When Hardwell dropped a new tune Monday, we at Billboard Dance were like “oh, that’s cool.” When another followed Tuesday, we were that hand-to-chin emoji. When it happened again Wednesday, we knew something was up.
Turns out Hardwell was releasing a collaborative track a day all week as a lead up to his five-track EP Hardwell and Friends Vol. 1. It’s been a wild ride across a variety of sounds, each one a different monster, each layer heavier than the last. Now, we can finally say the EP is out in full, and we’ve got all five tracks for your listening pleasure.
It started big and bright with “We Are Legends,” a booming synth ballad featuring production from Kaaze and vocals from Jonathan Mendelsohn, both a couple of Hardwell’s Revealed Recording fellows. Next up was “We Are One,” a big room bomber with an uplifting message of unity, with a vocal assist from Alexander Tidebrink.
“Police (You Ain’t Ready)” was a sonic slap of bass to the face, a wild mix of reggae, hardstyle, and trap that aims to catch the dance floor off guard. Thank Kuro and Jamaica’s Anthony B for bringing extra spice to that one.
“All That We Are Living For” brought the shimmer back with a dreamy lyrics from M.Bronx and a surprising hardstyle hook, cowritten by Atmozfears. The cherry on top is “Smash This Beat,” a rowdy, 100 percent Dutch sound brought to you in part by Hardwell’s countryman Maddix. It’s a boomer.
The whole EP is pretty nasty, and it’s out now on Revealed Recordings. Listen to it in full below, and get ready to bang your head.
— Hardwell (@HARDWELL) July 28, 2017