Last year’s Top DJs poll profile labelled Marshmello unique, ambitious, daring, and sometimes quite absurd. While 2020 might have stifled the helmet-wearing megastar’s globetrotting tour of the world’s biggest stages, it hasn’t hindered him delivering a compelling selection of releases. ‘Been Thru This Before’, dropped in April, is a star-studded collaboration with Atlanta trap royalty, Southside, UK rap royalty, Giggs, and Brooklyn rap royalty, Saint John. Much like the 42 Dugg-featuring single, ‘Baggin’, it’s a raw trap cut that strips away much of the pop sensibilities of Marshmello’s previous work — even if it does continue to showcase his impeccable ear for a mello-dy (geddit?).
With a series of tracks that includes two cuts on emo-rap star Juice Wrld’s posthumous ‘Legends Never Die’ album, Marshmello teased that his fourth long-player, ‘Joytime IV’, is coming “verrryyy sooooonnn” in a social media post in July. This year, Marshmello also opened up his Joytime Collective label — which he has previously used to release his own material — to support young producers, with an EP from 19-year-old Indonesian producer, Papa Khan, landing in October. If there’s one thing consistent in Marshmello’s wide-reaching career, it’s his ability to keep his fans, lovingly referred to as the Mellogang, continually guessing.