Sounds Like: Disclosure on steroids, EDM that doesn't wear neon
For Fans Of: Deorro, Disclosure, arriving at the club after midnight
Why You Should Pay Attention: Combining Disclosure's warm vibe with the hard Dutch house beat he first heard at pre-teen school parties, 19-year-old Oliver Heldens came upon a sound that enraged purists and made the biggest DJs in the world nostalgic. David Guetta recently cited the young producer as one of his favorite new artists, and Tiësto gave him his big break. He immediately fell for the way Heldens' "Gecko" brought back a Nineties groove without seeming the slightest bit retro. Unable to crack his Fruity Loops demo, Heldens made his first beats using Windows Movie Maker to link together seven-second fragments. Now, his dance tracks are some of the biggest in the world.
They Say: "There was never some groovy or deep house that was being supported by the big EDM DJs. At the main stages, the hard stuff makes people jump — my music makes people dance. But in a club the DJs have one-and-a-half or two hours and they don't want to play two hours of hard stuff. So 'Gecko' became more of a club record, even though it still gets played at festivals."
Hear for Yourself: "Koala," a new hit that pushes the "Gecko" template forward, introducing a thick, dynamic bassline and throwing drums, hi-hats and whooshing sound effects into its orbit. By Nick Murray