In the waning months of 2013, Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway’s “Wizard” proved to be the festival anthem of the year’s back half, pulling a similar percussion-heavy formula that made “Animals” such a hit. From its premiere at Amsterdam Dance Event (while Garrix made a cameo during Tiesto’s set) to its popularity in December podcasts, there’s no denying the track’s influence during main room’s biggest year yet. With buzzing synths and a pounding kick drum, the track is still billed off by many as the same old big-room style with little creativity added. However, the recently released remix pack shows anything but the usual approach.
French wonder boy Tchami continues his blazing start to 2014 with a beautiful blend of garage and nu disco in his take, dropping a raw bassline in place of airy percussion of the original. Add in a soulful sample that keeps the name of the title track and big room progressive morphs into sexy house.
Next up is a rave trap take from Dutch trio Yellow Claw, with a mega-kick that even hints at hardstyle distortion during the buildup. On the back half of the pack, both Tom & Jame as well as Mike Hawkins pump more acid electro house vibes into the original. While the former focuses on a more melodic take, Hawkins plays out the biggest surprise of the four, changning up the tempo halfway through for a moombahton meets Middle Eastern drop, similar to the style on his recent original “Soldier”.
Take a peek at this remix pack from the Spinnin Records crew and you might just find a new take on the big room that tickles your fancy.
Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway
Wizard (The Remixes)
- Spinnin Records