German dance music legend ATB follows up his recent hits “Your Love (9pm)” and “Like That” with a fresh new single entitled ‘Highs and Lows.’
The making of this song is a perfect example of how you sometimes need to go to the past to find your path into the future. You see, ATB and York (real name Torsten Stenzel) worked together for the first time on 1999’s “Fields of Love.” Nearly 25 years later, they’re back at it, but this time they’ve brought on talented singer-songwriter Au/Ra (aka Jamie Aura Stenzel), who holds over one billion streams to her name and also happens to be York’s daughter. The end result is incredible: Au/authoritative, Ra’s emotive vocals are layered over the ideal slice of dance-pop, “Highs and Lows,” which combines rubbery basslines and flowing synths.
The artists on Highs and Lows: ATB, York and Au/Ra
With the release of his number-one single “9pm (Until I Come)” in 1998, ATB made his major breakthrough. The song propelled the German producer and DJ to the top of the UK singles charts and became the country’s first dance tune to do so. But that’s not all: ATB’s debut single also peaked in several top 10 charts worldwide, including the US Billboard charts, and opened the door for dance music on mainstream radio. His prolific output included the songs “Don’t Stop,” “Ecstasy,” “Let U Go,” “What About Us,” “Move On,” “When It Ends It Begins Again,” “Your Love (9pm),” and “Like That,” among many others. The song “Your Love (9pm),” which ATB co-wrote with fellow German DJ Topic and Swedish singer A7S, peaked at number one on the German airplay charts, fourth on the global Shazam rankings, and sixth on the official German charts. It received more than 550 million Spotify streams globally.
The German’s status is highlighted by a total of 10 studio albums and more than 55 gold and platinum awards in many nations. On top, ATB has been non-stop in the renowned DJ Mag Top 100 ranking for almost two decades now.
With projects like “Sakin & Friends” (European top positions with “Braveheart,” “Nomansland,” etc.), “Taucher,” “Ayla” (in collaboration with “Tandu”), “Suspicious,” “NUKE,” “Diver & Ace,” “Red Light District,” etc., Torsten Stenzel is one of the most successful dance producers of the 1990s and 2000s. At the end of the 90s the project “York” was born together with his brother Jörg Stenzel and immediately the first single “The Awakening” was a sensational success in all European countries (e.g. gold status in the UK) and set a trademark with the typical “York” guitar. With the release of the second song, “On The Beach,” this success was further increased, reaching, among other places, the UK’s Top 3 and chart positions across Europe and the States. Numerous remixes (including Faithless) and collaborations with artists such as ATB (“Fields Of Gold”) solidified the cult status of “York”, which continues to this day.
With over a billion streams to her name Au/Ra, singer, songwriter, and cross-platform world-builder, Jamie Aura Stenzel, has already established herself as a powerful voice in the world of dark electronic pop. When Jamie, then 16 years old, released her song Panic Room, which became a massive hit and launched Au/Ra into the spotlight, she had already been making music for a while. Additional collaborations with artists like Alan Walker (on Darkside, a massive hit with over 450 million streams to date), Jax Jones I miss u), Alok (Side Effect), R3HAB & Afrojack (Worlds On Fire), and Cheat Codes emphasized her status as a bona fide pop star. She also contributed music to the record-breaking game Death Stranding, and she made spaces for fans to interact with her through Discord, Minecraft, and Twitch.
Astralwerks Records currently has Highs and Lows available worldwide.