Like their namesake elements, Sunstars has a knack for fusing unexpected styles of dance music into a catchy and unique sound that is all their own. Their newest release, appropriately titled “Ghetto Funk”, is a perfect example of their production prowess—from the moment the first roomy, bouncy bassline drops, the track begs for booty shaking, foot stomping, and mean muggin’ throughout its entirety. It’s clear that Sunstars is here to teach us “the sound of ghetto funk” as they perceive it. The track is Sunstars’s first single release on Protocol Recordings, which follows their premiere on the label with “Flames” as part of the Protocol ADE 2016 Compilation. Labelhead Nicky Romero has taken a shine to Sunstars’s productions, dropping both “Flames” and “Ghetto Funk” some of his biggest shows as of late, such as Balaton Sound, Tomorrowland, and Ultra Europe. Nicky also held the worldwide premiere of “Ghetto Funk” on Protocol Radio, where he also interviewed the trio as a new part of the Protocol family. With more new music coming soon, there’s no doubt that this is only the beginning of the journey for Sunstars.
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The Italian trio of Andrea, Alberto and Luigi first broke onto the scene as Sunstars in 2014 with their first release on Ultra Music, titled “Reckless.” They quickly followed it with a massive remix of Benny Benassi’s “Let This Last Forever,” which landed them a slot performing at the iconic Ministry of Sound in London. After that gig, Sunstars was swept in a whirlwind of production and remix opportunities: “The Blitz,” which was a collaboration with Swanky Tunes; teaming up with Merk & Kremont for “Eyes,” and doing an official remix of Bob Sinclair’s “Someone Who Needs Me.” Most recently, they released “Ritual,” and now they have joined Protocol’s ever – growing roster of forward – thinking and dynamic talent with “Ghetto Funk.” Sunstars is also set to perform at Protocol’s Amsterdam Dance Event showcase at the legendary venue Melkweg on October 18th so stay tuned for more fresh content from this dynamic duo under the Protocol moniker!
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Belgian Talent Robert Falcon Drops Electro-House Gem “Like This”
Belgian producer Robert Falcon makes his triumphant return to Alok’s CONTROVERSIA with his hard-hitting new single “Like This.” Armed with a sinister driving bassline, powerful undulating melodies, and catchy vocal riff, the release is perfect timing for the quickly approaching summer festival season. “Like This” is the type of track that naturally fills dancefloors and ups the ante, bringing strong electro-house energy to anything from your weekend party night to your morning workout. CONTROVERSIA has had several high-profile releases this year already, including label boss Alok’s “Ready Set Go,” Ralk, Different Stage & sone.’s “Deeper Love” and Dynamick’s “Bite My Tongue.”
Originally hailing from Belgium, Robert Falcon was only 21 when he signed his first record – “Raptor” in the “Quintino Edit” to the biggest label in the dance industry, Spinnin’ Records. From then on, Falcon’s original productions were frequently listed in all the biggest Spotify playlists and Beatport’s charts alike. A promising prelude to what was coming. Dropping some serious playlist killers last year, like “Another Side” with Matisse & Sadko on STMPD RCRDS, “My Love” with Breathe Carolina on Spinnin’ Records, and “Gravity” with Sagan on Musical Freedom. His quality productions get steady support from all the industry heavyweights like Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Tiesto, Robin Schulz, and many more! His crafted and unpredictable sound shows not only his huge musical potential but also his drive for his music to be heard in every corner of the world. With a positive mindset, great music, and a creative view of his brand, the youngster has already played stages on huge festivals like Tomorrowland, Parookaville (Germ), Sunburn, Ultra Korea, World Club Dome, Miami Music Week, Dreamland Festival, not to mention the famous clubs he already played from Asia to all parts of Europe. Looking ahead to what is coming.
