Take three Dutch dance music legends. Throw them in a studio. What do you get? The mind-bending sounds of ‘LazersX999’, crafted by the hands of Oliver Heldens under his HI-LO moniker and unbeatable duo, Chocolate Puma.
Chocolate Puma remains an integral part of the Heldeep family as standout artists releasing under Oliver’s growing imprint. ‘LASERSX999’ is the latest amazing collaboration from the trio after they produced ‘Space Sheep’ and ‘Steam Train’ together, and looks set to be one of the true monsters of the festival season for a wide range of DJs.
A futuristic production sheen wraps around this punchy little number. Spacey FX creates an intense intro over filtered kicks before a thundering techno drop hammers into your skill. Rapid-fire laser pulses hit over throbbing sub bass and mechanical percussion. Pounding drums hammer away under warped synth tones and pitch risers, with a succinct yet intense arrangement creating a larger-than-life sound that simply jumps out the speakers.
‘After hearing records with some laser sounds lately, we thought we might as well take it to the next level and make a track with lots of (999?) lasers. So it’s straight to the point dancefloor record that sounds like nothing we’ve done before but couldn’t be anything else than a Hi-Lo & Chocolate Puma collab.’ says Chocolate Puma.
An epic breakdown lays on an understated arpeggio melody that brings a tinge of euphoria, rising upwards with spine-tingling emotion before we head straight back into that pounding, manic groove. It’s one of the hardest tracks Heldens has ever been involved with under his HI-LO alias, and it’s not for the faint of heart!
The new record is a result of a longstanding friendship as Oliver Heldens says, ‘There’s no one I look up to more in the electronic music scene than Chocolate Puma. We had a lot of fun making this one and despite having a very different mentality when it comes to producing, we compliment one another very well. There are always a lot of ‘discussions’ in the studio but it’s always a good time.’
‘The track name says it all and I’m super happy about how the sound turned out’, adds Oliver Heldens.