Oliver Heldens – Flamingo (Original Mix)
Recent works by Oliver Heldens indicate the young Dutch pioneer is gravitating toward subtler shades of house music. We’ve seen him embracing underground influences as of late, trading in the extravagant future house kicks that brought him to notoriety for subtler, warehouse-driven percussion. This trend can be heard in his collaborative work “Space Sheep” with Chocolate Puma, and even more so in his remix to Moby’s “Go,” which he composed under his Hi-Lo moniker.
His latest offering on his own Heldeep records, “Flamingo,” continues in the same direction. The clip borrows piano and synth stabs akin to what one might have heard in earlier decades of house, taking on bit of a tech-style as well with the use of lush and exotic percussion. In doing so, he creates a wildly catchy tune for the summer (and fall) that will easily have his audiences dancing fervently whenever it gets inserted it into upcoming sets.
A bit of a stylistic change to say the least, we admire Heldens’ ability to break out of his usual sonic region while still satisfying longtime fans’ expectations.