SONG OF THE DAY: Tale & Dutch ft Bart Reeves – The Message
While most everyone is reliving the ’90s, some have moved on to recreating the early ’00s. The original hardstyle version of DJ Bart’s “The Message” sounded like a typical Nukleuz track with voice of God-sampled movie soundtrack vocals, like Aquagen. The new Reload version, similar to the recent reboot of Master Blaster “How Old Are You,” lowers the tempo to a more europop/electro vibe yet increases the energy. Now credited to Tale & Dutch ft Bart Reeves, the mix sounds like like what Airscape or Yomanda would be doing in 2014 if they were still producing under those monikers (for those who don’t know, EDM guys tend to change names and sounds every 3-4 years). The track is definitely commercial, but with enough of an edge that a DJ throwing it in a mix would definitely catch people by surprise. With a lot of the big room bangers sounding so similar lately, it is this kind of leftfield element that will make a creative DJ stand out from the pack.