HI-LO unveils ‘CRESCENDO’, his exhilirating return to Drumcode

The supreme HI-LO return to Drumcode to share another pair of exhilarating dancefloor gems.

The techno alias of Oliver Heldens has found a home at Drumcode, dropping ‘Hypnos’ and ‘WANNA GO BANG’ Eps in consecutive years, leading last year’s A-sides compilation with a stellar Layton Giordani collaboration ‘Rabbit Hole’, while lending his touch to Adam Beyer & DJ Rush’s ‘Restore My Soul’ as well. Meanwhile, he’s been a welcome fixture of Drumcode’s events at Miami WMC and The Warehouse Project.

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His return to Beyer’s label is led by the mighty ‘CRESCENDO’. The cut begins as an irresistible roller, before gradually building into a throbbing peak-time composition, that’s marked by a haunting synth progression that reinforces HI-LO’s deft studio skill. “My aim was to craft something hypnotic, dark and trippy, while maintaining a melodic and groovy essence. Personally, ‘CRESCENDO’ is one of those tracks that I can play on an endless loop without getting tired of it. It has been exhilarating to witness the overwhelming response to the track in my HI-LO sets, and in Adam’s sets at Timewarp Germany and Brazil” he shares.

Its accompaniment is the stirring ‘OPEN YOUR MIND’, a production HI-LO says was inspired by the great DK8 classic ‘Murder Was the Bass’, with a foot in both techno, electro and breakbeat camps and led by a ripping hoover.

“After months of road testing and fine-tuning, I am beyond excited about the final result. I’ve had a blast playing this track not only in my HI-LO sets, but also in several ‘mainstage’ sets as Oliver Heldens. Also quoting Adam: ‘That groove is amazing! Super funky, gritty, uplifting – it’s got it all!’, I couldn’t agree more with that!”