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July 29, 2022
July 29, 2022
In late 2019, bass music legend Protohype announced his brand-new record label, Underdog Records. Now, just a few months later, the label is dropping its debut album, Open World. The inaugural LP is, of course, the handiwork of the man himself, Max Hype – better known as Protohype. As one would expect, Protohype begins the album with an absolutely perfect introduction not only to the record, but also to his brand-new label, Underdog Records.
With a cinematic atmosphere, swirling synths, and bountiful baselines below, Protohype give us an “Intro” to his Open World. Soon, we are welcomed by a mysterious voice with a very important message, “Imagine a world, or a place, where people could exist in whichever form they chose, free to act and live of their own accord. A place free of judgment, filled only with love and acceptance – ‘An Open World.'” This, our friends, is Max Hype’s mission statement not only for the album, but for all of Underdog Records.
So, what does that mean exactly? Well, simply put, Open World tells us everything we need to know. Not only does Hype encompass an extensive variety of sounds, styles, and genres, but he does something even more important; he creates the music that he loves. What’s more, he wants to give the same opportunity and platform to his fellow artists.
Take, for instance, the multi-genre experimentation within “Set Me Free.” With Charmae‘s charming vocals, a spacious soundscape, and a massive arsenal of basses and synths throughout, “Set Me Free” is a full experience in and of itself. Next, the titular track, “Open World” with Luma, is slower, more melodic, and soothing throughout. One need not look further than the first two full-length tracks of the album to get a clearer image of what Protohype has in mind for Underdog Records. Two completely different sounds so far—or three if you include “Intro”—one beautiful album. This, however, is just the beginning. As one would imagine, the album gets even more diverse and experimental as the track list goes on, and we expect to see the same from Underdog Records in the years ahead.
In short, Underdog Records is an Open World created by Protohype, not only for himself but for all types of artists. What is possible in an open world without any limitations? There’s only one way to find out. Follow Protohype and Underdog Records today! Trust us, you won’t want to miss a thing.