Following what has been an extremely busy release year in 2017, Slovenian producer residing in New York City, Gramatik, is now dropping his first original single of 2018.
Following last year’s highlights that included a GRiZ collaboration, “As We Proceed,” a co-produced Flume remix with rising star Ramzoid, his heavily anticipated EP, “Re:Coil Part I,” and the release of an Aretha Franklin tribute “Let Me Know The Way” last week, his new single, “Vitalik Buterin” took shape in collaboration with Kotek.
Mike Mlikotic aka Kotek is a supremely talented electronic producer from Canada, who for the past few years has been releasing some of the most unique tracks on Gramatik’s independent label Lowtemp.
2017 will certainly go down as one of the busiest and most productive years in Gramatik’s career path to date. Aside from working on the aforementioned releases, he spent the rest of his time on the road, touring all over Europe and the US as well as gracing the stage at some of the biggest music festivals on the planet.
During his epic European fall tour that took him to 26 different cities, he reached an important milestone at his show in Zurich on November 9th. As one of the pioneering artists embracing crypto-culture and the new blockchain-based technologies that promises to enable creators to bypass gatekeepers and intermediaries, he successfully launched his own token, GRMTK, in collaboration with SingularDTV.
“Vitalik Buterin” is a continuation of Gramatik’s fascination with blockchain technologies and people who are the driving forces behind them. Following hit single “Satoshi Nakamoto” from his 2016 album Epigram, the new track is titled after the well-known creator of Ethereum and one of the most outspoken proponents of blockchain networks.
It features his usual meticulous production, and also proves he’s great at choosing his collaborators. There are traces of Kotek’s inimitable style sprinkled throughout the production which culminates in the single’s “high-tech” sound.
The track starts off with a rolling, granulated synth line that references his recent single “Red Shift,” before morphing into a signature Gramatik stomper with intricate brass stabs and his patented drum patterns. Thematically, it’s a perfect successor to “Future Crypto” which recently received a video companion release as well.
Up next for Gramatik, he is gearing up for the release of highly anticipated release Street Bangerz Vol. 5. Set for release on December 3rd, 2018, Street Bangerz Vol. 5 compiles a number of brand new unreleased Gramatik cuts. Fans can get their first taste of the project with Gramatik’s Franklin Tribute “Let Me Know The Way.
In addition to preparing for Street Bangerz Vol. 5, and the 10th anniversary of the series’ landmark original Street Bangerz release, Gramatik will also be closing out the year with a few shows including sets at Electric Zoo, Life Is Beautiful, Suwanee Hulaween, his annual return to Red Rocks, and more. Find a full list of tour dates below.