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ShockOne Releases Complex, Experimental 13-Track ‘A Dark Machine’ Album

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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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Phantom Boy Reveals Upcoming Song “Kiss Me On The Beach (Bésame En La Playa)”

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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’

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‘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

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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.

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If You Like Spanish Party Songs Listen To Phantom Boy’s “Te Quiero (Remix)”

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You will never have a sad day when you hear Phantom Boy‘s Spanish party songs. Full of perky melody, his recent remix of “Te Quiero” is designed for the dancefloor. The artist had planned to make a tour in Latin America this year but due to the pandemic, it wasn’t possible. Nevertheless, he is rescheduling the concerts for June and August of 2021. Definitely, his loyal fans from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru won’t want to miss his great performances.

The Grammy-award singer and producer dubbed as the ‘Latin Justin Timberlake’ combine EDM, Mambo, and urban Pop elements on “Te Quiero (Remix)”. When it comes to what is considered to be potentially energetic and catchy, his tracks are always a good benchmark. With hips of hits as a former member of Fantasmas del Caribe, Phantom Boy isn’t lagging behind. On the contrary, nowadays he’s at the cutting-edge of music especially with outstanding remakes of his classics. Some of his previous collaborations on b-side projects include big names of the Latin music industry like Luis Damon, MDO, Ley Alejandro, George Lamon, Song By Four, Alondra, Karolina Con K, Grupo Aleo, Alex Leon, Grupo Masisso, and many more…

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Check This Out! R3HAB’s Remix For Jason Derulo + New Single With Olivia Holt

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Even amid a changing music landscape in the global pandemic, R3HAB has been on fire, and now he’s back with a hot remix and a brand new original single. His remix of Jason Derulo‘s “Take You Dancing” has already been taking over the airwaves via Atlantic Records, delivering a deep and groovy bassline that complements the original’s sultry lyrics. Even if the only place to go dancing is your living room, press play on this remix and let it take you to the club. On the more radio-friendly spectrum, R3HAB’s new single “love u again” featuring Olivia Holt is a vocal-driven, bittersweet progressive pop anthem, out now via Hollywood Records. The two different styles exhibited here exemplify R3HAB’s recent successes with both club and pop releases, such as “Love In The Morning” with Thutmose & Rema and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Amba Shepherd.

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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 Grammar, 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 has since collected a talented roster of artists like Cityzen, Skytech, Fafaq, and more to serve as a platform for talented up-and-comers. 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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