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The Crystal Method Return with New Single “Act Right” featuring Billy Dean Thomas and VAAAL

SONG TO APPEAR ON THE CRYSTAL METHOD’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘THE TRIP OUT’ ARRIVING FEBRUARY 2022

For nearly three decades, The Crystal Method has remained one of the most influential and well-respected acts in electronic music. Today, December 3, The Crystal Method (who is Scott Kirkland) has released his latest single “Act Right” (Ultra Records) featuring Billy Dean Thomas and VAAAL, building upon the sound that pioneered the big beat genre, popularizing electronic music with mainstream audiences, and establishing America as a force in the widely European and British scene.

Listen to “Act Right”

Billy Dean Thomas, the self-proclaimed “Queer B.I.G,” offers a fierce performance on the gritty “Act Right,” rapping over a menacing, reverb-soaked drum and synth loop created with producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist VAAAL (David Mårtensson), a frequent collaborator of Kirkland’s. “Billy is a genius,” proclaims Kirkland, who recalls that their “diabolically rhythmic” vocals were delivered in mere hours. The spontaneous track, he adds, “was one of those magic moments.” 

“Act Right” follows TCM’s latest single “House Broken” featuring Naz Tokio. Both singles will appear on The Crystal Method’s seventh studio album The Trip Out set for release February 2022.

About The Crystal Method:

Originally formed in Las Vegas in 1993 by co-founders Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan (now retired), The Crystal Method is one of the most successful American electronic acts. Pioneers of the big beat genre and innovators of the ‘90s electronica movement, The Crystal Method has remained at the forefront of the worldwide dance music industry for more than two decades. 

The Crystal Method celebrates a 25+-year career in the music scene, which has resulted in an extensive discography that includes: the platinum-selling Vegas (1997), the band’s debut studio album and one of the top-selling albums worldwide by an American electronic artist ever; Tweekend (2001); Legion of Boom (2004) and Divided by Night (2009), both of which received GRAMMY nominations in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category; and The Crystal Method (2014).  The Trip Home–released in 2018–served as the sixth full-length The Crystal Method album and Kirkland’s first as a newfound solo act.   It’s follow-up The Trip Out will be released February 2022.

As The Crystal Method, Kirkland’s music and creative output also extends into film and TV, where his credits include: the theme song for hit Fox TV show Bones; the score for indie film London; composing all the music for the J. J.-Abrams-executive-produced Fox TV drama Almost Human; the film score for the 2017 documentary Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight; and the theme song for 3 Below,  the Netflix TV series from Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro, as well as writing additional music and the end title for Netflix’s move Trollhunters – Rise of the Titans.

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