I already told you, so you can’t be mad.
I told you that burgeoning electronic music superstar Martin Garrix, born Martijn Garritsen, had more to prove, and he’s proving it. After releasing his own, independent single called “Poison”, Garrix explored a new style of modern, progressive house while showing us all that he’s capable and driven.
Garrix recently had a salty break-up with Spinnin’ Records, the label that helped create his Garrix profile and launched some career launching singles, like “Animals”. After citing discrepancies regarding ownership and an awkward, tense statement from his former management companies, the relationship ended back in August. Fortunately, Garrix isn’t one to mope, and has wasted no time diving into a new, independent production.
The new track was debuted at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Beginning in 1996 as a 3-day festival, the event has become legendary; adding cook offs, 2 more days to the schedule, and a line-up of nearly 3,000 artists, this was the perfect place for him to reveal the new Garrix. Afterwards, he released the track on Soundcloud along with a link to a free download.
This isn’t the “college bro EDM” that debuted his career. The anthem is a synthesized ballad which bobs and weaves through various progressions and climaxes. Matthew Koma’s trilling, manipulated vocals reminds one of Skrillex’s “Summit”. The drop is all his, with a booming triad that you can either bob your head to or sway with. The single is upbeat and musical while still retaining Garrix’s telltale darkness. It’s unlike anything he’s released while under Spinnin’ and returns to the Dutch House and Techno roots that originally inspired him.
This track is a goldmine. It covers a variety of bases and does it well, while giving you a taste of more to come. This is an example of the more developed sound that Garrix’s age promised he would mature into.