Dutch maestro Tim van Werd returns for his next stunning release on Protocol Recordings with the three-track ‘Icarus’ EP. Inspired by the story of Icarus and Daedalus, the new EP perfectly showcases van Werd’s signature deep, dreamy and progressive style, beginning with the cinematic first notes and soulful vocals of the title track, which is an emotive gem that’s sure to get you in your feels. “Come Back To Me” continues the mythological narrative and sonic progression with ethereal melodies and heartfelt lyrics, while “Across The Sky” makes for a dramatic instrumental closing to the project. “Icarus” EP follows van Werd’s recent releases “On Your Side” with Crime Zcene, featuring Dan Soleil, “Ocean Deep” with Thomas Newson, as well as “Who Are You” EP, which was highlighted by Tim’s stunning performance from Dutch windmill Molen de Hoop in Gorinchem.
Tim van Werd’s interest in music began at a young age with the drums, trumpet, and piano through training in classical, Pop, and Jazz music. As a dance music producer, this expertise shines through in his seamless productions and dynamic style that blends elements of different genres. After receiving early support and track signings from Hardwell, Dannic, Fedde le Grand, and Nicky himself, Tim produced his hit “Balkan Disco,” which has amassed over 4 million plays and put him officially on the map. He followed up with “Break The Night” and “Message From The Whales,” all of which got attention from some of the industry’s biggest names. 2020 found van Werd returning to his true love of house music with “Time To Save,” in collaboration with Nicky Romero as Monocule, “One Inside” with Marcus Santoro, “Wars” ft. LAKSHMI, as well as a remix of Michael Gray’s legendary song “The Weekend.” Proving himself a formidable up-and-coming talent, this is only the beginning of Tim van Werd’s rise to the top.
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LABRNTH — New Cutting Edge Label 1st Release From Fancy Inc & Chemical Surf
Brazilian powerhouse duos Fancy Inc and Chemical Surf team up for their new track “Darkness” on a brand new, cutting-edge record label. Meet LABRNTH, an imprint focusing on startup and established artists sitting on the side of the sonic so-called “mainstream,” and it’s the only labyrinth you’ll want to stay in once you lose yourself within it.
Formed by a collective of very successful group of artists, artist managers, and managing directors with over 50 collective years in the business and over 5 billion streams within releases they written and A&Red, LABRNTH was built with the expertise to succeed. “Darkness” is a strong premiere release; opening with haunting vocals and undulating melodies, the strong progressive bassline kicks in for some underground dancefloor appeal.
With Fancy Inc. and Chemical Surf’s stellar debut and LABRNTH’s next single dropping soon, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for them this year.
“We’re proud to be the first release on the new music label LABRNTH. Our new track – “Darkness” is our collaboration with the talented musicians Chemical Surf and vocalist Magnus. They are brilliant artists and real friends, so the entire production process was a true labor of love. Through our production with Chemical Surf and Magnus’ outstanding vocals, we pushed ourselves to bring our audience the best possible performance, and we hope they agree. Cheers to a new year, a new label, and all new music in 2023.” — Fancy Inc
Coming from the south of Brazil, the music producer duo Matheus Rodrigues and Adriano Dub, aka Fancy Inc formed in 2014. They reached notoriety in 2019, an extremely prolific year for them due to a steady stream of hit releases. From “My Girl” in partnership with Vintage Culture, which reached #1 on the Beatport Dance Chart, to “In The Dark,” which reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart and has been certified Platinum twice, to “Say My Name” with Bruno Be. Only these 3 tracks garnered more than 50M plays collectively across all digital platforms. Climbing the charts and having support from the main players in the market, Fancy Inc became a reference in the scene for popularizing the progressive house genre in Brazil. It’s impossible not to recognize the duo’s signature style when listening to their music, which led to invitations to officially remix David Guetta (Warner), Becky Hill (Universal), Joel Correy & MNEK (Atlantic), and Robin Schulz (Warner) to name a few. In addition to working with the biggest labels, in 2021 they released their single “Free” in collaboration with Vintage Culture and Roland Clark. In less than 2 weeks, the track reached the #1 spot on Beatport’s main chart.
Brazilian brother duo Luca and Hugo Sanches are together behind Chemical Surf which has become known for their high energy and rhythmic style. They have recently worked with Kaskade, Steve Aoki and put their own spin on MEDUZA’s “Tell It To My Heart” and many others. Prior to releasing on LABRNTH, Chemical Surf’s music has found a home on labels such as Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, STMPD RCRDS, Musical Freedom, Armada, Sony, and Warner, to name a few. Chemical Surf challenges the electronic music status quo by breaking the lines between genres. With high musical sensibility. Keep an eye out for more coming from these talented rising stars very soon.
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Try Out This Progressive House Gem From Mr.Vatslav, “Limitless”
Dark bass elements and robotic vocal snippets encapsulate listeners straight away. With textures and sounds that feel like out of this world, he totally makes justice to the title of this track, which is inspired by the concept of spatial synergy.
The Kazakhstan-based genius began his artistic exploration at the age of 16. Nowadays, he has almost a decade of experience in designing sophisticated and underground compositions for the dancefloor.
To put it simply, “Limitless” is drenched in a transcendental atmosphere of cosmic energy. At the same time, futuristic soundscapes in crescendo mode oblige your body to move franticly back and forth.
On the other hand, the multi-talented musical whiz also specializes in Techno, House, and even film scores. Generally speaking, his signature style revolves around intriguing synths and thumping beats.
He has always been a night-owl type of person when it comes to creating magical tunes. In fact, Mr.Vatslav spends long hours at the studio experimenting with electronic melodies in order to get exceptional results. Beyond any doubt, “Limitless” proves this to be true.
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Like Mike & Asher Swissa Conjure Up A Searing Progressive House Anthem
Like Mike is back for his 3rd solo release this year. This time joined by Israeli melodic Techno producer Asher Swissa for a psychedelic yet hard-hitting Progressive House anthem.
The pair combine effortlessly, seamlessly incorporating their respective styles to create the dynamic and versatile “Awaking,” which transcends space and time via its thought-provoking and robotic vocal. Blending their unique sonic profiles, they create a Progressive House cut that perfectly constructs a beautiful harmony of two worlds converging into one awe-inspiring anthem.
As one half of the worldwide superstar duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Mike’s accrued numerous #1 singles in many countries worldwide, whilst working with some of the biggest names in music. A true chameleon with his sound, Mike’s solo work is a blend of genres that were the soundtrack of his life. “Awaking” is another showcase of his diverse creative output.
Asher Swissa is the side project of internationally renowned Israeli electronic artist Skazi. Collaborating with names such as Korolova and Miss Monique, Asher Swissa is trying his hand at a Melodic House, Progressive Techno sound. As one of the leading names in Psytrance (as Skazi), and given the initial success Asher Swissa is having, 2023 looks like an exciting next chapter.
Like Mike and Asher Swissa’s “Awaking” is available exclusively on Smash The House.