NMF Roundup: Headhunterz returns to hardstyle, Marshmello links up with Logic, and Ookay drops off bouncy new single

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Chopped vocal samples and hip hop-inflected rhythmic additions make for an eccentric sound on Hanz‘s “Clutched.”

Progressive mastery is alive and well on “Keep My Light On,” a single that sees DubVision and Raiden team up for a release on Martin Garrix‘s imprint, STMPD Records.

Headhunterz makes his return to hardstyle production via a massive new LP, The Return of Headhunterz.  

Anjunabeats entity, Jason Ross puts forth his first single of 2018, “Through It All,” an uplifting number that harmoniously balances Fiora‘s soaring vocal with the song’s ascending synths.

Black Tiger Sex Machine make a statement on New Worlds, an album that sees the Canadian trio wield trap, bass, and electro production elements.

Dance music’s saccharine sweetheart Marshmello links up with Logic for “Everyday,” a single that epitomizes the carefree vibe characteristic of Friday.

Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge jointly take on Signum and Scott Mac‘s “Coming on Strong.”

Paris Blohm and Myah Marie prove to be a collaborative dream on “Body High.”

Element constructs the quintessential filthy drop on his hard-hitting new release, “Needles.”

A soothing guitar melody complements Nevve‘s fluid vocal contribution on Boombox Cartel‘s latest, “Whisper.”

Ookay channels the bouncy synth work that has come to be characteristic of a Marshmello production on his whimsical new offering, “Loved or Lost.”

QUIX and JVMIE’s “I’ll Give You The World” is an expert example of lush future bass production.

Reminiscent of Foster the People and Portugal. The Man, the vocals in Lemaitre‘s “Machine” create an indie-infused groove.

Tisoki takes on Oliverse‘s “Leave Them Behind,” flipping the track into a smooth-gliding dubstep rendition.

KDrew and KVNNIBVL bring the weekend vibes with a smattering of falsetto-like vocals and a lighthearted, bobbing beat in “Body of Gold.”

Headhunterz Returns Fully To Hard Dance With The Release Of Massive New LP

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Headhunterz is easily one of the most prolific hard dance DJs of all time. Still the artist took almost a 4 year break from the genre to explore new sounds, and found moderate success. He faced major push back from his dedicated fan base, but at the end of the day, Headhunterz journey into new

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Headhunterz – Destiny (Original Mix)

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Though it’s only been out a few hours, “Destiny” is already has already become Headhunterz signature anthem. Since the inception of Headhunterz, Willem Rebergen has released a slew of tunes that strike the perfect chord within a variety of genres, including electro, progressive and most notably, hardstyle. The pitched kick that acts as the bass just never lets us down. 

Headhunterz goes back to his hardstyle roots with his latest release. The vocal sample in “Destiny” is addictive, spacious and deep, setting the mood for the entire piece. The producer goes about complementing it astoundingly. 

With the track’s release, Rebergen shares some thoughts.

“This is the official release and the beginning of a new chapter. Thank you for showing me the way. Hardstyle is my destiny.”

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Headhunterz Makes Triumphant Return To Hardstyle With ‘Destiny’

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A few years ago, Headhunterz tragically decided to leave hardstyle for more mainstream music. After producing tracks like “Once AGain” and “The Power Of Now,” Headhunterz gained fans that weren’t before interested in his style of music. In late June, Headhunterz explained why he would be making his return to hardstyle. “I didn’t even really

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Headhunterz Makes His Triumphant Return to Hardstyle

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Headhunterz’ is back and better than ever!

Watch The Spectacular Defqon.1 Weekend Festival 2017 Endshow

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Each and every since year, Defqon.1 ventures to countries around the world to provide some of the best hard dance music tunes. After being founded in 2003 by Q-Dance, Defqon.1 has become an iconic dance music festival for hardstyle fans across the globe. As more than 60,000 people gathered at Defqon.1 this past weekend, Q-Dance

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Watch this pianist turn hardstyle classics into surprisingly graceful music

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“Beautiful” and “relaxing” are two words not typically associated with the hardstyle genre. Indeed, the very notion of the genre is to flout these musical traits – to incite its listeners into a frenzy with rapid rhythms driven by abrasive percussion. None of this, however, discouraged YouTube pianist HardstyleUp2Datez (HU2Dz) from creating his “Beautiful & Relaxing Hardstyle Piano Mix.”

Lofty as the pianist’s self-imposed challenge is, he succeeds remarkably in his ability to invert hardstyle’s aggressive, frenetic paradigm. Over the course of an hour, HU2Dz converts 40 different hardstyle songs into purely piano renditions. Taking songs from the catalogue of leading hardstyle producers like CooneHeadhunterz, and Angerfist, the instrumentalist manages to expose how entrancing the melodies of the genre can be – something which hardstyle fans have known for years, but may likely surprise the rest of the world.

