ShockOne Releases Complex, Experimental 13-Track ‘A Dark Machine’ Album
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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Sandro Silva Returns To Dim Mak After 13 Years, Drops “Epic” Ft. Angger Dimas
Veteran producer Sandro Silva is back with a vengeance in the form of his new track “Dance With Me,” for which he teamed up with one of the finest Indonesian exports Angger Dimas. The track incorporates a winning combination of sinister synths, epic basslines, and breathy vocals that make it a guaranteed festival anthem. Silva brings back his signature sound with the big-room drop, which fans may recognize from his iconic breakthrough hit “Epic” back in 2011. “Dance With Me” is further evidence that EDM’s heyday is far from over, and you’re bound to hear this one in sets at your favorite festival this summer across the globe. The single is out now on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak, the artists’ first appearance on the label since Sandro’s “Told Ya” in 2010 and Angger’s “XXX” with Oliver Twizt in 2013.
“Super happy to return on Dim Mak after 13 years! This single perfectly combines the sounds of Angger and me. Lots of percussion sounds and extraordinary leads combined with a lot of energy. I hope the world is ready for this one;)” — Sandro Silva
“I am happy that finally, after 12 years of working on remixes for our songs, Sandro and I are now releasing a collaboration! Also, what makes it perfect is this song is being released on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak. It’s great to return to the label after 10 years” — Angger Dimas
Sandro Silva established himself as one of the pioneers in modern electronic dance music. Discovered and embraced at a young age by the likes of Tiësto, David Guetta, and Calvin Harris, he enjoyed massive successes early on in his career. Back in 2011, it was his astronomical hit record “Epic” together with Quintino, that shot him to worldwide fame. Remaining a steady presence ever since, he’s collaborated with the likes of W&W and 3 Are Legend, and remixed similar key players like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, and Laidback Luke. The musical road he’s taken has been a fast one, creating a new wave with his big room sound and continuously pushing and evolving his career. After years of touring and hitting the elite hotspots and biggest festivals around the globe, he remains ever so focused on pushing his own boundaries and showcasing his new music to the world.
Angger Dimas is an Indonesian-born DJ and music producer known for leading the new age of Asian talent to the dance music scene. Angger Dimas dominated the 2010s dance music scene, touring the globe and playing some of the largest music festivals like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and Ultra Music Festival. He also collaborated with well-respected acts such as Tiësto, Showtek, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Diplo, Laidback Luke, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Iggy Azalea, Travis Porter, and many more.
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DVBBS Join Forces With Jeremih & SK8 For “Crew Thang”
Canadian brothers DVBBS teams up with Grammy-nominated R&B artist Jeremih and singer-songwriter SK8 for “Crew Thang,” a genre-bending collaboration. The track’s unique style rides on dynamic melodies and groovy house basslines, all wrapped up with upbeat but velveteen vocals for a perfect balance of sexy and fun. This combination makes for the perfect anthem, launching this year’s summer season, making unforgettable memories, and doing your own crew thang on or off the dance floor. It follows DVBBS’s “Synergy” with Timmy Trumpet from last month, “Next To You” with Loud Luxury and Kane Brown from February, and the cheeky “SH SH SH (Hit That)” with Wiz Khalifa, Urfavxboyfriend and Goldsoul from the same month, also on Ultra Records. Jeremih recently released “Chose You” with French Montana, and earlier his solo single “Changes” on Def Jam/Universal Music Group. Be on the lookout for an official music video for “Crew Thang,” coming out very soon.
“Summer starts now… Big love to Jeremih for lending us his incredibly talented voice and our bro SK8 for making this come to life. ‘Crew Thang’ is for you and your crew to turn up. 2023 vibes.” — DVBBS
“Following a huge single off my last project featuring DVBBS and Wiz Khalifa, I’m stoked to create something special with DVBBS again, and this time with Jeremih – an artist I’ve looked up to for a minute. ‘Crew Thang’ is a blend of uptempo house mixed with pop melodies that make you feel good and wanna dance. This is another super proud moment in my career. Looking forward to touring and performing this song all summer.” — SK8
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Repiet Debuts On Protocol Recordings With “Don’t Think Twice”
Dutch artist Repiet releases his impressive solo track “Don’t Think Twice” on Protocol Recordings, a mesmerizing progressive gem that’s perfect for the established label’s sound. Opening with captivating female vocals, the record quickly gains momentum with a distinctive bouncy synth coupled with shimmering melodies and a driving bassline. “Don’t Think Twice” is a representation of Repiet’s evolution as a producer, its mixture of sophistication, emotion, and energy making for an addictive tune that’s fit for radio or club treatment. “Don’t Think Twice” is Repiet’s fourth official release on the label but the first one on Protocol Recordings, following three on Protocol Lab – Nicky Romero’s imprint for upcoming talent.
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 by immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Lukas Vane, Almero, Timmo Hendriks, Marc Benjamin and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. All of Protocol’s artists make for a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor, and Repiet is the newest up-and-comer on the scene. Before “Don’t Think Twice,” Repiet’s recent “So High” with Lucles gained a lot of support, went viral on TikTok, and amassed 100K streams on Spotify in the 1st week. His track “Stuck On You” with Andrew A launched the Protocol Lab sublabel in January 2022, while his “Your Love” with VIANI was featured on Protocol ADE 2022 compilation. The Dutch artist is off to a promising start, and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!