Yeah, I’ve been on the Hagenaar train for a while – going back to his work with Albrecht up through his solo tracks like “You Got Me Glowing (In The Dark).” 2014 is shaping up to be his big year with two brilliant releases on his own Colour Code label (“Tears of Gold” and “Stars”) and remixes for Kylie Minogue, Route 94, Kiesza, and Second City that appeal to both underground and commercial DJs. “Come Closer (Not Too Close)” might be the one that crosses him over. The progressive house track has a euphoric pop feel and effected rave-like vocals repeating “Come Closer” and “Feel For You.” It’s easy to sing along to and perfectly appropriate for making a first move on someone you are dancing near in a big room. All of the big guys are behind this track and with the anthemic keyboard line it could work its way onto commercial radio. If Patrick Hagenaar isn’t already on your “ones to watch” list, here is the exploding beacon to finally get your attention.
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Notable Dance Podcast #068 by Notable Dance on Mixcloud
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Anna Lunoe – All Out
Ella Eyre – If I Go (Mojam Remix)
Mr. Belt, Wezol – Shiver
La Roux – Uptight Downtown (Just Kiddin Remix)
Naxxos – New Orleans (Mr. Belt & Wezol Remix)
London Grammar – Sights (Denis Ferrer Remix)
Rui Da Silva – Love Is The Leader
Nicky Romero & Anouk – Feet On The Ground
Patrick Hagenaar ft Saviors & Rebecca White – Tears of Gold
Joyriders – Chillaxin’ In The Club
Gareth Emery ft Christina Novelli – Dynamite
Andreas Rodlund & Matt Hewie ft Roland Richards – Monismania
There are certain artists you watch and just know they are going to explode into superstars. Patrick Hagenaar is one of them. Getting his start as a part of the duo Hageaar & Albrecht, he went solo and has been releasing a stream of quality remixes of artists ranging from Kylie Minogue and Haim to Martin Solveig and Cash Cash. His new single “Tears of Gold” might just be the one that makes his career explode. Starting off with the pretty vocals of Rebecca White over a piano backing, the track builds to a stomping pop dance track with progressive house undertones. If someone said this was the new David Guetta or Calvin Harris, I would totaly believe it, as it is that solid and well-produced. For club consumption, the Rezone remix takes the track into a “Tsunami”-ish electro direction while Craft Cole goes uplifting with a pretty yet aggressive stadium house feel. Both mixes keep the vocal intact, which is not only a pleasant surprise but also impressive since the tone and feel of the vocals change as the song progresses. It is easy to see why everyone is supporting this track and it looks to be one that will start in the clubs and build into a commercial crossover track. If you are a fan of Cash Cash “Take Me Home,” definitely check this one out.
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