To those who know Wolfgang Gartner for his massive electro tracks that dominated Beatport and clubs, “Unholy” might seem like a surprise. When you realize that under his other name, Joel Youngman, he created funky and deep house tracks, it makes a bit more sense. With progressive and future house, it seems the perfect time to let his two different personas crosspollinate. Unholy has elements of house with electro, and a touch of the big room festival sound of the moment. What makes it special is bouncy fun (reminiscent of “Frenetica”) and the lyrics about being Unholy (reminiscent of “Hounds of Hell”). It’s hard to determine if the gospel vibe vocals are being reverent or satirical. I also wonder if Bobby Saint is a real singer or just a name he pulled from a Marvel comic?
Sometimes a little tweak is all it needs to make something fresh. Right now there is an inundation of tracks copying the “Epic” and “Animal” formulas, and they are kind of interchangeable with little setting them apart from each other. Leave it to three Israeli teenagers to make their mark by bringing in a taste of classical music. While it is doubtful that they played the violin parts themselves, the surprise of hearing the sounds at the first drop really changes everything. Remember the first time you heard Wolfgang Gartner‘s “Fifth Symphony” and how quickly it became a buzz track. “Red Alert” could possible go viral for that same reason. Yes, a lot of the rest track may seem right out of DJs from Mars “Phat Ass Drop” instruction manual (i.e. the “motherf*king drop” vocal bit, and the rote buildups) – the inclusion of classical musical elements makes everything seem fresh, different, and stand out a bit. DJs can pick up the free download by liking their Facebook page. Their forthcoming single “Sweat” is worth taking a listen to as well.