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REVIEW: Laidback Luke & Yves V ft Hawkboy - To The Beat out on Mixmash Records

Hot on the heels of TWOLOUD collab Fcukin Beats comes Laidback Luke’s next masterpiece: To The Beat. Teaming up with Spinnin’ Records’ Yves V and previous collaborator Hawkboy, he’s crafted another absolute stormer.

To The Beat wastes no time in getting straight to business, launching us straight into a massive build with frantic FX, a never-ending rising synth and Latin-infused snare rhythms. The break sees the introduction of a mysterious sampled flute / pan-pipe style riff that’s soon doubled up by a huge synth brass sound plus driving on-beat claps.

A slice of rowdy rap vox signals the drop after a manic build-up, and in drops a razor-sharp sidechained electro bassline. Wild filters and intense automation keep the bass tasty while gated trancey synths and more manic build sounds help the energy swell to dangerous levels. It’s easily one of the hardest-hitting house cuts of the summer, brimming over with ideas and all wrapped up in typically slick production.

Rising Belgian talent Yves V has scored big with Unbroken and Daylight on Spinnin’ in recent months, with further outings on DOORN Records and Showland. He played Tomorrowland Brasil earlier this year after playing the main Belgian edition for the last two years running, and makes for a worthy sparring partner for the legendary Luke.

Luke recently celebrated a year of vlogging by publishing his first 360-degree video on Facebook to a great response. He also rocked his own Super You & Me stage on Tomorrowland this month, and is about to head off to Amnesia on Ibiza, Sziget, Mysteryland and Creamfields this month. To The Beat will no doubt be making a bombastic appearance at all those events!

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
 [item value="10"]Basslines and Groove[/item]
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 [item value="10"]Vocals and Lyrics[/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
 [item value="10"]Climax  / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Laidback Luke & Yves V ft Hawkboy - To The Beat[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]When two of the hottest names in the festivals circuit combine their forces you are pretty reassured that their tune will be insane and totally freaked out. Laidback Luke meets Yves V for the explosive production To The Beat that is a straight forward electro rave house banger with punchy drums, thunderous aggressive basslines and cool breakdown with exotic flavoured flute melodies that take you away from your reality. The climax is intense and keep you waiting when the beat strikes back for the rough electro kissed bassline to come and distort your mind. Powerful and unshockable production that delivers the goods from start to finish. The taste of the festivals mainstage experience in 4 minutes. #PureBassPower Love iT [/content]

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