Over the last several months, TikTok and Instagram have been buzzing with excitement over a mashup of two decade-plus old iconic tracks from Ultra Records catalogue--“Cinema” by Benny Benassi and Gary Go and deadmau5 “The Veldt”--created by top emerging electronic music producer BYNX. Today, June 9, Ultra Records is pleased to offer the mashup as a proper single release “The Veldt Cinema (BYNX Edit)” by deadmau5 x Benny Benassi x Gary Go.
Listen here: https://lnk.to/theveldtcinema
Undeniable dance floor hits each in their own right, “The Veldt” and “Cinema” have been inspirational to electronic music fans and music makers the world over. For Los Angeles-based BYNX the influence was no exception and being able to reimagine these iconic songs together, giving them a new life in the process, and to be supported not only by fans but also by the originators themselves--deadmau5, Gary Go, and Benny Benassi—while getting the notice off the back of platforms like TikTok and Instagram is a career highlight for note.
“The process started because I wanted to combine two songs curated to my taste that had never been mixed before, keeping the focus on each of their most elemental parts,” shares BYNX. “At first, making this was solely a diversion for my own creative play, colliding two songs that have meant so much to me and for so long.”
He adds, “When I finally shared the track across social media, I realized its potential. The data showed that the audio hit 159 million streams within one month, with over 100k users creating their own reels to the track. Things got even crazier when I was tagged in Benny’s stories with a video of him playing the track. Soon after, Benassi reached out to invite me to one of his shows to perform the track live with him. This has been such a rewarding experience as an artist and fan. Reintroducing a classic in a new way like this, I think, helps us all go back to a moment in time that we wish we could have lived in for just a little longer. I know this track will do just that for our community in electronic music.”
Upon their subsequent releases, both tracks were wildly successful. “Cinema” was released in March of 2011 and appeared on Benassi’s third studio album Electroman. It was remixed by the likes of Laidback Luke, Alex Gaudino and Congorock, with a remix by Skrillex which became a smash in its own right garnering a GRAMMY win for “Best Remixed Recording” in 2012. The song was breathed back into life in 2020 when Galantis covered it and then again with Gary Go’s acoustic version going viral on Instagram and TikTok.
deadmau5’ “The Veldt” was a critically acclaimed track ranking on Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 best songs of 2012. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1950 short story of the same name, the song appeared on his legendary release album title goes here and continues to be a favorite part of deadmau5’ live repertoire to this day.