AN21, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Rebel (Original Mix)
Size Records are phenomenal at two things: identifying cutting edge dance music and making us wait for it. After months of patience, set-list tracking and whisper on the digital grapevine, An21 unites with Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman to scope the label’s next prolific swipe at stealing the show. Given the implications of predecessor “Thank You” – Junior Sanchez and CeCe Peniston’s answer to the widely acknowledged influx of big room offerings clogging the digital market with the same old stuff, “Rebel” comes with some considerable boots to fill.
Embracing the suit that Size has shown considerable strength in over the years, Steve Angello knows a thing about pushing things forward, employing brother turned long serving label advocate and a duo whose ‘quality over quantity’ mantra has made them an increasingly prolific duo. It’s a Swedish collaboration worth frothing at the mouth over, one that has already dominated Angello’s global festival dates and proven to be one of the label’s most sought-after IDs to date. No, it isn’t “Payback,” but at the outset of 2014, it is a more than suitable gesture.
But why all the fuss? From the advanced melodic core of “Rebel” to the befitting apex that binds it, this is the sound of big room dance music on the move. In the trio’s hands the sound matures, finding an unprecedented level of quality that should act as a benchmark to young producers across the globe desperate to claim their stake in the peak time gold rush. Off the heels of a relatively quiet year for An21, there is little doubt that the label favorite is back on track for the New Year. For Vangelis & Wyman, this is sure to be the first of many strikes that propels there name forward as everything that is right about the next generation of Swedish dance trailblazers.