Piano house anthem alert! Yet more heat from Melsen, doing what he does best with a punchy, pumped up club number whose beauty lies in getting straight to the ‘Heart’ of the matter. Vocals come through the mix like a lingering, fading memory that emotions can’t let go of, and digital rhythms and strings add a touch of anguish to an otherwise upbeat, go-get-em groove. Capable of touching a nerve, Melsen hammering at the keys and standing up to be counted will put you back on track.
Dennis Sheperd & Ana Criado – Fallen Angel (Rework) [High Contrast Recordings]
‘Fallen Angel’ was a Dennis Sheperd-Ana Criado essential on High Contrast back in 2011, topping the Beatport charts and going on to feature remixes from Lange, North State, Rapha and Ahmed Romel. Twelve years on and the German producer/Netherlands vocalist reawaken the vision with ‘Fallen Angel’ sounding colossal as ever. Criado is a picture of ghostly tranquillity, and Sheperd maximises the storm around her from a brooding starting point with a tricky synth pattern jabbing and piercing. Being “haunted by the painful sting” once again has never felt so good.
Brennan Heart & Tony Junior – What’s Up? [I AM HARDSTYLE]
Due to their shared love of classic rock, recreating the 4 Non Blondes hit “What’s Up?” was a no-brainer for Brennan Heart & Tony Junior. Tony DMed Brennan Heart and asked him to join forces on the record and the rest is history. For a few weeks, Brennan and Tony exchanged ideas, worked on the production, and tweaked it until it reached its current hard-hitting prime! “What’s up” is a monster floor filler, with amazing vocals and more energy than a nuclear plant. An absolute hardstyle classic in the making!
A-RIZE gave attention to the fact that he needed to create his own sound as an artist to take the next step in his career and he put this thought process in this song, especially in the lyrics. It’s about a wake up call to use his mind as the remedy to success!
The vocals in “Red Sky” tell a story of how the character follows someone that leaves destruction behind wherever he goes. While kicks invite you to move with the energy, the breaks give the opportunity to sink in and immerse in the story.