Oliver Heldens has been on an incredible run of form of late, with headline releases like ‘Details‘ (RCA), ‘Race Machine‘ (Toolroom Records) and Kiko Bun collab ‘Break This Habit‘ (Heldeep Records) all doing the damage. Massive remixes for Justin Timberlake and SZA and Katy Perry plus Hi-LO singles ‘Zeue‘ (Mau5trap) and ‘Kronos‘ on Octopus have also contributed to his prolific body of work over the past year or so.
Now he’s back with another majestic track, teaming up with Norwegian artist Funkin Matt and Scottish vocalist Bright Sparks — well-known for his excellent features on records by the likes of Tiësto, Sam Feldt and Klingande — for a full-scale assault on the senses. Funkin Matt is well known for his amazing remix of Martin Garrix‘s ‘Scared To Be Lonely‘, singles ‘Elephant‘ and ‘Coda‘ and collaborations with Zeds Dead, and he works in perfect harmony with Heldens on this track.
Bright Sparks‘ hushed vocals kick the track off as brooding synth bass hovers menacingly in the background. A classic trance arpeggio rises in the background, propelling us to the drop where techno hi-hats and rasping synths caress the now-soaring vocal. Ride cymbals are added after the second drop as the arp filters into clarity, setting pulses racing and spines tingling as the vocal echoes blissfully into the abyss. It’s a cross between melodic techno and vocal house that works brilliantly, and is aching to be heard in those big rooms that we’re all missing so badly.