“Markus Schulz’s new artist album screams into its fifth single release with vocal anthem-in-the-making ‘Nothing Without Me‘, and celebrates Coldharbour Recordings’ 150th release in the process. Featuring the reflective, resonant vocals of Swedish songstress Ana Diaz and a 360° remix array (including rewires from Beat Service, Antillas and Markus himself), this release will be lighting club floors through Christmas and beyond.
Putting ‘Nothing Without Me’ into instant high gear is Markus’ own Extended Mix, which gives a fully fleshed out club expansion to his original album version. Amplifying the drama of its snares and symbols, increasing the beauty of the drop’s pads & chords and reaching its crescendo with the immense hard-struck notes of its lead line, it’s a card-carrying floor demolisher.
Ana’s lion hearted lyrics and resolute vocals tell it like it is – their topic certain to resonate whichever side of the sex divide you stand! With his Coldharbour Mix Schulz adds in nagging-ly, catchy energized sequences & feisty synth stabs. Drop-side and the Coldharbour Master cools heels, adding in more celestial and cinematic sounds & FX touches. Over in the remix quarter things are getting equally thermal. Raising the floor temperature from first bar to last, Estonia’s Beat Service turns in a juggernaut of a mix. Charging it with big room drums and wickedly infectiously pitch-modulated synths, he echoes, pans and chops Diaz’s vocals to furious effect, before setting them loose in the breakdown to maximum impact.
The package’s parting shot comes from Italian maestro Antillas’, whose Club Mix hits all our favourite ‘D’ point highs. Dark, Dirty, Discordant and Driving, the touch-paper is lit with his tough-house beats. He builds the floor tension with angle-grinding FX and a full spectrum of other dubstep-ish tricks to pressure cooker like levels. With the distortion running hot, its Ana’s vocals that deliver the mix’s anthemia, ascending towards a rhapsodic climax.
A mix for most any DJ taste and floor persuasion, ‘Nothing Without Me’ is out now!
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