Timmo Hendriks Collabs With Scott Forshaw & JJ Beck On “I Need To Know”
Protocol veteran Timmo Hendriks teams up with Scott Forshaw and JJ Beck for his new single “I Need To Know” featuring singer/songwriter Sam Welch. Hendriks stays true to form with his sonic style on this one, which opens with moody vocals on top of piano melodies to create a soulful and emotive vibe. The track builds into a groovy bassline with undulating waves that give “I Need To Know” that deep progressive credibility. This is Forshaw and Beck’s first time on Protocol; the two previously worked together on “Inside My Heart,” which has over 1.5M streams on Spotify to date. The new release follows Timmo’s recent tracks on Nicky Romero’s imprint, such as “Salvation” with Marcus Santoro ft. Able Faces, “Heroes For One Day,” and Timmo’s solo work “Make You Mine.”
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative house music; it boasts a roster of heavy-hitters complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers, all with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. Dutch artist Timmo Hendriks first made his debut on the label with 2018’s “In My Head,” with Lennart Schroot, followed by “Thinking About You” as part of Protocol’s “Miami 2019” EP, which has garnered over 3,5M streams on Spotify. His next releases, such as “Magical” with Lindequist, “By Your Side” with Jordan Grace, or “Be Alright” with Marc Benjamin, continued to show increased energy and a more mature production style, which resulted in more great collaborations such as “Into The Light” with Nicky Romero, “Hold Me Down” with Marc Benjamin and VY•DA, “Remember” with Stadiumx, as well as “Keep Me Close” with Jeffrey Sutorius. He has become a household name and veteran of the Protocol team. Keep an eye out for what’s next.
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Nicky Romero, Jonas Blue & Nico Santos Team Up For “All You Need Is Love”
Nicky Romero is back on Virgin Records/Universal Music with his uplifting Dance-Pop crossover single “All You Need Is Love,” for which he teamed up with Jonas Blue and Nico Santos. With three powerhouses behind it, one would expect this collaboration to be nothing short of magical, and it certainly delivers. Opening with soul-rendering vocals overtop organic melodies, the track swells to a euphoric, progressive crescendo with the chorus. Santos’s performance brings the hopeful lyrics to life perfectly, while Romero and Blue’s respective production skills toe the line between electronic and pop genres. Nicky Romero premiered the track earlier this year at Ultra Music Festival’s Main Stage when he brought Jonas out on stage, and its release has been highly anticipated ever since. “All You Need Is Love” follows Nicky’s releases “I Hope That It Hurts” with Norma Jean Martine, “Why Do I Call,” and “Nights With You” on Virgin Records/Universal Music.
“I really loved working with Jonas and Nico on this amazing record. They are both super-talented artists and are crushing it on each given occasion. Jonas has released earlier some of my favorite hit songs and is a master at creating emotional and heartfelt tracks. I got to know Nico just recently and immediately felt that his amazing voice would be the best fit for this song. When he recorded his vocals, it was an instant match as he perfectly conveyed the emotions that we wanted to send to the world. It was great to premiere ‘All You Need Is Love’ at Ultra Music Festival in Miami with Jonas back in March, and I’m happy we can finally share it with our fans and listeners around the globe” — Nicky Romero
“Nicky has always been someone I looked up to since I started producing music, so it’s an honor to collaborate with him! and Nico’s talent has been on my radar for a while too, so this song felt like the perfect moment for the 3 of us to collaborate and I’m excited to see what the world think of this one.” — Jonas Blue
“It’s an honor to be able to collaborate on this great track with two of my favorite producers – Nicky Romero and Jonas Blue. The song is a reminder for us all: Even when you’re facing great challenges and experiencing dark times, you should believe that brighter times are ahead, and you need to trust the power and the love within you to help you to get there.” — Nico Santos
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Cash Cash Addresses Mental Health On Inspiring Dance/Pop Crossover
After their release from January – “Anyway,” featuring RuthAnne, preceded by an almost two-year hiatus, the platinum trio Cash Cash is back with their deeply personal and yet hopeful new single “Bleach (Move On).” The song is a unique fusion of emo-alt and electronic dance music, unusual and yet well-executed by the veteran electronic group. With angsty, soulful vocals belting out lyrics about mental health struggles, “Bleach (move on)” starts out like an alt-pop song from the early aughts, but Cash Cash quickly weaves in their signature sound with the track’s upbeat progressive style during its chorus and interludes. Jean Paul, who sings on a Cash Cash’s record for the very first time, Alex and Samuel bear their hearts through this relevant and heartfelt sonic confession, one that will be a hit on the radio and during the summer festival season. “Bleach (move on)” is Cash Cash’s second release on Ultra Records/Sony Music after signing to the label in 2022. Read below what they have to say about the inspiration behind it.
