After bursting into the scene and becoming one of the top DJ’s in the world, Hardwell finally decided it was time to produce his own album. Last January, the Dutch icon released his debut album titled ‘United We Are’, which included chart-topping singles and became a best-seller at one point in The Netherlands. Proving the success of the album, Trance legend Armin van Buuren recently presented Hardwell a golden record for the album’s 20,000 sales, which is quite an incredible accomplishment for any artist. With this particular album, Hardwell showcased his abilities to produce great music, even with the use of different styles, and solidified his status as DJ Mag’s #1 Best DJ during that certain period.
Nearly a year after its big release, ‘United We Are’ gets its remixed version which features redone tracks either by up-and-coming producers or by prominent superstars. The new album includes remixes from the likes of Chocolate Puma, the Bingo Players, Vicetone, Pep & Rash, and Frontliner. DallasK reworks his original track with Hardwell called “Area 51”, W&W adds the mainstage feel with their remix of “Birds Fly”, and Armin van Buuren takes the album’s title track to entirely new heights with his official remix of “United We Are”. Sean & Bobo, KURA, Kaaze, Dirtcaps, Dave Winnel, and Franky Rizardo are also part of the talented ensemble cast featured in this album.
Beginning with the album’s introductory track “Eclipse”, Chocolate Puma provide their deep house flavor to Hardwell’s breathtaking original mix. The Dutch duo’s remix consists of the same synths but has the groovy percussion sounds and catchy signature beats we would expect from them. After Hardwell’s remix of their track “Knock You Out”, the Bingo Players return the favor by adding their blissful sounds to “Follow Me” featuring Jason Derulo. The Bingo Players’ remix of the track includes unimaginable melodies and heavenly synths that would simply bring out some goosebumps.
Hardstyle could not fit any better with Frontliner’s highly energized remix of Hardwell’s track “Sally”. While keeping the original’s guitar riffs as well as Harrison’s rocking vocals, Frontliner revamps the track with insurmountable amount of power from the hard-hitting and ongoing kick drums. One of the most sought after remixers in the industry, Dave Winnel, delivers his own melodic touch to “Let Me Be Your Home”. The Aussie’s remix includes a nice progression behind Bright Lights’ angelic vocals, which is followed by a surge of addictive future house sounds.
Hardwell’s collaboration with Andreas Moe and the legendary Tiësto gets an astonishing remix from Dutch duo Vicetone. Displaying their progressive house magic once again, Vicetone brings listeners to a state of euphoria with their take on “Colors”. This remix delivers a series of beautifully oscillating melodies from start to finish, making it one of the best remixes out of the entire album. Up-and-coming producer, Franky Rizardo, brings his own deep house flavor into Hardwell’s track with Funkerman and I-Fan “Where is Here Now”. Consisting of catchy and funky basslines, Rizardo’s remix will be an absolute club banger in the future.
We could not have asked for a better producer to remix Hardwell’s track with Amba Shepherd “United We Are”. Bringing his uplifting trance wonders, Armin van Buuren takes the album’s title track to a whole new level and delivers one of the best remixes of the album. Behind Shepherd’s heavenly vocals, van Buuren adds in his own signature melodies that build up to a colossal big-room drop. One of Hardwell’s more popular singles “Don’t Stop the Madness” with W&W gets a remix from Dutch trio, Dirtcaps. Played during Hardwell’s ADE set last October, this version of the massive original track is a definite crowd-pleaser for its up-tempo beats and hard-hitting bass.
Revealed Recordings resident, KURA, turns Hardwell’s progressive track “Young Again” into an electro house banger. While still keeping Chris Jones’s vocals behind the same progressions, KURA adds his touch of energetic basslines and high-powered sounds. Swedish producer, Kaaze, also gives his electro house flavor to Hardwell’s song “Echo”. Featured in Hardwell’s Beats One Mix, Kaaze’s remix is quite massive with its majestic ramp-up behind Jonathan Mendelsohn’s vocals and its bouncy drops.
Sticking to electro house, Stockholm’s Sean & Bobo bring in the heat with their take on “Arcadia”. Consisting of a powerful and compelling drop, the duo’s remix can unquestionably rock the mainstage of any festival. Los Angeles-based DallasK reworks his track with Hardwell by adding more sounds and changing up its drop into a more varying bassline. With these revisions, “Area 51” sounds fresh again and is set to cause even stronger tremors during Hardwell or DallasK’s future live sets. Returning to deep house, “Nothing Can Hold Us Down” gets a great remix from duo Pep & Rash. With its catchy plucks and groovy bass, the Dutch duo’s remix should be able to get everyone dancing to their feet.
Last but certainly not least, the remix that has had the world buzzing since Ultra Music Festival Miami will finish off this album with a bang. W&W take Hardwell’s “Birds Fly” collaboration with Mr. Probz and mix in their mind-boggling buildups and mainstage sounds. The drop has been played by Hardwell for months now, mashing it up with songs such as Alesso’s “Heroes”, and it has evidently been a crowd favorite during his sets for delivering such high-octane energy. Another track is included with the collection as well, which features a remix of “Birds Fly” by UK-based house producer eSQUIRE. With a combination of its astounding progressions and uplifting beats, eSQUIRE’s magical remix seems more than just a bonus track.
Compared to Hardwell’s original album, the remixed album contains even more variety of styles ranging from trance to electro, progressive, or deep house. Every song of this album showcases a lot of creativity from more than a dozen of talented artists and this is a great way to expose up-and-comers such as Dave Winnel and Kaaze. Hardwell’s ‘United We Are’ album might have received mixed reviews during its release last January but its remixed version should be able to garner a lot of praise as it presents fresh and innovative sounds from some of the industry’s best producers.
‘United We Are (Remixed)’ is out now and you can grab a copy here.