Premiered yesterday as an exclusive from Pete Tong, Tiësto’s latest undertaking, “Red Lights,” comes alongside his move to Universal Music Group’s Republic Records and his announcement of an artist album for 2014. For some, the record may feel foreign in the sense that it opens with soft guitar strings overlaid with male vocals — an approach unlike many past Tiësto productions. On the other hand, listeners should find familiarity in the track’s sanguine nature and stacking, progressive synths, strongly reminiscent of Avicii‘s style. While more of a listening record than one to be played at a club or festival, he finds a stable middle ground in “Red Lights,” coalescing emotive singing with the alacrity of electronic music. Although some artists are criticized for “carelessly” slapping vocals on top of a beat, the lyrics’ high-end structure and integrity prove otherwise here.
Release: December 17th (US) February 23rd (UK)