2018 Wrap-Up: EDM, Pop & Remixes on Radikal Records
2018 was another amazing year for independent music and for our team of artists here at Radikal Records. From hitting #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart (Metro & Nelly Furtado), to comeback singles from legendary artists (Snow) and breakout singles from rising artists (Salt Ashes), 2018 saw Radikal’s artists hitting new highs as we released some of the best in dance and pop music from around the world.
With the year coming to a close next week we’re looking back with a 2018 Wrap-Up to recap all Radikal releases from this year and to highlight our artist’s most notable achievements. Listen to our 2018 Playlist on Spotify below:
2018 on Radikal Records…
METRO & NELLY FURTADO
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and international pop icon, Nelly Furtado landed her 7th #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart with “Sticks & Stones,” her uplifting collaborative hit single with UK based production team, Metro. The two artists came together to release a brand new, completely re-worked version of Furtado’s song “Sticks & Stones” from her 2017 album The Ride featuring re-recorded vocals by Furtado.
After climbing the Billboard Dance Club Chart for 11 weeks, “Sticks & Stones” hit #1 for the week of September 8, 2018, following the release of the exclusive remix package. ‘Sticks & Stones (Remixes)’ featured new mixes from Billboard charting producers StoneBridge & Damien Hall, Bimbo Jones, and Manuel Riva & Cristian Poow. Watch the official lyric video below.
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London-based electronic singer-songwriter Salt Ashes made a lot of noise in 2018, as she followed up her 2016 debut album with two of her boldest and most critically acclaimed singles yet. On May 4th she released “Girls”, a fierce, empowering electro-pop anthem that speaks to a situation many girls often find themselves in—one in which someone makes an assumption that you want more than just a friendship based on their interpretation of how you act or dress.
“Girls” quickly gained heavy support from Spotify being featured on official playlists like ‘New Music Friday UK’ and ‘The Pop List’ leading to more than 320,000 streams and growing. Directed by Salt Ashes herself and filmed by Roni Sidhu, the music video for “Girls” features the artist alongside footage from her fans, representing people who identify as female or gender fluid celebrating self-expression, freedom of individuality and confidence.
Salt Ashes followed up “Girls” with the October 12th release of her smash hit,“Go All Out”. Inspired by the 1988 Tim Burton cult classic, Beetlejuice, the songstress enlisted the visual direction of Lucrecia Taormina (known for her work with Little Boots & Cuckoolander), Bobbie Cousins (Women On The Verge, Misfits) and styling by Magdalene Celeste to help bring her vision to life. Their combined efforts led to Salt Ashes’ boldest music video yet. With even more music already planned, Salt Ashes remains a definite ‘Artist to Watch’ in 2019 as she continues to hit her stride.
Darrin Kenneth O’Brien, the iconic Canadian reggae artist known as Snow, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the release of his chart-topping hit single, “Informer”, with a completely new and re-worked recording of the worldwide hit on Radikal. Teaming up with one of UK’s hottest production and writing companies, Audiofreaks the brand new mix is simply titled, “Informer 2018.” The new single and official remix package marked Snow’s successful return to the music industry, with the music video breaking 1 Million Views on YouTube
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Internationally renowned DJ/producer Manuel Riva from Romania released his third single with Radikal with, “Miami”. For the track Riva invited fellow Romanian and award-winning singer Alexandra Stan onto the project, and their collaboration created an international hit. Supported by a remix package “Miami” peaked at #10 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart and the official music video has amassed over 8.6 Million Views on YouTube.
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DJS FROM MARS
In addition to their seemingly non-stop touring schedule and endless release of remixes and bootlegs, the martian duo DJs From Mars came back to Earth in 2018 to release two new original singles, “Somewhere Above the Clouds” and “Gam Gam”.
Released in early June, “Somewhere Above the Clouds” is a dance-pop anthem that was perfectly timed for the start of summer and gave the world-renowned DJs their first Billboard charting single, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart. Featuring a strong vocal performance from, Francesca Condello the infectious single was supported with a remix package and music video.
Just released last month, “Gam Gam” is the genre-defying martian producers’ latest track, which pays tribute to a beloved choral Hebrew song. Their new single is their dance music version the of the Jewish children chorus song of the same name.
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Initially a duo, the superlative pop act Born Stranger is now purely defined by Maddox-Jones who takes the reigns solo. With his soulful vocals, stellar songwriting and a sound characterized by it’s infectious groove, Maddox continues to push musical boundaries with his refined vision of pop mastery.
Newly signed to Radikal Records, Born Stranger dropped his standout single, “Last Night on Earth.” Drawing inspiration from pop heavyweights across the musical spectrum; Chic, Depeche Mode right through to The Weeknd & Maroon 5, Born Stranger has a firm grasp on what makes a spectacular song. His passion and finesse is turning heads and catching ears across the board with continued radio plays from BBC Introducing Northampton and XFM, and support from The Independent and taste-makers Clash Magazine and Earmilk.
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International DJ Lee Dagger of production duo Bimbo Jones released his latest single, “Music Changed My Life”. Forever changed by the experiences he has had throughout his travels as a international DJ and musician, the Grammy Award-winning producer felt inspired by the power of music to write and produce his new single.
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The Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B recording artist and actress Deborah Cox followed up the release of the her 13th #1 single, “Let the World Be Ours Tonight” (2017) by releaseing a special new mix of the song just in time for Valentine’s Day. The new ‘Candlelight Mix’ of Cox’s infectious dance pop tune is a stripped-down piano ballad that incorporates nostalgic elements such as electronic synths reminiscent of 80’s love songs. The result is a powerful new version of “Let the World Be Ours Tonight,” giving the uplifting anthem even more significance and emotion for listeners to draw from and sure to resonate with fans of Cox’s early pop and R&B records.
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Romanian breakthrough Latin pop artist Lariss released herbrand new self-titled EP on Radikal Records for release in North America. Lariss’ songs uniquely fuse dance pop, R&B and Latin music, and have led made her an international success. A compilation of her greatest career-defining hits, the new EP also features popular Lariss singles “Dale Papi”, “Epana”, “Droppin da Bomb”, and more.
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RIVAZ & BOTTEGHI
Italian electronic music DJs/producers Rivaz & Botteghi have teamed up to release their exciting latin groove house track “Que Se Sepa (Yo Naci Con Mi)”. The duo’s track is an electrifying fusion of latin music and house, resulting in an epic dance track that is sure to get club-goers off of their feet on dance floors nationwide. With years of residencies, festivals, and collaborations with Benny Benassi and David Guetta under their belt, this release by Rivaz & Botteghi is not one to be missed.
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German DJ/Producer, Tonekind returns with a brand new single, “Hey Mr. DeeJay!”. Combining the classic sounds of old-school disco, funk and house records, the track is a dance-floor-ready jam drenched in nostalgia. With the track being so heavily inspired by the sounds of early disco, it seems only fitting for the music video to bring back the moves of Tony Manero, John Travolta‘s character from, Saturday Night Fever. The 1977 classic film helped to popularize disco music and inspire dance-floor moves around the world.
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IYES & RYAN RIBACK
Berlin-based songwriting duo, IYES and rising platinum-selling DJ and producer, Ryan Riback have joined forces to unleash their pop smash, “This Feeling”. Just released this month the track has quickly garnered 1 Million Streams on Spotify and has its sights set on the Billboard Dance Club chart for January of 2019. Be on the lookout for new remixes and more to come.
We just want to say a quick “THANK YOU” to everyone who supported our artists and independent music this year by streaming, downloading and sharing their music. 2018 was a huge year and we can’t wait to share more music with you in 2019.