A teasing filtered intro gives a sense of what’s to come, with the drums and synths hidden under murky layers of EQing. The track properly explodes into life as the full frequency range is revealed, with deft synth arpeggios bubbling away over driving bass and taut techy beats. Harking back to the classic tech-trance sound that label boss Sander Van Doorn helped to define in the ‘90s, it has plenty of groove and playfulness among its atmospherics.
The track drops down into a stripped-back arrangement where sweet vocal synths blend with delicious gated trance riff that will set pulses raising and hairs standing up on necks of any dancefloor its played on. It’s just another tease though, with this beautiful riff pulled back into the ether as the build-up drives us back towards the chunky groove.
Raspoutine is Florian Picasso’s first single of the year, it’s been well worth the wait and continues his dedication to quality, not quantity and this for sure proves that the best is yet to come.
Florian Picasso ‘Raspoutine’ is out now on Doorn Records.
In 2015, Protocol Recordings gave young newcomer Florian Picasso his first major break, releasing his superb ‘Origami’ on an unsuspecting world. Later re-released with a vocal as ‘Want It Back (Origami)’, the anthemic track picked up millions of plays and became his most popular solo single. Since ‘Origami‘ the bond between Protocol and Picasso grew even more, with the release of ‘Only for your Love’ a collab track with Nicky Romero, ‘Hanabi’ with Raiden, and several performances at Protocol shows.
Once again Picasso chooses a Japanese name for his track, expressing his love for the Japanese culture and his Asian roots. ‘Hikari’ means ‘light’ in Japanese, and this track is certainly befitting of that title with its bright, life-giving sound.
Warm on-beat synth chords immediately introduce us to the uplifting progression at the heart of this track. A delectable plucked riff dances its way on to of this backbone, with a gorgeous vocal synth bolstering its beautiful melody. A big snare build thrusts us to the drop where a joyous, stuttered take on this lead melody plays out through big trance chords and thick, buzzing bass. The main break twists and turns these superbly scintillating melodies further, launching us into one final fist-pumping, pyrotechnic-laden drop. Slick, brilliantly honed production galvanizes this excellent track, marking another hit for Florian.
‘Hikari‘ is Picasso’s third track in a month after ‘Glitch‘ and ‘The Answer‘ both announced his comeback in style. Making his mark once again with this hot new cut, he has shown that he is back for good and that 2019 is going to be a huge year for him.
FLORIAN PICASSO CONTINUES INCREDIBLE COMEBACK WITH ‘THE ANSWER’ ON MUSICAL FREEDOM
After staging a triumphant return with the mighty ‘Glitch’ earlier this monthFlorian Picasso keeps the music flowing. He’s back on Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom following up last year’s release ‘Obsession’, with yet another beast: ‘The Answer’, which will be out today via all online streaming services.
The track springs into life with twisted, distorted, filtered synth grunts, building a dark mood as shuffling house/garage beats step into the fray. A moody vocal refrain recalls The Prodigy’s classic vibes. A phat electro house synth pulse rises from depths and hits hard into full focus, twisting, turning and undulating around the speaker cones atop those galloping beats.
The main breakdown continues the aforementioned ravey theme, with ticking clocks adding a percussive rhythm over brooding, detuned leads and rousing on-beat claps. An epic synth build lifts us up towards the drop, with big swathes of white noise pulsing at the drop and rising sirens increasing the intensity. The electro synth gets a second layer added an octave higher at this point to really send the track into orbit.
Making it two-for-two with this hot new track, it looks like 2019 is going to beFlorian’s year. Watch out for much more new music coming soon and even bigger and better things over the next 12 months!
Over the last eight months or so, the multi-talented Florian Picasso has kept a low profile while working hard on new music. Now after intense periods of studio hibernation, he proudly presents his immense new comeback anthem on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings: Glitch. Picasso has been based in Los Angeles in melting pot of creativity, working tirelessly in the studio with some of the world’s best songwriters, including Toby Gad and Rozes.
He wastes no time getting down to business with this fierce new track, with mind-warping synths nagging away over brooding bass and tight beats in the intro. There’s no hint of what’s to come, and the fizzingly euphoric breakdown takes us by surprise with its crisp electro arpeggios and soaring, lush pads and widescreen low end tones. The synths loop teasingly as the FX thrusts the track upwards, with the full beauty of the track unleashed at the drop. Its classily stated euphoria blends perfectly with its driving groove and makes for a sensual yet powerful piece of dancefloor magic.
