In less than one year, HILOMATIK has developed a reputation for being one of the most exciting labels in dance music. Launched in January 2023 by label founder and producer/DJ/tastemaker extraordinaire HI-LO, the label’s output has included high-powered releases such as ‘RIDE OR DIE’ (w/ Eli Brown), ‘Bonzai,’ ‘Brazil,’ ‘Arpeggio’ (w/ Space 92), ‘Pura Vida EP’ (the debut release on HILOMATIK which also received a standout remix from Wehbba). HILOMATIK releases consistently reach the top of the Beatport Techno Charts and find their way into the sets of the world’s finest DJs, including Adam Beyer, Solomun, Carl Cox, Tiësto, John Summit, Joris Voorn, David Guetta, Eli Brown, and Patrick Topping to name a few.
HI-LO’s latest release, ‘Waking Life (A New Dawn) (feat. Michael Ekow)’ bridges the gap between UK garage and techno. UK rapper Michael Ekow cements the release, spitting lyrics around an intense instrumental. It’s a track with its heart in the darkest of clubs but with broad appeal.
HI-LO describes the track’s origin: ‘A good friend, who also happens to be an experienced raver, had convinced me to join him at a festival at a lake in Portugal in early June this year called ‘Waking Life.’ It was a festival like he never had experienced before, something truly special. I had a fantastic time there, and I got exposed to some exciting music from artists whom I had primarily not heard of yet. Something that caught my attention at the festival was that some DJs played very eclectic sets with elements of UK bass/garage, Breakbeat, Jungle, Electro, Techno, and more, and coming out of that, I got the idea to do a track with a distinctive UK garage bassline, but mix it with raw Hardgroove Techno elements. At the camping site of the festival, I started working on this already on my laptop. This resulted in the instrumental track I named ‘Waking Life UK FM Bass Raw Techno Vibe.’ When I returned home again, I developed the track a bit more, and I sent it to my publisher in the Netherlands and told her I could see a British rapper on this track. She then ran into the singer/rapper Michael Ekow at a bar in Amsterdam through a mutual friend, and when she heard his voice/accent, she immediately thought of my track, so she sent it to him. Then Michael wrote some lyrics around that ‘waking life’ working title and recorded some really dope vocals that worked very well over the track, and the rest is history :)’