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To walk away from a wildly successful act, move to the other side of the world, and completely change music direction, purely because that's what your gut instinct is telling you, might sound like complete lunacy. Yet that's exactly what former HIIO member Ortzy has just done.
His new single ‘Stand Up', a collaboration with one of Portugal's most exciting producers Ben Ambergen and featuring Australian vocalists Bec & Sebastian, may prick more than a few ears expecting to hear the previous big room EDM sound he became internationally renowned for.
Instead, Ortzy turns his head towards the Future Bass genre, teaming with Ambergen to deliver a perfectly crafted dance floor bomb that harnesses huge, bouncing bass rhythms and dreamy, floating vocals, positioning the two against each other for a popping, energetic cut.
Released today via PM Recordings – responsible for hits from Flo Rida, aloe blacc, Chocolate Puma, Syn Cole, Li'l Wayne – ‘Stand Up' puts Ortzy straight back in amongst the big hitters, a position he's particularly used to.
With a resume that already reads like a who's who of electronic music, as one half of the South American duo HIIO, the Colombian producer collaborated with Dannic, Thomas Gold, Chuckie, Kryder and more, played Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Unite, Mysteryland, Holi Festival, Storyland, creamfields, Kingsland, released tracks on universal music, Atlantic (Big Beat), Spinnin' Records, Revealed Records, Armada Music, Music Freedom and Kontor, and was supported by the likes of fedde le grand, Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and Avicii – to name just a few.
Already famous in his home nation of Portugal thanks to an incendiary 2016 closing set at legendary festival MEO Sudoeste, Ben Ambergen is a regular fixture on the Beatport Top 100 chart, and bagging the highly coveted ‘Demo Of The Week' spot on hardwell on air numerous times, his name and sound has become increasingly familiar to music fans around the world.
Australian vocalists Bec & Sebastian released their self titled EP in 2016, making it to #14 on the iTunes pop charts. The Melbourne-based twins have performed alongside the likes of Megan Trainor, Li'l Kim and Clean Bandit, Owl Eyes and Bertie Blackman, and have swiftly established themselves as ones to watch over the course of 2018.
‘Stand Up' follows hot on the heels of Ortzy's earlier release on PM Recordings, ‘Press Repeat'. With more new music set to drop over the next couple of months, fans new and old can expect to hear a lot more from Ortzy as 2018 unfolds.