Historically speaking, when people ask the internet to name important stuff, things go awry. Remember last May when fans voted to name the Natural Environment Research Center’s polar research ship ‘Boaty McBoatface? They failed, of course, but that’s how the internet rolls.
Good for Oliver Heldens, though. The “Gecko” producer asked social media to name his latest track, and fans reacted in a rather normal way. “Flamingo” keeps the animal traditional alive just as much as it reminds listeners just what was so great with ’90s house acts like Technotronic.
Punchy, bright synths play over a tribal beat that reaches into the most primal regions of the soul. “Flamingo” sounds the way lasers look, which is to say, really cool. This is peak hour jam magic, and while the single will see official release on Helden’s own Heldeep Records by Monday evening (Aug. 29), you can hear it now exclusive to Billboard Dance.