Danish DJ Mike Hawkins has dropped his latest single, Soldiers. The track is available for download on Beatport via Doorn Records and is all the big room fans could hope for from the label. Since emerging to the broader dance music scene last summer with Jump, a collab with Henry Fong and Pablo Oliveros, Hawkins has been working hard to continue the success. The Megaton Records boss ended last year running a label, releasing several tracks on several labels, and even found time to guest-mix on Spinnin’ Sessions 25.
Hawkins releases the full power of his unique combination of electro and big room with Soldiers. The most listened to track on the young artist’s Soundcloud, Soldiers could be the one to put Hawkins on the map. The track was featured on the legendary Pete Tong’s BBC Radio One show on January 17th. A perfect way to spread a great track, it is likely a sign of things to come for Hawkins.
Hawkins is commemorating the release of his upcoming track in a unique way. He announced via Twitter that anyone who purchases Soldiers on the date of its release (February 3rd) had the opportunity to have their name on a permanent ‘Soldiers Memorial’ page on Hawkins’ Facebook. Everyone who purchases the song and sends their receipt and their name to the designated email address will be featured.
Soldiers is a great example of what can be achieved when venturing outside the ‘normal’ realms of electro-house. An intro-intensity that Showtek would be proud of would be the best part of the track, if it weren’t for the dangerously hypnotic drop afterward. The high-energy build of the first minute gives way to a slow building appetizer for the main course. The main course being the Middle-Eastern twang style drop that will have everyone including Soldiers in their playlist. The sudden changes in style and feel throughout the track fit together all too well by the end of the five-minute solo project.
Check out Mike Hawkins’ latest and let us know if you think he’ll be one of dance music’s new young stars in 2014!
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