The songwriters behind Swedish House Mafia‘s “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save the World” have launched their own creative project, VCATION, and their debut single is about to become your out-of-office anthem. Appropriately titled “Lay Low”, the track embodies that devil-may-care attitude which often accompanies vacation mode – complete with groovy, pop-inspired instrumental melodies and lyrics that are both inherently dreamy and ironic. From its opening notes, “Lay Low” gives you permission to press the “pause” button on real life and delve into a grand escape with lines like “nothing really matters, might as well watch the sun go down.” “‘Lay Low’ is about allowing yourself a break, a breath of fresh air and maybe just pulling the curtains down for a day. The world is f…d up, and we play a bit with irony in the song regarding the current state of society, and regarding ourselves and our own behaviours,” VCATION says about the track. “However, it can be kinda depressing, and without being ignorant to what’s going on in the world, it’s sometimes okay to just be and dream away for awhile.”
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John Martin and Michel Zitron built their careers on making other people famous; in addition to their work with Swedish House Mafia, they have written some of dance music’s most iconic tracks from the last decade, including Tiesto’s “Red Lights,” Martin Garrix’s “Now That I’ve Found You” and Avicii’s “Fade Into Darkness.” Now, after many years of friendship, worldwide tours, and uncountable epic nights, Martin and Zitron launched VCATION as a creative outlet built on dreamy melodies and limitless genres. However, they can’t forget where they came from, and the subtle air of melancholy that underlies the track’s dancey vibes sets VCATION’s sound apart. Martin and Zitron have mastered the art of making tracks with both depth and catch, and we can’t wait to see what this duo of veteran songwriters creates next.
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Roc Dubloc & Idle Days Team Up For New Single “One In A Million”
Israeli producer Roc Dubloc returns to Protocol Recordings with his second single “One In A Million,” for which he teamed up with vocalist and instrumentalist Idle Days to create an emotive, Big Room-inspired gem. The track opens with soulful male vocals and a backdrop of euphonious melodies, keying up to a dreamy and dynamic buildup that’s sure to wake up your inner party animal. The lyrics create a gorgeous love song that’s complemented by Dubloc’s energizing sonic style, giving the listener just enough of both energy and feels. “One In A Million” follows Roc Dubloc’s debut on Protocol earlier this year with his Electro/Retrowave single “Ready Or Not” with Gid Sedgwick.
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 with immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Futuristic Polar Bears, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Tim van Werd, Timmo Hendriks, Marc Benjamin and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. With support from leading artists including Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Benny Benassi and many more, Roc Dubloc continues to prove that he is a force to be reckoned with. Having already attracted attention through his production prowess, he is preparing to unleash a plethora of new music in 2021 and 2022 that looks set to further cement his position in the industry. Idle Days started singing and playing guitar for fun and turned it into a creative outlet to cope with the more challenging parts of life. With his lyrics and self composed music, he touches relatable real life problems which confront many, including loneliness while growing up in a harsh world. Combining pop, EDM and hip-hop elements, Idle Days’ musical adventure is something you want to dig into.
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Chris Burke & Audiosonik Unveil EDM Remake, “Midnight Sun”
Chris Burke and Audiosonik reunite on Purple Fly for their second collaboration, “Midnight Sun,” a hot rendition of Elena‘s Dance-Pop hit song. The track opens with sultry vocals that warm up for a groovy beat, complete with a steady kick drum and plucky upbeat melodies. Together Burke and Audiosonik employ their signature sounds to make “Midnight Sun” both absolutely qualified for a good singalong and dancing your heart out. Chris Burke recently collaborated with Klaas and had a straight placement on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in the UK. These two are off to a strong start this year, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Purple Fly is an independent imprint utilizing cryptocurrency’s hottest frontier as a platform for the spectrum of electronic music. The label’s goal is to support collaborations of all forms of art, connecting music and stunning visuals for an immersive experience that spans the sonic realms of trance to trap. Purple Fly releases NFT directly on its official website with each music drop, enabling artists to have access to direct support from their fan base while expressing their creativity. Chris Burke started his artistic career as a singer in a rock band and also produced country music under the moniker Cold California, then took his dynamic talents to the dance music world. The native Scotsman is the second most listened to artist in the history of his home city Aberdeen, right behind legend Annie Lennox. His influence in dance music is fellow-Scotsman Calvin Harris; he’s been a fan since he was 12 years old, and Harris’s music is still on repeat. Burke’s first idol in music was Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, and these diverse influences are evident in his work today.
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Nicky Romero Returns To Universal/Virgin With Dance-Pop Gem
Dance music veteran Nicky Romero releases his third single on Universal Music/Virgin Records titled “I Hope That It Hurts” with Norma Jean Martine. The song is a stunning example of Romero’s ability to produce everything from the mainstage festival dance floor fillers to radio airwaves-friendly Dance-Pop crossover gems that truly hits in the feels. With a winning combination of emotive vocals and organic, cascading melodies, “I Hope That It Hurts” is the type of breakup anthem that you’ll be belting out in the shower, in the car, or after a few glasses of wine. In addition to his countless releases on Romero’s very own Protocol Recordings, he previously released “Why Do I Call” and “Nights With You” on Virgin/Universal, while Norma Jean Martine had collaborated on some big hits with the likes of Ofenbach on “Head Shoulders Knees & Toes” (over 350M on Spotify alone) and Lost Kings on “When We Were Young” (over 110M streams on Spotify) making the talented American one of the most in-demand singers/songwriters in the world.
“‘I Hope That It Hurts’ is a special song to me, as the whole creative process was quite a journey. I fell in love with the first demo of the song, but it was originally too far away from my sound. So my biggest challenge was to turn this beautiful song into something I felt comfortable with without losing the DNA of the original writing and Norma’s voice, which captivated me when listening to the very first version of it. She really brought the song to the next level with her amazing performance. I’m really excited to share this one with the world.” — Nicky Romero
“I felt honored and couldn’t pass up the opportunity of collaborating with DJ legend Nicky Romero. I’m really proud to say that this is my first ever release with a producer credit attached to my name. During lockdown, I had to learn logic to stay in the songwriting game, so I actually recorded the vocals for this song myself while in my childhood home in New York.” — Norma Jean Martine
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” with Krewella and the #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 collaborations with Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, Timmy Trumpet and Steve Aoki to remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Kygo, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. While showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to innovate and evolve, and with his annual “Nicky Romero & Friends” ADE showcase and the launch of Monocule alter-ego, he keeps proving his ability to turn into gold everything he touches.