After much anticipation from recent releases “Run” and “Til Dawn,” Australian artist ShockOne has released his new thirteen-track album ‘A Dark Machine’. Breathtakingly complex, hauntingly poignant and sonically masterful, the album explores a concept few people dare to truly dive into – confronting the darkest parts of ourselves and realizing that our power as humans makes us capable of both great and terrible things. As the album progresses through both psychological stages – from awakening to self-destruction, hopelessness to self-acceptance, ShockOne creates more than just a sonic joyride. ‘A Dark Machine’ is an immersive experience that delves into the complex human psyche while running the gamut of bass music genres with an experimental flair. The album features guest collaborations with ShockOne’s real-life sister, vocalist Reija Lee, as well as Cecil, Cruz Patterson, The Bloody Beetroots and producers Ekko and Sidetrack, who each contribute their unique sound to the whole. No matter what stage of the journey you’re on, you are bound to discover something new and mindblowing on this album. Check out ShockOne’s inspiration below:
‘A Dark Machine’ begins with “Run” and the intro connected to it “Awake”. The whole thing started from the idea I had of the protagonist waking from a dream while finding themselves running, from what exactly, they don’t know, but they are filled with a sense of dread, they do know, however, that if they stop running something terrible will happen. I just had this image of someone waking up running from something, and at the beginning, I wasn’t quite sure what that was myself. As I kept writing and scribbling random phrases and notes down, it started to become clear that what the protagonist is running from is a reflection of their own psyche, their subconscious, perhaps even the darker side of it, and that is essentially what ‘A Dark Machine’ represents. As I continued the writing process, I started to realize this album is basically the story of someone coming to terms with their own mind/subconscious, the good and the bad parts of it. The closing song “Silver & Gold”, is the final conversation between the protagonist and their own subconscious. The eternal conversion we are all having with ourselves that can sometimes get pretty dark. This story is like a dramatization of that, and this album is like a soundtrack to the dystopian art film I have in my head that will never get made! Although the fantastic videos Matsu made for “A Dark Machine”, “Bleed Black” & “Run” are pretty damn close!”
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Since his debut in 2009 with “The ShockOne” EP, Karl Thomas has established himself as one of the most exciting bass artists in the scene. He followed up his massively successful debut with 2011’s “Crucify Me,” a drum & bass/dubstep anthem in which he also showed his versatility and talent as a vocalist; this single served as a preview for his first album “Universus.” ShockOne’s most significant break came in 2012 when he released the genre-bending, now-iconic work of art that is “Chaos Theory” featuring Corey Burton. “Chaos Theory” experienced astronomical success, peaking at #2 on Beatport, #1 on Trackitdown, and #1 on iTunes Dance in Australia. This led him through a whirlwind of touring, playing festivals such as Creamfields, the Big Day Out, and Stereosonic, and playing sold-out shows throughout Australia. After listening to ‘A Dark Machine’, we know that ShockOne is bigger, better, and stronger than ever before. Stay tuned for what comes next from this leading Aussie export!
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ALWZ SNNY Makes Major Festival Debut At Moonrise
DJ and producer ALWZ SNNY made his major festival debut this past weekend as he opened up the main stage at Moonrise. The annual Insomniac event is held at Pimlico Raceway in Baltimore, Maryland, and attracts tens of thousands of fans from across the country. Some of the headliners this year included Tiesto, Rezz, and Excision.
The atmosphere inside the festival gates was electric, with three massive stages; Stellar Stage, Lunar Stage, and the Solar Tent. Stunning visuals were projected across the venue, and lasers were shooting as far as the eyes could see; other effects included CO2 and fire pyrotechnics that wowed the crowd. This was the first Moonrise Festival in 3 years due to Covid-19.
Not to our surprise, ALWZ SNNY’s fans turned out in droves as always. “Seeing the SNNY SQUAD in all their yellow & black show up early, happy, and ready to rave was incredible! I saw so many flags & totems with my face & logo on them. I know this is still just the beginning of the journey, but this was such a proud and memorable moment for me” commented ALWZ SNNY, who opened Stellar Stage.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I will be one of the headliners here in three years!”
ALWZ SNNY will be jumping back on stage at his annual SNNY NITES concert at The Original Cancun Cantina on October 21st. More details on that upcoming event will be made available soon at https://alwzsnny.com/.
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Felix Samuel, LODATO, And Quando Collab On “You Can’t Make Me Come”
Rising talents Felix Samuel, LODATO, and Quando join forces for their new release “You Can’t Make Me Come,” a dance track with a cheeky twist, out now on the NFT-fueled Purple Fly record label. Opening with groovy melodies, the listener quickly becomes tuned into the story behind the lyrics; the deep, moody basslines add color to the story behind a partner who evidently didn’t quite satisfy. “You Can’t Make Me Come” is a playful track that hits equally whether in the club or on the radio. See below for more on the artists and inspiration behind this spicy new release!
