Oliver Heldens & Heldeep Records delivers outstanding debut EP


Oliver Heldens and Heldeep Records have quietly been building a foundation. And what a foundation it is with Chocolate Puma & Tommie Sunshine’s “Scrub The Ground” and HI-LO’s “Renegade Mastah“. Oliver Heldens Heldeep association already has a big reputation through his weekly Heldeep Radio podcast, which has now 75 editions under its belt. Not bad for a 20 year old.

Rubbing shoulders with names like Tiesto, Sander Van Doorn as well as developing his HI-LO alias is no small feat for the Dutchman. And being one of the figure-heads for the future house sub-genre comes the added pressure of continued quality and production. But taking it all in his stride, Heldens methodical development of Heldeep Records seems to have already paid off with the release of the ‘Heldeep Talent EP Part 1’.

The first track of the EP is a monster production. Sourcing from relative unknowns Jonas Aden & Robby East, “Fall Under Skies” brings a fusion of melody and future-house bass in an anthemic form. Topped with a delightful vocal hook, the tracks rising energy levels culminate in a flurry of synthy layers, FX and warped futuristic sounds. Not a bad start to a debut EP!

Bringing a slightly calmer tone Niko The Kid’s “Slip Away” brings a funkier, disco-like vibe to the table. With a driving beat, the numerous layer of deep chords, groovy FX, faded vocal snippets the ominous tension created is one suited perfectly for the club scene.

Death Ray Shake is a name you’re not likely to forget. It sticks around due to its unique status. “I Can’t Stop” is no exception to the trend, with the upbeat bassline and fat plucky melody sequence making it the distinctive track on the EP. With simple vocal riffs and a bridge dominated by guitar strings, the quirky FX adds to a pallet of sounds we’ve never heard.

“Hookak” ends the EP on a summative note. With a dynamic structure, Bojac’s production oozes a fusion of sounds and elements. The surging drop and fading chords culminate in a major impact, destined to make dancefloor’s alight with significant amount of shuffling and raving.

Available November 23rd, Heldeep Records starts of with a hiss and a roar. And better still, this is only Part 1!

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