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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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 🇪🇸