We encourage any readers who are generally turned off by the polarizing genre to let go of their preconceived notions and enjoy the beautiful piano stylings of HU2Dz in this video. Conversely, we encourage hardstyle devotees to experience the music of their genre in a vastly new context.

Watch HU2Dz’s video above, and view its track list below.

Track list:

1. 0:00 Wildstylez – Encore (piano and violin cover)
2. 1:57 Atmozfears ft. David Spekter – Keep Me Awake (piano cover)
3. 3:52 Atmozfears – Equilibrium (Qlimax anthem 2015) (piano cover)
4. 4:36 Audiotricz & Atmozfears – What About Us (piano cover)
5. 6:49 Bass Modulators – Oxygen (piano cover)
6. 8:19 Audiofreq & Code Black & Toneshifterz – Dragonblood (Defqon.1 Australia 2016 Anthem) (piano cover)
7. 9:31 Brennan Heart & Jonathan Mendelsohn – Be Here Now (piano cover)
8. 11:03 B-front Mashup – Lost and The Paradox
9. 14:08 Hardstyle classic lovers mashup:
Wildstylez – Timeless
Davide Sonar – Natural
DJ Coone – Million Miles
Max Enforcer – Gold
Jeckyll & Hyde – Freefall
10. 19:34 D-Block & S-te-Fan – The Nature Of Our Mind (Qlimax anthem 2009) (piano cover)
11. 21:06 Coone – Rise of the Celestials (Qlimax Anthem 2016) (piano cover)
12. 22:01 Frequencerz mashup (piano cover):
Frequencerz – Wolfpack
Frequencerz – Gods
Frequencerz – Die hards only
Frequencerz – The Unknown
13. 25:24 Da Tweekaz – The Hanging Tree (piano cover)
14. 26:57 Kaskade – Lessons In Love (Headhunterz Remix) (piano cover)
15. 28:44 Mark With A K – See Me Now (Da Tweekaz Remix) (piano cover)
16. 30:20 Da Tweekaz & Darren Styles – Heroes (piano cover)
17. 32:20 Atmozfears ft. David Spekter – Release (piano cover)
18. 33:51 Ran-D ft. Skits Vicious – No Guts, No Glory (piano cover)
19. 35:22 Headhunterz – From Within
20. 36:47 Ran-D Mashup (piano cover):
Ran-D ft. LXCPR – United (Official Decibel 2016 anthem)
Ran-D & Alpha² – Blinded
Ran-D – Zombie
21. 41:00 Brennan Heart & Wildstylez – Lose My Mind (piano cover)
22. 42:13 Coone ft. David Spekter – Faye (piano cover)
23. 43:28 Da Tweekaz & Code Black & Paradise – See The Light (piano cover)
24. 45:01 Headhunterz & Wildstylez vs. Noisecontrollers – World of Madness (piano cover)
25. 46:39 Angerfist Mashup Piano cover:
Angerfist – Knock Knock
Angerfist – Bad attitude
Angerfist – Voice Of Mayhem
Angerfist – Incoming
26. 49:33 Dominator Anthems 2013 and 2014:
Anthem 2013: Carnaval of Doom by The Supreme Team
(Tha Playah, Angerfist, Evil Activities and Outblast)
Anthem 2014: Metropolist of Massacre by Miss K8 and MC Nolz
27. 52:45 Wildstylez ft. Niels Geusebroek – Year of Summer (piano cover)
28. 54:31 Tatanka – Africa (piano cover)
29. 55:42 Noisecontrollers – Down Down (piano cover)
30. 57:29 Noisecontrollers – The Source Code Of Creation (Qlimax 2014 Anthem) (piano cover)
31. 58:38 Noisecontrollers & Bass Modulators – Solar piano cover
32. 59:43 Project One – Luminosity (piano cover)
33. 1:01:37 Psyko Punkz – Spaceship (piano cover)
34. 1:03:29 Radical Redemption – Brutal 5.0 (piano cover)
35. 1:04:22 Refuzion & Noiseshock – Another World (piano cover)
36. 1:06:14 Showtek vs. Technoboy & Tuneboy – Mellow (piano cover)
37. 1:06:52 The Prophet – One Moment (piano cover)
38. 1:09:13 Wildstylez – One (with E-Life & Noah Jacobs) (Piano cover)
39. 1:10:43 Noisecontrollers & Bass Modulators – See The Light (piano cover)
40. 1:12:46 Code Black & Atmozfears – Accelerate (piano cover)

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