Title: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Release date: August 14, 2020
R3HAB joins forces with Amba Shepherd for one of his most meaningful releases yet, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” out now on his imprint CYB3RPVNK. It’s no small feat to take on such a legendary and iconic song, but R3HAB and Amba accomplish their modern dance version with finesse. Amba‘s famously gorgeous vocals serve as the forefront to a deep, sultry bassline and dark melodies, capturing the essence of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in an indie-dance context. R3HAB and Amba both weigh in on the new release below:
“Growing up, I heard all kinds of music. Some songs stuck out to me the way they became part of my youth. That’s what exactly this song is for me. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘ has always been special for that reason. Being able to work on something made by legends like Nirvana together with Amba was a great experience, and I hope our fans and listeners will enjoy it.” – R3HAB
“I’m so excited about this new collaboration with R3HAB! I wanted to make an unexpected electronic version of the iconic track, so I recorded my vocal as an indie chill demo. Just keys, subtle paddy synths and beats, and I sent it over to Fadil. He produced such an incredible track, and this is when this collab was born. It was amazing to work with him, and I look forward to more music together soon.” – Amba Shepherd
Over the last eight years, the Dutch/Moroccan artist Fadil El Ghoul – better known as R3HAB – has established himself as a leader at the forefront of modern electronic music. His talent has been called the “future of the craft” by the likes of Forbes and Billboard, and he’s circuited the globe’s best clubs and festivals, all without the backing of a formal record label. In 2017, R3HAB independently released his debut album “Trouble” through his imprint CYB3RPVNK, which amassed over a half-billion streams globally and officially placed R3HAB among electronic music’s heavy hitters. He made number 14 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list in 2019, topping the charts with tracks like “Lullaby” and “Hold On Tight,” while his sophomore album “The Wave,” revealing more complex, emotional and experimental layers of himself, has amassed over 250 million streams on Spotify alone. In 2019 R3HAB‘s “All Around The World” with A Touch of Class quickly became his biggest ever record already topping 200M streams across platforms and achieving gold & platinum status in 8 countries. It was followed by “Flames,” R3HAB‘s collaboration with ZAYN.
Her stellar voice has made Amba Shepherd into the darling of the electronic music scene through high profile collaborations with Hardwell on “Apollo” and “United We Are,” more recently “Dynamite” with Nicky Romero. She has collaborated with some of the industry’s most legendary names, such as Tiësto, EDX, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Deniz Koyu, Benny Benassi and Laidback Luke, and her vocals have graced the stage of the largest festivals around the globe, from EDC Las Vegas to Tomorrowland. 2 x IDMA nominee and APRA-AMCOS Ambassador Amba Shepherd has now amassed over 100 million streams, multiple iTunes #1‘s and triple platinum sales for her ground-breaking works.