With his “Nothing Toulouse” tour over and the hype from his collaboration alongside Krewella having died down, Nicky Romero teases his next release on his own Protocol Recordings. Adding his own unique spin to R3hab and Lucky Date’s ”Rip It Up,” the Dutch superstar adds a ground shaking climax alongside the big room chords and melody. It’s already been a landmark year for the 24-year-old Dutch superstar with appearances across the globe and a number of chart topping productions and it’s obvious that he wants to end 2013 with a bang.
Release Date: December 9th
Tiesto’s Club Life Vol: 3 Stockholm was packed with compelling remixes, outstanding collaborations, and a few surprise gems. One such treasure was “Cango” from Swedish duo Pelari, who immediately made a statement by having their first official release hand picked by one of dance music’s biggest names. Following another release on Musical Freedom, the duo is back and will grace Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings with “Rave.” The familiar melodic chords found on “Cango” make an appearance and an impact here as well, which is followed by an acidic climax that artfully avoids being too overbearing.
Release date: November 25th
It was only a little more than a week ago that Michael Calfan teased his latest release, “Falcon,” on Protocol Recordings. “Falcon” contains a particularly long buildup, and listeners must wait a solid two minutes before the drop finally hits. Calfan’s success predominantly lies in the videogame-like melody we begin to hear after the one minute mark, and he transitions well from lighter beats into full-blown percussion that leaves fans speechless. Without a doubt, this will be the newest staple in any DJ’s set.
Since launching last May, Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings has oped for quality over quantity, carefully selecting tracks to sign and support. After releasing Kryder’s “Pyrmd” earlier this week, Michael Calfan’s “Falcon” has been announced as next in line for PR015. Kicked off with tone play before bleeding into a more conventional big room sound, the short sample breaks at the halfway point, abandoning the melody for a percussive machine gun pop. The first solo work from the Frenchman this year, the snippet leaves listeners with an amalgamation of the best parts of previous work – the title itself may even be an anagram.
After rising to fame last year with the help of side-kick Tom Staar, Kryder has decided to etch out his solo career with hits like Axtone released “Aphrodite” and a bouncy, progressive take on Icona Pop’s “All Night.” His latest single “Pyrmd” comes by way of Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings and offers that pure, unstoppable energy his sound is becoming known for. It’s definitely difficult to create a unique sound for yourself within the progressive world, yet Kryder has done just that with hit after hit of dance-floor ready tunes.
Reemerging into the fourth quarter of 2013 is last year’s breakout producer along Tom Staar, Kryder. On a much recent hot streak he’s outed an original production of Axtone and has remixed Icona Pop’s latest single. With no intention of slowing down, Kryder brings his next work to Nicky Romero’s Protocol. An almagation of his insignia and that of the host imprint, “Pyrmd” is a unique electro arrangement that comes as translatable across venues.
Release date: October 7th
Bassjackers officially join the Protocol family with the release of their latest drum driven escapade “Zing.” Adding the Bassjackers stamp of approval to 2013′s signature sound, the electro house duo incorporate a momentous drum driven drop to their grit-riddled synthwork. The ever present “Push the Tempo” sample and blend of tweaked out electro house with a festival-friendly drop position “Zing” as one of the last big tent burning tracks of this year’s season.
Garnering support and popularity for nearly a year already, Bassjackers are finally on the brink of releasing “Zing.” Their forthcoming effort comes in vein of the anthemic stylings of 2013 as a hard-hitting festival-thumper. Due for release via Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings, the duo will take the high-octane punch through the end of the year when released on September 23rd.
After teaming up to remix Don Diablo’s own “Give It All” with Alex Clare and Kelis, the Don and NYC’s CID have once again joined forces on a Protocol Recordings release. “Prototype” sits nicely within the label’s catalog, harnessing progressive house energy into a sound that blurs the confines of the genre. Coming on strong before evening out to a thumping break, the tune is a balancing act in layers, with each sonic level designed to outdo its predecessor. As Protocol’s 10th release, the track aims to keep the chart-topping legacy of the label: It’s up to you to get it there.
Expanding their reach beyond the massive festival scene that they’ve conquered (beginning with their Ultra Music Festival debuts), Nicky Romero and Krewella spark their “Legacy” collaboration with new flare on each of the four remixes that make up its re-release. While the hottest commodities in both electro house and vocals combined for one of the year’s hottest record, the squad enlist producers of various genres to make their prized production translatable across new territory. What happens when Candyland, Don Diablo, Vicetone, and Wildstylez are introduced to such an anthem?