Music Monday: Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis, Jason Ross & Dabin, Mokita, Nicky Romero + Mike Williams + Amba Shepherd, Mahalo, and Oliver Heldens

Martin Garrix is back with a glorious new single ‘Used To Love’. The track features vocals from Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis and was crafted last summer during the time the pair spent weeks together working in Amsterdam. The collaboration is another perfect fit for Garrix.

It was amazing to make this song together”, says Martin. “Dean is such a good friend and an exciting talent. He writes deeply personal lyrics and his style of music is timeless.” Lewis makes for a formidable collaboration, with over 2.5 billion streams of his heartfelt music. His debut album debuted at #1 in his native Australia — where he also received four ARIA nominations — and hit #1 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album Charts.

 

Masterminds of melodic bass music Jason Ross and Dabin have come together with the vocal powerhouse Dylan Matthew for “One That Got Away,” out now on Seven Lions’ Ophelia imprint. “One That Got Away” contains each producer’s signature melodic prowess, which pairs perfectly with Dylan Matthew’s passionate vocals. 

Jason Ross has proven to be an integral force for Ophelia Records and he recently announced that his first studio album, 1000 Faces, will be coming out on the imprint. Ever since his fan-favorite collaboration with Seven Lions, “Ocean,” Jason has been a staple of Ophelia, so it comes as no surprise that his first studio album will be with the imprint. 

 

Nashville’s singer/songwriter/producer John Luke Carter, aka Mokita who is thrilled to share his new single “Colorblind” out now. Mokita is all about making music that makes him feel something and that people can relate to at the same time.

Mokita says, “I wrote ‘Colorblind’ as an attempt to try and describe depression to someone who has never experienced it. I started experiencing severe depression when I was 14 years old and had no idea what it was really, until several years after going through it. It took me a long time to have the courage to be open and transparent about my battle with depression and anxiety, and songwriting has become one of the main ways that I’m able to process and even combat the sometimes crippling feelings that stem from it.

 

Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and EDM’s most renowned singer Amba Shepherd (known for working with Hardwell, Tiësto, Porter Robinson, Afrojack, NERVO, Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke, etc.) have teamed up for “Dynamite”. The single is Nicky and Mike’s first collaboration and both were teasing it for a long time in their sets (Nicky played the track during his Tomorrowland Mainstage set this year).

“I got to know Mike by Instagram, we were in touch for a while when he asked if we could do a studio session anytime soon, so we planned everything and came out to the studio, worked on a few ideas and got this one going really fast,” says Nicky Romero.

 

Out now on Enhanced Music is a collaborative effort from dance artists Mahalo and Disco Killerz. “Tongue Tied,” which features the soulful vocals of Brandyn Burnette, is a jovial tune that exemplifies the pop-friendly and energetic nature of these producers. Throughout “Tongue Tied,” the bouncy beat and silky vocals weave effortlessly with each other, producing a full-bodied and rich listening experience.

Both artists have seen immense success on the radio in the US – as Disco Killerz’s “Million Things” and Mahalo’s “So Cold” have been charting on Billboard and Dance charts, holding spots at #5 and #1, respectively. 

 

With over 850 million cumulative streams, Y2K and bbno$’ infectious ‘Lalala’ has been one of the year’s big breakthrough hits. Charting Top 10 at pop around the world, it has become inescapable, and now gets a huge house rework from the master that is Oliver Heldens.

Cleverly switching between the hip-hop rhythm of the original and his pumping house style, Heldens has delivered a seriously infectious remix here. The low end is amped up to the fullest, with his rubbery bassline wobbling atop his typically snappy house beats. A raw, detuned electro-synth riff mimics the guitar line of the original, and with careful use of FX to increase the vocal intensity, he completes a powerful patchwork of sound. The remix has been teased in many of Helden’s live shows in recent months, and the reactions have been suitably huge.

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