HI-LO returns to Drumcode to share another pair of dancefloor tracks. The techno alias of Oliver Heldens has found a home at Drumcode, dropping ‘Hypnos’ and ‘WANNA GO BANG’ Eps in consecutive years, leading last year’s A-sides compilation with a Layton Giordani collaboration ‘Rabbit Hole’, while lending his touch to Adam Beyer & DJ Rush’s ‘Restore My Soul’ as well. Meanwhile, he’s been a fixture of Drumcode’s events at Miami WMC and The Warehouse Project.
His return to Beyer’s label is led by the track ‘Crescendo’, a roller that gradually builds into a throbbing peak-time composition, marked by a synth progression.
HI-LO: “My aim was to craft something hypnotic, dark, and trippy while maintaining a melodic and groovy essence.
Personally, ‘Crescendo’ is one of those tracks I can play on an endless loop without getting tired of it. It has been exhilarating to witness the overwhelming response to the track in my HI-LO sets and in Adam’s sets at Timewarp Germany and Brazil.”
Its accompaniment is ‘Open Your Mind’, a production he says was inspired by the great DK8 classic ‘Murder Was the Bass’, with a foot in both techno, electro and breakbeat camps and led by a hoover.
“After months of road testing and fine-tuning, I am beyond excited about the final result. I've had a blast playing this track not only in my HI-LO sets but also in several ‘mainstage’ sets as Oliver Heldens. Also quoting Adam: ‘That groove is amazing! Super funky, gritty, uplifting - it's got it all!’ I couldn’t agree more with that!”