There was no way the alliance of European EDM giants Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz would be a small affair. The pair’s inaugural show as New World Punx — a collaborative project inspired by their mutual love of early 1990s trance — was a major affair at Madison Square Garden in March. “It was a night beyond my wildest dreams,” Schulz tells Rolling Stone.
At Madison Square Garden, New World Punx debuted the sinister “Romper,” which you can hear now. The track is noticeably darker than either artist’s previous output; it’s full of rhythmic twists, a mechanical raver that sputters into a minor-key gallop.
“We began working collectively in the studio, paying tribute to past rave classics,” Schulz explains. “It’s a throwback to those old, hard dance rave melodies. . . ‘Romper’ is one of those tracks where people just want to go crazy and party.” Adds Corsten, “We had a right blast stepping out of our comfort zone.”