Florian Picasso is the great-grandson of the legendary artist, and has collaborations with Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero and Steve Aoki to his name. A good friend of Martin Garrix’s, he has also been making waves with his impressive, diverse DJ sets. With this new one in the bag, the scene is set for the next phase in his ever-exciting journey.
Florian Picasso ‘Glitch’ is out on November 9 via Protocol Recordings, stream here: http://prot.cl/glitch.
Dance music legend Nicky Romero joins forces with the prolific DJ and producer Florian Picasso on the latest Protocol Recordings release ‘Only For Your Love’. The track is available now via all major DSPs for streaming and purchase.
‘Only For Your Love’ is a festival-ready progressive house track that slides smoothly through uplifting chord progressions, electro house breakdowns and relentless, full throttle drops. The record’s release comes after much anticipation and a hefty summer of road testing across the festival circuit as an ID. Following its first play at this year’s Tomorrowland festival, this anthem has made itself a home in Nicky Romero and Florian Picasso’s sets throughout the summer and ever since.
“I started working on this idea begining of the summer, I sent it to Nicky and we decided to finish it together as a collab… and then he decided to premiere it at Tomorrowland like two hours before his set so I had to finish a clean version and we were sending feedback back and forth till the very last minute before he jumped on the mainstage!”
– Florian Picasso
2017 has been a milestone year for Nicky Romero, marking 5 years of growth and success of his Protocol Recordings label. Florian Picasso joined Nicky Romero on the lineup for the ‘5 Years of Protocol’ celebration at this year’s ADE at Melkweg in Amsterdam. This was the very first time they played the track together on stage and the crowd’s respons was insane! Check the aftermovie below.
“When working on this track with Florian, we both wanted to produce a record that was not only melodic and fun, but also one that translated across the spectrum of clubs, festivals and stadiums – something I think we’ve managed to achieve really effectively. It’s always great collaborating with talented producers like Florian and it’s been amazing to see the crowds’ responses over the course of the summer. We’re both super happy with how it’s turned out.”
– Nicky Romero
‘Only For Your Love’ is out NOW via Protocol Recording
Where are you currently based? I’m currently based between Cannes (France) and Geneva (Switzerland), but thinking about moving to LA for a while to work on some music.
Please tell us about your upcoming collabs, who will you be working with? There’s a really cool collab coming with a friend of mine… Nicky Romero, so stay tuned. I’m also working on a couple other collaborations, but I can’t say much for now…
How did these collabs come about? There’s always other artists you are in contact with and you just send ideas back and forth. Once we both really like something we get into the studio and just try to crack it. Eventually it led to something great, we believe…
What influences your music? In the beginning I was really into hip hop music, I found the attitudes of the artists really impressive. Later on, when I was about 16, I switched to electronic music.
How did you get into playing music? When I was around 13 years old, I wasn’t that confident and noticed DJs were. So, at first I started to become that cool guy behind the deck and I happened to fall in love with it !
Where and how did you learn your skills? By constantly being busy with music, producing and learning from others with online tutorials, forums… I think the best thing is to be able to criticize yourself and to handle criticism in the first place. I got a lot of feedback from my friends or co-DJs and different views and ideas really help you get better.
You played Tomorrowland earlier this year, what was the highlight of playing Tomorrowland? It was an extraordinary experience, it was my second time playing there but it keeps being magical. I was invited by my friend Laidback Luke, and I’m very grateful for that. It was special because I only played my tracks (and a lot of unreleased music), and it was actually the first time in my career I was able to play a full set with only my music.
Did the show go as expected? It was even better than I expected, to see all my fans from all over the world, that will always be overwhelming in a good way. The crowd was so excited and I don’t think you can ever expect what a crowd will be like, so I’d say it really went better than expected. Definitely one of my favorite shows.
You’ve also recently played 2 shows in India, what is it like touring and playing in India? It’s interesting when you’re touring all around the world and you can sometimes tell the differences in the cultures. But when it comes to music I think it’s a universal thing and it doesn’t matter where you are, people are there to see you and hear your music live. In India it was the same thing, you feel the energy from the crowd and it were two great shows and I’m already looking forward to coming back in India.
What were the challenges if any of playing in India? I don’t think there were any, I love playing for all these different people around the world. It was epic.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I listen to so many different genres, styles and artists… It’s hard to just mention one name!
What do you have planned for the future? There’s some really cool and interesting stuff coming up, new music and lots of other great things I can’t tell yet. Stay Tuned!
Favorite food and place to hangout? I really love food and that’s one of my favorite things about touring the world, you can taste all these different cuisines! But if I would have to pick one I’d say sushi!