Tom Colontonio takes Nio’s ‘Heart Stops’ for a spin
In late August, Nio veered melodic, hybridizing dance and pop in the vocal-centric framework of “Heart Stops,” his third-ever career single. The junior production, which directly succeeded the Gattison-assisted “Fight Like Hell,” now wins a re-imaginative jolt from Nio’s brother, Tom Colontonio.
Colontonio turns “Heart Stops” on its head. Gone are the radio-geared accoutrements of the original, and in their place are hard trance elements fit for a sweltering moment on a dance floor, whether of a formal or makeshift character. The intensive recasting of Nio’s topline-led production materializes as a take that is just as different as both of the brothers themselves, though both are likened by musical capability. The name Tom Colontonio should be immediately recognizable to Tri-State area trance devotees in particular, considering his presence in the Philly trance scene and his stints rubbing shoulders with Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, and Tiësto, to name just a few.
With more than two decades to his credit, Tom Colontonio’s trance fluency is unsurprisingly on full display in the rework below.