The big Dutch EDM producers pretty much fall into two categories – trance or dirty. Hardwell stands out as one who blurs the lines, combining the aggressive electro of the Dirty Dutch with the pretty, melodic feel of the trancers. Current single “Apollo” is a great example of this as it starts out progressive, pretty, and trancey. Ninety seconds in, the dropout builds up to a stop, and then full-on electro banging madness ensues. The progressive melodic feel floats over the harder beats until the next dropout when the vocals of Amba Shepherd come into focus. Amba sounds amazing, as always, and this is a great follow-up to her last track with Giuseppe Ottaviani, “Lost For Words.” With massive singles (“How We Do,” “Cobra,” “Spaceman”), remixes (Example, Knife Party, and Rihanna), and rising to #6 on the DJ Mag list, 2012 has been quite a good year for Hardwell. Topping the club chart with “Apollo” is a great way to end the year and have us DJs/EDM lovers salivating for what he will “Reveal” in 2013.
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