Hardwell feat. Amba Shepherd – Apollo (The Remixes) [REVEALED]

Posted: March 15, 2013 by DJ JPH in Electro House, Progressive House, Trance, Trap
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First of all, Hardwell releases the official music video for his track “Apollo,” which was a collaboration between the Dutch producer and Australian vocalist, Amba Shepherd. I found it to be quite powerful, but I was having a rough day when I saw it. Check it out for yourselves, the video features the radio edit of the track.

Now, to the remix package. With mixes from Dash Berlin, Lucky Date, Noisecontrollers, and Psychic Type, Hardwell succeeds once again in providing a great variety of artists to remix his tracks. Unlike the “Spaceman” remix package, there are other official house remixes on this EP. Read up after the break!

First, let’s talk Dash Berlin. The trance mainstay trio who are surprisingly not from Berlin, were the first to showcase their remix for “Apollo,” which is officially titled “Apollo (Dash Berlin 4AM Remix).” The track was debuted by the group while supporting Armin van Buuren’s ASOT 600 tour, and came during their show in Mexico City, and has been supported by Hardwell himself. The track has a nice trance feel to it, but true to Dash Berlin’s traditional 4AM style, the track has a great kick and energy to it. While heavily trance-influenced, this take on “Apollo” can find a spot in any DJ’s set.

Next up: Lucky Date. Fresh off a very successful collaboration with German producer Zedd, titled “Fall Into the Sky” with Ellie Goulding, and a solo track titled “Freak,” American Lucky Date is creating a niche for himself in the electro industry. Known for a very gritty sound, he takes “Apollo” to a more hardcore place, with a sound that is guaranteed to have dance floors rocking.

In my opinion, the most disappointing remix on this package is from the Dutch group, Noisecontrollers. While the lines between genres are definitely blurred, the wild melody, and lower key ruin the beautiful vocals done by Shepherd. I think this track could destroy as an instrumental mix, but loses its affect due to the distraction of the vocals. But nevertheless, another banging drop from Noisecontrollers, who continue to cross between dubstep, hardstyle, and house.

This is now the second official remix that Canadian trap duo Psychic Type has done for Revealed, after their remix of “The Code” by W&W and Ummet Ozcan was featured on Revealed’s Miami 2013 compilation. They did a great job in playing with the pitch of the vocals, giving certain parts a unique sound. The drop, while it features the infectious sound of 808’s, has what sounds like a baritone saxophone or foghorn providing the lead sound, which is an interesting choice. Regardless, I think Psychic Type will really take off now that they’ve received all of the publicity that Hardwell & Revealed have to give. (I’m gonna go out on a limb here: I bet they release the first trap original on Revealed in the near future…)

To sum it all up, I think Hardwell did a better job with this remix pack because the results are a lot more relevant to the style he plays, and to the artists he associates with. For example, he has already supported the Dash Berlin remix of “Apollo,” but he only played a remix of “Spaceman” once (he played the Headhunterz hardstyle mix at Tomorrowland 2012).

There is, however, lots of uproar over the exclusion of the Deorro remix of the track. In fact, Hardwell even played the Deorro remix during his set at Green Valley, São Paulo, Brazil. Only time will tell whether we figure out why this occurred, and whether Deorro will release his mix for free, or as a possible pt. 2 to the remixes.

Tracks are out March 25, all as Beatport exclusives! Keep an eye on Hardwell’s radio show “Hardwell on Air” for extended previews of the “Apollo” remixes.

– DJ JPH

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