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!”STREAM/DOWNLOAD
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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Listen To Skytech’s Groovy Edit Of FIVE & Last 60″‘s “Chaos”
Skytech kicks off the new year with his edit of “Chaos” by rising Italian producers FIVE & Last 60″, an energetic vocal tune that’s a shining example of his dynamic style. The Polish artist expertly weaves groovy basslines and upbeat percussion with the original’s soulful vocals, casting a spell that will have listeners entering the chaos in no time. FIVE & Last 60″ are two 22-year-old artists from Italy who have been musically trained since a young age, and are now honing their talents in the electronic scene; getting their music out through R3HAB’s CYB3RPVNK imprint with Skytech’s help is a significant step. Meanwhile, Skytech recently released a notable remix of R3HAB, ZAYN & Jungleboi’s “Flames” last winter and dropped his catchy original release “By My Side” with Emdi. Get ready for more new music from Skytech in the forthcoming weeks!
Mateusz Dziewulski – better known by his artist name Skytech – is already a household name in his home country of Poland, and the rest of the world is soon to follow. His name first appeared on the map when R3HAB discovered his original track “Tiger” and then helped Skytech to put final production touches on it, proving to be a winning team after “Tiger” skyrocketed to over 100M streams on all platforms. Since then, the two have worked on numerous tracks together via the CYB3RPVNK imprint, such as “Fuego,” “What You Do,” “Hyperspace,” “Starflight,” and more, fusing their sounds to make music that is club and festival-friendly while never sacrificing substance and soul. Since then, Skytech has been touring around the world, increasing his global footprint with every electrifying live performance. In 2017, he was the most-streamed Polish act on Spotify and debuted at Tomorrowland, while in 2018 he came in a close second on the Polish Spotify charts right after Frideric Chopin. Follow CYB3RPVNK to see what R3HAB, Skytech, and the rest of this talented crew are up to!
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Nicky Romero Drops “I See”, First Track From Upcoming EP
Nicky Romero kicks off the new decade with his latest single “I See”, a larger than life club track for the modern Roaring Twenties. The Protocol Recordings label head delivers immense, driving basslines, warbling synths and upbeat percussion on the new release, which follows the sonic path he forged last year with tracks like “Everybody Clap” with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and “Ring the Alarm” with David Guetta. Moreso, “I See” is the premier single from Romero’s forthcoming “Redefine” EP, which draws the focus to his club-oriented sound. The EP is just one of many aspects of the “Redefine” series concept, which also included a world tour, 3-part documentary series, merchandise line, and themed website.
Additionally, ReKTGlobal just announced Nicky Romero as the headliner for their highly anticipated London Royal Ravens Home series, which is the United Kingdom’s kickoff event for the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League on Feb. 8-9, 2020. The Call of Duty League event brings professional esports, exclusive entertainment, and behind-the-scenes access to fans and gamers with live tournament-style gameplay, VIP meet-and-greets, and Romero’s headline show. He is also participating as a celeb contender in the Home Series’ must-see 2v2 Hype Battle.
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” (with Krewella) and #1 single “I Could Be The One” (with Avicii), Nicky Romero quickly proved that his talent is ever-evolving and here to stay. After launching his Protocol Recordings imprint in 2012, the renowned performer, producer and label head continued his personal successes with a string of high-profile releases, ranging from collabs with Mike Williams & Amba Shepherd, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, DallasK & XYLØ and Steve Aoki & Kiiara to remixes for the likes of Kygo, Rita Ora, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. All the while showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to touch down across the globe for his incredible live performances, including residencies at Las Vegas’ Hakkasan and Omnia and forthcoming shows at ageHa in Tokio, Echostage in Washington DC, Du Arena in Abu Dhabi and more. 2020 is bound to be a huge year for Romero, so stay tuned to see what he has up his sleeve next.
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Phantom Boy Really Wants You To “Listen To The Music” 🎧
Phantom Boy moves into a new artistic phase as an EDM producer. The first single of 2020 is called “Listen To The Music”. Without a doubt, he brings a fresh concept that has a different flavor than his usual Latin hits. On this occasion, he didn’t lay down his vocals to the composition, on the contrary, he collaborates with a female singer whose style fits either clubs or a radio-friendly atmosphere. One does not have to be very bold to predict Phantom Boy wants to conquer the European music market through electronic-oriented rhythms and subtle nuances of Pop. All in all, it’s a four-minute pleasurable jam that will stick in the mind of any listener due to the bass drops, chorus, bouncy synths, and progressive chords. Listen in full below.
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Nicky Romero To Headline Inaugural Call Of Duty League Event
London’s kickoff Call of Duty League event brings professional esports, exclusive entertainment and behind-the-scenes access to fans and gamers with live tournament-style gameplay, VIP meet-and-greets, and a headline show by Nicky Romero, a celeb contender in the Home Series’ must-see 2v2 Hype Battle.
Esports organization ReKTGlobal announces that Nicky Romero will headline the London Royal Ravens Home Series, the United Kingdom’s kickoff event for the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League on Feb. 8-9, 2020.
