Following on from their monstrous collaboration ‘Your Love (9PM)’ and its 1 billion streams, Topic and A7S revisit another all-time dance classic on their powerful follow-up ‘Kernkraft 400 (A Better Day)’.
‘Kernkraft 400 (A Better Day)’ is based around the legendary melody from Zombie Nation’s 1999 smash ‘Kernkraft 400’—itself a rework of a theme tune from a 1984 computer game. It’s a riff that can be heard playing out in sports stadiums around the world to this day, but this duo have flipped it in a surprising new way and breathed new life into it. A7S’ powerful vocals propel the track over Topic’s brooding melodic techno production, leading us to the breakdown where his refrain mimics that melody, before the riff itself drops into play in all its glory. Soft piano chords provide a melancholy counterpoint before the drop pushes us into stadium anthem territory.
On the collaboration, Topic says: “I am happy that Alex and I are finally back with another track. Working on the release together was really uncomplicated and felt really natural; especially as we have become close friends over the last couple of years. When we were first working on this song, we wanted to address the pandemic and stating that one day the bad days are over and that we can now look forward to ‘Kernkraft 400 (A Better Day)’, but now it fits even more as the war is happening. Maybe the song can give the hope that is needed right now.”
A7S adds: “Tobi and I work together a lot and we started the idea for the song in Dubai where we both now live. Immediately it felt quite special; we’ve always had a love for the ‘Kernkraft 400’ melody. The process was quick and we decided to go with the first verse, pre and chorus ideas that materialised. It feels so good to finally release something again with Topic since we’ve become such close friends through our musical journey.”
Topic is one of the biggest names in dance music, with over 1 billion streams to his name in 2021 alone. He received a huge accolade this year in being nominated for the BRIT Awards for Best International Song for ‘Your Love (9PM)’ and adds collaboration with fellow German stars Robin Schulz, Nico Santos, and Paul van Dyk ‘In Your Arms (For An Angel)’, which recently hit #1 on German airplay, and newly added summer jam ‘Solo Para Ti’ featuring Alvaro Soler to his endless list of hits. Having recently finished a hugely successful Australia tour, Topic now heads into a huge season with dates coming up this summer at the very biggest festivals like Tomorrowland, Parookaville, Nameless and Airbeat One.
Swedish talent A7S counts over 4 billion streams to his name, with tracks including his huge smash hit with Lil Baby ‘Why Do You Lie To Me’ and his recent solo single ‘Nirvana’. With number 1 tracks in Germany, China, and his home country Sweden, and a Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Dance / Electronic Song thanks to his ‘Breaking Me’ collab with Topic, he is fast becoming one of the hottest vocalists in the world.
Making global impact with his worldwide hits and own emotional yet exhilarating dance sound, it’s fair to say that Topic is a superstar DJ and hotly in-demand producer. His numbers speak for themselves and are eye-popping by anyone’s standards. The German-Croatian has amassed over 1 billion streams in 2021 alone, he has gold, double diamond, triple, quadruple, and even decuple platinum certifications in 28 countries around the world to his name and holds a steady spot in the Top 10 of Spotify’s Global Top 200. He worked with GRAMMY®-nominated rapper Lil Baby, Diamond-selling and two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Bebe Rexha, British band Clean Bandit, and DJ-favorite Becky Hill, as well as Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke, and many more, all with unforgettable results.
The collaborative tracks Topic produces have achieved huge commercial success: he landed in the Top 5 in the UK Official Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100, scored number ones on the Mediabase U.S. dance radio, iTunes and the Global Top 200 Shazam and Spotify charts, and won high profile awards and nominations including the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2016, Teen Choice Awards in 2018, Best Dance Act at the Los 40 2020 Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards 2021, The 2022 Brit Awards for International Song Of The Year, and many more. You can be sure that Topic’s signature sounds will always enrich and uplift in uniquely wistful ways.
Real name Alexander Tidebrink, A7S is responsible for music which is widely recognisable across the globe. His humble beginnings growing up in the Swedish town of Ulricehamn saw him learn the craft of songwriting on the guitar and piano, a discipline he has retained all his life. Since those days he has written, sung and performed on many other artists’ tracks, soon achieving number ones across the globe including in Germany, China and his home country of Sweden. Fast forward to today and A7S has a total of over 4 billion streams of his music to date – including 1 billion for ‘Your Love (9pm)’, a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top Dance/Electronic Song with ‘Breaking Me’ with Topic, and a worldwide smash hit ‘Why Do You Lie To Me’ featuring Grammy-winning Atlanta rapper Lil Baby. Fresh from his recent collaboration with Clean Bandit on ‘Everything But You’ he is already a hugely successful artist just now beginning on a new path, with plenty more music to come from him in the near future.