It may be cold in the north, but it’s forever spring in sunny Los Angeles, and Netsky wants to bottle that feeling and give it to the whole world. The Belgian producer was deeply inspired by SoCal surroundings on his forthcoming Abbot Kinney EP, much of which was recorded in Norwegian duo Stargate‘s LA studio.
“Collaborating with Stargate in their incredible studio was an amazing experience,” Netsky tells Billboard Dance. “It’s not far from Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and that area inspired so much of this music. It is my absolute favorite spot in LA and felt like the perfect title for this EP, matching the vibes we all felt while in the studio during that time. Working with Stargate helped open me sonically to new sounds I had never tried. This is just a taste of what’s to come, I’m excited to share more with you in the new year.”
Three of the EPs five tracks feature Stargate, including the fresh and breezy lead single “Big Hearts,” which gets some additional sing-along star power from California rapper Kyle.
“In April last year I was in LA and had been offered a four hour session with Stargate in their incredible studio in Venice,” Netsky says. “I went in just expecting to get some feedback on my music, but we clicked, and that four-hour session turned into me staying in LA for months, working out of their studio. Stargate have worked with some of the biggest names in music, so it was a real honor to work with them, but it was also super fun. The tracks on the EP came about from the three of us jamming in the studio, and then working with some really talented singers and rappers. I’m so excited to be releasing this now.”
The full EP is out on Republic and Casablanca Records Friday, Dec. 14, but you can check the full tracklist and listen to “Big Hearts” with Stargate and Kyle a day early below, exclusively on Billboard Dance.
ABBOT KINNEY EP Track List
1. “VOODOO MAGIC” FEAT. TOULOUSE (NETSKY and STARGATE)
2. “BIG HEARTS” FEAT. KYLE (NETSKY and STARGATE)
3. “ANYTHING 4 U” (NETSKY and 1991)
4. “NOBODY” (NETSKY and STARGATE)
5. “THANK YOU” FEAT. JOZZY (NETSKY)