Five years after Benny Benassi released his chart-dominating album Electroman, the Italian maestro is once again satisfying the cravings of dance music addicts with the release of his new album Danceaholic, available now via Ultra Music.
The 15-track offering serves as a perfect blend of old and new, demonstrating Benassi’s forward-thinking approach and illustrious ability to remain relevant. Consisting of reworks of previously released tracks and a bevy of fresh new tunes as well as collaborations with both longtime dance veterans and up-and-coming artists, Danceaholic proves Benassi’s genre-defying capabilities to explore new styles outside of his electro-driven wheelhouse.
Benassi’s latest creation showcases seven tracks that have already destroyed dancefloors, anchored by his collaboration with Chris Brown “Paradise” which has undoubtedly become this summer’s anthem. “Paradise” has held strop in the Top 50 UK charts for nearly 10 weeks, boasting more than 40 million video streams and 18 million Spotify streams. Other reworks on the album include an updated version of the 2013 popular sing-along collaboration with Grammy Award-winning superstar John Legend, “Dance The Pain Away,” a deeper edit of the tech-house, chart-topping retro groove “I Wanna Be Disco” which Benassi teamed up with fellow Italian producer Chicco Secci on, and a slowed down ‘Back to the Future’ mix of “Who I Am,” Benassi’s 2015 collaboration with rising star Marc Benjamin. Additionally, Danceaholic reincarnates the heavy slammer “Shooting Helicopters,” featuring vocals from System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, and “Gangsta,” the successful collaboration with fellow dance music mainstay MOGUAI. The LP is rounded out by a newer track released previously this year, the progressive house anthem “Even If,” which has nearly 2 million Spotify streams topped Beatport’s Progressive House charts.
Danceaholic also serves up a cocktail of new offerings that span the modern music landscape while maintaining Benassi’s iconic ‘Electroman’ sound. The titular single “Danceaholic” is a club-ready groove consisting of anthemic electro beats and distorted robotic vocals reminiscent of industry icons Daft Punk. “Out of Control” serves as the vocal version to “Beardo,” Benny’s self-dubbed alter ego which manifests in the an exceptional underground club track that overlays Richard Judge’s deep haunting vocals atop future house hybrid synths. Benassi also partnered up with fellow Italian producer and longtime cohort MazZz on three of the tracks, including the darker more emotional track “Carousel,” “Analog Heart,” which mashes electro-house and psytrance sounds with an uptempo trance beat, and heavy-hitting house slammer “West Coast Patrol” which the duo produced alongside Chris Nasty. Emblematic of Benassi’s more recent vocally-driven work, Danceaholic also features collaborations with stellar vocal artists including airy croons from synth-pop artist Sheare on “I Keep Running,” uplifting bellows from BullySongs on progressive feel-good anthem “Universe,” and smooth sensual wails from Fatherdude on the slow-churning electro groove “Pandemonium.” Listen: Spotify