Artist of The Week

Benny Benassi and Astrality ring in the new year with ‘Fade To Black’

Italian legend Benny Benassi teams up with rising star producer Astrality for a deep new track this month, capping off his year of teaming up with amazing vocalists like Pitbull and Anabel Englund.

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A deep melodic techno vibe is the order of the day, with echoes of soulful vocals on the chorus soon brushing against the throbbing bassline arpeggio and shimmering hi-hats. The blissful crooning spreads across the soundscape as the arrangement strips back, before slamming back in with that meaty groove and the main vocal refrain. Gentle synth plucks pad out this spacious production and sorrowful synth chords placed far in the distance help elevate the main breakdown to a truly glorious place. A distorted, uncluttered trance riff rises from the breakdown elegantly, providing a crescendo that is powerful yet subtle—which is how you could sum this classy track up in its entirety.

Benny Benassi’s name has once again been on everyone’s lips—and ears—this year, after the massive rework together with David Guetta of his breakout electro house hit ‘Satisfaction’ made waves once again with over 20 million streams to date. His own recent single ‘One More Night’ with Bryn Christopher has been another club smash, rounding off a super productive and popular year for him. Next up, he’ll continue his busy touring schedule by jetting off to the US for a string of dates.

About Benny Benassi
With an impressive career spanning more than twenty years, Benny Benassi is one of the most successful, influential record producers and djs of all time. His springboard to fame came in the form of his seminal crossover hit Satisfaction, released in 2002. Topping the charts all over Europe, which then crossed the pond into North America, this iconic, ground-breaking, genre-defining track paved the way for his debut album in 2003, Hypnotica, which among countless other accolades, landed him the title of European Border Breaker Award, for the most record sales by an Italian artist outside Italy.

In 2008, Benny released his next artist album, Rock N Rave, before going on to win a Grammy award for his remix of Public Enemy’s Bring The Noise, one of the first recordings ever to combine European electro-house beats with American hiphop vocals, cementing Benny’s status as a trailblazing pioneer of the commercial electronic music scene. And, in 2011 he released his critically acclaimed third album, Electroman, which included worldwide smash hits Beautiful People with Chris Brown and Cinema with Gary Go. Once again, Benny made history by discovering a young, and at the time, unknown artist named Skrillex who he enlisted to remix Cinema and successfully brought dubstep into the mainstream. The remix won another Grammy Award and remained in the Top 40 charts for four continuous years.

Since then, Benny has headlined the biggest festivals around the world including, EDC, Coachella, Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival to name a few.  As Benny’s star continued to rise, he teamed up with Madonna and produced the single Girl Gone Wild plus several other tracks on the MDNA album, which fully confirmed Benny’s place as one of the very best producers in the world! Additionally, there is a long, rich list of other A-list artists Benny has collaborated with to feature on his records that deserve mention – from Lil Yachty and Jeremih to John Legend, Ne-Yo, T-Pain and Serj Tankian from System of a down, the wide ranging group further illustrates the full scope of Benny’s influence.

As well as his own production, Benny has always aimed to bring his sound to an array of audiences. This includes his flurry of high-profile remixes for the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Giorgio Moroder and the Rolling Stones, amongst a laundry list of others.

About Astrality
Hailing from Rome, Italy, Astrality has taken the electronic music world by storm since emerging into the scene in 2020.

First brought under the spotlight by electronic British duo Disclosure, his meticulously crafted blend of Deep House and Electronica, combines the catchiness of avant-garde pop music with a modern, refined sound design that makes every detail its workhorse.

With over 30 million streams clocked in just two years, and over 500k monthly listeners on Spotify alone, the rapidly rising Italian talent is quickly making a name for himself as a force to be reckoned with, boasting an impressive discography spanning labels including Universal, Armada and Selected.

He is now riding a wave of success off the back of recent hit records including Golden Nights, Alone Together, Regret and Times Are Changing.

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