Martin Garrix’s commitment to shining the spotlight on the world’s most exciting new electronic talent continues with the signing of Los Angeles artist LIONE’s gorgeous new single Leave This Place.
Fusing a myriad of sounds from synth-pop to indie and electro, his eclectic sound blends powerful pop sensibility with cutting-edge electronic trickery to great effect. After playing a guest mix on Garrix’s Beats 1 show, it’s now time for LIONE to step into the STMPD family in a more official way.
“This song is extremely special to me because I wrote it during a particularly difficult time in my life, and I’m extremely grateful that Martijn could feel the emotion and believed it in it so early on.
His support and positive energy has been extremely inspiring to me, and I feel so proud to be the first solo artist coming out on STMPD RCRDS. I hope you guys will be able to feel everything I put into this song, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me, the STMPD RCRDS family, and Martijn. <3″ – LIONE
Leave This Place is drenched in lush, futuristic textures. Its widescreen sound is packed full of bright and breezy melody, with pulsing chords underpinning stunning lead lines in the intro. Sweet vocals glide into play as the song’s groove develops, with a chilled two-step beat alternating with a 4/4 rhythm while gorgeous vocal harmonies fill the edges of the stereo field. Huge synth arpeggios permeate the drop, and while it’s got the makings of a big radio hit, its full and colorful sound really comes to life on a big soundsystem. Basically, it’s got everything Garrix looks for in a killer track and after being teased in his recent ADE performance live stream and on Snapchat, it sounds like his fans are very excited about this one.
LIONE’s live show has been receiving many plaudits thanks to its combination of DJ technique and live instrumentation, being a support act at sold out shows like SXSW and LA’s The Regent Theater. He has scored millions of plays online via his remixes of the likes of Purity Ring, with a #1 Remix on Hypemachine along the way, and he also plays pure DJ sets, with appearances at EDC Las Vegas, Exchange LA, Wet Republic in Las Vegas and Ushuaïa in Ibiza.With support from Dancing Astronaut, YourEDM, NEST HQ and LessThan3, he looks set for very big things to come.