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Come ‘See’ This Week’s New Releases As They ‘Always Do’ Impress | ICYMI Monday

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Ben Gold – ‘Xtravaganza’

At long last landing on Armada Captivating to wreak havoc in signature fashion, London’s Ben Gold debuts with a record that’s as uplifting and majestic as its title implies. With rich melodies, rousing harmonies and an ‘X’ that stands for additional energy and impact, ‘Xtravaganza’ offers all the euphoria Trance fans could ever need.

Above & Beyond x Mat Zo – ‘Always Do’

Above & Beyond link-up with Anjunabeats favorite Mat Zo, on their new collaborative single ‘Always Do’. An ID from last summer’s Group Therapy 450 celebration in London, ‘Always Do’ is a warehouse-ready blend of sounds from Above & Beyond and Mat Zo, complete with distorted vocals and acid-laden basslines.

Dave Neven – ‘Inception’

Reaffirming his status as a rising A State Of Trance regular and one of Trance’s most exciting creators of the moment, Dave Neven delivers another outstanding cut — ‘Inception’. With an iconic and pure, uplifting melody leading the charge, this high-energy record from the U.S. producer is set to prove its worth across the world’s biggest stages.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike x R3HAB x Prezioso – ‘Shooting Darts’

Belgian superstar DJ/Producers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have teamed up with trailblazer R3HAB and Italian pioneering electronic artist Prezioso to release their new single ‘Shooting Darts’. An original release lined with the production virtues Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s music has become renowned for, tied in with the inimitable style R3HAB has elevated in recent years and Prezioso’s unique flair with his music. A power chord record with a profound expressive energy, ‘Shooting Darts’ blends pop music with contemporary electronic music. The track glides across an emotional musical spectrum thanks to an elastic bassline and arresting female topline vocals.

Maxim Lany – ‘Optimum’

“‘Optimum’ was created in the second part of the past two years, after the singer-songwriter period I had during the first part of the pandemic. I felt it was time to move on to the next chapter, to pick things up where we left them in 2020 and to build this huge club sound. I wanted to experiment with a new level of producing and soundscaping and bring that into the Maxim Lany world. Aside from those production-related practicalities, there’s also a more empowering side to this track. To me, ‘Optimum’ reinforces the connection we have to the dance floor and embodies the widespread belief that music is stronger than any of the struggles we’ll face. It tells me that hope will forever outshine fear and that better days can be just around the corner.”

Maxim Lany

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – ‘See (feat. Q.G.)’

A track that oozes street smarts, confidence and urban feel, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s latest offering unlocks every clubber’s inner rebel. Their second collaboration with upcoming talent Q.C., See’ shows every dance music lover how to get your groove on.

LP Giobbi x Insomniac Records – ‘Femme House’

LP Giobbi is partnering with Insomniac Records to release the first-ever ‘Femme House’ compilation, an 11-track package built around the ethos of a platform focused on empowerment. 

Chris Lake x NPC – ‘A Drug From God (SOSA Remix)’

Liverpool-based DJ/producer/tastemaker SOSA brings simmering, hypnotic grooves to ‘A Drug From God’ – the ambitious single from GRAMMY®-nominated, chart-topping house artist Chris Lake and Grimes’ new AI girl group, NPC.

Yung Bae – ‘Groove Continental: Side A’

Future Funk innovator Yung Bae has unveiled his long-awaited new album ‘Groove Continental: Side A’. The Portland native’s seventh studio album, ‘Groove Continental: Side A’ is Yung Bae’s most musically diverse body of work to date – a twelve-track release featuring a long list of star-studded collaborators.

Riot Ten x Subdocta – ‘Bussin’ Bussin’ (feat. JV Rhymes)’

It’s the crossover you didn’t know you needed until now, and it is in fact bussin’. Riot Ten and Subdocta have teamed up to bring you their new single ‘Bussin Bussin’ featuring the captivating vocals of JV Rhymes.

Hugo Massien – ‘Fast Forward’

“I made all of the tracks [on ‘Fast Forward’ EP] in my home studio throughout 2021 during various periods of that very unique year. The tracks are all sequenced in Ableton Live, using a combination of Novation Peak, Novation Bass Station, Xfer Serum and Spectrasonics Omnisphere. The most interesting synth element on the EP is the bassline in Quantum Mechanics. It’s made by cranking the resonance of a low pass filter up super high and then modulating the cutoff in all kinds of crazy ways. It makes me visualize a dancing flubber-like jelly.”

Hugo Massien

Cat Dealers x FTampa x Spankox – ‘Club Addict’

Already notorious for rocking worldwide dance floors, Brazilian brothers Cat Dealers once again crank it up a notch in tandem with FTampa. With the iconic vocal of Spankox’s ‘To The Club’ gracing the infectious, speaker-busting production, ‘Club Addict’ immediately moves to the front of modern-day club culture and will prove irresistible for partygoers who’ve been counting down the days to flock back to the dance floor.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – ‘A Dream I Have (Damian Lazarus Re-Shape Remix)’

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs returns to the dancefloor with a remix for eclectic club hit ‘A Dream I Have’ from Crosstown Rebels icon Damian Lazarus, who re-shapes the track with brooding peak-time sensibilities.

Party Favor x Marc E. Bassy – ‘I See You’

Revealing yet another facet of his increasingly-captivating artistic evolution, electronic heavyweight Party Favor teams up with Pop/R&B maestro Marc E. Bassy on the seventh single from his forthcoming LP – the sultry, driving, and irresistible ‘I See You’. 

jackLNDN – ‘Return’

“This track [‘Return’] is a return to the classic sound that people have come to know me for. Deep, melodic, progressive house with a touch of vocal layering, this one is for the day 1 fans who have shown so much support over the years! I couldn’t be where I am today without you. It also represents my return as an artist and the beginning of a new era of music.”


Elektro Guzzi – ‘Okra’

On ‘Okra’, Elektro Guzzi continue to further immerse us in their sound-crusade. The track builds a steamrolling production and piston-like soundscape, where the relentless, yet melodic beats have a timeless quality that extends to include vast sonic detail.

Calcium – ‘Degrader’

Calcium circles back to his beginnings on his debut appearance with Bassrush Records, a deep and highly corrosive four-track offering taking the form of his new ‘Degrader’ EP. 

RIP Kenny – ‘Lost’

RIP Kenny is the soundtrack to your adventure. At the intersection of metal, punk and dubstep, the Oregon-based producer returns with ‘Lost’ – the haunting, sophomore single to his debut LP ‘Escapism’.

S.A.M. – ‘Spotlight (feat. Sarah Ikumu)’

“‘Spotlight’ is the first real song I produced, and working with Sarah Ikumu, who’s just such a powerful singer, was an unforgettable experience. I always want to challenge myself and this song totally has done that. I feel so much more confident in my abilities. Also, I can’t wait to finally share this track with everyone, as I’ve been working on it since the pandemic started. It has turned out so much better than I could have imagined. When I listened to the mix and mastering Joel Krozer did I felt I had more faith in myself as a producer. I can’t wait to get to work on the next project because of it.”


Topic x Robin Schulz x Nico Santos x Paul van Dyk – ‘In Your Arms (For An Angel)’

Astralwerks has released the official video for the global smash ‘In Your Arms (For An Angel)’ from Topic, Robin Schulz, Nico Santos and Paul van Dyk. Directed by Marvin Ströter, who has helmed previous videos for Topic and Nico Santos, among others, the clip was shot in Venice, Italy. Richly atmospheric, it features stunning footage of dramatically-lit monasteries in the “floating city”. 

*Featured image via Above & Beyond, Mat Zo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Ben Gold*

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