Ahead of ULTRA JAPAN 2022 performance, Japan’s AmPm release a new single ‘Amsterdam Maybe feat. SHIMA’
The Japanese masked production duo AmPm broke onto the global dance music scene with their hit 2017 debut,’ Best Part of Us .’ Now, ahead of their performance at September 17-18’s ULTRA JAPAN 2022 festival, AmPm has released their latest single ‘Amsterdam Maybe feat. SHIMA’.
The track is the third in a series leading up to AmPm’s forthcoming debut album themed on travel and is a song created with the image of Amsterdam, the capital of Holland’s thriving dance music scene.
The track features guest vocalist SHIMA, based in Los Angeles and Tokyo. SHIMA’s lyrics represent her take on Amsterdam, a city surrounded by abundant nature, with evocative phrases that express a sense of openness and freedom.
SHIMA’s clear yet deep singing voice combines with AmPm’s light and smooth deep house sound, intertwined with powerful beats and melancholy melodies, resulting in a dance tune that feels good to listen to.
Ideally suited to enjoying outdoors at a festival, on a long drive, or while relaxing at home, this is a release you don’t want to miss.
Comment from SHIMA
I’m so happy to have been able to work with AmPm on this track! When I first heard the instrumental they sent me, I already had solid ideas for the vocals, and the lyrics and melodies flowed out of me effortlessly, which is always super nice. Nothing was forced. I have never worked with a Japanese artist with such a global sound. They make the type of music that anyone, everywhere, can enjoy, so it was great working with them. I hope we can perform this song together in Amsterdam!
Comment from AmPm
This time, we’ve made a song that works great on streaming services and at a club. We’re proud of the many types of music we have released so far, but sometimes they have had a limited listening environment. Our experience from our releases has allowed us to make a track like this.
It just so happens that we will be performing at ULTRA JAPAN shortly after the release of this song, so we hope it is a track that will turn up the heat for our fans.
‘Amsterdam Maybe feat. SHIMA’
Release date: Friday, August 26, 2022
Download and streaming links: https://ampm.lnk.to/20220826_digi
SHIMA, born in Atlanta, and raised in Tokyo, is a music producer and singer-songwriter.
SHIMA was scouted by a record label while attending an international school in Japan, and after two years of lessons, she moved to Miami to study music and computer engineering. She began working as a software engineer upon graduation and kick-started her music production career in earnest. SHIMA not only writes her music utilizing both English and Japanese but also arranges, mixes, and masters her tracks herself.
The multi-talented artist signed with Universal Music in 2021 and made her debut with the fresh and dreamy single ‘After the World Ends,’ followed by the rebellious second single ‘CONMAN,’ which featured Japanese actor/singer/model Sumire. Continuing to create a hybrid of pop, dance, and funk with her Japanese twist, SHIMA released her third single, ‘MOONWALK,’ in May 2022.
AmPm is a masked production duo from Japan who made a major global impact with their March 2017 debut track, ‘Best Part of Us feat. Michael Kaneko’. The same year, they were the only Japanese artist to perform at Spotify On Stage, a festival in Indonesia hosted by Spotify. In 2018, they dominated stages worldwide, from ULTRA Miami, ULTRA Korea and ULTRA Japan to a headline concert in New York.
In addition to releasing their original music, AmPm has remixed tracks by popular overseas artists such as Afrojack, R3HAB and Nicky Romero, along with remixes for renowned Japanese artists like Gesu no Kiwami Otome (‘Black Parade’) and MONKEY MAJIK (‘Tokyo Lights’), and production for Ken Hirai’s track ‘Holic.’ Furthermore, collaborating with many dance-music vocalists, they have released more than 30 tracks. In March 2019, they were recognized at the Digital Contents of the Year 2018 / 24th AMD Award, winning the Special Jury Award.
Official website: http://ampm.tokyo/