Hardwell’s Amba Sheperd-assisted hit was one of the biggest tracks of 2012 and along with the official remixes which followed, outlasted the normal lifespan of even the biggest hits. Coming soon as part of the official soundtrack to his ‘I Am Hardwell’ tour alongside radio edits of Hardwell favorites and the much heralded Orchestral Intro version of “Spaceman,” an acoustic version of “Apollo” will be the highlight of the upcoming compilation. It was already a track that tugged at the heart strings of listeners everywhere, but the acoustic version cranks up the emotion without the big room sensibilities that were so prominent in the original. The stripped down acoustic version will hit iTunes alongside the official soundtrack and documentary on December 6th.
One of, if not the, hottest names in electronic music in 2013 has been none other than the English duo, Disclosure. Helping revive a fading UK garage scene, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have advanced this club sound back on the map. Riding the success of their debut album, Settle, Disclosure channels their inner deep side into their new tune, “Apollo.” Apparent right away, the signature garage shuffling high-hats on a hard 4/4 kick introduces some hauntingly sweet female vocal samples. As soon as you think your goosebumps are gone, the dynamic bassline creeps in with a powerful sliding rhythm. The ominous vibe of the song’s breaks compliment the transitions back to the downbeat perfectly, as deeper house compositions should.
Where “Spaceman” dominated in 2012, its followup, “Apollo,” has taken 2013 by storm. Now Hardwell’s latest anthem is taking steps away from big room in separate directions with its remix package. Dash Berlin, Lucky Date, Noisecontrollers,and Psychic Type each take their hands at “Apollo,” giving the track facelifts of every sort. Dash’s trance rendition has been the most notable as it has gained airtime across the world in A State Of Trance sets and Lucky Date summons the bulky electro within, while Noisecontrollers and Pyschic Type provide an unexpected dubstep flare.
It has been a while since Hardwell has released an original production, but he is finally back with the much anticipated follow-up to “Spaceman.” Named during a show in Houston after the space program, “Apollo” is more of an emotional than your average dance track. Hardwell claims he was going for something “fans could actually feel,” closer in theme to “Three Triangles,”– something listeners could connect to. On “Apollo,” delicate vocals lead way for a grinding, punchy bassline that balance out the track nicely.
Hardwell has a lot more originals coming, and is still working on his collaborations with Porter Robinson and Tiesto. A remix package for “Apollo” is also in the works, and Hardwell is enlisting his fans to select the talent for the remix duties. Before his show at Pacha NYC this past Saturday, Robbert hinted to us that he would personally like to see Dillon Francis work his magic on the track.
Sound off in the comments and let us know who you would like to see remix “Apollo” — Hardwell just might take your suggestion!
Hardwell has owned one of the biggest tracks across the scene since releasing “Spaceman” back in January. Ten months later, Robbert is finally returning with the follow up track, “Apollo,” debuted at ADE last month. “Apollo” strikes with anthemic builds, deep bass kicks , and an unmatched drop. Along with a vocal from Amba Shepherd, Hardwell’s next single will be as ground breaking as his last, so keep an eye out for “Apollo” to hit the release circuit on November 26th.