Yves V returns to CONTROVERSIA for his 5th single on Alok‘s label and the 2nd one produced with his fellow Belgian artist Sem Thomasson. Their new release – “Sound Of A Beating Heart,” is a melodic progressive house record that has both emotive and dancefloor elements. Opening with organic melodies, the first half of the track is haunting and minimal, with soulful vocals taking center stage. Yves and Sem up the ante in the latter part, incorporating deep and rhythmic melodies with a downtempo bassline. The song’s lyrics and melody are written by Nathan Nicholson of The Boxer Rebellion band, who as a songwriter, has also written for the likes of KygoGryffinCalum ScottClaptoneTinlickerKC LightsHayden James and more. Yves V and Sem Thomasson previously worked together on “On Top Of The World,” which was released in 2016 on Spinnin’ Records. With “Sound Of A Beating Heart” coming out in 2023, it proves that sometimes studio chemistry only gets better in time.

We really wanted to create something that would work production-wise in both a club and for home listening. It’s a deep track that still has these light elements to it, the topline expressing something that is quite moving and relatable, yet the progressive and higher BPM beats across the second half make it something that – we hope – the partiers will love too.” – Yves V & Sem Thomasson

Yves V

Yves V has gained global recognition for his dynamic big room style with releases like “King Cobra” with Don Diablo, “Octagon,” “Direct Dizko” with Sander Van Doorn, “Madagascar” with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and “We Got That Cool” with Afrojack & Icona Pop. He has also remixed the likes of TimbalandMissy ElliottGinuwine, and more. In 2022, the producer was amassing almost 4,5M monthly listeners on Spotify alone and has been supported by heavyweights such as David GuettaAfrojackMartin GarrixArmin van Buuren, and more. His electrifying live performances have wowed crowds at some of the world’s best festivals, including TomorrowlandSensationAmsterdam Dance EventDavid Guetta in Concert, and Mysteryland.

Sem Thomasson

Sem Thomasson is an established name in the Belgian electronic music scene. A couple of years back, the young producer and DJ gained international attention with his stunning remix work for recognized artists like Clean BanditZara LarssonFlo RidaNelly FurtadoLost FrequenciesSteve Aoki. This led to a quick rise in his DJ career with numerous appearances in the best clubs around the globe, a few international residencies under his belt, and multiple gigs on festivals. Throughout the years, he changed and developed his sound. With his residency in the club Versuz (#40 in the world), he plays house and tech house music with a recognizable feel. As a music producer, he released tracks on labels such as AxtoneSpinnin’ RecordsWarner MusicProtocol RecordingsBig Beat RecordsUniversal Music, and Atlantic Records, just to name a few. Thomasson wrote and produced several Top 10 house tracks on the Belgian national charts and several Beatport top charting club tunes with support from numerous high-profile DJs. His new label Hot Fuss Records is charting with every release on Beatport, where Thomasson was named as a future talent to watch.


Alok‘s CONTROVERSIA continues to go from strength to strength, and this latest release is another fine example of a label making all the right moves to maintain its impressive forward momentum. Since its inception in June 2019, CONTROVERSIA has accumulated over 1 billion Spotify streams thanks to its remarkable family of artists, including Yves VAlan WalkerBhaskarAlle FarbenVintage Culture, and more. All of whom have helped CONTROVERSIA quickly establish itself as one of the most successful independent labels in dance music today.