By Neil Z. Yeung, AllMusic
Los Angeles-based electronic trio Cheat Codes debuted in 2015 with their single “Visions,” a floor-filling, radio-ready bite of house in a vein similar to Avicii and Swedish House Mafia. The three members of the group — Matthew Russell, Trevor Dahl, and Kevin Ford — each have deep roots in L.A., working on individual projects before joining forces for Cheat Codes (Dahl once performed as singer/songwriter Pluginstereo). Their different backgrounds helped inform Cheat Codes’ stylistically varied sound, which can range from warm pop to outright big house bangers. After the release of “Visions,” they quickly followed with the tropical-tinged “Don’t Say No” (featuring Dresses), “Senses” (featuring Lostboycrow), and “Adventure” (featuring Evan Wartner). As they gained exposure on social media and spins on streaming services, they joined the Chainsmokers on tour. Successive singles continued to drop in 2016, when they unveiled a pair of global hits, “Sex” (featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam) and “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” (with Dante Klein). The following year they released their biggest feature yet, “No Promises” with Demi Lovato on vocals, and embarked on the No Promises world tour (taking them to the U.S., Europe, and Australia).
This article originally appeared on AllMusic.