After having to sit on it for nearly five years, Didrick‘s “Ready to Fly” is finally out for the world to hear.

Yes, you read that right. Prior to its release on Monstercat‘s “Instinct” imprint today, Didrick’s collaboration with Adam Young had been sitting on the shelf since 2013. While the up-and-coming Swedish producer hasn’t spoken on the matter in full detail, a statement on Instagram did provide some clarity.

The circumstances made it hard for me to release music the last couple of years. A few months after my debut single 'A Part of You' came out some people i worked with, who i thought were my friends, sued me and kept me from releasing my own music. This song has been around since 2013 in many different versions, and it’s been one of the only things keeping me from giving up. It's hard to keep positive sometimes but if it's something Adam has taught me through his music it's optimism. Last year I finally got free from all of my old contracts that was holding me back and was able to start from a blank page again. 'Ready To Fly' comes out tomorrow and i'm beyond grateful for all the support you've been showing me!!💕

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For those unaware, Adam Young is the man behind the electronic music projects Port Blue and Sky Sailing, though he is best known under the Owl City moniker (which spawned such hits as “Fireflies” and “Good Time”). Young has done features with numerous EDM producers, including Chicane and Armin van Buuren. Prior to “Ready to Fly,” his most recent feature was on the Paul van Dyk-produced “Eternity” in 2012.

While it is definitely exciting that an up-and-comer like Didrick was able to work with Billboard chart-topper, one of the coolest things about “Ready to Fly” is how its sound rounds out. Because Didrick’s music has traditionally been so inspired by Young’s work, the song – especially in its synth work – sounds like it could fit very snug on an early Owl City album (All Things Bright and Beautiful or even Ocean Eyes, perhaps).

In truth, “Ready to Fly” sounds more “Owl City” than Young has himself recently (take “All My Friends,” for example). On this song, Didrick did an absolutely incredible job translating that 2009-2011 synthpop style for a more modern, commercial audience (even sprinkling in elements of future bass and trap).

We can’t speak for everyone, but we think “Ready to Fly” was the perfect way for Monstercat to kick off their new YouTube channel. If you’d like to become a founding subscriber of “Monstercat: Instinct,” click here.

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