Armin van Buuren has been helping to shape electronic music into the commercial force it is today for over 20 years. In addition to releasing music that has pushed the boundaries of the genre’s sound, he started what is arguably one of the most successful independent music labels in the world with Armada Music.
Today marks a landmark for the veteran producer thanks to the release of the 1500th track on Armada’s sublabel, Armind. “Stickup” by van Buuren himself, is the track that has been chosen for this coveted release spot in honor of the label’s continued success.
The heightened BPM drives the track into trance territory from the outset, and a robotic vocal line tells listeners to ‘put their hands up’—giving them a brief respite from the speedy kicks driving the piece forward. The song’s energy ebbs and flows as it goes on, creating a rollercoaster ride reminiscent of his earlier work during his trance days.
“Stickup” has been a mainstay in van Buuren’s live sets long before the track’s release date. The song was first played at A State Of Trance 900 in Utrecht, and it is now featured prominently on van Buuren’s new A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2019 album.