“I received this topline from the writers and was really hooked on the satirical nature of the lyrics. With a groovy drop melody and slap house edit, this is one that can be enjoyed in a club or sweating away in the gym!” — Felix Samuel
Felix Samuel has certainly made a name for himself as an up-and-coming talent from the UK. With almost 3,5M monthly listeners on Spotify for his own artist project, his unique style and catchy melodies have established him as a serious songwriter and name within the scene. His music has already been played on fan-favorite TV shows, including “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Celebs Go Dating.” Having worked with the likes of vTujamo, Jonasu, Madism, Anthony Keyrouz, Wankelmut and MACKS (former frontman of Dante Klein), as well as releasing on some of the biggest dance labels in the world; 3Beat (Universal), Onesevenmusic/Disco:wax, NCS, Perfect Havoc and Heartfeldt (Sam Feldt’s label), the sky really is the limit for this young Brit.
LODATO is an American DJ, producer, and remixer from Queens, New York. Over the past 2 years, he has become one of the most successful artists at Dance Radio in the US, having had 4 #1 Dance Radio Airplay songs. Only David Guetta, Diplo, and Joel Cory have had 4 #1’s in that same time frame. LODATO’s original single “HOME” landed itself at #1 on the US Dance Radio Chart for 3 consecutive weeks, #1 on Sirius XM’s BPM’s “Top 20 Count Down” for 4 consecutive weeks, and #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow Airplay Chart. In May 2020, LODATO’s original single “Good” followed the footsteps of his previous release and also found its way to #1 in the US on Dance Radio. LODATO’s remix of Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart” was added to rotation on all the major U.S. Dance Radio Stations and has hit #1 in North America on iHeart’s RT30 countdown. In February 2021, LODATO’s “Good Thing” again topped the charts by making its way to #1 on Dance Radio, Billboard Dance/Top 40 Mixshow Airplay Chart, and Sirius XM’s BPM’s Top 20 Count Down. Just recently, “Neon Lights” topped the Dance Radio and Billboard Dance Mixshow Airplay Charts this past July with the #1 slot.
Nicholas, aka Quando, is an up-and-coming producer from Singapore. Music has always been a huge part of Quando’s life, and he felt the need to share that passion with others. Since the release of his track “Know Us” on Hardwell’s imprint Revealed Recordings, Nicholas has become an artist you definitely have to put your eyes on. After this release, He has garnered support from artists such as Hardwell, Blasterjaxx, Maurice West, Dash Berlin, and many more. Quando crafts his music with a blend of Progressive House, Electro House, Bass House, and a touch of pop. Since his first release “Love Me Now,” Quando has been featured on various Spotify editorial playlists, most notably Party Life. With a constant release of new music, the future is looking very bright for this young talent.
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Win And Woo Reveal Long Awaited Debut Album ‘Ten Years’
Win and Woo are proud to present the biggest, most comprehensive project of their career in ‘Ten Years,‘ their debut full-length album out now. Featuring focus single “All That Motion” w/ superstar duo Louis The Child along with previously released wildly popular lead singles like “Vanilla Sky” w/ Wrabel and “Knots” feat. Blair Lee, the long-awaited project is a statement piece that defines their artistic journey over the years and the years of dedication they’ve poured into their craft.
“This album represents our entire journey working together, a journey that started ten years ago. Listening to the project in its entirety, you hear nuances of moments in our career that made us the artists we are today. The many lessons we learned along the way helped shape our music. Ten Years is a benchmark for our sound moving forward and the start of a new chapter in our lives, as humans and musicians.
Relationships with fellow artists have always been very important to us. We are very grateful to the amazing talent and new friends that chose to be a part of this project (Wrabel, Sad Alex, Saint Sinner, Geographer, Blair Lee). A special shoutout to our friend Johnny Mabie who helped co-produce the album in Joshua Tree 2020. Years ago in Chicago, we met Louis the Child and have been family ever since. Having a record with them on this project was so important to us and we are so proud of the result. Hope you enjoy the lead single “All This Motion w/ Louis the Child” and the rest of our debut album “Ten Years”. —Win and Woo
Win and Woo have long established themselves as one of dance music’s favorite duos. An uplifting project of incredible depth, Ten Years is their pièce de résistance, a mature and charismatic assortment of cohesive tracks that tell a story, their story. Blending an assortment of electronic and pop influences, the Chicago duo’s debut LP delivers a sonically diverse and entertaining project whilst maintaining the distinct Win and Woo style of feel-good music built for any stage or setting. Focus single “All That Motion,” a collaboration with peers, and Louis The Child is a summer jam waiting to be unleashed, while tracks like “Good Catch” feat. sad alex and “Lost Somewhere” further solidify their status as one of the most versatile acts in dance music. An accomplished and eclectic mix of features and collaborations are on hand throughout the LP (Saint Sinner, Geographer, and more), making Ten Years an album that has something for every musical palate. Check out the full tracklist below:
‘Ten Years’ Full Tracklist
2. Ten Years
3. All This Motion w/ Louis The Child
4. Vanilla Sky w/ Wrabel
5. Knots feat. Blair Lee
6. Lost Somewhere
7. Walk Away w/ Saint Sinner
8. Make A Move
9. Good Catch feat. sad Alex
10. Lay Low feat. Geographer