Nicky Romero’s thunderous remix of Green Velvet’s “Flash” was big-room house last year, an
d if you got sick of it, it’s because you’re cynical and unpleasant. There’s simply no arguing the track’s immense power. But Nicky’s no one-trick pony. A string of impressive releases has turned the young Dutchman into the most exciting young name in big-room house — though a certain Robert Hardwell might disagree.
At the LED anniversary party in San Diego, NicRo’s exuberant one-hour set confirmed what we already knew: he’s not the finished package yet, but the talent is most certainly there. Continue reading for the five tracks you’ll definitely be hearing again before 2012 is in the books.
“Wild One Two,” a collaboration between NickyRo and the world’s #1 DJ, is party music at its uncomplicated best. The track, which features accessible major chord progressions and gleefully carefree lyrics, should be a club and radio staple this year. It’s simple, pure fun.
Romero mashed up Hardwell’s “Spaceman” with Tiesto’s “Insomnia” for an all-Dutch surprise. We love it when DJs work the old and the new together so seamlessly, and this was a perfect example.
“Epic” is the epitome of big-room. The break is felt, not heard, and that’s exactly the way we like it. When Nicky dropped this, the energy level went through the roof. This one aint for the faint of heart.
With its darker sound and sinister chords, Alesso’s “Raise Your Head” offers a nice change of pace from the traditional progressive formula. The drop is perfect for a room of about 10,000 people.
With “Toulouse,” Romero once again demonstrates his talent for catchy riffs. Nicky’s original hypnotic melody isn’t lost, but amplified and given the thumping undertones and electro synths of a Tommy Trash track. The drop is certainly dark for Trash, but this is a track to save for later. It will make any crowd jump.
To celebrate hitting 50,000 Twitter followers, NickyRo released this February mix, which features a few of the tracks we’ve highlighted.