proven to be one of the most talented and forward-thinking artists in the game, whose work collected over 5B streams to date. In 2016 R3HAB founded his label CYB3RPVNK, which has passed 4B streams across all platforms since its inception. R3HAB himself continues to evolve and diversify his sound by working with a variety of artists around the globe, pushing the boundaries of dance music as he collaborates across genres and languages. In 2020 alone, R3HAB celebrated over 900M Spotify streams. He is currently the most discovered artist on Spotify, one of Spotify’s top 200 most streamed artists across all genres worldwide, and ranked #12 on prestigious DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs chart. With his combination of innate artistry and innovative attitude, in 2021 R3HAB is continuing his journey among electronic music’s elite.
Mr Eazi is the creative and business visionary leading African music into its future. As a recording artist, the Nigerian multihyphenate is the voice behind Afropop hits “Pour Me Water,” “Skin Tight” (featuring Efya), and “Leg Over,” as well as groundbreaking collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Bad Bunny and J Balvin. As a serial entrepreneur, he’s also the founder of emPawa Africa, a talent incubator program, which funds and mentors emerging African artists, and the digital music aggregator emPawa Distribution – initiatives hailed by CNN, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Forbes for their forward-thinking approach. Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in Lagos, Mr Eazi began his music career while attending college in Ghana, where his side hustles included promoting concerts and running a concierge service shuttling wealthy kids to parties. His first-ever recording, made on a whim, became an accidental local hit, prompting him to self-release a mixtape, About to Blow, in 2013. Blending touches of Ghanaian highlife music and Pidgin slang with Nigerian chord progressions and R&B vocal inflection, he soon developed a mellowed-out spin on afropop which he dubbed “Banku Music,” after the popular Ghanaian comfort food dish.
Singer/songwriter Wafia magnifies identifiable and idiosyncratic experiences in the form of alternative pop anthems. The gold-selling Netherlands-born Australia-based Iraqi-Syrian songstress relies on a keen sense of observation and sharp pen as she catalogs the world in real-time on her 2020 debut for Atlantic Records. Having kicked off her career with her 2014 debut single “Let Me Love You” and 2015 debut EP “XXIX,” Wafia broke onto the mainstream with Louis The Child’s RIAA gold-certified smash, “Better Not” with subsequent praise from W, NPR, Wonderland, i-D, and more. Clocking nearly 300 million cumulative streams and earning the praise of The Fader and Refinery29, Wafia is keenly aware of her position in life and is committed to empowering marginalized communities, at home and abroad, and helping women of all shapes, sizes, and nationalities find themselves in her music. Art is personal to be sure, but Wafia firmly believes in sharing her gift with the world by creating an environment that says all are welcome here. Her 2019 single “Hurts” with Louis The Child and Whethan bears that level of intimacy. Between dreamy synths and a delicate beat, her sweet delivery slips from understated verses into a strikingly soulful hook as she croons, “It hurts a little more when you’re talking like that, every word you write back if you really want me out the door.” In the end, Wafia makes music you’ll treasure like an unforgettable memory.
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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