R3HAB has always been one to break genre boundaries, and he’s at it again on his new remix of Shaggy & Steven Malcolm’s single “Fuego.” True to his creative form, R3HAB delivers a party-ready fusion of hip-hop, reggae, and dance in his unique take on the song. R3HAB lays down a driving, grungy bassline to set the tone, while Shaggy’s signature vocals and rhythmic melodies up the ante to booty-shaking levels. The “Fuego” remix is just as fire as its title, bringing to mind wanton dance parties on the beach that last until well past dawn. No matter where the pandemic has you holed up, you’ll want to get on the closest dancefloor right after pressing “play” on this one.
“We smashed hip-hop, reggae, and dance into this remix, and it sounds hot like its name. Steven has so much talent, and Shaggy is a legend, so it was an honor to remix their record.” – R3HAB on the remix of “Fuego”
Dutch/Moroccan DJ and producer Fadi El Ghoul, better known as R3HAB, has been trailblazing his way through dance music for the better part of the last decade. From his breakthrough hit remix of Afrojack, Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s “Give Me Everything” to his dance anthems, such as “All Around The World (La La La)” and “Lullaby,” which have collectively amassed over 600M streams, to his collaborations with the likes of ZAYN, Andy Grammer, Sofia Carson, Timmy Trumpet and more, R3HAB has proven to be one of the most talented and forward-thinking artists in the game. He partnered with Spotify and GATTÜSO to create the first-ever official “mint” single release. In 2016 he founded his label CYB3RPVNK, which passed one billion streams on its catalog within the first two years since its inception. R3HAB himself continues to evolve and diversify his sound by working with a variety of artists around the globe, experimenting with everything from hip-hop to pop through his collaborations. With his combination of innate artistry and innovative attitude, R3HAB is only beginning his journey. Keep an eye out for what’s up to next!
Lush vocals and an infectious beat build a captivating charm to keep on repeat
CHICAGO | JULY 10, 2020 – Chicago R&B artist Matt B shares his new single “Deep” today. Blending R&B, hip hop, and pop, Matt B builds a captivating charm of talent. Warm, lush vocals dance over an infectious beat, building into a powerful single.
The track came to life while Matt was in the studio, working on his upcoming album with producer and Grammy award-winning engineer Sam Thomas and 9x Grammy award-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox. “Sam had some records he wanted to play me that he and Tricky Stewart had been working on,” shared Matt. “One of the first demos he played was ‘Deep’. I instantly connected with it and wanted to cut it right away. When we started vocal tracking with Tricky, I made some tweaks to the record; especially in the bridge. I knew right there that we had a banger that all my fans would love.” The lyrics reflect on the frustration of an unbalanced relationship, and the need to move on when love isn’t returned. Thematically dark, it also provides an empowering stand, of taking the reins to move on.
Sam Thomas commented on the recording experience, “Matt has an amazing range of vocals and his delivery is on point. It was a blast cutting this song with him, the recording process was rather quick as he headed to the booth, Tricky and me at the board, lights down low, candles lit, and an R&B Star on the mic. Matt was amazing in the booth. Takes direction very well and crafted this hit into his own. R&B is far from dead and Matt B showcases that.” Sickpen and Patrick Postlewait also contributed to the production, the team delivering an R&B gem. Postlewait shared, “This track came together organically on one of our many late nights, and it has that sort of after midnight vibe to it. The music ended up sounding a bit cinematic, like being out at night walking alone with your thoughts. Sickpen has this great ability to interpret the feeling of a track on the spot and tell a story. I’m always amazed at the stirring melodies he creates, whether it’s a fun song, or one like this, about heartbreak and separation.”
With international success, Matt B has topped the Japan iTunes R&B Chart multiple times, including his debut album Love & War, hit single “Plain Girl”, and sophomore album Divemost notably rising to #1 on iTunes R&B Chart in Japan in less than 24 hours. Previously signed to StarBase Records in Japan, “Deep” comes ahead of his upcoming debut U.S. album titled EDEN. With collaboration from Bryan-Michael Cox and Tricky Stewart, it’s slated for a 2021 release.
International singer & songwriter ‘Matt B’ was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He signed to StarBase Records Japan as of July 2014. Matt released his Japanese debut album LOVE & WARin September 2014, and it went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. His hit single “Plain Girl” also went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. LOVE & WAR became available for physical distribution at over 1,400 TSUTAYA music stores and sold out in several locations. His sophomore album DIVE released in January 2016 and achieved similar success, hitting #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts in less than 24 hours. DIVE was also made available in TSUTAYA stores. His two singles “Tokyo Girl” and “My Dreams” charted at #3 and #8 respectively on the iTunes R&B Charts.
Matt is currently working hard to branch into the US market. He has worked with some of the industry’s greatest, such as 9x GRAMMY Award-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox, GRAMMY-nominated producers Donnie Scantz and Mark Byrd, and so on. He signed a digital distribution deal with Priority Records as of March 2017. His most successful single that he released through Priority was entitled “Need Your Love”, which currently has over 600K streams on Spotify. He released his 4-track EP RISE in April 2018 (produced exclusively by Bryan-Michael Cox), and it collectively received over a half-million streams on Spotify. To date, Matt has over 1.3 million plays on Apple Music and 1.79 million plays on Spotify.
Matt is currently working on his full-length US debut album with Bryan-Michael Cox and Tricky Stewart, slated for a 2021 release date.
