A force to be reckoned with, this newest release from Hardwell is sure to be a dance floor mainstay in the coming months. Boasting a powerful set of vocals provided by Bright Lights and a soul-shaking powerful drum entrance, this will surely grace festival sets in months to come. Offering not only a strong dance floor vibe, “Never Say Goodbye” also explores a more ethereal aural landscape, allowing melodies to flicker like candlelight as a more ominous buildup ensues in the background. Dictated heavily by melody, Hardwell and Dyro have added a sophistication to the big-room scene.
Hardwell, Dyro – Never Say Goodbye
Two of the biggest names in dance music Hardwell and Laidback Luke have teamed up to create a massive track. Words can only describe this track as being something you will hear at every festival, club, and venue throughout the Summer. ‘Dynamo’ was first heard at Ultra Music Festival, and as soon as a clip got online, it amassed 5,000 views in the first hour and over 100,000 in a week. That use to happen with just new Hip Hop tracks, now the fan base for EDM has grown so wide that tracks get so much attention. A deadly combination of big, anthemic synth riffs, pounding bass and driving percussion, this is destined to be causing chaos on dance floors for months to come.
Laidback Luke & Hardwell – Dynamo
Fresh off two breakout tracks at the end of 2012 with “Flashbang” and “Toxic Rush“, newcomer duo Jewelz & Scott Sparks are back with another single, “NYMSN“. Taking the same minimal approach to progressive as with their previous releases, this one features familiar heavy drums and simple top lines. It’s already had support from many big names, including Hardwell and David Guetta, but look for this one to bring the house down during festival season. With a vocal sample that cries out a call to action for New York, don’t be surprised if you see “NYMSN” make crowds erupt at upcoming EDC New York and even the more distant Electric Zoo shows.
It was quite the year for the Dutch DJ/Producer Hardwell, reaching 500,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook and practically taking over the EDM world. The phenom celebrated this milestone by releasing his ‘Yearmix 2012′, and Oh yeah, you can download it for free on Hardwell’s Facebook page (can’t beat that). In the mix, Hardwell drops all the years biggest hits, including his own ; ‘Apollo‘, ‘How We Do‘ and ‘Spaceman‘. This is a hard hitting mix, comparable to Hardwell’s outstanding live sets. It is sure to be one wild ride for Hardwell and his fans in 2013, as the DJ is sure to kill it and keep banging out hit after it. Full tracklist after the jump!
Hardwell – Yearmix 2012
After arguably the biggest year of his career, rising Dutch producer Hardwell has just released his latest dancefloor anthem ‘Apollo’, featuring the angelic vocals of Amba Shepherd. This progressive banger is a bit different than traditional Hardwell. ‘Apollo’ has a very uplifting, and emotional feel to it that is sure to instantly entrance everyone who hears it. ‘Apollo’ seems to be a statement by Hardwell that he has no plans of slowing down after coming off a massive year.
Hardwell feat. Amba Shepherd – Apollo
Earlier this week, when this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 rankings were released, I have to say I was pretty excited.
Not because I was curious to see the rankings of 2012′s explosive newcomers like Hardwell and Skrillex, not to know whether the initial leaked rankings matched up to the real ones, and no, not to find out if Armin Van Buuren surpassed David Guetta to regain his title as the world’s number one DJ.
I was excited for the reaction that would follow, to have artists, fans, writers, critics, everyone that plays a part within the electronic music ecosystem, give perspective on the same issue.
More on why the DJ Mag Top 100 matters after the jump…
Anyone looking to add a fistful of grit to their daily electro regimen should check out Parisian producer Tristan Garnerâ€™s rebellious new EP â€˜Digital Rockerâ€™. As the title aptly implies, Garnerâ€™s 5-track release infuses his signature distorted punk rock sound with elements of disco and hard hitting electro; think Daft Punk meets The Bloody Beetroots, with sporadic dashes of Depeche Mode. While hard-hitting tracks like â€˜Rage Againâ€™ and â€˜Digital Rockerâ€™ certainly showcase the producerâ€™s heavier side, Garner also reminds listeners that he is not a one trick pony with the hauntingly melodious opening of â€˜Sloanâ€™ and the beautifully funky â€˜Meteorâ€™.
Tristan Garner – Digital Rocker (Preview)
Tristan Garner – Meteor (Preview)
Ultimately, Garnerâ€™s ability to incorporate so many diverse musical styles creates a refreshingly different auditory experience for any electronic fan. ‘Digital Rocker’ is out now and can be purchased exclusively from Beatport here. Also, be sure to listen his set from Tomorrowland for more of his wild sound and incredible bootlegs (who else can incorporate Queen and Metallica alongside Daft Punk and Hardwell?)
This summer EO was able to stake a claim at famed Greek club Starbeach, located on the island of Crete. A popular party destination, Starbeach offers an experience that might resemble something one can generally only find in Ibiza. The resort plays host to some of the biggest acts in electronic music, and every summer attracts people from multiple continents coming together to enjoy both the sun and sounds.
Starbeach is especially known for its Dutch flavor, and thanks to the fine people on his team, when Robert van de Courput, commonly known by the musical world as Hardwell ventured east, we were able to sit down with him and pick his brain with a few niggling questions. Peep the video to see not only an idyllic beachfront landscape, but also to hear what Hardwell had to say about our choice queries.
Day 1 of Electric Zoo may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t re-live the day through all of your fave DJs’ live sets. Here is Hardwell’s, which happened on the main stage as the sun was setting and the crowd was beginning to reach a tipping point. Opening with his slowed down dubby version of Spaceman, the Dutchman launched into an eclectic mix of progressive, tech house and sing a long dance tunes that got the main stage primed for the evening.