“We once heard someone says: ‘Your problems are like holding a glass of water; it’s easy if you only hold on to it for a little as your arm is barely affected. If you hold on to it all day and night, your arm will eventually become very sore, throbbing, and numb, barely able to hold the glass.’ The creation of ‘Bleach (move on)’ was realizing that and finally learning to put the fucking glass down and to literally move on. Calling the last few years a challenge would be an understatement. Many of us found ourselves either running away or chasing something, or just lost in the shuffle. If you’re not one of those people, then God Bless as you’re one of the few lucky ones. For the rest of us emo kids, sanity is something we’re constantly chasing, and mental health is something we’re always running from. It takes addressing it face to face to improve it, and only after that does sanity become attainable. Writing ‘Bleach (move on)’ was our way of addressing it; continuing to hear it is our reminder and therapy, and hopefully, playing it for all of you will be yours.” — Cash Cash
Cash Cash is a world-renowned electronic music trio that has been making music and selling out shows worldwide for over a decade. Currently signed to Ultra Records, the group consists of brothers Jean Paul Makhlouf and Alex Makhlouf, as well as life-long friend Samuel Frisch. Together, the three DJ/Producer/Multi-instrumentalists record, mix and master all of their music. Over the past few years, they have seen massive success with their slew of single releases. Their song “Finest Hour” (feat. Abir) has been RIAA-certified Gold, and their 2019 collaboration with P!NK called “Can We Pretend” hit the Top 10 on AC radio. Their single “Call You” (feat. Nasri of MAGIC!) hit #1 on US Dance Radio, and they were also featured on Billboard’s Dance 100 List for 2019. Their smash single “Take Me Home” ft. Bebe Rexha celebrated an RIAA platinum certification; their song “All My Love” ft. Conor Maynard has amassed over 100 million streams on Spotify alone; “Matches” featuring ROZES achieved #1 on Dance Radio, and one of their releases, “Belong” was featured on Dashboard Confessional’s album “Crooked Shadows.” 2021 saw Cash Cash releasing euphonious “Ride or Die” (feat. Phoebe Ryan), preceded by Billboard-charting hip-hop-dosed dance-pop smash “Too Late,” on which they collaborated with Wiz Khalifa and Lukas Graham. In 2023, the trio will continue its domination with brand-new releases and appearances.
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Sandro Silva Returns To Dim Mak After 13 Years, Drops “Epic” Ft. Angger Dimas
Veteran producer Sandro Silva is back with a vengeance in the form of his new track “Dance With Me,” for which he teamed up with one of the finest Indonesian exports Angger Dimas. The track incorporates a winning combination of sinister synths, epic basslines, and breathy vocals that make it a guaranteed festival anthem. Silva brings back his signature sound with the big-room drop, which fans may recognize from his iconic breakthrough hit “Epic” back in 2011. “Dance With Me” is further evidence that EDM’s heyday is far from over, and you’re bound to hear this one in sets at your favorite festival this summer across the globe. The single is out now on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak, the artists’ first appearance on the label since Sandro’s “Told Ya” in 2010 and Angger’s “XXX” with Oliver Twizt in 2013.
“Super happy to return on Dim Mak after 13 years! This single perfectly combines the sounds of Angger and me. Lots of percussion sounds and extraordinary leads combined with a lot of energy. I hope the world is ready for this one;)” — Sandro Silva
“I am happy that finally, after 12 years of working on remixes for our songs, Sandro and I are now releasing a collaboration! Also, what makes it perfect is this song is being released on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak. It’s great to return to the label after 10 years” — Angger Dimas
Sandro Silva established himself as one of the pioneers in modern electronic dance music. Discovered and embraced at a young age by the likes of Tiësto, David Guetta, and Calvin Harris, he enjoyed massive successes early on in his career. Back in 2011, it was his astronomical hit record “Epic” together with Quintino, that shot him to worldwide fame. Remaining a steady presence ever since, he’s collaborated with the likes of W&W and 3 Are Legend, and remixed similar key players like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, and Laidback Luke. The musical road he’s taken has been a fast one, creating a new wave with his big room sound and continuously pushing and evolving his career. After years of touring and hitting the elite hotspots and biggest festivals around the globe, he remains ever so focused on pushing his own boundaries and showcasing his new music to the world.
Angger Dimas is an Indonesian-born DJ and music producer known for leading the new age of Asian talent to the dance music scene. Angger Dimas dominated the 2010s dance music scene, touring the globe and playing some of the largest music festivals like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and Ultra Music Festival. He also collaborated with well-respected acts such as Tiësto, Showtek, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Diplo, Laidback Luke, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Iggy Azalea, Travis Porter, and many more.