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March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020
We are currently in the heat of summer, like the hottest heat gets, so I wanted to share with you all a track that epitomizes summer and everything it stands for: love, beaches, relaxing, and Rio de Janiero. This week’s Relentless Beat of the Week, “Rio”, comes from Belgian drum and bass prodigy, Netsky, as well as UK producer, Digital Farm Animals. Having just been released earlier this month over 4th of July weekend, this is the freshest summer track out there taking us on a trip to the sunny beaches of Brazil with its Latin-inspired sound. The song made its debut back in June when the ever-so influential Annie Mac played the song out on her BBC Radio 1 show and since then has garnered an astounding 350,000 plays on Netsky’s Soundcloud page.
This is definitely a much more slow-paced sound than we are used to hearing from Netsky, but oh boy does he make it work. It may not be an “Eyes Closed” or a “Come Alive”, but that is exactly what makes this track unique. Netsky has taken a risk with “Rio”, and I think that it has paid off greatly. With this song Netsky has proven that he has the ability to surprise as well as that he has a bone for diversity. The tropical sound continues with this new trend of “tropical house”; however, by giving this genre the drum and bass treatment, he breathes new air into the summer-vibe tracks that we have been receiving so much of lately.
Netsky – Rio (Official Video) ft. Digital Farm Animals
In addition to the song’s success on the auditory front, the music video for this production made its debut on July 6. The video is a very fitting and humorous animated video which chronicles the adventures of Netsky and Digital Farm Animals’ signature pig character as they traverse through the day life and nightlife of Brazil. We see them performing shows at packed nightclubs, saluting each other with a clank of glasses full of mojitos, flying helicopters, and checking out the wide-hipped bronzing beauties on the fantastical beaches of Rio. The video was put together with the help of director, Leo Bridle, and animation collective, Powster.
Netsky is currently touring with the Mad Decent Block Party and is set to play in Los Angeles the day following Arizona’s Party, so if you have the time and money, fast track it to LA Saturday morning after watching Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, What So Not, and many more destroy Rawhide. Keep an eye out for “Rio” and more Netsky tracks to appear on his new artist album later this year!