Mantrastic & Rechler return to Protocol with an upbeat progressive new single “Waiting,” their first of 2020. “Waiting” delivers rolling basslines and bouncy piano melodies that demonstrate their unique fusion of progressive and classic house style. The sonic landscape is then layered with groovy vocals, evoking a lighthearted and disco-esque vibe. Mantrastic & Rechler first released on Nicky Romero’s imprint as a part of the “Protocol Vibes – Miami 2019” compilation with the single “Spread Love.” They were later featured on “Protocol Lab – ADE 2019” with “Had Enough.” Together, both of this promising duo’s previous singles have amassed millions of streams, and “Waiting” serves as a strong follow up to these early successes. We can’t wait to see what else Mantrastic & Rechler have up their sleeves!
Founded by Nicky Romero in 2012, 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. The label has cultivated a strong presence in the dance music scene from Miami Music Week to the Amsterdam Dance Event and beyond, consistently bringing the good vibes and wild nights with beloved veterans and fresh faces in the live performance circuit. Although the global pandemic is preventing them from making their usual appearances this summer, Nicky and Protocol gang always have something up their sleeves. The label recently released their “Protocol Grooves Pt.1” EP, which signifies a new venture and a festival season gift to listeners, following another huge milestone for the label: their 200th release, Nicky Romero’s edit of “Techno” by Teamworx, Mr. Sid & George Z. With the release of “Waiting,” Protocol isn’t close to slowing down yet, so expect more cutting-edge new music coming to your speakers very soon!
After releasing his personal debut “Anti-Sober” album last year, Türküm has built a reputation on making music that is both sonically pleasing and personally poignant. Such is the case with his new “Heartbreak and Regrets” LP, an eight-track journey into two of humanity’s most complex emotions. Divided into two parts, the LP nonetheless tells a story through a melodic, bass-driven style that, like Türküm himself, can’t be stuck in a genre box. The cinematic opening track “Maverick” signals to the listener that they’re tuned into something big and those dark bass elements continue into the vocal track “Wait for Me,” with lyrics that evoke a wistful hopefulness. “Games” follows along in the same vein, with reverberating basslines and distorted male vocals this time, while “As Long As I Got” brings with it an urban, dancefloor-friendly vibe. The delicate melodies of the interlude “Prayers” open the door for Türküm’s most melodic productions of his body of work, “Killing My Dream” and “Running Through My Mind.” He ventures into new sound territory here with expert prowess, creating soundscapes that are both dark and light at once. “Nightrider” concludes the LP with the most techno influence we hear on the album, featuring a driving bassline with swarming synths that leave you begging for a dancefloor. Türküm has once again managed to make a masterpiece with “Heartbreak and Regrets,” capturing a spectrum of both emotions and musical styles. Read on for detailed information about this talented artist’s inspiration behind the new album:
“My heart fills up with joy when I meet the diehard fans of my music. One of the kids that I once met asked if he could talk to me privately, and told me that my music changed his life, and wanted a picture as a memory. When moments like that occur, I look back and thank everyone who led me to where I am today. Having people message me from across the world puts a smile on my face. The messages they sent resonate with me so well, that I really feel that they mean every single word they type out to me.” – Türküm on the “Heartbreak” part of the album
“The regret side of the album has many feelings built into it. Everyone does regret some choices and mistakes they’ve made in their lives, and when it hits you at your low point, it really hurts. I get messages saying I’m wasting my time and potential on the wrong side of the globe. I feel like an outcast in Turkey, been living here for the last 6 years, and the cultural difference is crazy. I was born in Greece and grew up in Canada, Lebanon, and Germany. I’ve been intertwined with different cultures and communities, growing up in different countries constantly shows you how complex the world is.” – Türküm on the “Regrets” part of the album
Turkish indie artist Türküm may be a relative newcomer, but he’s quickly established a commendable reputation based on the quality and production style. Though he has kept his branding and imagery minimalist and enigmatic, his atmospheric and often dark and ominous sound have proved to impress both fans and tastemakers from a myriad of genres. Türküm’s music has been signed to Elysian Records and Lowly Palace and frequents some of Spotify’s biggest playlists, including Mint, Trap Mojitos, Fresh Electronic, and the infamous Beast Mode. Follow this mysterious maestro on Spotify and social media to keep up to date with more sinister-yet-groovy tunes coming soon!
After a mysterious hiatus, Cityzen returns to CYB3RPVNK with “Watch Me,” his party-ready first single of 2020. The track delivers deep, driving and bouncy basslines with plenty of percussive melodies and a catchy vocal riff; Cityzen began developing this sound last fall with tracks like the funky house anthem “Crunk” and “Unicorns on a Rocket Launcher.” His career may have only started last year with his debut on R3HAB’s CYB3RPVNK, but he’s already distinguished himself as one of the scene’s most promising up and comers. Let’s hope this is the first of more new releases from our favorite red glasses-wearing artist!
Underground House Music by Cityzen
Although not much is known about Cityzen yet, we can be extremely positive about three noticeable attributes: his affinity for the color red, unique glasses, and his desire to give people the intense beats that one would imagine hearing on the metallic streets of a futuristic metropolitan. Perhaps Cityzen can live in the past and the future at the same time, giving him the ability to merge vintage hardware like Moog synthesizers with futuristic house rhythms of the modern age. His sound continues to evolve with every newly released track, from his debut single “Sirius” to previous “Planet Rock” and now “Misomaniac.” Cityzen is on the verge of something huge and previously unimagined – and all the world can do is wait. Armed with his sparkling glasses and affinity for the color red, Cityzen brings to life a crossover of old and new that will become the unique sound of the next generation.