Deejays playing onstage with sound equipment

Big things are on the horizon for EDM duo Sultan + Shepard. The pair are delivering their third LP on Lane 8’s This Never Happened record label (and 4th full-length effort in all). The album, slated for release on March 1st, goes by the title Endless, Dawn. They will also embark on a tour bearing the same name, starting with the The Ogden Theatre in Denver on Friday, March 15th. Stepping out from behind the DJ decks, the pair will headline their first live tour.

The tandem have demonstrated their musical chops previously. One such display was the 2017 video for the single “Damn” featuring Red Rosamund. In it, Ned Shepard plays the piano, and Sultan (real name Ossama Al Sarraf) plays the guitar. They also played several live shows in 2011 after releasing “Call My Name.” That track features Nadia Ali on vocals, and she sang with them on tour. At those shows, Al Sarraf played guitar while Shepard rocked a keytar.

Poster for Sultan + Shepard 2024 Live Tour featuring the duo outlined with their instruments and production equipment in front of a tri-panel image of the desert

Dialing in This Dynamic Duo

The partnership of Sultan + Shepard has stood the test of decades. They had a chance 2002 encounter at a Montreal nightclub while both attended McGill College in the city. They relocated to Los Angeles to further their musical endeavors, launching a successful career via several attention-getting collaborations and remixes.

Working with artists across genres — including Tiësto, Dillon Francis, Tegan and Sara, David Guetta, and Taryn Manning — catapulted them to notoriety, and they have also remixed tracks for icons like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars. After dropping numerous singles and EPs, the duo released a double disc, Echoes of Life, in 2019. The album came out on consecutive November weeks, with the Day collection preceding the Night selections.

Sultan + Shepard found a suitable domain on This Never Happened. The pair “planted their roots” with the label debut Something, Everything in 2021. They followed it up with Forever, Now in early 2023.

Forever, Now was a continuation of this feeling, a sequel if you will, and marked an inspired artistic moment, where we were just free in each moment to create anything,” the duo wrote in a statement.

On their writing mindset, they continued, “It was during that process that we realized we had another musical story to tell and immediately began writing this album, or as we saw it, the third chapter in this trilogy of albums.” Fans will have a couple of weeks to spin the new record before their show at The Ogden Theatre.

A Sighting of the Sunrise

We have gotten a taste of what is coming from Sultan + Shepard, with several teasers from the record already out. The first single, “Under The Surface,” begins with a bubblegum beat and bleak soundscape paired with Nathan Nicholson’s smooth voice. The track builds to a dream-pop fever pitch before an upbeat, vocal-heavy closing.

The second song released from the album is “Falling Behind” featuring Panama. Its soul-stirring yet smooth vibes scream late-night summer cruise with the windows rolled down.

EDM Producers Sultan + Shepard pose with Lane 8, fellow producer and founder of the This Never Happened record label which they're signed to

The final single dropped was also featured on Lane 8’s Winter 2023 Mixtape. The lively “En” is an instrumental, synth-soaked house track. Keep it playing on a loop as you dance your cares away.

Their social media post corresponding to the release explained: “En is a Japanese word that refers to the deep ways that we are all connected to each other through karma or destiny… We often think about how random it was that we met each other and ended up making music together, but also how natural it has all felt since day one.”

Days Get Longer, Nights Get Hotter

Sultan + Shepard are coming in hot in six weeks, so make plans soon to catch this epic show! Get ready by checking out the event page, where, you can find that Dirty South is the opener for this stop on the tour.

You can also check out the link to tickets here. If you feel like you and your tickets have an En-type relationship, you can also enter to win a pair on the Party Guru giveaway! Whatever route you take, be sure it leads you to the Ogden on March 15th!

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