Alok’s CONTROVERSIA continues to go from strength to strength, and this latest release is another fine example of a label making all the right moves to maintain its impressive forward momentum. Since its inception in June 2019, CONTROVERSIA has accumulated over 1 billion Spotify streams thanks to its remarkable family of artists, including Yves V, Alan Walker, Bhaskar, Alle Farben, Vintage Culture, and more. All of whom have helped CONTROVERSIA quickly establish itself as one of the most successful independent labels in dance music today.
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Marnik Returns To Dim Mak Records With “Artificial Intelligence”
Italian superstar artists Marnik make their return to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak with their new dancefloor-filler “Artificial Intelligence,” for which they teamed up with French/Belgian duo Sirona and Azerbaijani artist Heyder. The track delivers heat from the get-go, beginning with digitized buildup that melds into a driving, deep tech house breakdown with stabbing mechanical synths. Together with its distorted voiceover, the name “Artificial Intelligence” is more than appropriate and will have listeners envision themselves in their favorite epic video game. Marnik recently appeared on Dim Mak with their single “Stop The World” with Steve Aoki and Leony, while Sirona has released on Warner and Sony and Heyder on Universal, Warner, Atlantic, and more.
“These days, everyone is talking about the new AI technology and the positive and negative effects this could have on human beings, so with this track, we just imagined a dystopian world where eventually A.I. is gonna take over our future.” — Marnik
Marnik has quickly risen as one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in today’s dance scene. After amassing more than 300 million streams on digital platforms and earning numerous gold and platinum records, Emanuele and Alessandro have definitely imposed their trademark with songs like “Up & Down,” “Alone” or “Children of a Miracle,” which have been massively played on radios. Beyond their success as producers, Marnik has toured the world, hitting coveted destinations, including Tomorrowland, Sunburn Music Festival, World Club Dome, Story Miami, Ushuaia Ibiza, and more.
Sirona is a duo of electronic music collaborators sharing a strong bond of French heritage and a global mix of inspiration stemming from their French and Belgian residences, respectively. As individual artists, they managed to amass in advance 10 million streams with consistent radio support for their respective releases. Naturally, combining their passion and skill since 2018 has proven fruitful as they launch the project with their debut release, collaborating with chart toppers and global star Chuckie with “Bugatti Ridin” on The Cross Records/Island Records. Now with “Artificial Intelligence,” their outlook just gets brighter and brighter.
Born and raised in Azerbaijan, DJ/producer Heyder, started his musical journey as a child and immediately knew that it was his future. He counts legends such as Armin van Buuren and Dash Berlin among his inspirations. After starting producing in 2014, he was invited to perform live on the stage of one of the biggest EDM music festivals – EDC Mexico 2016. His remixes have been supported by many worldwide DJs and have been played at almost all major music festivals, such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music, etc. Billboard added Heyder’s official remix for Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore” to the list of best 12 remixes for Charlie’s songs. In 2017, Heyder signed an artist management agreement with famous SDM management and started to work under the management of Stefan Dabruck. His latest remixes were signed by Universal Music, Warner Music, Atlantic Records, Big Beat Records, BMG, and more.
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Hardwell & Maddix Remix Timeless Electro House Hit “Satisfaction”
Hardwell and Maddix have teamed up to bring a fresh twist to the timeless classic “Satisfaction.” They gave new life to the latest version produced by Benny Benassi and David Guetta. Check out the full video!
Originally released in 2002, “Satisfaction” quickly became a club hit with its upbeat Electro House sound and catchy synths. Now, over two decades later, the new remix is sure to get the crowds jumping once again.
In my opinion, this cut stays true to the original rhythm, however, Hardwell and Maddix add updated hard-hitting drops and futuristic elements. Whether you’re a fan of the original or just love a good banger, this melody is definitely made for you.
Unquestionably, the result is a high-energy, high-impact version of “Satisfaction.” With its iconic status in the electronic music world, it’s no surprise that this track has been remixed countless times over the years, but I believe nothing else can surpass such a great edit.
Get ready to feel the “Satisfaction” as you dance to this powerful reinterpretation, which stands out as an exciting take on the memorable club/festival hit.
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