One of the most influential modern electronic music artists and media moguls of our time, Romero will headline the London Royal Ravens Home Series, which marks the first hometown tournament for the team in Call of Duty League’s inaugural season. In addition to an unforgettable concert experience on Feb. 8, Call of Duty superfans will have the opportunity to connect with Romero at a VIP meet-and-greet and watch him as he takes on soon-to-be-announced celeb opponents during one of the highly anticipated Hype Battles that allow the world’s biggest stars to showcase their Call of Duty skills on the main stage at league events. For more details on the event, and to purchase tickets, head here.
The Call of Duty League is a global, city-based esports league composed of 12 professional teams, representing 11 markets across North America and Europe. In its inaugural season, pro teams compete in 5-versus-5 Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare multiplayer matches, on PlayStation®4. The professional competition features the best Call of Duty esports players from around the globe, battling for the ultimate prize: The Call of Duty League Championship.
“We’re excited to bring an incredible and historic weekend filled with unforgettable performances and festivities to Call of Duty’s most loyal fans and the community as a whole,” commented London Royal Ravens Managing Director Michael’ ODEE’ O’Dell, who also serves as Chief Gaming Officer for parent company ReKTGobal. “As headliner, Nicky Romero brings incredible energy to the stage. He has strong ties to the UK and the esports community as an avid Call of Duty player and an investor committed to helping bring esports to its fullest potential. Between the action-packed tournament gameplay with Romero at the analyst desk on Sunday, and the Hype Battle and his exclusive concert on Saturday evening, fans are in for a real treat at this can’t-miss event.”
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” (with Krewella) and #1 single “I Could Be The One” (with Avicii), Nicky Romero quickly proved that his talent is ever-evolving and here to stay. After launching his Protocol Recordings imprint in 2012, the renowned performer, producer, and label head continued his personal successes with a string of high-profile releases, ranging from collabs with Mike Williams & Amba Shepherd, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, DallasK & XYLØ and Steve Aoki & Kiiara to remixes for the likes of Kygo, Rita Ora, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. All the while showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to touch down across the globe for his incredible live performances, including residencies at Las Vegas’ Hakkasan and Omnia and forthcoming shows at ageHa in Tokio, Echostage in Washington DC, Du Arena in Abu Dhabi and more.
“For years, I’ve used gaming to unwind after long nights in the studio and as a way to stay connected with friends when I’m on the road performing,” remarked Nicky Romero. “Whether it’s during a show or on social media, I love engaging with my fans. I am honored to be a part of the Royal Ravens first Home Series event and look forward to a weekend filled with all things Call of Duty.”
The London Royal Ravens event will kick off a tournament-style format that is familiar to the legacy of Call of Duty esports and former Call of Duty World League format, which featured pool play followed by a playoff bracket. Coupled with a new points system, the updated format will deliver an impactful, competitive experience for all. In addition to the hometown London Royal Ravens team, the Home Series weekend will feature the Chicago Huntsmen, Dallas Empire, Los Angeles Guerrillas, New York Subliners, Paris Legion, Seattle Surge and Toronto Ultra. To cheer on the London Royal Ravens as they compete to reign over the weekend bracket and add to their individual season point total on the road to the championship, visit here.
Founded in 2016, the ReKTGlobal esports organization bridges the gap between the multi-billion-dollar business of traditional sports and the burgeoning business of esports and competitive gaming. ReKTGlobal owns the London Royal Ravens Call of Duty London franchise team and global esports powerhouse Rogue. The organization recently added American tennis prodigy Taylor Fritz, NBA All-Star Rudy Gobert and the NFL’s Landon Collins to its investor team, closed a multi-year deal with TIME’s Most Influential DrLupo and welcomed Michael “ODEE” O’Dell to the global esports organization as Chief Gaming Officer. ReKTGlobal also acquired both Fullcube, the leading platform and playbook provider of fan-based Insider programs, and Greenlit Content, a hybrid company behind some of gaming’s most popular editorial sites and viral branded gaming content, events and activations in collaboration with brands like Xbox, HyperX, Epic Games, Activision Blizzard and Warner Bros.
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KTRYN & Laila’s EDM Collaboration “Avalanche” Is A Must-Listen!
KTRYN & Laila are two skillful female DJs reigning from Europe. Discover their EDM collaboration “Avalanche”, which encompasses everything fans have loved about the Big Room sound. It’s no exaggeration to consider this track as a festival anthem due to its powerful drive and melodic hook. On the other hand, the epic vocals add a touch of emotion to accompany the big drops. Sooner or later, “Avalance” will be amassing thousands of plays. Stream in full via Spotify.
On a side note, this successful collaboration was possible thanks to the Amsterdam Music Festival, where both producers met each other in 2017. In the past, gaining a reputation for being Germany’s upcoming hitmakers was not easy in a male-dominated scene. However, in this new decade, creative women like KTRYN & Laila are blowing up stereotypes in order to bring diversity and equality in the industry. Somehow, I also see them as role models encouraging other women to jump into this field. Undoubtedly, we all can change this world with our actions or thoughts and even with music. 😉
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