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Rootkit has released his first single via bitbird, “Only Knew,” and it is bringing major beauty into our lives.  Drenched in atmosphere and emotion, Rootkit joins forces with songwriter and vocalist Nevve for this future house creation. 

The single begins with strong yet atmospheric vocals paired with keys. “Only Knew” then builds into rich instrumentals and uplifting percussive beats. What starts out as calm and bright, brings us to our feet and dancing to the groove of the chorus. Rootkit’s technical and diverse talent shines in the outro – dreamy, complex layers and hip hop influences make you transcend into whatever is next on your playlist.

Or… you might play this alluring track over and over again.

Discussing “Only Knew,” Rookit says:

‘Only Knew’ was made after I received some vocals from Nevve. I decided to try a lot of different things with the vocals and ended up with 2 versions of the song… I wanted to refresh my old drumstep style of music and hopefully in the way bring something new to the table… It’s a track people can listen at home and get inspiration from. It’s also made to be played on big speakers and be enjoyed in live sets.


This self-taught producer has been developing his diverse soundscapes for a while. Rootkit started in Drum and Bass and evolved into a unique Drumstep sound. Since 2014, Rootkit has released records for Oliver Helden’s label Heldeep, Tchami’s Confessions label, and Monstercat. This debut work for San Holo’s bitbird label showcases real sonic diversity and growth.  

With further releases planned through bitbird and a full album coming later in the year, we cannot wait for our ears to be graced with more beauty from Rootkit.

We highly encourage you to stream single “Only Knew” from Rootkit here:

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And if you’re looking for a solid playlist to follow, keep up with our weekly Spotify Playlist, Fresh Hunts. Whether it’s the newest drops from Rootkit or bitbird, all your other favorite artists, some old school, or underground—we just want you to hear it.

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