Honestly, it was hard to choose which of the two tracks to write up – “Dutchland” or “Torrent.” “Dutchland” is straight-ahead dirty dutch-style electro – if I closed my eyes, I would think it sounds more like Afrojack. Aside from the dark mellow keyboard break and Daft Punk-y synth line, this could have easily been produced at the same time as “Shut Up and Let It Go” or “Riverside.” The vocal samples “are you happy now” and “this is what you want” seem like he is taunting the listener with that point, that they want him to return to his more classic original sound. “Torrent” has a much more evil, aggressively futuristic feel – with the tone of dubstep/grindcore, yet still in the “genre” of dirty dutch electro. You can definitely hear the contribution of rising star Martin Garrix – the dark feel that was in “Bfam” and “Keygen” are definitely in evidence here. When released, “Torrent” will no doubt be a massive club track. With these two tracks, Sidney shows how he can work with big stars on pop records while still capably turning out massive big room club records with a more underground feel.
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